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.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Jardim Ipê Week 5

So this week was good. Nothing really exciting happened, but it was good. I had a division with Elder Barbosa after the district meeting on Tuesday which was good. I got the another letter from my Mom which was awesome as well because it had a letter from my little sister Anna in it which was cool. I got my hair cut during the division because one of the Elders in the house there cuts hair.

We had a good week, and we have been making progress with some investigators. I think that we will have a lot of baptisms in the next transfer, which is kind of sad for Elder Sousa.

I have learned a lot this week on how I can improve my teaching, and how I can help bring the spirit, and follow the spirit in contacts and during my study time. I am grateful for the example of the people, and missionaries here. I am learning so much in this area. I am excited for the last week of the transfer to continue working, and teaching better and better. I am very grateful for everything that I am learning here, as well as the opportunities that I have to go to church, and learn, and help people come unto Christ. 

I am feeling pretty good about português. I am not having a lot of problems with it. I am working more on other parts of the work right now, but I am still working on português.

Thank you all for the support, sorry for the short letter and remember that everything is possible with faith

-- Élder Pettingill

Pictures: There is one of my division with Elder Barbosa, and the other is coxinha with the recent converts Margarette and Julio. Coxinha is a thing that they make here. It is a type of batter that they make then they put cooked chicken in it and fry it. it is good. They can also put other things in it as well. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Jardim Ipê Week 4

So this week was pretty good. We had a zone conference and that was really good. The trainings were really good by all the people, especially President, but that is because he is president. I really learned a lot there, and I have been trying to apply everything that I learned in my work. 

I got a package from my mom with pens, peanut butter, drink mixes, maple flavoring, some of my sweats, and some pictures. There was a drink mix flavored root beer that my companion, Elder Sousa, really didn´t like. It was pretty funny. I got the Zebra pens to, and I really like then. Thank you Elder Davis for the idea. 

I had a division this week with Elder Sodré. It was really good. We knocked 3 doors, and entered 2. One of them were ``elects`` as we missionaries say here. It was really good, and I learned a lot. I am really excited to continue working hard in my area. Divisions are really a blessing because you get to learn with a different person for one day, and you get to get excited for the rest of the week.

The rest of the week was normal, but yesterday we had a really good experience with finding new people to teach. We had a goal to find 10 new people to teach this week, and after Saturday we had only 5. It didn´t help that we were planning to do weekly planning on Sunday because of the division that we finished on Friday. Anyway we had about three hours to work, and we had appointments as well. All the appointments fell through, and so we went to a different house that we had contacted one time before, and we entered. We taught a good lesson and we got two ``novos.`` We tried to teach some other investigators that we have, but couldn´t get anything. So we were walking back to the house to plan for the week when I saw a woman cleaning her front yard. We knocked there and taught a good lesson, and we got 3 ``novos.`` The parents and one 9-year old, and with that I know that Heavenly Father helped us find those people that we wanted to find. I know that if we have faith Heavenly Father will help us act, and that he will help us achieve our righteous goals.

The only bad thing that happened this week was that I lost my other name tag. right now I am using one of Elder Salazar´s name tags with my name taped on. I know that everything happens for a reason, and hopefully someone will find that name tag and eventually be baptised. 

I love you all, and I am very thankful for your support

-- Élder Pettingill

So there are pics of us waiting for the bus at 6 in the morning to go to the temple. There is a pic of the temple and me with the temple. There is one of all of the missionaries in my house in front of the temple with scarfs on (all but the on on Elder Sousa are mine that I lent to them) There is a couple of the two times that we had Lauches (basically fast food) at a house of a member when we got money for lunch. It was really good. There are some of the pastels that we made in the house of a recent convert. Also of the cookies that we made it the house of a member (they are really similar to sugar cookies). There is the missionaries that Elder Salazar made (the bigger one - Based on Elder Herlin) and the one that Elder Sousa made (the smaller one - based on Elder Salazar) Also of the Pizza we had for my six month anniversary on the mission. My division with Elder Sodré. The second time that I made pancakes (only for me and Elder Sousa). And the last one is my name tag right now​

Jardim Ipê Week 3

So today is officially 6 Months on the mission! I am 1/4 of the way through my mission! I can´t believe this, it is too strange to think about. Also it doesn´t seem like I have been here very long.

Anyway this week has been good. I have been learning a lot more about making contacts, and teaching lessons better. It is starting to feel like Elder Sousa is my third trainer. Anyway we met a family this week that is really good, and that I think will be baptised. We have been working this week to find new people to teach, and we have had some success, but we are going to do more things to really focus on finding more people to teach. 

;"> We met a family this week that just moved into our ward. They have a launchonette which is basically a fast food restaurante so we went there for almoço when we got money. They made us a huge lauche that was really good. I will send a pic of it next week, but it was really good, and suprisingly only Elder Salazar didn´t finish it completly. I had been fasting before it so I think that is why I could finish it

We had another division this week that was really cool. I got to really take the lead in my area. We found some good people, and taught some good lessons. Church on Sunday was really good, and I was asked to bare a 5 minute testimony, and that was really cool. I am really renewed each week on Sunday, and I am so glad for the opportunities to learn, and to teach people every week here is Brazil. I learning so much, about being a better person, and about representing Christ in the best way that I can. I am so grateful for all your support, and I am glad to be here in Brazil, speaking português, and helping people come unto Christ. 

