February 9, 2020

Man this week so much happened I dont even know where to start. Well we had transfers this past week on tuesday and we recieved the news that my comp would be getting transfered and that I would be staying in the same area and getting a new comp. So on monday night my comp elder j. Silva wanted to go say bye to a couple of families and julio and his family invited us over to have dinner with them. So on monday night we went over to their house and they made us some rice and beans as usual and some chicken and it was way good. We stayed there for a while and talked with them and then we had to go home because elder j silva still hadn’t packed yet and it was almost 9 haha.

The last night together we had a little party and bought some candles and ate some ice cream to celebrate the end of my training it was cute haha man I cant believe that I ended training already its crazy how fast time flies out here. But on Thursday morning we woke up early because we had to meet at the bus stop in BH to find our new comps. So we snagged a bus and went to the station and when we got there, there were like 50 missionaries just chillin. We went with the missionaries, got a small paper that tells you who your comp will be and you find your comp and you leave haha it’s crazy how transfers work here.

But I got my new comp and his name is elder Machado and hes from santa catarina which is a state in Brazil so hes Brazilian and speaks like no English haha. But hes a way good guy and he works really hard and we get along pretty well so that’s good!

We came back to Sabará together and got straight to the work, I was pretty much the senior for this week because im the one who knows the area and the people here. So this week was pretty stressful but it actually worked out really good haha!! one of the first lessons back in Sabará we met with this one family that we meet with a lot and my new comp and the dad of this family started getting into a heated lesson haha, I was teyijg to pay attention but it was really hard for me to keep up so i was just eating some crackers and milk haha. We met with them again on thursday and it was a lot better this time, they actually are progressing pretty well now.

This week we also had noite familiar with a family here in our ward, one night me and my comp didnt really have anything to so so we decided to go to this members house and visit them and when we got there they said that they are going to have family night so they let us in and we did a family night with them. I hung out with my boy Benjamin, hes like 5 years old and hes hilarious. It was way sweet, then after the family night irmão Afonso he ordered some pizzas for us so we downed some pizzas real quick and then left.

this week we found 14 new people which is a ton of new people for us so that was beast we had a ton of good, spiritual lessons with our new investigators and gave them all book of mormons!! We also had some good lessons with some people that weve been meeting for a while! Let’s just hope now they read it and receive an answer that its true!! We have a lot of people that are progressing pretty well and have a lot of potential, I hope that they keep going strong and keep moshing so they can really receive their own testimonies!

Man this week felt pretty long but it was a good one haha! Missions are seriously the best, especially when you just put your head down and focus on the work you forget about everything else in the world and only focus on helping others and serving Christ! Sometimes times get hard, but I promise when you focus on the needs of others and you strive to serve them, not only will you bring happiness to them but it will also bring so much happiness and joy in your life too!! I love and miss you guys and hope that everyone had a fantastic week!!

Go jazz and go cougs

Miss you too @eldershaddybanks:)

January 20, 2020

Well this week was pretty normal haha not too much happened. Me and my comp have been working hard to try and find new people to teach, we found some promising people that might have potential to be really cool but we’ll see how it goes!

Weve been meeting a lot with our friends Jean, samuel and lucas they are 3 young men that are pretty interested and have gone to church with us once. One day while we were teaching them, the dad came out and started listening to our message too and while we were teaching he just started talking about the weirdest things and he wouldn’t stop, I almost started laughing and then to top it off when we were going to say the closing prayer we asked jean to say it for us but he was too scared and we all waited for him to say it and we sat there for like 2 minutes in dead silence and then out of no where we said amen I almost lost it, it was so funny! But they’re actually progressing really, really well right now so that’s good:)

Weve been meeting with this one girl named Marcia the past couple fo weeks and shes been catholic her entire life and she just started reading the Book of Mormon and been studying about the stuff we taught her, and when we went there this week she had some crazy good questions, and we had a really good discussion with her about the restoration and we told her that if you really want to know these things are true you have to ask God and know for yourself!! I love that message, if you guys have any doubt about anything just get on your knees and ask God, and if you ask him with faith he really will manifest the truth to you!! I know that this gospel is true and that if we do what we are supposed to we will find so much happiness:) 

We had a baptism this week!! But it was the baptism of a members son, we we got the opportunity to go and watch him get baptized. Even if it’s not us baptizing, I love going to baptisms they’re the best! His name is miguel and he just turned 8, later that night they were having a huge party for him so me and my comp went to their house later that night and hung out with them and I ate one if the best cakes I’ve ever had in my life it was so good I was blown away haha! Man being a missionary is the best, when we got to the house they told us to sit down and rest and they brought over the cake and a bunch of food for us it was amazing. Me and my comp are just trying to enjoy it while it lasts haha. They even had cotton candy like what??

It was a pretty good week here the rain has started back up for some reason but I actually love it because if it doesn’t rain it’s just blazing hot haha!! I want to give a shout out to the big man bone!! Happy birthday I love you so much!! You are such a good example to me and I hope one day I’m just like you!! You have always been there for me when I needed you:) you are seriously the best dad in the world! I love you so much bro dont get too old on me;) and to my good uncle Brett I hope you had a wonderful day as well! I miss all of you and love all of you!! Peace!!