Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Quem servis, Por Que servis!! Who you serve, Why you serve!! Our mission motto.

So just wanted to start out by saying that I’m doing great and love doing this great work!!! Truly a blessing to me to be part of this!
The highlight of the week was Saturday when we had a visit from Elder Neil A. Anderson, an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was seriously awesome!! He and his wife visited, along with Elder Mazzagardi (Area Seventy of Brasil) and his wife. It was definitely an experience I will never forget!! When they entered the church we were already set up and all of us were welcoming them in with this powerful hymn. It isn’t in the English Hymn book, only the Portuguese. I could truly feel the Spirit so strong, and the presence that entered as he came in. We all had the opportunity to shake their hands but because of time and he had other meetings, we weren’t able to get a personal picture with him. The meeting was just with us missionaries!!
His wife gave such an incredible talk to us. She spoke an introduction in portuguese then spoke the rest in English and a translator translated to portuguese. She talked with so much love for us and love for the Lord and respect for her husbands calling in the church. She related a story to us about many years ago when their kids were young, she wanted each child to have a copy of the talks in the Ensign for Family Home Evening each week. She went to the copy store to make copies.  Then she told us that she regrets so much, that when she saw that the total of the copies cost more than 50 dollars she felt sick to her stomach, that it was a lot of money. Then she thought, What is the cost of our Salvation? What is the cost for the opportunity to have each child have a copy of the words of the prophet and apostles and gain a love for the Lord. She bought them!!  She is really amazing and really showed her love for us! Then we heard from Elder Anderson.  He spoke mostly in Portugues which was incredible to see. He spoke English only a few times and had a translator translate for him. It was awesome cause he also walked around and talked to us and asked us questions and had us talk as well. I was sitting on the edge of the 2nd row on the side, and so many times he would stop walking right next to me and like look me straight in the eyes as he talked!! it was seriously incredible. The presence of the Lord was so strong and my testimony grew of the Savior and the Gospel. The focus on the talk was about the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and how when we better our knowledge of what the Atonement is, we have more desire to share the Gospel and help others know what we know. I know that he is a man called of God!! That he truly is an Apostle of Jesus Christ. It was an experience I will never forget. 
This week, we have been teaching like crazy and brought a lot of members of the church to lessons with us. The testimonies of a member during a lesson to an investigator is so crucial and many times more important and powerful than what we say. Cause our investigators see them as normal people and they see us usually as "pastors" haha. or a German. haha "Ehhh Alemão, fala Inglês!" (Hey German, speak english!)  Many people say that on the street to me and it makes no sense hahah.  I feel so confident in speakin portugues now!! It is just part of me now, it is so cool. I feel the spirit so strong testifying to people that what I know is true! I have really sought out for Gods help the past couple weeks. I have really seen, that my reading and speakin in Portugues is so much better and powerful and just flows when I have the Spirit with me. If I go into a lesson without it, it’s not the same. The gift of the Holy Ghost is real and can be our constant companion as long as we don’t do things to drive it away. Sunday morning was a little sad, cause we had a member with us to pick up some investigators in his car. The first investigator really really wanted to go, but her husband wouldn’t let her. He got ticked off and was yelling at us from a distance. He was always fine when we had visited to teach the days before, he just was quiet and watched soccer on tv but Sunday morning he was ticked. I tried to get him to come out and talk to us face to face and explain but he wouldn’t. I got a little heated and told him to come out and talk to me man to man, probably crossed the line on that one. But the night before, I tried to show him respect and ask him if his wife could go to church with us. He didn’t want her to but she begged and begged and said how much she wanted to go. She had already received an answer about the Book of Mormon. He ended up saying we could, but the next day I guess he changed his mind. But she is awesome and we went over again that night hoping things had calmed down. It hadn’t, but she came out and talked to us. She was so sincere and asked us to pray and pray that her husband’s heart was softened. I told her to apologize to him if we had disrespected him and that we were here only to help. We will visit again later this week.  But Dino went to church and loved it!!! It was great to have him there.Raimunda will probably get baptised this weekend!!!
I have so much love for the people here! Especially the kids here! They are so humble and loving! I love being a missionary and serving the Lord! 
Quem servis, Por Que servis!! Who you serve, Why you serve!! Our mission motto.
I know that Jesus Christ lives and is our Lord and Savior. He is continually reaching out to us with His loving arms. He is there for us continually. He wants us to use this "gift" (the atonement) that He has given us. We need to show our faith and love and appreciation for Him and his "gift" by following Him and Keeping his commandments!  I love yall so much!! have a great week and say hi to those you see and smile, it might just make someones day!


