Friday, May 25, 2012

May 21st, 2012
Well I will be staying in São Fransisco for another transfer and my Companion will be..... Elder.... Welling. haha Two boys for the same state who arrived in Brazil on the same day staying 4.5 months together in the same area. haha Crazy

This week was a good week. Went by really fast and we survived another bus wreck. This one not nearly as bad but caused by another drunk driver driving the wrong way on the road. This time we were on a city bus so it is a good thing that we didn~t lose control or you would probably be getting this email from the mission office haha.

About 3 weeks ago Elder Welling and I prayed about which members we should visit to do a program with us like Elder Aiken did with our Family. We both felt like we should visit this family that is really weird and that is super uncomfortable to be around so we went to another family with plans to pass by this family one day. Yesterday we passed by this family and spent the first 15 minutes in the most awkward conversation with pauses pregnant with oitoplets. Finally we were able to break the ice and started talking to them. They hadn~t been to church in 3 weeks and expressed to us how happy they were that we had come. We were the first people to visit them in the three weeks that we had been away from the church. Isn~t it funny how the Lord knows who needs a visit? We didn~t even do the missionary program with them. Just shared a message and left. It was a really good experience. 

This next week we have the baptism of Vitoria. The family that Heavenly Father Showed us is progressing really well and despite a few hiccups in the logistical side of things we are really excited with them. We are trying to reactivate all 6 of his children and we need all the prayers and all the faith we can get to help us do this.

Oh in other news this week Elder Welling got a phone call that a package with his name on it got taxed.... he was waiting for one from his family so lets hope it wasn~t his from you guys that got taxed and sent back. haha Or else he will have one shoe... lol

Anyways love you guys lots the work is progressing here,


Elder Noel
May 14th, 2012

It was so good to talk to you guys!!

I miss you.I am convinced that talking to the family makes it worse more than it helps. haha but oh well.

So you worried me about my truck.... if the seat is torn now and the seatbelt doesn~t work anymore I am a little worried that it wont~get the value it wouldn have gotten when I was there. If that is the case take the brush guard off (hamilton knows how) and sell the truck for a lower value and I will use the brush guard to spruce up my next truck (or my honda civic as the case may be haha)

It was good to see everyone. Blonde hair on the boys was a little wierd but it looked pretty cool so I liked it. The girls seemed quiet and shy by maybe that is because I couldnt hear very well. haha

Kindles and I pads and Yoga and Garmins.... the blessings of having a missionary are coming in pretty well huh? haha It was cool to see how much is changing and hear that you guys are doing well.

My companion and I had a little fight last night. I brought up something that bugged me. I was just going to let it go but I figure this is all good practice for marriage right? So i said it. He comes from a family where the mom and dad didn~t sleep in the same bed for about 4 years so his way of dealing with relationships is completely different than mine and so we had a little discussion. But no tears or yelling so it is all good.

Oh in this email from President he informed us of a new program they are doing. It is called the winter coat program. They have asked all American misisonaries to ask for a coat from their families. It can be used or new or anything but the coats here are really expensive and the mission doesn~t have enough money to buy them for missionaries that don~t have them. some of the brazilians from the north have never needed a coat and don~t have so they are asking this now. If you guys don~t have the money to buy a coat please use the money from my account to buy one and send it to the mission office. Just address it to President Fernandes or something like that and specify that it is a coat and it will all work out well.

Love you guys! Thank you so much for all the support,


May 7, 2012

So I am assuming that my time to call you guys is good? 7 o´clock here which is 2 o´clock in the afternoon there. Should be fine right? If not reply before sunday because at 7 o´clock sunday I will open up my email to make sure it will all work out. So good luck! haha

I thought Elder Aiken was transfered a while ago? I sent him a letter about 4 months ago but he never replied..... oh well if you see him give him a hug for me.

This week I am a little frustrated with the branch here. That family we found is waiting on an interview so that the dad can baptize his daughter. I have been waiting for 3 weeks to get this interview done. It is frustrating but oh well. This área is diffucult because people don~t really stay here. It is a tourist town and people move in and out. We are working right now with 5 potencial Priesthood holders of the Melquesideque priesthood that have firm roots here so if we can get the branch excited about that it is five new families that could help change this branch. We need lots of prayers.

This week we visited Andrei. His baptism is marked for the 26th of May. The transfer is on the 22nd so we will see who is here and who is not haha. He wears earings. We had never talked about Earrings with him before and I was pretty hesitant to say anything about them. But yesterday we decided that we would talk about it. When we said it he got this weird look on his face and said wow I was just about to say something about that. As of tomorrow I won~t be using them anymore.

It is amazing how the Gosple acts on people. It is making changes in the lives of so many people. If people are just willing to live it then they will see miracles in their lives. Jonathan who is an intelligent but hard headed man has completely changed because of the Gosple. He was pretty against baptism because of some things that he was uncomfortable with but after 4 months in church reading the Book of Mormon and reading other books of the church he is ready to be baptized. He is just waiting on a marriage that can~t be done because his wife is 17 but she will turn 18 in july and we will have a baptism for them as well. Pray for them because they will move to another area here in a little and I hope that the missionaries there can be patient enough with him to help him be baptised. It is probably good he is moving because he has offended about every male member here. hahahaha

This week we also taught Alda. A less active member that we found through a miracle. She had a friend over and the friend was from a different church. Alda, with all the energy of a young missionary began to explain how Joseph Smith compiled the plates and burried them and that Moroni discovered them. After we fixed that little point of doctrine she explained how just like God talks to this ladies preacher he also talks to the Prophet...... It is a good thing that Preach My Gosple says that we should work with members or else I would not work with them at all hahaha but we love Sister Alda she is an amazing lady who has suffered a lot. Her activity in the church is the result of sacrifices that she makes. She is amazing.

Well this week was another good one. Give everyone my love and in 6 days we will see eachother on the SKYPE!

love you,