Well readers, we are here at last. Elder Moore will be leaving Brazil for Texas next week. He arrives on Wednesday, the 8th of May here in Houston. For those in the area, Peter will be speaking in Sacrament Meeting in our Home Ward. We meet at 11:00 PM. Being Mothers day will make his talk even more special. Thank you for your prayers over the past two years.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Well this week was really great, but tiring.
We worked so hard all week and because of our effort we saw miracles in our area! This whole week was full of running around and having a great time teaching all of the wonderful people that live in our area, and we had 3 new people at church. They are all wonderful people who'll get baptized here in a little bit. They all have their problems, but there is nothing that the Lord can't fix!
We are walking a ton. The hills here are worse than I remembered and we climb mountains all day every day! It's kind of ridiculous! I'm getting super tan and my tan lines are terrible. They are funny though.
Soares (the man who got baptized this past week) went to church yesterday and he is doing great. Love him a lot and he's so smart! He is 66 and a little fireball. He doesn't talk that much, but when he does you always want to listen.
I've learned so much about fasting and prayer on my mission and they really are tools that we need to use in our lives. They are so powerful, but we don't always realize that until we have our own experiences. I've had so many powerful experiences through fasting and prayer that I'll never be able to deny. Miracles are real and they happen every day. We just need to let them happen to us. If we let Heavenly Father into our lives, He is willing to show and give us things that we never thought possible before.
Just like we have free agency to choose what we are going to do in our life, we also have to use this free agency to let our Heavenly Father into our lives. It has to be our choice. The same applys to the atonement of Jesus Christ. He has already done everything that we need, now it is our choice if we are going to accept it or not.
I love you all and it is my prayer that we can choose the right so that we have the power to make the necissary sacrifices in our lives.
- Elder Moore
Monday, January 14, 2013
Well, I had my dream for a week and 3 days......... I was junior in a far away place... but yesterday I got the call that I was transfered, so I packed up my things and we left at 4 o'clock this morning to get here in Recife before 9..
I'm now going to write very quickly to tell y'all what I'm doing and where I'm going.
I was transfered to Barão de Nazaré....sound farmiliar? It should....... because it's the same area that I started my mission in! It's weird to think about going back and honestly to me 6 months there was enough the first time, but I'm here to serve the Lord and He said it's time for me to go back, so I guess it's time! I'm opening the area meaning both of the missionaries who where there got transfered and I'm going there with a missionary who has never been there and me that left a year ago.. so I guess we'll see how much I remember about the area.
This past week was great. I saw many miricles happen and we had 4 baptisms this saturday. It was so wonderful!
That's all I have time for today, but I'll write a lot next week when I don't have to travel for 8 - 10 hours out of the day.........
Love you all! The church is true!
- Elder Moore
Monday, January 7, 2013
I'm in a city (really tiny city) of about 16,000 people called Camocim de São Felix. It's a TINY little city that we can walk across in about 15 mintues (missionary speed). It is a little branch with about 30-40 people who attend every week. We started the meeting yesterday with 9, but by sacrament meeting we we at about 35 or so.
The altitude is waaayyyy higher here so yes, it is cold(er)!!! It makes me happy and when the sun goes down it is actually really really nice. Not the blistering heat like Recife.
There are a couple members who are great, but not too many that help, I guess that's why it's still a branch. With the help of the members, it is impossible NOT to grow. But it looks like this place being one entire city for 2 missionaries was a good place to be a bad missionary a couple years ago or so, and now the members are slowly trusting the missionaries to be good people again.
The house is a very simple house in line with all of the others on the street. It is very safe here, so there is nothing too worry about. It's great having a Brazillian companion! His name is Elder Kliggendorf (that name is definitly not brazillian, but german) and he is from Paraná - one of the southern states. He is a great guy and has 8 months on the mission. We have been working a TON these past couple days and made up for some lost time that he had with some other companions.
