Monday, April 16, 2018

April 14, 2018 letter -- Salvador (Ondina)

so tbh (to be honest) my week was pretty boring!

monday we visited our investigator lorival and taught him about the plan of salvation. we had a good spiritual lesson with him but unfortunately he doesnt really care much to learn more because he thinks we are just like his baptist church. then we had a good chat contacting a reference from a member returning to activity Isaias and Nilda his wife.

tuesday we had mission leadership council just another thrilling day with some good training from president about how to get more out of our visits with less actives and remind them of their testimonies thru the First vision.

Mission Leadership Council
wednesday we had a normal work day here in the office.

thursday we had a nice zone conference (basically the same thing as mission council on tuesday) and got out into the street for some visits. we saw vivaldo and taught their family a good lesson about the Holy Spirit and how we can recognize our answers from God. We also had a really cool lesson with a contact named Sergio who commited to go to church and be baptized without even thinking twice! now we just have to see if his girlfriend wnts to get married/truly live the law of chastity with him! but the challenges are what make the sweet moments even more worth while.
Imbui Zone
Salvador Zone
yesterday we had a long day in the office with two training from São Paulo about some new computer programs and preparing some stuff for stake conferences and presidents visits to the other parts of the state for zone conferences. 

This week i read an article in the Liahona for this month about Islam. i thought the article was extremely interesting and a good one that everyone should read. The church has started doing these articles to educate members about other religions so we dont stumble around saying or believing incorrect things about our brothers and sisters around the world. It was a really touching article  and gave me further appreciation for the blessing we have to be able to have freedom of religion in an amazing country. God bless america (and Brazil!!!) I am so grateful for those who sacrafice their lifes for our freedoms and freedoms of all people in the world. they are examples of charity for all of us and show us how we should strive to be to bring change for our world. 

elder prince

Elder Cantuario, Sisters Gama, Venturini and Espinal

Monday, April 9, 2018

April 7, 2018 letter -- Salvador (Ondina)

transfers were crazy and there were no baptisms sadly enough. conference is/was awesome. 

so monday was pretty dope. we got up early to play basketball then we went to the office. president didnt pass the transfer until super late so we didnt get to the bus station until 1ish then we returned at night to make sure everyone picked up their bus. nothing super exciting just lots of organizing.

tuesday we got up early to help people get to their areas and the mission home for new missionary training and trainer training. we then went to the airport to pic up the greenies and returned to the mission home for an afternoon of training! pleasant surprise elder castellano who came to the mission with me came back to the mission this week! we then gave our training and spent the night making sure everyone got to the bus station and on the bus. you would be surprised how easy it is for missionaries to miss their buses. my new comp is elder sorocaba from sao paulo and elder cantuario will stay until he goes home 10 of may. 

wednesday was a normal day in the office and we got to the area to teach vivaldo and reinaldo and we reviewed the restoration with them! then we got back to the office to prepare to send the elders to sao paulo for visa renewal and here is where our week gets interesting. 

We got to bed a little late and woke up at 130 am (Thursday) to take the elders to their 4 am flight then went home to take a short term elder to the bus station. then we went back to the airport with all the elders and sisters going home. everyone got their planes and no one got fined for extra baggage and we got back to the office until we had to go BACK TO THE AIRPORT to get the elders from renewing their visas in SP, take them to the bus station and they went to their areas. i got home and died on my bed i was so tired. 

Elder Prince and Elder Do Vale (returning home)

friday we had a nice day, did divisions with members and i showed elder sorocaba the area! we had some cool lessons with former investigators we didnt know and explored a part of our area im not too familiar with!

this week i felt an overwhelming gratitude for modern revelation. the heavens are open for all of us to recieve orientation from our Heavenly Father. The changes to some organizations of the church included in the week of conference will be awesome! im so glad and i felt an amazing spirit in being able to sustain new apostles and a new senior apostle. it was great to be able to be in the session then to go home and receive again during my prayers a confirmation from God about our new prophet.

"And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things. " the promise from Moroni 10 is ready and waiting for all of us to ask any question we need an answers to. Ask of God.

