Monday, August 26, 2013

A Sad Hello...


Um triste ola,
Bem, não sei exatamente o que dizer, mas, mais uma semana... Que brincadeira, passou rápido de mais!!!!!

Bem a semana foi boa, batizamos mais um, e foi muito especial. Temos mais dois para o sábado que vem, então vou chegar em casa com calças molhadas!! A obra do Senhor é uma grande bênção, nem sei se eu vou conseguir entrar no avião!!! Quero ficar aqui para sempre! Mas tudo tem o seu tempo, e meu tempo está chegando, então tenho que trabalhar atpe o pó e aproveitar cada momento!! Até mais!!

Elder Trevisanut



Translation:


A sad hello,

Well, I don't know exactly how to say this, but, only one week left... what an illusion, it all went by so fast!!!!!

It was a good week, we baptized another person and it was really special. We have two more for this coming Saturday, so I'll be headed home with wet socks!! The Lord's work is such a great blessing, I don't even know how I'm going to be able to get on the plane!!! I want to stay here forever! But everyone has their time, and my time is coming, so I have to work even harder to take advantage of every minute!  See you later!!

Elder Trevisanut

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Picture

Didn't post this picture from June.  This is Elder Trevisanut and Elder Twitchell (one of Victor's MTC companions who just arrived home yesterday).  They got to see each other before the mission was split and Elder Twitchell went to the Brazil Curitiba South mission.  One more week!

Elder Trevisanut and Elder Twitchell

Monday, August 19, 2013

Craziest Week of All...20 baptisms!!

Oi tudo bem!
Well I thought I´d seen it all out here in the mission field, but this week has been the craziest of all since I´ve been out. Presidente Monteiro and the assistants came out here to Ponta Grossa for the whole week to work in the streets with all of us in the field. One of the assistants stayed with us the whole week and the other stayed with the the zone leaders of the other zone here in Ponta Grossa. It was crazy, we have just run around like crazy fnding new people to teach, presidente has been finding tons of people to baptize here in Ponta Grossa, and after the end of the week, we baptized 20 in the two zones here in Ponta Grossa, almost 30. It was crazy. To make it crazier, our chapel here in Ala 2 was the only one in our stake that had a water heater working, and coincidentally all of the baptisms from our zone got sick a day before their baptisms, and couldn´t get baptized in the cold water, which means... everyone had to go to the chapel in Ala 2, and I had to be in charge of everything!! It was crazy. We found about 20 new investigators this week, including a family of 9, so we´re hoping to see a few more miracles before I´m outta here.
 
The work´s going great! Oh yeah, and just make the week easier, at the end of a long day of tons of work, we finally got to go to sleep thinking that we would sleep like a log, and right when we started to sleep, we heard the alarm, ´´No! 6:30 already???´´ Nope. It was just the sisters, crying and telling us that one of the Sisters had a seizure and was getting rushed to the hospital, and guess who got to go help them and stay with them at the hospital? The zone leaders. Yeah, that´s us. So yeah, we got to stay at the hospital until 5:00 in the morning. Don´t worry, we got to sleep from 5:00 to 6:30, so it´s all good.   :P
 
All of the that and a few miracle fasts, and that was pretty much our week, it was a good one, we´re ready for one more!!
Até mais!!

Elder Trevisanut

Monday, August 12, 2013

Another Really Good Week...

Oi tudo bem!!
Mais uma semana corrida mas muita boa!O tempo está esgotando rápido de mais, então não vou gastar muito. Espero que todo mundo esteja bem, e que estejam felizes e fortes no evangelho, vou falar com todos em algumas semanas, então até mais!!

:P

Elder Trevisanut
Translation from dad: 
I had another really good week! The time is moving even faster and faster, so I don't want to waste any of it. I hope everyone is doing well and that they are strong and happy in the gospel. I'll talk to everyone in a few weeks, so until then--!
d:
Elder Trevisanut

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

We're Losing Our Beloved Son...


Oi tudo bem!
One more week down, it´s passing by so fast, it´s really sad to think about.

It´s been a good week, just work work work work. The normal. We got some sad news today. Turns out there was some problem in one of the areas in Curitiba, so president had to move around some missionaries, and unfortunately our area was one that had to be moved around. So we´re losing our beloved son, he´s going to still be in the zone, but he´ll be with another companion in a different area. After 2 weeks he already has a stepdad, haha. We´re pretty sad about it, but it happens.

Other than that, it was a great week, I´ll talk to you guys later!
Elder Trevisanut

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Time´s Ticking For Me!!

Oi tudo bem!!! 

One more great week, my new companions are great, the area is great, the zone is great, the work is great. I´m alive and well and outta time, talk to you all later!!! Congrats to Rianne! (I´ll send her an email with more feeling, haha) 

90% of the missionaries that I´ve met have pretty much died out completely on the last transfer because of trukiness and my goal is to finish off stronger than ever, so I´ve been trying to be super focused. With all these new responsibilities, I´m not even thinking about home or that my time´s running out, so I´m just going crazy here!

But I gotta go! The time´s ticking for me!! Tchau até mais!

Elder Trevisanut

Monday, July 22, 2013

Final Transfer...Staying in Ponta Grossa!!


OLA TUDO BEM!!!!
ONE more crazy week!!  And I´m here in Curitiba right now a little late for a meeting so this will be a super quick one!

This past week we´ve been running around preparing our baptism for Lucas, and it was a huge success, a ton of people came, and he was SUPER FELIZ. It was a great experience and he was able to be confirmed on Sunday. Now he just has to wait for one year, and he´ll be off to his mission, he´s super excited!

We received the transfers yesterday, and it was the craziest transfer I´ve ever seen. Elder Rios was transferred to another area here in Ponta Grossa continuing as zone leader and I´m staying here to die as a Zone Leader. My new companion is Elder Grigg, he´s pretty new on the mish, and his first time as ZL, so I´m training him as ZL. But, apparently Presidente didn't want to let me rest as I finish my mission, so we´re getting a 3rd member of our companionship, straight out from the MTC. That´s right Zone Leader and Trainer at the same time. I´d thought that I´d done it all. I guess I need two to kill me off, haha.

But that´s about it. We´ve got 3 baptisms planned for this next weekend, so our son will start of the mish baptazing. It´ll be great for him.

