Monday, July 3, 2017

Week 17 - Transfers

So this week, wasn´t very exciting in terms of investigators, and novos, but it was transfers so that was cool.

So for transfers, I was transferred to a different area in Curitiba called Jardim pê B, and from what I have heard about it, it is a good area. It was split this transfer into area A and B, but it was only combined for the last transfer. I am with Elder Sousa, who is on his seventh transfer, and was trained by my trainer, so we are ``brothers.``

We are in the same house as the zone leaders, who are one American, that has about a year, and has lost his american accent; and a different elder from a spanish speaking country I can´t remember which. He has two transfers left on his mission. 

Well before I left Ferraria, we worked a lot on finding some less actives from a list that the ward mission leader gave us with five names from all the different parts of the ward. So we spent a lot of time on finding them, and working with our investigators. So we didn´t get a lot of new investigators. We did find some, but at the same time we spent a lot of time searching for names that we didn´t find. We did get a couple of less actives to come to church along with one of the recent converts that hadn't been coming.

I did learn that I need to really focus on talking with people and making contacts fast, as well as really conversing with people. This is one of the harder parts of the work for me. Also I have really realized that I need to have more faith, and more courage. Courage to talk to people, and to talk to my companion. I am working on it, as well as trying to help out others with their problems.

This Sunday was really good. I really enjoyed the opportunity to fast, and to really help out my investigators. I was able to focus on learning, and I was able to understand things better. Also, I was able to see some ways that I can teach better, and help people a little bit more. 

I am really getting a testimony of all the different scriptures that we use, and share with people. I get to see all the different ways that the scriptures can be applied in our lives. I love being here, and being able to feel the spirit so strong every single day. I am so grateful for everything that I have, and everything that I am given, and I know that I am where I am for a reason, I just have to find it in every area, and with every companion.

-- Élder Pettingill
A few questions I asked him:

Does your new companion speak English?  No he doesn´t, I am only speaking Português. I was hoping for someone that doesn´t speak English so that I could really focus on leaning português more. I am having trouble with knowing the names of a lot things. This makes things hard when I want to make an analogy. 

When you said in your email that you need courage to talk to your companion, what do you mean?  When there is something that I want to do to be obedient, and my companion does something else, like when he didn´t include me in the planing one day. I didn´t have to courage to say, hey I we need to work together, or something like that.

What other thoughts do you have about we can share the Gospel as a family? What we sometimes do in our lunches with members  is we invite them to share a small pass along card with someone. There is always something that we can do no matter how small it is. It is a commandment to share the gospel, and the thing about a commandment that I learned here, is that it means that EVERYONE can do it. It can be difficult for some, and some people can do more than others, but everyone can fulfill all the commandments that we have. 

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