Monday, December 28, 2015

Week 77 - December 28, 2016

After the Skype session with the family...

Our giant cheeseburger on Christmas Day!

Making sock "snowmen"...


Well there was a lot of build up for Christmas (as always) so the "crash” is always a little rough, but anyways...

Starting with investigators... our only really "solid" investigator quit on us and doesn’t want to keep trying to do the right things because it is too much for her at the moment or something. She runs away into the forest behind her house every time we stop by so...*snip!* As for others, we found some more people to start sharing the gospel with and they were pretty receptive and are willing to listen! So that’s exciting! As for the less active reactivation movement in the branch, it is going well! We had a whole less active family show up to church yesterday, of which one of the sons is an ex-convict...but the church is just a big hospital right?! 

As for exciting things that happened, I totally got to Skype the family and let me just say, I got the best dang family that ever existed! So that was fun, and I also got a couple new ties and socks from Santa Clause so that was neat too! We ordered a giant hamburger to commemorate for an equivalent of $14 dollars. It was so good!

We had a good week though and we are exercising our faith a lot and trying to make the best of the time that we have out here. Maybe the work isn’t the easiest all the time, but it sure is good when you see the gospel work magic in families and changes in the hearts of the people. The book is blue!

Tchau!

Elder Buck

Monday, December 21, 2015

Week 76 - December 21, 2015




Hey!

Well our week here in São Francisco was pretty wild but on the bright side we had a really good time and got some stuff done! 

Well starting out with investigators... There aren’t very many YET, but we have one named Patricia and she’s not progressing very much anymore so we are mostly working with her to help her to get an answer about the Book of Mormon. She is coming along slowly. We also have been teaching a family who looked pretty elect, but we came to find out that they do drugs and steal, and beat their kids and stuff so... Jesus is really going have to help us out with those guys. We actually found a couple this week that are AWESOME! They are from outside the state of Santa Catarina and just recently got married, don’t have addictions of any kind, and are looking for a church to attend. They are really good listeners and have a ton of potential to be really awesome members! 

As for exciting things that happened during the week, we had our Christmas Conference with three zones from our mission (Joinville Norte, Joinville Sul, and Itajaí). I had a really great time being able to play a little bit and rest my mind for a day haha. Elder Peterson (the rock), me, Elder Oldroyd, and Elder Berquist (the Sons of Thunder) or formerly known as the Singers of Solomon, sang a special musical number for the 3 zones. We killed it! I’m pretty sure I saw some sisters tear up or something, I don’t know! And I would like to give a big shout out to the families that sent me boxes and Christmas cards; it really made this Christmas conference a special one!

And for those of you out there that don’t believe in Christmas miracles, I’d like to tell what happened on Sunday. So Elder Peterson and I went to church yesterday (after thoughtfully bringing ALL of the plastic containers and plates that were in our house for the sisters to reclaim) and went to Priesthood opening exercises. As I was sitting there, along with the 4 other brothers and elder, I look to the back of the room and there walking in was Vilmar from Itajaí. The same Vilmar that my former companion (Elder Cordeiro) and I baptized about 10 months ago. I stood up and gave him a big ‘ol hug and asked him briefly why he was there and he simply drove almost 2 hours just to visit me. Since I had left his son Vitor had been baptized, they both have received the priesthood, and their family has been preparing to go to the temple. They have been super firm! It was one of the happiest days of my entire mission!


That’s all for this week, love you guys!

Tchau!
Elder Buck

Monday, December 14, 2015

Week 75 - December 14, 2015


Making paper snowflakes...

Hey y'all!

So I’m gonna be frank and say that not very much happened this week, but the week went well and that we have been working hard. It was sunny this week, so it’s been a lot easier to work and find new people to teach. This week there was a member who had passed away form breast cancer and it was very sad because she was someone who we would visit to help her family get back to church. We did have a family home evening with a family in the branch here along with a family that we have been teaching and it turned out super well! Unfortunately when Sunday came around for church, they didn’t go...So looks like we still got a lot of work to do! 