Oh yeah also, I was waiting in the bus station, and guess who I ran into?? ELDER HOUSE! Even though we´re in different missions now, the two missions use the same bus station to travel to and from the cities in the country, and Elder House was transferred to Guarapuava, my first zone! And.. He´s a Zone Leader!!!!!! My son´s a ZL!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was so happy I almost cried, it was really great to see him.

But that´s about it, I gotta go!!!
Love,
Elder Trevisanut

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

FOGO NOS OSSOS, não existe trunkesa aqui!

Olá todos!


Sounds like you had a great trip. This week has been a week of trials and miracles, but that´s what lifes all about right! It´s been a great week.

The elect are showing themselves here in Ala 2, Campos Gerais, we´re thinking of changing the name of our zone from Campos Gerais, to ÁGUAS GERAIS! For those that don´t understand just ask one of the brasilian RM´s, there´s tons out there.

Lucas is gonna get baptized this week, he´s super ready to get prepared for his mission a year after his baptism, so we´re super pumped for that. We also have people lined up for each week for the next month, so we´re gonna be pretty wet here in Ponta Grossa for a while. The goal is to baptize every week until the end of the mission então vamo lá! 

I´m outta time, but I am doing well, I´m healthy, I think, ending the mission with FOGO NOS OSSOS, não existe trunkesa aqui!

Gotta go, hope everyone well! Talk to you later!!!

ELDER TREVISANUT

Sunday, July 14, 2013

A Obra Continuará!

Olá boa tarde!!

Hey everyone, I´ve got little time, it´s been a good week, our new mission president got here, and he´s a great president, way different than President Cordon, but ready to make changes here. . .

We´ve had a lot of success this week, we found a guy named Lucas who already wants to go on a mission, but he needs to be baptized first! We´ll help him out with that, haha. 

Other than that, we´re well here, and ready for one more great week! A obra continuará!

Talk to you all later!!

Elder Trevisanut

Monday, July 1, 2013

Mission Time is Running Short

Oi tudo bem?!

One more great week, lots of work, lots of trials, lots of rain, and lots of miracles, that´s about an average week for us here in Ponta Grossa. We´re all a little sad to say bye to Presidente Cordon, but we´re excited to welcome Presidente Monteiro to Curitiba! He´s a former stake president from Belo Horizonte, a city that is about in the middle of Brasil, above Rio and São Paulo. But, that´s about it, hope everyone has a great week. 

Very sadly my mission time is running short, so I gotta take advantage of the little time I have I´ll talk to all of you in some weeks, so for my sake, I´ll keep the emails short.

Até mais, tchau!

Elder Trevisanut

Monday, June 24, 2013

Destroyed With Three Huge Waves!


Ola boa tarde todo mundo!

One more great week! This week rained and rained and rained like crazy, but it was very good, and we´re not letting the cold and the rain get us down.

The week started off crazy on Monday night when the assistants called to tell us that we had to go the the bus station right then to pick up Elder Kakuscke´s new companion, so we got to give up the rest of or P-day to go there. We were sad to see him go, after a few good days of working with him, but we were happy that his area will be opening up again, so now we´re back to 8 areas in the zone. Not as big as zona tarumã, but its still a good zone. When we left them in their area and were waiting in the terminal for our bus back to our area we found out that the city was having a strike to lower the bus pass prices, so the terminal was like completely shut down cause there were a bunch of people surrounding all of the exits, and because the trusty Brasilian police system didn´t feel like stepping in, we got to sit on the bus waiting and waiting and waiting for like 2 hours, so we got home a little late. In the whole country of Brasil the people have been going on strike for a bunch of stuff, and it´s been crazy, in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro we´ve heard that they´ve been setting cars on fire and a bunch of crazy stuff, but here in Ponta Grossa it´s been pretty relaxed so don´t worry.

Tuesday we had zone conference, so it was the last time that we´d see president Cordon, it was sad to see him go after so long, pretty much everyone was crying when he said bye.

The rest of the week was good, we got rained on non-stop for about 3 days, so it was pretty good to go on a swim, it´s been a while.

On Friday night me and my comp went with two of the Elders in our zone to their area to do a few baptismal interviews. We got on a bus and after a few minutes the elder that was leading us there started to say, uuum... uuum... like ever 5 minutes. When we asked him what it was, he said, ´´I think we´re on the wrong bus..´´ After a few more minutes he said ´´I think we should just get off here, cause we´re just getting farther and farther away from our appointment..´´ So we got off the bus in the middle of no where, there were hardly any lights, and we just started walking (remember, it was raining like crazy..like rain that doesn't exist in the states. Our umbrellas were all breaking), after like 5 muddy field´s we finally found a highway and kept on walking. As we walked, there was a huge puddle (pretty much a mini lake) on the side of the street, kind of over flowing on the path that we were walking and all of the sudden a diesel truck passed us and hit the puddle and made a huge wave, it went like above our heads and soaked us completely, we were like´´ RUN RUN RUN´´ and 3 of us ran like crazy and looked behind us and we saw Elder Brown way behind us, trying to run ahead and trying to shield himself with his tiny umbrella and then all of the sudden BOOM BOOM BOOM, 3 more huge diesels passed him and destroyed him with 3 more huge waves, he was completely soaked, it was the funniest thing ever, we were rolling on the ground laughing.

Other than that, a pretty normal week, we´re getting our investigators ready to get married, we´re going to pick up the documents tomorrow and we´re gonna mark the wedding date at the end of this week, so their baptism will probably be in a few weeks, they´re pretty excited for that. Oh yeah, and I did a division in a city called Castro that is about an hour away from Ponta Grossa, so I´ve officially worked in every city in the mission, so that was pretty sweet.

But I´m outta time, boa semana pra todos, and I´ll talk to you guys later!

Elder Trevisanut

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Ponta Grossa - New Town, More Miracles


Tudo bem!!
 
