Monday, June 30, 2014

June 30, 2014


It was super quick week! These days always pass by so fast! We were super rushed but thats a good thing! We are still teaching a lot and bringing a lot of people to the church. This week we had district conference (stake conference) and it was super good. There were so many people that all the missionaries had to sit in the nursing room and listen to the conference. Every few minutes we would have to leave to let a mom nurse her baby. But it was a good conference. 

The World Cup still has a few weeks. We just stay in our house during the brazil games and after. After the games is worse than during because there are a lot of crazy people out on the streets still celebrating. But it is cool on game day because EVERYONE is wearing a yellow shirt. It is good to see the unity! 

This week I got the conference ensign. I love reading the talks again especially because they are so useful to apply to the people we teach and think about. In just a few days I am already into the saturday afternoon session. This is the reason why our Church is good, because the prophet sees what he needs to tell us and what can help us in that moment. It is such a blessing to have modern day revelation that talk about the problems in todays world. 

The craziest question that we got this week was that: where in the Bible does it say we have to be married in the court house? We showed him everything and every scripture that had to do with marrige and the law, but his heart was still a little stiff. hhahahaha. This is when he needs to except the council from a modern day prophet that says marrige is between a man and a women LEGALLY married! 

Way to go on the family History! I am glad that you guys are doing that! It is super important! 

When I come home that is something that I want to do different is get more into the family history. IN confernece this weekend he talked about there are two sides of rescuing. Those that are living (nonmember and less active) and those who have already passed. It will be a good feeling when we return to have our family waiting with open arms to recieve us. 

Sorry the note is so short today, but I am super glad that you guys got the package. I will try to send another in the next few weeks. 

Love you lots! Know that I pray for you and that I am so grateful for all of you! It is so awesome to be able to come to the Lan House every week and know that I have a family on the other end! Have a super good week! 

Elder Wild

Monday, June 23, 2014

June 23 2014 One Year Out!


This week was so crazy!!!! It was super awesome! 

It was a rough week to go by. We had an activity planned to bring the investiagors to church. It was the same activity that you guys did a few weeks ago more or less. But we did it and had 42 investigators in Church on sunday! hahaha it was pretty awesome! Afterwards the people in the ward made a giant lunch for everyone. It was pretty cool! 

We are working a lot and we are always tired! But I guess that is a good thing! We had another baptism this week and it was pretty cool! Her name is Monica and she is doing super well. Because we have District Conference this next week we wont have any baptism meetings, but we already have people lined up for the next week. 

You said that it should be gettng cooler here. The difference between the winter and the summer her is it is that it is super super hot or just super hot! haha It is still pretty hot but right now it is bearable. 

Now for the questions....

1) What has been the very best thing about serving your mission?
Just being here seeing that what we do makes a difference in peoples lives. It is pretty awesome to see the changes and everything. 

2) What scripture has become your favorite?
Jacob 5. It talks about the world before Christ, after Christ, the apostacy, and our days now. Super good

3) What have you enjoyed most about tracting?
I love praying on where to go, we choose a street, go there, knock doors, and find the people ready to except the gospel. On every street that the Lord chooses, there is at least one person waiting. 

4) What was your funniest memory of this last year?
One of my companions taking a laxative and the effect didnt come until the day after when we were eating lunch. hahahahaha 

5) What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you as a missionary?
I was picking up a heavy box of books for the bishop in our my first area and my pants split and i didnt know how to explain what happened so I had to show that my pants ripped. (I got them mended)

6) What do you miss most from home?
The hounds. I saw a dog the other day that was exactly like Jersey and Jed but with a lot more hair. It was pretty awesome! and my family!

7) What is your favorite p-day activity?
Because we cant play soccer, we just have a goalie and someone to shoot the ball. That is the best

8) What has been the most difficult thing, but something you felt you've been able to overcome on your mission?
The language definately. 

9) How has your testimony of Jesus Christ changed by being a full time missionary?
That really through Him, we can do anything. This is His work. And that no matter what a person does, they are still a son or daughter of God and that they came to the Earth with the same purpose that we did: To return and live in His presence as a family.  And that we are not to deny the blessing of the Restored Gospel to anyone. 

10) What will you tell others is the best way to prepare for a mission?
Decide to go. and Read the Book of Mormon as many times as you can. 

We are finding a lot of people to teach and help them have a better life. It is such a good experience! It is something that I will never regret. It really is the best thing in the World! 

Love you all!!!

Elder Wild
PS Thank you again for the pictures! They were awesome! I forgot to say that the Nelson Farm Christmas package came! Thank you very much! I loved it a lot! It was so nice to read everyone's cards! 

Thank you for being so positive in these tough times! It really helps me out to know my family is happy still! 

Monday, June 16, 2014

June 16th, 2014

Oi família!!! 

This week was super fun and super hard working! It was cool, our zone leader told us that Satan would work more hard during the Cup so we should take this opportunity to work even more hard! We found some super good investigators this week. If we would have gone into the week thinking all is lost because people would be tuned into the cup 24/7 then that is exactly what would happen. So we just worked super hard and still brought tons of people to church. Normally we have to go wake everyone up before church starts, but we didnt have time this week because we had a baptism before church, but everyone still came to church. During the actual game of Brazil we go back to our house and just study or clean the house. I also took the time to learn a few more talents. This week I learned how to play the piano and played the hymns this week in sacrament meeting. haha never thought I would be the ward pianist in my life. hahaha 

The ward members here are super good, whenever they see someone new, they always just take them on a tour of the church and show them all the rooms and explain everything! It is pretty awesome to see that! 

