Monday, November 26, 2012

Opening Up a Closed Area, plus Training a New Missionary Fresh from the MTC

Oi tudo bem?!

Well, this has been a good but sad week. So not too much happened, it was the last week of the transfer so we were kind of running on fumes to finish it off, not to mention that I´ve been in São José for so long. So Sunday got here, and we were pretty anxious to hear about transfers and to hear who will be leaving and who would be staying.

Well, as you probably guessed, yeah, I got transferred, I was ready to leave after so long, but it was also really sad to say bye to everyone. And, there are two interesting twists on the transfers... First off, I will be opening a new area called Colombo that has been closed for a long time, and, I´m gonna be training a new missionary fresh outta the MTC.

Everyone went crazy when they heard about it, and I am pretty excited, it won´t be the easiest thing to open up a closed area, let alone open it training a brand new greeny from the MTC. I still don't know who will be my comp, they will be getting here from the MTC tomorow, so I´ll figure out then. But he´s pretty much my equivelent, he´s coming in the same time that I came in last year, so I think I´ll have exactly a year more than him. But yeah, for now, me and a couple others will be here in Barigui for a training meeting and tomorrow we´ll greet our new comps.

But yeah, that´s about it, I am outta time, so I gotta go. Everyone pray for me this week, cause I´m pretty sure I´ll need a whole lot of blessings to make it through haha. Até mais!!!!!

Love,

Elder Trevisanut

Monday, November 19, 2012

It's Been the Same Thing for the Past 2,000 Years...

E aí tudo bem?!?

Well this has been a good week, crazy as always. The time passes so fast on these weeks, I can´t believe the transfer is already on the last week. Not too much has happened, we are doing all we can to make some progress in this area, so we´ll see how it all turns out, we´ve found some new people this week, and we´re still working with about 5 people that have baptism dates. But that's about it with the work, it´s going really well, but it´s super boring to talk about in emails, we teach the same gospel to everyone, it´s been the same thing for the past 2,000 years, and it´s never gonna change, so it´s probably boring to hear about the same thing every week, so I´ll spare you the details. 

But we had a cool experience last night. So, Pedro´s (recent convert that we baptised a few months ago) mom was visiting last night here in São José from another city far away, and Pedro and Silvia called us so that we could come over and meet her. He always talked good things about her when we taught them, and that she had been baptised a long time ago in the church, but had been inactive for years. So yesterday when we went to meet her, we talked for a while with her, and turns out that she had been baptised 18 years ago, but soon after, the missionaries were taken out of her town because it was too dangerous for them (she lives in a neighborhood of the city called Vila Zumbi or ´´zombie village´´ it´s the most dangerous neighborhood in Curitiba) and she quickly went inactive cause there were no missionaries near her, and no church nearby. But yesterday as we talked to her, she told of all the things that she had learned in her short time as an active member, and how happy she was that her son and daughter finally found the right path. She started to cry as she talked about all of the difficulties that she has passed over the years and all of the different churches that she has passed through and that she had never found a church equal to the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and she even bore her testimony of the church and everything. It was crazy, cause she´s kind of an older woman who isn´t completely there, but she bore her testimony as if she had been a super active member for years. She even remembered the words to a bunch of the hymns and sung ´´Jospeh Smith´s First Prayer.´´ It was awesome. She´s wanting to leave Vila Zumbi and move to São José close to the house of Pedro and Silvia, so we´ll be able to reactivate her and help her a bunch. There´ll probably be more baptisms in the future with her family too, if she moves here and gets active again, so it´ll be great. Pedro and Silvia are the best, they´re super firm, and Pedro comes out with us on splits all the time.

