100 weeks later and here we are. Seems like time passed so
fast but that it was been incredibly long since we last saw each other. It'll
be so good to see you guys again! I'm nervous but excited but sad. You probably
know what I mean. It has been such a journey. I have learned so much. But we'll
start with the highlight days instead of everyday.
MONDAY: Today we had Breakfast with Elder and Sister
Davis and they made pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream and it was so
incredibly good. It has been so long since I've eaten something like that. So
that made that day. Then we went around looking at different things just to
pass the time. We had a lesson that was pretty good. We had a couple that we taught
about the plan of salvation and it was pretty good! They said they were always
wondering about why they were here! So that was cool. Good PDAY!
THURSDAY: Today we had our last lunch appointment with
Pres. A and they have a guitar there. So I started to play something and
then Sister Asaid she wanted to RECORD me for a keepsake. I was reluctant
because I hadn't played for a long time and I don't like to hear my own voice.
But they insisted so I played "Goodbye Nauvoo." They like it a lot.
And that was the last lunch... Sad day. I left them a card and thanked them for
everything. After that we did some tracting until that night and we had a few
appointments that were normal really. So Lunch was the highlight.
FRIDAY: Today was my 20th BDAY and I have to say it
turned out very touching. When we woke up in was pouring rain and we had
district meeting and lunch at Subway. We ended up having to stay inside until
the evening because the rain got way to thick. All of my shoes have holes so
they were all soaked... So we stayed a bit to see if it would lighten up. It
didn't. But we had an appointment at a member's house who was gonna introduce
us to a friend of his for us to teach. So we went there and when we got there
it turned out to be a surprise BDAY party. I was touched by their effort to
help me out on a day where I wasn't too cheerful. I thanked them for everything
and it was great :)
SATURDAY: Today we had an activity where two members
came tracting with us and we got a few addresses and it was cool! WE also had a
few lessons and it was just a good day! All around happiness.
SUNDAY: Well I was thinking I would get away without
speaking in church before I left but they got me. So that was a bummer but it
was good too. I spoke about the Atonement and it was good to see how much I
have improved in speaking since I've been here. The rest of the meetings were
good and I was happy to be able to be here all this time.
It is quite the experience to be on the last PDAY after so long of waiting and hoping that Monday arrives. I am as nervous as when I left I find. Nervous to get on a plane, nervous to leave everything I know and love behind, nervous to go so far away and nervous that I may never come back.... It is a bittersweet feeling for sure....
One thing I have found as I got throughout this time is that there is a time for everything. A time to sleep, a time to walk, a time to talk, a time to teach, a time to learn and a time remember. Along with many other times... This remembrance of everything that has happened to me has gotten to me a few times. It almost feels like home doesn't even exist. Like I come to the computer on Monday and automatically there are emails waiting to provide comfort and counsel. Sometimes I admit I couldn't even feel there WAS someone on the other side. But I can say that that is how we can feel about God sometimes. It may not seem like He is there, but HE IS. I know that is true and I have learned for myself.
This being my last real email I want to express my thoughts
about everything that I have taught and lived these 2 years. I know that Joseph
Smith really is a Prophet of God and that he was given the Priesthood to bless
the lives of others. I know that President Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet
called of God today. I know that God loves us and provided a way for us to
return to His presence. I know He qualifies who He calls. I know He is there
when we are down and discouraged. He will change our hearts into the person we
need to be. "I'm a good man with a good heart. I had a tough time, got a
rough start, but I've finally learned to let it go."
My friends and family, DONT QUIT! DONT GIVE UP! The Lord
with be with you today tomorrow and forever if we will let Him in. He will
change your lives.
This week was quiet really. Nothing too grand and marvelous to update on! So I guess we'll get to what happened!