I figured I would take a moment to bear my testimony of this church and this work (because it is what I do every day, but also because I need to fill in some of this extra space I have hahaha). The Book of Mormon is true, and because of this truth, I know that Christ lives, that He is the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. I know that Joseph Smith was called of God to be the prophet of the Restoration. Because the true church was restored, I know that there is a living prophet on the earth today, and that he receives revelation from God in our days. I know Thomas S. Monson is a prophet because I live his teachings and they have not led me astray! I know that as we live in accordance with Gods plan, he promises us joy. I know this because I feel this happiness that living the true gospel brings every single day. It is wonderful! 

Have a great week, Tchau!

Elder Buck
On the way to zone conference...

Monday, December 7, 2015

Week 74 - December 7, 2015



Oi!

So this week was pretty sad because it only rained 6 out of 7 days this week, but turned out okay because we are figuring stuff out! I got myself a pair of boots now so no more wet feet for me! It's great :)

As for our week, we have been just finding so many inactive members in this Branch it’s not even funny. They also somehow find us on the street too…its weird! Our investigator is not really progressing anymore so we are really trying to help her and her inactive cousin get on the right track.

I have really gained a strong testimony of this church and the Book of Mormon. The declaration of Joseph smith in the introduction of the Book of Mormon is so true "Eu disse aos irmãos que o Livro de Mórmon era o mais correto de todos os livros da Terra, (…) e que um homem poderia aproximar-se mais de Deus seguindo seus preceitos do que os de qualquer outro livro.” 

If any person is feeling Far from God, the Book of Mormon is definitely the BEST resource. We have really been able to touch some hearts here because of it! There is not any way that this church is not THE true and complete church of Jesus Christ. Não tem como.

I love you guys and hope everyone has a great week! Tchau!

Elder Buck

Papai Noel está vindo yall! 




Monday, November 30, 2015

Week 73 - November 30, 2015

Christmas is here!!

Hello Family and Friends!

So our week went super well and we are having some real success! This past week we found an investigator to start teaching and she is pretty awesome. We marked a baptismal date for her and we are working on getting her prepared! She literally understands everything and she asks really good questions, and we are hoping to have a baptism here soon. 

As for the less actives, there are many, but we have been able to get some of these members back on track, doing the right things again, and it’s been super good. As difficult as it is sometimes, it is always worth it to see them feel the Spirit again and remember the happiness that they had once felt when living the gospel. It is funny to me that people think that life is only supposed to be easy or fun, but God only promised ETERNAL happiness as we live the gospel to its fullest. He never promised that life would be easy. People just forget. 

Thanksgiving was pretty good I guess, I would have forgotten if Elder Peterson hadn’t told me haha…but I guess that is what the comp is there for right?! We had a lot of lessons fall through this week, but we are working hard and just doing this thing! The dogs in this area are aggravating too; I almost had to drop kick a couple. 

Have a great week y’all! Tchau!

Elder Buck

Monday, November 23, 2015

Week 72 - November 23, 2015

 Just waiting at the bus stop.

Hey Y’all!

It sure is good hearing from you guys every week and I love all the detail and stuff you guys put in. I feel so updated! Peterson and I have had a great week and lots of prayers and fasting has really paid off for us here. Never again will I neglect fasting like I did at home, let me tell ya! We have been working super hard with some less active members, and seriously it has brought us so much more work and referrals than I ever thought it would. When we got here there were about 45-50 people going to church consistently, but yesterday we had a total of 66 people there. That may not seem like a lot, but is moving us a lot closer to making this branch into a ward (which is definitely attainable) and getting this branch a reform approved. Which would be so great because this building is in rough shape! But we are definitely feeling the blessings as we try to help these members do their job and see the importance of keeping sacred covenants with God. 

On another note I almost kicked a dog in the face, but I didn’t because the owner was watching. (I totally should have done it because the dog was charging us, acting like it was going to bite us...It would’ve been awesome!) Hahaha it was good stuff! 

I don’t know what else to write but I love you all and hope you all have a great week! Tchau!

Elder Buck

Monday, November 16, 2015

Week 71 - November 16, 2015


SUNNNNNNNNNN.....

Hey Fam!

