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

Monday, August 28, 2017

Jardim Ipê Week 8

Well this week was a good week. So we have been finding more people to teach that look like they could progress. We found Murilo through a reference of a member, and he seems really interested. We have found some other people as well, and now we are teaching more people. Also Nelson, an investigator who has been an investigator for a long time, will be married, and baptized in two weeks.

We also attended a wedding/baptism of he two Vilma´s (one was married and baptized, and the other just baptized). They are Elder Herlin and Elder Salazar´s investigators that they found in the last transfer. That is where the music is from, and the pictures.

The wedding was really good, and afterward we helped out the ward with a dance that they put on. We were in charge of the money for the things that they were selling at the dance. 

There was a lot of rain this week, and also a lot of sun. At the beginning it was really rainy, and at the end it was really sunny. We have been working a lot, and have been learning a lot as well. I love the opportunities that I have to teach about the Savior, and to help people come unto Christ. 

Thank you all, and have a great week.

--Élder Pettingill

Monday, August 21, 2017

Jardim Ipê Week 7

São José dos Pinhais District (pic thanks to Elder Herlin's mom)
So this week has been good and bad. So this week was my first week with Elder Alvarado. He is from Chile; the same region that David Archuleta served. He is really cool, and from the same group as Elder Armenta, so he only has one more transfer than me, but he speaks really good português. Some people say that he doesn´t have an accent. Anyway he likes music, and basketball. Also until this transfer he has only served in the two areas that are really far away from the mission office. Also now that he is in our house, we don´t have one Brazilian in the house. Also everyone knows how to do a rubik´s cube. Here they are called magic cubes. Also Elder Alvarado is the new District Leader here. Fun fact there are stores here, and also a street with the name Alvorada, which is really close to Alvarado, so people confuse his name sometimes.

Anyway this week hasn´t been the best because we lost a lot of time in meetings, and with other things that we needed to do so we didn´t get to work as much as I would have liked. We did find one new investigator that seems a little promising, and we have been working with the investigators that will be baptized this next week. 

I have been learning a lot with Elder Alvarado this week, and it has been more a week of learning than a week of teaching, but we need that every once in a while. Also this week we have had more cold, (but not that cold) and a lot of rain, which has made it even harder to work. People don´t like you knocking their doors when it is raining; also a lot of things close when it rains here. 

Anyway I have really grown closer to the Lord in this past week, and I am ready to help more people in this next week. I am so grateful for the time I have here to learn portuguese, talk, teach, help, and learn about God. 

Thank you all for the support,

Um braço (exceto para as mulheres)  

-- Élder Pettingill

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Jardim Ipê Week 6

So first I will start off with transfers. So I am staying in Jardim Ipê, but Elder Sousa was transferred. Elder Herlin, and Elder Salazar stayed. My companion is Elder Alvarado, and he is the new district leader. He is from Chile, and he is from the same group as Elder Armenta. He speaks good Portuguese, and he is trying to learn English. He is good, and is more on the quiet side like me, but he doesn´t have a problem talking when he should. He knows how to do a rubics cube, and yeah... Also Elder Armenta is in my zone now! So that is cool.

Anyways this week was good. We had the baptism, which was really good, and our long time investigator, marked his marriage for September 9, and he will be baptized that same day. We didn´t have a lot of opportunities to visit our investigators, and we haven´t been able to meet with them. 

I had a division this week with Elder Henderson, and we taught a lesson in English. It was really hard, but it was one of the most spiritual lessons that I have taught. We taught a Brazilian that has been studying English for 7 years. They gave him a book of Mormon in English, and on the division we taught him. I was really good because everyone was really focused on what they were going to say, so it was easy for the spirit to give the words to them. 

On transfers, I went to the mission office at 11 am to drop off Elder Sousa. They had said the day before that my companion would get there at 2 pm, but when I got there they said 3 pm. So I waited, but the bus they were supposed to take got delayed so he didn´t arrive until about 5:30 pm, and then there was confusion, so we didn´t get back to our area until 6:30 pm. So that is why I am a day late writing today. 

That is pretty much everything, but this week I learned more about humility, and charity. I learned that they go hand in hand. If you have one, you need the other as well. You can´t love someone, but rely on yourself, or love yourself more. If you have charity, then you have to have humility, and if you have humility you have to have charity. If you have only one it is a lor harder to keep it, then when you have both. 

I love especially Moroni 7:44,45 and 48

Thank you all for the support, and please remember to have charity. 

-- Élder Pettingill

So there are some pics of me and Elder Sousa, and me, Elder Sousa, and Elder Gutierraz. There is also of the snickerdoodles I made which have been given the name poop dog, because Elder Salazar heard the name wrong. Also there is a pic of coxinha. Also one of our zone.