Monday, October 27, 2014

White House Branch

This past week was really chill and a little bit more stressful, but that's b/c we had two more baptisms this past week! T. was baptized and also M.!! And they were confirmed on Sunday. As always, with baptisms, they both almost didn't happen various times, but it all went well!

Pretty much all we've done for this last transfer is work, work, work. And this past week we pretty much worked only with members. Also, we've finally got a lot of recent converts to work with and strengthen because when we showed up there weren't as many before, so we're also able to help them out.
Also, here's a quick spiritual thought from the Bible! This is the Old Testament, so don't *judge* me.
Judges 12:4-6

4 Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim: and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, because they said, Ye Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim among the Ephraimites, and among the Manassites.  5 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay;
 6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.

So, team a and team b. Team a won, and team b was trying to cross over a river after losing. Team a caught people and killed them if they couldn't say the word correctly. So, applying this to missionary work, we need to teach people so that they know the words to be able to live, survive, and not die. It's always hard to learn these words because there's someone trying to impede us, Satan and worldly things that try to kill us if we don't know the things we need to know and have principles in our life that we need. Lots of people don't have the learning to know how to pronounce these things. So we need to do the missionary work to help people to be able to help people to survive in this world and to help ourselves too so that we don't say shibboleth. Also, We need to do missionary work so that 42,000 of our friends don't die.

Monday, October 20, 2014

White House Branch

This past week was pretty great, we worked really hard and got really tired and it was really hot. There was no ac, and it was fun sleeping in hot weather. But it rained yesterday, so it's a lot cooler and should get a lot better.

T. wasn't baptized this past week, but we're going to work with him and this other person to get baptized this Saturday

Also, something different about here and the US for missionary work and baptisms is that people here are baptized on Saturday and then confirmed on Sunday. It's a really great way to keep people from slipping through the cracks and not being confirmed.

Another thing is that  when people are baptized here, they call people to enter the water. With the doors open, they call the person baptizing and then they call the other person getting baptized to "enter the waters of baptism."

Monday, October 13, 2014

White House Branch

This week was awesome too! I was able to work a ton with Elder G. and we're sure to see the results soon! So those people that I said would baptize themselves? They were baptized last week and confirmed yesterday.

It's crazy hearing about all of the new nieces and nephew that I'm going to have. 2 so far on the mish and 2 more to come. Crazy! And maybe more.. who knows.
Something that I've started doing is instead of keeping a journal is taking a video of myself every night of the accounts of the day. It's pretty cool. And a lot easier and faster than writing.
We've got a cool investigator that has come to church two times and is progressing pretty well. He's a big manager in his company so he travels a lot. But he's great and is smart. He likes using questions and discussing to find the answer and to learn. His wife went to church once but she's kinda like a hipster on steroids in the fact that she is against everything else that people believe in and she questions everything. She doesn't accept prophets and stuff like that but it's really fun talking with her because she makes you think about the why and her personality is really great. But we're working on her and he's going to be baptized soon, and she will follow.
Also, I downloaded some of the talks of general conference because the internet here didn't work very well and we didn't get to watch a lot of talks. But things are going great and Elder G.'s great too!
Also, Elder G. is great, he's from Washington, he got accepted to play football at BYU Provo. But he's going to have to try out again after the mish. And things are going great here in Rio Verde, GoiĆ¢nia, Brazil.
Check it out! Envelopes in Brazil don't have the lick glue, so to send letters you have to use this thing!

Monday, October 6, 2014

White House Branch

This past week was awesome!! I was able to get better at Portuguese and learn how to understand people better. And I got a new comp!

His name is Elder G.! And he has 9 siblings too! he has 3 sisters and 6 brothers! It's pretty cool! He's got 11 months in Brazil, so he speaks Portuguese pretty well. Also, he likes to work, so this transfer will pass by quickly. And I met him before the mish at BYU! Small world! It was a great first week and miracles are to come.

General conference was really awesome. We only had 2 investigators come but it was really awesome. It was great practicing eavesdropping on people. We watched conference in Portuguese, and so the mouths didn't match up very well. I understood it alright, but in the last session, I was able to concentrate a lot more and get it all. Especially the talk by Godoy. (in Portuguese) it was great being able to understand something all the way from conference. I'd say my favorites were Godoy and Bednar.

Here people use 3% milk instead of 2%

The average Brazilian consumes 20 liters of vegetable oil per year. They cook with it a looot.

Also, here moped and motorcycle are the same word in Portuguese and it's cool to have a moped and some people have tricked out mopeds.