October 24, 2016

Hey guys! Sorry in advance if this email is extremely boring!
This week went well and fast. Our mission president is putting a lot of emphasis on making our priority every day finding one new person to teach. It might not seem like it, but it is a pretty hard goal! So, on Monday we went out after 6:00 to find someone new. We did end up finding a woman named Sueli, and taught her. We haven’t been able to find her at home since, so I hope we have more luck later.
On Tuesday, we went to visit some people we had already taught before. Unfortunately, no one was home. So, we went looking for someone new to teach. We found a guy named Jonny, and taught him. We also have not been able to find him at home again, so I really hope we have more luck this week.
On wednesday, we left early in the morning with the elders from Pato Branco for Chapecó. We had a zone meeting on Thursday, so we had to leave early Wednesday morning. We got to Chapecó and stayed in the missionary apartment there the rest of the day. The elders from Pato Branco and us decided to go to a Rodizio of Pizza (endless pizza buffet) because we were all hungry and pizza is good. We ate soooo much pizza, and I was really full. The elders from Pato Branco had a competition between each other to see who could eat more pizza. They ate so much pizza, and started to complain about how much it was hurting after we left. We stopped at a farmacy, bought some medicine, and went back to the apartment. They took the medicine, but both ended up puking up the pizza. I thought it was pretty funny!
On Thursday, we had our zone conference with President Silva. I got a box from the primary back in Boone, and that was awesome!!! After the Zone conference, we took a 4 hour bus ride back to Pato Branco with the Elders from there and stayed the night. 
On Friday, I did a baptismal interview for the elders in Pato Branco, because that was why we went to Pato Branco after the zone conference and not Francisco Beltrão. Then we ate lunch with them and spent the rest of the day there. 
On Saturday, we got up and took a bus back to Francisco Beltrão. We then spent the day trying to visit some people that we had already taught. We managed to teach Nilce again, and this time her husband was there, so we found a new person to teach for the day!!
On Sunday, we went to church and had the branch conference. All of the people from the stake were there, so there was a decent amount of people there. Our lunch appointment fell through, so we ate lunch with all the people from the stake. The branch members had made food for them since they had to spend the rest of the day traveling. There was a ton of rice left over afterwards, and they sent us home with it. That was good, because that will last us a while!
That is basically how the week went! It was the second week of this transfer. 4 more to go! I will let you guys know what happens this week! Have a good week!
Love your favorite missionary,

Élder Spencer Reece Peterson


October 17, 2016

Hey Guys!

Another week has passed! I have officially finished 60 weeks in the mission, so that means I am about 60% done! This was the first week of the transfer, and after this transfer, I have 6 left.
This week was really hot. Summer has officially arrived here, and it is around 80-90 degrees. At night it is still about 70-75.
On Monday, I ate cow tounge. We bought and cooked cow tounge, and then ate it. It tastes like normal beef, except that while you are eating it you are conscious that you are chewing on a cow’s tounge. So, it was good and weird all at the same time.
On Tuesday, we went to a part of the city we hadn’t been to a lot, and started knocking doors. We taught Adriana again, (I mentioned her last week), and found and taught someone named Nilce. Nilce is a lady we found knocking doors, and she has a daughter that is 2 years old. She listened to our message, and she said we could com back.
On Wednesday, it was a holiday here: Children’s Day. And it was raining really hard all day long too. So, it was tough to be motivated to go out and do stuff. But, we left and knocked some doors in the rain for a while, and taught a guy named Luan. He didn’t seem too interested, and may have let us in just to be polite. It was raining and we were spreading the gospel on a  holiday when almost everyone is just lazing around. So, he might have just felt bad for us. After that, we visited some less actives, and they took us out to eat! So that was good!
On Thursday, we went to Pato Branco to do some baptismal interviews. As district leader, it was the first time I have done baptismal interviews. But, it was good, and then we spent the rest of the day there, and spent the night. It was good to talk with the elders there, and we all had a good time eating sandwiches.
On Friday, we had our district meeting, and then ate lunch with a member. Then we took the bus back to Francisco Beltrão. We got there, and organized some things in the apartment. We tried to call some people to mark appointments, but no one answered the phone!
On Saturday we went back to the same place we knocked doors on Tuesday, and continued knocking. We found a family that said they had been taught by the missionaries in another city, and they listened to our message. They were really slow to understand, and they live in a humble house. But, they listened, and that was good! We will try to go back tommorow. At the end of the day, a member needed us to open and close the chapel, cause he had to clean the chapel this week. He asked for the keys and our help cleaning. In turn, he took us out for burgers. I thought it was a good trade.
Yesterday, we went to try and teach someone we hadn’t been able to teach in a while. We found them, Luan and Sadir, and taught them about the Book of Mormon. We invited them to read and pray, and the dad, Sadir, said he would. We will go back this Sunday to see if he read!
That is basically all for this week! I will make sure and write more next week! Bye!
Love your favorite missionary,
Élder Spencer Reece Peterson

October 10, 2016

Hey Guys!!!!

