Monday, May 30, 2016

May 30th

This week:

WE BAPTIZED!!!!!! haha the baptism was awesome! it was one of the most spiritual baptisms of my mission! it was awesome. Her name is Karine!

Other than that, not much happened. We had an elders quorum activity on the Thursday because it was a holiday, and for the first time it two years, I played tennis! haha it was so bad, but I had a lot of fun. I needed that. There was a barbecue, ping pong, basketball, volleyball, and tennis. We tried to leave after a while, but the bishop didn't let us because he knew we were having a good time and helping people have a  good time as well.

Also, remember last month when the secretary called me and told me what day I was going home? Well that happened to my companion this week, so he got pretty homesick as well haha. Its the same conversations ever day at lunch about how much time we have on the mission, and stuff like that. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Monday, May 2nd. May 9th and May 16th


May 2nd 

This week was interesting. Everyone is already saying good bye to me, because I will be transferred to another area the last 6 weeks of my mission. Even though transfers are still next week, I am already missing this area and the people A LOT. Its getting really hard. I'm going to get transferred to a new city just to get to know new members and investigators for a month, then I go home. I really hope I get transferred and stay within the same zone, specifically the same city. But we will see in a week. 

I don't know what happened, but  it looks like a cold front came through Brazil and now winter is here to stay! its so weird waking up the last week of April and putting on sweaters because its so cold. But I think its better to do contacts and work in the cold. We didn't teach that much this week, but that doesn't mean we didn't try! We ran after all of the appointments we had, but no one could stay true to the appointment! it was rough, but Saturday made up for it. we had a few great lessons on Saturday morning, and they promised to go to church next week. We will teach them again Wednesday morning. 

The secretary for the mission called me this week and told me that now i'm officially going home. I will land in RDU 10:25 am on the 21st. I will get the itinerary for you in the next few weeks. 


Love elder Moss

May 9th

Yeah my companion wanted to meet you guys, but there will be other chances to do that. 

I did get transfered. Do you remember a long time ago I served in Monte Mor? It was in the zone Hortolandia. Well, Im going back to the zone, but different ward. I went to a ward called Anhanguera. Ive heard some REALLY good things about that ward. Serveral of missionaries that are known as baptizers did a lot of good work in that city.  I hope I have the same luck

Im not going to lie, I really enjoyed seeing you guys, but it was different. It wasnt just the "hey the missions good, I hope you guys are well" but more of a "hey Im coming home soon,  what do I do now?" My companion and I joke around a lot like we plan our whole lives  around going on a mission, and when the mission is ending, we are like chickens with their heads cut off, just trying to f igure our what to do next haha. 

Well  My next companion is also an american, and I have already lived in the same house as him in the past. The time should go by fast and we should get along pretty well. 

I'm going to really miss this ward. It was here where I had the most success, and had the best relationships with the members. I know I want to come back in a year, but this city will always have a place with me. 

The girl that we wanted to get baptized this Sunday couldn't, but she wanted us to know that  this doesn't mean that shes giving up or quitting. Just that we need to prepare her more. I will keep in contact with both of them.

Love, Elder Moss

Oh yeah mom can you change my facebook profile picture and the background picture to something from the mission? a lot of people have been giving me a hard time about them haha

May 16th

Haha that sounds really busy. I was thinking about the mission, and realizing that honestly, we only have one thing to stress about, and people in the real world have many.. that's something I have to prepare my self for.

Do you remember that baptism fell through last weekend? Well I saw elder Arnson again at the meeting with Elder Holland, and he said that she will be baptized this Saturday.... which is great! 

I don't know If I told you guys, but we had a mission meeting with Elder Holland (Second time in the mission, first one being in the CTM). It was really good. The speakers were President Costa who is the area president of Brazil, Elder and Sister Manes, who is of the Presidency of the Seventy, and Elder Holland. He talked about obedience and about blessings of serving a full time mission, he also talked a lot about the book of Mormon and the importance of it in our missionary work. 

My new area is great too! Its a shame that I only have 5 more weeks to try and baptize here. We marked two baptisms this week with investigators that are already being taught for next Saturday the 28th, and we are trying to run after new investigators to baptize some others in June before I go home. My comp and I are doing great, and we are excited to keep working together. Lunches are funny because people start talking about how little time my comp has left on the mission (he goes home in August) and then ask me how much time I have on the mission, and I respond that I'm going home next month.

Anyways, Things are great all in all here, 

Love Elder Moss!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

February 15th

This week was good. We didn't really have very many new investigators, but we had some good experiences with investigators that we already have. 

There's a girl named Fabiana. Shes 21 and we've been teaching her for 3 weeks now. When we first taught her, she didnt really want messages about Jesus. She didnt sound that interested, and we weren't going to return, but she said at the very end "I hope that my life will change because it needs to". We went back and stopped teaching, and just started talking to her about her life, what she wants to change, and this week she went to stake conference. She felt the spirit really strong and said after that she wanted to be baptized. Its been a while since I felt so happy about an  investigator. She has changed so much and is just a happier person. 

This week it was pretty hot, so I started using the sun screen again and I got some aloe vera for after. This week should be hot as well, but its getting better. Its been a little chilly in the mornings. 

Today I start my last 18 weeks. Three transfers left. Out of the 104 to start with, I have 18 weeks left. The time is going by so fast. I am happy to go home, but at the same time, I am sad to end the mission. It has been an experience that has changed absolutely who I am. Its hard to tell over email, but I have learned so much about people, the Gospel, and my own life. Im nervous for after the mission. I have 4 months left, but still.  Elder Portilho goes home next week and I'm talking to him so I have been kind of trunky. 