Elder Prince, Elder Renaldo, Elder Saavedra, Elder Cantuario
have a good week!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

March 31, 2018 letter -- Salvador (Ondina)

well fam we had a interesting week this week full of cleaning organizing and computer work.

the auditor came on tuesday so monday president requested that we do a deep clean on the office. the place is looking awesome and i finally feel like i know where stuff is now hahah after almost 3 months im still a little lost. also we have a safe here in the office for passports and stuff but no one has ever been able to shut it and get the combination to work. we spent about two hours on it and got 3 blisters and it still didnt shut. but were gonna get a new one. 

when the auditor came president brought breakfast and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies from sister bangerter (pretty tasty but not as good as rachy's) and started to treat to every whim of the auditor. so i kinda hung out with presidnet bangerter while the auditor was with elder cantuario and then we went to the pelourinho haahhaha so yeah i got an extra p day this week. being secretary is cool sometimes. then we were able to teach vivaldo and reinaldo about the law of chastity and they actually loved it. we challenged vivaldo to talk to his wife and ask her to marry him! lets see what happens!!

wednesday we had zone meeting with President in the morning and training from São Paulo in the afternoon so it was a full day. we got to our area and were able to do some invitations to conference! President gave us a goal to invite well over 100 people to conference this week! thursday/friday we had a busy days organizing the office a little bit more and organizing documents/spreadsheets and folders on the computers to do back ups. Soon theyre gonna do a revamp/remodel in the office and mission home in preparation for the new president in june. sounds like such a thrilling day right?? nothing better than microsoft word and excel. but We have to treat this matters with care because its the organization of the Lords work here. D+C 84 am i right?

This week in preparation for conference I have been thinking about how grateful i am for modern day prophets and revelation. This weekend (today/tomorow) we wil have the opportunity to sustain two new apostles and our beloved prophet. Without prophets we wouldnt have the book of mormon or so much knowledge that we have gained in the past 200 years about Our Heavenly Father and his plan for us. I was also thinking a lot (after looking at some pictures) about our leaders. I used to think every conference weekend "goodness i gotta listen to all these old guys again??" but now i understand why. many people critize the church for our leadership being a bunch of guys who already have 234234513 great grandchildren and more than 70 years of age. But thats the beauty of it all, we have the people with the most experience practice and true wisdom in the world. They have survived generations and generations happily and with success without bending or breaking their morals because of the world. Who better to trust? not to mention that they were chosen of God. I am so grateful for their wisdom and leadership! respect your elders!

love elder prince


March 24, 2018 letter -- Salvador

what up fam! we had a pretty good week this one with some interesting happenings.

sunday we had an awesome day. we had marked with Haziel for him to go to church with his neighbors so we werent too worried about him getting to church but when we went to meet up with vivaldo we got a pleasant surprise! we had expected some excuses and walking back to church alone but He was ready when we got there and he brought his brother in law as well! so we showed up feeling good on sunday and there was some crazy dude shoouting a bunch of nonsense at church.

monday we had a normal day in the office i worked on putting together some stuff for the transfer and translating some stuff for president into english on a new project of his. we got out to our area and some stuff fell thru so we were knocking doors in an area we have already hit but this time a little old lady and her grandson answered the door and she tried to send us away but her grandson begged to let us in! we had an awesome lesson with Rose and Rafael about the restoration and the amazing truths that were restored to us. Its really rare to find young men and women here who pay attention or care for religious stuff so its always really special when we visit with them.

tuesday spent some more time preparing transfer supplies and organzing the office. and then we had a good lesson with vivaldo and reinaldo (brother in law) about the Holy Ghost and what amazing traits it can bring to our lives. And they accepted baptismal dates for 3 weeks for now! we were super excited and so are they.

wednesday we had some good office work but also the north and northeast of brazil had a huge power outage from 4 pm until 9ish so we were not able to really get into our area. we went there but people just sent us home cuz it was dark and unsafe. Then when the lights came back i think the whole city started screaming it was awesome. mom you would be very pleased to know that literally the only commercial point open and serving (restaurant or grocery store/any type of shop) during our 30 minutes walk home was good ol' MCDONALDS hahahha so we got some burgers.

thursday we had some huge material deliveries in the office and a good lesson with vivaldo and reinaldo about the plan of salvation.

Elder Bednar's visit to Salvador. Elder Prince is located on the right side of the photo in the last row on the aisle.