So our week went really well and we are really starting to get this snowball rollin’! The branch is really getting fired up with our visits and everything, which is really exciting. Our ward (branch) mission leader is awesome too. He has been going out with us every Saturday to visit less actives and those that don’t go to church at all, and its been helping us out a ton. He has taken a lot of pressure off of our shoulders to reactivate people and get people going back to church. 

This week we have been able to find some pretty cool people to start teaching and it seems like they have quite a bit of interest in the things we have to say. We have also been able to sit down to teach more than walking around knocking on doors and talking to people on the street (even though I really really love doing that and all...bahaha). We also had our interviews with President this week and HOLY COW the guy knows the scriptures like the back of his hand. I would be shocked if he didn’t become a general authority or something! On top of it all he really is a great guy! He’s pretty tough, but his hearts in the right place for sure! 

Other than that I don’t really have anything else to report, other than I know that Jesus Christ lives and loves us a lot; enough to sacrifice Himself for all humanity. The church is true!

Elder Buck

Bleach, water, and sugar kills mold anywhere without staining your clothes! 
Who knew?!

Yep. I think summer is here.

The 2 missionaries from your neighborhood.


Monday, November 9, 2015

Week 70 - November 9, 2015

Hey Y'all!

So this week went really well in our efforts to try to get the members here visiting the less actives and stuff. We have our new ward mission leader and he has already done so much for us, he is really magnifying his calling super well! I think the work is hard right now but we are trying really hard to get the members involved and helping us out a bit. We are finding some people to teach and families to converse with, but the problem is that they are all SUPER hard to find at home and can be pretty flaky... we just need more people to teach and the branch needs to learn how to retain their members. It’s going to work out!

So in our area here there are SO MANY less active members and we had a good week of visits and trying to get some of them going back to church. Many have problems with addictions, with other members in the church, and with keeping commitments. But it is really incredible to see how everyone has a testimony of the things we believe. They all fell away from the church for not doing the simple things every day. I know it is something we hear all of the time - but seriously if we will read our scriptures, pray, have family home evening, go to church, fast, go to the temple, serve, MAKE COVANANTS and work everyday to build our testimonies, WHEN Satan comes to try and lead us away from the straight and narrow path, he wont be able to! (See Helaman 5:12)

Dad, it is very comforting for me to know that my parents are still serving, still going to church and trying to do what is right. I’ve seen too often on my mission families falling apart for a lack of true priesthood leadership in the home. It is SO important! And it helps me bear a stronger testimony on how the gospel truly blesses families and strengthens them. I am literally a personal witness of that principle! Continue always doing these things and it will be so worth it! And mom I love you so much and hope everything is going well over there, and thank you so much for everything you are doing to help me and support me, I’m so lucky to have you as a mother!

This church is so true!

Elder Buck

p.s. Sorry no pictures today!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Week 69 - November 3, 2015


Hey Everyone!

So this week went really really well and we got a little flame started in this tiny branch here in São Francisco do Sul. We have really been emphasizing the principle of fasting and we have seen so many blessings come from it. It is one thing to learn a principle and it is another to COMPREHEND a principle. We have had to exercise a lot of faith this week and we are really seeing a lot of results. I don’t know why I haven’t done this with more frequency at the beginning of my mission. It just brings so many blessings (see "Is this not the Fast I have Chosen" by Henry B. Erying). 

As for progressing investigators...this week has been tough, but we are working really hard with the reactivation thing and getting people to church. So that has been working out pretty well! Fortunately my Portuguese has gotten a lot better because I am training an American, and it is pretty funny because I have been fooling so many people this week! 

I hope everyone is doing good there at home! I don’t have time to email everyone (anyone really) today but thank you all for the emails and support I really loved hearing from y’all! Just know I love this work and I not want to be anywhere else! Tchau!

Elder Buck

Monday, October 26, 2015

Week 68 - October 26, 2015

 Me, Peterson, and his raincoat walking in the rain!

Hey Fam and Friends!

