Monthly Archives: September 2012

1 Month in the Field‏

Okay I will repent for last week’s letter being so short, but hey I’m still learning!

Well I have over a month in the Field now! 😀 What does that mean? Well absolutely nothing… BUT I will celebrate today with Volleyball with our zone! It would be football (soccer) but a new mission rule is that we can’t play football… But hey that’s an easy one to keep!

Our problem for the past few weeks has been finding new people to teach and helping our investigators progress. But that’s pretty much all that missionary work is right? Our mission is really focusing on real growth in the wards, meaning baptizing, completing, and reactivating families. SO one way we are trying to accomplish this is through conducting Family nights with the members. Well family nights here aren’t any different from the family nights at home (besides, you know the whole language thing). We generally conduct 2-3 family nights each week and ask the members to invite non-member family members and neighbors to participate. Saturday we had a big family night with about a dozen people, and it was awesome! First we sang the battle hymn of the Republic and then we shared a mission video with the family. The video focused on how we as members have the duty to save our “fallen comrades.” There was such a great spirit in the room when we asked everyone in the meeting to share what they learned from the video. Well I don’t know if I have said it before but Brazilians LOVE to talk. When was time for Brother Adão to share, he went on for about 10 minutes (the video only lasted 5) about all sorts of things, reading scriptures, quoting apostles, and changing topics about 3 times in the middle of what seemed to be a prepared talk.

I have heard it said that patience is learned through experience. And I am getting a lot of experience in Cascatinha.

The weather here has been crazy this past week. We went to the city this last Tuesday for training and it was 42 degrees C (107 F), sunny, and humid. Wow, I thought I was going to die. We returned to Cascatinha the next day and it was 38 degrees C with the same humidity, and with the hills here, yet again I thought I would die. The next day it rained all day, and since then it has been freezing cold. Well for Brazil freezing cold! I thought I never would use my sweater here but these past few days I have been glad to have it! But as far as opinions go, i definitely prefer the cold! lol

We went to pick up an investigator for church yesterday and when we got to her house, she was getting ready, and said that we could wait in front of the church for her. Well she didn’t show up… yet again patience lol! But this coming week is a ward conference and everyone is getting excited for it so hopefully it will be easier to bring people to church! And after people start coming to church we will start having Baptisms in our area!

A fé é Tudo! I pray for all of you at home! Pray every day like it says in Moroni 8:26

26 And the remission of sins bringeth meekness, and lowliness of heart; and because of meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost, which Comforter filleth with hope and perfect love, which love endureth by diligence unto prayer, until the end shall come, when all the saints shall dwell with God.

and you will enjoy the fruits of God!

Elder Yost

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Every monday is Christmas!‏

Olá!

Well, I don’t have a lot of time today to write a long letter but this week was awesome! Not much happened, and, yet again, our investigators didn’t come to church but there were some cool things that happened.

I love knocking on doors and making contacts because the people here are so nice. And they always compliment my Portuguese lol.  But at the start of this week, the first door we knocked on was the door of a pastor of one of the local churches here. Well we started talking with him (when I say we I really mean my companion lol) But after we introduced our selves, he asked “Who is your God?” we responded with “God, our heavenly father.” Then he asked “What’s his name?” Well elder Motta didn’t skip a beat and replied with “Elohim.” With that the pastor began to give us a 40 minute long rehearsed sermon about how we need to be preaching about salvation through Jesus Christ. The entire time I was thinking, what does he think we are doing? It got to a point where he seemed to want to bash bibles but we simply shared our testimonies that we know that Jesus Christ lives and that he called prophets again to guide our lives and bless our families. And then we left, it was pretty cool.

I found new insight into the hymn “I’ll go where you want me to go.” At times when, it is difficult to walk up another hill, try to speak Portuguese or knock on another door, I just have to remember that it is the lord who is asking me to it. This week was great because I decided that I will do what Jesus Christ wants me to do and not what Elder Yost wants to do.

I wish I had more time to write but I don’t. I want to let you all know that I really feel your prayers and your support! I am so grateful to be serving as a missionary of the Lord Jesus Christ. May we all partake of the blessings that come from doing what He wants us to do!

