Slideshow Pics from MTC in Sao Paulo & in Bauru, Brazil

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

February 10, 2010

hey everybody!
Sooooo, this passing week was awesome, all of our hard work the last couple of weeks is starting to show and bring blessings! we met a young family and made a baptism date for them on the 27th. we also have dates for a couple other people on the 20th, and a girl that we´ve been working with for like a month named Lana, we´re gonna try and set a baptism date with her for the 20th too.
soo, whats really exciting is that we´re gettin all the members here excited about missionary work too! we´ve started activities for the ward here every wednesday night. kinda like mutual but for the whole ward. our first one was last wednesday, our next one is tonight. we´re doin this cool thing where the ward is divided into two teams. and us elders are like the leaders or captains. our half of the ward has goals to have fam home evenings with the elders and with investigators to get points, they can also get points by inviting people to church and participating in activities and stuff. its gonna be like a 2 month thing, way tight!
soo a little story, this morning, i felt good, because yesterday we worked really hard and got alot done and taught like 7 lessons, (which is awesome) lol, so i decided to celebrate this pday morn with a bowl of life from the box that i saved for another occasion. when i opened the new box, to my discouragement, i found several little tiny devil ants invading my cereal, they seriously ate thru the box, and the plastic bag of the cereal and were eating my cereal, so i was super mad, and decided to retaliate by eating them! soo i did, i poured a bowl of cinna life cereal, with ants, and milk, and ate the whole thing!
oh, and last night we ordered pizzas, 3 to be exact, cuz hair owed me two cuz i one night did all of our contacts on the bus ride home from doing a baptismal interview for another area! it was soo tight, i seriously just talked to every single person on the bus by myself and told them about our church and message and chapel. oh, and the pizza was super good too! one was choclate!
soo this passing monday was our zone conferance in marilia. it was pretty sweet, it gave us the spiritual boost we needed to work like crazy with the spirit in our area. we´re finally focusing in on like the exact area of force in the santa luzia area. its soo cool, cuz its somewhat close to the church, and we have people there marked with baptismal dates. elder hair and i are still working spectacular together and i´m learning alot and my portuguese is bettering bastante! i´m soo excited! i´ve never wanted to work soo hard to help people out with thier lives soo much in my life! this work is maravilhoso! well guys, i love ya all! keep prayin for us, especially for that we´ll get some baptisms with the people we´re working with by the end of this transfer, or month (same thing) yikes! well, i will do my part, and pray for you guys too! keep rocking back there in the green state! paz e amor de elder yuma!

oh, and happy valentines for you guys too! and happy birthday to oregon on the same day! haha, i seriously forgot about v-day! no lie! peace!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

5 months! January 27, 2010

so i´m still in the same area, but its completly different now! haha, my new comp is pretty tight, from las vegas, he´s pretty funny, nothing really to complain about, cuz complaining is for whimps! haha, well guys, we have basically been working our butts off this week. onof left me high and dry with a couple investigators that blew us off, so we were like, lets check the area book, and maybe start a new area or something that most missionaries dont work in. so, milagre! we checked the area book, found a girl named Stefanie that was taught like a year ago and was almost baptized, but the baptism fell. then they stopped or somone must hav gotten transferred or something. so, we look at it, and the paper said that the member helping was sister ana paula, and i was like, "oh snap! we have lunch with her today, lets bring this paper to her and talk about it with her!" so, we go to lunch, and before we even talk to her about stef, she´s like, "hey guys, i´m having my friend stefani over for lunch with us today!" and we´re like, what??? oh loco! so stefani gets there, and we started talking and gettin to know her, find out she loves the church and how much they focus on families, and also that the reason she didnt go thru with the baptism was because last year around this time, she was loaded with school and work and some opposition with her family. but right now is like the perfect time for her cuz school hasnt started and she´s on a vacation from work for a couple weeks. so we´ll see how that goes! hopefully good, but we´re deff gonna need help from the member ana paula, cuz stef cant have lessons at her house cuz of her dad i think. but she´s way cool!
anyway, i´ve basically been the unofficial senior companion here this week, we´re goin basically by all my plans and decisions and by doing so, we work really really hard, and are teaching more lessons everyday, and not lolligaggin at members houses like another comp of mine once liked to do. lol, wont give names. but that missionary did get transfered to presidente prudente, some smaller area in the mish that i guess is hotter. speakin of hot, its been outstandingly hot here this week, a real eye fryer! we´ve been working in a couple areas that have hardly been kissed by other missionaries, one´s called santa luzia, and its pretty far from our house, so we basically just stay in that area for a long time when we go there, and one cool thing we´ve been doin is knockin more doors(gates), and teaching people that way. trying to work hard with the members here and getting some activities together to get them excited about missionary work and more active and stuff. oh, yesterday, we were really jammin and trying to get to another area way fast from santa luzia, so we asked a local if there was a short cut there, he told us, and we took the coolest shortcut adventure ever yet, on my mish! lol, filled with a few gnarly hills, a sketchy bridge over a creek, thru a tad bit of jungle, and even thru a random brush fire! but it got us to where we were goin! i´m really starting to enjoy the mish alot and just losing myself in the work! its becoming super fun and interesting to me, especially cuz i understand people way better now and can connect and laugh with them. i think my portuguese is pretty good for the time i have, which by the way is 5 MONTHS AS OF YESTERDAY! isn´t that crazy, time flies!
well guys, i´m doin great, hopin everyone else is as well! i love ya all soo much! keep it real there in the burg! peace from BRRRRRAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Elder Yuma