So this week I don’t have a lot to report because we are having some difficulty finding more people to teach, but the week went by fast and we worked hard. My comp is learning the ropes and he is doing really well. As for this area, it has been tough, but fortunately the members have helped us out a lot here. Yesterday in church we counted 35 people (members) and on the branch/ward list there are a total of 306 … so I think we have a good idea of what our priority is in this area. 

We are planning on dedicating our house today because we finally got EVERYTHING cleaned/washed. It is good to know that I’m breathing in mold particle-free air hahaha! 

But things are going super well here and hope you all have a fantastic week! 

Tchau!
Elder Buck

Monday, October 19, 2015

Week 67 - October 19, 2015

Just a selfie for the world

Our apartment 

My CTR ring suffered an upgrade (thank you bleach)...

One of the neighborhoods that is part of our area

A view of our area

Dear Family & Friends,

So this week was pretty similar to last week. We did a whole lot of contacting and knocking on doors. We did find some new people to start teaching and the work is getting a little better. It has been fun and interesting getting to train and open this area. I’ve sure learned a lot and stretched myself to new lengths.

The members here have helped us out a ton and we are super stoked to be here in this area. Our cell phone is STILL broken so that it making it very difficult to call investigators, members, the President, etc. So that is something that I’ve had to exercise a lot of patience with for sure!

I did make some microwave chocolate cake this week and it turned out SO GOOD! You’d be proud of me mom! I have definitely explored some of my unknown talents these days haha! 

My new comp, Elder Peterson, is doing awesome too. He is practically fluent (considering he took five years of Spanish and has the gift of tongues)!

That is all for now I guess! Tchau!

Elder Buck

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Week 66 - October 13, 2015


Hey Everyone!

Monday: I don’t even remember what happened to be quite honest.

Tuesday: So I traveled to Florianópolis to pick up the new Elder that I would be training. It was super weird to pass by all of my old areas again after so long. It was a super cool day. So we got there, we ate lunch, and afterward found out who we would be training. So it looks like I’ll be training Elder Peterson from Boon Iowa! I was actually really hoping to train an American since I’ve only had one for my entire mission. He seems super cool and is ready to do some work.

Picking up the new Elder...

Saying goodbye to Elders Coelho and Elder William

Wednesday: So traveled to our designated area in São Francisco do Sul, where we are opening the area (whitewashing). When we showed up a member picked us up, took us to lunch, and then to our house. When we arrived at our apartment…It was probably the grossest, sickest, most offensive missionary home I’ve probably stepped into. We immediately started the cleaning process from cleaning 50 – 2 liter soda bottles off the ground, rotten fruit on top of the refrigerator, a disgusting toilet, nasty shower, dirty dishes, sweeping no less than 5 times, taking and old boots and socks from the dresser and floors, cleaning spider webs , moping the floors with bleach, cleaning mold off the kitchen walls, cleaning the old food and grease off of everything, etc. That was seriously the most ridiculous living condition for any person. It’s still getting cleaned after 5 days. ANYWAY…we had to find the chapel by ourselves that night as well so it was a super long day. We did some visits with the Elder’s Quorum President and our day ended…

Thursday: So since our phone hasn’t been working to call anyone, we had to find a member that lived by us to help us find our lunch appointment. He took us to the lunch appointment and Elder Peterson got to test and eat cow liver for the first time! Hahaha He says he liked it so I’ll take his work for it. After that we did contacts. We entered one for the whole day.

Friday: So Friday was interesting because we have to travel like an hour to get to our district meetings every week so we had to find the bus station, travel to another city and meet up with the district. The district leader happens to be my old companion Elder Cordeiro, so that’s pretty cool. We returned home, did a bunch of knocking on doors and after we visited a less active family who happened to make us dinner!

Saturday: By this day I had been wanting to hurt somebody because our phone hasn’t been working to call people, but we got to our lunch appointment fine because the member came and gave us a ride again saving us a little stress...haha After that we knocked on doors and then went to the chapel to meet some member who were throwing a ward party. We got to know the branch Branch President a little better (who is awesome I might add) as well as a lot of other people. The Spirit is so much stronger in this branch than the ward that I was previously serving in. It is really awesome here. After that we visited less active members.

