Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March 23rd

       This week felt like it lasted forever. I was transferred in an emergency transfer, and I  was transferred to a city called Po├žas de Caldas. It's in Minas Gerais. It is freaking awesome because the city is literally inbetween two mountains. It was designed by the same person who designed Rio. So if you want to know what it looks like, just look at pictures of Rio, but instead of a beach, there's just another mountain on the other side.
        Its really cold here and it has rained literally every day since I've been here. Which is good, I would rather have wet and cold, rather than hot and dry. We live on the first floor of an apartment complex, and so when our house gets rained on, all the water just stays and our house has a never ending mold smell. I get allergies pretty bad in the house, but its getting better. 

 My companion is awesome. He just has a problem with his knees with all these hills, and so I think he will be transferred here in the next week during normal transfers.  He is the best companion I've had so far.
The people here are a lot more closed. All we did the past 3 days was knock on doors. This is his first transfer here as well, and so he doesn't have the city memorized yet, but we are learning together. We are working with the members a lot because that's the only way we are going to baptize here. We get rejected A LOT but the people that let us talk to them are gold. But anyways, I really like this city, but knocking on doors all day is getting really old, because we don't have investigators. Not yet anyways.
 
Love Elder Moss

Monday, March 16, 2015

March 16th

So on Sunday, we went with an inactive family to church. We have been visiting and teaching them for the past couple of months, and they finally went to church this past Sunday. It was the first time they had gone to church in the past 7 or 8 years. It was an emotional Sunday, because some of the members saw them walk in and got REALLY excited. Everyone started crying. It was so good! The classes and talks in church were fantastic for that family. During one of the talks in sacrament meeting, one member was talking about his family and how glad he was to see Eric and his family ( the inactives) at church again. He started crying and so did Eric and his wife. The kids (which are old enough to be baptized) talked about how they want to keep coming back. The struggle isn't over, we still have some things to work on, but this is the strongest moment on my mission so far that shows me that I'm doing my job. 

We are meeting a lot of new people that are fantastic! Excited, nice, just really great people. We will go back to their houses this week to teach them and continue working with them.

Tonight we are going to teach a guy who teaches karate, judo, and jujitsu. He stopped us in the street because he wants to speak English, and so we are going to teach him about the gospel and English at the same time. Maybe I can learn a few take downs with him too. haha!

Anyways, that's whats happening here,

Love Elder Moss

Thursday, March 5, 2015

March 2nd

This week was not nearly as productive as the past few weeks. A lot of our appointments fell through. I'm honestly becoming much more stressed out with the families and people we are teaching because we are literally trying everything, and teaching with the spirit, but its not enough apparently.
But, all in all, I am happier. I am happier wiht my companion, with the weather, and with our teaching. I wish we had better luck, and knew what to do when appointments fall through, but its all a learning experience.

I don't have a lot of other news, except for the fact that we had a baptism!! After a stressful week, we had a baptism. Its interesting because when I'm frustrated in the street, or with other investigators, and I go and teach someone and they can feel the spirit, I become happy, forgetting all of the other things that frustrate me.

I will send photos!

Love, Elder Moss