MONDAY: Well today we had the usual email session and lunch at
Subway which is always good. Afterword I started looking at my closet
and thinking about what I could start to put away just to not be
stressed on the last week. So I put some of the clothes
and ties that I wouldn't use before I got home in my suitcases and I'm
starting to organize them just to know that it'll be fine on the way
home. So that was good and now i only have the ties that I'll use out
and day after day I'll put it away. Another way
to countdown the days! ;) HAHA TRUNKY RIGHT? But I'm not really
thinking about home just trying to plan and get ready. You know? We had a
lesson tonight and it was good. We have really started to know how to
communicate well with people and help them understand
the lessons. This couple really doesn't have too much interest but they
understand everything. We'll meet with them next Pday to see about if
anything has changed.
TUESDAY: Well this morning we went to the eye doctor to see if my companion
has glaucoma or not and it turns out that he doesn't. So
he was relieved about that. We had lunch with a member. We had a few lessons tonight and they were all good but one of them
was really the most effective. We found a guy a few weeks ago that seems
super interested and wants to change his
life! So we stopped by tonight to see how he was and he is doing well.
WEDNESDAY: Today was lunch with J and I didn't take a picture
with them because we'll have one more lunch appointment there in two
weeks so that'll be fine to do then. After that we smashed the tracting
and talked to 50 people.! That was cool because
we spent all time trying to find new people. It was good because I was
focused on the quality and not the quantity since we had a lot of time
to tract. It was a good experience even though sometimes its annoying(in
the rain cold heat you know). It was a good
THURSDAY: Today we ate lunch at a restaurant and that is normal
really. Nothing new there. And we went back at the tracting since our
investigators are falling off the path every step of the way. We did
well again but tonight we had an appointment with
L and F... L seems to be more dedicated to learning and
knowing then F but it's good to help them out. There was another
lady there that was convinced the the Savior wouldn't come again because
the world was just to bad and without hope.
We tried to explain and it just wouldn't do it for her. So that was
FRIDAY: This morning was district meeting and we ended up having
to do it later since the bus tickets for one area got messed up. So they
got there late but the meeting went well really! We talked about
teaching PEOPLE not just lessons and that's always
full of new insights and cool experiences. Today we visited with V
and that was eh... his desire to follow is solely based on if he KNOWS
right now about EVERYTHING being true... So that's a big challenge for
us. We also talked to another investigator
who is just as set on following her religion as ever so we cut her
too.... Sad day.
SATURDAY: Today was the last lunch with the ward mission leader
and it was good. We took him on
some visits afterword and he helped us with J and F and it
was good because now that they have another
friend they'll want to come to church more often. We met with I
again today and he read the whole pamphlet about the Restoration and he
knew everything! It was cool to see that he really is excited to go to
church but this Sunday he wont be able to because
he has to work and take his mother in law to the bus station because
she was visiting them. But next week! :D
SUNDAY: Today was lunch with F and Church was in the
afternoon yet again. We finally got F and T to go which was
so good. They didn't have too great of an experience because some of the
leadership at church was stressed out.... So that
was disappointing but hopefully they got past that. F is reading
the Book of Mormon and likes it because the story is basically about any
other family trying to follow Christ, but they have a little more
responsibility. It was a good visit with them as
well. I felt like the week went by so fast again! When you work hard it
goes by real quick!
Well I love you all. I was reminded this week about service and how
when the Savior would cure people's afflictions he would ask them not
to tell anyone. We shouldn't seek glory from our peers when we do the
right thing. We do the right thing BECAUSE it
is right. We had an experience about this yesterday. I know the
Priesthood is the Power of God. May we Cherish it more in our lives. I
hope everyone has a great week!
This week FLEW by! WE could hardly catch up with it! Every time I would look at my watch it would be 6ish or 7 already! It has been craziness! We continue on our finding and we are starting to find people that are more interested and that is something that is changing us drastically.
MONDAY: Today was a good Pday. It was long which was good and bad at the same time. I have found that at any time when we aren't doing something I start to think about home and everything that is waiting for me and so that slowed down time. At night we visited two new families one of which doesn't have much interest really but the other we are pretty sure are elect. They are F and J. They have a little 2 year old girl. They asked a lot of questions really wanting to know more and not debate things. They were very interested in the Book of Mormon and they really want to know more! We were both kinda shocked at the lesson and how well it went. So that was Monday really.