Sunday: WAS BUSY…trying to mark appointments, schedule lunches, print off new ward lists, ward council meetings, getting numbers, etc. I have never been so frantic about Sunday meetings in my entire life, but this branch is super awesome and helping us out a lot! We had a lot of success Sunday, knocking doors, and found some cool people to teach. Sunday night I died!

BUT that’s it for this week! Tchau!

Me and Elder Peterson

Monday, October 5, 2015

Week 65 - October 5, 2015

Transfer Week! 

There will not be a large email today as Elder Buck is being transferred to a new area called São Fransisco do Sul. It is a beautiful city just across the water from Joinville. He served in Joinville for almost 6 months and will miss everyone there - but he is excited for a new adventure!




 New tie swag! Thanks to Elder William and his drawing skills!



Monday, September 28, 2015

Week 64 - September 28, 2015

         
The district

I missed my glasses!

Cookies I made...

Cinnamon Rolls...#talentsineverknewihad

Monday: Totally made bomb cinnamon rolls…and peanut butter cookies! I almost cried! We made one visit to a less active family in the dark and then it started raining super hard so we went home! #itscoldouthere

Tuesday: So a big problem we have been having in our area is retaining investigators and finding people at home when we go back for the second visit. So Tuesday we literally knocked doors the entire day looking for someone to start teaching. When we got to the end of one of the very last streets there was a house all closed up, so looking at the house my brain automatically thought that nobody was home. So I started walking in the other direction when my companion, who obviously hears the Spirit better than me, told me to turn back around and go knock on the last door. So we did and we found a woman to teach! She has a husband and two little girls. And she received us well (outside of her house because we aren’t allowed to go in). We taught her about the Church of Jesus Christ. It was a super good lesson and she prayed at the end! Rare.

Wednesday: We did a split with the other elders in our area so that they could help us with the group of people we have in this one neighborhood, which was cool. We did some damage :) 

Thursday: We went back to the same area we were in on Tuesday (trying to open up a solid teaching group there) and we returned to the house of the one woman (Rosineide) and finished up the lesson on the restoration. The cool news is that she remembered where I’m from! And my name! So that was way cool. And she’s making and keeping commitments, which is cool too! We visited Raul as well and he’s doing a lot better with things. Looks like something we have been doing is working! (Finally) 

Friday: The amount of contacting and knocking doors we do is ridiculous.

Saturday: It was relatively slow which was a bummer, but we were able to make a visit to Valdomiro, who is doing well. We also visited Leonir who has been making a ton of progress with the reading of the Book of Mormon. We just got to get him to church!

Sunday: Raul went to church again! And we had one of the best lunches ever. Meetings. Rain. Yeah!

Love and miss you all!
Elder Buck

Monday, September 21, 2015

Week 63 - September 21, 2015


Just Workin'!

New cut and frames!

The gifts from Mama B were a hit!

Someone keeps trying to break into the church building #brasilproblems


Monday: We were able to visit Raul and we decided to take a different approach when we teach him. We downloaded the church library app on his phone and we watched a Mormon message and conference talk with him instead of using the scriptures (which we have tried). We have been using more modern technology and the words of the living prophets to help him and its been working! We had made a goal the week before to get Raul going back to church and starting the whole process again.

Tuesday: So we decided to dedicate our day to knocking doors on a street where we’ve had the most success and we found a couple of people to teach. It started to rain and kinda killed our whole knocking doors idea and so afterwards we went to Raul’s place again to teach him again. (He lives alone and doesn’t work so he is always home.) After that we had a family home evening with a less active member who is super depressed and sad because her husband is making very bad decisions that hurt her a lot. It has been good being able to help her out a little bit.

Wednesday: We had a crazy day visiting some investigators and found two new people to start teaching, which was way cool. That just means that our Wednesdays and Saturdays are just gonna get crazier! We taught Roberson the rest of the Restoration and he has been reading the Book of Mormon.

