Monday, November 28, 2016

First Baptism!

So first batizmo Saturday!!!! I was super pumped for it and it went pretty well, hopefully many more of those to come!! Also found 2 novo pesquisadors(investigators) that we have committed to batizmo, just gotta teach them some more lessons and show them the blessings of the Gospel!

   And there was a mission tour this week and we got to hear from Elder Aidukaitis, it was really good, talked a lot about Expiação de Jesus Cristo, and how through it, we can have true paz e feliz(peace and happiness) and our weak things can become strong. Oh, and being obedient em todos os coisas(in all things), because that is the foundation for fe(faith) to grow on. So he committed all the missionaries to get out of bed at exactly 6:30 because missionaries who get out of bed even 1 minute late have other problems as well because they are doing their own will and not the will of the Lord. And can I just say, missionaries are awesome, they are just so friendly and caring and loving. I got to meet some great missionaries this tour, hopefully I’ll get to be companions with them:P.

Hope all is super duper fantastic!!! Would love to hear from all of you about how life and everything is going! Love ya!
Elder Hilchie

Sight seeing, the hair looks better!

Seja Felliz! (Be Happy)


Ummm not a ton of things happened this week....Brasil had yet another holiday that started Friday (11 de November) and lasted until Wednesday of this week. And everyone in São Paulo loves to go up to the beautiful beaches in the north. So there weren't a lot of people home this week because of this but we did manage to teach a good number of people and still find new people to teach. But what really highlighted this week was the conferência de zona that we had this Wednesday. Half of the mission got together with Presidente and Sister Broadbent and the assistentes and talked about a wide range of things. Everything from how to be autossuficiente (self sufficient) até how we should always leave um compromisso(commitment) with everyone we meet. It was really reinforced that we shouldn't be afraid to invite others to pray, read, go to church, etc because this is our purpose as missionaries. We will only help others come unto Cristo by inviting them to do something that will help grow their fé. If we don't invite, they most likely won't do it. We also talked about how we can be autossuficientes(self sufficient). How we can work so that we don't have to rely on others to do things for us. Presidente talked about how in the mission, it is the perfect time to work on this. Presidente also threw in there how we should always be HAPPY no matter what's happening! To always choose to be smiley and happy. This life is full of dificuldades and problems for every one of us and if we choose to let that bring us down, we will have an unhappy, uneventful life. We always need to choose look on the positive side of things and smile even when everything is going wrong. We have a rule in our mission that we can only be sad for 5 seconds and then we have to rebounce and continue on. When we don't let those little things bring us down and are always happy, not only will we have a wonderfully happy life but we will also help others to feel happy! 

And at the very end of this week, we meet a wonderful lady named Rosana. We are teaching a little girl of 11 years named Ingrid and were taking her home Saturday from a ward activity when we met her tia Rosana. We dropped her off and were just about to leave when Rosana stopped to talk to us. She asked a lot of questions and at the end of it all, we taught about the plano of felicidade(Plan of Happiness). She lost her son and in all the churches she went to, they always taught her that she would see him after this life but not remember who he is and that only the people who are evangélicos will go to heaven and the rest....way down in the deep. But as members of the Church of Jesus Cristo, we know that this isn't true. We testified how she would be able to see her son again and not only see him but remember who he is and be able to live with him forever. We didn't have too much time to talk with her because it was getting late but left um panfleto(pamphlet) with her about Heavenly Father's plan for us and how depending on our actions, we will be able to live with Him again or not. We marked to go back another day to teach more and are super excited!!!

That's about it folks! Amo vocês(I love you)!! Have the most smiley week ever!!

Sister Hilchie :)


So not a lot happened this week, lots of travel because I had to go to Juiz de Fora to become a legal resident of Brazil, that was fun. Oh, and I got a haircut, and I’m not entirely sure what to think about it... apparently it is an acceptable hairstyle here.  And Christmas is beginning to happen here with all the same decorations and ads that are in America, just kinda funny to see Christmas trees and lights but it be super hot. Thanksgiving is not a thing here, surprise! I doubt anyone knows what it even is.

The Haircut!
 While I was in Juiz de Fora, I saw some super Mario things, I’ll send a picture. There was a lizard in the house, tried to catch it but it was dang fast. Hope all is well with you guys!!!!!! Hopefully I’ll have some better stories soon!!

The October 2015 Liahona(also in the Ensign) is super good, especially the one by President Uchtdorf, talking about how it is important to start the race (life) but it is even more important to finish with our torches lit, and how really the only way we can lose is if we give up. I love that because Jesus and God are always there for us and will love us always, no matter what. And as long as we don’t give up and try our hardest to be better, everything will work out. Love you all, hope you have a wonderful week!!!!
Elder Hilchie

p.s. sometimes when the clouds are just right, they cover the mountain and it looks like Jurassic park haha