Sunday, November 2, 2014

October 27, 2014

Well where to start... this week felt like everything is trying to beat me down. Tuesday we went to this investigators house, and first, she lives very, very far away, we had to walk 1 hour and 30 min to get there. When we got there she said she didn't want to come out and she told us to go. well really to (Hell) and said we are men of the devil. That started my day. We then we walked to a investigator, that we have not been to in a few weeks. When we got there she let us in and had some crazy news, she has cancer. She is going to have to cut all of her hair off, and she doesn't have any money. I was crushed for her. We had to walk home, and of course on the way home it started to rain. We got wet, and every time a car passed it splashed more water on us. Wednesday we did contacts, well I have never had some doors slammed in my face and people tell me to go back where I came from, and the swearing... yeah it was a long day. We did find one person who said we could go back so that should be cool. Thursday we went to are investigators who went to church to find out that, well they loved the gospel and us, but didn't like the church. They didn't like this one member and they got into a fight. She said she won't be coming to church any more, and that if this is a church of god then they shouldn't be like that. So yeah, killed me again. We also passed by the house of Silvana who has cancer and checked up on her, and she's even more sad. My heart is breaking and of course we had to walk home. Friday started ok, we were doing some contacts when we met this family which was super cool. We were talking with them when a drunk came up and shook all of our hands, but the girl wouldn't take his hand. So I grabbed him and pulled him aside and started to talk with him walking away. He grabbed my named tag, I made a fast move, and got it back, which made him mad. So he punched me, wow that hurt. I stood there like I couldn't believe it, then he punched me again. I started to get mad, but then I stopped and started to walk away. He didn't like that so he ran at me and I just moved over really fast and he tried to stop. He fell down hard and I just walked away and didn't even look back as the tears started to come falling down my face. This work is breaking my body. Saturday we had an open house, for this new church in the other area, so we all went there and did contacts and got people to go visit. As we headed home we passed by a house that we did a contact with and we taught the restoration. Wow, it was amazing, they are an amazing family, and are so ready for the church. That night ended well, but wow my body hurts and I am so sore. Sunday we went to church and were supposed to have 4 baptism, but 3 of them never showed up, and most of our investigators didn't show up. I wanted to cry, all of our hard work, and it's all falling through. It is as if god is testing me, because I don't know what I did wrong for this to happen. This week has been so hard to take. Everyone has just been telling me bad news, I am tired, I am sore, and I am worn out. This week has been my worse week without a question, but I can't give up because there is so much truth in this work. If I didn't know that this church was true, then I would go home, this is too hard if you don't know it is true or not. This church is the true church of Christ. If you want joy and happiness in your life then you need to follow it. This path is not for the weak, you need to decide where you stand, because you can't have one foot on the line and you can't serve two masters, so pick and don't worry I am always here to help, but you need to ask God if these things are true through prayer, and then the angels of God will be on your side.

Elder Homer
October 20, 2014

Hey mom, so yeah life has been a crazy one, this week had me on my toes, and yeah it was hitting a wall. Tuesday we had emergency transfers. My comp was sent to the other side of the mission. I got a new comp. Elder Hong. He is an American from Idaho. What can I say about him, he is a perfect rule follower. He is my fist comp that has gotten up at 6:30 and does everything to the T.
Tuesday I was able to hang out with Larson, which was super cool. I went to his area and we did some work there and had lunch. Wednesday was a day full of surprises. We went to lunch at a investigators, and we talked with the mom after, She asked if she could talk with us alone. We were like sure, then she told us her life story. She has had a really rough life, and to top it off she sniffs cocaine every day. and she told us she wanted to stop, but she didn't know how to. We told her if you have faith in Jesus then we can help. We helped her get rid of her drugs and then we left her with some goals. Thursday we had interviews with the Mission President. They were cool, he wanted to get to know each of us. He also talked about himself and some of his new ideas. He is going to change a lot and he said he wanted to clean the missions. If you don't want change for the better than you are going home. This will be a different mission really fast. My comp does not like to spend a lot of money so we don't take buss' anymore. We walk everywhere so Friday we walked 1.5 hours to a lesson and then 2 more hours to get somewhere else in the hot sun. To top is off that night we found out that we had hit a record heat for the season of 112. It was hot, I wanted to die. They said that it is only going to get hotter. Saturday I was with Elder Freitas and we went to meet with Evandro. This guy is the coolest person that I have baptized yet. He is 30, has a super cool daughter and a really cool house. We are teaching his daughter right now, but after the lesson he was teaching us how to do back flips and all sorts of tricks. This guy is strong and likes showing off. He does it well, and we have so much fun. He does Kap-o-wada, which is this dance fighting thing. We are learning it, so cool. Sunday we had two more baptisms, and are planning three more next week. We are doing work, the Lord's work. The field is white and ready to harvest. Sunday was fun, but every night gets hotter and hotter. I am not sure I am going to make it.
I love you and send pictures.
October 13, 2014

