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Transfer calls came in yesterday I will stay in Casa Grande for a fourth transfer (a total of 6 months) and receive an Elder direct from the MTC, he will be my second son in the mission. I do not know his identity as I will only learn this in the middle of tomorrow’s meeting in Santo Amaro. I remain District Leaders so… it’ll be a very busy transfer training a brand new leader and a district of mostly new people. In fact I am now going to be the oldest person in the District. Myself and Elder Santos that is but we have the same amount of time in the mission, but I have marginal days in front of him because of MTC.

I made a goal to finish the Bible before the end of my mission in portuguese something I’ve never done in english. This week I finished the Pentatuch and I found some really fun scriptures. Thought Mom and Dad would like Deuteronomy 21:18-21. Thank goodness the Law of Moses was fulfilled. I think none of us would have survived.
It is odd to believe that the mission has almost completely changed in all this time. Now I’m the old guy. I believe I heard recently that Elder R. Santos is finishing up soon. Soon enough few of my comps will still be in the mission.
We can’t even walk in our house anyways because the neighbors the floor below complain at the slightest noise. Annoying but I need to be somewhat tolerant. I can’t exactly tell them that their discomfort isn’t really important to me and that no one tells me what to do in my house because I feel like that isn’t exactly in line with being a representative of Jesus Christ. So I just keep quiet and let other elders work with them, because if I talk to them there will be problems.

But in any case…. I’m getting a good hike in each day as we are walking up to São Rafael these days to find people that haven’t had much exposure to the missionaries. Hopefully it works because days without anyone letting me in to teach is driving me crazy. Especially in the rain with winter approaching.
Speaking of which, there have been crazy storms these days. Earlier in the week we hid from a hailstorm with hailstones the size of large marbles. When that lessened up the First Counselor in the Bishopric found us and asked for some help discovering why water was filling his house after a lightning bolt fell on top of his house. It was a cool day. That and Elder Jofre almost drowned above ground as we fought to get our gate open.
I don’t get too much chocolate craving problems….. I ate two days ago corn in milk with a bit of sugar because it is the end of the transfer and no one has money. Pizza is less nowadays because everyone’s become pão duro, mão de vaca, in short tight fisted. There are even disputes about who is buying toilet papers for the house. I buy toilet paper because even I have limits.

Fortunately my pants are holding up better than everyone else. It is confirmed by members that I am at present the fittest in my house. All the other elders in the house have a problem with their pants splitting down the middle.
My area here isn’t really an area that would have [tailored slacks]. I’ll go scouting on my way to see if there is anything in Santo Amaro. I might have to take a P-Day to go hunting for a tailor in Santo Amaro. If I get a suit tailored out here it won’t be used on the mission, I’ll wait until I get home to use it. But I was thinking about how I would style it. I got some ideas.
I imagine that Jayden (L.) and Tim get along well as they now share the same interests in sports. Unless Jayden is a Seahawks fan.
Time ending now. Love you all have a great week!

Closing off the Transfer

We closed off the transfer in the District. This week in the district 5 of the 6 baptisms in the zone were realized and the Zone Casa Grande was the Zone Batizadora this week in the President’s letter. Now that we’ve got that bit of Gloria dos Homens squared away I’ll continue with the rest of my letter.

I will stay in Casa Grande one more transfer and receive Elder Jofre from Argentina (I’m told). He has more time than me in the mission in fact he has two more transfers before he ends. I found it interesting that I am receiving him as recently we have encountered a family of Bolivans that is a little hard to communicate with, given I do not speak Spanish.

This morning I finished the Doctrine and Covenants for the first time in my life, really studying them. And what’s more, I studied them in Portuguese. It was a rough few days as I spend a few minutes in Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants and I found myself pushing through the Isaiah chapters, still understanding very little there. Waiting for the clarity Nephi talks about.
Hope all is well at home! I love you all!

Crazy Life

Still here in Casa Grande, obviously the transfer just started. I got to do my first two baptismal interviews this week in my district. Neither was baptized but it was a good experience with them and we are all hoping they will continue progressing to be baptized in the future.I Voted

We Americans here in the zone are all rather anxious about the outcome of tomorrow’s election. Most of us have sanity, others don’t, all in all I remain the only one who voted. The downside I have discovered about voting absentee is I do not get an “I Voted” Sticker. And I am feeling greatly excluded in that, but what can we do? Except for fasting and prayer.