TUESDAY: Today was also good as far as teaching! We had 4 lessons and they were for the most part good except for two which weren't terribly productive... The people just weren't to into the lesson so we will stop teaching them in a bit if the don't progress. We met with V and his desire to come to church has grown so we'll see if he comes through Sunday! I had my last lunch with V and G and that was sad really. But it's good because I'll still see them every Sunday at least until I go. Tuesday came and went!
WEDNESDAY: Today was a rainy day and there was 2 lessons but one of which was basically talking to a old lady from a different church and her telling us what she believes and getting irritated if we didn't agree with her. We had a lesson with a guy who married a girl who is an LDS member who doesn't participate, and he is nice but we're not sure if they are wanting us to come back. We shared a message and we'll go back next week. Nothing too interesting today!
THURSDAY: Today was lunch with the branch president's family, and I finally got a picture with them and now mom cant ask for it any more because I got it! It will be my second to last lunch there so that was a bummer. But life goes on. We met with J again and they are so excited to get to know the church more and they are on track to be at church this week! We also had a lesson at night with L and F with a couple from the branch and it was good because they both have powerful testimonies of the Gospel and it'll help the investigators a bunch! Good day!
FRIDAY: Today was district meeting and it was pretty good this time around. We did a debate/ discussion about how inviting people to act is important and how they can understand what to do and do it. It was good. After that we had to go to the island (Florianopolis) to do some medical exams for my companion and so that ate our day really. We'll see how his eyes are later next week!
SATURDAY: Today was our last Lunch with J and E and it was awesome. They made roast and potatoes and that made fasting a wonder. I felt that a different attitude about fasting makes everything different. Tonight we shared a message at the Young Men's activity using a pool table analogy and it turned out well.
SUNDAY: Today was MY LITTLE SISTER'S BDAY and I was thinking about her a lot and hoping she had a good day. We had a lesson today with F and T and they are gonna try to come to church next week. They are enjoying the Book of Mormon and seeing the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is like the Church that Christ established. Unfortunately, none of the people we taught came to church... Everyone fell on that commitment. So that was a huge bummer. So that was a down hill descent for the week but next Sunday will be better that way!
But that was this week! I'll be sure to put some more details next week because we have to go already! Love you guys!
This week was good and we are doing great at finding and teaching but
our investigators are constantly changing now since President has
encouraged us to try harder to find the elect and not waste time on
those who aren't ready to commit themselves to the gospel. So our
families are constantly changing.
MONDAY: Well today we had lunch with Elder and Sister
Davis and they made TACOS! Tacos are NEVER made here and really Mexican
food is NOT popular here. So that was a good change there. We also had
the opportunity to knock doors tonight again and the first door we
knocked let us in and we taught them! It was a great visit and we plan
to go back Thursday with a member that is from the same place that this
family was. They are called L and F. We talked about how we can
know if something is good based on the fruits produced. It seemed to go
well! We also cleaned house and rested a second and that was that!
Today we had lunch with J and N and it was pretty decent.
They made Strogonaff for us and it was good. It is basically the same as
it is there but they use more meat and pour it over rice. Good stuff.
after we taught a new potential investigator and it was a little iffy.
He didn't seem THAT interested. But he let us in which was good. We
taught J and J tonight and it was a good conversation. They
seem to be set on changing, so we'll see if they do. We had to cut an
investigator today and they were sad but understood that there are
others out there that we need to find. We taught C the Adventist
tonight and that wont last too much longer because she likes to debate
and Bible bash to tell us her church is true instead of just praying to
WEDNESDAY: Today I got my last haircut with
Sandra (a member) and that was a weird feeling to think that I would
have my next haircut at home from family. We had lunch with Euzebia and
there wasn't too much there that was FANTASTIC but it was good. We
talked to an inactive member today who finally got up the courage to
leave her husband and find somewhere safe to live until she moves away.