One more great week, little time to write. Ponta Grossa is great, in spite of it being a city with TONS of hills to climb, I´m getting needed exercise, so that´s good. In response to the questions, yeah Ponta Grossa is known for being the city that baptizes most in the mission, so we´ll see how it goes. There are 2 zones here, and my zone is for sure the one that usually baptizes less than the other zone, and when I got here, the zone was pretty dead, so it´ll definitely be another resurrection transfer. I´m used to it by now, all of my areas and zones that I´ve passed through have been pretty much dead when I got there, and I´ve always left them much better than when I got there, so this´ll be probably the same case. But for sure there will be tons of miracles waiting for us here, we´ve already seen a bunch. We have a couple that are preparing for baptism, they just need to get married, so we´re running around getting all the documents, and then they´ll be baptized. We also found a family of less actives that are ready to come back to church, they just needed to be invited. They have a few kids that haven´t been baptized yet, so we´ll for sure be completing their family in a few weeks. My apartment is awesome, we live in a huge complex that has like 35 buildings so that´s been cool.

Other than that, it´s been a great week. We got a new companion also. Elder Kakuschke was in an area in our zone, and his companion went home early, so he´ll be with us for a while until president finds him a new companion, he´s got about 8 months on the mission, so he´s getting some early Zone Leader training. He´s from Wisconsin and is super cool.

But other than that, I gotta go, pray that my shoes hold up for 2 and a half more months!! After a year and 9 months, they´re starting to turn un wearable, and here in the hills of Ponta Grossa they are getting pretty shredded( for the record: until now, I´ve never seen any pair of shoes last 1 year and 9 months, so it´s been impressive), and pray that the rain stops so we can work more efectively!!!!!
 
Até mais!
 
Elder Trevisanut

Monday, June 10, 2013

A Successful Missionary Here in This Part of the Lord´s Vineyard

Boa Tarrrrrde todo mundo!

How´s everyone doing? Thanks for the email, it´s good to hear that things are going well there back in the states and that everyone´s well and happy.

I´m doing great here, we had another successful week here in Vila Oficinas, our zone had 6 baptisms ready for Sunday, including one in my area, but unfortunately 2 baptisms fell through because of emergencies de saude and some other things. Unfortunately, Rafael who was ready for baptism on Sunday, had an emergency and wasn´t able to be baptized, so he´ll be baptized next week, he´s a man from another state in the North of brasil who is here in curitiba working to sustain his family there in the north, and soon his family will come down here to Curitiba and for sure will be baptized as well. Sad as it is to say, my only chance for baptism in Vila Oficinas fell through, cause I was also transfered today. I have thought a whole lot over the past few months that I have been in Vila Oficinas about what success really is to a missionary.

Over the past few months, I have really given it my all as a missionary and as a leader here in Zona Tarumã, I have worked tirelessly to help my area grow, to help all of the missionaries in my zone have as much success as possible, and to serve everyone around me. When I got here, I was a new, wide-eyed zone leader, trying my best to be perfect in everything, and applying everything that I´ve learned throughout my mission to my work.

As the time went on and my new companion, Elder Barkdull got here, and we worked for every second of every day finding and teaching new people always, running around like crazy trying to have tons of success, and when he was transferred and I had to train a new zone leader, Elder de Magalhães, we kept on going with the same pace, teaching, marking baptism dates, interviews every day in our zone, sleeping in our missionary clothes because of lack of time and energy, and really giving it our all, and at the end of all of this, 0 baptisms. Tons of missionaries in our zone weren't working half as much as we were, and were baptizing like crazy, and I started to to think, ´What am I doing wrong?? I´m doing all that I can, and I´m not having any success, why is this happening? Why are lazy missionaries baptizing big families, why are miracles being given to us and then taken away from us just like that, why is it so hard??´´ I have to admit, I could not find the answer for this problem and I was starting to get really discouraged. But if I learned one thing in this time as a zone leader here in Vla Oficinas, it´s that baptism doesn´t necessarily mean success as a missionary. It´s great to baptize, it´s our purpose to baptize, but if we don´t baptize, it doesn´t necessarily mean that we´re failures as missionaries. I can honestly say that I gave it my ALL in these past months, and I can honestly say that I served with all my heart, might, mind and strength, and that I have grown more personally and spiritually than any other time in my mission or life.

As I walked through my area last night saying bye to all the people that  I was able to help, this phrase in Preach My Gospel was ringing through my head :´´ If you can feel the spirit working within you and in your investigators, you can be sure that you are a successful missionary.´´ And with every person that I said bye and with every person that thanked me with all their heart for the changes I have helped them make in their lives forever, I could feel like I have been a successful missionary here in this part of the Lord´s vineyard. It was a great feeling.

But as for the transfer, I was transferred to Ponta Grossa, in Ala 2 (2nd Ward), so after a year and a few months in the City, I´m finally back in the country (more or less it´s a city with 80,000 people) !!! It´s kind of an interesting feeling to finish my mission close to where I started, and I´m super excited to be here. I´m continuing as Zone Leader and my zone is about the same size, so I´m super excited to make this zone the best zone in the mission!!! My companion's name is Elder Rios, and he´s from the Bahia, a state in the north of brasil, we´re both excited to be here!!

But I gotta go, time ran out!!! Tchau!

Elder Trevisanut

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Most Baptisms in the Whole Mission!!

Ola familía,

One more great week of missionary work, and little time to write. We had zone leader council this week, and our zone had the most baptisms in the whole mission!!!! We were pretty excited about that, and really proud of our missionaries. It was the last coucil of president cordon, so that was kinda sad too.

Other than that, just one more week of work.

The other day we were by the bus station here in our area and a woman that I recognized came up to us and said, ´´Remember me?´´ At first I didn´t remember but after a second I recognized her as Jennifer´s mom. I don´t know if you guys remember Jennifer, who we taught and baptised last year in Bom Pastor, but turns out her mom, stepfather and sister moved to our area here in Vila Oficinas, and she told us that she wanted us to come over and visit them. We stopped by on Thursday and taught them about the restoration, it was a great lesson, they want us to keep stopping by and it was awesome because Jennifer was there also, and she was able to bear her testimony of what we taught and about the truthfulness of the gospel. It was awesome, and for sure one of the most spiritual lessons of my mission. It was great to talk to her and see how much she has grown after almost a year in the gospel. It´s really interesting how the Lord works and how he puts certain people in your path, it´s easy to see who you were sent to teach and help here on the mission.

But other than that, I gotta go, I´m outta time, see you all later!!

Elder Trevisanut

Monday, May 27, 2013

Look Out for Zona Taruma!!

