Archive for May 2009

05/18/2009

May 22, 2009

Hey familia…

Life is good we had a very good week and made a lot of progress in our areas. We have been receiving many references from the members because of the may different activities they do. I have really enjoyed the ward here and really see the love they have. We had planned an activity with the ward missionaries but that sort of bombed and then the baptism we had planned was rescheduled by one of the members. We discovered this person to be influencing the person to constantly change the date of her own baptism because this person wanted to be there and didn’t want to make the sacrifices of their own time to go so they influenced our candidate to keep changing. Needless to say we had a conference with the leadership and they will make sure it doesn’t happen again. We had a good baptism. We decided to go in suits and I used the idea of our old ward to play the Small and Simple Things DVD during the meeting after the baptism remembering that it made the meeting that much better and the spirit was the much sweeter. It was a good baptism and she is very happy now she was confirmed this Sunday and I could see the happiness that she had.

The activity on Friday was held in three places again. I was in Barra this time my comp in Cucurana. My comp said there were at least 32 people there and 22 were nonmembers. We contacted many this week already but can to do more. One of them were a woman and her two children. The woman is deficient in hearing and speaking but it was a good lesson and she understood us even through it all. She and her two children came to church this past sunday and I could tell they were really happy. We didn’t even have an idea that they were relatives of a member friend of ours. It was a miracle.

Speaking of miracles. On Saturday we had accessed the situation of our areas mission. The member missionaries weren’t able to come because of a birthday party that went on the day before and many were tired. We had hoped to really help Cucurana but it didn’t happen. So we did a fast. Our purpose was fasting for the area and for our opportunities o increase in finding more baptisms. I ended my fast at noon when church ended and my comp a little while after. Anyway we were waiting for our bishop to get our signature for a baptism form and he was in an meeting of a mother of a recent convert who until now hasn’t been baptized. She has been taught and is a good friend of ours and lives under us in our apartments. She has been very difficult in getting to baptize but the bishop called us. She had been crying and told us that that morning she had heard a voice calling to her. This voice gave her good feelings. She came in to church feeling very warm and the moment she stepped in to church she felt very welcome there. She ahs been attending for almost 3 months now. She has been praying for her answer and finally got it during the gospel principals class. Ether 12:6 was read about faith. She has decided to be baptized this Saturday. I will be praying much for her she is truly one who needs the gospel and who accepts Jesus Christ as our savior.

I am will write a letter to Grandpa. I will be praying for him and thinking of him. I know I will be worried until I hear more about. If anything else happens please call the office and let them know. I would be very grateful for that. I know it is natural for me to be worried for those I love. I was worried last week when everyone had been sick. Just like I was last year when dad was having anxiety attacks. I know I am get worried about these things because I am far away. I know also I am here for a purpose and you guys want me to stay focused as I know Grandpa wants me to. So I will but I will be thinking much about the welfare of my family this week.. Its sort of uncontrollable.

Well Megan congratulations on your graduation, I was there by heart and love. Tyler keep up the good work on scouting you will never forget those moments in your life. Mom and Dad you guys taught us how to be good and how to be valiant. I learned most of my best things from you. I love you all I hope all is well. I will be praying for all of you this week. I know you are all being blessed for your hard work. In your callings and for your love of the lord. Megan good job in standing up for your convictions in saying the benediction.. I am proud of the example my family shows for the church.  I love you again.
Elder Allred

05/11/2009

May 22, 2009

Hey familia.
The phone call was very awesome. I think that it was a little difficult to talk in English again but I really enjoyed hearing all of your voices again and knowing that I will see you all again will make it that much better. Thanks for the patience you all had with me and have with me even today. I know one form of love is patience. 1 Corinthians 13 really shows that every attribute of Jesus Christ is some form of love. I am trying to implement them in my life. I see that you all have grown also. I know that with the changes even the ones that separate us for a little while like this mission has gives us the best changes necessary to grow and receive the higher blessings of our Father in Heaven. I recognize that in all of you and know that you are all growing in this experience with me.

Well I guess what p-day today was a bunch of traveling around. we tried waiting for the rest of the zone to get to a spot for lunch and kind of ate up the p-day. but then we relaxed and that was ok. I tried sending this e-mail sooner but the e-mail was down in many places and there was very little I could do. I know next week will be better.
I would very much like to talk when I get home. I will have a ton of stories to tell when I get home. I think a life time of stories. Also I think I would very much like to just chill out with you all when i get home. But that is another 9 months and I wont let those thoughts get to my work.. lol… just the plane ride home!!!! so anyways I guess I could share a dream I had. I had a dream about the mountains back home last night. I had a dream I went to Yellowstone with you all that was a lot of fun. It was all in Portuguese but was a lot of fun. I woke up and cleaned the house and left. Well this week we are getting ready to baptize. We want to baptize about 3 of our investigators and with faith we will be able to help them.

I saw that Hunter is getting married I got the letter form grandma and grandpa today. congratulate him for me.  I hope all will go well with the graduation this week I know all will be fine. I love each of you and cant wait to see you again here in 9 months.. I pray for each night. there exists no other family that I would rather be with for time and all eternity than with all of you.
love you all..
Elder Allred

05/04/2009

May 22, 2009

Well I am way excited to for this Sunday. I will really enjoy the opportunity to talk to all of you once again. So this week was really good. I had the opportunity to see our activities go through and see things happen as they should. We did a division and my companion stayed here in Barra with the group leader of the apartments. I went a little bit into the country and did a division with the bishop in the country folks group. We had 13 people there at the activity that weren’t members. Think of what a great activity that was. I really enjoyed the talk on families by the bishop and luckily had some pamphlets about the Proclamation to the World to hand out to people. It was overall a very good experience. They didn’t have any games planned so I went out of my shyness and did the world’s biggest zoo game. It was a really good time; when I get home I will have to play that game with all of you.

