Monday, October 27, 2014

DONE WITH MY TEENS!!!

PHOTOS FROM TRANSFERS AND MY BIRTHDAY:

This is a picture from the going away visits of Elder Rolando. 
The first one is a family we are teaching. S and A. 
They need to marry, so we're working on that right now.

The second is the family where the 
grandfather baptized everybody. 
(But he wasn't there when we took the photo). 
Until now 6 people from the family were baptized. 
It is just the parents who haven't been baptized. 





Then there is the photo of E's family. 
I'll explain more about her family in the email.

Me and my ex-companions waiting the omnibus!





Everybody excited for the Mission Tour 
with Elder Fernandes, our visiting General Authority!



You need to give a great big hug to Elder Ramos---   


For my past 2 birthdays he has cared for me, 
made two cakes (actually he bought this one), 
and is fantastically awesome!!

I'm 20!!


 One of my favorite companions!!


More birthday photos! 


A photo of the chapel they are building 
in front of our house.

 




Transfers:

So this week was pretty insane. 
We had a ton of stuff going on at once.

Here are the updates on the transfer. I stayed here in Macapá. Elder Rolando was called to open a group in an area here in Macapá that has never had missionaries before. He was super stoked! He will go there with Elder Roberts, another American. 


My new companion??? My first companion! Elder Ramos, Round 2!!! 

That's right, my father will now be my companion. We are super excited for the transfer and are loving the time together again. Elder Ramos is an elder so exciting and fun and awesome, and he is also the missionary that baptized the most families out of any other missionary on the mission. (I was his only companion with which he didn't baptize anybody). I don't know if I told you guys, but 2 families that we were teaching there in Pioneiro, that were planning to marry, were baptized a couple weeks after I left the area. 

The zone had some huge changes. We are going through some major difficulties in the zone so we are hoping the massive change in missionaries will change the pace of things here. 

Other transfer news...my other father, Elder J. Santos is now a zone leader, so there is a possibility I could be companions with him again. My son, Elder Da Rosa is now training, so I will be a grandpa! I'm super excited for my son. He's an awesome missionary. I hope to be companions with him again as well!

Other transfer news is just that I had to organize the transfer in the zone and state of Amapá. There were 3 nights that I had to get up at 1 in the morning to make a bunch of phone calls. I was pretty super tired this week. 

We also had the mission tour this week! Elder Fernandes of the Seventy came to Amapá to have a special conference with just our zone. So it was us, Presidente and Sister Scisci, and Elder and Sister Fernandes. I felt like I learned a lot of important things and felt the spirit really strong during the meeting. 

Then Elder Fernandes announced that we would practice a bit and said that the Zone leaders would show the missionaries how to teach the first lesson...so Elder Ramos and I taught the first lesson in front of a seventy and our mission president. It was pretty nerve-wracking but went well. Elder Fernandes complimented us afterwards about the whole thing, he said that the conference in Macapá was his favorite out of the mission. 

And of course my birthday! Everybody owes a great big thank you to Elder Ramos. He made my birthday awesome. I was in the shower at night and when I got out everybody was circled around the bathroom with a cake, 5 pizzas, and soda!!! It was a freaking awesome surprise party. (Elder Ramos really opens a place in his wallet for his companion's birthdays!)

I also heard that a huge package arrived at the mission office for me. I'm thinking that it was the Christmas package! We will go to Belem this next week for the mission counsel. Can I open the package when I receive it? I will probably be transferred on December 2nd.  I won't be here in Macapá for Christmas. Just tell me if there are any rules on the package. I'll try my best to follow them. :0

You asked about Austin's voice recording in Spanish. Yes I understood all of it pretty easily. I'm listening to general conference in spanish pretty regularly. The difficulty is speaking spanish in a way he will understand. I put about half the last voice recording to him in Spanish, but I don't know if he understood. I know there is a lot of Portuguese mixed in. :D

I don't know if you heard about A, President Scisci, and Elder Fernandes. It looks like President invited A to pass by at the mission tour with 170 missionaries in Belém. A got there and started talking with Elder Fernandes. It seems like the first thing Elder Fernandes said to him is "When are you going to get baptized?" A replied "soon". I know that they are still investigating the church, A called me and told me he was visiting with his wife in Belem. 

President didn't bring any package to me...so maybe he wasn't able to pay for it? I don't know...and I think maybe President said that in the moment and then forgot afterwards...;D   He's a little bit that way. I'll call the office and ask whats up. 

Josh's story really touched me. I'll listen to the voice recording and I'll send him a message next week. 

I have to go! I'm sorry I didn't make a voice recording! I was super super super busy this week. I'll repent and for sure make a long one next week!

Love you guys!

Elder Gale

Monday, October 20, 2014

I AM "THE MISSIONARY"!

I am "The Missionary".

