Monday, July 29, 2013

July 29, 2013

FAMILY!!!!  How are you guys??  I hope you all had a great week!!!  This week turned out to be a good one.  We cut a lot of our investigators from last week, so this week we did a lot of street contacts.  Here in Biguacu there is a park that everyone goes to.  We talked to everyone about the church and also about our English Class.  We found a few new people that we will visit.  We are hoping to increase the number in our English Class.

We are teaching this super cool family.  The dads name is Duda, his wife Chris and their daughter Dara.  They arent married, and have been living together for about 8 years.  They were taught by the Elders over a year ago and had been to church a few times.  We met with Duda and taught him cuz his wife was at work.  We read 2 Nephi 31 with him and taught him about Faith, Repentance, Baptism, the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end.  We then pushed the invite to get him to come to church.  He accepted and when Sunday rolled around, him and his family came to church.  It was great to have them there!  They had a great time and the branch welcomed them really well.  They invited us to have lunch with them after church so we did.  It went great!

This week we will be meeting with some new people and making more contacts to find people to teach.  It is a pretty tough area here, and has been a long time since there has been much success here, but we will continue to do our part and we know that the Lord will do his part.  I love you all and hope that you have a great week!!!  Tell Morg that I love her too!  Boys, have a great trip with dad and do great at your soccer tournament!!!

Elder Howard

Friday, July 26, 2013

July 22, 2013

FAMILY!!!!  How the heck are you??  It was weird being away from home for my birthday but it turned out to be a great one!!!  Eddy and Dani threw me a surprise birthday party at the branch presidents home here.  It was a great surprise!  There were some members from here that went and also some members from Itajai that came with Eddy.  They made tons of cake and other snacks and we all had a great time!  So grateful for Eddy and Dani and all that they do for me!!!  And I cant believe I am 20 years old... hahah crazy!!!

This week we met with a lot of people, but a lot of them arent fulfilling the commitments that we give them like reading the BOM, and going to church.  We cut a bunch of them and this week we will do a lot of contacts to meet new people.  We got 500 more English class invites so we will be talking to everyone about that.

The highlight of my week was definitely the surprise birthday party.  There isnt a whole lot more to say about this week! haha.  Thanks for all the cards from home and all the birthday wishes!!!  I love you all and hope that you have a great week!!!  Tell Morg that I love her too!!!

Elder Howard

Monday, July 15, 2013

July 15, 2013

FAMILY!!!!  How are you guys doin??  Miss you all like crazy!!!  I got all of your letters this week for my birthday!!!  It made me so dang happy!  I have the best family in the world!!!  Thank you all so much!  I also loved the dollar bills that I got.  Brasilians go crazy when they see dollars! haha so I show them off.  Thanks again!!!

This week was a pretty good one and a pretty tiring one.  Most of our investigators live about 45 minutes to an hour from our house so we do a lot of walking! haha I have never walked so much in my life!  It is good tho!  This week we met with a less active member named Jeyce.  She is such a great lady!  She has been a member for quite some time, but it has been years since she has gone to church.  We visited her this week with some members and left her a message from the Liahona.  It was a great visit!  Then when sunday came, Jeyce came to church for the first time in years!  It was so great to see her there and I know she enjoyed coming back!

Our English class is growing as well.  Slowly, but it is still growing! haha.  We have between 3 and 7 people each class.  We have given out so many invites and everything and people just dont come.  But thats okay!  We met a guy named Ariel from our English class and he had a lot of questions about the church.  We read 3rd Nephi 11 with him this week and gave him another part to read.  He didnt come to church, but we are hoping that he comes next week. That is the hardest part, is getting the people to come to church!

We have a couple other investigators, but this week we are going to try to find a lot more.  The hardest part about missionary work is finding people to teach.  We are trying to work with members a lot more and I know that will help us.

I hope that you all have a great week!!!  I wish you all were with me for my birthday this saturday!  I think Eddy will come visit us and we will go get pizza!!!  I love you all!  Tell Morg that I love her too!!!

Elder Howard

Monday, July 8, 2013

July 8, 2013

FAMILY!!!!  How are you all doin??  I hope everyone had a great fourth of July!  I sure didnt see any fireworks! hahah.  This week was a great one with Elder Neris.  He is my new companion and he is from the northeast part of Brasil.  He is a shorter brown dude and looks just like Carlton Banks off of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. haha.  He is a great kid and we are working really well together.  His birthday is on the 13th of this month and then mine is the week after.  We are gonna have some good times.  There is also a new American living with us from Pennsylvania.  He looks just like Harry Potter.  I am living with tons of famous people here! haha.  I am missin Carvalho tho, thats for sure!

