Monday, August 26, 2013

Well that´s 1 nyear down!!!!!

(Sorry for the bad spelling and stuff today, I´m using gloves because The guy has the door open and I´m sitting write in the door way)

Tuesday:... You know what, I´m not even going to lie, the week was rough, not a lot happened because winter came back, and it came back mad. \\\\\\\\ \\\the whole week was walking in a ghost down in the freezing cold rain trying to accomplish something without a lot of luck.

\our baptism isn´t going to happen this week because of stake conference there´s no way to confirm her on Sunday, so hopefully on 7 of Setember (But this is independence day here so maybe not) And if not 7, the 14 for sure, we just don´t wanna keep putting it off.

At church there were only 30 people there, it was freezing and seeing as only a few people have a car, the church was pretty empty... I´m just happy that we live close.

Well, now lets do a little bit of reflecting on this accomplishment of  year...

I´ve seen a lot of things happen, right from the first 24 hours in ``Brasil``(MTC) I knew that it was going to be a lot different. Even living in the most american par of the country it was easy to see the differences. No Dr. Pepper, mcdonalds is expensive, they eat rice and beans EVERY DAY, I thought I was going to die with this diet after the first 2 days, though, I know how blessed I am, and that I´m supposed to be here in POAS (Porto Alegre South) When I was in the mtc eating beans, I always got sick after, every day, I couldn´t eat brown beans without feeling sick, though when we had black beans once a monh or so, I loved it, I ate them more than anything else... I got nervous about that when I got clothes to coming into the field, thinkijg I would get sick everyday but I[ve been blessed. The people here in the south only eat black beans... Less than 5 times I´ve had brown beans here... I love black beans so much now that it´s going to be difficult coming back home where the people don´t eat anything good.

I also learned to like a weird green drink called Chimarrão, it shouldn´t even be good. It´s just herbs with fire hot water that you drink through a metal straw, But... Here I am drinking it everyday, loving it more and more as time goes. I Now love fat on the meat, I continue to love chocolate milk and bolagna; I learned to appreciate the good things in life (Chocolate bars and hot dogs). Though I didn´t just change my eating habbits. I learned to love the word of God. I´ve knocked the book of mormon out a couple of times. I read my blessing daily I´ve even taken down the new testament oh, and I´ve read the whole missionary reference library and preach my gospel a good amount of times.. all of this with a lot of time in the front. Time to do it all in a different language, a couple weeks ago I started O Livro de Mórmon with a real intent to understand it and finish it this time... I´m just about done with 2nd Néfi and I´ve learned way more until now reading in portuguese than I ever did in English.

I´ve seen the gospel bless lives, not just my own, but the lives of my Gaucho familys as well as I´m learning how to gain an unconditional love (it´s coming, slowly but surely) I´ve seen 9 people enter into the baptismal covenent, and been a hand in WAY more than just these 9. I was blessed with the opporitunity to baptize, and confirm by the power of the preisthood, I´ve seen healings, and watched/participated as evil spirits were cast out of houses AND people. I´ve seen the difference in people after baptisms, and also how sad the people are that have gone inactve... I don[´t know how many RM´s I[ve seen that have fallen away and look like their lives don´t have a purpose.   Mdaybe I haven´t done everything that i WANTED to in the first year, no I haven´t seen a whole family (Dad, mom and kids) Enter the gospel together, but I KNOW that my efforts are being seen, that one day I will. Maybe it won´t be on the mission, but one day it´ll happen. Maybe I didn´t give 100%, 100% of the time, but I know that my efforts were rewarded.  

I gained a testimonehy about fasts, before the mission I just starved myself... Now, I do it KNOWING that I or someone that I love will be blessed because of it. I´ve seen it happen twice with 2 of my best friends (João and Letícia) in the last 2 months. I know the Lord watches over us, he´s watching over Carol who had some difficult times before her baptism, and still has difficulties, but keeps going with faith and hope that things will get better. He´s watching over Paulina who took the step late in her life, but is now less than 3 months away from going to the temple (She´s already done baptisms there) He´s watching over Tiago and Helena, protecting them as Tiago continues getting better every day from his terrible addictions. He´s watching over Gabriel, giving him the chance to see his parents baptized just months after he set the example. He´s watching over Milena (I actually don´t know what´s happening with her). He´s watching over João as he blesses the sacrament. He´s watching over Letícia as she´s being an example in her family for her sisters, doing the right things, reading and asking questions. Learning more and more and helping her classmates as a newly called member of the seminary presidency. He´s watching over me, and you.

As João 8:32 says... E conhecereis a verdade, e a verdade vos libertará

The gospel only helps, it doesn´t give us rules, just promises us blessings for doing the obvious things.

This is my short reflection after 1 year... Sorry if it didn´t answer some questions.!!!

Amo vocês!
All the letters I have received in the first year

Me with Utah!

