Sunday, January 18, 2015

January 13 - First transfer!

Hey everyone a ton happened this week so sorry this email will be a little long but I have a new companion now being the first day of the third transfer of my mission his name is elder conceiçao hes from teresina Brazil! Hes a way hard worker so im excited because i felt like Elder Matheus was a little molhe (soft) :D So yesterday i didnt email because we were traveling to and from Brasilia, we left at 5 in the afternoon on sunday and got here monday at 6 pm so it was like a whole day of lugging broken suitcases in the burning sun whoohoo! but now were finally here and im a little nervous to show the area to conçeicao but also excited!

Lets see what else, so last monday the members had a family home evening and it was super espitural because Lucas, one of the members who is 18 and preparing to go on a mission, bore his testimony of the plan of salvation because we had some investigators there, his mom also died of cancer the day that i got here so he has one of the strongest testimonies of the plan of salvation that ive ever heard. It was awesome!

Also Julianna, the sister of a recent connvert Luana her twin, is preparing for her baptism this sunay! Finally the weeks and weeks of teaching english paid off! So we were really excited about that, she has been progressing so well and Luana has helped us bastante! Let this be an example that members can be missinoaries too! Honestly i feel so bad that before the missino i never really helped the missionaries, they need you MEMBERS to help! So find a way to just give them a friend to come to church, its sooooo helpful! Im very proud of my mom for helping the missionaries in our ward this week parabens momma!

On sunday i and elder trivino, one of the missionaries from the other companioship, were inviting people to church and we were about to turn down a road that we usually went on but decided to keep going straight and turn later, as we were walking a lttle girl came up to us and said `hi elders!` and started just telling us about how her family has two members who were baptized and some more that would want to hear more. We were just like holy cow this is insane the spirit was with us when we decided to come this way! So we walked to her house and got to know the family and invited them, 5, to church the next day and everyone went!!!! my testimony of the holy ghost is so much stronger now, its honestly a miracle that that little girl stoped us and said hi and that we got to get to know her family, so we ill be teaching them all now!

Also this week i tried a new fruit called pitomba its like a coconut grape that you just suck on to eat, it was good! And the members here are just so awesome they help us so much.

Well thats about it, thanks everyone, remember that you can all make differences in each others lives for the better no matter where you go or who you are!

 Formosa, the othe city of our district

 A lake on the way to a members home 
 my new companion and i after finally getting on a bus home!

 the view on the way to the agroreservas
 me washing dishes, thank you mom for always teaching me!

 Brasiila, from the window of the bus

 the members and the missionaries, an unstoppable combination!

 Me in the house
 An awesome motorcycle helmet that was at a member's house.
 The First Vision, but not really!
 Me on the lake again.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

January 5, 2015 - Feliz Ano Novo!

Hey everyone! So first off happy new year, i hope everyone made some wicked awesome goals focused on Christ and his love for us! THis week was pretty normal alem de (besides) the parties in the streets celebrating the new year, needelss to say there was alot of alcohol, and our apartment building smelled really bad! Haha but things have finally settled down.

So on saturday the four missionaries here and the members divided up to do splits and invite everybody to church! It was so great, i really think the lord blessed us in finding the people we needed to, because usually people arent home theyre all over the place but me and Alan a member, found all the people that we were assigned to talk to and it was so great! We were able to find out where a woman by the name of Zilda lives, There are no adresses here, its just remember where everyone lives kinda thing, so that was a blessing. The next day in church we had like the same amount of people but hey at least it wasnt less!

Transferes are coming up in a week, im going to stay most likely but get a new companion. Oh for new years us elders went to a members house until 10 and ate Churasco! Its pretty much barbaque but with all the delicious brazilian meets mmmmm it was so good! I also ate açai this week its like a fruit smoothie icecream mix yummy! 

