Monday, March 28, 2016

March 28, 2016- week 82 of 100- Feliz Páscoa (Happy Easter) from Capivari, Brazil!

Feliz Páscoa!

Well, Imma be completely honest and say that I didn't know it was going to be Easter Sunday this Sunday that passed until like halfway through the week. I thought it was always supposed to be in April. Oh well, haha. Easter here in Brasil was pretty nice. We got lots of Chocolate eggs for Easter! Sounds like you guys all had a great Easter. :) I think this is the last holiday, besides the fourth of July, that I will have to celebrate on the mission.

So, this past week was definitely an interesting week. Now, I literally have no money, because I spent the last of it going up to Piracicaba twice again this week. There was the normal district meeting on Tuesday and another meeting with President on Thursday. 

I feel like this week has been a week of changes. I've discussed somethings with my companion of what we can do on our mission to be better missionaries and we have decided that we are going to change a lot of what we do. We are trying our best to be completely obedient in every aspect of the missionary life. So far, its gone pretty good and I can already feel the difference that it has made in my life. 

I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to be on the mission serving the Lord. I know that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer. He loves each and every one of us in the most intimate and caring way. He knows how we feel and only wants to help us. His amazing sacrifice is one of great joy. It is because of Him that we can change. It is because of Him that we can enjoy the blessing of the Gospel and know of God's love for us. I'm also so grateful for a wonderful family such as you all. Thank you for the love and appreciation you show for me. It isn't always the easiest thing to continue on the mission. There have been a few times where I wanted so badly to give up and come home, but your love and motivation has helped me to work even harder.

I also received your guys' package! Thank you so much! I loved it! I have already shared a lot of the candies with my companion and some members. I also very much enjoyed the photos you guys included. Wow, Melissa and John are so tall! ESPECIALLY MELISSA! Sarah looks pretty much the same though, haha.

Unfortunately, this P-Day, I have to use the computers that don't allow for you to upload or download stuff, so I'll have to send you pictures next week.

My favorite scripture this week was D&C 122.

I love you guys and wish you all a wonderful week!

Elder Collins
Feliz Páscoa!

Monday, March 21, 2016

March 21, 2016- week 81 of 100- P-day in Capivari, Brazil!

Hey Guys!

So, this week was definitely a wallet emptier. On Tuesday, we had District Meeting up in Piracicaba, and afterwards we stayed with our DL and had lunch at his house. As they had leftover stir fry and my companion knows how to make orange chicken, we decided to make an oriental lunch. Imma just say it was a good learning experience haha. It was pretty good, though. 

On Thursday, we did a division with the Zone leaders. This time, I went to their area in Piracicaba...again. That day was the first day in my entire mission that I threw up during work. Lunch that day was really good, so I ate a lot. Then we decided to go and get some açaí afterwards. Then, when we went to a recent convert's house, she gave us even more food. To be polite, we accepted. After that, we started knocking doors under the blazing sun. I just couldn't handle it, so I went over to an empty area with bushes and grass and threw up. Elder Denhike (my zone leader) got some good pictures of me vomiting. haha

This whole week, we've been out in the hot sun knocking doors looking for new investigators as most of ours are "mole". which basically means weak or soft. I don't exactly know how missionary work is in the United States or any other place, but here in Brasil, it's a lot easier to find people who will listen to you. There are always people who don't want anything to do with you because they already have a religion, but almost everyone here in Brasil believes in God and Jesus Christ and loves the Bible. The real problem is having someone who is actually interested in going to church and having commitments. That's why we have to do LOTS of contacts. These past two weeks, my companion and I have been doing more than 400 contacts per week. Apparently, here in Brasil the statistics are for every 1000 contacts, should come at least one baptism.

Well, I dunno if this week in specific changed anything except for me gaining a better knowledge of the gospel. There are always different approaches on talking to someone about the church. For us, we're always in church clothes, so people know we're missionaries. If it's on the road, we start talking about what we do. People are always fascinated by the fact that we traveled so far to go to Brasil and do this work. People love americans. When we knock doors, it's a little bit harder. Usually they're a little more closed and don't want much, but almost everyone accepts us for reading a scripture. The most impressive thing I've done on the mission...hmm I dunno. It depends on what you consider impressive. For example, I've taught up to 40 people at one time. Or I've walked for 3 hours straight getting to an appointment. Or I've eaten a raw onion. The scariest thing happening on the mission? Getting up to teach in front of my Mission President haha.

YES! General Conference! I am very excited! I can't believe it's already been 6 months since the last conference. It doesn't even feel like it. Also, yeah it is my last one here on the mission. Next time I see it, it'll finally be in English! That'll be a difference!

Well, onto my second to last week of the transfer! I wish everyone another great week of life! Remember the miraculous hand of God in everything and appreciate all that we have. The good and the bad.

Amo vocês todos!

Elder Collins


On the way to lunch during the division.

Us eating açaí afterwards.

There it is, all going to waste...

That's Capivari.

This one member who showed us his mad accordion skills.

Monday, March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016- week 80- P-day in Capivari, Brazil!

Hello family!

This week went by really fast. Again, we spent some time up in Piracicaba this week. On Tuesday, we had our District meeting and then the next day we had to wake up early to go to Pira and get our CPFs. It's a Brasilian thing that lets people know that our names our clean (meaning we make all our payments; I guess it's kinda like credit). I'm not sure why we need those though. 

The rest of the week was lots of contacts and knocking doors. We did do something different on Friday. We decided to go to the plaza in the center and put up a banner of the Plan of Salvation. The banners were made by the mission and given to each District. This week, it was our turn to use it. On Sunday, we had 4 people come to church. Two of them were new people. 

Well, I can't believe I'm already half way done with this transfer already! Now, I've only got like what, 4 and a half months left. 

Nice! John finally got his mission papers in! Hopefully John gets his mission call sooner than I did. I'm wondering if he'll get a visa package like I did. Are you guys gonna do the world map guess thing again? If so, I'm gonna put my guess down for Africa. Like Ghana or something. I feel like John could serve there. I'd love if he came to Brasil though. That would be so awesome. Well, keep me updated on anything new that comes in. I am very excited for John.

Yes, I will definitely remember to ask you about the spiritual experience that you had when Mother's Day comes. Which is in like 8 weeks!

Thanks for all the emails! I love you guys!

Elder Collins


Our Plan of Salvation activity.

On the way to Piracicaba.

Monday, March 7, 2016

March 7, 2016- week 79- A short email with a YouTube video from Capivari, Brazil!

Hey Everyone!

Sorry, this email is gonna be shorter this week. Everything's going great here in Capivari, Brasil. This past Sunday, we also had Stake Conference! It was pretty cool. 

I also spent most of the week in Piracicaba for many things, including a division, zone conference with President, the renewal of Elder Harbison's visa, and then the Stake Conference. 

I'm glad John was able to go out with the missionaries on Sunday. It's always real fun to take out the youth, especially the ones getting ready to go on missions. A lot of the divisions I've done with the youth are now missionaries themselves. 

Sounds as though everything is going good for you guys. I hope you get better Dad. Hopefully you won't have to do surgery. I will have you in my prayers and thoughts. Have another great week!

Elder Collins

PS Enjoy this YouTube video in Portuguese that includes President Canuto, mission president of the Brazil Piracicaba Mission and two other Elders (missionaries) from the mission.