Thursday: We went back to the same area that we were on Tuesday and found out that one of the families of whom we taught do not have any interest in learning more about the church, so that was a bummer. But we went back to the house of a kid we talked to on Tuesday and we spoke to him about our message and who we are and everything. He was super receptive and willing to listen. We also went back Raul´s house and he was feeling sad about his parents and his life and stuff and we helped him again using the Mormon messages and conference talks. After we went to a family home evening with another less active family and we ate so much food.

Friday: We had conference with president the whole day and we talked a lot about how we can work better with the members. Exactly what I needed to hear and learn about. 

Saturday: We visited a bunch of people and everyone is pretty much on the same page as last week...BUT we visited Raul again and he had shared with us a spiritual experience that he had with the Holy Ghost and how He spoke with him. He committed to go back to church. Earlier that day we visited Luciane and she committed to go to church again too. 

Sunday: Me and Coelho were walking on the street and we saw one of our old investigators walking with her two little boys. We stopped her on the street and asked how she was doing and she said," well not too good, my husband died." We were shocked because only a month ago we had talked with him and took the Book of Mormon back. We asked her what happened and she said ,"Yeah two men broke down our fence and entered in our house and shot my husband twice in the head." We weren’t really surprised because we kind of had the feeling that he wasn’t only washing cars to support his family...but what she said after that was crazy. "It happened the night after you guys came and took the Book back...." Honestly I have learned to understand and appreciate our mission rule of taking back the Book of Mormons when progress with the investigator stops. I think it gives the Book way more value. And really God just protected us by being obedient to that rule. Its better that someone actually used the Book of Mormon to read it and study it, than leave it on the bookshelf to collect dust. So we had to update their information in our area book...BUT we did mark a day to teach her at her mom’s house! Later we went to church and Raul was there! Bishop talked with him and the classes and everything were perfect! And Luciane went as well with her daughter (who we found out is not baptized), which was cool to see. We went to lunch and it got super hot out, but we visited Naor who didn’t go to church because he didn’t wake up on time to go. After that Elder got super sick so we went home. 

That’s all for this week!

Elder Buck

Monday, September 14, 2015

Week 62 - September 14, 2015

Just to make mom happy hahaha

Brasilian missionary style.... NO!

Thanks mom!

Monday: Nothing much....

Tuesday: We were able to return to the house of a person we taught and his mom and sister were also there to listen. They accepted the challenge to read the Book of Mormon and ask if it is true. Later we visited a less active member and he’s doing good...then we visited a guy from the Congregação Cristã do Brasil. He was willing to hear what we said but he did not listen and it was kind of frustrating. Then we tried visiting Anderson and he wasn’t able to listen to us. BUT we did talk to this lady (seated on a chair on the same property) who was crying. She told us a bunch of bad stuff that happened with her and her husband, but in the middle of her telling us these things, her husband shows up and says, " Are you guys Mormons?!" and Coelho said yes... and after the man proceeded by saying, 'Then GO AWAY! LEAVE my property or I call the police!" So we left... It was weird.

Wednesday: We visited Wagner and we are trying to get him back to church, but he’s just kind of being lazy and making excuses not to go. Afterward we were able to talk to Erica about prophets and apostasy. We visited Luciane (less active member from Curitiba) and her boyfriend listened to our message and everything! It was cool to see him open up a little bit. Then we visited Leonir and talked a bit about the Catholic Church and testified to him that only Church of Jesus Christ has the fullness of the gospel. After that we visited Valdomiro and seriously this guy is so cool! He just knows how to listen, it is good teaching him. Then we made a visit to Sandro who is a referral from the mini MTC thing that the ward did with the youth where they did contacts on the street and gave us the addresses. We were able to talk to him about prophets and apostasy. Finally we visited Carliane and Davilson and talked about things that will strengthen their relationship (prayer, scripture study, etc...). She is a lot more receptive than he is.

Thursday: We visited Raul and he is really struggling. Then we visited Anderson and asked him if he had heard his neighbor Tuesday night and he said yes. Then he told us how the Neighbor went to the side of Anderson's place and said that Anderson can’t let us in anymore because he hates Mormons. So he told us that we wouldn’t be able to visit him anymore. We took the Book of Mormon back (which is what our Mission President has told us to do) and lost our progressing investigator. After that we went to the house of a referral from one of the members and we showed up and met this 16-year-old kid named Gabriel. We started talking with he and his mom and the same time and when we asked him if he believed in God he said no. We then spent like 30 minutes trying to get more information out of him and tried to give more incentives for him to continue searching. He really didn’t want to hear anything we had to say and we left feeling a little frustrated. Our day was kinda rough...

