Monday, November 26, 2018

November 26, 2018 -- Morada dos Passaroes

this week was pretty nice!

monday was a good p day and we had some nice visits to finish the night. we were able to contact a media reference Eliene and her family. but we found out that they dont know anyone from the church and havent talked to any missionaries before so we arent sure how the reference got to our phone! it wa sa nice lesson and after we visited Daniele and extended a baptism date to her. she accepted hesitantly...

tuesday we taught adam about the gospel of christ and it was awesome! adam is really the man!! as we got to the baptism part he started talking all about how excited for saturday he was!! it was so special and then he started going thru his whole life story for us and how important this moment would be to him. 

wednesday we taught karen and we finally figured out why she isnt baptized yet!!! she has some doubts about Joseph Smith being a prophet. every time we go there she talks about her love for the BOM but for some reason she just cant accept joseph as a prophet. so we challenged her to read his testimony and the book of mormon and pray to God. for some reason during the year that she is investigating the church she never realized the missionaries wanted her to pray about Josephs vision as well!! 

saturday we had Adam's baptism. it was so cool. we left the chapel and no one had showed up yet and we were super worried. we went and got him and he was all in his suit and tie and his son was all dressed up and when we got to the chapel it was full of people and they were playing music and had everything set up. then when i baptized him he started crying in the font. it was such a nice meeting. and the branch pres and elders q pres gave way nice welcoming comments. they also made me be the chorister again hahahah i think this branch just likes to make fun of me. 

Elder Prince

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Monday, November 19, 2018

November 19, 2018 letter -- Morada dos Passaroes

we had a dope week. did some divisons and helped the sisters with their baptism. 

monday we had a nice lesson with Adão or Adam or the Father of them all (he asked us to call him that) and he is super prepared for his baptism. this has been one of the coolest stories of my whole mission.

tuesday we went to Aeroporto to do divisions with the DL and it was cool! it was so weird to be back in my old area and walk down the same streets i spent time on and visit some of the same investigators i taught hahah. but we had a nice day and were able to have some good lessons. it was so intersting to be with them because they taught me a whole new lesson on patience. Elder Silverio has a disease that causes weakness in his legs and his companion is having problems that seem like arthiritis and they havent been able to get much done. during the division we had to walk slow and stay at their pace because literally they couldnt walk faster than their legs could handle (mos 4:27) but it was so inspiring to see they way they treated the people they were able to visit and talk to on the street as if they were truly diamonds. people treated us rudely and they left smiling because they were able to be on the street and working instead of trying to rest their pain away. made me think about how we treat others!!

wednesday was fairly normal day in our area and we had a nice district meeting. 

thursday we were able to do some baptismal interviews and another division with the elders in the brasil area. its always a privilege to talk to these people right before their baptisms. they can be so excited or so nervous and its interesting to see how they react to the baptimsla quetsions. i got to do an interview for a young man named jonas who loved to speak english. we were actually about to do part of the interview in english! but the cool part was the way he changed and his attitude changed responding to the quetions, seeing that he was truly ready and really believed in Christ as his Savior. when the interview started he was a bit skeptical but as we finished he was beaming and smiling because of the sweet spirit we were able to feel. it reminded me of alma 5(?) the question that says "have you seen this change in yourself yet?" the rest of the day and the division went pretty well. 

friday was another pretty normal day for us but we had a good lesson with Adão when we were able to teach him the plan of salvation. he remembers EVERYTHING its so cool to teach him. we get there for our lessons and he starts quoting the BOM from memory from the readings we have given him. 

saturday we helped the sisters prepare for their baptism in our chapel. they were baptizing someone who has some disease and couldnt be baptized in cold water, our chapel has hot water, so we spent a good amount of the morning cleaning and filin the font then we were able to participate in the baptism.

then sunday came around. and when we went early to get Adam to go to church what did we find? him in a suit with a hair cut and a shave!! he was so excited to go to church that he went out an bought a suit. church went real well, we were able to see a few other investigators who went to church on their own and things are starting to look up here. Adam marked his baptism for this saturday and as long as he doesnt drink anymore coffee everything will go great. 

it is such a blessing to be a missionary. i wish i could do it for longer. it is so so fun and amazing to see people who are willing to change their lives and see how the Lord helps them so much. He truly makes anything possible for us. I have been thinking a lot about faith this week and remembering a scripture in mark

Elder Prince

November 12, 2018 letter -- Morada dos Passaroes

we found a super cool investigator named adam. we rounded a corner super fast where he was smoking and i almost ended up smoking his cigarette cuz i got so close to him hahaha. but he is so golden!! he ready all the intros to the BOM and the 3 and 8 and JS testimonies and like half of 3rd nephi!! he went to church and stuff but it looks like his ex wife is kicking him out of the house so he might move away before we can baptize him. during our lesson he was like " all of this is a confirmation for me. i have to go to church and preach. i have been feeling a lot like i need more God in my life lately and your doctrine makes so much sense. today is the beginning of my journey" He accepted a baptismal date and everything! i just hope he stays here and we can help him stop smoking!! 

other than that the week was pretty much rain and gossip about last sunday from every member we saw. sunday was surprisingly chill and we had some investigators we didnt expect to take at church! then we had some good visits after and ate some good food. we had a pretty nice integration night, we were worried tha no one would show up because of the conflicts but it was full! we gave a nice message and played some fun games. for some reason the missionaries end up doing everything here hahahah the RS and EQ get the responsibilities for the members to do but everyone avoids doing it and throws it on us in the last moment hahaha.

also i gotta learn how to cook mom. 
Elder Prince

Monday, November 5, 2018

November 5, 2018 letter -- Morada dos Passaroes

it has been eventful here in bahia lately!

last monday was a chill p-day we went and played basketball with the other elders at the stake center! it was nice then we got to visit a contact we made at night and had a good lesson. they werent super open to our message as we had hoped because they frequent another really popular church here in brasil but it was a cool conversation we were able to have. 

tuesday we had a cool lesson with geovane and angela (maria's kids) and we gave geovane a baptismal date. it was funny cuz angela accepted the invitation before we even finished our question. unfortunately she is living with someone shes not married to so she cant be baptized.. for now! but geovane is really starting to progress. he has started reading the BOM and is helping his mom study because someetimes she doesnt understand very much. Lots of people here in Brazil have very little education because they worked so much when they were young that they didnt have time to go to school. it is truly humbling to see how blessed we are compared to others around the world. 

wednesday we visited Lucas and Patrica (mother and son) and talked with them about the plan of salvation and how their family could be sealed together forever. the biggest news is that President biddulph had to go home permanently because of his health issues. i think that bahia was sad because the rest of the week was nice and rainy. 

saturday our zone had some baptisms and we got to do baptismal interviews. its so fun to see all the people preparing and accepting the gospel. 
unfortunately geovane didnt make it out to church on sunday but lucas was there and accepted a baptismal date as well! we hope to be able to help them get to these dates despite some difficulties here in the branch. 

i read a scripture that i really liked this week D&C 12:8 - we all need to be humble and love others. its really crucial we learn how to accept the Lords will in everything that happens because He knows what is best!

Elder Prince