Monday, March 27, 2017

Week 22

Howdy All!! 

This is Elder Johnson in Campo Mourão Brazil!!!

Not sure if I will be able to email next week cause of the fact that transfers are next Monday!
Exciting and scary!! This last week has been a long week and I haven´t been able to teach as much as I was hoping for. Due to some money issues I was stuck in another area 2 hrs away from my area with a missionary(not my comp) who liked to sleep all day. >(

Let me tell you all about this last Tuesday. Tuesday was a good day and a bad day and a super embarrassing day. This is how it went down. We had our district meeting in my area and afterwards the 6 of us in my district went to a member's house for lunch. Irama Luiz (I am not kidding she has got to be between 3 1/2 and 4 feet tall) made us an awesome meal. I have rice every day here but her rice was awesome. She had steamed veggies in the rice which is a rare treat (to me at least, the other elders hated the veggies). This is where theembarrassingg part comes in.

 I was stuffed. I was to the popping point. I had had a few plates of the awesome rare rice and the even rarer huge green salad! She (like all the awesome members here) said "come mais Elder" this is where you say that you are satisfied and thank them for the food. Right before I answered her my comp. said "Elder remember the word that I taught you before lunch that is more polite." I said ok and said the following, "Irama, eu esto gravida." She stopped and just gave me a weird look for a moment and said "que?" I said "Irama, eu esto gravida. Muito brigato por seua comeda." At the moment I was not sure what I had said wrong and she acted upset and mumbled something as she walked over to me and put the rest of the meat and rice on my plate and told me to eat every bite.

I was flabbergasted! I was already stuffed to my popping point, and all I had said was that I was very grateful for her awesome food (or so I thought). The 5 other Elders were dying and she was upset. I was so shocked and tried to eat all the food. To tell you the truth I dont think that I have ever eaten that much food in my life. The elders soon stopped laughing at me after she did some snapping at them. After a few minutes my comp told me that he was sorry and that he really felt bad and as soon as we left  he would tell me what I had said. At that moment I totaly thought I could feel my stomach tearing inside of me. The other elders felt bad for me and when Irama Luiz walked out of the room for a minute all the elders quickly took the rest of my food and put it onto their plates and ate it.

 A little later when we left my comp. told me that I had told her that I was Pregnant!!!! Man I love my comp! This is not the first time that he has told me a word that means something weird to tell the members at lunch.

An Elder gave me a haircut. Not the best haircut I have ever received, in fact it is the worst. I will let it grow out for a few weeks before I send pictures. All I will say is that I look a little on the gay side.

Love you all,

           Missão Brasil Londrina

       Rua Belo Horizonte, 1236 - Centro
         Londrina / PR Cep: 86020-060


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Week 21

Howdy all!!! 

This is Elder Johnson in Campo Mourão, Brazil!

Good news!!!!! It is finally Fall!!!!! We have had some really nice days! I am not sure what the temperature has been like but it feels like it is in the mid 70´s with really low humidity!!! Man talk about crazy. One day it is smoken hot and humid and the last few days have been perfect fall days with beautiful temperatures. Brazil dosen´t like to slowly blend one season into another. It likes to be smoking hot one day with nights so hot and sticky humid that you cant sleep, and then the next day perfect temperatures but with nights so cold that you can't get warm. 

  Work has been slow this week. We didn´t teach a single lesson, but did a ton of walking. We traveled to Maringá this week for a zone confrence. It was a zone/health conference and we were in the conference for 10 hrs Minus 1 1/2 for lunch.

On Friday Elder Zambrano and his comp Elder King had a baptism! This transfer has been really slow. Satan is really working hard. We only had 1 person at church this last Sunday. Only 1 more week of the transfer!!! Time is flying by.

Elders King and Zambrano(the one baptizing) baptized a 19 year old named Lenardo who is on fire. We have all been able to help teach him at one time or another and they were always awesome lessons. This guy is really smart and there was always an amazing spirit when we were teaching him lessons (I participated in 2 lessons)

                                                                                           Elder King and I

Elder Mortensen (stepmother) and I

This made my day!

The best food I have had in a very long time!

My brother and best friend Elder Zambrano and me sitting on a bus on our way to Maringá  

My 3 best friends(from left to right) Elder King(Las Vegas) Elder Monteiro(São Paulo) Elder Zambrano(1hr south of LA) 

Me (the only good looking Elder)

Played Portuguese Monopoly this week and I won!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Week 20

What a week!!! I tell you, this week has been a week of miracles and extremely hard work. 

