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!