Friday: We visited some less active members and afterward stopped by a house where we had recently knocked doors. There we met Jaqueline and Edipo. They were a little weird and asked a billion questions and seemed like they wanted to prove us wrong more than they wanted to listen... Later that night I was able to do my first baptismal interview ever which was cool! It was for an investigator of the sisters in our District. It was awesome.

Saturday: We visited Wagner gain and found out that he broke his foot. We visited Luciane again too and taught her and Roberson again. It was a super good lesson! We visited Leonir again and talked more about Gods plan and everything and it went relatively well! After that we went to visit Tulio and Tayane (of whom we marked their baptisms a while ago...) They are uninterested and are dodging us so we unmarked their baptisms. Then later that night we had a super good lesson with Ronald and Silvana about the Atonement.

Sunday: We went to church and Luciane and Roberson went! Yay! And Naor! Yay! But afterward we ate lunch we went to visit Naor and he’s doing good and is healthy enough to go to church (so he says). We visited Jacques and he wasn’t reading the Book of Mormon and he doesn’t want anything to do with the church either. So we took the Book of Mormon with us and went to the house of Raul...He was asleep o his bed, hung over from the party he went to Saturday night. We decided not to teach him because he has serious listening problems. We went to Maria´s house after and she fed us and we finished our week.

Love y’all! Tchau!

Elder Buck

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Week 61 - September 8, 2015

Rain Rain Go Away...

The (new) district...

Crazy Caterpillar...

Monday: Mondays are pretty dang slow we just taught a less active member...

Tuesday: We knocked on a lot of doors. We taught some pretty cool people that let us in. We had a lesson with one of our investigators named Anderson who has read the Book of Mormon and accepted a date to be baptized, but he wasn't able to go to church so we'll see what happens there. We also had a family home evening with the old Bishop of this ward and his family and he made some really good food!

Wednesday: So normally Wednesdays are really good days for us and this Wednesday was too. We have taught Wagner about the importance of going to church (because he is not going) and he still seems pretty unexcited about it. We returned to the house of Erica (a girl who we talked to and taught knocking doors) and she wasn't there... BUT one of the people she is living with answered and we were able to talk with him, so that was cool. We taught another lesson in between, but afterward we returned to a house were we had talked to a man (Valdomiro) in the front, knocking doors. We entered and we started talking about what we do as missionaries and talked a little bit about the church and just got to know him a little bit. It was one of the calmest lessons I think I've ever taught with my companion or ever while on my mission. We talked about the organization of the church, about the Book of Mormon and the Gospel, and Jesus Christ. In the middle of the conversation he stopped and said," You guys are so calm when you talk about the Gospel and the things that you believe. Normally when I talk with missionaries from other churches, they always force things on me and its annoying, but the way you two talk is really different." Afterward we asked if we could say a prayer before leaving, and he accepted, and after recognized the spirit super strong and it was super super cool to see that happen on the 1st visit. So that was cool.

Thursday: We got to knock a ton of doors and try to teach people about the church of Jesus Christ. It was a long day, but we were able to talk with a handful of people...

Friday: Was a super long day too...but we were able to talk with Anderson again, but this time about the plan of salvation and he had a lot of good questions. It was a really good lesson.

Saturday...was busy! We taught someone we had done a contact with about the restoration and families. Afterward we decided to stop by Erica´s house again to see if she was home and she was. We began talking with her and she was texting someone at the same time, and we ended up asking her who she was talking to, and she said "do you guys really want to know?" And we said sure... she said she was talking with her girlfriend. It was one of the strangest lessons to teach. After that we visited some less actives and then went to Leonir´s house to see if we could have a Book of Mormon back and fortunately he has been reading it...so we are kind of unsure at the moment what to do with him...

