Monday, August 31, 2015

Bah!!! Last week of August

Wow. This week started out really really slow, and then slowly got busier and busier. I like things Busy. 

For the First Halve of the week it was straight up knocking doors and trying to find people to teach. we tired a bunch of different things to try and get the work rolling but it seemed like everything was just going sooo slow bbuuuuttt,

Then Thursday Happened. 

On Friday there was a mission conference in porto alegre, no big deal, the mission was renting a bus to take all the missionary from the south up north and then afterwards we would have return on the same bus. No big deal right? just simple catch the bus early in the moring, spend the day in porto alegre, then return late at night. 

Well, Thursday morning we got a call from the mission office saying that because Im an immigrate  I wouldn't be able to ride up with the rest of the missionary because of some Brazilian law or something. I don't exactly know, It had something do with the fact Im a gringo here( YAY!). anyways, the plan was for me to ride up with he other american missionary Thursday night on a different bus, stay the night, attend the conference and then return with my companion Friday night. 

Everything went good until we got to porto alegre. It was me and 7 other Americans. The bus ride was fine, but when we got to porto alegre... Nobody knew what to do next. AND everybody cellphones battery was dead. Just imagine, 8 Americans, various degrees of Portuguese, no cell phone, in the middle of a city of 1,5 million people. Nobody knew exactly how to get to the mission office, nobody knew if we were supposed to wait at the station, or meet the assistants at the mission office. bah, it was crazy. Luckly everything turned out find, some of the elder kind of knew where the mission office was so we decided to try and catch the city bus to it. We kinda wandered around the city for like 4 hours, late at night( I wouldn't recommend it), but eventualy we arrived at the mission office to find a really frantic mission president and Assistants. 

after that things were chill. Stayed the night at the office, woke up, had a Aweosme Mission conference with a member of the seventy, ate one of the most fantastic lunches of my life. seriously, the president took us to a Brazilian restaurant similar to Rodeisan grill. BAh, It make rodesian grill look like fast food. It was sooo delicious. after lunch, wandered around porto alegre for awhile making contacts because the other group of missionary's was in the conference. (My companion, and all the the missionarys I should have been with). got on the bus and Arrived back in pelotas at a lovely 3:00 in the morning. it was a crazy couple of days. 

Sunday was legit! I gave a talk in sacrament. Pretty sure nobody understood me but hey, still stood up and talked for 15 minutes. After sacrament meeting we had a meeting with the stake and ward missionarys. the stake here is really wanting to get a new stake center and to do that the wards need about 50 percent more attendence in sacrament meeting. Because of this the stake has set out a freaking awesome missionary plan. As part of this plan, in the ward im serving in, has set a goal of 30 baptisms this month... Per Dupla of missionarys. BAH. Looks like we are going to be working our pants off to meet that goal. Thats good though. Im excited to Put in my all to try and meet this goal. This month is going to be CRAZY. 

Anywho, hope everyone is Doing awesome! 
Love you all,

Elder Heiner.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Another week

Opia todas Pessoas,
Just another week here in brazil.
I got a new companion! Elder Allef, from barrieah brazil. Hes super super chill! We get along great, things are tranquilo. This means Ive had 7 companions is 4 transfers... what the what.

sooo this week has been a strange one. On tuesday night we got a call from the president, saying that we were to switch areas with the other dupla in our appartment. Dope. kinda strange but whatever.

Soooo that means that our pool of investigator is about.t.... zero. ahahha. the other area has a really hard time time with finding investigators because its kinda a richer area of the city. Tranquile, just means that we get to work harder.

soooo basicly our entire week was spent tracting. im not even kidding, we spend a every day this week knocking doors, talking to people on the street, and trying to find people to teach. we were lucky to be able to teach 4 lesson on the spot but the rest of time was straight up talking to peeps.

Yup, I dont have much else to say, oh, we had conferencia de estaca este emana. IT was dope, president spoke during it. hes definetly has a brazilian way of giving talks... loud and proud.

Annnd that was my week, sorry I dont have much else to say.. thats about it.

Love ya all! have a fantastic week!

Elder Heiner

Monday, August 17, 2015


Awwww , just another freaking fantastic week here brazil. Crazy as always, but all the same super good. This was the last week of the transfer, Pretty crazy, Ive been here in Brasil for six weeks. LOCO. 

