Wednesday, October 23, 2013

October 21, 2013

FAMILY!!!!  How are you all doin??  This week was a really good one, but definitely a tiring one!!  Anderson and Mayara are doing great!  Mayara had bachelorette party the other day and tons of the woman from the ward went.  They said it went great!  Also, Anderson and Mayara are finishing up their wedding invites and they are looking great!  They have the San Diego temple on them with their names and the address and stuff.  I told them to send you guys one so be on the look for it :)

This week we did tons of door to door knocking.  We werent able to get into many houses, but we have some marked for this week to visit so hopefully those go well! haha.  We are sick of knockin doors! haha but what do ya do? ;) We met a cool guy named Bruno that we will visit this week.  He has tons of questions and is the kind of guy that has to see things to believe it.  Me and Elder Val will be doing a division on Thursday and we will visit him.

Not too much more happened this week.  President made a surprise visit at all the apartments in the mission to se if they were clean.  He gave ours a rating of "Celestial Kingdom" so looks like I am set! hahah.  Love you all and I hope that you have a great week!!!

Elder Howard

Monday, October 14, 2013

October 14, 2013

FAMILY!!!!  How are you all doin??  Sure miss you all like crazy!!!  This week was a great one!  ANDERSON AND MAYARA ARE GETTING MARRIED!!!!  We are so excited for them!  We went into the court house this week with all their documents and now we just have to wait for their wedding date.  I got to be a testimony for it all too which was cool.  They are planning on getting married on November 8th and baptized the next day.  I am soo excited for them!!!

Today I am in Floripa!! haha how awesome is that??  I have missed it here for sure.  I had to come and get my visa renewed along with the rest of the group.  I am starting to get old on the mission ;)  It is so awesome here and it is great to see everyone after so much time.  I will be catching a nine hour bus tomorrow morning to head back to Joacaba.

Antonio and Sirlei went to church this week as well and we marked to meet with them tomorrow night.  We are hoping to baptize Sirlei this month and to start on their marriage paperwork as well.  They arent living together so she can get baptized before the wedding.

Things here are going great!  I am liking this area a lot and I am meeting fantastic people.  I love you all and hope that you have a fantastic week.  I hope dad had a great birthday as well!  LOVE YOU ALL!!!

Elder Howard

Sunday, October 13, 2013

October 7, 2013

FAMILY!!!!  How the heck are you guys??  Today we are trying a different lanhouse to send emails so hopefully the internet will be better!  It was freakin weird not being able to chat with you guys!!! hahah.  HOW AWESOME WAS CONFERENCE??  Me and Burton watched it all in English and I enjoyed it a ton!  I felt like so many of the talks and the things said were written just for me.  It is way cool how the things they say apply so much to the things that I need.  Hollands talk was fantastic.  I also liked how all of the talked about missionary work with members, enduring to the end, and having faith and hope through our trials.  It was great!!!

This week we also visited Anderson and Mayara a lot.  We try to visit them and talk to them as often as we can.  On friday they called us to take us out to eat.  When we got to the restaurant, there were three little lakes next to it.  They said we were going fishing!!! hahah it was so cool!!!  We fished with them and ate and had a great time.  Then we taught them about the Gospel of Jesus Christ: Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Holy Ghost and Endure to the End.  It looks like it will take a little while for them to get married and baptized tho cuz of family problems.  But we are here to help them every step of the way.  They are reading the BOM everyday and are already to 1 Nephi 14.  It is great!

We also had a family night this week which was great.  We taught one of the twins and we are planning on visiting them this Saturday.  It is tough to visit them cuz of their schedule.  Also, their mom isnt too supportive of the church and stuff so that gets in the way too.  But we will see how the visit on Saturday goes.

We are back to doing a lot of contacts to find more people to teach.  It is tough, but thats what needs to be done! haha.  We are trying to get references from members as well, so we will see how that goes.  I love you all and hope that you have a great week!!!  Shout out to the best dad in the world having his birthday on Saturday!  35 years old right? ;)  I love you dad!!!  I will be thinking of you!!!

Elder Howard