Monday, May 25, 2015


Wellllllllllllll I'dVE GOT NEWS.

So I'm being transferred! It's hard to believe that it's my last transfer, holy cows. I'll be the District Leader in São Gabriel and I'll be training a new missionary and opening the area (The 8th area that I will have opened on my mission). São Gabriel is a small city. For example, you can normally tell how big the city is by the amount of missionaries there are. Here in Uruguaiana, there are 20 missionaries. In Santa Maria, there are about 46 missionaries. In São Gabriel there are only 6. I'll be serving in a branch there. But good news, I'll be living with Elder Miller and Elder Barros! Elder Miller is from Washington DC too, and he goes home with me, and Elder Barros is the ex-assistant and is the coolest guy ever (and Katie's future husband). I'll be in a trio with them for 2 weeks while I wait for me new "son" to get to the mission. So this is a secret, but I'll be the first American missionary to train another American missionary in the Brazil Santa Maria Mission during the reign of President Parrela. My new companion has been serving in the US and has to pass through the MTC in São Paulo for 2 weeks before entering the mission. This is new for all the visa waiters who come to Brazil. I didn't have to do it. But I'll be waiting for him, and while I wait, I'll be in a trio with the champions of the mission! Woot woot!

So this week was pretty simple. We planned some family nights with a lot of families. I had a feeling that I would leave (because I've been here forever) and so I planned these family nights strategically. After hearing the news, we passed in the houses of a lot of families and said goodbye. It was sad and I will really miss Uruguaiana. The first time I passed here, I didn't like it. But I'm so glad that I came back so that I could learn to love this place. I love Uruguaiana so much! In total, I've been in Uruguaiana for 10 months, and I've passed in 3 wards in this stake. Holy guacamole. They've practically transferred my membership record here. But here in Uruguaiana, I was able to see the hand of God acting in so many people's lives. I was able to feel the Spirit of the Lord so strong, testifying of the truthfullness of the Book of Mormon, the Restoration of the Gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith, and the truthfulness of the Lord's Restored Church that is today on the earth. I'm grateful for the things I've learned out here in the middle-of-nowhere-Brazil. I now know why when I looked at my mission map for the first time, I was so curious about that random city on the border of Argentina, "Uruguaiana". But man how I love this place. 

I'm grateful to be here on a mission. I know the Lord loves me and wants me to succeed, as he loves each one of you and wants you all to succeed. He's given me this chance to show him that I'm willing to work and serve him. I've been giving one the hardest callings in the mission....a District Leader, opening an area, and training someone who doesn't speak the language. Por favor, pray for me. I'll need it. 

I love you all so much! You all rock socks. Have a wonderful week, and don't forget to keep your thoughts full of good things, so that your words are clean and charitable, so that your actions are good and are in service to the lord. Keep your thoughts like this by your scripture study and daily prayers. 

I love you all so much and I hope your week is better than a lobster in Maine that didn't get eaten. 



Monday, May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015

So this is gonna be super short but I just wanted to leave you with a cool story that I heard this week at Stake Conference. So the temple president and his wife of the Porto Alegre Temple came to Uruguaiana. They're Americans, and his wife doesn't speak Portuguese super well, but she talked and she told a really cool story that I want to tell you. She told us about her little grandson who went to Disney Land for the first time with his family. When he got there, he grabbed the map and started studying it and sat down. He studied the map for a good 30 minutes while his family waited in line. After a while, he looked up at his mom and said "Mom, if Disney Land is the happiest place on earth, then where is the temple?"

I loved this story a whole lot, because it's so true! Disney Land is just another worldly attraction full of temporary happiness. But the temple is the place where we can really be sealed with our families forever and that's where the true happiness is. We all need to make the temple our goal because, we may be experiencing temporary happiness right now in our lives, but in eternity, the real happiness will come as we have our eternal families. I love the temple, and I love my eternal family!!!!

But this week was super simple. Nothing out of the normal happened. We worked hard, taught a lot, felt the spirit, and had some fun. I did go on a division with Elder Marin, from Paraguay. He speaks Guarani, the language of the Indians there, and I got to practice my Guarani. I was his District Leader in Santa Maria and now he's here in Uruguaiana with me, so it's cool to be able to serve with him again. 

But this was my week! I love this chance that I have to be serving a mission for the Lord! It is really a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I'm grateful that the Lord gives his children such a great privilege to be able to serve a mission. 

I love you all so much, and I hope you all have an amazing week!!!

I love you all!


Monday, May 11, 2015

Vocês são Profetas!

So this week was pretty great. I don't have much time so here's a highlight of my week. 

Monday. We did a family night, and everyone had to dress up funny and try to find the differences in the other people. It was super fun. 

Tuesday, we worked and it was fun. 