So one thing that i really liked that someone said in sacrament was that we cant focus on our differences but God gave everyone in the world one thing and that is His son Jesus Christ so that through him the world can be saved, when we think of things we have in common rather than differences, life is simpler and filled with more love, this week i was getting chateado (annoyed) with the other elders just for little things mostly but i thought to myself that were all here for one purpose, we believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and restored the fulness of the gospel for us in the latter days. So now i have a much bigger testimony of unity, and the blessings that come from searching for it. 

And also this week we went and did some service on a farm of the grandfather of one of our investigotors Dijeyes! It was so fun, we fed the cows, cut suger cane, and ate fried cookies! It was great, we also had the chance to talk with a boy named marcos who is 14 years old and he is very interested in the church! It was so funny after we told him that we usually dont wear our street clothes everywhere but white shirts he was like óh yeah i know you guys! I see you all the time in Cabeceiras! ´haha it was funny but he is now our good buddy, next is conversion!

Here are some pictures, 

 The first are some chicken tallons that some of our investigators cut off! THeyre huge!

 The second is the family of Gildasio and Chirlene whose house we celebrated New years!

 Me and the Churasco

 The Churasco
 Me at the farm
 An armadillo shell

 Sugar cane and me haha narcistic much??

Feeding the cows

Sunday, January 4, 2015

December 29, 2014 - Olá Amigos and Family!

HEy everyone Happy new Year! I hope everyones Christmas was otimo (excellent) here in Cabeceiras it was hot as ever this week but the spirit was just as strong here as anywhere else! This week for christmas the elders went to the agroreservas a farm that the church owns for christmas eve dinner and to call our FAMILIES!!! Such a great call my goodness it was like a dream! But the farm was beautiful as ever with trees for miles and Mccaws flying through the air everywhere, we played frisbee and just had a great Christmas! This sunday was great too, the speakers must have received alot of personal revelation from on high because what they talked about was really what some of our investigators needed to hear and from members its even more personal, Every member a missionary! Every sunday since we have about 3 american families here in Cabeceiras i translate for them and its helping my portuguese so much and i get so much more out of the talks than i did before, translating is harder than i though, shout out to Jeff! But at first i was reluctant to do so because it was so hard to pick up on everyones fast portuguese over screaming kids, processing it, then saying it in english while listening ainda (still) But after christmas i felt the spirit so much more and with that different attitute i know that Heavenly Father helped me with transltating more fluidly so that they could feel the spirit and enjoy the messages too! Ah, such a good feeling from helping others, 

Also this week, there were two ex sister missionaries that had served in the city next to us Formosa who returned! They both finished their missions in march but they were really happy to see that the area had opened up again and that we had so many people at sacrament, which is still being held in the school building, it was great they bore their testimonies and alot of the members were teary eyed because of the love and the spirit that was felt. 

All my picutres are mixed up right now due to the new camera i got Shout out to Jeff  again! So here are a few! Happy new year, dont forget to make goals, Life is really just a serious of goals so have a purpose, and remember everyone is an example of Christ not just missionaries, help those around you and share the light of Christ! Love you all!

our skype session with Paul!

December 22, 2014 - Christmas!

This keyboard is awful so ignore the bad spelling (the spelling was so bad I went through this email and fixed it up).This week we went to Ceandia which is close to Brasiia for a Christmas celebration of the mission it was great, we were gone for three days traveling there and back, we stayed at the apartment for our zone leaders and it rained a ton when we were getting there it was so fun! 

Also this week the group choir, (more or less consists of the whole group_) sang and performed for about 70 people in another city called Formosa and as we performed for the city of cabeceiras there were probably only 350 people there and i accompanied on the piano and member who sang o holy night it was great! Usually i  get really nervous playing fr alt f people but ive never felt calmer then when i played that day! I now have a stronger testimony of prayer, because i was nervous walking to the stage but as i sat down i felt just a sensation of calm it really was a blessing. i know the lord answered my prayer!

Its such a blessing that we have a loving Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ always ready and waiting to help us, we just need to come to them, our happiness is our own choice even when it doesn't appear so. Thanks friends and family for being there for me, i am so grateful for all of you! Merry Christmas!