This week we knocked a lot of doors and talked with a lot of new people to try to find people to teach.  We taught the first lesson, the Restoration, a lot, which is normal.  We found a lady named Maria.  She is super catholic, but as soon as we got talking about the first vision, she went absolutely silent and just smiled! haha. it was pretty cool!  we left her a BOM to read and we are going to visit her tonight.

We also met with Bruno again and taught him the Plan of Salvation.  His mom listened to our message for the first time which was really cool.  They are such a great family!  The lesson went good, but we still have a hard time getting them, and our other investigators to come to church.  We are going to visit them again on Wednesday.

English Class is getting a little better.  We have about 3 students each class! hahaha.  But we did find a new investigator to teach.  His name is Ariel and is really curious about religions.  We taught him the first lesson and gave him a BOM as well.  We will follow up with him again on Saturday.

Our neighbor that we met this week has a ranch with tons of fruit.  He is such an awesome guy and invited us to go visit it.  It looked like the Amazon rainforest! haha with tons of trees, a small waterfall, and small ponds and streams.  He let us pick as many pieces of fruit as we wanted.  So we brought home about 10 sack fulls.

I hope everyone is doing great at home!!  I sure did miss having the 4th of July with you guys!! haha.  I love you all and hope that you have a great week!!!  Tell Morg that I love her too!

Elder Howard

Monday, July 1, 2013

July 1, 2013

FAMILY!!!!  I miss you all like crazy!!!  I hope that you all had a great week!!!  This week was a pretty good one hear.  I dont have a lot to say this week cuz we have the transfer going down.  Elder Lima is going to another city in our zone and my new companion will get here tomorrow.  His name is Elder Neres and looks like Carlton Banks off the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air! hahaha.  I have met him and he is a super sick kid and a great missionary.  I will learn a lot from him.  Also, Elder Carvalho, the other elder I live with, is heading to Blumenau and a new American will be coming in his spot.  So I will be living with one American and 2 Brasilians.  So much freakin Portugues!!! hahah

This week we met with Bruno again and it went great.  We read 2 Nephi 31 with him and he had tons of questions again.  It was really cool!  We were going to teach him the Plan of Salvation on Saturday but he had to stay late at work and then he didnt get up for church on Sunday.  It was a little frustrating but we will keep working with him.

We had a meeting with the ward leaders this week.  We are trying to get everyone going in the missionary work here.  This branch struggles a little bit.  We are going to try to work with members more and also do more contacts to find people.  That is the hardest thing about this area, and about most areas, is finding people who will listen to the message.  I am excited to work with Elder Neres tho!

I love you all and I hope that you have a great week!!!  Tell Morg that I love her as well!!!

Elder Howard

June 24, 2013

FAMILY!!!!  Sounds like you had a great week!!!  This week the work was pretty dang tough and the weather sure didnt help! haha it rained a freakin lot this week!!!  We knocked a lot of doors, but it seemed like nobody wanted to hear our message.  On Thursday we went and taught Bruno again and it was awesome!  He had so many questions from the reading that we left him in 3 nephi 11.  We read it together and answered all of his questions.  We also taught him about Christ's baptism and he accepted the baptismal invite.  We will plan it for the month of July as long as he comes to church and prepares.  It was really frustrating, cuz Sunday came around and he didnt make it to church.  But we will visit him again this week.

This Saturday we had a ward activity at the church called "Festa Junina".  It is a big party that they have in Brasil every June.  It was a lot of fun.  It is pretty much where everyone dresses up as Hillbillies, eats a lot of food and gets there dance on! hahaha.  We had over 100 people there at the activity and tons of investigators.  Then Sunday rolled around and we only had our regular frequency of less than 50! haha.  Super frustrating!!!!

We also went and watched the broadcast in Floripa yesterday!!!  I am curious to see how all these new things will be applied here!  Sorry this is short, dont have tons of time today!  I love you all and hope that you are doing great!!!  Tell Morg that I love her too!  And Aust, I hope you had a great birthday!!!!  Love you all!!!  Have a great week!

Elder Howard