Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Oi familia tudo bem, tranqulio, ótimo:

These week have been great with learning, teaching and preparing people to be baptized. We Had many miracles at church this last week, we were scrambling to pass by the house of our investigators and help them come to church, many that we had invited did not turn up, but 3 or 4 of our investigators arrived and were spiritually feed and started there progression to be baptized in the coming weeks, it also helped us know who to focus on and what we need to teach to help them progress. Uriel the young man that we had baptized last week was confirmed and we have seen in a few week the lives of this family change forever because of the wonderful message of the restored gospel.

Dad thank you very much for the great ideas that we can talk about to help the work in Perdoes grow and how we can help retain and help our new converts endure to the end. That is so exciting that Sister strange is very close to enter the temple, can you give me her address I would like to write to encourage her and her family.

This Saturday we will be listening to two apostles Elder Ballard and Elder Anderson, this will really be a day our mission will change for the better, we are preparing a lot for Saturday, with a fast, and preparing spiritually so that the spirit can't be hindered in teaching us what we need to learn. Elder Anderson knows Portuguese and will be speaking it to us, but Elder Ballard I don't think speaks Portuguese, we heard in the multi-zone conference of an experience President Tanner told to us. He had a friend attend the dedication of the MTC in Sao Paulo in 1995 where Elder Nelson dedicated the MTC. While he was giving a brief talk he stopped and said that the faith of the people there was sufficient that they did not need a translator any more. The Friend of President Tanner said He can't remember what language he spoke, but he remembered that everyone understood every word that he spoke. That spirit and faith is what President Tanner wants us to have so that we can really hear the Will of God this Saturday.

Thank you so much for your love and support


Elder Sands

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Oi familia:

Thank you very much for the some of the teachings of Elder Holland, it would be very neat to hear from him, I learn today that He Will not become Elder Ballard and Elder Anderson are coming but I am really excited  to learn many things from them.

I am learning, many things, every day I am learning how to work better with more effectiveness more power and work more with the spirit. We are having a little trouble finding the people that are really prepared to hear the gospel but with our faith and work we will be lead to those that want to follow Jesus Christ through baptism and enduring to the end.  Elder Inacio is helping a lot, he is new but his energy and excitement is very helpful and he has very many good Ideas to help our work progress. We are helping the parents of a young man we baptized, be baptized too, they are progress, accept all of the commandments and commitments, the only thing that is left to be done is to continues to go to church to reach the day of Baptism.

The Lord is helping us a lot and you can feel that he is helping the missionary work grow, have success and to perform miracles.

Dad I have a question, you are the word mission leader, what are some things that are working to move forward the missionary work there, and some ideas that are working to create more references, anything that you are seen that might be useful.

We have a Zone conference tomorrow and I will let you all know how it went what I learned, also I have sent some of the remaining pictures to that place in Gmail; some 60 photos.

Tchau tchau

Elder Sands

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I forgot to tell you that I got the package last week, thank you a lot for the ties, peanut butter, jelly, raisins, honey and plastic sacks. I am glad that Christmas was good there at home, it is very different on the mission but it is always a good time of the year in any place. I have good news, the 28 of January we are having a conference with Elder Anderson and maybe Elder Holland, I am very excited to hear a apostle live and not through a TV I am excited.

We are doing good here In Perdoes the work is progressing. We are helping one family enter the waters of baptism who are really golden, they accept everything we teach, we are planning to baptize the son this week to help his parents grow even more their desire to be baptized. we are finding more people who are just waiting to hear of the gospel, I received a letter from the Stake yesterday and in there there was a story about a conversion of a family, the father in this family started to have doubts in his Church and started really seeking for the truth, the missionaries passed by but his wife told them that they already had a Church, but years later they found a book written by Gordon B. Hinckley and were he speaks about the Book of Mormon, they find the Book of Mormon in a library and eventually they all get baptized. It really hit me again what we are here to do, bring the lost truth to people who are desperately searching or don't yet know that they are missing a part of something in their lives. This really is the truth Church of Christ and we are working together to grow this wonderful work, and that Heaven Father will guide us to his children that are ready to accept the true.

Thank you for all of your support and love

Tchau tchau

Elder Sands

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The mission Field is really great and really is white, hot and rainy. we have had a wonderful week in which we both learned a lot. Elder Inácio is doing great he has a good spirit to learn and progress. His is from Rio Grande do Norte and is very hot there and his is suffering a bit here because is it very cold for him here and the rain wasn't helping. I have never seen rain like this before, it rains hard for most of the day for days at a time, but a good thing happens it cleans all of you cloths and shoes.

We are helping and teaching a young man named Ureil be baptized this Sunday he is really good and really wants to be baptized and we are helping his parents be baptized too to help them really feel the powerful change the gospel brings and to return to live with heavenly father as a family. I am learning a lot with Elder Inácio with different ways to teach, setting a very good example for him and to work together to build up the kingdom here in Perdoes.

One question that you asked me was about Christmas here in Brazil. Christmas isn't as big as it is in the US; Brazilians always like to have parties with friends and family. I think New Year's here is bigger than Christmas, we had a Churrasco (BBQ) with our District in Atibaia (a city close by that has the rest of our district in it) and all night long was a war in the street with fireworks, and shouting, but it was good.

It would be good to send email on Tuesday because I am using Email 10:30 here in my time and leave in a hour or so and I love to hear from you guys a lot.

Tchau Tchau

Elder Sands