Sunday, September 30, 2012

What a division, or in other words, a transfer.

Familia e Amigos,
 So for this week I was on a divsion for the whole week. I went with our Zone Leader Elder Parkinson which was super awesome. Basically I was chilling in Sao Filipe for this week. So first off for the first day I was kind of following because this isnºt my area. But we had some awesome lessons during the week. One was when we were just walking and a o lot of appointments fell and we just met this guy on the street. Elder Parkinson started talking with him for a bit and then we asked if we could walk with him to his house and he said yes. As we started teaching him we shared 3 Nefi 11 and the Spirit was just so strong. During the lesson Alberot(guy on street) said that he just felt so happy and that he knew we were sent to him that day because he was feeling a little down and because that day was his birthday as well. It was just awesome! As well there was another time that we were walking after a couple appointments fell. We decided to pray and as we were walking we were just asking where we should go. We passed by this one lady and asked if we could talk and she let us in. As we were talking we found out that her son is a member and she said that she really wants to get baptized! Straight up! And as we were there someone walked in just because she felt like she should walk in. She got in and we were able to mark with her to be baptized as well! It was awesome and just proof to me how really the Lord is going to help us so much when we pray to Him. I really loved this week but I am excited to get back into Relva and start working again. I know this is the work of the Lord and I love you all,

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Great Cause

Familia e Amigos,
 This week has been pretty solid. I will start off with last Monday. So it was the start of a new transfer so we went out and we started talking to some members and in one house we found a member named Nilton. As well there was a kid named Victorzinho there. So we started talking to them and Victorzinho had so much knowledge of the Book of Mormon. It was straight up awesome. As we were talking to all of them I shared 2 Nephi 31 with them and we invited Victorzinho to be baptized! And he said yes! Straight up awesome. Then on Sunday he showed up in Church and he was just amazing. He was answering like every question in Elders Quourum and he was just so involved. I straight up love it. As well during this week mission president came to our house to do interviews. It was straight up awesome and I love President Oliveira. He helps so much and I learn so much from his example. 
 As well during this week a couple funny things have happened. One of which happened on Saturday. So what went on was that we went to this persons house more or less to do a contact. We came up and a dog started barking. I just kinda let it slid and continued walking torwards the door. Not the smartest idea. The dog got up and bit both sides of my pant legs. Not me though. It didi catch me by surprise a little bit but it was all good. Afterwards we were able to teach at that house so it was pretty awesome. Unfortunately there are some bite marks in my pants now. 
 Then as well on Saturday we went to a part of our area called Achada Grande. So we steyed there for a while but I was a little disappointed with the result there. But as we were walking back to Relva we ran into this kid named Kevin and taught him the whole Restoration as we were walking. It was straight up awesome!!!! 
 So there's been a scripture in my mind this whole week. D&C 128: 22-23. IT IS STRAIGHT UP AWESOME! Everytime I feel a little discouraged I can read that verse and I feel awesome. Actually the title is the start of that verse in portuguese. 
 I love being here and I know that we are blessed as we help people to come unto Christ and to be saved. I love it! And I love you all and I hope that you continue to be well. 
 Elder Schillemat (Peder) 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Life in Relva--straight up awesome

Familia e Amigos,
 So this week has been pretty solid here in Relva. First off this week Joao e Natalia are doing well and on thrusday we were able to go with them to Mosteiros to get things ready for their wedding. I am pretty psyched about it and they are really progressing well. As well on thursday the zls came to Relva dn we were able to do a division with them that went really well. I had one lesson that was way awesome about the plan of salvation. We had started talking to our investigator Nenezinha. When we first got there she said she was feeling sad because her cousin had passed away. As we were talking we could just see her face light up and she just felt so much better. It was straight up an amazing lesson. As well on Saturday we had some crazy rain. Holy junk it was pouring. And Elder Lima had never seen lighning before so he was pretty freaked out. Pretty fun though. Besides that things are going well. Today is the start of a new transfer and I am again in a district with only sisters. Pretty crazy but seems to happen quite a bit. I stinking love you all and I know that as we keep our mind focused on the work and we put in all our effort to love and serve people that we are going to help so many people to come unto Christ,

Monday, September 3, 2012

Here we are in Relva

Familia e Amigos,
 So this week has been pretty solid. So this week Elder Liam and I have gotten more used to working together which is pretty chill. He is having to get used to the missionary schedule but he's improving. This week we had some killer lessons that I really enjoyed. One of which was in Achada Grande. It was with an investigator we have called Edna. So we went there and we taught the restoration which she has prayed about and that she knows is true. We then invited her to be baptized. So she actually said no because she was catholic. So we waited and than asked if she had any questions. She had one question that was awesome. She asked how much time it would take for her to get baptized, as in what were the requirements. We talked about how it's all dependent on the person and if they have made changes necessary for it and then I asked why she asked that question. She then said that she really wants to be a member. So we marked a date right after that which was straight up awesome! I have another one that is kind of the same deal. We randomly went to this one house (I thinking that it was somebody else's house) and starting teaching this person named Jorginha. The same thing with the invite. She said no. So the next time we came back and she said she wanted to baptized. It is just straight up amazing. You know when the spirit is there in lessons I know that our investigators can feel it and that really when they want to follow. The work is going well. Relva is pretty awesome and I want to help this branch so much. One thing in specific is that they don't know a ton of hyms. So I'm going to work this week on just bringing my hymnal in lessons so that we can help more people learn. But it is straight up awesome. 
 Thank you guys so much for all of your e-mails. They are so awesome and I love hearing how all of you are doing. This work is the work of the Lord and I love it.

so I've been a huge slacker on pics. so here's some pics of comps. First off is elder de barros in figural, then elder bunderson(the only white one) and then elder da graça. I'll work on getting one of  Elder Lima soon.