Wednesday, one of the assistants, Elder Dale, came and went on division with us. It was awesome and here's the commentary that I sent to President Parrela about the division:

"Nosso trabalhar aqui está indo bem. Elder Dale veio aqui para fazer uma divisão conosco esta semana. Com a ajuda dele, achamos uma família muita boa. Eu sonhei esta semana passada que eu e Elder Carlos de Souza batizamos uma família incompleto. O pai não era membro e a mulher dele era uma menos ativa e eles tinham uma filha. Quando Elder Dale chegou aqui, ele sentiu que deveríamos bater numa porta. Batemos e eles convidaram-nós a entrar. Entramos, conversamos, e descobrimos que a mulher era menos ativa e que eles tinha uma filha! Era exatamente o que eu tinha sonhado. Ensinamos e eles estavam um pouco resistente mas gostaram da mensagem. Convidaram-nós para voltar. O único problema é que a mãe dele é uma pastora da igreja quadrangular. Fizemos amizade com ela e ela nós respeita, e vai ser muito interessante ensinar eles. Vamos levar o bispo para ensinar conosco."

Google Translation  "Our work here is going well. Elder Dale came here to do a split with us this week. With his help , we find a lot of good family. I dreamed this last week I and Elder Carlos de Souza baptized one incomplete family. Her father was not a member and his wife was a less active and they had a daughter. When Elder Dale came here , he felt he should knock on a door . we knocked and they invited us in. we walked , talked , and found that the woman was less active and they had a daughter ! it was exactly what I had dreamed . we teach and they were a little tough but liked the message. they invited us to come back . the only problem is that his mother is a pastor of the foursquare church. we made friends with her and she respects us and will be very interesting to teach them. we will take the bishop to teach us. "
On Thursday, Elder Dale went back to Santa Maria, and we worked the rest of the afternoon. 

On Friday, we also worked. 

On Saturday, there was the Mother's Day Party at the Church. We stayed and help set up everything. It was awesome, and we stayed there, serving hot dogs and appetizers to everyone, occasionally secretly eating them in the kitchen. 

On Sunday, I talked to THE WORLDS GREATEST MOM EVER. I love you so much mom! I'm so grateful that the Lord let me be born into your family so that I could learn from you and be taught all of your wisely wise wisdom. You're amazing, beautiful, fantastically great, and there is no one in the world like you. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!

Well, that was my week! Next week, I'll have more time!

Love ya'll!!!!

Elder Hintze

Monday, May 4, 2015

Yo Soy Loco por El Frio


So my week was super awesome. The baptism of Thalia was great. Her mom was crying of joy and it was such a spiritual experience. Now were going to work really close with her mom who's already been attending church for weeks, but just needs to go to Peru and get some documents to be able to get married and then be baptized! 

Baptism of Thalia

So at the baptism, we had a really interesting experience. Winter is arriving and so it's getting pretty cold. We went to turn on the water heater in the church, and it was out of gas, so the water wasn't going to be hot. So we started filling up the baptismal font, and then we got a big pot and started boiling water in the kitchen to pour into the font. Well, it ended up not heating up the water, and the water was freezing cold. My companion, Elder Carlos de Souza, baptized Thalia. He said when they got into the water, it was so cold that neither of them could move, but when he started saying the baptismal prayer, the water suddenly got warm. Neither him or Thalia were shivering or feeling cold. It was such a tender mercy of the Lord. Instead of just giving up when the water heater didn't work, we did all the we could to heat up the water. But when it didn't work, we continued with faith, and the Lord did his part. If we do all we can and show the Lord that we're willing to make miracles happen, he will make the miracle happen. 
Best Family EVER!!!

This week, we also had the chance to run into Mariana. She had a baptismal date here a couple months ago, but she fought with her niece (who was also going to be baptised) and neither of them ended up getting baptised. Well, Mariana said that she was trying to say sorry to her niece and that she wanted to go to church and get baptised! She said she gave up the first time because, after fighting with her niece, she thought that nobody would support her in going to church, and she would become inactive. But we talked to her and she's inviting us to teach her and her friends! So it will be great. 

This week, on Thursday, we did an activity called "A Noite do Acampamento Americano" (American Camping Night). We had a competition to see who could put up the tents faster. We made a huge fire and we made s´mores (and yes, I magically found marshmallows in the middle-of-nowhere-Brazil). And we cooked hot dogs. And now every single member of my ward is obsessed with s´mores. It was fun and it was a great experience. 


This week was awesome, and I'm pumped for the cold. I'm also grateful for my amazing mother who I absolutely adore. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!!!! LOVE YOU!!!

I hope your week is better than the happiness of a child making the first jump on a new trampoline. 

I love you all!

Elder Hintze