Nick and I are serving two year missions in different parts of Brazil! He is in Goiânia, and I am in Vitória. This blog contains our emails home, in which we describe the work that we are engaging in. Email us! firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Hoje eu decidi que queria escrever e mandar um email inteiro em Português - é uma maneira boa de praticar, de permitir que vocês pratiquem o português também, e vocês vão poder sentir a cultura um pouco melhor! Então, boa sorte com o tradutor!
Essa semana foi um pouquinho difícil.
(Today I decided I wanted to write and send an entire email in Portuguese - is a good way to practice, to allow you to practice the Portuguese as well, and you will be able to feel a little better culture! So good luck with the translator!
This week was a little difficult.)
I give up, I will write in English. Writing in Portuguese takes FOREVER!
So this week was difficult. My companion and I decided that we wanted to reach the standard of excellence - which is super high, but oh well! And we got pretty close in a lot of areas. We taught every person that we conversed with - on the street, knocking doors, if someone appeared at lunch in a members home. We challenged EVERYONE to go to church, and ALMOST everyone to be baptized!
...and our fruits were few. We did meet some good people - some people that were willing to listen and learn. In some weird twist of fate, we knocked on the doors of 5 or 6 Jehovah's Witnesses in a row! But I like talking to them - they have an interesting take on things. Honeslty, I like talking to anyone - because I know that Heavenly Father can let them know that our message is true.
One day this week we wanted to try a different area, so we went to a new neighborhood and jus started climbing up the mountain, knocking all the doors. As we climbed, the houses started to thin out - a house here, a house there..... And suddenly, there were no houses. Just a little path in the middle of the woods! Thats what this second picture is: us getting lost in the woods in the middle of dowtown Vitória! Or, I guess, on the side of the downtown. Mas bem perto mesmo!
As vezes, fico frustrado com a falta de êxito que estamos tendo agora. Mas eu sei que todas as coisas acontecem de acordo com a vontade do Senhor. Eu penso em nossas dificuldades como se fossem fogo. O Senhor nos coloca em fogo para que nos sejamos humildes e nosso coração abrande. Ele nos molda por meio das provações para que nos tornemos mais semelhantes a ele - ele nos prepara, também, para futuros fardos. A toca da mão do Mestre pode fazer milagres em nossa vida - somente temos que aceitar a sua vontade. (Sometimes I get frustrated with the lack of success we are having now. But I know that all things happen according to God's will. I think of our difficulties as if they were fire. The Lord puts us in fire so that we humble our hearts and slow. He molds us through the trials in order to become more like him - he prepares us also for future burdens. The touch of the Master's hand can do miracles in our lives - we just have to accept his will.)
with much love, and much longing to celebrate thanksgiving,
Wait a second... here I was thinking that last Thursday was Thanksgiving? Is it not the 3rd Thursday? Well whatever, I dont really care, because last Thursday I did NOTHINGGGG so I will have to do something this Thanksgiving! Probably rice and beans! But its funny because Elder Brooks (from Arizona) actually loves rice and beans. Like, with a passion. I like it too i guess. Whats not to like
BOM DIA another day emailing from the mission office!!! This week my work consisted of, thats right, figuring out a ton of stuff. Its like being a baby again, because you are basically discovering something new every single second of the day. Unfortunately, nobody feeds me liquidy foods or carries me around in a lil backpack, so the cool parts of being a baby are excluded.
THIS WEEK I messed up. :( so basically the mission went without money from tuesday until saturday ahaha but it wasnt the first time it had happened, its actually not that uncommon. And all of the missionaries are still alive, at least until right now, so its okay. Haha I like the work of the office but its like you said dad, I really like the time that we just get to go out and work like we did before. I sometimes complained about the sun or walking or whatever, but now I appreciate it a little bit more. Thats life i guess, probably when I go back out I will hate it again haha. The hard part really is the pressure. Its a lot of responsibility. Because like if me and my companion screw everything up, the mission doesnt... go? like idk the word. Function! But Im sure the Lord wont let us fail, because this is His work!
Outside of the office, we have a family (mother and son) that are progressing really well!! They went to church yesterday and she like called me over to ask something and I was like "oh great... here it comes" haha expecting the worst I guess. And she said "just please dont mark my baptism in the morning on the 6th, can it please be after 2 oclock? because I have to work." And i was like "HEEECK YEAH WE CAN DO IT WHENEVER!!!" haha. So I am really excited and happy for them!
We played a prank yesterday on a member when we had lunch. Elder Sales (the only brazilian out of us 4) pretended to be american and talked really horribly thwe whole time, with a really strong accent. Whenever someone talked to him he just looked at us like "translate translate!" and so we would speak in english to him! And then in the end we revealed that we were just kidding and the member was like "I knew the whole time!" haha que nada irmã!
But thats pretty much my story for this week. Eric convinced me to open my birthday package last monday and I almost ate everything there was already haha sorry mom. But MUITO OBRIGADO it was all super good! Especially... everything! But dont worry I am saving the cards still. I didn't have time yet to make the cupcakes but I am still eating the frosting by itself :) #gordinho
I love you all! I know that Christ is our Savior, and He loves us. Im so thankful to have family and friends like you, so that I can experience a fraction of that love that HF has for us here on earth.