Monday, February 29, 2016

February 29, 2016

First off, Sorry I didn´t write a overall email last week. We were visiting other areas for my comp because he is going home in a month. Sadly it took up the entire day and I did have time.
  Well in these 2 week a lot has happened. First off I was transferred from Santa Maria and put in Sobridinho 1. I only had 6 weeks in Santa Maria, why did I leave so fast? I don´t know why. but I have 100% trust in my President, he receives revelation from God for me. Sure I would have like to stay but I don´t get to do what I want, it is what the Lord needs. My new comp is Elder Magalhães. He has 3 months on the mission but he will be getting his visa next week and will serve his mission in Salt Lake. He is really great and from Recife. It´s going to be interesting this week since he is going to the US.

Anyways In Santa Maria Sul we closed the transfer with the baptism of Lorrany. It was really special. Her parents will be baptized next week after they are married. I was a witness of there marriage so I will need to return to my other area to close the marriage. They loved the baptism and are really excited to be baptized next week. I´m sad that I won´t be able to be apart of the baptism but the good side is that they will be baptized.

We started to get a lot of references in Santa Maria. Everyone was giving us families to teach and visit. Especially the recent converts. The entire ward was getting excited and offering a lot of help. We found some amazing families that were already preparing to be baptized. Sadly I left, but they are in good hand and I know that the result will be the same just another missionary will help them gain a testimony.

I had absolutely no idea that I would leave my area so I wasn´t able to say bye to the people we baptized or the members that we loved. I hope that I will be able to return to say bye.

Hope everyone is doing well. I´m loving life here. It´s so busy but it way better than doing nothing at all. I know that this work is important and that we are helping people.

Com Amor,
Elder Seth

Monday, February 15, 2016

February 15, 2016

To start off the entire zone had a great week. We had to give everyone a wake up call on Tuesday and everyone put the gas in the tank and flew. I was super shocked and happy with the work of the zone. Everyone put everything they had and the Lord was able to bless us. 

   So Larissa(a investigator) went on the stake camping trip and loved it. I was nervous that something would happen or she wouldn´t like it. But instead she loved every second of it. She was called to be a leader of some of the younger girls and was already looking like a member. She was announcing her baptism to everyone at the camping trip. When she got home she was super excited and happy. 
   With this in mind we went to work on her little sister Lais. Lais wasn´t exactly sure if she wanted to be baptized with her sister or wait more time. Knowing that it would be a special experience for her to be baptized with her sister we talked with her about the importance of being baptized. She is one of the smartest 10 years I´v ever met. (she wants to be a scientist). During the lesson she  sat there thinking about what we had said. Finally she said "Well makes sense, the answer is that I have to be baptized."

  The baptism was really special. Their family went and loved every second of it. We are going to start working with their parents and do there marriage! They were true elects. 

  This morning on P-Day we went to the Cartório to put the papers in for another marriage. The wedding of Fabiana and Rubens. I´v already done 8 weddings on the mission and every time the husband is so nervous. The wife is always super excited and dying to finalize the marriage. I wonder how it will be in my situation;)

They will be married on the 3rd of March and baptized on the 6th. Everyone is excited for these dates. (Family of 4)
 Simply I´m great. Love rice and beans, the random rain storms and the people. The mission is a once in a life time opportunity. I´m trying to live it up and succeed in my purpose as a missionary. Life is sweet unto us, as long as you look on the bright side and count your blessings. 

   I´m on the fourth quarter right now people. If there is one thing that has stuck to me after all the sports I´v played, it´s that fourth quarter is when you put the pedal to the metal.

Com Amor,

Elder Seth

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February 9, 2016

Everything is closed because of carnaval. So this email is really short.

So we baptized Nicolly! She is Richard's  brother.

Also we are finishing up a marriage with Fabiana and Ruben. Elects.

Fabiana and her daughter watched the baptism and loved it. They said they can´t wait to be baptised as well!

Working hard, loving it. Sorry for the weak email, I had so much to tell this week!!!

Com Amor,
Elder Seth

Monday, February 1, 2016

Feb 1, 2016

    The Lord was present this week and he led the work that we did. To start off we had 2 baptism. I Don´t really know how but God finds a way. Showing up in the area 2 weeks ago, we knew nothing and no one. We prayed asking for help that we could find the elects. Through the miracles I saw my testimony was strengthen. 
   I having little time because we have to run the a family night with a golden family that we are teaching, so forgive me for it being brief. 
   So we had been teach Richard who is one of the smarted kids I know. He has been taught for 8 different missionary. He brother was baptized but he was a strong member in the church that he was at. We invited him to ask God after a powerful message. That night his brother called us and said that he want the be baptized. The next day he Mom stopped us on the street and said "How did you two manage to convince my Son to leave his church and get baptized in your Church in one week? Its been 8 months that the missionary are trying.'' My comp and I just smiled and said ''We didn´t do anything, it was the Holy Ghost that told him. And its not our church it the Church of Jesus Christ.''
  After Richard received his answer he was determined to follow his answer. The Pastor went to his house for hours to convince him to not get baptized. But we were super proud of him, he bore his testimony at his baptism. He is going to do great thing and help alot of people, he has many talents.
   Then on Sunday Victoria was baptized. It was great, there were a lot of people that stayed after the meets to watch. Including the 9 investigators we took to church on Sunday. They were all amazing at the baptism and a few asked what they had to do to be baptized. The ward it starting to get excited and starting to understand our purpose here. They were all offering help after the baptism and giving us references. 

Its a good start here in Santa Maria. I´m so grateful for the chance the Lord gave me to be a tool in he hands. I love seeing people when they are feeling the Holy Ghost. It gives me more motivation to keep going so that everyone can feel it. 

Love my mission, my comp is great and my President is amazing. My only problem is that time is passing by to fast.

Com Amor, 

Elder Seth