Elder Bean

Sitting at the front of the bus the entire ride because
they pack the busses here like sardines!!

Being dorky at lunch with a member

Edimar and Chirley's family

Being studs!!

They are doing a type of dance/karate thing in the street,
 playing music with cool instruments.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Seeing the Fruits of Our Labors!!!

Boa Tarde!!!

My week was incredible!!! Seriously was awesome!! One of the best weeks I’ve had on my mission! We worked so hard and are seeing the fruits of our labors!!!
This week we found a ton of new investigators. We found a solid 13 more people that are "bons novos". That are actually wanting to hear our messages and look into it!! We marked 4 baptism dates this week and so now we have 6 in total!! I have never worked so hard on my mission, and never felt so much joy and the Spirit so strong throughout the day!
One of the studs we found was Vinicus. So we are doing tons of contacts in the streets and trying to talk with everyone we see about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  One day, after our studies in the morning, I just looked to Elder Lima and told him I had a feeling we would find someone special who needed to hear what we had to say and would get baptised! So we started the day off!  The first lesson we had marked, we brought a member with us and the lady ended up not being at home.. So that fell through. The member returned home so we started doing contacts. At least the first 8 people rejected us. I was just thinking, wow this day has started off like crap. ha.  But we kept on going! After another contact in the street flat out rejected us, another guy was headed in our direction. He was looking at us (I think just waiting for us to start talkin with him about what we had to share lol) and so we started to talk with him and taught him the whole message of the Restoration in a summarized form on the side of the street. Afterwards I showed him a Book of Mormon and we explained to him what it was. Then, I did something I had never done in my entire mission, I invited a contact in the street to be baptised if he received an answer from his prayers! He accepted and agreed to a date for June 14th!!  Contato de Ouro!! Golden contact!!  The Spirit was super strong talking with him!! 
For the rest of the day we just found so many awesome people who were willing to hear from us!! Including a contact we did with a lady named Fabiana. We went over to her house yesterday. She lives alone with her 3 kids, ages 14, 12, and 8. We taught them the Plan of Salvation and how Families are Eternal. It was so awesome!! During the lesson I felt prompted that we should sing that primary song, Familias Poderão Ser Eternas (Families can be together forever). I have never sang before in a lesson but we had our hymn books with us and we sang it! and the Spirit was so strong!! At the end of the lesson she said she just felt so good and it was all new information to her but she just felt it could be right! She said she has always wanted to believe that families would stay together in the next life but she had always had doubts! Now she feels and knows its true!! We then invited her to be baptised on June 14th and she accepted as well!!! 
We also have been teaching and meeting with a pastor from a different church. Funny story how we met him ha. We planned to meet with one of our investigators at a restaurant. Well after 10 minutes of being there and talkin with her, a pastor showed up to sit with us! So our investigator had called this pastor to come and I guess have a "Bible Bash" with us and try to tear us apart.  Well it ended up being the opposite. And we didn’t know that this guy was coming!  So the Pastor thought we would want to Bash with him I guess but we had just a great conversation with the guy. We read some scriptures together and just talked freely. At the end we showed him the Book of Mormon. After we explained what it was and how we believe in using both The Bible and The Book of Mormon, he got really interested!! How one complements the other.  We ended up marking another day to just visit with him (and not our other investigator, who we have stopped visiting..)  So he had read part of the Book of Mormon and really liked it! It is cool talking with Nicolas cause he already has so much knowledge about the Bible and things other than a lot of the people we teach who Believe in the Bible but have never read it. We just explain to him that we aren’t trying to take away the Truths that he already has a knowledge of, but to add onto the truths he does have with the fullness of the Gospel!!
This week was seriously a blast!! We taught so many people and just had fun going around and sharing this great message with everyone we could find!! There are so many great stories to tell that would take a whole day trying to email them all!! Awesome experiences happen everyday, and I’m so grateful to be more in tune to notice those big things that happen but also those little blessings and miracles we sometimes take for granted.  Its awesome how, the days you work the hardest is when you return home the most happy and full of the Spirit of the Lord!! I love this work and I love my Savior!! I know that He lives! That he died for us so we could one day return to the presence of our Heavenly Father! It is a blessing to take part in this great work here and see the hands of God in the lives of others!! So stoked to see Elder Neil L. Anderson this Saturday who is coming to visit our Mission!!!