GREAT WEEK, só trabalho!!!

This has been a great week, our zone baptized 7!! Wooooo!!!!!! 

I got to interview an elect family and it was awesome, Zona Tarumã is starting to go crazy here, so look out for us.

Other than that it´s been a great week. This week we found a man from Piauí (a state in the norte of brasil) that said he was atheist, but that we could come back another day to give him a message, he said pretty confidently that we could try to convince him, but a bunch of others have been trying for years, but no one has convinced him yet, so good luck! Well, we returned the next day, left the message of the restoration, and he opened up a bunch and showed his desire to believe in God, he had never received an answer, and for that reason, couldn´t believe. Well, we left him the same invite that we leave all the others, to read and pray. We came back two days later and he had read, prayed and received an answer. He was completely different, humble and willing to learn. He said that he felt an answer, and that he wanted to follow the church and be a member. We were so excited! But, unfortunately, he also informed us that he had to move back to Piauí that same week, but that he really wanted to join the church and will look for the missionaries in his city there in Piauí. One more slipped out of our hands!!!! But, we´re sure that he will be baptized there in the Northeast of Brasil. We converted an atheist!!!! :)

Other than that, one more great week, and little time to talk!!!

Tchau!! 

Elder Trevisanut

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Happy Birthday, Victor!!

Oi tudo bem?!

Well another good week, but little time!

This week we marked 8 baptismal dates, I did a baptismal interview in French for a Haitian man who was getting ready for baptism, and our zone had 5 baptisms! Whoo, that´s about it for this week, it was awesome! And I gotta go!!! Congrats to Rachel on the wedding!!! Can´t believe everyone´s married now, and I can´t believe I saw that picture of all my firends together! Everyone looks exactly the same than when we were all back in high school!
Até mais!!!

Oh yeah, I just got reminded that it´s my birthday this week, I didn´t even remember, haha. 

BENÇÃOS DA MISSÂO :) :)!!!

Elder Trevisanut

Monday, May 13, 2013

No Time to Write Today

Oi tudo bem!

It´s a good thing that we talked yesterday, cause today we had tons of problems sending our zone´s numbers, so I´ve got literally no time to write. But it was good talking to everyone yesterday, hope everone keeps on doing well! I´ll talk to you later!!!

Love,

Elder Trevisanut

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

6:00 a.m. Ultimate Frisbee Sessions

Oi tudo bem!!

Sorry to send an email late in the week, we went to the temple today so Pday was today. It´s always great to go to the temple, the templo de Curitiba is the best! And a weird note, my 2 year temple recommend that I got before my mission expired last month.... that was a weird moment. The person in the front of the temple was like, ´´ahh, your recommend´s expired...´´ And everyone in line behind me was like ´´haha your old!´´ I´m not old!! I just got here like 2 months ago!... I don´t wanna go home. haha.

But the week was great, we found some great new people to teach, including a 9:00 miracle contact. We´re excited to teach him and his family. Our strongest investigators, D and J are doing well, we´re getting them prepared for their marriage date, and then it´s baptism. I bought them a bunch of stuff at the temple store today, I swear I buy the same stuff every time I go to the temple, cause I´ve always got new investigators that I wanna give presents to! But yeah, the work´s going great here.

The weather´s finally getting cold, which is helping out a bunch with our 6 AM ultimate frisbee sessions. Yeah, me and my comp have been playing frisbee every morning in the 15 degree Curitiba cold, (we need to get back in shape before we go home.. :P). I need to prepare to play american football again, but they don´t sell footballs here, so a frisbee will have to do for now.

But other than that, the week has been good, we had another Zone Meeting and we had to burn our zone pretty bad, they´ve been slacking off a bit in the past month, so we had fun putting together a 15 ´´call to repentance´´ scripture chain. Eh, no one likes to be the bad guy, but me and my comp are in charge of like 11% of the missionaries in the mission, so when they don´t work, we get burned by President. The works gotta get done somehow.

But on that happy note, I gotta go!! Talk to you all later. I´ll talk to some of you in 4 days, haha. Até mais!!

Elder Trevisanut

Monday, April 29, 2013

Miracles and Tons of Work, Work, Work

NO TIME. 

Great week, miracles, tons of work work work. tons of interviews and baptisms in our zone. Stake conference Elder Scott, Elder Ellis, and Bishop Stevenson gave talks (I didn't know that Elder Richard G. Scott spoke portugues.) But yeah that's about it. Oh yeah, today was transfers day, and Elder Barkdull got transferred, I almost cried haha, he was one of the best companions I´ve had, it was 5 awesome weeks!! he got transferred to Portão, he´s the new assistant to the president. My new comp´s name is Elder de Magalhães, he´s from Recife, and he´s never been Zone Leader before, so now I´m training him as a new ZL, it´s gonna be tough, but he´s awesome, and we´ve been friends since my first zone when i was in Prudentópolis, so we´re both pretty pumped. But, I gotta go!! Até next week!!

Oh yeah, my son Elder House is training a new missionary!!!!!!!! I´m a grandpa!!! :P

(Mission slang= The missionary straight outta the MTC that you train in the field is your ´´son´´, his son is your grandpa, etc, etc) 


Elder Trevisanut

Monday, April 22, 2013

It's Going Great Here in the Southern Hemisphere

E aí gente!

One more great week. We had Zone Conference this week, so it was pretty exciting getting new trainings from Presidente and Sister Cordon. Me and my companion also had to give a 30 minute training in front of President and the zone, so that was pretty fun too. We left the conference super pumped to work, and not even 10 minutes after we left ot work, we found an awesome family and marked 4 baptism dates. The work is going great here, and the time is flying by fast de mais!!!

We´re working hard to help our other investigators progress towards baptism, we´ve got tons of them, and they´re moving along well. We´re praying a lot so that we can help them progress,and we´re working harder than we´ve ever worked to help them gain testimonies of the gospel. The ward is going really well also. They´re continuing to work hard and get in the mood of missionary work, so we´re happy because of that. We´re positive that our hard work will show lots of results soon.

Me and my companion are continuing to do very well, we´re working very well together, and the work is blessed a ton because the spirit that we bring with us. We´ve learned well how to teach well together and how to lead our zone in a mutual way, and it´s been really fun working with him. We´re excited more weeks ahead of us of good work here in Vila Oficinas.

