Monday, May 26, 2014

CAPANEMA MOTHER'S DAY

I thought you would like to know about the other mothers that I have here in Capanema.
Even though we live here in Capanema without a biological family, the missionaries here still have a family! On Mother's Day we chose the 3 "Missionary Moms" here in Capanema.
The winners were:
Irmã Idelcina--#1 Mission Mom!!


1. By far the mother of all the missionaries here in Capanema is Irmã (Sister) Idelcina. As another proof that she is our mother, she took great care of me yesterday. 



I was feeling quite a bit sick on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon after church I ended up staying the day at her house with her son, Tony (the ward mission leader). She gave me a bunch of herbal medicines (the family owns a line of herbal stores called "Herbs Cure" throughout Pará and a few other states in Brasil). 

They put up a hammock and I stretched out to rest. Elder Da Rosa worked with a young man preparing to serve a mission. I never felt so pampered :D!   I woke up today feeling 100% better, ready for P-Day and for an exciting week. So Idelcina wins by a longshot. (She also feeds us on all of our P-Days and any other day that our member-meals fall through).
Irmã Regina!
2. Second place, Irmã Regina! (the other photo with her and her husband). Even though she lives in the area of the Sisters, she helps us out a ton. She motivates her son to visit people with us. 

Every Sunday she brings cake and juice to the chapel for a mini-dinner. And they are the only family that has consistently had Açai at every one of our meals with them :D!

3. Irmã Regina. Yes, she does share the name with #2. Irmã Regina is the President of the Relief Society and only has 2 years as member. Her conversion story is quite miraculous. If I remember right she was praying and asking God to send somebody to help her family at the same moment the missionaries knocked on her door. I don't have her picture here on this SD Card, but I will send it to you another day. Irmã Regina is always willing to help us. We used Skype at her home to speak with you all.

And of course the real winner of all is you, my wonderful biological mother. But don't worry, I am being mothered quite a bit here in Brasil as well!







We have been teaching a young girl who reminds me SO MUCH of Brindi!! 










 And she was baptized this week!  The Brindi-look-alike actually doesn´t look too much like Brindi. It´s more her personality that reminds me of my Brindi-girl. 












V is excited to join the church and someday wants to be a missionary!











I appreciate the advice about not feeling bad if we don't see baptisms weekly. It's hard to not get so wrapped up in the "numbers" attitude that we forget about the importance of every single soul. 


My Zone Leader, Elder Guedes, is very good about this. He focuses on every investigator and the importance they all have, not forgetting that we have to spend our time only with the people with potential to actually progress in the Gospel.

Wow. That's crazy to hear that Lhaylla already left the U.S. I'm very excited to be able to meet her!

Our transfer will happen...I believe the 14th or 15th of June. I'm not completely sure. So I will let you guys know quickly when I know if I will be transferred or not so that you guys can update Lhaylla where I am staying.

If she could email me that would be helpful. We'll probably meet in the Chapel of the area that I'm in, will it be a problem for her to find it?


I think that's about it. Thanks for the support everybody!

Called to Serve,

Elder Gale






Monday, May 19, 2014

FAMILY LETTER

Hello family! 

It sounds like this week was full of fun! Congratulations to Austin on his Graduation! I'm sure it was great to meet Lhaylla's family. It sounds like they are very nice people. 

For the package: Like I said on Skype, whatever cool thing to do for a spiritual thought would be awesome. The erasable pens you sent me were a big hit. All the members are super curious about this magic spiritual thought that Elder Gale has :D 

Even if it is just a list of easy things I can do with materials that I have here that would be awesome. I don't have the creativity to come up with something by myself :D.

Other than that, I have only 1 request. With the World Cup coming up, I will need to show my colors, so is there any way you guys could send me a tie with the US flag on it? The Brazilians might beat me up but I have to be loyal to my country. I tell everybody that this is the year for the US. USA USA USA!!!

Other than that, I don't think there's anything else I desperately need :D

So according to your email, Lhaylla's family will maybe be here  in Belém on June 15?  Will they only pass in Belém or here in Capanema as well? 

Everything is going well here in Brasil. We've gone 2 weeks already without a baptism, and this makes us sad. But we are teaching some really great people right now. One of which is a young girl that I swear reminds me a ton of Brindi!   We are hoping to have her baptism this Saturday, but we'll see what happens. 

We are preparing for the Stake Conference on the 31st of May and the 1st of June. I will play violin and Elder Da Rosa will play piano for the Choral of the Ward. It will be very beautiful! We will play "Oh how lovely was the morning" to the tune of Come thou Fount. 

I feel like there's not any other big news. The usual finding, teaching, baptizing business. One of the Sister's in my district had a minor eye surgery. If you all could pray for her I would appreciate that. 

I'm hoping to stay her in Capanema with Elder Da Rosa another couple months. We'll see if I can stay another transfer. 

I love you all!

Called to Serve, 

Elder Gale


Monday, May 5, 2014

TRANSFERS!

Hello everyone!
Another wonderful and miracle-filled week here in Capanema/Salinas. 




The last week with 1 companionship for the 2 areas because Salinas will receive missionaries this next week! 


I spoke with some of the members about our experiences there in Salinas, and everyone was so happy about the baptisms that we had, the lessons we learned, and the group that we started. 

I believe that the area Salinas will be added to my district, but I'm not sure.

All the information that I have so far about transfers:
-Elder Da Rosa and I will stay here in Capanema.
-Sister Mendenhall finished her mission and will return to Arizona. Sister Moraes was transferred to another area.
-The new Sisters in Capanema and in my district will be Sister Menezes and Sister Lourenço. Both are Brasilians.
-Elder Christenson, a fairly new American on the Mission, will go to Salinas. I don't know who will be his companion.
-Elder J. Santos will be transferred to our zone! I'm excited to see my father again!
I think that's about it. I'm excited and happy to stay here in Capanema!
So for our Skype time this Sunday. I'm so very excited for Mother's day! It will have a whole new meaning here on the mission.
I was speaking with the member who would let me use his computer to Skype you guys, and turns out he will be out of town. I'm sure I will find something to be able to Skype with you all without any problems. 

I believe we will be authorized to call you on Saturday to confirm everything, but I'm not sure. 

Be prepared on Saturday to receive a call from Brasil!
I love you guys. Until Mother's Day!
Elder Gale