Being goofy

Monday, August 19, 2013

Tuesday: we had a district meeting and distrito amigo here in my area.

Wednesday: we had play practice after a good day of walking around.

Thursday: was another day without a lot of sucuss until the night time... We found a new family Anna and Josianne... Mom and daughter we taught the first lesson for them about the restoration of the gospel and... it was great. we have an appointment with them tonight, so ya´ll will know where we´re going with them next week!!! Ha!

Friday: We had our activity!!!! It was cool, there werent alot of people there, but everyone that was there enjoyed it! We did a walking play thing. About the plan of Salvation, it doesn´t really work well to explain, but in 1 year I´ll explain it a little bit better!!!

Saturday we had a good day of finding new investigators then we wen´t over to João´s and Letícias and Fátimas... We talked with Fátima about her baptism and she told us that she wants to be baptized as soon as possible... So, next Saturday (if everything goes well) We´ll have another baptism!!! Yay baptisms!!!

Sunday we had church. João blessed the sacrament! and we did some tracting before going to Fátimas to kill the night... :D

Well, here´s my story.. more or less.

Fátima and Letícia have been worried about João because of how he´s been acting (us too) He´s been sad and stuff lately becuase of what´s happening with his dad (their relationship isn´t fantastic). He even left the activity early on Friday. So I the only thing I knew how to do was fast... I had already fasted for Letícia that she could stay firm in the church (I´ll talk more about her in a second) and when we went on Saturday and Sunday João was a lot better, smiling and joking again. At church he was super happy blessing the sacrament in his new suit and tie that I gave him (Thanks mom for the new tie that you gave me... It´s no longer in the family... :)

Letícia... She´s doing great. Before the baptism I was more worried about her, but now she´s super happy too. She read true to the faith as a challenge that we gave her and is reading the BOM everyday. Yesterday she let me read (After a bit of a fight) a card that she´s sending the Elder from this ward (As a seminary assigment) And it was great to see everything that´s happening. She wrote some of her favorite scriptures that she´s found so far (Including our mission scritpure Alma 26:22) Told him how thankful she was for the mission work becuase now she knows the truth and all that good stuff... :D It´s seeing stuff like this that makes the mission completely worth it. 

Oh, and today Paulo made us a churrasco. 

Being an angel in the ward activity

Soccer on PDay

Monday, August 12, 2013

Here we go!!!

Monday: was pday so we didn´t do all that much.

Tuesday: We walked the whole day in the freezing Rio Grando do Sul rain before finally having what was maybe luck, maybe not... When we entered a house at about 7:30 only to be attacked by a bad feeling of spirits from the other side. There are 2 strong religions here that mess with spirits... and in that family that we were teaching had 2 from each religion... It was a tough lesson but, wasn´t the first time and definitely wonp´t be the last...

Wednesday: We had a zone conference (no cards because nobody was transfered from POA) but it was cool, only 2 people were transfered from Zone Bagé but the next transfer a ton of people will leave...   After zone conference we ate hot dogs on the street at a lunch cart thing... Then we went back to Dom Pedrito where we had ``Play practice`` for the activity that we´ll be having on Friday!

Thursday: I bought ice cream for the first time!!! Yes it´s winter but, oh well... it was cheap and I´m limiting myself to 1 cup per day... It´s super cheap so it wouldn´t be all that good if it wasn´t for the doctor pepper cherry ice cream syrup that i still have. :) Then we went over to João´s and Fátima´s (Letícia was at school) and spent the night with them.

Friday: Our lunch was cancelled and we walked around finding new investigators, found one family super cool... we´ll see what happens with them...

Saturday: We went to João´s and Letícia´s and Fátima´s after lunch and until 5:30 when we had play practice... At João´s I got ripped into for being American (in a joking way) By Fátima´s sister that was visiting from Caxias do sul. After play practice we went to the central and bought hot dogs. :)

Sunday: Well, I got hit with my first last second talk... As you can imagine that was fun. 1 minute before sacrament meeting started bishop asked me to give a talk because somebody didn´t show up... He´s lucky that I like him...   It was fathers day here in Brasil yesterday so the work was tough, but we found a man named Renã yesterday... It was a really good 1st lesson, lets see if he goes anywhere!!!

Car from Uruguay
 I´m sad in the picture below because the grafitti say god doesn´t exist... Those religions are really strong here... I didn´t even know religions like that existed before the mission.

Monday, August 5, 2013

well, the baptism happened but I don´t have a lot of time!!!

Everyone was happy and it was a super busy week of preparing! But everything went great. 

With transfers everyone will stay put, I´m starting what will probably be my last transfer here in DP!!!

In the email that President Castro sent me he said "Espero que você vai ajudar ainda mais o trabalho nesta mesma área"  (I trust that you will help further the work in this very area).  Looks like I've got a lot of work ahead of me!  :)

Cleaning the font