Monday, February 22, 2016

Os Últimos Dias e Você‏ [The Last Days and You]

Hello, from Brasil I'm glad you are all well... or at least that's what I'm hearing. 

I'm still in Guarapuava, I'm likely to be leaving soon. From what the president has told me I've been here and he gave me the signal that I'll be heading out. I'll be working really hard this last week I'm here. But that said, we had an excellent meeting yesterday, President Fernandes was there and gave a few well-placed trainings for the Branch. We also had the baptismal service for Regenaldo. So the weekly record stands 1 baptism 0 confirmations (until next week). 

I'm glad to say that we have a lot to do here still. We have a lot of dates and people that we're meeting, but may or may not progress. We're working on that. We also have a few odd stories of the week. We had a division with the Zone leaders, which was good for me.

Hope you are well. Have family home evening! 

Elder Joel A. Smith

P-Day Doodles: Disney Characters Fencing

P-Day Doodles: Guy in the Desert

Sunday, February 21, 2016

VC'S Não Vão Acreditar!‏ [VCs will not believe!]

From February 15, 2016

This week has been a blast. We first had a Monday making Cuquinhas. It's a fun, little salty snack that they have down here. So we made some of those in the home of a recent convert. SEE PHOTOS BELOW! We made them and then ate them. I noted the recipe as well; send a letter and I'll send it to you! But besides that, we spent the better part of our P-day in their home. We hope that that won’t be a common practice!

The other things that we've been doing have included installing and then disassembling a sensor for automated lighting systems. Long story short, there are certain people in this world that just want to complain. So we got our hands dirty and a bit chopped up for little benefit. And then we were working with the mother of a recent convert who might just be a baptism that I get to see while I'm here. Nothing promised as of yet.

Fun story this week, we were in Xarquinho, for you who don't know, it's a bairro [neighborhood] FAR, far away from where we usually work. And we had to run back to the branch to help out with a baptism. On the way, we did something that I've done only a few times: Changed a tire of a woman with her son. Returning, we were flying in the car of a member to get back, noticed a car stopped on the other side of the road, flipped around a the next round about, helped her out, and then flew to the branch to the baptism with (you guessed it) GREASY PALMS! We got there just in time to be in the pictures. End of story, woman was happy for the help, not interested in the message, but happy for the help, we got our hands dirty, and we got to watch the recent convert in the photo below baptize his oldest daughter! CONGRATS JERIMIAS!

That's all for this week! Until next time!

Elder Joel A. Smith
Making the Cuquinhas

Making the bread for the Cuquinhas (the witch's cauldron)

Sharing messages with less actives

Brazilian Sun and Storms on the Horizon‏

From February 8, 2016

This week I wanted to have a moment of rest in my endless battle against my old enemy: Slothfulness! I took a little look at how I've been overall in my last little while of work, and I've noticed a decrease in activity. That means that I have to pick up my pace.

We had a good week. Not everyone we taught is progressing, but we hope to see some improvements here soon. Unfortunately, some of the dates that we've marked have fallen through as they have been unable to go to church or something else is not allowing them.  We'll get to the center of it.

My week had some fun encounters in the rain, we were running from one lesson to another, and we got caught up in a tempest. We got wet, but while we were wet we made a contact that we said we'd go back and visit. On the return however, the family was not ready for us, deferring for a bit later. We knocked two doors and found a young woman who had already been visited by missionaries but had not yet been converted. We had the opportunity to teach, but the father talks a lot. We're hoping on our next visit we can help them progress. We then have been occupied in finding new people to teach. We have also been surprised a lot this week with surprise storms. So we have been hot and very dried out and then wet very quickly. And we've entered in the week of Carnaval. That means I will be asking a lot of people to turn off the TV when we enter. DON'T LOOK UP PICTURES!!

That's all for this week, have a good one! And until next time!

Elder Joel A. Smith