Monday, April 27, 2015

BAPTISMS AND OTHER FUN STUFF!

Hi Everyone!

So I basically explained this week in my photos that I sent. We are working hard to have an awesome week on Elder Marler's last week of his mission. We are preparing a bunch of people to be baptized on May 9th as his last baptismal service. And we're preparing a special program with the Bishop for Mother's Day. It's funny how all the special programs and ward ideas have to come from the missionaries...

It's going to be awesome! We really want to hit an attendance that we have never seen before in Tenoné! The ward really needs it.

This family is a less active family that we're bringing back to church. If everything works out we will baptize her son on May 9th. She was married to a return missionary but then he turned away from the church, so she also stopped going. They split up and now we're reactivating her!






We were able to bring a bunch of the people we are preparing for May 9th to church yesterday. We had 9 investigators there and at least 6 of them are preparing for May 9th. 

Pray for us so that everything goes well! We will baptize 1 really great man this week, completing a family related to the Bishop, and then we need 4 others to help Elder Marler finish out his mission. It's totally possible...we just need the Lord's help!







L's baptism. 
She is a relative of some of the members! 
One day she´ll be a sister! 

(She´s already gone out with other young women in the ward to do contacts with the people on the street!)














Photo from one of our lunches. I've heard that old missionaries get a bit tired after lunch...is that true? 




We went to a leadership counsel recently which was the first time in 1 year and 8 months that I've seen Elder McCrea, my first companion. He's always been in a far away area at the same time that I've been in a far away area and we have never seen each other. Finally, because he's a district leader, I was able to see him. 

We were together with Elder Worley and Elder Blackner, who were also at the training.  





For our Mother's Day skype, they haven't released any directions on it here...but they never really do. I'll definitely skype with you guys! In my mind Mother's Day is going to be the really trunky moment where we plan out my first week. (It's our weekly planning!) 


I already know some houses where I'll be able to call...but we haven't chosen one yet. Maybe it will be at a recent convert's house...maybe at the 1st counselor in the mission presidency's house...it won't be a problem. E. Marler was telling me that the members are really good about helping out with that. 

Wow, your description of my first few days home sounds amazing!  Pedicures and Olive Garden!!   You don't know how heavenly that sounds to my ugly feet. Olive Garden sounds so wonderful right now.  For 2 years I've eaten rice, beans, and meat every single day. That's a lot of rice, beans and meat. It sounds like Dad's heaven, doesn't it?

Just so we can get thinking, the absolute first thing I'm going to want to do when I get home (if possible right after we drive off the parking lot of the airport) is go to the temple. After almost 2 years of not going in the time where I most needed it, I'm going to want to do that as the first thing when I get home. I want to go through the temple as a missionary with my name-tag, if I can. Then I'll probably be let go that same night with Pres. Morgan, right?

Also...not to be needy...but with that pedicure I'm definitely needing a full body massage as well. If possible :D!!

By the way...you can just loan Bosco to one of the neighbors for the months of June, July, August, and September.  Just to avoid any fights!


I am not sure how long I will stay in Tenoné.  I would love to train, but it seems improbable. Also, I would be super sad to leave the area. I've really grown to love the members here in Tenoné, even in the short time that I've been here. The situation that I'm really hoping for is that Elder Da Rosa comes here to be my companion again as a zone leader! That would make my life. I'm almost definitely going to pick up a really new zone leader to train. 

That's about it. We're working hard out here in Tenoné! 
I love this work and I love this people! They teach me so much and I'm happy to serve them. 
We'll keep going strong until the last day!

The Church is true! Christ is our Lord and eternal head! He's the one who directs this work and puts miracles in our paths! I love you guys!

Elder Gale

Monday, April 13, 2015

~ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL & SPIRITUAL WEEK~

We had another very successful and spiritual week here in Tenoné. The transfers brought a new spirit to the zone, so we were able to have an awesome zone meeting last Wednesday. 

We were able to find a bunch of new investigators this week, which was really helpful to our teaching group. We also had a wonderful young woman choose to be baptized this last week. I'll send you some photos next week. 

I've been really focusing my studies this week on the subject of humility. I feel like it was something I let fall a bit on the mission...and now I'm realizing how much spiritual power we can gain as we are humble. My mission president helped me to see this as something I could focus on, and so I'm putting it as a focus until I finish. One of my favorite scriptures about humility I believe was in D-C 67. And there is another in Matthew that I'll get the reference for next week. 

We had several miracles...one example--a woman that was praying to receive revelation for what she should do at the same time as we knocked on her door. Another example--A younger woman that received a answer through the Book of Mormon. Our difficulty is getting people to follow these answers they are having. 

Also, I've heard some convincing rumors that I've made the Brazilian Liahona with Elder Ramos!  It is a report of our Blanco Natal (White Christmas) from Macapa, and it lists my name and Elder Ramos as the organizers of the event.  I sitill haven't seen it but heard that it looks pretty cool. God's miracles are fantastic!

I love you guys very much! Sorry I had to be so short today...my computer is super slow and there was a ton of other things for me to do. 

Love you guys!

Elder Gale

Monday, April 6, 2015

TRANSFERS! EASTER BAPTISM! CONFERENCE!

Hey family!
Man there is so much to write...I wish I would have made a voice recording. Speaking of voice recordings, I'm just about going crazy trying to download your voice recording...I'm not sure if it will work out. My voice recorder doesn't want to play the audio and my cell phone doesn't have that capability.
We had several miracles this week!  2 children of God chose to be baptized this last Saturday in Tenoné.  E. and M. E is Antonio´s sister and F.'s best friend. She had to overcome coffee and smoking to be able to follow the example of Christ, being baptized. She's been investigating the church for about a year and finally she was baptized. Their family made a birthday cake for Elder Marler on his birthday this week!  She's fantastic. Their whole family is fantastic!
M. was super difficult to baptize. She's the mother of one of the active members of the church and the missionaries have been going there for almost a year. She seems to have had a more open heart this last month and we've been teaching her. We started teaching her when her son wasn't there and when she showed interest in being baptized, we planned an awesome surprise!  We kept teaching her undercover and she had to overcome a ton of things. She didn't want to drop coffee, she wanted her 15 year old son to baptize her even when he wasn't a priest, she didn't want to go to the stake center at conference to be baptized...but finally everything went through!  

We bought Nescau (coffe substitute) for her, we talked with Pres. Scisci for her son to be a helper at the baptism, but not a baptizer, and we got a ride for her to the stake center. And we had a huge surprise ready for her son there at the chapel! It was super awesome. Her son cried, it was so sweet. He had no idea she was even considering baptism. The photos that I sent were of W. being surprised and hugging his mom.
The conference was awesome! Wow I felt so inspired by those talks...I think maybe my favorite was from Elder Uchdorf on Sunday...I'm not sure yet. I'll need to hear them in English to understand better...there were some translation fallbacks in portuguese. Actually the translators kept speaking really slowly and then fast and it was all pretty confusing. And some of them were really nervous.   It's way better in the original language. 

I just received the zone transfer here in the cyber so I was passing the info to everybody. I will stay here with Elder Marler! Which is awesome because I totally wanted to stay with him and kill him. That will be awesome!

This is how we take taxi here in Brazil!

Our Mission Leadership Conference!

W and R and M, learning about the church!


Photos with F, A, E, and other missionaries. 
Surprising her son with her baptism!
They are an awesome family!
 









Kelly, a woman that I interviewed to be baptized. She's awesome and really committed. She didn't have much family support to be baptized but ended up making the decision.