She was in pretty bad shape, but we talked to her about how the
Atonement will help her heal. We also taught a new family tonight but I
don't know if it will last too long either. They are nice and do the
right things but might think that they don't need the Gospel because
they don't do anything extreme. We'll see what happens
Today was a bust until tonight when we visited L and F with
Sister V and Brother I. They went AWESOME together. After we left
they stayed for hours and chatted. Great deal there. We had lunch at
home so we went to Subway. Nothing too exciting.
Today was our Zone Meeting and it was okay... Nothing too different
then what President talked about in the mission conference. But I got my
package finally and it was amazing! I loved it so much and it was good
to feel a little extra love. Elder Valadão loved the tie clip and the
sweets. We'll make mashed potatoes Monday and that'll be awesome :)
Lunch was....well... The family forgot and so we waited a bit and then ate.
We left a LOT later then planned, but that was fine because there wasn't
much to do today other then knock doors and street contact.
Today we had lunch at home again so we went to a restaurant and ate
there. I had meat, mashed potatoes , fruit, salad, and it was great.
Tonight we taught J and J again and that was pretty good again.
They are starting to notice that ever since they started investigating
the church things at home have gotten better. So hopefully that
continues and works in them. We found a guy tonight who smokes marijuana
everyday since he was 15. We talked to him for a
while and then he told us. We told him about the strength to quit and he
told us he really wanted too because he know that it is bad for him. So
we will help him out with that.
SUNDAY: Today church was in
the afternoon again and so we went to lunch and the family had planned
on us staying there until church started so nothing was ready yet. We
ended up leaving at 2 instead of earlier and we were a half hour late to
our appointment because of it. But all went well and we taught T
and F. They seem to be doing well and they are actually applying
what they learn and praying about it knelt down! I was very impressed.
Church was long but I am enjoying at night because everyone seems to be
less bugged and more happy. So that is good. Sacrament meeting was good.
Our Mission leader talked about missionary work and it was a great
talk. Afterward was a talk about sacrifice and obedience. Then the high
councilor got up and gave a great talk about helping others and loving
them. It was good! Then tonight Elder and Sister Davis invited us for
supper at there place and that was simple but well appreciated!
week I was reading D&C 88:73* and I remembered that this is the
LORD'S work and not ours. WE need to be instruments in HIS hands, not
try to do everything ourselves. So that was a great reminder to let him
help us and guide us instead of trying to force our way on things. It
surely was a great realization.
Well I love you all and I'll see you at the end of the month! Thanks for the support!
Elder George *"Behold, I will hasten my work in its time."
This week was quite the up and downer really! In the beginning it wasn't great but at the end lots of stuff happened!
Monday: Today was the same as ever... More or less. We had to stay in the center of town for most of the day trying to solve problems on my bank card and that was a bummer really. But that's life. Tonight we ate hot dogs and that was good. I talked to Andre who is the Branch pres's son and he is gonna come to the airport when I get home means how he'll be there visiting some other people! But other then that nothing too great to report
Tuesday: Today wasn't too great. We had a lesson with a church member who is not attending, and one new investigator today and they are great. S. just doesn't go to church because he doesn't like some of the members... So that's a problem. The new investigator, A, has 2 sisters that are members who don't participate, so she knows all about the church and wants to give it a go and see if it really is true. So that was what happened Today.
Wednesday: Today was worse... We didn't have any lessons and we had to knock doors all day and NO ONE would let us in so that was the trial of the week really. Nothing to update there.
Thursday: Today was more or less. We had lunch with the Branch president again and I forgot to take a freakin picture of them again! So that was a bummer. But the lunch was one of the best lasagnas I have had here. So that was good. After that we went and found a guy that isn't too interested, but let us in to listen anyway. After, we cut a few investigators due to lack of interest and progress, and taught another lesson and it was good. P. got appendicitis and had to get a whole bunch of fingers and toes cut off and some of the heel. He really loves religion and we told him about our message and he was thrilled; so invited us over and we taught him. We'll go back Saturday to see how he is.
