Monday, January 30, 2012

The cup that Elder Ballard drank from

Olá todo mundo!

This week has been crazy, we´ve been really busy, but it was really good!

The week started off with interviews with President Cordon, which was good, he came all the way to Prudentópolis just to do our interviews (and Írati tambem) and that was really good. Then the next day we had to go Guarapuava for a training meeting. On wednesday, we were actually in our area, and we had a really good lesson with this couple that we have taught a couple times. They are really cool, and really humble, and they are really accepting of our message, so we are excited about them. The work here in Prudentópolis is actually starting to show some signs of progress, it´s been pretty dead the past few months, so it´s good to see. Ever since the miracle with Irmão Paulo, the branch has been kinda jumping into action, and a member from the district presidency has been in our meetings for the past month giving talks and really helping move the work here. This sunday he taught the first hour class (in brasil sacrament meeting is the 3rd hour) and he kinda of established a goal system for the branch for attendance, member referrals, and baptism goals. We are really excited that the branch is finally starting to help us out!!!! We also taught this family that was referred to us by a member, and they are really great too, we definitely see potencial in them, we are having family home evening with them tomorrow. It has been good this week even though we were out of our area for most of it.

On thursday, we left for Curitiba for the conference with the Apostles, we were all pretty excited. Me and Elder Buerkle got to stay in Barigui, which is his previous area, but it´s also the area that Elder Barkdull is serving, so I got to spend some time with him, we actually got to do a short division that night, so it was fun to see how far we´d come since the MTC. The next day we got up early to head over to Portão to get ready for the apostles. Our whole mission was there, it is alwasy fun to see everyone. Our MTC district was completely together for the first time on about 3 months, cause Sister Patton finally received her visa and got to come to Brasil, so it was really good to see all of them. Everyone is doing great, Elder Twitchell is coming really far with the language, he seems really good at it already. But yeah, the apostles were awesome.It was Elder M. Russell Ballard and Neil A. Anderson. When they came in, it was super surreal, everyone was quiet, and it was just like, woa.. that´s an apostle of the Lord... I was in the 4th row, so I was like right there, it was awesome. We all got to go up and shake their hands too, Elder Ballard asked me how I was doing, haha.

Their talks were really good, Elder Anderson spoke in Português, but it was kinda funny to be honest, because he had the worst gringo accent in the world haha, but it was still a really good talk. Elder Ballard spoke in English, and his was really really good. He is pretty much the producer of the Preach My Gospel (alongside with Elder Richard B. Scott) and so he had a lot to say about the day to day missionary work, and exactly what we do as missionaries, cause the preach my gospel is like our main book, after the scriptures haha. He did a question and answer with us too, so that was really cool. But they both seem to be in really good shape, figured I´d give everyone an update, April is a while away, haha.

After they left, we had lunch, and then headed back to Prudentópolis, I had to say goodbye to the city again.. Man I miss that city.

Oh yeah, about the apostles, so this is kinda weird, but when Elder Ballard was speaking he had a cup of water that he was drinking from, and when he left, he just left it there on the podium, and I noticed, so I thought it would be cool to get my hands on that haha... So yeah, long story short, I have a cup that Elder Ballard has drank from. I figured it would be a good story to tell in the future.

Anyways, that´s about it for this week. Today, we had two youth from our ward over for lunch. They´re the sons of Irmão Paulo, and he and their mom have to drive to Guarapuava 3 times a week for Paulo´s dialasis tratments, and they just have to stay home, so we figured we´d make them a really good lunch and hang out for a few hours. So that was pretty fun. Anyways, I´m out of time, and I gotta run, so I´ll talk to you all later!!

Tchau! Até mais!

Elder Trevisanut

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