Monday, October 16, 2017

Borda do Campo Week 3

Well this week was good, and interesting at the same time. I ate chicken heart for the first time--that wasn´t that interesting, but hey. We have been working a lot with less actives here, and I think some will start to come to church again soon. Also we have been working with a man called Ricardo. He had a baptismal date for the 28th, but he needs to get married so that will slow it down, but he wants to get married, and be baptized because they are commandments. He is a very good person. Also we have been talking with a youth called Douglas. Practically everyone in his family is baptized except him, and his brother, but we still haven´t been able to talk with the rest of his family. He has already prayed, and received a testimony. The only problem is that his Dad doesn´t like the church (he isn´t a memeber.) I don´t know why, but Douglas doesn´t really want him to know about him talking with us or going to church with us. Anyway that is cool. 

We had a division with the ZLs. I went to the other half of my old area, and Elder Curbelo stayed in Borda with one of his old companions that is a ZL now. It was good, and it helped me really get better at teaching and planning. It helped Elder Curbelo as well from what I have seen. 

I don´t really have any funny stories except Elder Curbelo bought a guitar, and now he is playing it a lot. (Every day before and after working). It is nice, and a little funny at the same time. I didn´t take any pics this week, but I will try to send some next week

I hope that you all are doing well, and thank you for the support

Stay in the gospel (it´s the better way!)

-- Élder Pettingill
This is a picture of Elder Herlin and Elder Pettingill from their division. They shared the butterfinger that we sent, which is Elder Herlin's favorite candy. So his mom shared the picture!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Borda do Campo Week 2

So this week was good. I have seen a lot of miracles this week. I have started to write all the miracles down in my journal, but I don´t have it here with me to remind me of what it has in there.

So we had a zone conference this week and it was really good. We talked about goals, and the area books that we need to be updating every day. It was really cool, and I learned a lot from the things that we did there. I am really motivated to help out this branch here, and to do my best work for the Lord here in Borda do Campo.

Also I got a package from my Mom, with root beer flavoring packets and we are now putting them in these bottles that have carbonated water that they have here. Also I would like to give a shout out to the Folsom 3rd Ward Young Women that made a contribution. It was very fun to see that, and all the things that it had. I also got numbers for my hair cutting clippers, so I cut my hair. (see the pics). There were also a lot of treats and snacks that I am very grateful for along with pics of Mozzie (my dog). It was very fun to get all those pics. Thank you all.

This week we have been visiting a lot of less actives, and looking for others. We are helping out the ones that are less active rebuild, remember, or build their testimonies. There are 274 members in the branch, but only about 50 go to church. I am still finding out the details why, but we are going to help these people get over it.

Also I had an experience with cutting my hair this week. If you didn´t know or didn´t perceive I cut my own hair, but there is a part that I can´t really do by myself. This is the last part of cutting hair. So I had Elder Curbelo do it. It was late at night, and after I had taken a shower I was looking at the back part through some mirrors, and there was a part that was done badly. I was frustrated, but I prayed, and decided I would try to fix it with the help of the mirrors I had. I couldn´t get a good angle to do it so I decided to try it just by feeling with my hands. I was praying a lot while I did it, but everything turned out fine, and I was able to do it, and I know that it was Heavenly Father that guided my hand so that I could know that he loves me, and is there to help me with the small things that I am worried  about. I love how he picks the ways that we will recognize that he is there to help us. I am very grateful to be here serving the Lord in this branch.

Thank you all for the support.

--Élder Pettingill

So here are the pics this week. There are three of the hair cut that I gave myself when I finally got the hair cutting guards to do that. It was A LOT of hair. (as you can see.) Also there is a pic thanking the Folsom 3rd Ward for the things that they sent in my package. It was cool to get. Also there is one of our first District meeting with the transfers. There is Me and Elder Alvarado with the new ties we got. Elder Curbelo and I with a pizza we bought. Also I found a knock off Kool-Aid here. It was pretty funny to find. ​

Monday, October 2, 2017

Borda do Campo Week 1

So for those who don´t know português, which is probably all of you, Borda do Campo means 'the edge of the field'. In this case it means city and mission. The area here is really big, but it is because it has two areas far away that are included in the area. We don´t go there because we have to focus on the branch that we have right now. Anyway with this area we have about 30 members in the branch, and about 3-4 times that in less actives. What happened is that the branch president right now somehow got a lot of people angry so they are waiting for him to be released to come back to church,. Also he moved to a different ward but is still the branch president. Anyway one of his counselors, and one of the counselors from the Elder´s Quorum are holding everything together here. All in all, we have a lot of work to do.