Other than that, it´s going great here in the Southern Hemisphere, it´s starting to get pretty cold at night, I´m not too happy to be finishing my mission with cold cold cold. Nothing stops this great work,  the cold weather´s nothing. So it´s all good.

That´s exciting about Rianne and Kevin, they couldn't wait one more month?!? Ah, oh well. 
I´ll be doing more important things here. :P

Tell Eric to send his papers in as fast as possible, he´s gotta get out here no campo!!
But, my time is running out, I´ll have to go. We´re getting hungry and we´re gonna eat at the churrascaria (brasilian barbecue :) )  

See you all later! tchauzão!

Elder Trevisanut

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Goal: 30 Baptisms This Month

Oi tudo bem!! 

One more great week, it was a long one, but really rewarding. We´ve been working like crazy to accomplish our goal of 30 baptisms this month in our zone, so it´s been crazy trying to help all the areas have this same vision, and work hard also to do their part. We´re doing well, but it´s just tons of work and stress for the zone leaders, cause we have to pretty much lead the way in everything, But it´s been a good week.

We´ve been working a ton with a less active member that we found a few weeks ago, called D. He´s awesome, and he has such a desire to come back to church, and turn his life around, and it´s going really well with him. He´s gone to church for 3 weeks in a row, and is meeting with the bishop, so he´s officially re-activated. :) His son who´s 7 loves the church also, and we´re working with his wife also, who isnt a member. They´re going great. We´re also getting Lucélia ready for her baptism on this Sunday, she´s the lady who just showede up at church a few sundays ago asking to become a member of the church. She´s really excited for her baptism too. We´re working with a bunch of others also, but I´ve got a little time to write, so I´ll have to go. We´re happy to have a relaxing P-Day hoje, we´re just gonna hang out at home, it´s gonna be awesome. :)

But other than that, I gotta go!!! I´ll talk to you next week!!

Elder Trevisanut 

Monday, April 8, 2013

SURVIVOR: CURITIBA BRASIL EDITION

E aí família!

This has been another great week!! In our area, we haven´t found too many new investigators, but we have been seeing great progress with the ones that we found last week, and we´re really excited for the work here! Things are going great.
Well, our semi-anual missionary superbowl (General Conference) was awesome, but also sad cause it was my last conference on my mission. Can´t believe that I already watched 4 conferences already. It´s passing by so fast.

Today we had a mega activity that was awesome. After much thought and planning, we were able to do SURVIVOR: CURITIBA BRASIL EDITION. I´ll try to get some pictures next week, but it was awesome. Elder Barkdull also watched survivor a lot when he he was younger so we were pretty excited to do it, and everyone loved it. Some of the challenges included Scavenger Hunt to find missionary gear (shirt pants scriptures, etc) and dress a missionary, team dodgeball, blow dart challenge(straws, wooden sticks and balloons), and a blindfold challenge (two missionaries were on top of the stage, trying to guide their blindfolded teams to hidden items and return them). It was awesome. It also included teams (our zone is devide in two stakes:Tarumã and Pinhais, so the teams were Pinhitas and Tarumitas, like lamanitas and nefitas), reward challenges, hidden immunity, a ´´merge´´, tribal council and in the end we even had a jury. It was sweet.

But other than that, it has been an awesome week, we had Zone Leader Council as well, and we learned about a change in the mission rules regarding email (it´s a worldwide change). As of a few weeks ago, the First Presidency has allowed all missionaries to send email to anyone, not only family. Now we can send emails to friends, recent converts, etc. The only rule is we can´t email girls that live inside of the mission boundaries, or missionaries in our own mission. It´s an exciting change.

But I gotta go!! See you all later!!!


Elder Trevisanut

Monday, April 1, 2013

An Amazing Week!!

Oi tudo bem!!!!

This has been an amazing week!! Me and my companion are going crazy here in our area, the work is flowing really, really well! This week we found about 20 new people to teach and they were all through miracles. When me and my companion got home on last Monday, we made some plans about how we wanted this transfer to go. We decided that we would work with the less active members, and try to reactivate 5 families this transfer. We prayed to be guided to at least 1 family each day, and every day this week we have found at least 1 family that's ready to come back to church activity. Most of the times they were last minute-of-the-day miracles, and we always found new investigators that can be taught and baptized with every family that we found. On Monday night, we found a couple that has been going to church with his mom in a different ward, that just happen to live a block from our house. Tuesday morning we found a lady who´s husband is a member, and in the past they were taught by the missionaries. They said that they were both wanting to go back to church, they just didn't know where they chapel was. On Wednesday, we were searching for an address that we found on the members list, and we knocked on his door. Turns out that he moved long ago, but we found a couple and their 3 kids who let us in and teach, and we soon figured out that they were searching for a church that will help them actually learn how to have a happier life. Thursday we found a pastor of an evangelical church that recently has been going inactive because he realized that his church preaches doctrines of men, and after he started to preach the real doctrines of Christ, the other leaders of the church booted him out. Now he´s on the search for the real church of Jesus Christ. Friday we searched for a recently less active member that owns a hair salon. After finding her, we found out that her non-member husband and another non-member friend have been getting on her case cause they want to learn about the church, but she never takes them to get to know it. Saturday, as we searched for our last adress of the day (8:50ish at night) we came across a less active man, who´s whole family are strong members of the church, but he went inactive when he was 15. Now he has a wife and 3 kids, and now he thinks it´s maybe the right time to get active again.

On the mission it´s so important to remember that you are a servant of the Lord, and that he is willing to help you. If you are happy and willing to do anything to help others come unto Christ, if you are willing to work hard to be great friends with your companion so that the spirit can be with you, and are willing to be 100% obedient in everything that you do, 24 hours a day, and willing to do what the Mission President has asked (Mission Plan), then the blessings will rain from heaven, and you will have a hard time counting them all. We can apply this to any aspect of life, with our church callings, with our work and school, and with our relationships with friends and family. It´s such a simple thing, when we do what the Lord asks, we receive blessings. If we don´t, we have no promise.

Easter was awesome. The best part was that 8 of those people(including the 2 of the new families we found!!) and 5 more less actives made it to church, so it was awesome!! We also got boxes of chocolate from the bishop.

