Monday, October 24, 2016

15 months!!


Welp this was the last week of the transfer and today is a whole new beginning. I will stay em Parque Bristol but not with Sister Lima......I am super excited that I will be staying here because I love Parque Bristol but at the same time a bit sad that Sister Lima will leave. We became really close, and we had been through so much together and it was absolutely wonderful while it lasted. My new companion's name is Sister Sobrinho (and that's all I know about her hahaha). I am excited to get to know her! 

Então this week, we worked really hard and finished out the transferência strong with a lot of novos investigators. We are trying to really grow our grupo de ensino and find the people who really quer.(care) We started teaching Isac's mom and that is going wonderfully! She has come to church these past two domingos and is really enjoying it. She has a desire to learn more and what's even better is that she has Isac to help her! She works throughout the week and gets home late so we aren't able to visit her as much as we would like to but with Isac, it makes it a bit easier to know how she's doing and have him do things (like pray, read the Book of Mórmon) with her. 

We are still working with Reneane and Anderson to get them married. We are just waiting for he documento de nascimento(Marriage license) to get here from where she used to live and it's taking forever. This week we found out that it got sent back to her mom and are going to try another way to get it here as fast as possible. But they are at church every domingo firme e fortes and are seeing a lot of changes in their lives since they have started to come to church. It's been great to help them along and see their progress. 

OH and this week I SAW ELDER HILHCIE! It was superly fantastically awesome!!! I remember when we were driving past the templo, I looked out the onibus and saw tons of missionaries. I looked at Sister Lima e exclaimed "my brother's in there somewhere!" My heart started to beat faster and as we started to walk on the temple grounds, I got super anxious to see him. But we weren't finding him. Until I looked to the side and saw a tall Elder looking at me. I started to really focus on him and realized that it was Elder Hilchie!! He started to run towards me and I to him and we gave each other the biggest hug ever! Sister Lima said that when this happened, all the missionaries looked at us like "what are they doing?! Elderes and sisteres can't hug...." but after we let go, a lot of missionaries started to come up to us and once we explained that we were siblings, they got mais relaxed and thought that was super awesome. It was great to see him!!! We took some pictures, talked a bit and then it was time to go. Just as he was about to enter into the templo, he said "tchau" and made a coração(heart) with his hands hahaha. And now, só em 2 anos.(2 years)

I hope you all have the best week ever!! Love you all!! 

Sister Hilchie :)  

I couldn't retrieve the pictures that were sent, I will have them next week.  I am very excited to see them together!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Goodness! (Elder Hilchie)

Oh my goodness, they do not give us any time to email and it is stressing me out, I apologize in advance if I do not email you personally today, just please send me another email reminding me please:P

 Alright, so I did in fact make it safe to Brazil, although I was not in the group picture because I was sound asleep upstairs. The food is still pretty good here, lots of beans and rice, but really good rice. Oh, and there is this weird track that is super narrow, I’ll take a picture of it and send it next week. I’m learning Portuguese pretty quickly, a lot faster than I should be, which is fantastic. Still cannot understand super-fast Portuguese though.

There was a devotional by Elder Bednar that we watched here and I saw the people from my zone who sang in the choir, which was pretty dang awesome, I miss you guys!!!!!!! The devotional was on how to study general conference in greater depth by using `the Bednar Matrix` (there is supposed to be quotation marks, but I cannot find them on this keyboard) so first you identify the doctrine or principle of the talk, then you find the invitation and then you find the promised blessings within the talk. Sometimes you do have to search for them, but it is pretty cool to see that that is how the apostles today teach, just as Jesus taught. And the whole plan thing that happened in the premortal world? God made the plan and presented it, and Satan rebelled against it and tried to amend it. It wasn’t choosing between Jesus´s plan or Lucifer’s plan, it was either choosing to follow God or rebel against Him. And now it is our job as missionaries to bring people to the Gospel and back to our Heavenly Father. Just food for thought.
Some of the people from the Provo MTC zone came this week, which was pretty nice, hopefully they are adjusting well and learning a lot of Portuguese.

 And so today, I just so happened to stumble upon Sister Hilchie at the Sao Paulo temple!!!!!! (It may have been planned, just a little bit) it was awesome, and I’m pretty sure we scared a few of the missionaries, but then we told them we were brother and sister and then it made sense. So I talked to her for a while, she gave me some really good advice, we took some pictures together, it was very fun. Super crazy though, didn’t really believe it was her for a  minute, I mean we are in a different country and both serving missions!!!!! Super awesome, oh and Sister Hilchie is most definitely losing some of her English because she kept on saying Portuguese words. Hopefully she will send some pictures in her email, and then next week I’ll send some pictures too. Well, love you guys!!!! Hope all is super-duper well!! Keep me updated!!!
Elder Hilchie

Monday, October 17, 2016

From the Brazil CTM

This is Tyler's email Oct. 12, 2016.  His pdays are Wed for now.  He will head out to Juiz de Fora on October 25. Then everything will change again!!

Well, I’m here at Brazil!!!! Just at the CTM though, but still super awesome!! There is super good food here, and really nice people. It is pretty humid and hot and everyone speaks fluent Portuguese, but that’s still pretty awesome! I’ll be able to fully acclimatize to the environment. Oh, but the biggest downfall is that you only get 45 minutes to email here and you can’t send pictures for some weird reason or another. Went to the temple in Campinas today, it was really nice. It took like an hour drive to get there so we got to see some of Brazil, lots of greenery, and red brick houses. Like the jungle comes all the way up to the edge of the city, it is pretty cool. Very pretty. Not a lot has happened thus far, mostly because after the flight here, I was super tired and now I can’t remember much of what happened yesterday. Oh yeah, so while I was in the room, I thought I heard a gunshot, so I asked one of the Brazilians what it was and he said it was fireworks and that they set them off randomly. Traffic is crazy here, and if you have a motorcycle, you can cut through all the traffic in between the cars. Hopefully I’ll have better stories next week, I’ll make sure to write them down. I do miss the Provo MTC, love the missionaries down there, the zone was awesome. Had many fun times and great memories. Love you guys! Hope to hear from you!!
Elder Hilchie