These past few weeks I had been studying really hard in the Bible and this week all this studying paid off. We had about 15 minutes before going back to the house and we just thought to knock a few doors close to our house. He and his wife let us in and we started talking and sharing the restoration. He studied the Bible really hard before and tons of other stuff. Because I had studied the Bible pretty hard these last weeks I saw the promisse of Doctrine and Covenants be fullfilled. 

 21 Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word,and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shallhave my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto theconvincing of men.

He believed in everything that we taught him because we showed him the evidence of our message in the scriptures. It was pretty neat. He went to Church this week and he said he will read through the Book of Mormon quickly. 

I really am grateful to be here in Brazil serving. It is a blessing to be hear. I am grateful for my family that supports me too. 

I will always pray for you guys!
Elder Wild
O I forgot one thing.... because visas are really hard to come by in Brazil the Church always sends the missionaries home a little sooner then the full two years so that other missionaries can come in. I am not sure how it will work or when I will come home but my certificate of being a minister expires June 16th. 2015....... one year today!!! 
But I will cross that bridge when I get there. hahaha
Love you GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, June 9, 2014

June 9th, 2014

Before I forget I will tell you about the priesthood. This keyboard is super sticky (the keys just stick) and it is hard to write, but I will do my best! 

My favorite thing about the priesthood is that it is what makes us different than anyother church. Any one can build a temple if they have the money, any one can put the title prophet or apostle in front of their name, anyone can walk around all day with the Book of Mormon, buy a name tag that says Elder Wild, any one can build a pretty chapel.... BUT the one thing that anyone cant do is hold the priesthood. only in the Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints in which a worthy man can have the authority of God to do all these things. I can show people exactly how I got my priesthood through an unbroken line. You see that the success of the Church is because of the Priesthood. Without the Priesthood, we are just another church. 

This week was pretty good! I got super tired. Everyday I waked up thinking seriously!? Already 6:30? We walked so much this week! We would get to 4pm and would have to sit down for a few minutes to stretch my legs. BUT..... the blessings of all that walking this week were huge! There were many fruits to our labors. Between us four missionaries we brought 24 investigators to church! It was pretty awesome! I also had the opportunity to be the choraster for the branch this last week! that was an interesting experience. hahaha I also got to give a talk on missionary work. it was super fun! The branch president was super excited for the work we are doing!  We have a attendance of 135 and we have a goal for the Branch to have 240 in two weeks. We will have the members bring all their friends. It is like that activity that you had in Idaho the other week. 

This week I got a haircut from another missionary. He said that he had all the numbers. But really what he meant was he had a #2 and to cut my hair longer he would just hold the hair clipper higher off the top of my head.... I didn't realize that until he already started cutting my hair. lets just say my hair is a bit short right now! hopefully it will grow out until i see president. When I need to cut my hair again, I will pay the R$7 to get the hair cut. ($3.25US dollars)

This week our President said that we have to stay inside during the World Cup. (During Brazil) It will cut down on our work load, but we will be able to start earlier in the morning and finish a bit earlier. 
Hope you have a super good week! Love you all!

Elder Wild

Monday, June 2, 2014

June 2, 2014

That's awesome to hear about Dad teaching the lesson. He said that team teaching didn~t work out too well.... hahaha. Maybe by the time I get home. haha 
Those fotos were pretty good! Thank you for sending them! Tell Jordan to keep letting the Brigham Young beard grow! Don't shave till I get home! hahah

This week was another fast one. Super busy and super tired! But I am enjoying every minute of it. You commented on how in fort collins the ward makes the planner for the missionaries. That is how it should be! In that work of salvation conference they talked how the Ward mission leader should fill the missionaries planners with appointments! This is really good! Because it forces the members to do work too! For the last 6 months or so, the branch I am in has only had baptisms from references of members. (friends, family, neighbors) It really is the best way to work. The lessons are so much better when a member is there. Especially when they have that friendship already built! They are integrated quickly and already feel that ward family bond. We have found that hear it is good to do a little bit of everything. A little bit of door knocking, a little bit of contating, a little bit of working with members, and so forth. It turns out pretty well. This week we found a family really cool. When we left their house, my companion asked me if they were reorganizing the Elders quorum presidency. I asked `why?` He said `Because we have a candidate!`hahaha 

This week we also helped out in a move. This was a move like I have never done before.... haha We got there and we asked if the truck had already arrived. She said `truck? thats why we called you guys! we have a wheel barrow!`hahahaha it was pretty funny carrying sofa, dresser, fridge, stove across the neighborhood in a wheel barrow. hahaha So every time that you get the call to help someone move, be grateful that at least they have a truck. hahahah

Its starting to cool off here! when I was in São Paulo almost a year ago I remember that it was super cold! Its starting to get colder and colder! It will be super cold in the morning and at night, but during the day it is still super hot! But it is not super cold. Just feels like it because I am not used to it. 

Well I hope this week goes good for you guys! 

Thank you for your prayers! They are always welcomed! Know that I love you all and I am always praying for you guys as well! 
Elder Wild