Monday, May 21, 2018

Vila Bela Week 4

So this week has been great. We have found a lot of new people to teach. We are really doing our best to help the work progress this week. Also we had a little miracle that happened on Sunday. Also on Tuesday we had a ``snack´´ with the district, but I forgot to take a pic.

So even though we have found a lot of new people to teach, we had almost no one to go to church this week. Elder Londoño and I were a little sad, but we prayed that Heavenly Father would bless us with someone. Anyway we had been teaching this young man Luan. He hadn´t been making a whole lot of progress. He wanted to be baptized, but he wasn´t fulfilling with the commitments that we left with him, like go to church, and he wouldn´t stop drinking coffee. So we decided that right now he wasn´t ready, and that we would drop him, and he would be ready for some other missionaries. Well that Sunday when we were sad, he appeared there, which made us very happy, and asked why we had stopped going to teach him. We explained to him, and asked about the coffee. He said that he had stopped. So we marked a visit with him later that day, then we marked a baptismal date for June 2nd. This experience really showed the love that Heavenly Father has for all his children. The love he has for me, and the love that he has for the people that I am teaching. I know that this is his work, and I am very grateful to be a part of it.

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

-- Élder Pettingill

-some pics I took on the bus ride to the District meeting
-the ``galera´´ after the District meeting
-more pics from the bus ride

Monday, May 14, 2018

Vila Bela Week 3

So this week was cool. So first off on Wednesday we had some interviews with President which was really cool, and helped me be motivated to work this week. Then we worked some more finding people and helping them. Then on Friday we had splits with the Zone Leaders. I went to the center with Elder Reid while Elder Londoño stayed in our area with Elder Lira. It was fun because we had to go out to this place in the middle of nowhere, and there was a parrot there, so that was cool. Also I did some baptismal interviews for them. We are preparing one person specifically for baptism, José. His only problem is that he is very forgetful, like he forgets things in the moment in which you say them, so pray for him. We are also working with some other families as well. Mother´s day was great, and it was really great to see my family, but it was a little weird because it was my last one, so I am really just waiting till I see everyone in person. Since I am serving in a branch, and because nobody here really knows anything about music, I am being called on to help the Primary prepare for the Primary program while I am here. So it looks like every Sunday I will be going into the Primary to help them learn the music.

Anyway it was a great week and I am learning a lot here in Brazil. It really is amazing to look back and see all the changes that have occurred.

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

-- Élder Pettingill

Monday, May 7, 2018

Vila Bela Week 2

So this week we worked and went to the temple. Also there were some complications with the district meeting because of holidays but that is just Brazil. Also we went to the temple on Saturday which was good, and we spent a lot of time there. I don´t have a lot of time to talk, but I know that sometimes when things are hard or don´t work out the way we want them to, it all has a reason, and we just have to put trust in our leaders. Also, Elder Holland will be coming to the mission on I think May 26 or something like that so that will be fun.

Thank you all for the support.

-- Élder Pettingill

Monday, April 30, 2018

Vila Bela Week 1

So this week was a good week. So far I am liking the area, and my companion. So first a little bit about the area. So the people here are really good people! They are really open to talk with us, and so that is really cool. Also there is a supermarket here that reminds me of Costco so that is cool too. Elder Londoño is great. He is a little crazier than me so this transfer is going to be a blast. It really is good to work here. Also the members are really nice as well.

This week we have been without food in our house, and we have been trying to make it to p-day. Today we bought a bunch of food and other things, and after this we are going to clean our apartment some more so that it is nice, and we can feel the Spirit more there. I have been learning more about enduring to the end. Because I am the oldest mission wise in my district I am feeling very ´´old´´ and I am realizing how fast the time is passing. So I am really learning about enduring to the end. What that means is about being excited, and continuing to learn. As an imperfect person here on earth, we all can learn more, so we have to learn from everyone. We have to be meek. You also can´t let not knowing anything get you down. You have to keep going with steadfast faith in Christ, and you have to have hope and faith that one day you will know everything, but a big part about having hope and faith that one day you will know everything is to recognize, REALLY recognize that you don´t know everything, and that sometimes others know more than you. So basically you have to be humble and meek, and have faith and hope, to be able to endure to the end. That is the summary of what I learned this week.

Thank you all for the support.

-- Élder Pettingill

Group pictures from Elder Bassett's visit and the most recent zone conference, and also the April birthdays

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Parigot de Souza Week 12

So this week was interesting. So this week was transfers, but before that it was a week of work. I had two splits this week. One with Elder Silva from Rio Grande do Norte, and one with Elder Neres frm São Paulo. This week was good. We were able to work well together even though it was the last week of the transfer. We had a baptism with Alfredo. It was great to see his dad baptize him, and return to activity in the church. There is a lot of work to do there in Parigot. We were teaching some other not-all member families, and the area was making progress.