Yesterday I saw the fruits of our long days. We marked the baptisms of a mother and daughter for this saturday and I'm expecting to mark the baptisms of 3 more either today or tomorrow for this saturday as well. Being that I don't know if I'll stay here or be transfered (presidente pretty much said last thursday that he didn't know what was going to happen, that's why i only brought a backpack full of things I need for 10 days). So I've very excited for this week and to see what happens. It really strengthen my testimony of fasting and prayer.
We are teaching a lot and I don't know if there is anything better in the missionary world than what I have right now.
Well about the accents, it alot like it was in my first area since I'm more in the middle of the state in the country right now rather in the city. I feel like I'm in my first area again and I love it so much!
I'm deffinitly in the country and it's not too green here, but there are plenty of large hills (almost mountains but not quite) and there are farms everywhere. It's pretty secluded and a really poor place though.
Well, I love you all so much and hope the best for all of you this coming week! Ask me more questions so that I can write more to y'all!
Friday, December 28, 2012
First of all, I would like to share two poems with y'all! I found them in two talks that I really loved and wrote them down some time ago so I wouldn't forget them...
here they are :)
It's easy enough to be pleasant
When life flows by like a song
But the man worthwhile
is the one who'll smile
When everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble
and it always comes with the years
and the smile that is worth
all the praises of earth
is the smile that shines
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
I'd rather be a "could-be"
If I cannot be an "are"
Because a "could-be" is a "maybe"
who is reaching for a star
I'd rather be a "has-been"
Than a "might-have-been", by far;
For a "might-have-been'
has never been
But a "has"
once was an "are"
- Milton Berle
so, I would just like to say how AWESOME it was to see y'all on christmas! It really made me so happy and it was great. It was pretty weird to have my last phone call, but I'll just have to get over that! :)
Christmas was great and it was honestly about a million times better than last Christmas. Even with the yucky power outages and not being able to talk to Jen (which I'm still upset about) it was full of fun, love, presents, and suprises! It's hard to think that I won't have a christmas while I'm on a mission for a loonngg time, but I do believe that I'll serve a couple missions when I get old.. at least that's a goal of mine!
Every time this part of the year comes around, I remember when I was at home and we would sit down as a family and write goals for the new year. I'm so grateful that this is a tradition that I still do till today! Actually, tomorrow I'll be taking a little time out of my p-day to exactly that! I'm very excited about the prospects of this new year and all of the new experiences and wonderful times that I'll have.
One thing that I never really realized until I got on the mission was the importance of making goals, and then telling them to others! When we made our yearly goals at home, we toke a little time to think about them and then we would go around the circle and tell everyone what they were.. I never understood completely and get kind of upset sometimes because of that misunderstanding. But now I realize that if these goals truly are things that we want to do, we need someone else to be able to follow up on us! I've learned that if it's just left up to us alone, we have a HUGE chance to never do it for simply forget.
If life, but especially as a missionary, planning and goals are essential. We do this for each day, week, month, transfer (6 weeks). And I like to take it a little further, but not everyone does.
It's simple. When we plan and set goals, the results of our work are dramaticly increased. It can be just like this in our personal lives and it is something that I will carry with me from my mission for the rest of my life.
I hope that all of you reading this will take the time to make some goals for this next year and then acheive them throughout the year!
Just like us, God has plans and goals for us to. His goal (like unto mine) is for ALL of His children to choose the right and follow in the footsteps of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ and eventually one day return to His presence and live with Him in the Celestial Kingdom. He wants us to be happy, to get along and to follow the rules that He has given to us.
Let us all remember this and remember the great blessings that He has given us. I'm sure we can all think of something is this wonderful season that we have to commemorate the birth of His Son Jesus Christ.
Love you all and hope the best!
Merry (late) Christmas and Happy (early) New Year!!!!!!!
- Elder Moore
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
As the following weeks go on (or maybe just in our CHRISTMAS CALL!!!!) I'll give you more info and details on him and our progress.
