Monday, September 28, 2015

Tá doido muleque Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2015


What a week. So many things new and exciting. good and bad. But I have quite the story for you guys this week so lets get to it. Fist off the Area is super good. The chapel is actually close to the area and so the probabiliy of bringing peopleto church is good. But just from what I have seen as of recently... the ward is a little weak. The leadership is a little be squewed and I dont really know how to explain it. We have some great people though. Super good people here. So its been fun to get used to and Elder Ramazotti is still showing me around the area. We met a hilarious old lady that went to church with us this week and its a little complicated with General Conference this week so Baptizem is a little hard to throw down this week but we will try to keep teaching here and keeping the Faith that the spirit will keep working there. She is pretty funny. We talked about getting here a car to take her to church and she said "What is this? Jesus walked everywhere. He didnt have cars of busses.. I will walk if I need to! haha" Super funny lady. Alright so time for the story of your life time. Craziest story of my mission So I will try to do it justice.

Alright so last night we have a few plans fall through and so we decided to head to the house of a Recent Convert a little early. He lives in a appartment complex and we go there a lot. But this particular night when we arrived there were a bunch of people hanging around this entrance to his building in the stareway. SO some people are like "Oh good the Holy Men arrived." And the mentioned us to enter and there is this Middle Aged lady laying on the ground moving around and it appeared to me at first that she had fallen or was having a segur of something like that. So we drop everything and run over to assist and we find out that she is "Possesed with an evil spirit and our RecentConvert (RC) is on the floor holding her down with another guy. So we kneel down to help out and understand the situation. Everyone is throwing Holy Water on her and praying. One crazy guy was putting a cross necklass to her forehead every 5 seconds to try and do something... just straight up madness. Elder Ramazotti doesnt know what to do and I pretty much had the same face and so Elder Ramazotti starts to cast out the demond and whatnot. Using the preisthood and stuff like that. I tell RC to go and get his oil for blessings and he runs into his house and gets it. (He was just made an elder like 2 weeks ago) and we go ahead and give her a blessing "try to give a blessing" and nothing is really working.. Super sketch but at the same time I wasnt really picking up a demond vibe and neither was Ramazotti. So we give her some space and she keeps on saying schetch things like "You called me here and now I've come!" and "Take me to the beach" Stuff super weird and meanwhile the other missionaries arrive and nobody has any ideas of what to do. But the entire time all of us were just super confused. Poor elder Howell (other american who doesnt really speak english yet) had no idea what was going on. So i kept trying to explain everything in english. aghh it was just a mess of crazy dubstep exercisim brazilian religion madness! haha So the family ends up throwing her in the car and takes her to the beach and meanwhile we all just think about the madness and try to analize the situation, laughing about the bizarrity of it all. And we just eat with RC and wait it out. When she returned she was all bubbly and thanked us and RC and blah blah blah.. just totally different and her husband explained some more details but still its all just super sketch and so who really knows what happend. But it was pretty funny to talk about it with RC and afterwords... haha ah man You guys will just have to hear the story from me in person on Dec. 17th!!

So yeah it was great. Elder Howell is doing great. Just strugglin with the same stuff that I passed thru. So I feel like I am helping out there too. Ramazotti has less time than me and the only person in our zone older than me is in our distric and he is a stud. So yeah its cool to not always talk about home and the same stuff that i talked about with Elder Moura or the other really old district (old in mission time) haha SO I am happy.

Family- Mom, keep it up . your work is appriciated. Hope you are stoked with the news. Dad, loved the story. Super funny. Lambson clan- Thats awesome conway! Muito bom cara! Love you guys and hope you are all stoked to be homeowners! Exciting. W&S&B- Pics! Brooklyn is aaaDORB! haha Love you guys and hope the move goes well for Wy. When is it again? Kodras- BAYBAY thats awesome. Hang in there nan. Maggs is being forced to grow up super fast huh.. ? haha Keep the faith and keep giving those Football details coming Anton! Cougs got crushed.

So this next week will be CONFERENCE! Yeah 3 new apostles of the LORD! IT will be so awesome. My perdictions are: Elder Christensen (#representTHEname) Elder Clayton (#Stud) and Elder Godoy (#BrazilinTHEhouse) but let me know what you guys are predicting. It will be so great I am sooo overwhelmingly pumped.

Alright well this letter almost took all my energy today...
I love you all so dang much! DEC 17 5:00. BE there or BE square! #TrunkedOutOfMyMindNow... #JK #MissionsAreTheBest
Amor de Coração


Monday, September 21, 2015

Geizel! Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2015

What  is up family!

