Bathroom Surprise

I looked in the bathroom and what did I see? This thing on the floor that grossed me out! (picture omitted)

No it is not real. It is a piece of waste cement the other elders found, but it looks so very real!

I know the Elders already scared the Bishop who lives in the house above us with it. It is quite convincing. We’ve terrorized other elders when they stayed at our house, as our house is the waypoint of the Zone. It takes about 3 hours to cross our zone by bus, and the buses do not run very early to São Lourenço and Juquitiba, so those elders asked to stay at our house when we had an early meeting in Santo Amaro. Their mistake. We had lots of laughs!

What’s the latest at home? How’s the Presidential race? So, I have Trump, Clinton, & Johnson to choose from? Hmmm…. I will probably receive my absentee ballot in October.

We had a baptism. Making a total 4 in this area so far. He is the nephew of the couple we baptized a few weeks ago. He is 18. I feel old now.


I had a good conversation with  a sister in our ward who is a temple worker with her husband. Her stories were inspiring, bringing me to a realization that I should remind myself not to be prideful. All that I have is from above. Powers of Temple Workers….

Hope you all have a good week! Love you all.

They All Don’t Like Brasillia

I am on a division right now. Elder L. Silva from Manaus, capital city of the Amazonas state likes to have fast internet so I got him to agree to do a division with me, and we walked far for a faster internet!  So, I am in a better LAN House! How are you all doing?

It’s interesting to live in a different place and learn a lot about people and culture. I found out that it is a hard work for some Brazilians from different regions to get along.Right now I live with Elders who come from  Amazonas and Para, their states  have a rather vicious hatred toward each other, a few wars and such between the tribes. They are learning to deal with each other, and practice charity.

Brazil is full of this hatred between states or regions, I have no clue how it is all kept together. The only thing I think they can agree on is they all don’t like Brasillia.

Thanks for the news update! The people really went to the aid of Erdogan? They’ve hated him for the past 5 years I remember with his imprisonment of journalists, opposition to Kurdistan, and a bunch of other things. Interesting!

This was my first slump week in the area. For the first time this transfer I failed to hit all three standards of excellence,. It was hard to get people to accept our message this week. Normally we have a 50% rate of people accepting, but this week it was more like 25%.

We did get a visit from Elder Campos of the Seventy this week for our mission tour. It was good, attached is a picture.

Zona Itapecerica com Síster e Élder Campos da Setenta

This week we finally got to bring Floriano and Carla to church. Floriano is a bit old and I don’t think he has left his sofa for about 9 months now. He had an accident nine months ago, fell about 7 meters and absolutely destroyed his femur bone, it has since reformed, but in a deformed way. He can no longer walk. He had Irmão Flavio use his perua (little bus) to drive us and them to church.

He was really happy to have the sunlight touch his skin again and is happy we are visiting him. He was a member of the Congregação Cristão no Brasil for many many years, yet since his accident he has not seen any of them again, no one went to visit him. Reinforced to me why we do Home Teaching in our church.

I hope all is well at home and you all stay safe. Be well!

There Can Be Miracles, When You Believe

Five points to whoever can name the film I am referencing in the subject line…

This was a week of personal bests. Had a baptism and then confirmed, beat all the 3 padrões de ouro, and brought 13 people to church yesterday. So yeah it was a successful week. The thing is a majority of the people we talked to and said they would go to church didn’t go. So we were a little disappointed, all our work would be for nothing. Then people just started showing, some of them had never even talked with members of the church before. They just saw the chapel and came in to visit. We talked with them after, got their information and they accepted to have us visit  next week in their houses. It will be a busy week indeed.

This week we have two baptisms lined up José Roberto and Maria Zilda, we took them to the courthouse to get married legally. Now they are kicking their addiction to coffee and they are scheduled for baptism this Wednesday.

It is frustrating being the only American in the area, but I am working to survive despite the frustration.

What is going on in Politics?  Can you please send me the Star-Spangled Banner complete, including the 4th verse if you’re online?  For the first time, it wasn’t part of my Sunday hymn yesterday. I love you all, Happy 4th of July!SAM_0084