It is hard to imagine that Bishop Padilla already has finished. I feel like he was called as Bishop only a short time ago. But the new bishopric I’m sure will do a great job. They’re all pretty young guys.

By the way let Tim know I used the pocket square this Sunday, I took some pictures but the lighting is terrible because I had so little time Sunday morning. But I was the only person in the stake using a pocket square.

We had a really cool thing happen. Actually it was last week. My companion and I were asked to give a blessing. However I had forgotten my oil at home because I switched to using a new-used bag and hadn’t put my oil in that bag. My companion had his vial, but we both knew it was empty as it fell and spilled everything on the floor and we had not refilled his vial. I looked inside and it was empty. But we really needed to give a blessing. So I took the vial in my hands and said a prayer to have at least one drop of oil in the vial to give the blessing, the smallest drop of oil. When I went to anoint the irmã we spilled quite a bit of oil on her head because the vial was filled. What follows is the account that my companion shared to President Dalton in his email last week and President, after asking our permission shared it in his email this week to the mission.

What Elder Fróes wrote:

“Essa semana, estávamos na casa da irmã Lucélia e ela pediu para nós dar uma benção na cunhada dela que estava doente e com o pé quebrado. Fomos ver o óleo no recipiente e não tinha nada, estava vazio. Elder Done pegou o recipiente e fez oração para que pelo menos tivesse uma gota para que pudéssemos abençoar esta mulher. Depois da oração, quando ele abriu para dar a benção, o reipiente estava cheio de óleo e conseguimos dar a benção. Foi ótimo o espirito lá dentro.”

Love you all!

Leaving the Area Stronger

itapecerica-da-serraWell we finished off this transfer strong with our tiny district of four elders having three baptisms yesterday. My companionship had 1 baptism, making the total number of baptisms in the past 6 weeks 5. In total here in Itapecerica da Serra I have had 9 baptisms. Photos will follow when I find a suitable LAN House. We also succeeded in bringing 17 people to church yesterday, 12 of which were investigators.

We baptized the children of families that are working to be married. Hopefully, soon they too will follow.  Yesterday was also the baptism of Silvio. Although not my area his is a great story I will write on a physical letter and send it as time is running quickly here and I want to tell you more things.

I heard last week that Antonio (from Figueira Grande) is active and very excited in his calling (the usher for Sacrament Meeting) and is preparing to get the Melchizedek Priesthood. In the next month William (my first baptism in this area) will receive the Melchizedek Priesthood next month. He is preparing to go on his mission.

I’m happy for the time I spent here in Itapecerica da Serra 1A, but I’m also ready and excited for the next area. Now for the transfer news…I will be sent to Casa Grande where I will serve as the District Leader and finish the training of my new companion, Elder Froés. This District has six companionship as it appears. Well let us go with this challenge.

As I live in São Paulo I encounter a lot of people from the Bahia. It is actually a little difficult to find people that were born and raised in São Paulo; majority are from other states, like Bahia. I find Bahia food so good! I am going to get the recipe for rabada (beef tail stew) and practice making it.

Hope all is well at home. Love you all!

I Got to Wear Jeans (smile)

And Transfer calls came in last night and thankfully I am staying yet another in this area. This area really has been a learning experience and I now think I have the hang of things to do something really great here. My companion, Elder G. Santos is getting transferred, so I have outlasted two companions in the area now. I will receive Elder Delgado from Cabo Verde Africa as my new companion tomorrow, yes another Cabo Verdiano 😉Brazilian National Flag Waving in Blue Sky

This week was the Brazilian Independence day, on 7 September, so we had a mission wide service project. I am currently loading the photos Elder Loveless took during the event to find any with wonderful me to send to you guys, since we were advised not to bring cameras to avoid losing them or being distracted from actually working. I got to wear jeans in public for the first time in forever and the sensation was quite odd.

We did not manage to baptize anyone this week, we are hitting the three standards again though which at least was a good strong end to the transfer that may have otherwise been difficult. I found out how I can overcome my weakness to stop people in the street (which has been a thorn in my side for a while now) I just knock on doors when I need to get some new people to teach. Do people still reject us, yes, lots of times. But when people accept us we generally get more than just one person if the family is home.

