Tuesday, May 20, 2014

May 19,2014

FAMILY!!!  I love you all so much!  I hope that you are all doing great!  I cant believe that Mothers Day came and went so fast! haha it was great talking to you all tho.

This week was a super busy one, but a great one.  We went to Floripa on Sunday until Tuesday for a meeting with President and the other zone leaders.  On Monday we went on a spiritual hike, which was so dope!!  I think we need to go there when you guys come!  At the end of a hike was a beautiful beach that you can only get to by boat or hiking.  We ran around on the beach and played games.  It was an absolute blast!

On Wednesday, President came to Itajai to renew my temple recommend.  We did the interview and then he went with us to find a new apartment, cuz we live in 4 missionaries in a tiny apartment right now.  We found two options, and we will probably move next week.  He then took us to see the new chapel here in Itajai that will be opened next month for our ward and then we got Caldo de Cana which is a sugar cane juice.  It is fantastic!

We are working with Lucas and Natasha to help them get married.  Eddy is helping us get all of there documents ready.  We gave them a picture of the Porto Alegre temple and they loved it.  Marcos and Mara are doing great, he still wants to be baptized in the new chapel so that will be next month sometime.

We visited Ricardo and watched the Joseph Smith movie with him.  That was a great time!  He went to church and loved it as well.  We are gonna get on him about the baptism now.  He is ready for it!

I love you all!  Bad news, My camera got stolen...  It had my two memory cards and one pendrive in it.  Good News: I have almost all of my photos and videos on a members computer in JoaƧaba so I will send a jumpdrive for him to put everything on.  And also, I sent most of my photos to you guys.  It just sucks being without a camera! haha

Love you all and have a great week!!!

Elder Howard

Monday, May 5, 2014

May 5, 2014

FAMILY!!!  This week was another great one!  Holy cow I am exhausted, but I am loving Itajai and I am loving serving with Elder Castro! He is a great kid!!

This week we did lots of contacts and we were able to teach tons of people.  Vera is doing great!  We went to her house and took her a picture of the Porto Alegre temple in a picture frame and gave it to her.  Then we helped her make some goals so that one day she can have an eternal family.  It was so great!  She absolutely loved it!  She went to church this sunday as well and loved it.

We had a couple of family home evenings this week as well.  There is a family where the kids are members, but the parents arent.  (I cant remember all the names cuz I am terrible with names! haha).  We left a great message there and they came to church on sunday.  The parents just need to get married and they will both be baptized.  We will go back this week and see what they are wanting to do.

We are teaching a couple named Marcos and Mara.  Marcos doesnt want to be baptized until the new chapel is finished.  Right now, we are going to the same chapel as Itajai 1, but the new chapel closer to our area should be done at the end of this month.  They are both great people and both went to church.  Everyone already thinks they are members! hahah

Ricardo went to church as well.  Heavenly Father blessed us as we were able to teach him, his wife and their two kids all together for the first time.  It was so great!  Ricardo went to church and seemed a lot happier!

We are teaching another couple named Lucas and Natasha.  They need to get married, but have a desire to get married and to get baptized.  They are reading the BOM and Lucas came to church yesterday.

I love you all and hope that you have a great week!!!  BE HAPPY, God loves you all.

Elder Howard

April 28, 2014

FAMILY!!!  How are you all doin??  Holy cow it is so good to be back in Itajai and my comp Elder Castro is such a dope kid!  It is good to be back with him as well.

I am loving the work here.  Being a missionary is being like a psychologist most the time cuz people tell you their difficulties and you help them according to their needs.  It is preparing me a lot for my future proffession :)

We have some great investigators right now.  We are teaching this lady named Vera.  Her family lives in another state and are members of the church but she never was baptized.  She went to stake conference this week and loved it.  She went to the family session on Saturday and the normal session on sunday.  Tonight we are going to do a family night with her at a members house.  She said that she wants to put into practice goals to be more disciplined and to improve.

We are teaching this guy named Ricardo.  He is about 35 years old and has a big desire to be a part of the church.  We taught him the commandments and he got rid of Coffee to be able to be baptized.  We marked his baptism for saturday.  He went to conference yesterday as well and had enjoyed it.  We will visit him tomorrow.

In the stake priesthood session, stake pres asked us to give a training to all the bishops and ward mission leaders from the stake! hahah how funny is that?  So we prepared a powerpoint and talked about their responsabilities in helping in the mission work.  It went really well!  Lots of people afterwards told us that it was great.

I have seen tons of people that I met here over a year ago.  I was welcomed and received so well by the people here.  It is great to be back!

I love you all so much and hope that you have a great week!!!

Elder Howard

April 14, 2014

Landon was transferred back to Itajai. No email.

April 7, 2014

FAMILY!!!!  I miss you guys like crazy and hope that you are all doing great!  Congrats Bingham on another win!!  Conference was great!  I am excited for the Liahona to come out with all of the talks.  There were some great ones!!  I hit one year and 7 months this week.... CRAZY STUFF!!!

This week we went into another radio station.  The guy gave each of us a mic and he started talking to Alex about the project that we will be doing.  Then he started interviewing me and Elder Pereira! haha he talked to us more about missionary work, than he did about the project! haha he asked us about our purpose and talked really highly of the missionaries.  He then said we could go to his house at any time and on air, said his address. hahah it was pretty funny!  We had a great time and it was a great experience!

We went on a division this week with Elder Maia and Elder Paiva.  I spent all day with Paiva, he is from Argentina.  I practiced my Spanish a little bit as well ;)

This week we will be doing a division with the assistents to the president for two days.  Friday will be the first night of the "Projeto Familia Feliz".  I attached a poster of the project for you all to see.  We think there will be lots of people there and lots of references for the missionaries.  We are hoping it all goes well!

I love you all and hope that you have a fantastic week.  BE HAPPY and KNOW THAT GOD LOVES YOU ALL!

Elder Howard