Monday, February 24, 2014

February 24, 201

Well it was another awesome week! At the beginning I was a little nervous how the first week would be because it would give me a good idea of how the transfer was going to go, but I had nothing to worry about . My new comp and I were able to have a super successful week!
On wednesday all of our appt. fell through.. Every single last one, so we decided our only goal for the day was to find an elect. We hit house after house and had a few that seemed curious but were busy and other's that wanted nothing to do with us. Anyway after a long day of passing house after house I was about ready to call it a day but we decided on going to one more house.. (Im sure you guys can imagine how this story is going to go) But this guy answers and says we can come back tomorow night. Perfect we will return. The next day was much like the previous.. not a whole lot of luck.. but as we returned to that house as our last appt. and he wasnt there.. but his sister, Tainá,  with about 22 years greeted us and invited us in. She seemed super interested and something about her seemed a little diferente. We taught her the Restauration and she began to cry.. she told us she had prayed yesterday for an oppurtunity to return to church and have more peace and she expressed during our lesson she felt this overwhelming peace. She accepted to be baptized march 8!! She was the elect we were looking for! We returned the next day and we asked how her day was and if she prayed to know  it was true.. she told us all day it was a super stressful day but she had this continual peace with her. She knew it was her answer and we taught her how the Holy Ghost is our constant companion after baptism and brings this peace and feelings. She is super excited to be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost!
We found and started working with many others that seem very interested and excited! I am excited to see where this week takes us and the progression of Tainá and our other investigators.
I miss and love you all so much and hope you have another great week!
Also, Mitch.. Good luck with College papers! You got this for sure!
Thanks for the support and love,
Elder Marcus Phipps

Monday, February 17, 2014

February 17, 2014

Well, I will go ahead and kick off this one with tranfers.. I stayed! I am super pumped because I love this Ward and this área! My companion was transfered though so I am gonna miss that guy. 
Anyway I turned Senior Comp. and my new companion is Elder Lino. Gonna be a real tough transfer but I am excited for the challenges and new experiences!
Last P-day we went to this place called CRAS which is like a zoo here for endagered and trafficked animals here in Brasil. I love the birds here! They had Tucans and Araras which are my 2 fav birds. They had a bunch of monkeys.. even a monkey dog that kept trying to reach and take my câmera.. maybe new favorite animal! And, even had a Cougar! That made me a little homesick wanting to go back to BYU!  But hey its all good, it was soo cool! I got a lot of awesome pics of all the animals!
This week I dont really have too much to report unfortunately. Gabriela was confirmed and received the Holy Ghost this Sunday which was way cool. She even bought this little dress so she could start wearing it to Church.. gotta love the little sis. 
This week I was pretty distracted because they started this world cup promotion. You have to find 4 coke caps and pay 3 reis and you get a mini waterbottle of teams around the world.. I am determined to collect them all so as I am walking the streets I always have my eyes looking for coke caps! Its so addicting!
Also, Sunday we spent our last night of the transfer at Helena´s house. Her daughter made us mexican food!! It was soo good and it has been too long since I have had mexican tacos. She also made guacamole and I am in love with her homemade guac.. seriously. We also made chocolate cake obviously because someone was craving chocolate.. I am not sure who..
Valentines Day got pretty crazy too... I did missionary work.. but anyway it was a good last week! I am super pumped for this transfer, gonna be a tough one, but we got a lot of really great things going on here in Coronel Antonino!

I miss and love you all as always,
Elder Marcus Phipps

Monday, February 10, 2014

The week of loooooove!

Well might as well kick the letter off with a quick Happy Valentines to all you love birds out there!
Okay that is enough of that.. 

Well this week was good! My companion and I were out working all week but at the end our numbers didnt feel too rewarding.. 
But we had a baptism so it was all worth it! This week we baptized a 12 year old girl and she is super awesome! She is literally like my little sister.. we are Always joking with each other and she is super funny! Her name is Gabriela. She was super awesome to teach because she is super smart and understands everything. She also has a pretty funny imagination, so she asks a lot of deep questions that get me.. like one time she asked if it was possible that heaven is inside the sun.. I mean its a valid question..! Anyway It was super cool though because all week when we were teaching her she would always say team with the tie says first prayer and team of the house says closing prayer.. And then at her baptism she came up to me and said team with the tie says first prayer and I say the closing prayer.. just like when we would teach her. It was super awesome as she said the closing prayer in front of everyone there and it was perfect! I am not really sure how to say this in english, but she is padrãozinha! I am super excited for her and her being baptized is super awesome because she is a niece of a less active named Daniela and she came and brought her family and so she is helping them be more active and more excited about church!
Other than that this week was pretty average. We walked in the Sun a lot. Talked and met a ton of cool people. And had some pretty cool lessons. Jonny told us he received an answer to his prayers but that he wants another answer and he has said that now 3 times.. so I told him he has got his answer and now he needs to follow it. He told me he will pray and fast about if he should follow all the answers he has received.. so I guess thats progress? Anyway we will see this week!
Today for pday we are going to go to this mini zoo and see all the animals in this region. I am super excited because I have seen some pretty sweet Birds here but i want close ups! Any we got a tour guide and are going to explore with the guide a little bit!

Well, its the last week of the transfers so everyone is starting to get nervous.. I dont ever want to leave this área.. It will be super hard when this day comes. I really feel like a giant Family here with the members of this Ward. Last night we went to Moms house (Brasilian mom Helena) and we made Brownies and mango juice.. I LOVE BROWNIES AND CHOCOLATE!
Miss and hope you all have a great love filled week with lots of chocolate for valentines day..!
Much love,
Sweet Lips Phipps

Monday, February 3, 2014

Welcome to the 20's!

Well I have now been 20 for 3 days and I have already learned a few important things:
1.) When you Wake up, you usually have odd pains in the back.
2.) You gain lots of weight in the belly área.
3.) Your hair starts turning grey.. wait thats later in life..
I need to start writing things down to share what happens during the week, because everything just kinda meshes together and I feel like I forget a lot of things.. but hey it was another great week here in Coronel Antonino of Campo Grande! 
My companion and I have been continuing on working super hard with contacts and it has been pushing our work and blessings to the next level. We are finding some great people which is starting to turn into success. We have 5 baptisms marked as of now from just last week so we just gotta throw them in some water and help them stay Strong!
This week we continued to help Jonny and he is a little difficult because he thinks too hard about things and ends up confusing himself. We have taught the Restoration like 4 times, and he still tries to think that families are symbolism for getting revelation about fasting and idk what else.. BUT he continued to tell us ``it isnt his time yet`` and I told him look here Jonny its your time and he told us about a dream he had and asked us what it meant, I told him it means he needs to get baptized and it will only bless his life. He looks at me and said ``i think its my time!`` So I marked him for the 9th.. Just gotta help him stay on this train of thought and help him stay Strong!
This week we also found a super cool Family and they accepted to be baptized! They are super awesome and curious about everything which is good! We will continue to help them and get to know them better. And our last date is a niece of a member and she moved here and we brought her to church and she liked it so much she wants to get baptized. She has 12 years and is super cool! We are going to baptise her saturday and confirm her sunday!
The work is going on! 
It was cool to be a missionary on my birthday.. Only get that oppurtunity 2 times in my life so I gotta take advantage, I also bought a lot of chocolate and went crazy!
Well I hope all is well with everyone at home and I hope you all have another blessed week! Also I will start preparing myself for Family Fued mom!
Elder BAMF Phipps
``Being around my friends``