But yeah, it´s been a pretty good week. Gotta go! Até mais!!

Elder Trevisanut

Monday, March 25, 2013

My New Companion....Elder Barkdull!!

Ola Bom DIA!!!!

Tudo bem?! One more great week!! This week was full of new things and tons of work! At the beginning of the week I did a division with the assistants to the president (Zone Leaders do divisions with the assistants) so it was fun to work in Portão for a day, we were pretty much running around all day teaching and talking with people in the rain. We got soaked, we dried off, got soaked again, dried off again, and over again like 3 more times, it was fun.

Other than that, just the normal week of a missionary. Too much to tell in just a few minutes. Today was transfers day, and it´s even more exciting than usual, cause instead of just thinking about who will be my new comp or where will be my new area, I have a whole zone to think about. Zone´s are like families, so it´s sad to see some go, but really exciting to see who will be new members. My companion, Elder Piñeiro got tranfered to Ponta Grossa, and he will be training a new missionary from the MTC, so he´ll be a normal missionary after 7 months as zone leader. 

My new companion is Elder Barkdull!! From my group in the MTC, so we´re both really excited to be working together, we´re gonna blow up this area, it´s gonna be an awesome transfer. 4 Missionaries in my zone are training also, and 1 left to be Zone Leader in another area, so we´re proud of them too, haha.

But that´s about it, it´s gonna be a week of milagres!!! See you later!!

Elder Trevisanut

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

TERRA ABENÇOADA!!!!!!


Oi!

Wow, I´m so excited for Bailey, you don´t even know, maybe I´ll see her in the airport or something, that would be a crazy miracle. Tell her that I knew she was gonna go to Brasil TERRA ABENÇOADA!!!!!! I´m so excited. Tell her to write me fast fast fast!

This week has been great and very interesting, just going crazy trying to get all of these people baptized, unfortunately only 4 were baptised, but all of the people that didn´t pass their interviews were remarked for this week, so we´re gonna pick up the rest this week!! The work is going great. In response to your questions, this area is way different than all of my others, it´s all in the city, and it´s a lot more civilized than my others. Even though in my others I was only 10-30 minutes outside of Curitiba, they were way different, we´ve got pretty much all that we need here, it´s great. The package had all that I needed, I don´t think anything was missing.

Also, Thursday morning we got an interesting call from Presidente Cordon. He told us that there was a missionary in Paranagua that was having some difficulties, and he wanted me and my companion to go there immediately to talk with him and help him out. So we went directly to the Bus Station to take a bus to Paranagua. For those that aren´t familiar with Curitiba (all of you...:P) Paranagua is a beach city that´s about 2 hours to the east of Curitiba, so it was awesome to be able to go there for a day. Paranagua is awesome it´s more or less a huge beach town, and the trip there was awesome. Tons of valleys and waterfalls and we were way in the middle of the forest, it was like classic brasilian rainforest. It was awesome

But anyways, I´m outta time, gotta go!!!!!!!

Elder Trevisanut

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Twelve Baptism Dates Set for One Week!!

OLA!!


Bem, today we got to go to the temple, and we just got home, so I´ve got tons to do, and little time to write!!!

This week was good, just work work work, Zone leader council, work, baptismal interviews, and more work. It was great!!! The time is passing so fast as a LZ, it´s crazy!!! The LZ council was great, we learned a ton, it was awesome to be in a meeting with just Zone Leaders. And yesterday we passed all the info to our zone. For one of the trainings I bought a bunch of ingredients to make cookies and I picked one of the elders from our zone to come up in front and make cookies for us, just that he only had 3 minutes to mix all the ingredients, and didn't have the recipe (I purposefully picked an Elder who doesn't know anything about cooking), it was really funny. The moral of the lesson was to show that a lot of the time we work with all our heart, might and strength, but forget about using one of the most important parts, our minds. It was a training about planning, and the importance of it in the work. Afterwards I cooked the dough that he made without the recipe and passed them out to everyone, they were more or less good except for the big pieces of eggshell that were left in them (he just threw the eggs in without breaking them or anything, haha) it was pretty funny.

Other than that, the work is going great, our zone has 12 baptism dates set for this week, so we´re going crazy so that they can all be baptised this week. In Curitiba, 12 baptisms is a ton for 1 zone, so we´re pretty excited. One more week of interviews, splits and craziness, we´ll see how it goes!!

Gotta go!!

Ate mais,

Elder Trevisanut



ZONA TARUMÃ!!!! 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Carungejado!!

Bom Dia todos!

This week has been great, another week of tons of work, we have been doing all we can to find new investigators, but Curitiba is really hard!!  It´s still slow going but we´ll get there, we taught 51 lessons this week which is an all-time high for me, so we were pretty excited for that. We have to be the best examples for our Zone, so we´ve been trying to do all we can to set the bar high for our missionaries here.

Not too much has happened this week other than that, but today we´re having a ´´carungejado´´, which is pretty much a made up word for crab barbecue. My comp´s from the Baía (a state in brasil way up norte where they eat tons of fish) so yeah we bought a bunch of live crab this morning at 7:00am. We put them in a bucket behind our house and a few of them escaped already ahah. But we´re pretty excited to cook them up and eat them haha. I´ll take pictures.

But other than that, I gotta go! I´ve got no time!!! Talk to you all next week!!

Elder Trevisanut

Monday, February 25, 2013

One More Opportunity to Serve

Oi tudo bem!?!?!

This week has been......crazy!!! It seems like it was a month ago that I sent that last email, I´ve been so busy for every minute of every hour of every day, there is so much to do! But it´s all really exciting, I´m super pumped!!!

So as for the questions, a Zone Leader is pretty much the same thing as a District Leader, just that instead of having to take care of 3-5 missionaries, you have to take care of 15-35 missionaries, so it´s crazy. And there´s a bunch of random little things also. You get to go to the mission office every week to get materials and letters and packages and stuff, you have a Zone Leader Counsel that you go to once a month with President Cordon, you get to do splits with the assistants to the president, prepare special trainings for the Zone, plan Zone activities (we planned the best Zone Activity for today, I´ll explain later) and tons of other stuff. It´s pretty much just 100x more work than usual. But it´s just one more opportunity to serve, it´s pretty great to be able to help so many people and so many missionaries. But every time it´s a little more responsibility and you just have to get used to it. My comp is great, he´s helping me out a ton his name is Elder Piñeiro, and he´s been a Zone leader for about 6 months, he was actually my ZL for a transfer when I got to Colombo, so I know him well, we´re working like crazy out here, we taught like 40 lessons this week.

