Monday, February 19, 2018

Parigot de Souza Week 3

This week was good. So I am working well with Elder Morais. It is good to be able to just work, but at the same time the work has its own problems. Anyway this week we were able to work, and we are having success. The Lord is blessing our efforts. We were having trouble with finding people to teach, but in the interview with President Cuvelier, he said that we should work, and making 10 contacts every day per missionary, and that that would help. So we are working now with talking to everyone and it is really helping the work move faster. We are finding more people to teach, and we are being blessed.

One thing that is funny is that I generally like to make things, but the things that I make are more sweet than salty, and my companion doesn´t really like sweet things, so if I make something he isn´t likely to eat it.

I forgot to take a pic of my new shoes, but I will send one next week. It was the thick sole they put on them that made them like boots, and I think they did that because it was the type of sole that they had that worked best.

Also the weather here is pretty funny. Right now it is summer, and it is cold and rainy. I don´t think that is how it works, but Curitiba does what it wants; it´s like a honey badger in that sense.

I really know that this gospel is a blessing, and that it is a blessing for me to be here, and to help people come unto Christ. I am so grateful for everything that I have, and all the help that I have had in my life.

--Élder Pettingill
-pizza that we bought

Monday, February 12, 2018

Parigot de Souza Week 2

So this week was a good week. On Wednesday we had zone conference, and we talked a lot about study, and the importance of it. It was a good zone conference, and I learned a lot. This week Hevelyn (nicknamed Vicky I don´t know why) was baptized. So Elder Morais found her with Elder Sodré, the Elder that was here before me. She was a reference from a member. They taught her one time before I got here. She had a very sinful life, but had a very bad experience, and decided to change. She has changed a lot in the past two weeks, and has had a lot of opposition. It was good to see her make a covenant with the Lord.

Apart from that, this week is Carnival, but here in Curitiba it is just like normal holidays where everything is shut down, and everyone is on vacation. Including the members. There was a campout in the stake that a lot of members went to so there weren´t a lot of people at church. On the bright side, I had a talk so with nobody there, it was less pressure. :)  My talk was on ``What is my role as a Christian.´´ Here in Brazil they don´t give you a talk to base your talk on, they just give you a theme, and you have to just go with it
. It is good, and bad at the same time, because it can be pretty intimidating to a recent convert.

To answer your questions, the area is good, also it is a lot smaller that my other areas, so that is good too. My companion is good, we teach good together, and it is good to be able to help one another. The ward is good. They give a lot of food to the missionaries. The house we live in is perfect for missionaries, not too big, and not too small, it´s just right. Also I forgot to say this in my email, but the Eccos that I had (the pair I used every day) had a hole in the bottom from a lot of walking, and so water was getting in as well. So we went to a person who fixes shoes this week, and they put new soles on them (I will send pics next week.) So my shoes are now basically boots, but they should last the rest of my mission.

Anyway in my talk, I talked about being a Christian means following what Christ taught, which is the gospel of Christ- Faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. I focused mostly on enduring to the end. summarizing my talk as Christians we need to be humble, love others, serve others, and share the gospel. Actually serving others, and sharing the gospel are both ways that we show our love for others, and for God, especially when we share the gospel. What better way do we have to love others than to help them receive all the blessings that we have received in our lives? That is what being a missionary, or member missionary is all about. There is a talk by President Oaks called ``Share the Restored Gospel.´´ It is a great talk, and really helps us understand our purpose as member missionaries. One thing is that in D&C 38:41 it talks about in what manner we should share the gospel. Also the best way we can share the gospel is be an example, and share your testimony.

The scriptures I used:
Matthew 5:39-44 be humble, and love others
Matthew 22:38-39 Love others
Mosiah 2:17 - serve/love other = serve/love God
Mark 16:15 - missionary work is a responsiblity as a christian
D&C 38:41
D&C 18:10-16 the promise, and blessings of the gospel/sharing the gospel.

-- Élder Pettingill

-District meeting
-District meeting
-Me. my companion, and the other elders that live two doors down.
-Me, my companion, and Elder Souza waiting during the baptismal interview
-Baptism pics
-baptism pizza

Monday, February 5, 2018

Parigot de Souza Week 1

So this week was good.