Another week has passed, and they called about transfers. But, nothing will be happening for me, so Elder Aires and I will be spending another 6 weeks here together in Francisco Beltrão! We have already been together for 12 weeks. That was the end of my 10th 6-week transfer in the mission, and now I have 7 left. I am getting closer!
This week, we did a lot of door knocking! We did find a couple people to teach. One person we found to teach is named Jusara. We found her in a friend’s house while we were knocking doors. She gave us her address, and we went and taught her. She listened well, and had questions! She said she would read and pray about what we taught, and we are going to go backon Tuesday.
Another person we found knocking doors is Adriana. She told us to come in even before I said we had a message, so that was pretty uncommon! She wanted to hear our message, and we taught her about the Plan of Salvation. She said she had lost her dad and one of her kids, so I thought that it would be perfect. The pastors all told her that her dad and son would go to hell because they weren’t baptized, so it was good to be able to tell her otherwise. When we were leaving, she told us that she had been praying to know the truth, and three days later we knocked on her door. I thought that was pretty cool, and I hope she keeps learning and hearing the lessons! We marked to go back on Tuesday.
Our Branch mission leader moved away this week, and now we don’t have one! Technically, Preach My Gospel says that the senior companion is the ward mission leader if there isn’t one, so I guess that means I am it now!
The Elders from Pato Branco came over this week on Thursday night to spend the night and then have our district meeting on Friday morning. We took advadtage and went to a Pizza Rodízio (endless pizza buffet) and it was so good. The pieces are way smaller and have thinner crust, but I still managed to eat 21 pieces. The Elders from Pato Branco ate 27 pieces each!
This upcoming Sunday, I will be giving a talk in church about Faith and Repentence. So, I will study this week and tell you how it goes next week.
This week in the grocery store, I found Ramen Noodles (another brand) that has Pizza and Mexican flavors. The pizza flavor was good, and I have yet to taste the Mexican flavor.
That’s basically all for this week! I will write again next week and tell you have everything is going! Have a good week!
Love your favortie missionary,
Élder Spencer Reece Peterson

October 3, 2016

This week was good!
We worked hard on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to teach some of the people we had talked to before. We ended up teaching an 18 year old guy named Luan three times this week! We are trying to get him to read and pray so that he can get an answer. He has a little trouble to understand the message, but after explaining authority and preisthood three times, he understood!
Our investigator Angelina cut us this week, so we won’t be going back:/ Sucks cause she was awesome and always let us in! But, you can’t force people to accept the Gospel.
I got a haricut on Friday! A member cut it for me and it turned out pretty well!
Saturday and Sunday were awesome cause of General Conference!! I got to watch all the sessions! Normally the chapel is open to everyone to watch all the sessions of General Confernce. Here in Francisco Beltrão, they only open the chapel up to watch the Sundy Morning session. Everyone watches the rest of the sessions at home. So, the branch mission leader opened the office in the church and let us watch conference on the computer there. So, we watched conference alone there, eating the random junk food we bought. It was pretty good! I passsed really fast and I definitely wish there was more to watch.
One thing I like about General Conference is how we get to listen to the prophet and apostles to hear what they have to say to us. It might seem like things we already know or already heard, but if they are saying it again to us, it is obviously something we can improve in our lives. I love hearing them testify that Jesus Christ lives, and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God.
President Ezra Taft Benson once said, “The living prophet is more vital to us than the Standard Works. The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet. God’s revelation to Adam did not instruct Noah how to build the Ark. Noah needed his own revelation. Therefore the most important prophet so far as you and I are concerned is the one living in our day and age to whom the Lord is currently revealing His will for us. Therefore the most important reading we can do is any of the words of the prophet contained each month in our Church Magazines. Our instructions about what we should do for each six months are found in the General Conference addresses which are printed in the Church magazine. Beware of those who would set up the dead prophets against the living prophets, for the living prophets always take precedence.”
That basically sums up why General Conference is important to us. That’s why I like it so much! If you didn’t have the chance to watch it, or don’t know what it is, every six months the prophet and the 12 apostles and other leaders of the church do a transmission to everyone in the world, discussing things that are important for us in our day. If you search ‘General Conference’ on Google, you should find a link.
But anyway, that is how my week went! I enjoyed General Conference, and hoped everyone else enjoyed it as much as I did! Have a good week!!!
Love your favorite missionary,

Élder Spencer Reece Peterson