Friday, September 28, 2012

September 24, 2012

I saw that the yellow hat at the bus stop... and all I could think of was "WHERE IS CURIOUS GEORGE?" haha


This week was so much better. We got instructions at the leadership meeting that we need to be teaching 20 families with 5 progressing to get 1 baptism per month... we went to our area book and we had 9 families... so we went to work. We prayed and did a few fasts and DID WORK haha. We found 7 new families this week; the Lord blessed us so much.


We have begun changing our vision a lot... normally missionaries like to teach in the ghetto because the people there are more humble, but I got a training from Elder F Souza (biggest boss of all time) he told me of his week and how he got 20 references to rich people’s houses. He entered a house that had an OLYMPIC SIZED POOL!!! He said at the end of the lesson the owner of the house invited him to play tennis and go for a jog with him on a regular basis.... my jaw dropped. He gave me training on how to do it. So we are now applying it... I’ll get you guy’s feedback next week. This includes also having an appearance more dignified... like using suit coats and all that jazz actually getting a real hair cut this sort of stuff.


I was realizing how little I have recorded of my mission, so I am going to make a better effort to keep a record and take more photos and have a more complete journal. I keep my journal up to date I write in it every night but I think I could do a better job.


Elder Abreu is awesome! He has such a "great brain" (anyone remember that book other than Mom?) He will analyze stuff and sometimes we just sit and converse about meetings we had, or lessons or how to help the Elders here always ends up with a conclusion that will improve the situation.


We are currently working on a map of the city... it’s going to be HUGE!!! We will take pictures, and put pins in to mark the investigators, members, etc. I’m excited.


Erica you asked what I’m am eating... I sent a picture of a typical (no sorry that pasta salad was the best I have had here in Brazil) salad that we eat. My diet consists of this:


Breakfast- 2 eggs w/ cheese and a nice cold glass of water or juice of some sort with a fruit orange (which are green here in Brazil)

Lunch - IS AT THE MERCY OF THE SISTERS IN THE WARD. Haha I literally have no control over what I eat for lunch

Dinner a milkshake of some sort I make it out of milk, bananas and nesquick.


That’s normally what I eat OBVI there is variation in the day and all that good stuff. I LOVE YOU GUYS AND MISS YOU HOPE YOU LIKE THE PHOTS!!


An Ant we found at a members house


Larva we will eat on Tuesday (we didn’t that night because we were fasting)


A dessert (probs the best one yet it was like strawberry pudding but it tasted just like strawberry’s with powdered sugar IT WAS SOO GOOD!!!


The other is the elders here.


Elder Abreu

Elder Antonio (the black one)

Elder Sobral (the small one)

Elder Santos (the big white one that looks American)

Elder Correia (Looks like Mr. Zlatnick my 10 grade Spanish teacher)


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September 17, 2012

Aunt Helen was a great example of how generous and content we all should be.

So I know it’s only been a few days but here are a few photos, my comp (photo #1), a frog that likes our plates. Elder King (from my MTC group was called as Zone Leader too) Elder Maciel (he was sad that it’s not a goal to baptize ever week) also there is Elder Sloan (he goes home at the end of the year! CRAZY he only had a year when I got here) then also some MAC AND CHEESE!!!!  And a photo with Elder F Souza, Elder Gardner and Elder Abreu... 3 bosses of the mission in Teresina, Brazil.

At the end of this week I was a bit sad because all our numbers were low and we hadn't found any new families. Basically I was just trying to figure out what I was supposed to do here in Araguaina. So I got a blessing from my companion and after that blessing I really felt ok about everything, I just felt a peace come over me. So it’s not like something big happened but right now I know that God is aware of me and my efforts here and he is more than willing to help.

I was talking to my comp yesterday about sacrifice, I have been thinking a lot about the line in the song "Praise to the Man" (Allan, do you still playing that song?). When it says "sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven" I think that means it is by our sacrifice to the commandments to doing the Lord’s will that we truly receive blessings from Heaven. We were talking how some missionaries sacrifice the time of 2 years, there are more than 50,000 in the field currently but how many never make the sacrifice of their heart to the work they are doing.  It’s not something easy to do, I’m still working on making that sacrifice but I think it comes when you bring yourself closer to God though prayer, fasting and study. Just a thought I had.

One of our progressing families stopped... it was rough. We had a lesson with them and their pastor was there, then the next visit we made the husband said that he didn’t want to study anymore. Don’t ever let people tell you what you  need to do for your salvation... only God can reveal that to you.

Well I love you all and my prayers are with you. Mom, you did an awesome job for 9 years taking care of Aunt Helen, EVERY DAY!!! I still have her photo in my album that I show to people. :)


Elder Howe


Monday, September 17, 2012

September 14, 2012

So I’m late... sorry had training in Teresina for 2 days and then had the 18 hour bus ride one way you got 4 days full of learning!!!

I forgot my camera I’ll have to send some photos on Monday sorry...

So my companion, Elder Abreu is AWESOME!!! He is from Curitiba!!! and basically he is just the type of person Araguaina needs. He is 20 but already got his undergrad in analysis... so well like be studying together and he just reads a sentence in Preach my gospel and then like bam!!! He has some crazy formula for how to gain the confidence of the new investigators we have... I wish my brain worked like his... maybe I can trade with him haha. His family was baptized like 6 years ago. And he truly loves the work. We are going to do great things here; we have started fasting more and are just becoming more in tune with the spirit. It’s really cool.

The meeting we had was good. President told us BAPTISMS DO NOT MATTER IF they don’t go to the temple. He said the only thing he asks of us is to increase the frequency at sacrament meeting and baptize one family per month... that’s all he wants us to do, so the focus from BAPTISE EVERYONE!!! Has changed to only baptize those who will stay firm and who will help establish God’s kingdom.

I know that this is without a doubt the place the Lord needs me right now. There is not a better place for me. I know that this is the Lords work and his glory... and he has trusted me to help out a little bit. I know God lives and loves each and every one of us... we are HIS children. If we seek him we shall find him.

I love you all and miss you too!!

Love Elder Howe

Friday, September 7, 2012

September 3, 2012

Bom DIA!!!

 So first off sorry, but today my keyboard is really not the best I have had (I attached a photo so you can see) and I’m paying high prices to use this web cafe... freak man. haha

When the President came he brought the package!!! I got my rainbows and harmonica (I even played twinkle twinkle little star today) I also got socks and those photos of baptism!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I’m so glad to have a wonderful family like you guys!!!

This week was really nice to get over with... hahah I think I have a few more grey hairs. The conference went fine and stuff but man I basically taught no one last week, between helping my companion and getting the chapel clean (which is undergoing renovations) time to teach was hard to come by... but it’s over! I did my best and many things were learned and that’s what matters right?

I sent off my companion this morning (see photo of us in front of the bus, WORLD CUP 2014!) and now I am without a companion... again hahah but I will be getting my new companion tomorrow night at 11:30! And then another missionary will arrive at 2:00am haha so I will have a lovely night at the bus depot.  :)

This weekend was an awesome experience. A new branch president was called (he is a boss and I have no doubt that with his leadership we will divide the branch in 4 months). Another awesome part was when the 2 counselors were called... the spirit was so strong. The 2 men called are both recent converts... less than 3 months as members. In that moment I realized that the people I meet and teach will be needed as leaders here ASAP! We need to go find the next branch president.  I’m so excited that I get to help establish Zion here.

This week it’s been getting hot... but one morning it rained... I have not seen rain since April!!! It was quite a nice sprinkle.

Well I love you all and hope the start of school is not causing too much stress for you, you are so blessed to be able to get an education… I’m so happy I can read!!