Friday: Today was district meeting and it was good. I talked about teaching the Doctrine of Christ in a way that people will understand and have a desire to repent and change their lives. It went well. After, we got invited to a restaurant by a nonmember that we know so we ate for free there which was awesome! He had steak and mashed potatoes and other stuff since it was a buffet. That was great. Then we taught A. again today and she is doing well and doing the stuff we ask her to do and she is feeling a difference in our message! so that does make a difference in the week. Tonight we taught a woman who is an inactive member and apparently had to take out a restraining order against one of the other church members because he was "coming on to her" a lot.
Saturday: Today we taught P. again and he said that when he prayed he got a really good feeling.! So that was awesome! We told him about how he felt and how that was the Spirit telling him it was right and he said that he believed it but needed to know more. So we are working more with him. Walking home tonight we were on the road and out of nowhere Elder Valadão went to the side and picked up something and I looked and it was a MOTO G3!!! Someone had lost their phone! So we waited for someone to call so we could return it. They called and we returned it and it was all good. But it was crazy!
Sunday: Today church was in the afternoon at a different chapel since our chapel in under construction. They are doing a handicapped bathroom and redoing the pulpit. So for the next 2 weeks we will be in the other chapel. We also found a family beforehand which was cool! They are a young family with one child and they seem to like religion. The man of the house has read the bible all the way through and the wife understands the main parts. So they are nice and they want to go to church to see how it's different. Tonight J and E invited us for dinner and that was a really nice thing. Our lunch appointment today was really weak. NOT because the family didn't have much but because the man of the house thinks the missionaries DONT NEED TOO MUCH. But I'm grateful for how fortunate I have been thus far. I know that there aren't many people that have as much as we do. But I know that people are blessed because of the sacrifices that they make for us.
A scripture that helped me this week was D&C 111:10. It helped me remember that even if times get tough in finding people there are always treasures waiting for you. So where ever you are in whatever circumstances remember that YOU ARE THERE FOR A REASON!
Love you all! HAVE A GREAT WEEK!
D & C 111:10: " For there are more treasures than one for you in this city."
Today I have very little to report unfortunately... We didnt hardly teach this week because nobody was willing to listen to us. We knocked doors all week and didnt get into any. So it was a bummer. We are convinced that this week will be much better. We both stayed here this last transfer and I will end my mission here. I am happy about it and we are doing well together. It has been really good to get to know someone so well and get along through thick and thin. My companion has truly grown to be a great friend.
We saw the Olympic torch this week! That was the highlight really. it was kinda like a group of floats going down the road and that was it. It was cool becasue it was the TORCH but the rest was a bit ehhh. So that was the highlight of the week.
I wanted to wish mom and dad a happy anniversary and I hope you had a great day of rememberance of all the happy days! :D LOVE YOU GUYS!
This week I was reading about Zion and I was amazed about one thing that Zion does. Zion people strive to HELP EVERYONE SELFLESSLY and I thought a lot about members of the church everywhere who help so selflessly but about others that NEED a gain out of their help. I thought about the City of Enoch and how they were of one mind and one heart. They did everything in unity and were perfectly obedient. They KNEW they needed to because it was what the Savior would do. WE need to be more concerned about our neighbors and treat them how they can become. If people have problems we should treat them how we expect them to become. We can't treat people poorly because of how they are now-their weaknesses or faults; that is not how we would want to be treated most of the time. So we ought to take some more time thinking about how we can help our neighbors. That is something we applied this week with people that shut their door in our face. We didnt feel mad our angry because that isn't what the Savior would do. We would feel sad, because we know that they would be happier with Christ in their lives, but it's their choice. We cant do anything to make them accept. So when we think about the things that people do to us that aren't very nice, let's us do as the Savior taught and turn the other cheek and forgive them. We'll grow to love them and serve them and sooner or later that person will see the things they should change. They will recognize truth and will seek for it. As for ourselves, because of our faith and efforts to follow Christ, we can become a people that the Savior will be satisfied in seeing when He returns.
I love you all and I encourage the young ones to read about Captain Moroni (https://www.lds.org/scriptures/gs/moroni-captain?lang=eng# ) and learn how to be like him. He truly was a servant of the Lord. If we can be like him we will become a Zion people. ONE HEART AND ONE MIND. I know this is true.