Miracles happened this week that helped us hit the Three Standards. We, by the three standards of our mission, need to have 15 investigators and less-active members in the chapel each sunday. This has been really hard. We have been working with a large less active family that recently sent a son on his mission, we were certain that they would come to church this week but they didn’t and we were quite disappointed. Then we started to count all the others that had showed up, members had brought enough people for us to hit the number we needed and now we have a ton more people to visit.

I will see if these photos are loading, and send any along I get a hold of, Love you guys!

Clears out the nose quickly

This week we did not have a baptism, but we confirmed our last two baptisms.

I was preparing my next planner when I realized in the next transfer I will complete one year on the mission, to me a quite terrifying prospect.

Got a little sick this past week, but I broke down, bought medicine, and asked Sister Dalton to get permission for a little rest. I rested in house a little after lunch and then left to work again in the afternoon. It is amazing how much medicine would clear something quickly. That and lots of lemons and oranges, boiled in water with ginger and a strong cough drop. Clears out the nose quickly.

Elections are next week or a little more here in Brazil. You can imagine how crazy the roads are, such a headache.

Typing on this computer makes Mormon’s efforts to engrave on the gold plates seem easy.

Love you all have a great week.

Elder Delgado is a good companion

The first week has been completed this transfer hitting the 3 standards and 2 baptisms. I will find a way to send photos another day because I am in the Lesser LAN House.

Elder Delgado is a good companion and a hard worker. He is a little taller than Elder Agre so I feel a little bit of a Napoleon complex but working on it. We need to integrate our teaching a bit better but that will come with time.

Spending so much time looking for new people and finding a ton of less active members. I’ve been talking with the Elders Quorum President about how we can reactivate all these less active irmãos so we can have more priesthood in the ward. But we keep trying.

I love you all.

First Week Run

So the first week has been completed this transfer with almost hitting the 3 standards and 2 baptisms. I will find a way to send photos another day because I am in the Lesser LAN-House.

Elder Delgado is a good companion, hard worker, a little quiet. He is taller than Elder Agre, so I feel a little bit of a Napoleon complex but working on it. We need to integrate our teaching a bit better but that will come with time.

Spending so much time looking for new people and finding a ton of less active members. I’ve been talking with the Elders Quorum President about how we can reactivate all these less active irmãos so we can have more priesthood in the ward. But we keep trying.

Today after I write this we are going  to Santo Amaro. It’s about an hour bus ride from here. I will also start my list today and send to you next week. Packages have been arriving normally without problem here. Unless you are Elder Moos who has cameras sent in the mail to here.santo-amaro

Love you all!

Mission Service Project

2016-09-07-Mission ServiceTransfer calls came in last night and thankfully I am staying yet another transfer in this area. This area really has been a learning experience and I now think I have the hang of things to do something really great here. My companion, Elder G. Santos is getting transferred, so I have outlasted two companions in the area now. I will receive Elder Delgado from Cabo Verde Africa as my new companion tomorrow, yes another Cabo Verdiano 😉

This week was the Brazilian Independence day, on 7 September, so we had a mission-wide service project. I am currently loading the photos Elder Loveless took during the event to find any with wonderful me to send to you guys, since we were advised not to bring cameras to avoid losing them or being distracted from actually working. I got to wear jeans in public for the first time in forever and the sensation was quite odd.
We did not manage to baptize anyone this week, we are hitting the three standards again though which at least was a good strong end to the transfer that may have otherwise been difficult. I found out how I can overcome my weakness to stop people in the street (which has been a thorn in my side for a while now) I just knock on doors when I need to get some new people to teach. Do people still reject us, yes, lots of times. But when people accept us we generally get more than just one person if the family is home.
Miracles happened this week that helped us hit the Three Standards. We, by the three standards of our mission, need to have 15 investigators and less-active members in the chapel each Sunday. This has been really hard. We have been working with a large less active family that recently sent a son on his mission, we were certain that they would come to church this week but they didn’t and we were quite disappointed. Then we started to count all the others that had showed up, members had brought enough people for us to hit the number we needed and now we have a ton more people to visit.
I will see if these photos are loading, and send any along I get a hold of, I am online. Love you guys!