Bom Dia todos os Norte Americanos!
What’s cooking up there!
Okay so its Tuesday and I am in Rio de Janeiro! This will probably be the last day that I am going to Spend in the beautiful City of Rio because I will (90% sure) be part of the New Mission Brazil, Juiz de Fora. The mission will open before the next transfer, I will be in Juiz de Fora at the time so I am probably saying farewell to Rio.
So Sunday we got a call from the Assistants to the President, they called after our Baptismal Reunion of Vánia, which was great! (she was a bit of work but it all worked out!) They called to tell me that Elder C. Silva was transferred and that I would need to come to Rio de Janeiro to pick up a NEW greenie!
I am super excited to train again. I am excited to use everything I learned with Elder Silva to help my new companion. We ran home after the phone call and started to throw all of Elder Silva’s stuff into his suitcases and then we started walking to the rodoviaria to catch a 5 hour bus to Rio. We were on the street and we saw a Bus approaching. It was kind of far away and I could barely see what was written on the bus. I asked “Does that bus say 3 Rios?” after a minute I saw that it said “Rio de Janeiro”! We started to break into a sprint! We kept on flagging down the bus and the bus driver was a saint and stopped the bus to let us in. We were so happy because the next bus to leave Leoploldina would leave at 1 in the morning! It was great and we relaxed on our way to the big city.
The bus passed the Cristo Redentor statue, we got glimpses of the sugarloaf mountains, we got to see some beaches and wow they are beautiful. Our bus passed Copacabana beach, Botafogo beach and we got off in Flamengo beach to arrive at the assistants house to spend the Night. I felt like a tourist in Rio. I love this city.
I am thankful for the opportunity that I have been given to train again. I thought a lot about the great experiences that I had with Elder Silva, and I also thought about the not so great experiences too. I figure that I have been given a new chance to use everything that I know and help another green missionary enter into God’s service. I learned so much with Elder Silva, I am a little nervous to see what the Lord wants me to learn with my new comp! I will meet him in about 4 hours!
SO I have been studying the Atonement of Jesus Christ this last week. My study has been pretty deep in this subject. The Atonement was the Ultimate expression of Christ’s love for us while He suffered for our sins and trembled under the weight of all of the wickedness of all mankind. He prayed for strength from the father. He was the only one who could show this love for us. I am out of time but I testify that Christ loves us and died for our sins.
Tchou! Elder Yost
Well an hour isn’t ever enough to talk online!
Hey World! How is it going back in the states?
Did you know that toilets here flush counter clockwise! The opposite back in the northern hemisphere! COOL!
Well we had a great meeting yesterday in church! I can’t believe that I have been here in Brazil for over 11 months!
Anyways the ward here is SUPER new and SUPER small! That and about half of the members here leave after the sacrament is passed. That being said I love Leopoldina. This week we have worked harder than ever and our results weren’t what we had hoped for/planned for, It was super tough! We have been working with some great people who unfortunately aren’t progressing spiritually. We had a lesson with some investigators who have witnesses of the Book of Mormon, but instead of going to church on Sunday they went to mass! It’s so frustrating to work with people share with them great experiences and then they just don’t have the strength to apply what God has taught them. It’s frustrating and heart breaking. We knock on doors, talk to people in the street offering what they need the most in their life with the one thing that will bring them lasting happiness in this life and salvation in the next life. We are offering it on a silver platter and they flat out reject us and our message. It’s never really gotten to me before. But yesterday we were knocking on doors and door after door was flat out rejection. All of our plans had fallen through. We were walking down the street and I was bummed out. There was a man walking towards us and I said to myself “well, what the heck.” he accepted a visit to his house and we went there and had a great lesson. He told us how he felt the Lord had “cut him off” and straight out rejected him. He told us that we were an answer to his prayers. I felt the spirit in our lesson and I was glad for the chance we had to talk to him.
The Lord never rejects us. He loves us and will always show His love for us!
We are excited for another week of miracles!