TELL BAILEY PARABENS!!!!!!! I´m so excited for her! Okay, stateside, she´ll go to California Riverside Mission ;), and foreign she´s definitely going to MISSÂO BRASIL CURITIBA!!!! :) :) :)

But other than that, we´re doing great out here, oh yeah, we planned out an awesome activity for P-Day today. The missionaries loved it, I made kind of a treasure hunt throughout the church, it´s too long to explain, I´ll have to tell it later. After that we played a type of capture the flag with water balloons, and ate pão de queijo (ask Mike) a huge fruit salad and cake. It was pretty awesome, and a great way to excite the Zone. But I´m outta time, I gotta go!!!!!!!!!!!
Até Mais!!

Elder Trevisanut

Monday, February 18, 2013

Zone Leader!!

Oi tudo bem???

Então, I am really short on time so this´ll be a short one, but I wanted to let everyone know how I´m doing this week. The last week of the transfer ended really well, we were running around like crazy to help our investigators to be baptized on Sunday, I also had to do 4 baptismal interviews in my district, and deal with a few issues with a few other Elders in my district as well. It was a crazy week, but very rewarding, and I´m happy to say that we were able to have a baptism on Sunday night. It was great. R, who we have been teaching for about 2 months, was baptized. She was so happy that she cried, and she was so thankful to me and my companion for helping her find the true path of Jesus Christ. It was a great way to end my time in Colombo.

So Sunday night we got the call that I would be trasfered. My time was so short in Colombo, and it went by so fast, I was pretty sad to leave Elder House, I´m gonna miss him a bunch, he was a great companion, and now he´s ready to lead the area in Colombo. He got a great companion called Elder Rocha who will be great in Colombo, and for sure a bunch of the people that we have found and taught will be baptised.

I, on the other hand, am now in Vila Oficinas, an area on the east side of Curitiba. Yes, I have finally made it into an area inside of Curitiba!!!! After a year and 5 months. But, sadly I´ve been demoted to Junior Companion once again. BUT, I´ve been called as a Zone Leader! I was pretty shocked when I heard it, and a bunch of others were telling me that I would be called, but I was still pretty surprised and my heart was pumping pretty fast when President announced it. I´m a little nervous, my Zone consists of 3 Districts and 20 missionaries, so it´s a lot to be in charge of, but I´m sure I´ll get the hang of it real quick. My companions name is Elder Piñeiro, he´s from Salvador in the Baía, the North of Brasil, and he´ll be training me as Zone Leader. So, this transfer´s gonna be a fun one.
But other than that, I gotta go, I´ve got a lot more things to do, so my time is short. I´ll talk to you later!!

Tell Andrew that I say hi, and parabens for the successful mission!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Trevisanut

Monday, February 11, 2013

Spider Bites, no fun!

Oi, tudo bem??

Well, this week has been really crazy, we have been running all over the place doing a bunch of baptismal interviews and doing all we can to help our investigators to prepare for their baptisms this Saturday. We have had to push back the majority of them for two weeks from now, but we are praying that we will be able to have at least one this Saturday. 


Also, transfers are coming up this week, so we´ll see what happens. We opened this area, so we both have the same amount of time here in the area, so we´re not sure who will leave, but we´re both pretty sure that someone will. So we´ll see what happens.


Other than that, this week has been just running around like crazy, not too much to tell, my district had a few problems with a few missionaries this week so I had to do a few emergency splits and stuff, and when I was doing splits with the Zone Leaders they had a few other problems with missionaries fighting and stuff, so I had to be there to help out with that too, the missionary life is crazy, haha. But other than that, just another week. 


But, I´m outta time, I gotta run!! Talk to you all later!! That´s awesome about the mission calls of all those people, good luck to all of them!!

Até próxima!

Elder Trevisanut


NOTE FROM MOM:

Victor said that he was really sick; after pressing him for more information, this is what he shared with me:   "I was actually bitten by a spider. It´s called aranha marrom, it´s like the brasilian version of the brown recluse. DON`T WORRY, it´s all healed, I went to the hospital and got hooked up to an IV,  I was in the house for like 4 days (it bit me right on the knee and I couldn´t even walk!! I had to like cling to the wall to make it to the bathroom), and limping for like 4 more, but I´m all healed up now, I took all the antibiotic, and it´s all gone, without pain or any side effects, so I´m all good!! I gotta go! Ttyl!"  Here is a picture I found online:

aranha marrom



Monday, February 4, 2013

Getting Closer to Baptism

E aí como está a família?

Well, we´ve had one more good week, we´re working hard with our progressing investigators to get them closer to baptism, and things are going well, we are hoping to get them baptized on the 17th of February, so we´re all really excited. That's the last day of the transfer, so we´re really hoping it goes well. 

Other than that, the work is going normal this week. A couple areas had some problems this week, so I had to do a few emergency splits, so that is always fun. We also had a pretty crazy rainstorm that caused us to get home at midnight the other night...but thats a story for another day. But thanks for the email, I´ve got no time this week, so I´ll have to keep it super short, sorry!! 

Love you all and I´ll talk to you later!!!

Elder Trevisanut


Great week in Colombo

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Good Solid Week in Colombo

Oi tudo bem???

Hey everyone, how is everyone doing???


This week has been a good solid week out here in Colombo, we are still working with the same people, and are getting really excited for some baptisms in the next few weeks, we´ve got some pretty good prospects for these next few weeks. Other than that, not too much happened this week, we had a mission conference with Elder Oaks from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, President Costa the Presidente of the area Brasil, and the presiding Bishop of the church, Bishop Stevenson. We were all really excited for the conference, but when we got there, turns out that there was a problem and Elder Oaks couldn´t make it, so Elder Craig C. Christensen from the Presidency of the Seventy took his place. It was really good, we all thought that they were doing this conference to tell us that they we gonna divide the mission or something, but they didn´t, it was prettty much just a huge Q & A with a handfull of general authorities, it was pretty sweet.


