Thursday, September 27, 2012

More Busy Than Ever in My Life...

Aí todo mundo,

Phew, this week has been crazy, I don't even know what to say about it, but I have seriously been more busy than ever in my life. The life of a new district leader with a giant district isn't easy (not to mention expensive, bus fare here in São José isn´t the cheapest..)
 
Well this week I pretty much spent the whole time out of the area. I did two 24 hour splits with Elders from my district, and then there was a problem with another Elder and he had to get emergency transferred. Which meant that I had to take him to the mission office, and then the next day I had to go to the center of Curitiba to pick up the new Elder that would take his place. With all the traveling we had to do, luckily we were still able to get some good work done, find a few new investigators, and even manage to get all of our numbers that we needed for the week. I also had a baptismal interview to do on Saturday night, it went really well and he got baptized on Sunday, also on Sunday, Pedro and Silvia were confirmed, me and Elder C. Santos got to do it too, which was really cool. They are the best investigators ever, they have changed so much since I first met them. They´re great!
 
So as you probably know, we got to go to the temple this week, which was awesome, I got to meet the new missionary couple that will be serving in Prudentopolis, I got to give them some tips before they head off to that middle of nowhere. We also got to spend the rest of the day on the bus traveling through Curitiba, which was really cool, even though it wasted our whole PDAY. But, I think that's it for this week, I´ll talk to you all later!!!

Elder Trevisanut

Monday, September 17, 2012

Silvia and Pedro Get Married and Baptized!!

Alo tudo bem?!

It was great to get your letter, this week has been crazy, I´ve had to do so much, and this week thats starting today is gonna be even crazier!!! So I´ll try to get everything included.

Well two more baptisms this week, it went perfectly, I´ll try to get pictures in. Wednesday night they got interviewed and passed, Saturday morning at 10:30 they got married, which was awesome, and then at 11:00 they got baptised, they were super excited!! Afterwards a few of the sisters in the ward prepared a special lunch for them to celebrate the wedding and baptism. It all went really well. I baptised Silvia and Elder C. Santos baptised Pedro.

We also found a really cool family this week that have a lot of potential. They are a young couple who are already married and they are intereseted in the church. He actually already knows a bit, he was almost baptized when he was younger, but they chickened out on the day of his baptism. But now he´s older and more interested. We´ll see how that goes.

This week I also had to do a baptismal interview, which was kinda nervewracking, but it went well, so that was kinda fun.

The stake conference was also really good, President Cordon and Sister Cordon gave talks which were awesome. Also our bishop got a chance to talk to president cordon and he told him about all of the good work that we are doing here in the area, so President Cordon was pretty happy to hear about that haha.

Other than that, I thnk that's it, I am short on time, but it was good to hear about all that is going on at home, I hope all continues to go well!!! But I gotta go!!

Até semana que vem!

Elder Trevisanut

signing the papers to get married 
putting on the wedding bands

in their baptism clothes

Monday, September 10, 2012

Tomorrow Starts the Countdown..

Oi tudo bem?!

No I think you were right, its week 49 or 50, not sure anymore, but I know that tomorrow will be the start of the countdown for me coming back home, cause my last day on the mish will be 11th of September 2013.

Well, not too much time to write this week, but this week has gone well, really busy and a little stressful, being district leader brings a lot more work. It wouldn't be that bad, just that my district is probably the biggest district in the mission, so i´ve got to take care of 8 other missionaries. In response to your question, District Leader is pretty much the same as any other missionary, just that I am in charge of doing baptismal interviews, I have to give a 2 hour long training during district meeting every week, I have to do splits with each companionship for each transfer, and I have to call each companionship every other day or so, see how their week is going, their lessons, contacts, investigators, etc. And then report everything to the Zone Leaders afterwards. I thought the missionary life was busy before this, but now it´s crazy haha. For example, today's P´day, tomorrow we have district meeting, so I have to plan and prepare the training, Wednesday will be the interview for Pedro and Silvia, Thursday, the interview for someone in Colonia Rio Grande(other area in my district) Friday another interview in downtown São José, Saturday morning Pedro and Silvia´s wedding, Saturday afternoon, the baptism, and Sunday, Stake Conference. And with all that, we still have to find a way to manage all of our numbers (lessons, street contacts, etc.) It´s a crazy life. Just one more year. Haha jk.

But other than that, this week has been good. I had a meeting in Portão with all the other new DL´s, so that was fun, and then yesterday, I was super sick , but I pretty much got over it by the end of the day. I scored a lot of wife points yesterday haha. By the way ´´wife points´´ is like a game that the missionaries play in out mission. For example, you gain wife points by continuing doing proselyting in the rain even though you forgot your umbrella, or when you´re super sick and can hardly walk, but you decide to work the whole day through even though you´ve already finished your numbers and everything for the week. Things like that. You lose wife points when you drop your Book of Mormon or mess up really bad in a lesson, or stuff like that. Haha, it´s dumb, but you do what you have to do to have fun on the mission.

But other than that, the week went well, I´m happy to still be in the area, I wouldn't mind another 3 months here, but for sure I´m staying at least another month and a half. My comp is doing great, we get along fine together. Baptisms on Saturday!!!!

Elder Victor Trevisanut