Anyway the living situation is good here. We have a very big house, and we live close to the church, and in the middle of our area so all that is good. Elder Curbelo is a good missionary. He is very excited to work, and he has a lot of faith. With that faith we have seen miracles this week. Being the senior companion hasn´t changed much, but instead of focusing on only improving my teaching and work, I focus on helping Elder Curbelo as well, more than I would as a junior. Also I feel that I have more help from the Lord to be a good missionary, and be an example to my companion.

So we have really been blessed this week. We have been looking for addresses of less actives with people in the family that aren´t members, here they are called NTMs. We didn´t find a whole lot of those people, but we did manage to find a good amount of novos (new investigators). We found one family when the sister of the mom moved to our branch, but didn´t know where the church was, so her sister (the mom of the family) waved us down in the street as we were looking for addresses. We talked with her, and we gave a message to her, and her daughter, then came back when the father was at home, and taught the rest of the family. It was a good experience, and we have had a few experiences like that this week. I feel like we really worked well this week, and I feel blessed. 

General Conference was really good. I got to listen to the first, and most of the second sessions in English, because they set a computer up for me. I really like the talks by Elder Stevenson, and by Elder Holland. I like some of the other talks as well, but I don´t have my notes, and I don´t know the names of the general authorities. Anyway I liked the talk by Elder Stevenson that talked about how we should never let anything, no matter how small, block our view of the Savior. I also really like from the talk given by Elder Holland about how we are not perfect, but  at least the Savior is, and so at least we know where our goal is.

I am so grateful in my life for all that the Savior does for me every day. I am also immensly grateful for his prophets and apostles that lead, and guide us every day, and for all the help that we get so that one day after this life we can live with God again. 

Thank you all for the support.

-- Élder Pettingill

I won´t send any pics this week because the computers here are a little weird, and won´t show my adapter.

Here is a picture a member from his last area posted just before he left last week, along with Elder Salazar who had finished his mission and was going home. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Jardim Ipê Transferências e Semana 12

So this week was transfers. I was transfered, but it wasn´t very far. I was transfered to Borda do Campo which is in the same district as Jardim Ipê; in fact I had already done some divisions in the area. Elder Alvarado stayed in Jardim Ipê, and he's still my district leader. He will be training a greeny ou verdinho. I am in Borda do Campo with Elder Curbelo. Here are some things about him
-He is the only missionary from Uruguay in the mission.
-He knows how to play a lot of instruments
-He has more or less 6 months in the mission.
-He really likes music, and was in a band before the mission.
-He only has one transfer in the area

Some things about the area.
-It is the only branch in the stake.
-It is a big area that used to have two pairs of missionaries
-There are a lot of less actives
-The Branch President lives in a different ward now, and is waiting to be released.

Anyway this last week was good. We were able to find some people that seems like they will progress. I have learned more about Portuguese, and about missionary work. I have learned that when we are obedient in all things we are blessed. I have really felt blessed this week.

We visited the Pereira family for the last time, and Daniela (the mom) said that she will make ties for us. We told her what we wanted, and now she will make the ties. I will send a pic when they are done. She will give it to Elder Alvarado, and he will give it to me.

Thank you all for the support, and stay strong

--Élder Pettingill

There are some pics here from Familia Pereira, and also from Jackson, and the Vilma´s. Also from the wedding we went to, and the cake that Jackson made. There is also one of a bird that built a nest in the his backyard.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Jardim Ipê Week 11

Okay so this week was fun, but bad because we had a lot of things that took up our work time. We had the normal things for the week, but we also had a talent show, and a fireside. The talent show was good. I did a magic trick, and all the missionaries did a skit about missionary life. It was all good, but our things took up a lot of time. I have videos that I will send next week I think.