This is election time here in Brazil. It reminds me of Obama vs Romney! It's pretty crazy and everybody gets pretty pumped up for the elections. I am holding the flag of Waldez and Rafael is holding the flag of Camilo, the 2 main candidates here in Amapa.


We took a group photo of everybody at the Zone Meeting!


Here is a lunch appointment--


This is a photo of all the visitors after the church service. We had 22 visitors in the Santa Rita Ward, 13 of them being from our area. It was a great day!


Unfortunately, we STILL don't know what is happening with transfers. It's taking super long, so I believe that means there will be a ton of changes in the mission. I doubt that I will be transferred, but I think there's a chance that Elder Rolando might be, even though he just barely got here. Elder Rolando is on his 2 last transfers, so he asked President for the chance to train a new missionary for the rest of his mission. I don't know if President will grant that wish, but we'll see here in a couple of hours. 




   
















I believe the zone will have many many many changes. Really our companionship is the only one that is baptizing or hitting the standards of excellence. Here in Macapá that is really sad. We tried our best to excite the zone (never in my life have I stayed so long in splits). I almost didn't work with Elder Rolando this transfer for all the days we stayed with the other missionaries. 


If we are separated, I will be sad to leave Elder Rolando. I've learned so much with him, even though our companionship was rough at some times. 

This last week we were able to talk a lot and we had the best companionship that we have ever had. This same week we saw a ton of miracles. 13 people came to church, and 3 of them were brought by the members without us having to do anything. This was also following a counsel of one of our leaders, so I know the blessings that can come from exact obedience. 

I don't think I ever sent the photo of the baptisms a couple weeks ago. Brother F baptized 2 more of his grandchildren! 

I love you guys, sorry I don't have more time.

Have a fantastic week!

Elder Gale


 











Monday, October 13, 2014

SERVING THE LORD

Hello my loving family and friends!

I hope everybody is doing well. I believe I explained in my Voice Recording about the division that I did in Santana to help out the Elders there. It was a great success! We got 7 references in 1 day :D If I learned anything on the mission, it is how to get stuff out of people. I don't think I really used that so much with you guys...:D

I think I spoke about pretty much everything on the voice recording. We are looking forward to transfers this next week. I have no idea if I will stay or leave...because I have already been with Elder Rolando for 2 transfers, just not at the same time.

About coming to search me here in Brasil...I'm still praying about it, but I believe it will be better to plan another trip in a year or 2 to visit the people I have met out here. I'll still be thinking about it. 

I think I asked this before, but I don't think I've seen a response yet. Does Austin send voice recordings to you guys? If so, I don't think I get them. I received 1 from him today but I think that was personal with just us 2. I was just curious if he sends voice recordings to the family. 

Thank you so much for the love and the voice recordings. Brindi I loved receiving the recordings last week with you playing the violin! I'll comment more about it in the next voice recording or letter. 

I love you guys so much! I hope that everything is well at home and that you guys are feeling the blessings of having 2 missionaries!

Elder Gale

Monday, October 6, 2014

STILL NO PACKAGE...

Hello Family! 

This was a pretty crazy week. I pretty much explained it in the voice recording, but I'll try to sum it up real fast :D 

Tuesday we went to Belém to hear the words of our beloved President, José Carlos Scisci and his wife, Sister Scisci. It was very interesting. We had a good month in our zone, but we didn't reach our goal. It was really interesting for me, the way President Scisci works. For example, we had the highest goal in the mission for baptisms. And we were the 3rd zone to have the most baptisms in the mission. However, we accomplished the lowest percentage of our goal. So President Scisci had us stand up and explain why we were the worst zone in the mission for the month. It was actually a really interesting experience for me, because I learned a bit about the importance of being committed to our goals. We can pass a high goal and sometimes it's even better to pass a high goal, but we have to pay the price if we don't hit them. 

In Belém, unfortunately, there was no package waiting for me.  I'm sure it will get here some day! I'm still looking forward to the package with the gospel lessons, is it this one that you sent recently? Or are there 2 coming my way?

I did get an awesome letter with a really interesting talk by Hyrum Smith. Thank you very much!

I finally have an answer on the question if you guys will come pick me up in Brazil. ....
...

it depends. 

I talked with President Scisci and the Executive Secretary about it. I decided that if I could be released here in Brasil I would want you guys to come pick me up, and if not I'll see you guys in Missouri. 

President Scisci said that it really isn't his decision if I can be released here, it is the decision of President Morgan. In the past, President Scisci said, missionaries were released by Skype or telephone or the Stake President gave the Mission President permission to release the missionary. Without the permission, I can't be released here. 

I also know the possible date of my departure, but I won't tell you guys yet. I have a choice to make. I'll spill the beans if President Morgan lets me get set apart so you can buy the plane tickets, but if not, the secret will stay with me until my plane ticket is already bought :D

I loved Conference! I don't have time to get into detail but I'll just say that Elder Godoy was my favorite!

Love you guys sososososo much!


Elder Gale

Voice Recording from this week: