Monday, January 27, 2014

January 27, 2014

FAMILY!!!!  How are you all doin??  I sure do miss you guys like crazy!!!  This week was the transfer and me and MaldonadBRO will be staying one more transfer together.  It should be a good one!

This week was a good one!  Tereza is doing great!  She made us lunch today! haha.  But yesterday at church, Bianca which is Tereza's granddaughter, gave a talk.  At the end she started crying about how happy she was that her grandma was finally at church with her and back firm in the church.  She looked at me and at Maldonado and thanked us for everything that we did to get her back to the church.  It was a dope experience!  I started crying a little and the chills overtook me! haha.  It was such an awesome thing to hear, and I was so happy to know that we made an impact on their lives.

Maiara went on a division with the Sisters here in Lages to see how the mission life is.  She loved it and had a great experience!  She talks about how she is planning on serving a mission here in a little.

We went to Curitibanos again this week to do a baptismal interview.  We had lunch with Ari (reminds me of grandpa) and his wife Zeli.  Seli has been inactive for about 16 years now.  We left her a message and it was a very spiritual experience.  They are great people and we will help them everytime we go there.

I love you all and hope you have a great week!!!  Keep workin hard on Austins scholarship papers :):):)  LOVE YOU ALL!!!

Elder Howard

January 20, 2014

FAMILY!!!  This week was a good one!!  How is MLK day for you guys?? hahah I totally forgot about the holiday!

Maiara is doing great!  We had a family nhight with her and her family this week.  We ate pizza and gave a message.  We are trying to get her family to read the BOM and pray about it.  We will see how that goes.  Also, Maiara is going on a division with the sisters here in Lages on Saturday.  She talks about how she wants to serve a mission here in two years, so we told he she could go see what it is like.  We are stoked for her!

Tereza wasnt able to go to church, but she is doing good.  We are going to help her put some goals to stop smoking.  That is the only thing holding her back from going to the temple.  She is a great lady!

We are teaching this less active called Kauê.  Dope guy!  We taught him the story of Peter walking on the waters with Christ and how Kauê needs to show his faith and go back to church.  He didnt come this week, but accepted our invitation to read and pray every single day.  We will follow up on that this week.

We are trying to find new people to teach.  This is the last week of the transfer and we are calling it the "Semana de Fé!" ("Week of faith").  hahah we are hoping for a good week!!  I love you all and hope you have a great week!!

Elder Howard

Monday, January 13, 2014

January 13, 2014

FAMILY!!!  How are you all doin??  Sounds like you guys had a great week other than Austin being sick!!  I hope he got feeling better!  This week was good for me.  We went to Floripa on Monday and Tuesday, for a conference with the zone leaders and President.  It was actually really good!  There are tons of cool Zone LEaders so we had a good time!

Also, we traveled to Curitibanos for two days to do a division.  Lots of traveling this week! haha.  It was way cool going back to Curitibanos tho.  I saw tons of members that I met while I was there and we were stoked to see eachtoher! haha.  It was a blast.  We also went back and visited some of my old investigators there, but they still dont want to accept the gospel.

Maiara is doing great.  She is always invited friends and family to church.  Recent Converts seriously are the best member missionaries out there.  We started teaching her friend named Eliane, and it was great cuz she is going through some hard times.  We taught her about the Atonement and gave her a BOM to read.  WE will visit her again this week.

Tereza went to church again!!!  Three weeks in a row after almost 30 years of being inactive.  It truly is a miracle.  She is a great lady.  We had lunch with her today.  Also, she has almost stopped smoking completely, so we will keep helping her with that.

Well I love you all and hope you have a great week!!!  The church is true. Joseph Saw :)

Elder Howard