Anyway we found some people that I am excited to teach. We found one family that really accepted us because we talk about Christ, and we started teaching the daughter of a member that recently had a baby. It was really cool to be able to teach, and have people accept us. I hope that they will understand the importance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

I don´t know if I have said this before or not, but being here in Brazil with all the different Christian faiths has made me realize something. There are a lot of ways that we can feel the Holy Ghost, and be happy. The problem is that in these other ways the happiness is only for this life. I like to use an analogy of the sun. There are a billion ways that we can go in the direction of the sun, and still feel the heat, and light of the sun, but there is only one way that we can take to really reach the sun. All the other ways will at one point lead us to darkness, and away from the sun, but if we really follow the right path we can reach the sun. This is how it is with Christ. If we are not following him in the ways that he taught, and in all the truths that his gospel teaches, then we will not reach him. We can feel the joy of his gospel, and we can feel happy, but if we don´t do things the way that Christ taught, one day that happiness will turn to darkness. This is explained in the third article of faith ```We believe that through the atonement of Christ all man kind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel.`` ``for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.`` -Acts 4:12. I know this to be true, and that is why I am serving a mission.
I am immensely grateful for this opportunity to serve, and to teach about Christ. 

-- Élder Pettingill

 These are more photos from the parade last week:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Jardim Ipê Week 10

So this week was a good week. At the start of the week we had to cut some people because they weren´t progressing, or it was hard to find them at home. Anyway, one day at the beginning of the week I read in the bible somewhere about prayers. I read about how we should pray for everything; our jobs, our family, our interests, our problems, and any other thing we can think of. So I started to pray better. I started to really talk to God, and talk about my area, the help in the things that I would like help with, with my problems, and the things that I would like to work on. I saw a huge difference in my work, and with my sensitivity to the spirit. Heavenly Father helped me help other, find people to teach, he helped me learn, and he helped me in a bunch of different things. I really have felt the love that he has for me, and the love that he has for others, and I am sooooooooo grateful for the opportunity that I have to serve a mission, and to help people.

This week we had Nelson´s baptism. He has been investigating the church for a long time. The only thing that was impeding him was that he wasn´t married legally. He got married this week, and so he was baptized as well. It was so awesome to see a son of God making a covenant with him, and coming closer, as well. Now all we have to do is baptize his wife. ;) (Video of Elder Pettingill and the other missionaries in his apartment singing at the baptism). 

Anyway we also went to a parade for the independence day for Brazil. It was really cool, and I got to see Elder Porter, my companion in the CTM. We marched in the parade as part of the Helping Hands. The only bad part was that we had to wake up at 4am to get to the center of Curitiba for the parade at 7:30am. 

This next week will have a talent show that I will do magic in, and a fireside that the missionaries are organizing for the stake. I am really excited for everything, and I am so happy to be here in Brazil, speaking português, and serving the Lord. 

Thank you all for the Support. 

-- Élder Pettingill

Pictures: These are of the baptism, and my division with Elder Curbelo de Uraguay. Also one from the parade.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Jardim Ipê Week 9

So this week was good. We have been working with Nelson our investigator that will be baptised this week. He is really ready to be baptised, but he still needs to learn a few things. He came to church this week. Because of his work, it is hard for him to come to church sometimes, but we focused on the sabbath so that he understands what he is doing, and he is getting ready to be baptised.

We have been having difficulties with our other investigators, but we are trying to help them and we are trying to work with the ward to get things done. 

We had stake conference this week, and it was really good. There was a speaker that spoke about how we should think about who the Savior is to us, and about what he means to us. There was a different speaker that spoke about how we express our joy, and how we can try to recognize the joy that others have. It was a reallly good experience. 

This week we also have been visiting some of the recent converts here. I felt happy when one of them said that they are greatful for the visits of the missionaries. I am really happy that I can bring the joy of the gospel into the lives of so many great people. 

This week I read a scripture that I really like which is Alma 41:14 which says:

Therefore, my son, see that you are merciful unto your brethren; deal justly, judge righteously, and do good continually; and if ye do all these things then shall ye receive your reward; yea, ye shall have mercy restored unto you again; ye shall have justice restored unto you again; ye shall have a righteous judgment restored unto you again; and ye shall have good rewarded unto you again.

I really like this scripture because it talks about the kind of person that we should be. We don´t have to be good at sports or math, or anything else; we just have to judge righteously, and do good continually, and if we do this then we will be blessed in our lives. I know this to be true, especially since I have started helping people. I love that as missionaries we are called to serve, and the best way that we can serve people is helping them connect with their Heavenly Father again, and know the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I love that I have the opportunity to serve here in Brazil, and I am grateful for all of your support. 

-- Élder Pettingill