Oi Tudo Bem! Me Chamo Élder Yost! Quero dar um abraço por todos no America da Norte!
Hey World Its ME!
This week was GREAT! We had a Lot of Progress!
Sunday (yesterday) we had the Baptism of Jaimes and his 3 Children. Jaimes is the Brother of the Second counselor of the Bishopric here and we started working with Jaimes 2 weeks ago. He has depression issues but has been developing faith in Christ. We have worked with him through the commandments and yesterday it was such a GREAT blessing to see him with his family enter into the waters of Baptism and become official Christians. Baptism is the focus of Missionary Work. Why? Because baptism is the “gate” that leads to the “straight and narrow” way that leads to the Kingdom of God! I don’t remember that much of my Baptism but what I do remember is that when I was 8 years old I knew nothing about the gospel, what I knew was enough. I knew that Baptism was the right thing to do so I did it!
We are picking up fire here in Leopoldina! Elder Silva and I have worked great together and we are both rejoicing in the work that we have been doing. We have overcome many of our differences and I have seen GREAT progress in his grasp of gospel knowledge. He is great.
We had a Zone conference where we had an evaluation of our daily planners and area books… YIKES it was brutal! The entire zone was trying to avoid what seemed like Saurons’s all Seeing Eye from the Lord of The Rings! Luckily repentance is available to all that seek forgiveness and we are changing our outlook and our Area book and planners are now in top shape!
The Baptisms of Jaimes and his family mark the tenth baptism that Elder Silva and I have had together. Our work here in Leopoldina has been a testimony for me that the Lord is placing people in our paths. Whenever we invite people to exercise faith we are building our own. The Lord is preparing people for all of us to touch. In Alma 13:24 the Lord says that he is sending Angels into the world. When I think of Angels in my life, I think of first my Mom, and then a list of people who have greatly affected and changed my life for the better. The Lord promises that we can be Angels in the lives of others while we serve and Love them.
I feel so blessed when I take time to list in my mind all of the Blessings that the Lord has given me. I know that he has blessed my life and my family. I know that if you do the same (take time and look at the blessings in your life) it won’t be hard to recognize the love that the Lord has shown for you!
He loves us!
A fé é Tudo!
Have a great week!
Elder Topper Yost
Well this week was a tiring one! BUT we had some great successes!
Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo! I ate rice and beans to commemorate. LOL BUT we had 6 investigators that went to church yesterday! The ward here is TINY (for now) and the second the sacrament was passed about 20 people left the meeting. The church is so different down here than in the states! But the cool thing is that it’s still true! I am coming up on completing my first year pretty soon and we are picking up fire here!
The week started off kind of rough. Elder Silva and I had some troubles and I had to twist his arm to talk about what’s going on and how we can fix it. I have heard that a mission is a forecast of what problems you may have in marriage. I still have a year to learn how to live with someone and not kill them…JK! (But really, could you imagine!?)
After talking about it we started working like it says in D&C, united and “with the sound of a single trumpet,” We declared repentance to a ton of people in the area and challenged everyone to be baptized! at the end of the week we had 10 people who had accepted the challenge with a specific day! That was an all-time record for me. We sucked references out of the members and contacted the references. It was a GREAT week. We ran around SO much and by the end of Sunday night we were exhausted. It’s a great thing that it’s P-day!
We are going to have a Zone conference tomorrow with president Lima and we are super stoked!
Leopoldina is awesome! The people here are super cool. The only thing that isn’t cool is the Weather. It’s too FREAKING HOT! I feel like i am going to catch fire whenever I step out of the house. It’s dry though so that’s pretty good.
I am starting to read 3rd Nephi Again and I Love the amount of love that the Savior shows the Nephites. I think about the moment when all of the Nephites (that hadn’t been utterly swept off the face of the earth) got to, one by one, touch the wounds of the Savior and know that everything they had believed is true.
I know the Gospel is true! It has blessed my life infinitely!
Have a great week! I’m out of time!