So first to answer questions

-So I am getting along fine with Elder Morais. We are working, and teaching well together so that is good. The only thing is that sometimes he likes to pretend that he sees things or pretend other things to freak me out, but I doesn´t really work so everything is fine.

-So the new area is good. We get a lot of food from the sisters in the ward here so that is good. I saw the map of the mission when I went to get an interview with President Cuvelier (I will say more about that later), and the other areas that I had were on the outskirts, and this area is the area the most in the center of the mission. It is an area a little richer that the other areas in which I have served so the people are less open here. It is also a lot smaller that my other areas, but that doesn´t mean that I haven´t been walking a lot.

-So this area is a lot different that Borda do Campo. First off, it is a ward and has a chapel that is pretty big, and second we don´t lunch in the members homes a lot, because there are a lot of people who work during the day.

-So the weather here is what they call Curitiba weather (it was the same in the other areas) where there are the four different types of weather all in one day. So when we go out to work, it is sunny, then it gets cloudy, sometimes it rains, and then it gets cold, then hot again, but generally start hot, and ends kind of cold. Today it is raining.

-So Elder Morais and I are both senior companions. It is something that President likes to do. It isn´t very common in other missions, but it happens here. It is a little easier to work, because you both know what you are doing.

-So how transfers works here is that you get a call on Sunday night from the LZs telling you who is going where, and who they will be with, and who (if anyone) will be staying, and with who. It can happen where you both stay. If someone has to go, you have to be at the mission office at 9 am

Anyway I had an interview with President, and it was good. He talked about courage, so I am trying to be more courageous.

Thank you all for the support.

--Élder Pettingill

Monday, January 29, 2018

Borda do Campo Week 18

Well this week was good. Elder Gomes and I spent the week joking and ``counting down´´ the days until transfers. Also this week I reached my one year mark on the mission. I didn´t do anything special for it, but that´s okay. Anyways we did work hard. There is one investigator, Alersson, that I hope gets baptised. I am excited for this transfer, and I have a lot of hopes. I was transferred to Parigot de Souza which is in Curitiba. It is my fourth area, and my first that really is located in Curitiba. It looks like the area is good, and I am excited to work here. I want to work well, and I plan to do everything that I can to be obedient, and work with Elder Morais (my new companion.) I am learning a lot about how we have to choose to be obedient in every way possible, and that we have to do everything that we can to work.

I hope that you all have a great week.

-- Élder Pettingill

Some questions I asked him:

Tell me about the area: So this area looks pretty good. It has a street with a bunch of stores. Also there are 4 missionaries, but they live in 2 different houses, and they are trying to move to save money.  There are some investigators that sound like they are making progress, and I heard that the sisters in the ward are really nice. It is a higher class area than the other areas that I have served.

Are you farther or closer to the mission office? A lot closer. I am in Curitiba now, and not at the edge of the world. This is my first area that is really in Curitiba so it will be interesting. 

Tell me how transfers work: So with transfers, we get a phone call Sunday night from the ZLs, and they tell us the transfers, so generally you don´t talk with president. Also I had 3 transfers there, and you don´t generally stay more that 3 transfers in an area. 

Tell me about your new companion: 1 year and 3 months. I don´t know a whole lot about him because we have only been together for a few hours, but he will study law after the mission.
Do you know the other two missionaries in the area? I know one now. He is he is Brazilian and he is new with 3 months on the mission. He will train so we don´t know who the other missionary is yet.

-1 year on the mission, and the corners of my planners. 
-Elder Gomes with a pine tree
-The new tie that I got when I traded ties with Elder Fretes on the divison
-Me in my hammock

Monday, January 22, 2018

Borda do Campo Week 17

So one thing that I am really learning is that there is no umbrella that can stop Brazilian rain storms. If you are walking, even with an umbrella, the best thing to do is just find shelter.

We are doing a bunch of cleaning today, so we are on later. It is good to do a good cleaning job once in a while, and transfers are next week, and I don´t want to leave the house really dirty.