Até mais (See you),

-- Élder Pettingill

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Jardim Ipê Week 2

So this week went by really fast. Also this transfer has been going by really fast as well, but it has been really good. We had a baptism this Saturday, Daniela. She is part of a family that Elder Sousa is really close to. It was good, but because of some confusion there weren´t a lot of people there. Sunday was good as well, and I had two divisions this week. One with Elder Gutierrez, a Mexican from my group that still has a thick accent, and was trained in my area; and one with Elder Salazar who is in the 4 missionaries in our house so it was less exciting. I learned a lot more about faith, and about when you really have faith then you can do anything. There is a verse in the Book of Mormon that talks about that, but I forgot where it is. Also I learned about what I can do to be a better missionary.

Also this week we went to the temple, and I think it was the best experience that I have had yet in the temple. It was absolutly amazing. 

First to respond to your questions mom, we had to wake up a 4:30am to get there early for the 9am session. It didn´t help that it was 2 degrees C this morning. We only did 1 endowment. We went there and after ate lunch then went to the bookstore to buy things that we needed. It was in Portuguese because everyone speaks (or should learn to speak) Portuguese. Although if you wanted you could use headphones for the translation. Also I saw sister Miller from my district in the ctm at the temple. So Elder Sousa likes to joke a lot, but we have already had some really good moments so I like him a lot. I haven´t been cooking that much because I haven´t had time, but I will soon.

When I went in the temple before the session I felt really good, and I just focused on the feeling I was feeling, and I felt amazing.So This past week I have been a little discouraged because everyone in my house has a lot more time on the mission, and so I have been thinking more about the fact that I still have a lot of time left on the mission, and so I have been a little discouraged. So after the session in the temple I was just thinking, and praying, and I just felt Heavenly Father´s love for me. There was a Book of Mormon next to me, and I felt like I should read a bit. So I flipped to Alma 39 and started reading at vs 13. It was exactly what I needed to feel. I felt so much better about the mission, and about life. I am excited to really strive to be a better servant of the Lord, and really help his children come unto him. I love the Lord, and all the he has done for me, and the opportunity that I have to raise my voice and proclaim the gospel of Christ. 

Thank you all for your support.

-- Élder Pettingill

​So there are pics here of our district meeting, also of the temple and all the the elders in my house using scarfs (because it was cold, and 3 are mine) Also there is of the baptism this week, and of a member's house that was really cool.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Jardin Ipê Week 1

So this week has been exhausting. I don´t know exactly why. My companion Elder Sousa is the district leader here, and Elder Herlin and Elder Salazar (he is from Ecuador) are the zone leaders. Elder Salazar (apparently ``Z`` is a th sound in Spanish) only has two transfers left so this will be his last area. My area is called Jardin Ipe. It is said like jarjin Eepê--i is an ee sound.

My area here is big, not as big as my other one, but still big. 
Elder Sousa is really animated, and he likes to joke. It was a problem this week because sometimes I can´t tell if he is joking, because he keeps going with the joke for about 15 min, but we talked and all is well. We have some good investigators,and some good recent converts in the area. We will have a baptism on the 15, and another on the 29 so far, but we hope to mark some more. It feels like we are opening an area because Elder Sousa was the only one that was here before the transfers and didn´t work a lot in our area, so we don´t have a lot of investigators. We will really have to focus on finding new investigators this week so that we always have a lot to do every night, but everything is good here. 

Elder Herlin is from Colorado, but he doesn´t speak English with me, which is good. I like not speaking English, it gets me better at speaking Portuguese. Also I am having problems now with knowing the meanings of some words in Portuguese

So Elder Sousa is my brother because we were trained by the same person, and Elder Salazar is my Grandfather, because he trained my trainer. So basically we are a family here. Also today I cut their hair. Elder Salazar was with scissors.

The house we are living in right now is really small, especially for 4 missionaries. It has 4 rooms, and two are bedrooms, one is the entrance room where we keep all our clothes, and the other is a kitchen. We do have a part behind the house, but it is small as well. We are hoping to move houses this transfer. 

Also I lost one of my nametags so I will be asking for a new one. It happened when we were walking. 

The ward here is really good, and the members are really helpful with the work. The Ward Mission leader is a very animated person. Most of the members here live in Jardim Ipê A which is the area of Elder Salazar and Elder Herlin, but we still have good people here to teach, and some good members.

We do have one investigator that lives in the mission Curitiba, but we are allowed to visit her because it is really long for the missionaries there to go there, and they don´t have anyone else to teach there, so I get to go outside my mission every once in a while

I am doing well here, and the people here are great. I am so glad to be a missionary here in Brazil where I can help people come unto Christ.

Next week we are going to the temple on the 18th, so I will have my pday on Tuesday not Monday.  

I love you all, and hope that you are doing well. 

-- Élder Pettingill

P.S. These are pics from this week and last week. One there is the pic from the 4th of July Pizza we had.