Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Week 26

Howdy all!!! I hit my ¨6 month mark this last Tuesday!!!
It has been a fast but full week!!! 

Last Sunday I made cinnamon rolls and took them to my district meeting! That was a great idea :/ Yes they were awesome and everyone loved them, but afterward they all asked that I bring them to the next district meeting (that is tomorrow) and last night my district leader called and told me that they are all expecting cinnamon rolls. I will try to make them later today.

  My comp and I once again had the opportunity to help bring someone into the waters of baptism this last Sunday. Little Reverson Jr. (sounds like heverson). Reverson is a normal little 8 year old kid, but his bap was not normal. His Bap was scheduled for sat. at 7pm. He got into the water with his father, and for the next 2 hrs they were in the water together. Poor little Reverson was horrified to put his head under the water. Over and over and over again they said the prayer. It was soon too late to continue. The next day (Sunday) we figured out how to get the font to fill with hot water! After church we once more tried to have him baptized. Even with the water warm he was still horrified to put his head under the water. After over an hr of trying, his father picked him up and cradled him in his arms, and talked with him for a long time. The father then holding little Reverson, said the prayer and they both went completely under the water.

The work in this area is awesome! We have struggled a little bit to get the members to help us due to some troubles. With the few members that have been helping and supporting us we have received a ton of referrals and have a lot of progressing investigators! We have baptism dates set for the next 2 weekends!

This week I went on divisions with the district leader's comp. My district leader is from Argentina and speaks Spanish and went with my comp to help teach an investigator from Argentina who only speaks Spanish. Well cool fact, the district leader's area is where I was for my first 4 weeks of the mission field. So I got to go walk the streets of my first area and sleep in the same bed that I slept in when I was born into this wonderful mission!

Love you all so much! Thank you for the prayers, I can feel myself strengthened by them! So sorry for the short dry message, I will do better next week.

Love you all!!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Week 25

Howdy All!!!

Tell me how this sounds! Carrots, orange, lime, mango, spinach, strawberries yogurt, and bananas all blended up in a smoothie! Sound good? Believe it or not, it is pretty good. I have lived off of pretty much a ton of fruit and veggie smoothies along with some good egg omelets for breakfast, and last night I made some awesome cinnamon rolls for my district meeting tomorrow!! 

Life is great here in Londrina, the work is going awesome and we had a baptism yesterday!! We have another one planned for this coming Sunday as well. The work is going great! The members are really helping us out. A week ago we had a baptism that was the first the ward had had in about 5 months! We have baptism dates set for every Sunday for the next 3 Sundays!!!

 Well, Exactly 6 months ago today I left my a beautiful home in the United States of America. Tomorrow will be exactly 6 months in Brazil! In that time I have learned Portuguese, have walked a ton, taught a ton, had very little sleep and not much food, and have been privileged to baptize 14 wonderful people!!! 

I got a really scary video of something this week!!!!! Any clue what it might be?!!! I gave myself a haircut using R$2 scissors and my blue comb!!!! It was either spend money on some lunch food and cut my own hair or go hungry for 1 day and spend R$20 on a haircut. To tell you the truth it turned out pretty good! I think it looks good! well good for really cheap scissors and a mirror. Look closely at the pictures of me and my comp with the awesome cinny rolls I made last night and tell me if my hair is any good! 
Love you all, I promise I will have a longer letter next week!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Week 24

Talk about a Looooonnnnnnnnnnnngggggggggg week!

It feels like this last week has been the longest in the mission!
I sadly can´t send pictures this week because the computer doesn't have an input for an SD card and I don´t have the correct cables to hook up to the computer. =(

So on Monday I was transferred here to Vivi Xavier. I was surprised when I was notified that I was riding first class on a bus that would only take 1 1/2 hrs from Maringá to Londrina instead of the normal multi hr trip. Man I tell you my seat was like a couch that turned into a bed!!!!

I miss Campo Mourão a ton and for the first few days I was pretty Campo Mourão sick.

Yesterday we had the opportunity to baptize 14 year old young woman who had been going to church and begging her parents for permission to be baptized for 4 months. I have never seen someone so happy to be baptized in my life.
Well I have got to go, sorry the letter is so dry and short. I am off to go buy 3 pineapples for $R10!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Week 23

Howdy All!!!

My email will be very short today due to the fact that it is transfers!!!! 

I am leaving this awesome city of Campo Mourão and going about 6hrs north back to Londrina. My new area is Vivi Xavier, Zona Tiradentes! My new comp was my comps trainer!!! Looks like I will be hanging with my "Grandpa" in the mission. Can I tell you something kind of cool? My "Great Grandpa"  in the mission is the highest baptizer in the mission! My Grandpa in the mission (new comp) is the 2nd highest baptizer in the mission, and my father in the mission (current comp until 2 this afternoon) is the 3rd highest baptizer. My new comp has over 100 baptisms according to my comp!!! Crazy if you ask me!

I was smart and packed most of my stuff last night, so I will be able to walk around a bit and say bye to converts and members. I am so at peace right now. For awhile I was really nervous about what this next transfer would bring but after an amazing General Conference where I had a ton of questions answered, and a lot of prayers I am at peace with whatever the Lord puts into my path.

I love you All, and will be emailing you soon!!! I AM GOING BACK TO LONDRINA!!!!! WHOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Mom here are the things I think you were talking about. they are called Brigaderos. They are stinkin amazing. I found these at a conferencier that were cheap. These are a little smaller than a tennis ball! Yum Yum!!!

 They turned out amazing and were eaten during the Sat afternoon session with us 4 missionaries my American branch pres and his Brazilian wife.
Man does this family make awesome food. The 17 year old boy and I went on a full day of slits together one day. He will make a awesome missionary. the dad is not a member of the church, and is amazing at the BBQ.

We were able to watch conference in ENGLISH!!! I missed the first talk of the first session :( Conference was amazing and the spirit was strong. I received many answers to questions this conference

They call him João Hallelujah. He is a friend to everyone and is known among the poor as a brother and friend who brings a ton of food to the poorest people spending money from his own pocket(he is not a rich person) He is an awesome friend to the missionaries and is willing to help at the drop of a hat

My 2 favorite People in the world! Pres. Tyler Jones from Spokane, Washington and his wife Natalia who is from Campo Mourão.

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