So first I will answer the questions.
-When do you get to go to the temple again?
I am fairly certain that we will go during the next transfer
-Do you feel safe there? Have you had any scary experiences?
So I do feel safe, or at least I don´t feel in danger. Sometimes there are scary things that happen, like you hear a gunshot at night, but it is really rare, and nothing happens with us.
-Do you walk as much in this area as in your past areas?
Yes. So far all of my areas have been very big. we walk a lot here, and there are a few hills.
-Do you ever take public transportation or just walk?
we take buses when we need to go to the district meeting, but other than that, no.
-What do the members usually feed you? Do you have lunch or dinner with them every day?
So generally what we eat is rice, black beans, chicken (of some sort), some type of pasta, and a salad of lettuce, tomato, and/or onion with vinegar, and salt as a dressing. They don´t really believe in salad dressings here. 😉

Anyway one thing that I learned is that we really need to give references to the missionaries, especially our friends. We met with some new people this week, and the major part of them were references. One was a contact that some sisters made, and the others were friends of a sister that is leaving on a mission to São Paulo, that we contacted at her mission send off thing. Anyway they are nice people, and I think they will make progress. Anyway I don´t have much time.

I love you all, and I am so grateful for the support.

--Élder Pettingill

so the pics are of the grateful list that Elder Gomes and I made last week

Monday, January 15, 2018

Borda do Campo Week 16

Well this week was interesting. So this week was a lot of ``what are we going to do?´´ This isn´t exactly the best question for missionaries to ask, but sometimes it is necessary. There were a lot of things that fell through this week. It was sad, and it didn´t help that this week for some reason I was angry and negative, probably because I was tired. That continued until Sunday evening. We went to teach a man named Alison. Well I got into explaining something, and then I felt the spirit, and as we say here in Brazil, he gave me a quemadinho, which basically means he burned me with my own words. That was alright because I was able to focus, and feel the spirit for the rest of the day, and get out of the bad attitude that I was in. Moral of the story, the Lord knows what he is doing.

Anyway, this week Elder Gomes and I did a thing where every day we made a list of the things that week we're grateful for. It was cool to see that when you really focus, and think of the things for which you are grateful, you find that it is easier than you thought it would be. I totaled the combined list made--162 things for which we were grateful. That is 162 things per person so yeah. It was really good to see the different things for which we were grateful. I will send pics of the lists next week. We did this in remembrance of President Thomas S. Monson and when he said that we should develop an attitude of gratitude, so I invite all of you to find some way to be a little more grateful for the things that you all have received from God.

Thank you all for the support, and have a good week.

-- Élder Pettingill

-The legos that we got for christmas, and the adjustments that I made.
-Here in Brazil they have a thing called missionary tea which is like a baby shower, but for people who are going on a mission. The missionary makes a list of the things they need, and people go to this event, and give them the things. Anyway they had one for a sister going to Santos, São Paulo, so we went to support and talk to any non member that went. This is the pic from that.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Borda do Campo Week 15

So this week has been interesting. It was really sad to hear about the death of the prophet, but it is good to know that he isn´t suffering anymore. Right now is the time to really remember his teachings, and put them in practice again. This week I have asked a lot of people what was the last thing that the prophet said. It was really sad to hear that a lot of people didn´t know. So I would like to remind everyone that is reading this that, if you have forgotten, the last thing that the President Thomas S. Monson said was about the Book of Mormon, and how we need to read it, and really focus on developing a testimony of it. As I thought about it I asked the question, why of all the things that he could have said, he said this. I have realized that it is because, if we really have a testimony of the Book of Mormon, we have a testimony that the church is true. There is no way of saying that the church isn´t true if the book of Mormon is true, and aside from that, it really is a book that testifies of Christ. It helps us understand Christ's teachings, and helps us come closer to him. If we live all the teachings that there are in the Book of Mormon, we will really have great lives, and we are prepared for the second coming of Jesus Christ. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I say this a lot here, but I would not be in Brazil, spending 2 years of my life helping people come unto Christ, and testifying of the Book of Mormon if it were not true. One way that I know that we can really remember Christ, and remember President Thomas S. Monson, is if we study the Book of Mormon. Not just read it, but study it, and ponder the message that it has.

Thank you all for the support.

-- Élder Pettingill

Elder Pettingill didn't send any pictures this week, but there were pictures from his Christmas conference posted on the mission website. You have to look for him, but he is in each one of these pictures. Also posted on the mission website was pictures of the t-shirts he and Elder Curbelo made for President and Sister Cuvelier, conjugating their name as a Portuguese verb.