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Jan. 20th, 2010

Hey everyone! So just let it be known that this last week was probably the best of my mission so far! Sooo much happened and this email is gonna be soo condensed, and i´m sorry for that!
Well, it´s weird talking about my last week when its Wednesday right now, not really used to pday on this day. Well, this last week i went on 2 different 24 hr splits. Mon-Tues with Elder Villela, a brazilian missionary. We stayed in my area this time, so i was the senior companion, which forced me to do most the talking and introducing and stuff. Since i was senior comp, i got to set the pace and we WORKED! HaHa. It was an awesome day, taught some great lessons and my language got alot better! The other day was Friday-Saturday, in my area again, but this time with an american comp that only has 7 months on his mission. So together we don´t even have a year. I was senior comp again and again we worked super hard! i loved this split the most because although my comp was american, we still spoke port the whole day and everything. We taught several good lessons and it was simply amazing. I led on everything and my portugues actually felt comfortable. I´m almost at the same level has him, (elder pumphrey) and i still have 2 transfers to get to the time he has on his mission, so that made me feel good about my progress. Well, i have to share one story about a lesson we taught. So, we taught the Plan of Salvation to some progressing investigators that we have in my area, and we don´t teach this lesson alot, and pumphrey had only taught it once before, so we aren´t super familiar with it. Well, the names of the girls are lana 15, aline 20, and their mom solange 45ish. So we started teaching, had somewhat of an idea of who taught what part but that all changed once we started teaching. so seriously, we just started teaching parts, and it went perfectly! They understood everything and we were able to answer any questions they had, and during my parts i was speaking like fluent! I dont even remember alot of the words i said. I probably dont even know alot of the words i said, i´ve just like heard them before! it was truly amazing and it was the biggest experience of teaching with the spirit i have ever had! After the lesson we were both just like, "What was that?!!!, Was that us?" Oh my, it was soo cool.
Well, i´m runnin out of time. So, here´s the news. My comp got transferred, so i´m staying in bauru! which is cool cuz i really have grown to love this place and all the members and investigators. I get my new companion today. His name is Elder Hair. He´s american and i think he has about a year on the mish. I´m super stoked and ready for this transfer! We are gonna own it, I can just feel it. This last transfer was really strange, but good. My first transfer was really difficult and we never even baptized, but my second we baptized 4 times! Although my comp and I got in some arguments, the last being on new years eve, all of 2010 was good with him! We even are somewhat i would call friends. lol, God blesses! ;) I think the fact that we both kinda had a feeling that one of us was gonna be leaving this transfer kinda helped us get along. win win. Well lets see, other news...
not too sure, cant think of anything at the moment, oh, for Nathan, I will talk about food in this email real quick! I finally started using the blender in our house this last week and have been makin smoothies every single day! They are soo good and are kinda my new favorite breakfast. I buy yogurt in sack form here, usually like 1000 ml, then fruits, mangos, bananas, apples and also oats. Then iI mix them altogether in the blender with ice and make a jubilee of joy for my stomach! I think its alot healthier than just cereal in the morning. My fav soo far is 300ml of strawberry yogurt, one mango, one banana, and about half a cup of oats with about 8 ice cubes. Try it!
Well guys, I love ya all soo much, keep praying for me, but pray for those people in Haiti tambem! boa semana para todas! te amo:)

