Monday, September 15, 2014

Beira Rio, Brazil Week 16

Boa tarde! What a great week we had here in Vila Velha, Fortaleza. This week was a week full of pictures.

Me and the donkeys on the streets of Fortaleza!

Our ward has really been focusing on missionary work recently and have been helping us out a ton! Part of the Ward Mission Plan is to have every family have a Family Home Evening in their house every month where they invite friends and family who are not members of the church and invite the missionaries. We had 2 this past week and have 3 more planned for this week. It is awesome! This is a photo of one of them at the house of our new Ward Mission Leader. It was great and it is incredible to see the difference when the members are deeply involved in missionary work. We have already seen miracles and will continue to see them as we continue to work with the members.

This is Jeremias. We have been teaching him for about two weeks and he turned 89 on Wednesday! We visited him, and sang happy birthday to him and had a mini birthday party. It was fun and he is very excited to visit the church.

Me and my cow friends...

Mosiah 28:3, "Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature..."

A recent-convert family that we visit every week. They are awesome! Orlando is an English teacher and helps us with our English Class every Saturday. They are a great family and I love visiting them!

To end my companion exchange with Elder Toffoletto from São Paulo I made Banana Milkshakes! It is a great way to end a hot day in Fortaleza.

We took a middle of the day trip to the Center of Fortaleza to be the witnesses of the signing of the marriage of Michael and Lidiane. We have been visiting them for about two months and they will have their wedding on Friday. It was fun to go with them and to see how happy they are to get married. They are a great couple and I am excited for them!

A view from one of the missionary apartments in my zone. I did a companion exchange with Elder Phillips from South Carolina who was in my District in the MTC so that was fun!

Yesterday Tainá was baptized! Tainá is a girl we have been teaching for a while. She and her family are awesome. Tainá was the first in the family to come to church but recently the rest of her family, Gonzaga, Francisca, and Ruan have all been coming to church. They love the church and Tainá was super excited to be baptized. She was baptized by the Elder´s Quorum President in our ward that teaches with us a lot. It was a great Sunday. The Young Women in the ward are all super excited to have a new girl in their group. It has been such a great experience seeing how the Gospel has changed the lives of this family. Gonzaga and Francisca always talk about what a difference it has made and how thankful they are. It was a great day yesterday and we are excited to see the rest of the family become members of the church,  too.

Elder Oliveira, Elder Bini, Elder Cachay, and I eating at a member´s house after the baptism yesterday. I love lunch at this member´s house! The member´s are so nice to take care of us every day for lunch.

Anyway, that´s it for the week! I am super excited for this next week. We have some awesome things planned and it should be another great week. I hope everyone has a great week too!


Elder Helvey

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