We had a presentation thing at the Temple this Friday night and there were some narrorators who told the story about Jesus and I got to be the angle and had to say a couple lines in front of everyone! It was cool :) we also had a missionary choir! I have a video of the whole thing! It's pretty cool!
I can't believe that Christmas is here already! It seems like it was yesterday that I was in my first area calling you from the tiny little bishops office! If everything goes well, then I'll be calling you from Skype like we did for mothers day!
So, not really and HUGE news... just some little things that I find great and not so great. Katia is working a ton and with our conflicting schedules it's been very hard to teach her, but she is willing to listen so that's all we really need to know. Now that we're in three it'll be a bit easier to make appointmentes.
We spent our p-day cleaning the whole apt so Hansen has a good first impression :) haha we also played basketball and had to go to the office for a bit around noon because an Elder broke his foot getting off a bus and needed the cruches from the office.
Well, not only did we clean the apt, but more like completely reorganized it! It is super different now and I like the change. We moved the dresser and the two beds around so now we can both have the wind from the open window during the night! The only semi bad thing is that last night it rained so I woke up at about 4 with rain splashing me in the face haha. also, the sun wakes up at about 5 or 5:30 here and that's not that great either.. but hey! what do you do?! hah
Love you all so much!
- Elder Moore
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Well, this past week has been one full of running around just plain hard work. On Thursday we walked a lootttt because we had a lot of places to go and things to pick up for the transfer tomorrow and then the arrival of the new missionaries and the departure of the old missionaries. Also, we made our Christmas card that I told y'all about, so after I write little letters I'll start sending those out... so look for them in a couple weeks or so! :)
This Sunday our ward was HUGE because our Elders Quorum President blessed his baby and a bunch of his and his wifes family came so there were like 20 more people than usual! It was great and he was really nervous (it's his first child and it's a baby girl) it made me remember my family and the many baby blessings that I've been to and the one that I had the opportunity to be in the circle for :) it ALSO made me think about the baby blessings that I'll get to participate in in the future! I'm so excited for that. On Sunday, our lesson was on Eternal Marriage and familys. It's such a wonderful subject that I love so much. We are so lucky to have this knowledge that we can be together forever and all the blessings that come from living faithfully in the Gospel and getting married in the Temple.
Well.... looks like I'll be in the office for a while longer.... I had told some of you that I would start training the new secretary to take my spot and leave in January, but because of some complications and some elders who went home, Presidente would have to close an area in the mission if he put someone with me to be trained, so I told him it was okay and I would stick it out for a little bit longer........woohoo. But it's really okay I guess. I'm not here to do what I want to do, but to do what God wants me to do, and I know what He wants me to do because I know that He inspires President. So if President thinks it's better for me to stay another transfer and keep an area open, I trust him... even if it's not exactly what I would like to do or the way I would do things.
I'll leave you this email with another story! So as you might know we have a 70 in our ward! Elder Granja. He used to be the Bishop of this ward, but in April (I think) he was called to be a 70. He is a really great man and INCREDIBLY smart. He is a doctor and his wife is a Dentist. His family is great too. Well this Sunday we had lunch at his house. It was delicious (i like fish now by the way) and I had the chance to leave the message. I had been thinking all day about a verse in 1 Nephi 10.. I believe it's verse 18 or so... it says that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever... and if we will but repent of our sins and go to Him, He will give us everything beacause He has already prepared a way ever since the beginning of the world. That's not direct.. but it's how I remember it going in English :). Well I absolutly love this verse. It's so true! God has already done EVERYTHING for us. He gave us this earth... our families... friends.. all the beautiful things... and the chance to have it all forever.. and all we have to do is repent and follow the simple rules that He has given us!!!!
I hope you'll all remember this scripture (and even go read it so you can see how it really goes!) and apply it in your lives. We only have a little time here on the earth, so we need to fill it up with GOOD things instead of the numberless bad things that we have here. I love you all so much and hope that everything is going well in your lives! You should all write me and let me know how you're doing! Have a great week and I'll try to write a big email next week :)