Monday, December 28, 2009

after christmas email!

hey mom and everyone!
so this week was pretty crazy, lots of stuff went down! but the most exciting was christmas when i got to talk to my family for the first time on the phone since august 26th! the time for that phone call went by too quickly, but it was soo awesome to get to hear everyone´s voices and to hear about all thats been goin on. i love all ya guys soo much!
alright, soo, shae made me a blog for my christmas present and it is the bee´s knees! everyone´s gotta check it out! it´s totally legit, and once my fam gets some more pics from me in the mail, they´ll be able to show ya what bauru, Brazil is like and what my life is like and stuff. lol. cool beans!
so we had our Christmas conferance this week, the 23rd, where i got to see all my friends from the mtc and that used to be in my area and stuff! it was soo rad, ate lots of food, did a service project for a hospital, heard some good talks, and hung out with elder ghormley the entire time! haha, it was in londrina, so we got up at 3am that morning for the 4 hour bus ride there! got back after the conferance at 2am. i was very tired this whole week!
my Christmas was good, but very different, it was like 85-90 degrees and pretty humid. i ate lots of good bbq and other homemade treats and pie type stuff tho. probably gained some weight, but i´ll walk it off soon. well guys, hope everyone had a wonderful christmas, i´m soo thankful for all the gifts that everyone sent, and for all your love, prayers, and support. I love all ya guys soooooooo much! Feliz Ano Novo!
-Elder Yuma
oh, and dad, those pics that ya sent of disneyland were way cool! bonita!
someone should try sending me a videoclip soon, maybe of sheldon bustin´some sick beatz! lol, tchau!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Week 17 December 21, 2009

hey everyone! this week flew bye like crazy, i got everyone´s packages and cards last tuesday tho! it was soo exciting! 3 packages filled with delicious and awesome things! thanks sooo much everyone! enjoyed reading all the cards from everyone too!
soo the rest of the week flew bye super fast, i had my first baptism on wednesday with Guilherme, it was soo awesome, everything went perfect with the baptism! then we had the wedding for that other family on saturday, then a lunch with them, then the baptism that night with them, such a crazy day! but i baptized both of them too! everything went perfect with that baptism too! we even had some awesome pineapple/docé de leite cake afterwards! super good. we had some christmas activity at the church on friday night that we got to go to, it was absolutely nuts, the brazilians know how to throw a church party! tons of food, lots of members dancing, and they were bumpin like american music, soo funny, i heard a couple songs i recognized like poker face by lady gaga and that new song by the black eyed peas, boom boom boom. lol, it was rad, i got to talk to a bunch of members and i felt comfortable with all my portugues and how much i understood them and stuff. it was rad! sooo this week was pretty tight, i´ve been enjoying lots of sweets and treats and oreos and stuff from my packages and also killin it at the same time out here on my mish. i look forward to talkin to my fam this christmas morning! and our zone conferance is the 23rd! so i get to see Elder Ghormley and all my friends from the mtc and stuff! and eat alot! i´m soo stoked! well guys, i´m doing well, hope you guys all are too! i want everyone to have a VERRRY MERRRRY CHRISTMAS!!! i love ya all sooo much! Feliz Natal, com amor, Elder Yuma

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mon. Dec 14, 2009 week 16

hello everyone! things are gettin better now, the language especially, i already have had some dreams in portuguese, haha, one dream i had in 3 languages, pretty wierd, it involved, a mall, torey, subway, and some other stuff. lol, anyway, i get all my packages and letters tomorrow so i´m super stoked about that. this month should be pretty rad for baptisms if everything goes well. we got like 3 families we´ve been teaching and all of them have more or less gone to church. i´m like 87.9 percent sure i´m gonna have my first baptism this wednesday with our 11yr old guilherme! we have givin him all the lessons and we just need the interview tomorrow or the before the baptism on wednesday, its been a lil tough working with his mom tho, she´s very worried. all the other families are doing well too. we got 2 families that need to be married first. one wedding is set the day of the baptism this saturday. so i really hope that goes well. lets see, a story, haha, kinda funny. i woke up i think it was tuesday or wednesday morning to start working out, and when i took the key to open the door, it got jammed, so i tried to force it and it snapped in the key hole, soo,... after lots of waiting, we finally got a locksmith called and he came to the scene. he fixed it, and i had to pay 30 reais for the job, that 30 was supposed to last me til this coming saturday, instead i had 8 leftover, so i´ve been livin on bread, cheese, milk, and cereal. and eatin tons of food at members houses. lol. the reason i didnt have a whole lot of extra money is cuz i used 70 of it to mail that package and i had to save some to email and some for busses and groceries. oh, and i had the most delicious burger in maybe my entire life last pday. it was the most expensive at the place we went to, (9.80), and was loaded with steak, chicken, bacon, potato curlz, tomato, and stuff. sooo delish, it would only cost like 5 or 6 bucks in american currency. anyway, the mish is getting better despite the transfer. i´m just trying to joke and laugh about all the stuff that i get annoyed at. its working. and of course all the love, care, and prayers and support from you guys helps a ton too! keep on with that stuff! well, i love ya guys all sooo much, take care, and have a good holiday season! peace!
-elder yuma

