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)
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 :) )
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!!
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.
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!!