Hello to all of those listening at Home!
This week we got mail!
-Daniel, you’re a stud, keep it up!
-Jeff Rime, It was great hearing from you bud! Something’s never will change will they?
-Kate and Kylie! A package well appreciated and a Freaking cool tie! Muito Bom! Obrigado!
Well this week we have had some interesting experiences and some testimony builders!
We had a Zone conference and I have been looking for a lot of guidance as I try and help our investigators move towards baptism and my Greenie to stop dragging his feet. The Conference talked a lot about love and charity. How we need to as missionaries show love for Everyone and especially for the Lord. I have learned that loving people whether it be members or investigators is really hard.
As a missionary you set your focus and all of your thoughts on people. we pray for them we fast for them, and a lot of the time, things don’t go the way we want it to. As followers of Christ we all need to love like he loves us. We get heart broken when people begin to reject our message. It’s hard to see people with hearts set against the gospel. We talk to hundreds of people in the street, trying to share with them what we know is the most important thing for us and for them, and 9 out of ten times they don’t accept it. It is truly heart breaking and it is super easy to get discouraged.
This week however has been one of miracles. After our Zone conference we got a call from a father of a member family who wanted to receive the missionary lessons. We started to talk with him and it was obvious that his marriage is everything but destroyed and so he wants to start putting his life in order. We talked a lot about repentance and that through the Lord; He can forgive us of our sins. Things may not turn out the way we want them to turn out but the Lord will always accept the repentant sinner. We taught the restoration and challenged him to read their book of Mormon and be baptized. He accepted.
Friday we got an interesting call from our ZL´s who told us that they have found a way for our investigators to be married in a week and be baptized on the 24th. They told us to invite them to be baptized the 24th. I felt like there is no way for this to happen, but I decided to trust and obey our leaders and so we invited the family to put their trust in the Lord, be willing to do everything that they can, and be baptized on the 24th. They accepted as well.
It was great to see all of them in church yesterday and see how great the members have interacted with them. Our hopes are high and we are counting on the Lord for miracles this week as we work like “smart donkeys” for these families!
The gospel is true! I know that Christ lives!
Have an Amazing week!
Elder Topper Yost
Well I don’t have a ton of time to write this week!
We will have a Zone conference on Valentine’s Day (Trunky!) and I should get mail on Thursday!
Carnival has been going pretty steady for the past few days and will end on tue3sday. Because of Carnival President Lima is asking missionaries to be home at 6pm instead of 9pm. That and the fact that no one is home and the only people on the street are drunk makes working through carnival SUPER difficult but Elder Carlos and I have been working hard trying to find new people to teach and baptize!
My new Greenie is Elder Carlos da Silva and he is super cool! He comes from Recife which is a little north of Rio de Janeiro. He is about 5 feet tall and is super eager to work. Before the mission he was a soldier in the Brazilian Army for a year and wants to continue doing that after the mission.
We taught a great new family this last week. We got to their house and sat down to teach them the restoration of the Gospel. It was Elder Carlos´s first lesson and It was a miracle that we were able to work together semi-easily. We got to the end of the lesson and Elder Carlos invited the family to be baptized and they accepted! The family of three accepted. But they aren’t married so only the daughter will be able to baptized soon probably next week. But when we were teaching it seemed out of nowhere that we were talking about the word of wisdom, tithing and other commandments. But the Spirit was there and they were willing to commit to living the commandments and attending church until they can get married and Baptized!
I am constantly learning that I know nothing! The first week as a senior was probably the hardest week of my mission but we ended well with good experiences. We have a lot to learn and a lot to do, but with the Lord all is possible!
The Lord Lives, and I feel his love every day!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
A fé é tudo!
Well this week is the Start of the End of the World! Brazil is entering CaRnIvAL!!! And surely cool stories will follow!
I am going to be a TRAINER! Tomorrow I will pick up my new green Companion and I am super excited! I have No idea what he will be like, Brazilian, American or Argentinean or who knows, I will definitely let you know next week! All of the Missionaries say that training is super annoying BUT I am going to make this a great experience and choose to be happy. That being said, Elder Jordan was transferred to work in Bairu. Bairu is the hottest place in Rio de Janeiro, SO I wish him good luck!
This week Carnival has started to pick up! There are crazy people on the street, drinking, dancing, and indulging in all kind of iniquity..lol The other day we were returning home from a lesson and right next to where we live there was a Huge carnival party where people were completely wasted! Three grown black men were dressed up as clowns and passed right by us shouting in English “what is your Name?” That is one of the three phrases that everyone here in Brazil knows. The other two are “Where are you from?” and “What time is it?” it’s so funny to be walking down the street and people shouting at you with their strong accents LOL But what this really means is that people will be less likely to let us in and talk about Christ. They will be drinking 24 hours but the people who are waiting for us to find them will recognize us and we will have great experiences.
This week we had a BAPTISM! WOOT! Gean was baptized on Wednesday Night, elder Jordan performed the ordinance and it was really nice. His whole family (except his grandma) was there supporting him and they were touched by the sweat spirit of Baptism. I have learned a TON working with Elder Jordan and I really thank the Lord for the time I have spent with him!
I Love being a missionary! The Gospel is SO true. I am excited for new challenges. The Lord answers our prayers because he Lives and Loves us!
Until next week!
Hey y’all! Running out of email time so I may have to cut it short! SORRY
No Shout-outs except that I hope that Tia feels better soon!
Well this week was great, we had a rough start and Wednesday we had to go to a few doctors’ appointments for Elder Jordan and weren’t able to really work. But the rest of the week was pretty great.
WELL our Baptism got postponed until Wednesday. The grandfather of the youth of the family we are teaching right now came home Saturday night and beat the other members of the family. When we went to bring the family to church on Sunday, they weren’t in condition to go to church, or for the youth to be baptized. So Wednesday will be the day.
The Family is SO important and here I have seen families torn apart by the Devil. It is super expensive to get married here. Fathers of children abandon the family early on. Mothers of the family drink and yell at the kids, and the kids stay in the street where the devil is working hard to make sure that the kids follow the poor examples of their parents. This has made me sad a lot of the time and it makes me thankful for my family which has been SUPER great for me.
In the Book of Matthew Christ exhorts his followers to let their Light shine forth. We need to be examples of the Lord. Whether we are members of the Church or not the Lord’s standard is the same, and he is not a respecter of persons. We have commandments to keep and promises to honor. True happiness is only found in the keeping of commandments, “Wickedness never was happiness,” We need to pay the price to follow Christ, whatever the cost. He will bless us immediately when we do.
Let’s let our light shine in Brazil or wherever we may be today.
Christ Lives, he loves us and wants us to show our Love for Him. He is the head of His Church, and wants you to follow his example.
I love you! a Fé é Tudo! Até o Proximo!