Monday, March 11, 2013

Well I have to say that the hardest part of the mission is finishing it, to go to the end. I will work this week and finish off strong.

Well the mission was more than words can describe, it was hard, fun, sad, and joyful and thou I am not perfect and still have a lot of things to work at I know that I have worked hard to help my fellow brothers and sisters have the chance to change their lives through baptism and receive all the ordinances of salvation.

Tchau love you all

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Elder Sands

Monday, March 4, 2013

Well it has been a wonderful almost two years where a lot of great things have happened. Thank you dad for almost making my head swell up, but I think it will spring when I steep into the cooler weather of Spokane.

This week has been great, yesterday was the confirmation of Anderson who was baptized last week and his is just so excited and will progress a lot and in a short amount of time. We are trying to mark the baptism of a young man of 10 years who is the son of returning less active members, but it has been hard trying to mark a time to meet them at their house, but we are praying that this week we can mark this baptism for a quick as possible. I wouldn't lie and say it is easy not to be trunky but, I will work and work and do some good and end with honor and with a bang so that this time will not be wasted and maybe who knows in this time will be a first step for many to be prepared to be baptize and join the church.

Thank you so much for your support love and encouragement, you don't know how much it has helped.

Love Elder Sands

Monday, February, 25, 2013

This week a lot of things have happened. First Anderson the husband of the less active member decided to be baptised this week so we marked his interview and he was baptised yesterday it was very special, he will help out a lot in the church and in one year my companion will watch them getting sealed. He was tricky it took almost 2 months for him to get baptised, he was the kind of people that questioned everything and that is helping his family to have an interest in learning more about the church. Another notice is that in June Campinas Brazil mission will divide in two and 7 new missions will be created in Brazil, I would see that change but this is great because many cities that never had missionaries will get missionaries to grow the church a lot.

Something funny that happened this last week was evaded a lot of young women. There was a group of girls giving free hugs in the center and by the time we realized what it was it was too late and there was 5 or 6 girls on us; we told them we couldn't they were saying your religion doesn't permit it and then we were explaining to them our rules and then we managed to escape.

Well see you later and in a few weeks and don't worry we are working hard and we will baptize a few more people yet.

Love Elder Sands

Monday, February, 18, 2013

Oi familia

How are you all doing? Before I forget Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear mother, mommy, mom, mae, Happy Birthday to you. I forgot to tell you last week before so I am a day late, but I hope you can find some pies and have a wonderful festinha. That is pretty crazy how Acea's date responded to him, that should be a pretty fun date.

That is crazy that Shane is back and I am close behind, I am feeling a little sad leaving behind the mission life which I have loved for two years, but at the same time I am anxious to start a family see you all again and apply the mission to my life.

This last week we have had a surprise, the other area in our city was closed for this transfer so we have been bestowed with two big wards to take care of, we have been running around to visit our progressing investigators and start working in the other area. This week we are going to be really busy teaching, finding and following up with investigators so they can be baptised. This is great I have been hoping for a busy last transfer.

We are waiting to move to our new house but I don't know when that will be, we are wanting for the contract for the house we live in right now to close so that we can start living in the new house.


Elder Sands

Monday, February, 11, 2013

This week was great we were able to find more people to teach, we found out this week that we have been invited to teach in a rehab clinic which will be great to help people overcome drug problems and a member in our Ward has his son in the rehab center so that will be great to see him on a regular basis.

On Sunday Walter was confirmed and I was able to confirm him, it was my first time confirming someone but it was great to help with the spiritual progress of some one. We were able to go to the temple with Anderson and Carol, the couple we have been teaching, it was great; the spirit was powerful and we went into the waiting area to enjoy the sweet spirit and explain a few things about the temple, and Carol, she always says next year we are going to get sealed, giving indirect signals to Anderson. We also had and great family home evening with Walter our recent convert and Anderson and Carol, it was celestial and now Walter is planning to do a family home evening at his house this week.

We found out about transfers and I will stay in Valinhos with Elder Ribeiro which is what I was wanting, to end the mission in a place where you have a great friendship with the members. Don't worry we are going to work very hard this transfer and go out with a bang baptizing several more people and doing the most good we can.


Love you

Elder Sands

Monday, February 4, 2013

Well Acea I am glad you are ok and liking your classes, so you should be able to do better this next quarter. And about your questions well the way we indicated our key indicators have change to work with more quality, before all of the leaders have said that a lesson could be in a contact on the street where you teach several principles but that wasn't bringing very good results so president said that it is only a lesson when we teach in their houses, so we have been averaging 20-30 lessons a week this last week. We only were able to teach 15 lesson because we have had several days were we couldn't work because of a move we helped with, doctor appointment for my companion, and other service we were able to provide, but all is very well.

I am in a ward of about 150 active which is a good size ward and the biggest ward in the Stake and Nova Suiça is the only ward we take care of.