Love Elder Moss

Monday, April 4th

So for a few days we were just doing contacts and teaching all of our lessons with 3 missionaries. Its a little harder because people are already a little shaky about letting two guys into their house, let a lone 3. Well we had a few lessons, but the best part of the week was definitely conference weekend. Because we had 6 investigators who went to conference.

The first was a family of 5. For the past few weeks we have been teaching them and they have been really progressing. Well they didn't go to the part that we thought they were going to, but they showed up for the second session on Saturday. They really liked the importance of the family and the talks about resolving doubts about the restoration. After the session, we went to the baptismal font and invited them to be baptized, and before I could even ask them, they said that they want to take that step! they accepted for this week, so on Saturday, we are going to baptize a family of 5!! I am so excited. 

The second investigator was a guy who is our age. He speaks English, and its really cool how we started teaching him. He said they day we met him, he has said a prayer to ask for guidance in his life and the day we went by his house was his birthday.. He is doing really well. The problem we will have with him will be his parents because they are really strong in another church, but it shouldn't be too bad. We have already taught them and talked to them enough and they really like us. 

We just had transfers, and I will stay with elder Arnson for one more (at least)!! We were one of the only companionships in the mission leadership that wasn't messed with. I'm so excited because I know that if we keep working like we did last transfer we will baptize so much!

Love Elder Moss

Monday, February 22, 2016

February 22nd

Haha! Yeah scout camp could sound like fun just for a few days. 

Well, this week we had transfers and my companion left. My new companion will be Elder Arnson! I already know him from other zones. I'm excited because we are already pretty good friends. I'm pumped for this next transfer. 

This week was okay. We got a decent amount of contacts, and we taught a lot. We had a baptism marked for Sunday, and it was kind of washy all week and so we didn't have a definite answer to whether he would be baptized or not. He is 10 years old and his parents are going through some really rough times. His brother just got sentenced and is involved in a homicide of 2 people. That's hard on his mom especially. The baptism didn't end up happening because the mom backed out and said at the last minute that she doesn't want her kid to be baptized this weekend.  He wants to be baptized though, and this next week we will  work and talk to the family a little more.

Our 21 year old investigator, went to church again. We found out this week that she is having difficulties with cigarettes. We made goals for her to slow down to a point where she can stop, and its going pretty well! We invited her to church again, and she said she feels insecure because she doesn't have appropriate clothes for church. I told her not to worry, and that If she goes to church borrowing her aunt's clothes for just one more Sunday, God will see her effort and help her out. Well, in my head, we were going to talk to the relief society pres. and ask for help, maybe some pants and a dress or something.

 Well, we get to church, and a member her age comes up to her and gives her a little gift bag. At the end of church I ask her what was in it, and she said in kind of a laughing tone, a dress. That was a really cool experience for me and for her:   that sometimes we don't think we have the means to follow and keep a commandment. But God sees our effort and recompenses us when we do our part. 

Have a great week!
 Love Elder Moss

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

February 8th

Haha I saw all of the Panther shirts! I want one too! But I wouldn't use it until after the mission. Because they lost, they will probably be cheaper now.

We did end up celebrating my birthday! It was great! We went to A├žai on monday, and a member surprised me with a birthday cake on tuesday. I don't even remember telling her it was my birthday. So that meant a lot. I am really bad at getting photos to you guys. I will try to take some more and actually send them this week. 

The lunches here are complicated because The city is huge, and its divided in two parts: The center and the east side. The center is where I work and it has maybe 5 members. The east side has All of the members. The divide the lunches so we don't have to travel that far every day to eat lunch, but its complicated because few members are giving lunch every day. It stresses the members some times, and my companion kind of messed up last week with dis-marking a lunch that we should have gone to. So we are trying to fix things. But I'm still gaining weight. I am at like 65 kilos now! 

Tomorrow we have interviews with president. I'm excited because its my last interview with him before the final interview (the weekend I go home) and my zone is working so hard. This week, our small zone of 7 companionships have 10 baptisms promised and one possible. Its going to be huge because our goal for the entire month is 12. And this week is stake conference, so all of them will be baptized together in one big baptismal service. 

The only thing that we need to worry about with diseases is Dangue. Its still going strong but its dying down a little bit. I haven't gotten it yet, so I'm feeling less worried than others. 

Love Elder Moss

February 1st

Thanks mom! We ate a little bit of cake last night, but today we will eat pizza. 

This week we worked a lot. 
I have pictures to send,but There not ready.Illsend themlater today. 

This week I saw a ferarri 430. It was beautiful. I kind yelled at it when It drove by, and it slowed down to a walking pace, then sped off.. That was a cool experience.

Then we saw it at a gas station and we talked to the owner for a little while. 

On Friday night, we went to the activity at the church which was a ´´iron rod.´´ People were blind folded, and we had ropes tied in the hallways that led to different rooms, which represented the different kingdoms. Then the 4 missionaries walked beside people whispering  in their ears convincing them to go to certain rooms (depending if you were a good angel or a bad one) That was actually pretty spiritual experience. 4 out of 20 people went to the celestial kingdom.

Its just been hot here. Really hot. No snow. But we have had some success with new investigators. We taught a few new people this week that seemed pretty interested. We will go back this next week to see how they are doing.

Love Elder Moss