Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Beiro Rio Week 7

Hello! Well this is week number 7 for me here in Beira Rio (Vila Velha, Fortaleza). This past week everyone sure was talking about the number 7, as Brazil lost to Germany, 7-1. It was interesting because during the games of Brazil there is usually a ton of noise on the streets and fireworks, but we didn´t hear ANYTHING during the game this past week against Germany, so we knew it wasn´t good. But now the World Cup is over and I am excited to get back in the normal routine again. School started back up today for everyone and it seems like all is back to normal here in Brazil, at least in my area.

This week was great! We had an awesome Family Home Evening at a member´s house with some of our investigator´s and less actives we are teaching. And tonight we have another Family Home Evening planned, and we will be bringing two of the families we are teaching.

Junior, Elizangela, and their two kids all came to church yesterday and we are really loving being able to visit them and teach them. Elizangela is sooo excited about the Gospel and told us whenever Sunday ends she just wants the next Sunday to get here. It has been awesome visiting them and seeing how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is helping them. They are a great family! We also have been visiting and teaching Bruno. We visited him with Bishop this past week and had a great lesson about faith, repentance, and baptism. He has a desire to change and follow his Savior, and it´s been awesome to see. We also started teaching a man named Paulo who we met in the Super Market. One of the first things he told us when we visited him is that he believes the true church of Jesus Christ needs to have a prophet and 12 apsotles, so that was pretty awesome. We had a great lesson about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and he loved it so I am excited to return to his house this week!

We have some other great people that we are teaching and I am excited to continue to find more people that are ready and excited to learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how it can help them in their lives. Missionary work is pretty dang awesome!

Today was transfers (I know, right? Like what happen to those 6 weeks? Dang, time is FLYING by). But anyway, we called Elder Allen last night and got the news that my companion, Elder Pedrosa would be leaving. It has been a great 6 weeks with him and we had a great time and I feel like I learned so much from him. I received a new companion, Elder Bini from Curitiba, Brazil. He is an awesome missionary and was Elder Larkin´s companion last transfer. I am way excited to have him and and ready to work hard with him and learn many things from him. Our Zone, Zona Litoral, now has 26 missionaries so I am excited to work with all of them and get to know them all better. Should be an awesome transfer!

Anyway, thank you all for the love and support. I hope each one of you are doing great. Thanks for everything! And, a special shout out to my brother Michael, who had his birthday yesterday, and will soon be a father! Congrats man!!

Until next week.

Elder Helvey

My good friend, Atila, from my first area, came and visited me. He left for his mission this week 
so he wanted to leave and do visits with me one more time so he came all the way here to my area
 and we taught together one last time! It was so awesome spending some time
 with him and I know he will be a great missionary!


We have been running in the mornings (and dang has it been killing me haha). But I am getting better. This photo was when I did a companion exchange with Elder Carrasco from Lima, Peru, 
and then Elder Goff and Elder Cachay.

My new companion, Elder Bini!

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