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

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:)