So this week was really cool. We had a lot of things happen. Tuesday had me with Elder Honey. We went to lunch to a recent
baptism which was so cool, they are the best members that I have meet. They are this older couple, that was lost and sad because they lost their kids in a car accident, but with this gospel they have had a change of heart, and are really happy. They are going to go to the temple to do baptism for their kids.
Then we went to PQ mai lua... which is a really dangerous place. We had to be careful, but we were able to teach and few lessons. As we were walking home we were chased by two men, in masks, we had to run to a place and hide. My heart has never beat that fast. Wednesday my comp went with some other elder to são paulo, they were going to the offices but never showed up. My comp was lost and everyone was calling me looking for them. I spent all Thursday looking for them in the city. They finally showed up at the office and had ended up staying at a members house. The president was mad and they got into trouble, but we all got home fine. Wow that was a scary few days, I thought I had lost my comp. Friday we had a normal day, taught some people and just tried to have a normal day. That night we went to cap-u-wada which is this fighting class. You do flips and it is so cool. We have two men in that class that got baptized on Sunday. Saturday- we just got things ready for Sunday, and then it was a day more of a slow day for us. This week has been super long. We had dinner with an investigator, the food was so good, I am going to come back fat. Sunday we had 3 baptisms which were men. It was so cool, so many people came to watched. It was a good day then we went to lunch and stayed there and talked and just had fun.
Then we came home and the ZL's came to our house, because everyone likes hanging out with us, because I like to do things on p-day. I think we are going to the waterfalls today. Anyway, this week was good. I am tired and really just want to sleep.
Love you mom, hope all is well.

Half of our Zone
October 6, 2014

So where do I start, this week was a crazy one. Let's start with Tuesday which had me on a divisão. I was with elder Freitas, we taught 4 lessons and got 2 people ready for batismo, which was so cool. At night we went to this new familia and we taught "The Plan of Salvation, and how we can all be together with are famílias forever. The família started to cry, and the dad was asking what he can do to have this joy, to be able to always be with his familia. He told us the story about how he lost a son, his only son in a car accident and he would do anything to be with him again. Wow this grown man was crying and the best part of that night was that I could tell him that he could see his son again. Wow it made me cry. This gospel is so true. Wednesday had me getting up at 3 in the morning throwing up, yes I was sick and it was bad. I was little dying, I didn't leave the house. I slept and cried because I was in so much pain. My comp gave me a blessing and just stayed home with me. I found out it was the lunch we had the other day, the irma isn't the richest, so it was a normal lunch, and well it wasn't cooked all the way, and I felt like I died from it. Thursday I was still sick and dying, but I had to work, we had so many people to help. That whole day I was walking around and wanting to die. It was rough. I lost like 10 pounds this week because I couldn't eat anything. Friday I was with elder Honey, and we were working when we got a call from are ZL saying that they wanted to do another divisão with me, so off I went, I didn't have any extra cloth or anything. I was there Saturday, which was good. We were able to give some people some blessings, teach a few lessons, and I found out that there were a few familias that wanted to see me. I went and I did my best to take care of all their needs. Then it was General Conference.... I got all my investigators rides, but I forgot my own. I had to walk like 40 min to go watch it. It was amazing. I know without a doubt that we have a profeta and 12 apóstolos who receber revelação and help us follow Jesus Christ. Wow the talks were amazing, and I have to say I think the coolest part was that I understood what they were saying. That night we had a familia night and I made cookies, which were a success and everyone loved them. Then Sunday was cool because in Brazil everyone has to vote for the president, it's the law here. I went with my comp to go vote, I almost had to vote, someone grabbed me and put me in a booth to vote. Luckily my comp. saved me. We then watched more General Conference. That was my week. It has been over 5 days since I have been in my own house, and the ZL are sending me to go help another area, so it looks like I am not going home yet. Have an amazing week.

Sept. 29, 2014

September 29, 2014
Hey familia, Wow this week had me running.

Tuesday we had transfers... and well I stayed, which is sweet. We are having so much fun in the house, and we are getting the Lords work done, and bring people to know the truth. I can't believe it is all real, that I am on a mission and everything. Monday was so much fun, wow it was crazy. I was with one elder Larson, he is my brother. We are going to college together, we do everything together. We have had some heart to hearts on the bus, it was some of the most spiritual things that I have felt. We talk about everything. Wednesday had me with Elder Souza and we did some contacts and checked up on some members. We also were able to firm up another batismo for this weekend. I had to use all my powers to get this one done. Thursday I was with Elder Honey, we taught some familias, they were super cool. Everyone is so surprised to find out why we are here, and they believe us so much more. We were teaching this one familia and we asked the dad if he would go to church, he was like "you know what, I think I will, I really want to know if this church is true" It was pretty amazing. Friday I was still with Honey and we were walking down this street when I looked at him and was like "dude, we need to go knock on that door right there." He was like, "it's 9, no one will want to hear us." I went and said "you don't have to say anything, I will do all the talking." He was like "I bet you $20.00 that nothing will come out of it." I went up and knocked, at first no one came, and then a mother came out and she had some tears in her eyes, and asked who we were. That is when I asked her, who do you think we are? She stopped crying and said I see angels standing with you, and I know that you are from God. She let us in and I have never taught a lesson with so much power and speaking perfect Portuguese. She said 8 years ago missionaries had taught her, but she wanted nothing to do with them. Today she wanted to be saved. That was a crazy night and to top it off I won $20.00. Saturday we had some things in the morning and then a wedding that night. Wow the wedding was perfect, If I haven't told you, we have been working with this familia for 2 months. We finally got them married and then they will be baptized next week. We are bringing familias together forever. This work is so true, there is still love out there and if you stay firm in the church it can last forever. That is what I want. I want to get married and be with my wife forever. Sunday we had a busy day, getting 18 people to church and having two baptismos. It was so worth the work. When we went home we had 12 elders in our house. we even had a fight night. I came in second to Elder Larson, just because he is a jacked dude. I did beat all the Brazil Elders, who do fighting classes. I now have a lot of respect, no one knew what I could do. Today we will have a p-day with the zone, so it should be fun.
Proof of the hard work and lots of walking these elder do!


Always having a little fun
Baptismo de Robert