Hey there so yep Transfers came and went! I got moved out of Bodogongó and Campina Grande and now I am in João Pessoa again! Ha Im in an area named Geizel and is should be pretty chill! I got here this morning just before lunch and so far its been great! I am with a new comp too. His name is Elder Ramazotti and he is from Paraná. Southern Brazil and its been pretty great so far. Seems like it should be an alright transfer! Also the other missionaries that we live with, 1 is from São Paulo and the other is an Americano with only 6 months on the mission! He is doing good I hear and I am really just stoked for 2 reasons. American Culture again and the chance to help a brother out in the lang or whatever. I love new missionaries, they are awesome. So yep, Im a little sad to leave my buddy Paiva and to have watched Elder Moura end his mission but Its all part of the circle of life! haha Bodocongó was alright and I will for sure miss those cooler nights. ALSO Fransica, the miracle that I told you guys about last week came again and her grandson that wasn't baptized yet got BAPTIZED! ha He lives in the other area of the other missionaries of the ward and that whole family played a part in the miracle but yeah It was really cool to see all the hard work get payed off with a neat blessing. Happy for that family and I will send you guys photos later. What else what else. For now I am just stoked to finally be in my last area it looks like. Should be fun the have a fresh start and hopfully sweat a few pounds off. HAHA
ALSO... Flight plan didnt come this week. Next week for sure though. HA mom I promise you. If I had it I would let you know already. hahaha  Just have too wait for next week! 

Alright well I love you all! Looking forward to tell ya all the details of my new area next week! Send thoughts of Cold Weather my way! 12 more weeks! 
Lhes Amo Tchauuuuuuuuuu

Monday, September 14, 2015

aí aí‏ Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2015 10:30

Hey there family.

So this past week worked me pretty hard. In all aspects of the word WORK. haha Started off the week with an interview with president that maybe doesnt understand that sometimes God chooses not to bless his missionaries in numbers. Other people still have their agency and I cannot control that. BUT it was alright and it gave me a chance to say what I have been wanting to say if not hearing what I wanted to hear. So anyways we also worked really hard this week trying to get some people going we recieved huge miracles and blessings but we also had a really rough time finding anyone that lasted. So who knows what to really say but I am so glad for everything I learned this week and if anything counts, I know that Heavenly Father knows the situation and know what he wants from me. We had a huge miracle with a less active that just happend to be passing by an area that we rarely cross! She asked us if we knew when the Bus would pass to go to church. Turns out that she is a member if 10 years or so and has been inactive for 9. He daughter was super active for like 5 years and then some stuff happend in their temple marrage and she stopped coming. So anyways they have been feeling the desire to come to church and then one day she decided to leave and walk her dog and she ran into us. So yep Fransisca and her daughter went to church yesterday and I think that the other elders in the area will help her son (13 yrs old) get baptized here next week! So yeah it was cool to see all this happen and we are for sure gonna visit the mom and try to get her active again. So rough week but mircals up the wazoo! WE also met a lady that refered us to her daughter that we had found the other day but forgotten and she was really interested in talking to us. But lets see tomorrow if its for real or not.

Alright well this should be the last week of the transfer so.. Im hoping to get a change of something.. but lets see. 
Love you all and keep on praying for me! I can feel it for sure! 


Monday, September 7, 2015

Feliz Independência!! September 7, 2015 at 7:12:40

Hey there family!,

So today is Independence day in Brasil! Thankfully the laneHouse is open for us to get on the internet but with all the holidays and days off here its pretty much a normal day here. Ha this past week was good and we learned a lot about our ability to perservere and stick to it even though our people fall threw and things turn lame on us. We had the chance to find a few more people and one family in particular that should be fun to work with. They love to ask questions and it seems like they are actually excited to talk to us and keep commitments that we leave with them. We also met a great less active guy that fell off the records and hasnt recieved an invite in a few years. His name is Abilio and we was trying to learn guitar when we knocked on the door. So we taught him a few cords and then shared a lesson and envited him and his wife to church, and THEY ACTUALLY CAME! haha sorry its jsut been a while since someone that we found actually went to church! But yeah he is super cool and actually remembered a lot of people. But the problem is that his wife is super Assembly of God and liked the visit but doesnt want to continue to learn about the church. So naturally Abilio doesnt either. But hey who knows what the Holy Ghost can do there. We will continure work with them too. But yep the plan for this week is to continue working and trying to bring more people to church! Its been fun to work hard and dig deep these transfers. I think that Brazil has this steriotype that Baptisms and Converts come easy but pretty much in my mission so far I am only finding the contrary. haha But I love it this way. You have a chance to find the blessings and miracles in other forms and ways. 
This past Wednesday we had a zonetraining as well so I actually recieved my Package a month early!! I would love to tell you that I waited but I am also living with Elder Moura, who is about to end his mission here next week or so, SO i had to open it and share the candy with him. You know how it is... haha But thanks so much mom! You are awesome and I loved everything. Even the RG3 jersey! haha I dont even know if he is still playing.. BUT again thanks so much mom!

Alright well its back to the streets my people! Keep reading the scritpures! I am studying the Old testemant now a days and Im learning a lot! So maybe I was a little bit of a slacker or whatever before my mission but I read the story of Moses and the battle that they had with that one guy and he had to keep his hands in the air in order for them to win... (never heard of this story????) haha and the only thing that kept running in my head was #(have to have the #) IThrowMyHandsUpInTheAirSomeTimes singin- AAaaaa ooooo Baby lets gooo! haha Just the thought for you guys today!