Monday, November 24, 2014

White House Branch Report

This past week was great, we worked pretty hard and were able to see results. Washington dropped off of the face of the map, but one family came to church this past week and also this guy that was in a less active family (now active) is preparing to baptized this Saturday!

Well, something funny that happened this past week was Elder Av. has an ingrown toenail and he didn't do anything about it for 3 months. But we went this past week and he's getting it taken care of. It was swelled up and a little infected, so we went to the doctor Wed.-Fri. and today-someday this week and the doctor is cutting off bit by bit and fixing the toe every day. (because it was so bad) It's not that funny, but it's funny to me that it was left for so long and now he takes care of it with me here.

We have lunches here every day, it's a lot better than most of the areas in the us. When I was serving in a branch w/ a lot of latins, we had lunch almost every day. But at the lunches, whenever we have icecream here, every single time that we've had it - it was napoleon ice cream. just an interesting thing in the life of a missionary in Brazil.

I always had a question about the word of wisdom and meat, I never changed my eating habits because of it, but I've always had the question in the back of my mind. Are we supposed to only eat a tiny bit of meat? Or can we eat normally? There are a lot of people that go vegetarian and use D&C as an excuse. Animal treatment also, but I was reading the other day and my question was answered! 

D&C 49:18-19 - you can eat meat, the key is in the moderation.

People already said it to me, but I finally found it written down and cited.

Have a great thanksgiving!!!!!

--note from Mary Ann, check out this site:  http://preparetoserve.com/missionary-blog-index/
If you're thinking about a mission or wondering about other what other missions are like around the world, then here's a cool place to go. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

White House Branch Report

So I'm in the area Maracanã in the city Anápolis with Elder Av. He's way chill and laid back and not I guess crazy. I was a little scared to have another Brazilian companion again, but it's a lot easier with him than Elder N. Thank goodness! and we got a pic together!

Here is a lot cooler (temperature wise) than the other areas here and has about the same humidity (just from feeling) as Rio Verde. The wards here are small, some are big, but the majority of them are really small. 50-80 people. The mission Brazil Goiânia is the mission in Brazil with the highest retention rate, which is really good because that means if you baptize someone, they won't go inactive immediately. Also, I met the bishop and his wife before arriving in this area! The bishop's wife's mother lives in my last area and they were there one time when we had lunch there.

Also, the house that we have here is the best house I've been in in Brazil. Clean, there's power that goes to all of the outlets, and there isn't a lot of dust in the air making your shirt and the house dirty.

In this area, there's a store that sells Skippy peanut butter! I'm probably going to go there next p-day and buy a lot!

For me, it's a little bit difficult to wake up at 6:30 and then work out for 30 minutes, so I started ironing my shirt first, and then working out and it's been working pretty well for the past transfer.

Also, my elbow doesn't hurt anymore whenever I extend my arm and push down on my wrist. Finally my arm is almost back to normal and I can do normal things and work out without hurting more than I'm supposed to.

This past week of work was really cool and we found some really cool people to teach. I came into the area with someone who's going to be baptized on the 29th of this month and we're working with him and he's really solid. We're completing a family and he's the last one to be baptized, (the husband) --- Also, we found a sweet family of 5 people and they're way cool, they didn't come to church the past Sunday, but they gave their word for the next week and it was really solid. Also, Saturday we were knocking doors and Elder Av. was tired of doing it, so he said let's go to this one house I know of a former investigator. We walked for a while to there, and then I say this guy sitting on the sidewalk outside of his house playing with his kids and I said, let's talk with him real quick! We walked over, talked with him, his name is W. and had an amazing lesson and he's going to come to church this next Sunday and then soon be baptized.

Have an fabulous week!

Monday, November 10, 2014

White House Branch Transfers!

Well, I'm going to be transferred! Again! It's strange how many comps and areas I've had, but this past transfer was really great, we worked really hard and were able to see the results.  This past week I reached 6 months in this mission! so 6 months speaking Portuguese. Well, I don't speak perfectly and I've still got a way to go, but I'm a lot better at speaking than 3 months ago. In these past two transfers I've been able to get a lot better at speaking than with my first 3 months here.

I'm going to be going to Anápolis. It's about an hour north of Goiânia by bus and there is a really interesting city. It's got a toooon of churches. So almost everyone that lives there already has a church and knows the Bible really well. Also, I hear that there is the coldest area in the mish. But I'll be able to say more next week. My companion will be Elder Av. and he's Brazilian and from the northeast. He's got the same time on the mish as me. The area will be Maracanaã. 

Here in Brazil, everyone wears flip-flops everywhere around house. No one goes around barefoot because of the nasty stuff you can get. Sometimes in the showers, I see random worms crawling on the flow.

Also, like most countries that are 3rd world, we sleep with all of the windows open, and we always sleep with a fan.

With Christmas starting up soon, and here doesn't have thanksgiving, Christmas started two weeks ago in the stores with decorations and everything else that you need to have a Christmas.

Do any of y'all know the day that the Melchizedek priesthood was restored? I was trying to find it, but I couldn't.
Also, I forgot! We have a lot of people with baptismal dates that are pretty solid, but we're being transferred.... I'm being transferred and Elder G. (my comp) We baptized a son of a couple that's been to church a few times and we were going to baptize another son and get the couple married. But we'll leave that to the elders that are coming in. Also, everyone in our district were able to have a baptism last week! but we're getting transferred...Have a great week!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

White House Branch

So in this mission and in all of Brazil, each cell phone gets 100 minutes per month for calling people and there is no texting. But there's unlimited minutes to other missionaries.

This past week was really cool. We worked hard and were able to get a member referral and contact them, and their son is going to get baptized this week and we're going to work on them getting married so that they can also! Their family went to the church this past week and are pretty solid. I'm really excited for them!

Also, T. is really cool! We took the branch president over to his house and they talked for about 1.5 hrs. The branch president gave a message about the Book of Mormon and then gave his conversion story. And this guy was an elect, he saw the missionaries on the bus and asked for a Book of Mormon because he wanted to learn more about Jesus Christ in the Americas because one of his professors talked about it at college. He then got baptized, baptized his girlfriend, and then served a mission. Really elect, right?

Then T. told his conversion story and then we (Elder G. and then me after) realized: T. was an elect! He was searching for the truth all of his life, he knew the Bible really well and had checked out a lot of different churches, but he never really found the truth. Then one night he was pulling into his house, and we were walking by his house and he and his wife called us and we went up and talked to him, talked about English and if we could stop by another day.



Then we taught him and he got baptized. And he's the gerente de comunicação of catech in Rio Verde. It's like manager of communications and he's really smart and loves to learn. He already has almost finished reading in 1st Nephi!

During the elections, all of the people running threw little cards out on every street in the city. Pretty expensive and dirty, but it's legal here!

This past week was great and this week also will be!

The Book of Mormon spans over the time of the Old Testament and the New Testament. But in the Book of Mormon, where is the branch of switching over to the New Testament or the end of the mosaic law? Here's some cool things:
3N11:15 - Testimony of Jesus Christ, the break in the Book of Mormon
3N11:18-21 - Calling of Prophet
3N12:13,18 - Tithing and offerings
and there's an invitation to look more and see the different parts of the church that Jesus establishes in the Americas that were in the old church of Jesus Christ and the Church today. It's really fascinating to see how it all correlates and makes sense.


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