Monday, December 7, 2009

December 7, 2009 Week 15

olá todas!
soo this week just went amazingly better, and it might of had something to do with my last pday, where we went to the stake center and had a bbq and got authorization to play some soccer in an enclosed concrete court. SOCCER! during soccer i really got to release alot of built up frustration and stuff in the game. we played to games and i was against my comp both times, i was the only american that played, probably the only one that knew how to play, so we played 3v3. i tried my best to show my love for my companion by playing very aggressive and physical against him. scored lots of goals and it all felt soo good. there was one brazilian that was a bit better than me. haha, oh, and during that bbq i tried chicken hearts for my first time, they´re actually quite good, i´m sure thier wicked good when cooked by someone more experienced and with some seasonings. so that pday kinda set the tone for the rest of my week.
lots happended this week and i dont have time to write about it all, but we had this cool lil thing one day in another area with the 6 elders in my district where we set up a presentation of the 1st lesson in the park and got peoples info for references, pretty neat. we were gonna do like a chalk art thing, but i guess it takes like a month to get authorization to do that. so i didnt get to bust out my mad art skillz. oh well.
my comp and i had a few discussions this week and i was finally able to give him my opinion about some things in portuguese so i think he respects me a bit more and stuff. things went alot better this week. we have a couple amazing fams that we´re teaching right now. one guy named benajito we taught his family last sat, good lesson, invited them to church and they came. benajito is way excited about the gospel and our lessons and stuff, just awesome, on our 3rd lesson with him this week, while i was bearing my testimony, i invited him to be baptized! and he said yes! haha, crazy! wasn´t really planned or anything, and that was the first person i´ve ever asked to be baptized. so we´re hoping to get him and his wife married soon so he can be baptized the 26th of this month.
the other awesome fam that we have is a mom and her 2 sons. the mom used to be a member, served a mish in brasilia, got ex-communicated somehow, is now less active, but she has a strong testimony for the church and she wants her sons to be baptized in it. so we´ve been giving lessons to thier fam and her 11 yr old son Guilerme who is just super super cool, love the kid, and he really like me too, they came to church this sunday, which was bomb. during our first lesson with them, the mom asked us afterwards to offer a blessing for her 5yr old sone davi who has stomach problems and stuff. so we did, and i did gave my first blessing of the sick, dont really remember what i said, but it was way cool and i felt super good afterward!
bore my testimony in church yesterday, got lots of compliments.
oh, we had a service project this last friday! it was awesome! never in my life have i wanted to do physical labor soo bad! we moved a huge pile of clay roofing into a large dumpster with like 100 wheelbarrow trips. i worked like crazy and my comp probably thought i was insane cuz i was sweating profusely, had several large blisters on my hands, and was doing most the work, yet had a smile on my face the whole time and a happy spirit. it was awesome, probably worked for like 3 and a half hours or so. then they made us like the best lunch i´ve had so far, some italian like dish, reminded me of mom´s cookin. soo good, like these cheese, meat wraps in a red sauce, then some awesome potatoes, salad, other random good things and icecream for dessert.
great week and i´m starting to be able to handle my comp better. hopefully things will continue getting better if transfers keep us together.
well some more good news, we´re in the city today for pday, and i went to the bulk store and got 1200 grams of various cereals for 9 reais! way better deal and it is cereal that is like fruit loops and chocolate and strawberry kix balls type stuff. hope its good!
well, christmas is deff gonna be different this year, hope all ya guys are feeling the christmas spirit and cheer, i´d say enjoy the cold weather cuz i miss it! even tho it has been pretty tolerable lately. i love all ya guys soo much and think about ya all often. peace, love, and merry christmas!
-elder yuma