Sunday: Church! Testimony meeting didn't involve anyone speaking apostasy or anything, so it was good! We taught Raul and he's kinda in the same boat still...its been a work in progress. And we visited Ronald and Silvana (less actives) and it sounds like they haven't been going to church because they've been feeling guilty.

Monday: Brasilian Independence Day...If you were wondering, this is why I'm writing on a Tuesday...it was as rough!

Tchau!
Elder Buck

Monday, August 31, 2015

Week 60 - August 31, 2015

Saying goodbye to Elder de Jesus.

Monday: We had the opportunity to teach a less active member and her husband about the atonement and how we can become clean if we repent. Her husband has word of wisdom and other serious problems and hasn’t been to church for over a year and a half. He went to church yesterday with her and it was pretty nuts.

Tuesday: We visited Michel and he returned the Book of Mormon and said that he read and prayed and didn’t receive an answer. That was really confusing and hard for us to hear (I’m thinking time is the answer), but he gave us his pastor’s information so we are going to see if we can have a conversation with him. We did a bunch of contacts too...

Wednesday: Wednesdays are some of our two busiest days of the week, but we had visited a less active member in our ward that we found knocking doors (Luciani). Before this we had told the 2nd counselor of bishopric to go visit her and HE DID! Unfortunately, she didn’t go to church on Sunday because she was sick, but I was super happy that the 2nd counselor did that. BUT Luciani gave a referral of another less active member who was living in the same neighborhood. We met them the same day and the man of the family is the nephew of one of the active members of our ward (this ward is kinda nuts). But we also visited Tulio and Tayane and challenged them to read the Book of Mormon and then pray and ask if its true. They said they would and then we challenged them to be baptized and they accepted - so we will have see if that’s going happen. We also visited Anderson later that night and asked him if he had read the Book of Mormon, and he had, but he didn’t feel like he received n answer yet. So we are going to work super hard with him so that he can, because I feel like he hasn’t put a lot of effort into the reading and studying to know if the Book is true.

Thursday: We visited Raul and he is...struggling. He’s 19 with no job, has physical challenges, he lives alone, and currently doesn’t have electricity to his house. He also has some other problems that he going through that are self inflicted so we have been trying to help him make things right. He hasn’t been to church for a super long time, and it has been really difficult for us with him these past few weeks. We had also visited Naor and he isn’t sick anymore so we have been working on getting him back to church. 

Friday: We knocked some doors and found a new person to teach who is 19 and wants to change his life (so he says...). We taught him a littlie bit about our purpose as missionaries and how our message would bless his life. It was good. We also visited a contact that we had who had moved to another house in our same area with her husband. Kelly and Everton... We showed up at 5:00 and left at about 7:45. It was outrageous. After explaining everything we thought he wanted to hear, it actually wasn’t. He just wanted to know about the organization and the commandments of the church, and yeah, Ill let y’all know what happens there. He didn’t accept to read the Book of Mormon but his wife Kelly did - so yeah that was weird.

Saturday: Our Saturdays are super busy like Wednesdays so our schedules were pretty tight. We had been walking on the street in this neighborhood and a woman stopped us and asked us where our church was located. We told her and then she told us that she was a member of the church. We asked for her information and she only gave us her phone number and went on her way. We gave the number to the 2nd counselor and he called them and VISITED THEM and then gave us their address. We went there and she and her husband were both home, so we talked them in to going back to church and they committed to go. We also visited Liliani and Maikon and she hadn’t read the Book of Mormon so we are going to keep working on them. That night we also visited Davilson ad Carliane and spoke to them about the Book of Mormon and challenged them to pray together 2 times a day (because the marriage is struggling at the moment). They accepted and are super elect to receive an answer about the Book of Mormon.

Sunday: We had our meeting with the ward mission leader and he is helping us to do some cool activities with the ward to get the people excited about missionary work. (If any of you have Ideas about what we could do, it would be greatly appreciated. This ward is struggles!) We had family home evening with some members and they had made hamburgers! (It wasn’t Five Guys but it was the effort that counts!) :) That’s all my friends!

Tchau!
Elder Buck