William is a 10 year old boy with long hair. He has a little 7 year old toothpick of a sister named Carolina(sounds like catalina). He doesn't have a dad and his mom has been in jail for the past 6 weeks for drug trafficking. About a month ago we got information from his grandma to baptize him, and he wanted to be baptized really bad. Every week for the past few weeks he has been sent to grandpa's farm far away from the city to live with him for the weekend. We usually baptize on Saturday so that really messed things up. OnTuesday before leaving the house we prayed that when we went to the poor area that he lived that we would be able to find him and find a good day to baptize him. When we arrived we found him and were able to set the baptism up for Thursday!! On thursday we walked to pick him up and got a phone call saying that the member who was going to give a ride to William couldn´t come. After a ton of phone calls we ended up having to walk to the church with William and a few of his friends(all baptized a few weeks ago) With slow kids the normally 45min speed walk took a little more than 3 hours!!!!! In the end he was baptized!!! So that has a happy ending!!!

I am not very excited for this week. Tomorrow we have to travel north 2 hours to a city calleed Maringá for a health/zone conference. We will be there for most of the week which means we won't be able to work with our investigators.

We are currently working with 2 families. One is a family of 5 bap. aged people and the other is a husband and wife with a little kid. Man I tell you, finding people who are married or are willing to get married is the hardset thing in the world. We have taught tons of lessons and have had some very excited people that want to be baptized. But then you tell them that they have to be married first, and they say they no longer have a interest in the church. :( 

Come on people!!! You feel the spirit, you believe what we teach you and you want to get baptized!!! But the moment we bring up that you have to get married you say," I have to get married?" Yes person you need to be married, "oh, thanks for your time but salvation doesn't matter very much to us." As you can probably tell the parents didn´t want to get married therefore couldn´t get baptized, but they still wanted their kids to get baptized and encourage there kids to go to church each week. If we can´t help bring salvation to the adults, at least we are able to help the souls of a few kids and teens.

Well I have got to be going my fine friends and family!
P-day comes way stinken too fast here on the mission, so it wont be long untill you hear from me again! =)

Here are some photos of my area and the baptism!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Week 19

HOWDY ALL!!!!!!!

This past week has been really hard. We worked really hard this week, and there were many nights that I fell asleep so fast that I don´t even remember getting into bed! The other night I found myself dozing off as I was writing in my journal.

 Our mission has a goal of 260 baptism this transfer. Each zone has a goal of 50. My comp got a phone call from President saying that we have had the greatest success out of all the missionaries last transfer with 10 baptisms. He told my comp that at this moment that Elder Moneiro and I are the pillar of the mission. He said that we are in the zone that has the hardest time baptizing and that we are in what is considered a hard area. He said that this next transfer we need to set an example to the rest of the mission by once again leading the mission with baptisms. We have 4 weeks of the transfer left and no success. Hey don´t worry! No pressure!

 After a ton of hard work and a long week Sunday rolled around. We had 10 investigators that were all excited to come to church. This is where Satan steps in and God tests our faith. We were on the doorstep of a family of 6, 5 are baptismal aged. A member waited just outside in his car to help take them to church. They were almost ready to go when we were hit with a wonderful Brazilian downpour, it was one of the hard rains that left the streets flooding in just a few min! The moment it started to rain someone came up to the house and told the father that his brother had just died from over drinking and drug use. That did it. The family didn´t come to church. We arrived at the church about 1/2 hr later 100% soaked and a little discouraged. The rest of our investigators didn´t come because of the rain. Even with a member sitting just out their doors with a car and they were already dressed and ready to go they said no because of the rain.

 Fasting on a mission is one of the hardest things I think there is on a mission some times. But I tell you, when we fast I can see and feel the blessings being poured out onto us. Just after finishing our fast yesterday I saw miracles come to pass. I have been really sore and tired because of all our work last week. My feet were really hurting, they were hurting more then they have in a long time. My feet hurt to the point that at times I was more hobbling than walking. As I went in to lunch with some members (we eat and fast lunch to lunch here) I was hurting and hobbling, by the end of lunch and after my prayer to end my fast I had 0 pain in my feet. It has been about 24hr and at this moment I have 0 pain and can walk at full missionary walking speed!!

  I would like to thank all of you for your fasting and prayers to us missionaries. We can see and feel the blessings. I know you probably do but please pray for our investigators. Each day we go out armed in the strength of the Lord and we battle with Satan and his angels. As I am out here in the streets of Brazil I can feel the power of all your prayers and fasting.

 Thanks to all!! I love miss and pray for all of you!

A little experiement with Lindsey's french bread recipe and cinnamon and sugar

If you want to feel the spirit leave walk into this baby. (look up the big church in Cianorte Brazil)

           Missão Brasil Londrina

       Rua Belo Horizonte, 1236 - Centro
         Londrina / PR Cep: 86020-060