Sunday, November 19, 2017

Macedônia Ward, Macedônia B - Campo Limpo Stake - October 9, 2017 and October 16, 2017

Brazil, São Paulo West Mission
São Paulo, Brazil

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Elder Houghtaling's Email
Monday, October 9, 2017


Well that is too bad about Paula Boots.

This week was good. it was great to hear that MSU won!

About your car, it might be some sort of valve that vents gas vapors that is stuck in the open position.

I downloaded the priesthood session on to my mp4. I really loved the sessions there.

There are two decathlons in the mission. One near Raposo and the other near Villa Lobos (this one I didn't know about).

Elder A Dos Santos is the missionary that had the bicycle accident. He cut his forehead and scraped up his arms.

Yesterday, after we had left for lunch, we had a down pour of rain, and we had left our windows open. Well after we had returned after church, my bed was soaked. I used a spare blanket in our house as my sheets last night as mine were drying.

Elder Lisboa and I had put our two bed together in the form of a bunk bed. and Saturday the screws somehow had bent and the bed basically broke. So, we un did the bed. Turns out it was the bottom bunk that had broken. I was sleeping on the top bunk, so I still have a bed that is off the floor. But the bigger question is how washers are broken and the screws were bent.

Other than this nothing much has happened. Today marks 8 more days until the end of this transfer. There are 8 more days remaining for Elder Lisboa complete his mission!

I love you!


Elder Tylor Glen Houghtaling

Package from the young women in our ward, Kalamazoo 1st Ward. Thank you YW!

Package from the young women in our ward, Kalamazoo 1st Ward. Thank you YW!







Brazil, São Paulo West Mission
São Paulo, Brazil

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Elder Houghtaling's Email
Monday, October 16, 2017



Well, I’m finally not the one being transferred. I will be receiving Elder Ramos. He has a year and a few months, so I won’t be sending another missionary home.

The photos that I sent you were of a few members that Elder Lisboa was visiting in Helena Maria/Baronesa. The Lady with the green shirt is Lia. I believe she sent you a friend request. I don’t know the name of those little girls. But they live at the house of Gilberto.

I talked with a few members about President Ponder, and they said that he used to be better, and humbler. But after he became a Stake President, he became very prideful, and some members don't like him because of this pride.

It’s been really hot here. On Friday in the shade it was 37 C. I haven´t felt so hot in my life. It was like being in an oven and there was nothing I could do about it.

One Tuesday and Wednesday, as Elder Lisboa had an interview then a class about self-sufficiency class. I spent most of this time in the mission office just waiting.

Yesterday, I saw the people from the wards of Helena Maria, Munhoz Jr., and Baronesa, but Sandra and her family didn’t show up. I did see Roni and his son Guilherme. Rosi and Laura were back home. Rosi is pregnant and she is due in April or May.

In relation to your question, yes I can watch the Star Wars movie trailer. To some missionaries it is no, but as the rule says, I'm not allowed to watch movies not by the church. So, I can still watch trailers.

I Love you!!!




























Macedônia Ward, Macedônia B - Campo Limpo Stake - September 25, 2017 and October 2, 2017

Brazil, São Paulo West Mission
São Paulo, Brazil

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Elder Houghtaling's Email
Monday, September 25, 2017


Thanks for sharing with me what Sandy shared with you.

I like Elder Lisboa. He has 22 days until he’s back home in the state of Pernambuco. He’s been counting the days as well.

I’ve been noticing that we all are getting "trunky" to the point where it’s getting dangerous for me in the Lord’s work. Last week I advised President Thomas about this, and he said, “Yes, please don’t let yourself become trunky. Please write your mother and command her to not do that, but to encourage you to sprint to the finish line.” Trunky doesn’t exactly means homesick. But it means to be anxious to go home, or really wants the time to go by faster. Depends on the severity of the case when the missionary will start to not work, and stay in. I’m not to this extremity yet, nor do I want to be. So, let’s not count the days until my ticket arrives, and don’t let me know of the days until I’m in the last 6 weeks. You can count the time if you want to, but I won’t.

Since I began my mission, I have had 9 areas, 8 companions, in 1 year and 5 months and two days. These areas are: Jd. Caxingui, Helena Maria, Jd. Bonfiglioli, Raposo Tavares (B), Nova Granada (B), Raposo Tavares (A), Jd. das Rosas (B), Macedônia (A), and Macedônia (B). These companions were Elders, P Lima, Srur, Alves, Guimarães, Freire, do Carmo, Dias, and now Lisboa. All but three have gone home. I have passed through seven wards. I have the chance for four more transfers.

Yes, Elder Lisboa is in one of these photos. The other missionaries that you have seen are Elders Paiva, and Rezende from Kennedy (B). Last Tuesday I stayed in the area with Elder Do Carmo on a split, and that was the photo that you saw, with the pizza.

This week was a little bit better, but there was still confusion every day of the week except of Monday, Saturday, and Sunday. Well there was a little on Saturday between us and Macedônia (A) (E. Sigognini and E.Galdino) when they had pick up and spent the money for lunch that day without calling us. You have nothing to do with it. It isn’t a sin to not give meals to the missionaries. But its cruel when somebody signs up, then denies that it is their day. I prefer to at least receive money when there isn’t lunch. I would prefer lunch with the member whether that be in a restaurant or in their home. Yes, some members drop money off “the restaurant” and we show up whenever we want to. But, that is something you’ll have to ask them. For me, if I was a missionary in your ward, I would prefer the Japanese restaurant, because it’s something different.