In response to the questions, the ward is good. It´s hard to say, cause I love all the members, I´ve been here so long that they´re all like family now, and they don´t want me to leave, but at the same time, I´ve had some difficulties with them, and there are only a few members that help us out with the work, and we don´t get many references from them. But I´m gonna miss them all like crazy. And yeah, we have lunch with them every day, it´s the same thing as the states, just that here, the main meal is lunch, so we have lunch with members every day, it doesn't fall through that much anymore. The food is the same as before, it´s pretty much the same in every lugar here in Curitiba, there´s always rice and beans, and some type of pasta or salad(salad in brasil is different than in the states, they just cut up tomatoes or onions or lettuce and throw on a bunch of oil,vinegar and salt), and usually some kind of meat, usually chicken or beef. It´s all normal to me after a year, I´ll probably feel all weird when I get back home without eating my rice and beans, so we´ll see how it goes haha.  And if we´re ever hungry at night,  there are tons of sisters who are willing to make something for us, so we pretty much just have to show up at a members house at night if our plans fell through and we want something to eat. For dinner it´s usually a smaller meal, usually homemade bread with butter or ´´doce de leite´´ (it´s like a caramel spread that they put on their bread, it´s way good), and ´´leite quente´´ (hot chocolate) and some kind of cookie or cracker that they find in their cupboard. It´s all usually the same, it´s nothing special, but it´s all normal to me.

But that's about it, I had a doctors appointment in the center of Curitiba today, so we took advantage and walked around for a while in the sun, it was pretty sweet, I bought some cool stuff in the street from some Indian street vendors, so that was pretty cool. But I gotta go!! 

Talk to you all later!!

Love,

Elder Trevisanut

Monday, November 12, 2012

Five Baptism Dates this Week!

E aí tudo bem?!

Well this has been another normal week here in Bom Pastor, not too much new has happened. We have been finding a lot of new investigators lately which has been good, we marked 5 baptism dates this week, so we´ll see how that goes. I´ll probably be out of the area when they get baptized, but that's kinda how the missionary work goes, we rarely see the results of our own work.

We had a zone conference which is always a huge help to get everyone re-excited to get good work done, so that was a huge help. Transfers are happening again in two weeks, so    I´m probably gonna leave Bom Pastor finally. It´ll be super sad to say goodbye, but I´m definitely ready for some new scenery and some new people. I´ve already knocked every house in this whole area! And it´s a huge area!

Oh, I also had a pretty fun experience on Friday. I was in Jardim Ipê doing two baptismal interviews, and as we were leaving at about 8:30 PM, we saw a huge blue flash in the sky, and all the lights went out in the whole city. To fill you all in, Jardim Ipê is one of the more dangerous neighborhoods in São José, it´s pretty much one big spread out favela, and when the lights went out, everyone went out into the street to see what had happened/ mess around/party because all the lights had gone out. So there we were, 4 missionaries walking through the main street of one of the most favelado areas in the city. We all thought we were gonna die, cause we had to walk for about an hour through all of this to get to the bus terminal. But, we got out fine, without problem. It was pretty fun. You guys know me, I love a good adrenaline rush, and they don't come too often out here on the mish, so it was pretty sweet, Haha. You can ask mike to translate if I put in some Portuguese words, it´s just brasilian slang. But that's about it for this week, I should probably go!! Tchau até mais!!

Love,

Elder Trevisanut

Monday, November 5, 2012

Halloween Party - Success!!

Hahaha, I loved the picture of you two at the halloween party, I bet it was super fun!!

Well this week was pretty good, as you probably all know, we had our Halloween party, and that night it already hit ´´The Face´´ (thats what they call Facebook here). Everyone was talking about it, it turned out pretty well, tons of people went, the members had a lot of fun with the games that we set up (bobbing for apples, origami bats, frankensteins, and vampires, and of few other things). Me and my comp went as the Men in Black, and everyone loved it, everyone wanted pictures with us. We spent the whole night without smiling and acting serious like the Men in Black or MIB (they call it Meebee here). At the end they did a contest to see who had the best costumes and everyone had to walk in front of the judges and do a dance or something that fits your costume, and me and my comp won 2nd place!! Haha, it was awesome, probably the funnest night of my mission so far haha, I´ll try to attach pics.

Other than that, it was a pretty normal week, I had to do a few divisions, so I had to be out of my area for a couple days, I spent a day in probably the most dangerous area in the mission, which was pretty cool, there´s like 2 deaths a day in that area, it was pretty fun, haha.

But I´ve gotta go, my account was locked for like half an hour, so I am outta time!! 

Tchau tchau até mais!!

Elder Trevisanut