But other than that, not too much has happened this week, and I´m really short on time, so I should probably go, talk to you all next week!!!

Elder Trevisanut

Monday, January 21, 2013

Dancing, Singing, and Smiling...Jumping in All the Puddles!

Oi tudo bem!!!!

Well this has been a really great week, we got a lot of great work done, and we´re really excited for this next week that will start today.


Well where to start. It´s been a while since I´ve talked about our investigators, but we´re teaching tons of people. Ever since we´ve opened this area we´ve had tons of people to teach, and after a couple of months, we have a few that area starting to progress really well. Just to talk about a few of them, this week we set two wedding dates for the temple. Their names are A and V, and they have actually been investigating the church for a year or two, their daughters were baptised a while back, but they have always kind of pushed baptism farther back and farther back. But we´ve been teaching them ever since we´ve gotten here, and we decided to teach them about temple marriage for eternity, and it was a really spiritual lesson, and they agreed to prepare to get married in the temple on the 21st of February 2014, which means that they need to be baptized within this next month to be able to go through with that date. So we´re really hoping to be able to have their baptism on the 17th of Feb, the last week of the transfer. We´ve also got 6 other dates on the last week of February, we´re hoping to baptise everyone on that day. We´ve got S, who is completely ready to get baptised, who just needs to get married, but her husband doesn't want to get married, we also have In who we found 2 weeks ago, she´s great. We´re also teaching R and D, they´re also progressing really well, D just needs to get over a few addictions. We´re also teaching a great guy called E, and his wife L and their family. They have 3 kids who are just great kids. They´re probably the ones that we´re the most excited about, because E is progressing really well. He was kind of a person that we weren´t sure about in the beginning, but he has is really a true, honest seeker of truth. He has been feeling the spirit for the first time in his life, and he really likes our messages, and especially reading the Book of Mormon. He wants the best for his family, and he wants his kids to have a different life than he has had, and he wants a path or a structure for the whole family. We find stuff like this a lot out here on the mission, where parents want their kids to follow this righteous path, but usually the parents don´t want anything to do with it, and just want their kids to be forced to hear our lessons, but in the case of E, he wants to be the one to guide his family on this path. He is a great guy, and we´re really excited about his progress. We´re really hoping that he can be baptised before the end of this transfer, and with faith and tons of prayer and fasting, for sure it will happen. We´re pretty excited. 


Other than that, this week has been great. On Friday, we were in the farthest area from our house, and outta nowhere a bunch of really dark clouds moved in and rain started pouring down on us. All of our plans had fallen through, and all the doors and windows of the houses we shut, so we were kinda stuck outside when the rain hit us. It´s a common thing on the mission in brasil, you usually just find a big tree or some sort of covering to hide under, but this rain was crazy, it just got heavier and heavier and heavier, and before long, the tree we were hiding under wasn't helping the slightest bit, so we just decided to walk the 45 minutes back home to change our clothes. And it was crazy, all the streets were flooded and we pretty much walked home in a river. It was like Forrest Gump, it was that kind of rain that seems like it´s coming up instead of falling down. The funny thing that I´ve realized on the mission is, you´re gonna get rained on, a lot, so you can get really annoyed for the whole time that you´re stuck in it, or you can just accept the fact that you´re gonna get completely wet anyways, so just enjoy it. That´s what I always do, and I bet all the people here think I´m crazy, cause whenever it rains like this, I usually end up dancing and singing with a big smile on my face and jumping in all the puddles (and in Friday´s case, lakes). It´s always super fun.

But anyways, I´m outta time, I gotta go, I´ll talk to you all later!!!

Elder Trevisanut

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Você tá vendo isso? Is that..... Dominos?

Oi tudo bem?!

Well, super sorry for not writing for the past two weeks, they said that we couldn't write on Christmas cause we were already gonna talk to you all in person, and on New Year's there weren´t any Internet Places open, so the Zone Leaders said that we would have to wait another week to write. Then Sunday night they told us that we had our temple trip on Wednesday, so our P-Day was moved to Wednesday, and then on Wednesday we had a few complications, so I got permission to write today.


Things are going well here, it´s hard to write about three weeks of work, but it´s been going good here, we have been finding tons of people to teach, and are doing all that we can to prepare them for baptism. The biggest problem is still trying to get them to COME TO CHURCH!!!! It´s a little hard for them cause the church is out of our area. We have been teaching a lady for a while, and she´s totally ready to be baptized, she just needs to get married, the only problem is that her ´´husband´´ doesn´t want to get married (here in Brasil it´s kind of expensive to get married, so pretty much everyone just lives together for years and years without getting legally married, kind of annoying for the missionaries), even though they´ve been together for 14 years. He said that he wants 14 more years to think about it. So that´s been one of our struggles. Also because of the Holidays, tons of people have been out of town, so it has been a little difficult to help them progress. But we have still been teaching a ton and working like crazy. 


Also Natal and Ano Novo were great, the members were fighting over us to eat dinner at their houses, so it was cool to feel special and everything, the members love us here, we got so much stuff, and every week they fill up like 5 grocery bags full of fruits, bread and a bunch of other junk food for us, so there´s always food in our house, and the weight is coming back on, haha.


Transfers were on Monday, but we both stayed. We weren´t surprised, the training program is for 12 weeks, so it´s pretty rare to get split up halfway through the training, we´re both super excited to start the new transfer and to collect all the fruits of our work in the first transfer.


Other than that, not too much happened, actually tons of stuff happened, but I don't remember anything, it´s so sad, I really need to get better at writing in my journal too, but I´ve just been SOO busy, and I´m even more busy now that I got called as District Leader again. Training, dealing with a recently opened branch, district leading, it´s all good. It´s the life of a missionary, so it´s pretty good. 


Oh yeah, we also ate Domino's Pizza yesterday in Centro de Curitiba, we were there til late last night, and passed by a familiar looking sign.... Você tá vendo isso? Are you seeing what I´m seeing? Is that..... Dominos? Yeah, I know where we´re eating dinner. So we ate Domino's, I got a ´´Havaiana´´ or hawaiian. it was awesome. But that´s about it, I gotta go!! Talk to you all next week!!!


Love,

Elder Trevisanut




Yeah, Domino's!