Elder Yost

 

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Banana Splits

Bom Dia USA!

Well first off, those boxes of goodies are a lifesaver! And I have yet to finish eating all of the goodies that were sent! BATMAN LEGOS! Awesome stuff really! Thanks Mom and Dad!

Well this week was a little strange because it was filled with splits! Splits are pretty much when companionships are switched around for whatever reason. Well the day after we arrived from the city, my companion had to return for training in Rio, so I worked that day with Elder L. Alves (another Brazilian elder).  We hit the ground running and taught some new investigator the message of the Restoration. I am just going to say that I love teaching! The best days are the days that we spend teaching and testifying all day. This should happen every day but ask any missionary and they will say that commitments fall through, people don’t want to hear, and you spend the day (or week) walking up and down hills and not teaching at all, which in all honesty stinks!

Well Saturday we had another split because Elder Motta had to conduct a baptismal interview. SO I got to work with elder Glover (An American elder!) Don´t get me wrong, I love my Brazilian companion to death, but it was such a blessing to talk a little bit of English with Elder Glover!
Well I learned a lot from this split, first I learned that I really need to trust my companion Elder Motta because he really has a lot of experience. And I learned that everything is attitude. When life is tough, count your blessings. It is really simple but really effective to get my mind of off the difficulties of the language. Just to start thinking of the positives. The Church is true, what else matters?
Man, I want to baptize! haha! But people need to go to church, which I don’t understand why that is so difficult!

Anyway not much more to report this week but next week I will be spending at least one day in Rio, so I don’t know if it will interfere with email again or not.

I love you all! Read the Book of Mormon, so many answers are found in its wisdom!
Elder Yost

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Crazy P-Day and HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!‏

Hello World!

First off A big Happy Birthday shout out to my dad who is turning 40 Tomorrow! I love him so much, and hope that his 40th year treats him really well!

Well like I said, today was kind of crazy. Friday we got a call from the mission office saying that we need to be in Rio today at 10 am to work out some visa things. Any way we got up at 530 and caught a bus to Rio. We were about half way from Rio to Cascatinha to Rio and we received a phone call (In English which was a blessing) saying that the Police workers in Rio are on Strike! Well we got to Rio at 10 and then took a bus to the Office of the Mission where we collected letters (which was a lot of Fun. 😉 pun intended) and to my joy there were 2 packages waiting for me! (I forgot to mention in the last letter that when I arrived in Rio I got the package from Uncle Chip and Aunt Mary Ann, wow those towels are life savers and I can’t wait to use the puzzle for teaching! THANKS!) Well I am super excited to open the packages; I haven’t yet because I didn’t want to lose anything! We ate lunch at a Rodizio style pizzeria (which sure beat the CTM pizza lol) and then headed back on a bus to Cascatinha which is where I am now! Lots of travel and a little napping on the bus!

Well Portuguese… At times I feel like I am punching a brick wall when I am trying to communicate and listen. But I am learning to have patience and rely on the Spirit to carry what I am trying to say to our investigators. SO let me tell you about a couple experiences this week. Well we started teaching Lorena (one of my first contacts), and wow she is golden! I just want her and her family to get baptized! During our first visit we got to know a little about her and came to know that she has a great faith in God, but has difficulty with churches. She feels that with several meetings during the week that a lot of people are doing it just to show that they are going to church and not really because of their faith. Anyway, we taught her and her family the first lesson and the spirit was so strong there, She understood the points of the restoration and after I taught a little about prayer we asked her how she thought she would receive answers to her prayers. She said, “Through feelings of peace and feelings that what I am doing is right?” wow, i was awestruck! She then asked about how we need to dress for church because she didn’t have clothes that were suggested in the pamphlet (this meant that she read it!). We explained about Sunday and we bore testimony about the importance of reading the BOM and invited her to church. Great lesson! (but she didn’t come to church…)

Well Running out of time, but it is the little things that help throughout the day. The small winds and small words that I understand that are tender mercies of the lord. A mission is tough, but I know that The lord is supporting me in his work! I find faith in 1 Ne. 3:7 and know that the Lord is preparing ways for me to do his work and preach in Portuguese!

A fé é Tudo!
Elder Yost

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