Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Raposo Tavares Ward - Raposo Tavares Stake - April 24, 2017 and May 1, 2017

Brazil, São Paulo West Mission
São Paulo, Brazil

Elder Houghtaling's Email
Monday, April 24, 2017

I'm on!

I just need to read some emails. 

Alright, I hope I'm good now.

This Thursday, April 27, 2017, marks my one year anniversary of me being on my mission in Brazil. I guess what might happen is McDonalds, if we are passing by, or pizza from Mr. Magoo's pizza.

I'm doing well.

Elder Bomtempo was here to see how is the house's obedience. This was a week long trio with him, me, and Elder Do Carmo.

So, on Wednesday we had a Multizona in Cotia with the zones of Cotia and Raposo. The car I took a picture with was a Chevrolet Trailblazer owned by the church and driven by President Thomas.

In this Multizona President Thomas and the assistants hid money in the chapel. After lunch he let us loose to find the money. I found R$20 in a Faith ion God pamphlet. Other missionaries found notes of R$10 and R$20, but no one found the two R$50. He had hid R$300 in the chapel.

Everybody got to keep the money that they found. It was funny when President Thomas asked all of us if anyone found the R$50. No one raised their hands, then everybody rushed to find the money, but President Thomas told everybody to stay sitting. They were hidden well. The purpose of this activity was to teach the missionaries what effort it takes to find the elect investigators.

The chapel we were at would have stunned you. It is amazing. It is the Cotia Stake Center. The address is Rua Ladislau Nunes dos Santos, 71 - Centro, Cotia - SP, 06700-115.

We are teaching someone from India in English. His name is Robbi. He is in need of work. People in my ward are not able to speak English to help him so us elders are taking him to the Osasco Stake Center so he can get a job. One of the members will be driving us there on Thursday.

Another one of our investigators, Roberto, asked us how he can be baptized. He is coming to church on his own, and he wants to know how he can pay tithing. He is Elect!

On Friday night we received a cold downpour of rain, that got me a little sick, but Elder Do Carmo, he got sick... 

I was reading through the missionary health guide that was distributed a few months back, and it looks like my companion has the flu. I've been giving him warm things to drink as the handbook says.


Multizona in Cotia. It was cool demais.

Mulitzona in Cotia. As well as a week long trio with Elder Bomtempo Executive Secretary.

And pizza from Mr. Magoo. Catu Bacon with chocolate crust.

And pizza from Mr. Magoo. Catu Bacon with chocolate crust.

Brazil, São Paulo West Mission
São Paulo, Brazil

Elder Houghtaling's Email
Monday, May 1, 2017

I'm on! I'm trying not to laugh too loud while I'm reading your email. I am laughing about Dad locking the keys in the car, and also the unfortunate circumstances of your car. How did Dad lock the keys in the car? Did the alarm go off when the door was opened again? Oh, he grabbed the screwdriver instead of the keys. He laid the keys on the passenger side seat and then power locked all of the doors. The alarm did not go off because the keys were not in the ignition.

I've read everything now. Yes, the car that Hayden is driving now is his third car, He's had it for about a year now. Well.... The head gasket on his first car (Volvo station wagon) broke, and his second car (Dodge van) the transmission stopped working right. I guess he has made a good choice with his third car, and he's taking good care of it.

Today is a Brazil holiday. I think it's one of 100 holidays here in Brazil. I am still able to write because the LAN house is not closed. Holidays, weekends, strikes.. Any of these types of days or any other reason, they will party.

Elder Do Carmo and I will be together for one more transfer. Elder Guimãraes is being transferred to Pariaspólis (largest favela in Brazil) with Elder K. Souza. A favela is a Brazilian shack or shanty town; a slum. No, Elder Campos isn't being transferred. But I will take the bed of Elder G tomorrow morning. I'm currently sleeping on the top bunk. I will make sure that my companion upgrades his closet. Elder Dukes (grandson of Elder do Carmo) will be the new companion of Elder Campos. What I mean by grandson is that Elder do Carmo trained Elder Nascimento, and Elder Nascimento trained Elder Dukes.

For my one year anniversary on April 27, 2017, we bought pizza. Catubacon with borda de chocolate. I will send you photos in a separate email. Actually, I will send you these photos on Wednesday because this computer isn't allowing me to do so. We din't burn anything like missionaries sometimes do for their one year anniversary, but the pizza was burnt a little but not much. It was the best chocolate filled crust ever; tastes like chocolate from the USA.

Robbi got a job near Av. Paulista in an Indian Restaurant with benefits of free food and housing.

Everton who was in the hospital is now in his home as of Saturday.

I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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