I love you!!

Elder Bean

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mother's Day Skype was Awesome!!!

E aí,  como está as coisas!?? :))

Nossa Senhora, skyping yesterday was so Awesome!!! Im so grateful that don’t just gotta rely on handwritten letters, but can skype and write emails. I miss yall so much but it was so great getting to talk with yall!!! I was so pumped afterwards!!! 
This week was awesome!!! I picked up Elder Lima on Tuesday!!! My "son"!!! Hes awesome. He is 24 and from Minas Gerais, Brasil.  He has a lot of desire to serve the Lord and just wants to work work and learn learn. I’ve had a blast being his companion and trainer!!!
We marked a baptism date with Dino, (pronounced G-No) for the 31st of May! He is a stud!! We had a super spiritually awesome lesson with him this week and afterwards he said the prayer before we left. It was such a powerful prayer, and he was just bearing his heart to Heavenly Father. He started crying and I’m not gonna lie, i got a little teary. It was legit!!! And then we also marked a date with Nathalia for the 25th of May, someone we met in the street doing contacts. We talked to her and her boyfriend. Her boyfriend was a way cool dude, he was baptised into the church about 2 years ago but had stopped going about a year ago. We then taught her the next day, and it all just clicked with her! She said it just made sense. Then we promised her that she would receive an answer to her prayers before the 25th of May!! 
Yesterday on Sunday, Sarah (the girl we baptised in February) gave a talk in church and it was awesome!! It was super cool to see her growth in the past few months. Going from teaching her with Elder Tippetts, to seeing her give a great talk about Faith in Church!!! 
I love this Gospel and love being a missionary and helping others come to know what I know and share in the happiness that I have been blessed to have. 
I love yall so much!!!!! Espero que vocês tenham uma ótima semana!!!! :)

Com Amor,

Elder Bean

Studying the gospel!!! 

Me and Elder Lima (his name will probably change to
Elder P. Lima because there is already an Elder Lima in the mission.

Sowards, Lant, Lima, and Me at church on Sunday.

Lunch at house of Agostinho

What I do best...eat

Me and Dino!!! He cooked us a feast of fish and meat!!

With Raimundo, Dino's older brother

Dino's neighbor


Testimony in Portuguese

Friday, May 9, 2014

New Companion, My "Son" Elder Lima

My "son" gets to email his family today to let them know he made it safe and stuff. I had to send him some photos, so I thought I would also say hi to ya :))))

His name is Elder Lima. He is a 24 year old Brasilian who just got out of the MTC in Sao Paulo yesterday!!! He officially has 14 days in total on the mission (13 days in the MTC)

He is really cool and we bonded really fast.  He is super respectful and told me he is so excited to learn from me. He told me last night how I was the person he was praying for in the MTC even though he didn’t know my name or my face.  Its cool cause he calls me "pai" even though I’m younger than him. He really respects me and looks to me for everything to help teach him and show him how to be a missionary! He is so excited to learn and I am so stoked to work with him!  I will learn so much from him as well!!  so excited momma

Today I gave my first district meeting training! Went really good!!! super spiritual :)

With Elder Lima, my new companion riding in the van to the bus stop.

Elders Sowards, Lant, Me and Lima

With Elder Sena and Elder Fonseca in Cruzeiro.
We spent the night to get our new companions the next day.

Elder Swallow one of the Assistants to the President

Elder Koelliker the other Assistant

Playing futebol for zone activities a couple weeks ago

Monkey in a tree

Zone Alvorada shirts

Service project at a member's home.

Lunch at the Bishop's house with his extended family.

The Bishop (Bispo)

Elicya, the girl that Elder Tippetts and I baptized.

Raillan, the boy I baptized