Londrina, Brazil

Londrina, Brazil

Monday, October 23, 2017

1 year mark!

This week was super awesome. It was basically like a week ofpartying missionary style. We had a district PDAY where we played dodge ball and some brasilian girl´s camp games with the sisters lol. Tuesday the entire district worked in Iguatemty and at the end of the day some members there had a huge barbeque for the 10 of us. Then Wednesday we had a party at the Ward Mission Leader´s house with all the elders in our district. We bought a bunch of pizza, soda, and ice cream. Pictures are down below. Then Thursday I did splits with a greeny in his area to try to help him out. Then Friday and saturday were basic working days. And yesterday we went and did some baptismal interviews and stuck around for the baptism and the whole district showed up. They shouldnt have but it was still fun. And the two kids´ parents are loaded and there was soooo much fancy cake afterwards. Then we picked up Elder King at the bus terminal. Crazy to think that the dude that most helped me out in my training is going home in 6 weeks. And today we will help everyone get settled into there areas. My copmanion got released and is going to be a DL in Maringa, and my ex ZL in Londrina is going to be my new companion, elder Vieira. He is from são Paulo capital. And I am going to a neighboring area called Iguatemy, as previously mentioned above. What is good is that the area is a whole lot better, there is this ghetto part that is full of baptisms lol. We have 2 waiting on us when we get there for this saturday that I found when we worked in that area last week. But I am pretty stoaked. My son is going to be my district leader lol and I will call him each night for the numbers so it ought to be awesome. And some friends from Londrina are going to be here with me in the zone. But that is what is new here in my life lol. 
I hope you guys have a good week. i love you all!

Friday, October 6, 2017

This week was a pretty great week here on the mission. We had a pretty normal week until saturday. Saturday was a looooong day. We ate lunch ate 10 and then went to pick them up. When we got to the place that we had previously designed we waited. However they did not get there on time so we decided to go get them at their house. When we were half way there it started pouring rain and we were in our suits and everything. When we got to their house there was nobody home. So we were like, what do we do. SO I just started running back to the meet up point. By the way I was dying after like 5 minutes. High school track and cross country seems like another life. I then realized how much fatter and out of shape I am at this point in the mission lol. But we made it back to the meet up point 30 minutes late and we found them there under an over hang waiting for us. To get to the stake center it was a good hour from there. there was no way to get there on foot and not get them soaked or get to the conference in time. we called all them members. no one wanted to help. so we finally went searching for someone with a number of taxi that we could call and we called one to pick us up. we got to the chapel 30 minutes late, completely wet. Then after the first session I baptized Sabrina and they went home by bus. Then we went after some of our distric Leader´s investigators and missed the second session. Then I had my first baptismal interview with an investigator and she was super awesome and it was a pretty spiritual moment. She passed and was baptized and it was pretty great. Then we went and had a sleepover at the district leader´s house. Sunday we had lunch early again and then we watched the sunday morning session. Afterward there were supposed to be 11 interviews but there were none. the zone did not go after them to get them to church and to interview and baptize them. The 11 fell through, and after the afternoon session the assistants called and threatened us again and said that we were terrible for having lost 11 baptisms. I mean we tried, we did splits and everything, but nothing gave. There just seems to be a lack of desire here in the zone to want to baptize. And we get roasted because of it even when we try our hardest. We will be having a zone conference with President Pereira tomorrow and I am sure that he wont be too happy with us either. But my conscious is clear, i am giving it my all. But we shall see. But I wanted to tell you a pretty spiritual experience I had this week with Sabrina. It was the most spiritual moment I have had in my life. We were teaching her and her grandma the restoration. When we got to the restoration, it was insane. As I was quoating Joseph Smith the spirit was in great abundance. when I finished I asked them how they were feeling and they both said a great warmth that would be unforgettable. I explained that it was the Holy Ghost and continued to testify about the first vision and Joseph Smith. My companion was crying, Sabrina was teary eyed, and her grandpa was awestruck. I honestly had never felt something so strongely in my heart than I did in that moment. It was almost if the Lord was reassuring me of my own testimony. It has been rough here the past few months and the Lord helped me with exactly what I was needing in that very hour. I testify with a sure testimony that truly God the Father and Jesus Christ visited Joseph Smith that spring day, and that Joseph was truly called of God to be the prophet of the Restoration. I shall never deny this testimony for I know that the denying of the holy ghost is an unpardonable sin, for this I shall never deny. Have a great week this week. There ought to be two more baptisms here this weekend. I love you guys!!! Elder Worsley

Monday, September 25, 2017

New responsibilities

We baptized another 10 year old saturday here in my new area of Marília, his name is Mario. The members here are chill and help us out and we eat good and after each lunch there is dessert. Hopefully I do not gain a lot more weight. I am fine with the 40 something pounds I have already gained here on the mission lol. my companion, Elder Santos is super cool. We get along greatly. This week was super crazy. We were traveling to diffierent cities everyday helping all of the missionaries in our zone. But it was really fun helping everyone out and getting to better know the missionaries here. This week I learned more about sacrifice. That as a leader one must learn to forget himself and his inadequities and serve without fear or without complaints. I did not get to sleep much before midnight each night calling the zone each night and then waking up at 6 to catch a bus to another city each day and being pressured by the APs. On top of it all I have been super sick this week. But I am enjoying the experience even though it is super hard. I know that this just better prepares and trains me to be a good zone Leader quickly.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Worked harrrrrd!