Well this week we were able to baptize Walter, we found him on the street doing contacts with people and was really receptive and we went to his house and started teaching him, he went to church last week and loved it and this last week his was asking what he needed to do to get baptised and he choose me do to the honors of baptizing him. It was really a miracle.

Yesterday at Church two members brought a friend to church and they seemed really receptive and we will start teaching them on Tuesday, this week we need to send a lot of our time finding people to teach, to expand our teaching pool that is starting to shrink. We went through the list of inactive and came up with the great result of Anderson that is progressing well and we are going to the temple with them this Wednesday. The rest of the inactive didn't turn out so well but that is ok. We had a great ward council yesterday and we were taking about the people we are teaching, Walter the recent convert, and the ward is really excited and this week is packed with member visits with us to help our investigators progress to the waters of baptism.

P.S can you please do me a favor when Elder Lee gets home give him a hug for me and tell him that Elder Sands says parabens

Love Elder Sands

Monday, January 28, 2013

This week has been wonderful. On Tuesday we brought one of our progressing investigators to the temple; it was wonderful, it always wonderful visiting the temple. On these temple trips My companion has be talking it upon himself to talk about the Temple and we showed Valter the Ensign temple addition and we could all feel the spirit strongly, and we are planning to have him baptised this Sunday.

Elder Ribeiro is a great missionary and person who is trying to overcome his personal weaknesses, and it was great to see him being led by the spirit to bless other people's lives. Afterwards we went to go eat pamonha which is a sweet corn mass wrapped up in corn husks which is really good.

On Wednesday we had planned and practiced a very special lesson about the Pplan of Salvation with an emphasis on baptism and that was a powerful lesson that helped our investigator Anderson understand and feel the importance of being baptised, and he accepted to really do everything to find out if this is indeed the true church of Christ and we are seeing a great progress. Also his wife Carol his helping him read learn and they are both excited this is great.

We also had an Activity of the Italian pizza we invited a recent convert and he brought two friends, it was great to see them getting to know the other members and to feel more comfortable in the church building so I hope one of this days they will have a desire to go on Sunday.

On Sunday we had 4 investigators who came which made us very happy to see results to our work and we are still trying to help that couple from the other city marry and be baptised but it is still down the road a little bit.


Love Elder Sands

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Work is going great this week; it was a week of blessings. We were able to teach our investigators every day this last week, with members, it was great to have everything come together. We were able to find several great investigators and two of them went to church. One is Juilano; we found him right outside of his house and we talked with him and we came back to teach him and we gave him a ride to church. He wants to get baptized but sees the need to repent to change his life and we are helping him quite smoking and drinking. He is great because he really has real intent to fulfill his commitments. The other investor's name is Anderson, he is the husband of a less active member that has lived in Valinhos for about a year and a half that no one knew about. We found them on the ward member list. He has been to church several times but has not found that desire to be baptized. Last week we taught them with a member. He went to church yesterday so this week we are going to use the spirit to prick his heart to get baptized this week. We are seeing some great progress in the people that we are finding that are really ready to accept the restored gospel. We just need to sometimes overcome the trail of faith to see the promised blessings of the Lord and not forgetting to do all we can to do his will.

Thank you for the help!

Love Elder Sands

Monday, January 14, 2013

This week has been raining a lot, this month of January is the rainy month with almost every day the water comes down from the heavens but it is great to get some cooler weather.

We have been in the hunt for investigators to increase our teaching pool but it is going a little bit slower than we would have liked it to grow because we find people but it is hard finding them in their houses because everyone here works a lot. We found a less active member whose husband is not yet a member and we invited them to go to an activity on Saturday and they went so that is showing progress. We are also teaching a couple I think I have already mentioned where Elton and Jo need to be married but they live in another city but it looks like that they want to be baptized here and attend here so we are talking to the stake president to see what he thinks of the matter.

All is good my companion Elder Ribeiro. He is really great and he wants to change his mission to be the best missionary he can be so we are working together on a few goals to help us both grow and to the best amount of good we can.



Elder Sands

Monday, January 7, 2013

Well last week was transfers and Elder Conner left and he went to open an area and train which will be good for him. I am with my 14th companion who is Elder Riberio from Curitiba and a cool thing is he has 20 siblings; 18 adopted, 3 biological.

This week has been good we were in the hunt for new, good and promising investigators but it is hard work finding the kind that want to go to church. I feel like we are doing very well following up with people to go to church and other commitments, but it is like you asked me a few months ago, how to get people to commit, there is no real secret, you just have to find the people that are ready and keep commitments, so the work continues.

I got the package last week during transfers. Thank you so much it was great and the candy was great and the other 3 missionaries thank you guys a lot too. I saved some to give to a member family that is curious to try some American candy and maybe we will eat dinner with them on my birthday on Wednesday.

I am glad Acea benefited from the things I said I hope it helps him to do very well at college and who knows, maybe he will help my relearn math and other things I have forgotten.

One last this did you guys get an email of my itinerary? If not it should be coming soon. That's all.


Elder Sands