Here's the story of the week. Saturday night, we went to a stake youth activity in which the youth from each ward performed a skit themed after some famous cartoon films. We weren’t the only missionaries there. About half of the zone was (10 missionaries) were there. The stake president comes up to us and yells at us "Are you all hear to baptize or to stay?!" while motioning us to get out. My companion said that we were here looking for our ward mission leader, so we could talk with him. Before this, he had yelled at another companionship who had brought an investigator to the activity. After a while of searching, we couldn’t find him so we left with two other companionships.

Earlier today was supposed to be the baptism of Vitor from Macedônia (A). Elder Dias and I had taught him. Well his baptism was canceled to make room and give special priority to the son of the stake president. Oh, what a great party there was after the baptism. There was cake, a juice machine, and little blue bags for the primary children with the name of his child, 8 years, and the CTR logo printed on them. My question is, “Who is going to put on a big show like that for a convert's baptism?” As far as I know, here in this stake, no one. What are your thoughts?

What you could try to do to get a real Brazilian pizza is go online and look up a recipe, and try making one at home. When I get back, maybe I can try give you a few hints.

That’s too bad about Molly. Best wishes for her and I’ll pray that this ordeal ends soon.

Here is a hint about when your sharing the gospel. It's not a good idea to share about profound doctrine. Temples and eternal families is great to share, and this is "safe" doctrine. It might me a good idea to search in Preach My Gospel, primarily in chapters three and four is where the stuff is that we teach investigators.

Last week I did some researching about flight simulators. Between Flight Simulator X on Steam, and X-Plane 11. X-plane looks a lot more realistic that FSX. But you can look up more.

If you will be applying me into collage, please look at prices. I believe that going to KVCC then WMU will save a few thousand dollars. WMU only keeps applicants on record for two years, so I’ll have to re-apply, because it’s been more than two years.

For my next package, please send more body wash from Old Spice. Also, I saw in an email that I have a package waiting. I wonder who sent me that package...

I LOVE YOU SOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Elder Tylor Glen Houghtaling



























Brazil, São Paulo West Mission
São Paulo, Brazil

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Elder Houghtaling's Email
Monday, October 2, 2017



A wonderful week!

I'm writing a little bit later today because we went to Parque Vila Lobos today for P-day. This was one of the best P-Days that I’ve had. We rented bicycles for an hour. The elders from our group were Elder Paiva, Lisboa, Rezende, Fernandes, Nascimento, Sigognini, Galdino, and I. We met another group of missionaries from the mission who went there. Unfortunately, an accident happened with the other group of missionaries in which after falling and hitting his head, Elder A. dos Santos went to the hospital. We had to retrieve their bikes and take them back to the main entrance in pouring rain just before noon today. After Vila Lobos, we went to the shopping mall next door to buy lunch. We ate at Burger King. After lunch, we went to check-out the newly discovered Decathlon. I was with Elder Rezende at this time. I bought a new watch, similar to the one I bought when I was with Elder Srur in Alphaville, but it was lost when I was transferred from Raposo to Nova Granada. We used a combination of Bus, Subway, and Train to get there. The trip there was R$3.80, and was the same to return. We were smart and took the bus that integrates with the subway station Capão Redondo, and the train to Osasco in Santo Amaro. All this integration was made without any transport cards, which is great. We were near Saõ Paulo Interlagos for most of time.

This week, every day we had lunches. Thank you to our ward.

I didn't send photos yet, because I had forgotten to yesterday. Be expecting them tomorrow.

Vitor, the fourteen-year old boy who Elder Dias and I taught, was baptized on Saturday by Elders Sigognini and Galdino. I was happy to see this.

Conference was great. Us and a few other Elders didn’t watch the Priesthood session when it was re-transmitted 8am Sunday. We didn't go because we would have to run from our area to the Stake Center (the only chapel transmitting in the Stake) then back to the area for lunch at 11:30, then return for the session at 1 pm. I encourage you to watch them.

Yeah that sounds rough with your home teaching route. Yes, advise them of your time. But, I would like you to remember the law of consecration. I’m still struggling with this, even as a missionary. And remember that you were called to do this. (1 Nephi 3:7). Don’t expect perfection, just be better every day.

I had a weird dream that I feel that I shouldn't share with you. I was home with 1 year and 7 months. But I was feeling that I had to return to the mission. And then I woke up.

The mission is now waking up at 6:30 and arriving home at 9:00 to 9:30 now.

I Love you guys!!!!!!!!

Elder Tylor Glen Houghtaling


10-03-2017 Elder Rezende and I rode bikes at the Parque de Lobos for P-Day.

10-03-2017 Elder Rezende and I rode bikes at the Parque de Lobos for P-Day.

10-03-2017 Elder Rezende and I rode bikes at the Parque de Lobos for P-Day.

10-03-2017 Elder Rezende and I rode bikes at the Parque de Lobos for P-Day.






São Paulo Transit System Map












10-03-2017 My hair after riding bikes at the Parque de Lobos for P-Day.

10-03-2017 My hair after riding bikes at the Parque de Lobos for P-Day.

10-03-2017 My new watch I bought at Decathlon.

10-03-2017 My new watch I bought at Decathlon.

10-03-2017 My new watch I bought at Decathlon yesterday.



Tylor would love to hear from you: tylor.houghtaling@myldsmail.net