We got back to the other group in just enough time to see them finish. It was a good turnout and now we have many people that we can begin teaching out in the country.  We are also working on getting some people active again in the church. Sometimes the reasons they left are so small that it just takes a little diplomacy and friendship to get them back and to enjoy the full blessings again of their baptisms. We met a man who has had some really rough times in his life. We invited him and he told us he didn’t have good clothes to come to church., my comp just looked at him and said you only need to have yourself there because the Lord accepts you for who you are. He said “he would go for the Lord.” He was there Sunday and to our great joy he participated well and talked to the bishop and the stake president. We are going to attempt to get two members married. Based on some money issues they can’t get married but we will try to see what we can do to help them.

We are trying also to get a family married in Cucurana. She has been investigating the church for 2 weeks now but we haven’t gotten a hold of her boyfriend. Being that they have to be married before baptism we will try this next week to get a hold of him. He already has great interest in knowing the church but has to work a lot.

So I have learned a little more this week about miracles. If we just work, even if we don’t have success for a while, the miracles come because we are being obedient and we are showing our desire. Things just happen that when looking back it doesn’t seem possible. But it isn’t us that provide miracles it is the Lord and we are simply doing his will which provides the opportunities and opens the door for a miracles to happen. I will explain more about this miracle later in another letter.

Well my companion is from Sao Paulo just to explain a little about him. I’ve seen some of his pics already they are pretty wild. I don’t think I will attempt any clown pictures. The ward is getting more amore excited as we implement more and more of the thoughts given to us. It is a great opportunity to work with him but challenging for me because now I need to do some instructing on some things in the mission.

Megan thanks for the letter I would greatly enjoy a DVD or something to feel apart of your graduation. It is really sad for me that I can’t be there but at the same time I am glad I am doing something worth the while. I love you.

Hey just don’t get sick anymore alright. I don’t want you guys getting Pig Flu or whatever they call it in the U.S. That doesn’t sound like a lot of fun to me. Well Mom and Dad I can’t wait to talk to you this weekend. I love you all and hope things are going well and will go well this week. I am praying for you and thinking of you. Looking forward to your phone call. Love
Elder Allred

04/27/2009 Letter

May 22, 2009

Hey familia. como via. eu esou muito bem..
So Tuesday morning hits. I am all excited to prepare for transfers and then the phone rings.  It’s Elder Rodriguez from Vitoria which was my late comps home town and his family was to be sealed at the temple that day. They had no way of calling him to be there at the temple. It was my first sealing that I got to see in my life. I greatly appreciated the opportunity to see him, his brothers, sisters and mother and father (who passed away) get sealed in the temple. It was a great experience and a great way to end the transfer. He was transferred to Jão Boratão and has already sent in his papers. I am excited to see where he will go. I received a companheiro with 2 months on the mission. He was just trained this last transfer. I am excited to use some of my knowledge to help out with any worries but I am also learning a lot from him as well as I always do from all my comps. He is from Jason’s mission in São Paulo but hasn’t met him before. I have already met many missionaries from there who say that he is a really great missionary. It’s cool to have a comp from the same mission as my cousin. Anyways it was funny to hear him talk about his past jobs. He was a clown once and worked a lot with people, so he knows a lot about exciting people and using his gifts to help the members. We are now beginning an activity to bring references to us. The ward will split in 3 parts and each group will be responsible for activities within themselves. This will give them the opportunity to focus on their districts and we can go in during activities and get references and meet less-actives. It is a great idea that has been a long time coming in the ward. It appears they were just waiting for the right missionary to get them excited. My comp is really exciting and I like to do new things so the ward will really help us with their program and we can begin truly working hard in this area. My ultimate goal is leaving this area knowing future missionaries will be able to get lots of references. It’s quite a jump this last week from what we had the last transfer.

I am still learning lots about leadership and bringing the Light of Christ to others. I have been reading in D&C 130 about the Light of Christ and how we need to help others. If you go to 3rd Nephi 12:15-16 you will find a great scripture of what we as members should be doing. I love it.

We are working a lot with couples here trying to get them married. It will be a good work to do I am excited to help them and their families. We are focusing more this transfer in the mission on families. The president wants us to focus more on getting whole families to accept the gospel rather than just a few. This will greatly help us to grow in our teaching and our relationships with others.

Megan you can’t graduate this year sorry. Looks like you are going to be in until I get home I will write Rebby to keep you there if I have to. hahahaha…

I am glad to hear about the exciting adventures you all are having there in the branch it makes me that more excited to begin helping once I finish my mission service. It sounds like the branch is being very blessed and it is all because of obedience and love. You are such a choice family to me and thanks for being such a great example for me in what I need to do to be happier on the mission. Seems like there is always something we need to work on. I recognize a few things I could do better. But this is what the mission is all about. I am working and the Lord shows me what to strengthen. Then I go to work again.

I hope the package arrives here in a little bit; she is sending it or will send it but it will get there. I love you all; I will be praying for you and keeping you in my thoughts. Megan still can’t graduate. haha…. Love you all talk to you soon.
Love always
Elder Allred