Monday, February 2, 2015

Todo Mundo tá Sassy Rapaz


So I'm here in the infamous Uruguaiana again! Woohoo! It's not that bad of a city, actually. The people here are awesome and the ward helps a lot, but man, do I miss Santa Maria. But all is well. It's whatever the Lord wants for me.

So I'll be quick, because this week was mostly walking and searching addresses.

And yes, once again, I am opening an area. This is the 5th area that I've opened, holy moly.

So on Monday, we went to Carla's house and spent a fun p-day there. It was quite awesome. We ate hot dogs, played ninja, took pictures, and played hymns on guitar. It was sad because I love that family so much. It was so hard to leave that ward, my goodness.

On Tuesday, I woke up early and went to the Mission Council.  It was my first mission council and it was pretty cool. We first heard President Parrela give a talk to all the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders. Then Sister Parrela talked for a little. Then we went into the cultural hall and sat in a circle by zone, and talked about some ideas that we have to help the missionaries and any problems that we were having in the zone. We were super busy and we didn't have much time so it was pretty rushed. My bus left the station at 12:30, and the Council ended at 12:10...and we still had to run to the restaurant to grab our lunch, pay a taxi, and run to the bus station. Luckily, everything worked out, and after a 7 1/2 hour bus ride, I'm here in Uruguaiana again!

On Wednesday, we visited some addresses that the other elders left for us, and then we went with the Ward Mission Leader to show us the area.

On Thursday, we visited some people with the bishop. We asked him if he had any friends that he wanted to visit with us and he decided to take us to his coworkers house. We went and we taught about faith, repentance, and baptism. Then, he miraculously asked us when he could get baptized! We marked a date to return and teach him the restoration and mark a baptismal date with him. It was pretty sweet! His name is Fenner, and him and his family are really really great. If you could pray for them, that would be wonderful.

On Friday, we walked the whole day, looking for addresses.

Saturday, we ate lunch with the ward at an activity. Ya'll really need to eat churrasco (Brazilian barbecue). It is the best thing ever. And I'm here in the south, where they have the best churraso ever. Then we taught an English class to all the youth. That night, we were going to have a family night at an investigators house, but it fell through, so we went the the Ward Mission Leaders house. It turned out that there was a friend of the Ward Mission Leader's son who was there playing soccer, and he wasn't a member. We started to talk, and we ended up teaching him and marking a baptismal date for the 14th of February! It was a little miracle! His name is Marcelo, so pray a lot for him.

Sunday, we went to church, and it was really cool. It was a great testimony meeting. Afterwards, we went to lunch. Then, we went to the chapel that I attended when I was here in the city a year ago. We went there to make a missionary choir for the zone conference that's coming up this Friday. Elder Mazzagardi from the Area Presidency will be there, so we're preparing something super-duper. After, we went to ward council, and then we visited some other people.

This week was super simple but it was full of little miracle, and hard work.

I was studying this week about personal values, and how we need to all establish our own personal values in order to remember who we are and what we stand for. For example, Benjamin Franklin had 12 values, the Young Women's theme has 7, President Hinkley had 10. So what we need to do is:
1. Determine what our values are
2. Write a paragraph about each value and what it means
3. Make goals about what you can do daily to live that value.

As we learn to live our Values, we can be guided in our lives, and we will be more established. We will know who we are and we will live to reach our potential. And we will know what we stand for and who we can really become. Every person is different, therefore, every person should establish their own personal values, according to who they are, what's important to them, and the goal to be more like Jesus Christ.

My 12 Values are:
Hard Work

You should all establish your own values and recite them weekly as you plan your week so that you can remember who you are and what you want to become. This will help you to recognize who you really are and who God wants you to become. Do this in the spirit of prayer so that the Holy Ghost can guide and help you. I can promise so many blessings! It really helps, I promise!

I love you all so much and hope your week is full of awesome spiritual experiences!!!!

Alright people. I LOVE YOU!!!!

Elder Hintze

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