Sunday, March 30, 2014

Teaching like Ammon

I have little time because we had a zone activity today. This week went 
very well. We have tried everything to find new people to teach. We 
finally decided, after trying many things, to knock on doors in the 
poor part of town. We found a few receptive people that let us in, a 
few bible bashers, a few drunk people, and more. We are able to teach 
many lessons there, but not many people progress. The indirect result 
of our work came as we were walking. We met a woman that was very 
interested in the Book of Mormon and felt like something purposeful is 
missing in her life. I've never seen someone more interested in a 
street contact. I went over what we did that day and reviewed all the 
small events and decisions we made that led us to being in the right 
place at the right time to meet her. (Nadia is her name). We felt 
various promptings that day which led to neat experiences. I'm 
beginning to appreciate all the small things in every day again.

I aim to take Dad's advice in acting as Ammon. He served in one area 
thinking that he might be there for the rest of his life. If we think 
that way, we will take care of the area and make our time worth it. 

Elder Young

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Elder Bryce Young in Brazil

This week Elder D. Call was sick. Elder Saravia (who lives with us) was also sick for 2 days and his companion is recovering from surgery. His companion, Elder Almeida decided he felt good enough to work so we worked as companions this week. He is newer on the mission so he can walk faster than I can, haha. I'm exhausted but I'm happy with the work we did.

The members seem to be always busy here. But one of our good friends Igor took us to visit people in his car. He's a member of a different church, but he enjoys our company. We basically made an unofficial contract: while he takes us around in his car to do visits, I sit in the front seat and speak in english with him. Driving around instead of walking saves a lot of time so it's worth it. He teaches english in Sobradinho but wants to practice with americans.

I like seeing a prompting turn into a visit, turning into a lesson, turning into a progressing investigator, and then a member. I got to see a contact we did last week go to church yesterday and talk enthusiastically about the restoration movie. It's never worth it to stop doing street contacts, no matter how many times you hear "I'm in a hurry, I can't talk." Michelle went to church again this week. Many difficulties are coming her way in the form of marital problems and people telling her that what she's doing is wrong. She understood the lesson we gave her about the iron rod. That's what helped her come to church despite the frequent trials. 

Be excellent to each other,

Elder Young

Monday, March 10, 2014

Working hard in Brazil

Today I have a little more time. A lot of p-days in April will be kind of like last week because I'll be visiting areas. This week we found 7 new people to teach, which is an improvement. Out of every 20 people we talk to, about 10 stop to listen, 5 give us a correct address, and 2 we actually get to teach. After a long week, we had a long Sunday walking around trying to find someone at home. Our appointments fell through and there was almost no one outside. After a few hours, out of nowhere an old investigator passed by in her car and told us she would like to be taught again next week. Being in the right place at the right time is important. We could have just sat down and given up on the day. I am continually surprised at how I feel so happy even after being ignored day after day. I don't mind it, as long as I know I'm fulfilling in important purpose, which is inviting and helping. We're teaching someone named Michelle. She is our only progressing investigator. She's wonderful. She has a baptismal date set for this month. Out of all things, she's worried about the baptismal font, haha. She thinks it's scary. But if that's the only hindrance, I think she'll be alright. 

I heard from Elder Bell that some more people we were teaching got baptized. I'll see if I can get a picture to send to you guys.

I know you guys want more pictures. What do you want pictures of?

Be excellent to each other,
Elder Young

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Not much time to write this week!

I went with Elder D. Call to visit one of his old areas today we don't have any time to write. I'm doing well and I'm alive and stuff. Sorry for the sudden brevity. Thanks for your emails. 

Elder Young