Now the transfer. As I had 2 transfers in the area, and my companion had 3, we thought that he would be transferred, and that I would stay buuuut... no. I was transferred to Vila Bela Guarapuava which is what we call the interior, because it is the interior of the state, and in the middle of the wilderness. (I am not kidding, we had to take a bus there, and I felt like I was going to go camping because it was just trees.) The towns isn´t very wildernessy, but it is in the middle of no where. Anyway Guarapuava is a zone that is really big! So the zone has about 30 missionaries, but they are spread out through the west of the mission, with sometimes hours in between the pairs. So here it has been said that it gets hotter in the summer, and colder in the winter. also it has more mountains. We had to take a 5 hour bus ride to get here, and then go to our different areas (there are some areas farther away and closer.) The zone is a district (a bunch of branches--I don´t know why they don´t call it a tree... it would make more sense...😆) So all the areas are branches, but our area is close to becoming a ward. I don´t know how many members there are here because I haven´t been to church yet, but my companion says that it is around 65 more or less. So our house is really good. It is big, and has things. I will be organizing and cleaning it so that it looks all nice. One good thing about all this is that I will be going to the temple again on May 5 because this zone didn´t go the last transfer, and it will be an all day thing because we will be going and returning on the same day.

So my companion is Elder Londoño. He is from Colombia. He has been out for 8 months. This is his second area, and his first was Ferraria (which was also my first) in which he stayed for 4 transfers (6 months more or less) So it is funny because he is very crazy and fun, so this transfer will be a blast. I think that he might be crazier than me, and I don´t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

So I am the District Leader here, but there are 3 companionships in my district. Mine, and 4 sisters, who all have less than 7 months in the mission field. Also the sister companionships live in different cities so every Tuesday we have to get up at 5am to go take a 1 hour (minimum) bus ride to the district meeting. Yep it´s special. This area is all on foot, though. We only have to take the bus to the district meeting.

The sisters in my district are
-Sister Baker from Idaho                           \ companionship
-Sister Nunes (Brazilian)  from (I forgot)  /
-Sister Giles  (American) from (I forgot)   \ companionship.
-Sister Olives from Rio Grande do Norte /

Anyway I have learned that the way that God does things really isn´t the way that men do things.

-- Élder Pettingill

-Division with Elder Silva
-Division with Elder Neres
-Elder Londoño and I on the bus
-Alfredo´s baptism.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Parigot de Souza Week 11

So this week was a great week. So as I said in the last email, we went to the temple on Tuesday and it was really good! Well the temple is always good. Then on Thursday we had a mission tour with Elder Bassett from the Area Presidency of Brazil (I think that´s what it´s called). It was really good. Also he is from California, and he lives close to where I am from so that is cool. Also President Cuvelier knows him, and they are friends. He talked a lot about sacrifice. He explained that sacrifice is an eternal principal, and that Heavenly Father does it, Christ does it, so we need to do it as well. He explained that this is his work. One phrase that I really like from the conference was ``You will never regret to have been obedient.´´ It is really true. When we do what is right the consequences are good, and we don´t have regrets, but when we do what is wrong the consequences are bad. It was a really good conference. I also had the opportunity to have an interview with Elder Bassett. It was great, and he had a lot of advice about teaching people, and the way to teach. It was really a cool experience, and I don´t think that you get interviewed by a general authority, so that´s cool.

As I implemented what I learned at the mission tour we were really blessed. We were able to find lots of good people to teach. Also this next Sunday we will have a baptism. Alfredo is the son of a less active who is returning to activity in the church. He is ten years old, and he is basically ready to be baptized.

I am so grateful to be a part of this church where we can receive inspiration, and see and hear inspired people lead the work of the Lord.

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

-- Élder Pettingill

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Parigot de Souza Week 10 My B-day

So this week was another week of hard work. I had a division with Elder Woolley on Tuesday and we had a ``snack`` before our district meeting (my birthday cake--a jello cake that my mom sent the ingredients for).

We had a hard week of work. I think it was a little of opposition from general conference, and because we were going to go to the temple the next week (we went today). Also I did my first baptismal interview. It was really easy because it was with a lady who had been an investigator for a year because of problems with getting married. She was really prepared for baptism.

It was my Birthday this week which was really good. Thank you mom for the presents (especially the Flamango T-shirt). It was a good, and it was especially good at church.

We went to the temple today, and it was a really good experience for me to be so close to the Lord. I really felt his presence there, and it was a good experience to remember the covenants that I made with him. It helped me be prepared for this next week of work.

Thank you all for the support, and have a great week!

-- Élder Pettingill

-Birthday cake
-Birthday cake
-Birthday jello cake
-My district
-Division with Elder Woolley
-Cheerios in Brazil*
-my ties that I got from my parents.
-me in my flamamgo shirt

*so here in Brazil the cereal technology is very weak. They only have 4 types of cereal. frosted flakes, chocolate frosted flakes, some chocolate ball thing (it´s like a worse coco puffs), and frute loops. So I was very excited when I say cheerios in the supermarket that I bought them just to see how they were. They are good, but not like the US.