this week went well. We worked harrrrrd. It was super hot and we are working in anarea with lots of hills. But we met some stellar people and got some people to go to church. we 18 that said they would come but we ended up with just 2 and 3 more that are always there. But we were able to mark 4 baptismal dates this last week. Hopefully all goes well. Have a great week. I love you guys! Good luck friday AJ!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Antonio and Eder are baptized

man AJ still hs not gotten to play yet? Man that must be upsetting. And I hope that bat is alright. Man... That is crazy that there is so much water. Hopefully nothing is flooded at the farm or at the offices. I will be praying for all to be well over there. This week was suuuuuper long. We did not have anybody at church for two weeks now and that makes things a lot more difficult. And we met lots of cool people but when we went to pick them up from church they all turned on us. And the week was super hot so that made things difficult as well. But I am well. Happy too so that is a good thing. I just wish there were not so many problems and that I could be able to help more people get to the waters of baptism. But I will not give up. Too many people rely on me to give up, and I would kill myself for wasting even a moment of this sacred time that I have been given here to help others. Thanks for all that you guys do for me. I love you all. Have a good week. Enjoy your time together. I wish i could be there as well. Just one more year more or less! Wahoo!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hey guys! How´s it going? Sounds like life has been interesting for you guys in these past weeks! I am pretty jealous that I do not get to participate in all of this lol. This week went a little bit better. Eder was baptised and it was awesome. He was confirmed and received the preiesthood yesterday as well. He said he wants to start giving us lunch once a month as well. He will futurely be the next something, bishop, elders quorum president, or something. But all is well. We are here in Londrina this week. President Pereira wanted to talk to the zone and us in specifically. Have a great week! Good luck with everything! I love you guys!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hey guys? How is it going? Is the beach treating you all well? Haha I told my copmanion that there are brazilians in the neighborhood where you guys are at and he got excited. But I got even more excited haha! I can marry a Brazilian!!! hahahahahah!!! We were dying laughing. Flordia is a central hub for brazilians in the states. I am going to love it for sure. And the house that you guys are in is being rented or did you guys buy it? It looks like a mansion. You guys have to put to good use the pool, golf course, exercising facilities, and tennis courts. Aj is studying forensic sciences? He knows that that is what I studied in the last year of high school for HOSA and participated in the state competition? That is super cool that he has that option. He ought to love it. I sure did. It is very intersting and not too difficult. The Ward there must be huge if it has 4 sets of missionaries.I cannot imagine. Londrina has 8 sets for 600,000. That is 75,000 people per companionship to cover. The city where you guys are at must be gigantic. 4 sets is 300,000 people. But they also have cars and Ipads so it ought to be easier for them. lol But on the brightside we had many miracles this week happen to us. We are working in na área 5 miles away from home and we go the majority of the times on foot. And we had the same guy two times at night pass by and give us a ride home and we did not have to walk the distance. We also met with one of our investigators who had disappeared on the opposite side of the city. Also our investigator Eder had a vission this week. He said he saw two paths. We, the elders, were on one path calling him and on the other path were lots of people walking in darkness. And in the midst of the two paths was a shining light calling to him saying that he had two choices. The one that you choose will lead you to eternal darkness and one will give you na everlasting Peace and joy. You must decide. Then he woke up. he told us the vision he had and we were forced to leave because he had another commitment. He had initially told us he would not be able to go to church with us because he had started working at the supermarket this week and it was his first week and would be forced to work on sunday. However, he told us that he would skip work and go to church with us despite the high possibility of being fired. My companion and I were super happy when we left with the Faith he has in us to skip work and with the vision that he had. We both were thinking about sharing with him the vision of the tree of life in the Book of Mormon. It was super spiritual. But wait.... It gets better.... Sunday we picked him up at his house to take him to church.The previous sunday we had to Wake him up and he went to church in casual clothes. But yesterday when we went to pick him up he was waiting for us at his porch with dress pants, a White shirt, and tie on. First miracle. Second. Sunday was fast and testimony meeting right? My companion and I had already resolved to bear our testimony because of the friction in the Ward. I bore my testimony and sat down with Eder. Eder asked me if anybody could go up there and bear testimony. I said of course, the church does not restrict anyone from bearing testimony. He said alright. I want to bear my testimony but I want you to come with me. And so we went. We got up there and he gave the most beautiful testimony of the restored gospel that I have ever heard from any member and especially any investigator. He talked about the calamities of life outside of church and the great calm within the church. The Peace and happiness that he feels now and how he knows that the gospel and the church is true. He even said that he would futurely like to baptize in the church in front of everyone. And we had no idea that he had a testimony that Strong and that he wanted to be baptized without us even talking about baptism with him. It was amazing. It reinforced my testimony greatly. The Gospel is true. People are not perfect. But the gospel is true. I love you guys! thanks for all that you do for me! Elder Worsley