Anywho, things were good this week, to start things off on tuesday we had a MASSIVE service project lined up. Here in pelotas it is suppper humid, all the time, winter, summer, spring, fall. They also don't have any sort of ventilation anywhere, the best I've seen so far is little window Air Condition units. And those are in the super nice homes. Anywho, because of this there is mold EVERYWHERE. All the building, homes, churches, walls, have this black scum the grows. Well, to deal with the problem, they just clean everything with bleach every year. So, on tusesday, we helped an investigator scrub everything with bleach in their house. It actually pretty fun. Stink, and pretty gross, but fun at the same time. 

Wednesday, was spend back on the missionary grind, visiting people, sharing the gospel. In the short time that ive been here Ive really come to love the people of Brasil. They are just sooo kind and loving. For example, we were out talking to people on the street and one of people we contacted invited us over for dinner! Unfortunately we had another appointment, but that kind of stuff is pretty much unheard of back home. 

Thursday was interesting, we got a call at about 730 in the morning that our zone was going to have a ''study'' session with President Cruz at 10. So we hurried and left the appartment because it was about an 2 hour walk and we didnt have any money for the bus. #missionaryproblems. Anyways, we made it to the study session, and it was great. President is just like every other brasillian. very very very excited, loud, and crazy. It was good, I think everyone walked away with quite a bit more knowledge on what we can do to improve. 

Friday was the Rodrigeuo, Alicia, and Deisie baptism! Everything went awesome. I got the opprotunity to talk about the gift of the holy ghost... in portugese, in front of 50 people. It went fine, though. or I guess so. The bishop asked me to give a talk in sacrament in two week afterwards so I guess people must have understood me. haha Oh the joys of learning a language. 

Saturday- just a normal Missionary Saturday. Food. Contacts. Lesson. Walking. 

Sunday, Sunday was another great day. I got to confirm Alicia in church. That was awesome, such a spiritual high that carried on through out the day. My first conferição here in brazil. Woot Woot! 

With it being the end of the transfer, this morning we had transfer calls. Turns out elder Cardoso Is outta here! I be staying here in fragata, and Ill get to meet my new companion tomorrow night. Woot WOOT! Super pumeped.

I hope everyone had a fantastic week! 

Amo Voces 
Elder Heiner. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

With love from brasil.

Hello everybody!! This week has been wild. Week two here in Fragrata, Petolas, Brazil. Man, Its still hard to think Im actually in brazil.

Oh, and Please forget the spelling errors... they don't have normal key boards down here and its really hard to type in english... ahhah

This week was filled with a bunch of meetings... I feel like thats all ive been doing since I started this mission thing.... Sitting in meetings.... Oh, well, There are definetly worse things we could be doing.

Its been raining a lot here. Id compare the weather to something like portland oregon. always raining, and always kinda cold. this next week its supposed to warm up quite a bit... like enough to maybe turn on the air conditioning... oh wait... they dont have that here! hahahah tudo bom!

The area I.m in is called fragata, its just outside of a gaint city, (300.000people). its kinda a mix of rural and city life. I love it here! we'll be walking by and have cars driving past and the next thing you know there are 40 horses and carts in the street. pretty wild. ahah

on tuesday we had a zone conference. It was super awesome, there are only like 4 americans in our entire zone.... Its weird to be a minority. ahhaha, I actually understood most of what everybody was talking about and actually gave input. I feel pretty proud of myself. Ive come along way since leaving the mtc in april.

one wendsday we had a meeting with all the distirict leaders. my compainion is the district leader so we had to go to that. I bascily sat in the foyar of the church for like 2 hours while they had their meet and then we took a 2 hour bus ride back to our area. the rest of our night we spent visiting our investigators.

The one thing that is completely different than serving in the states in the pure number of people we are working with. Our invesigator pool is like twenty people of soild probably going to be baptised investigators. Its CRAZY and Awesome!
IT defiently keeps us on our feet... we are constatntly running from appointment to appiontment. It pretty fun.

so far, our next up coming baptisims are going to be:
Desise and Rodrigue and their daughter,
Lucil and Kevin and their family.

This week, in my personal study, I finished the book or mormon again. I made a personal goal to try and read the book of mormon at least once every other transfer. Its been kinda hard to find time down here in brazil, but I finally finished it again. As I read through it this time I focused on the words of christ. This has really strengthed my testimony that christ is truely the living son of god and the the book of mormon is turely another testiment of him. In the entire book or mormon their are about 5 pages that do not make a reference to Him. I know that the book of mormon is true, and that Jesus Christ is the center of this entire gosple.

I love you all and I hope you have a fantastic freaking week!

with love from brazil,
Elder Heiner