Monday, November 20, 2017

I GET TO SPEAK ENGLISH!!! (Week 37)

So as you call all read in the title i have a chance to speak English in my area now and its not because i am teaching English but for the time that i am here i get to translate church for a investigator that just moved here from Africa that only speaks English and only has 2 weeks in Brasil. he came here to find better work so as he is living here we will be teaching him in English about the Restored Gospel today! I arrived to church yesterday and one of the members of the other ward said "Elder i have a friend here and his name is Cromwell and he only speaks English so i need you to translate everything for him so that he can understand and learn. he liked church but i told him i would translate better next time because to be honest i forgot a lot of words in English when i was trying to translate form him. good thing or bad thing? i have no idea but it was really cool because he was like wait you are American? I thought you were from Brasil! In the Gospel Principles class we taught about talents which i thought was cool because i don't have a perfect talent to speak Portuguese but i can understand 100 percent of what is being said so i had the chance to help our friend Cromwell understand what was being said. sometimes we don't know we have talents because we are not working on it. Like in Ether 12:27 it talks about God gave us weaknesses so that those can become our strong points. I have a strong testimony that our weaknesses are sometimes what we need so that we can work to make them better and then we can be stronger in the end. 

We are having a activity this Saturday with our investigators and ward members to help build our ward strong together and our investigators can be friends with the members. Because some day the missionaries will move and they need a friend there to help them keep going to church after we as missionaries return home. I have a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel and its forever growing day by day! I know the church is true and Christ lives and is our savior !! Love you all !

Until next week!!πŸ˜€
-Elder Hammond

Scripture: Moroni 7:44-48
Matthew chapter 27 (the atonement)





Monday, November 13, 2017

Semana de 06/11/17-12/11/17 (Week 36)

This week has flown by so fast and I don't even know how to think that November is already halfway done. It has flown by super fast and I don't want it to fly by any faster. Its been a week of really hot in the morning and then cold and sometimes rainy at night so I get to feel all 4 seasons in one day 7 times a week lol! This week we have been really working harder to make contacts in the street and like always knocking doors lol but it's been great because we can talk to so many people during the day and teach them too! Actually, sometimes people make contact with us and talk to us first and then we do the rest and make a missionary contact and share about The Book of Mormon. Speaking of this week I have gotten to the book of Alma in reading so I will be here for a while with as many chapters as there is! My Portuguese is still getting better as time goes by too! 

This time of the year is the best time of year I think! This month on the 27th my mission and I think Mission Curitiba we will sing for Christmas as a huge group and for our ward, the 4 Elders will be singing in Sacrament and maybe I will have a part in English but that solo part is no guarantee yet lol. But for sure we will be singing for our ward soon! 

ThisSundayy that just passed we learned a lot about missionary work and it was interesting because how it wasnt focused on the missionaries like you would think but it was centered on the members of the church and how we can all be missionaries and share the gospel! You dont need a name tag to bring the gospel into somebodies life! Its all about being an example and opening your mouth to shard the truthfulness of the restored gospel today!

I know that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ on the earth and restored today! I know that The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ today! I have been reading it every single day and I havent found joy in reading unil my mission and really understanding and practicing what I read is what is makeing a difference in my life! 

-Elder Hammond

scripture for today: Alma 5:16-19

"Pictures of the missionaries in Fazenda rio Grande. In the first photo idk what we were doing." lol - Bryson






Monday, November 6, 2017

"Que frio da cebola" (Week 35)

Today was transfers and tomorrow is my 8 months in the Mission in Curitiba! So I'm going to stay here in Fazenda Rio Grande for yet another transfer and I couldn't be more excited, to be honest! I will be here 4 and a half months by the time this transfer is over so i will be here the same time as my first area!!! 

This week it rained and rained hard and that is why its summer but everybody is in jackets as of now! I am not much of a fan of the cold because I always lived in the heat in Florida where its 100 degrees every single day lol. 

Also, one thing different here is in Brasil on the 2nd of November we have a holiday that is named deaths day "dia dos mortos" where everybody goes to the cemetery and visits lost ones. It was sad because we saw some people that died really really young. But what were we doing there? we were teaching the Plan of Salvation and handing out the Book of Mormon for people there. We had a total of 12 missionaries at the Cemetary walking and talking to everybody that we could. In a total of the 12 missionaries, I think we have 50 people to visit now which is great! This was a huge mind opener because lots of people believe that we can be forever together but don't know how its possible we can have this. Through revelation, we know that families can be together forever and eternity but we have to do things on the earth to make this happen!  I love the Plan God has made for us that we can return to his presence some day and have happiness without end. I can't even imagine happiness without end but I know it's worth working for!

This email is shorter but I know that We have the fullness of the Gospel on the earth today and that we have a living prophet that speaks to God and leads us to be closer to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ! I am reading The Book of Mormon every single day and am feasting upon the words and applying them to my life! I know the Church is TRUE!! Love you all and have a great week!! πŸ˜

-Elder Bryson Daniel Hammond

P.s. No more dogs have tried to bite me!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Week 11 - Fazenda Rio Grande (Week 34)

So this week was interesting, to say the least! Mainly Saturday is what I will talk about a little. So Friday was tough because was raining again which I don't like the rain here because its super super cold☔. Anyways about Saturday! So on Saturday, we had I think 2 appointments, One was 3 pm and the other was 8 pm so we had 5 hours to knock doors and visit whoever we wanted so this was good because we could adjust our day to reach our goals we had. We were visiting Ane, Janaina and Beatriz and they were not in their house so we went to our alternate plan which was not far at all. At this moment it was 4 pm so we had to get going. We walked to the end of the street which led to another and we saw 3 girls playing which we just said hi like normal and continued and I saw three dogs playing in the grass which is normal because I see 3 million dogs in the street a day ( not really 3 million, but in the hundreds.) . Anyways they were playing in the grass and then all the sudden they chased us and the one brat but my leg 3 times and cut a hole in my pants and I was bleeding... My companion said let's go to the hospital now. Lol no I said just let's clean it and then continue to work because I don't want to stop till tonight. We tried to call Sister Cuvelier but a lady named Maria answered and hung up. Lol That's besides the point. Anyways so late this night with permission from President we went to the 24-hour clinic and I got shots and medication because it was a stray dog. Wanted to kick the dog but it's not very good to do that when I have the name of Jesus Christ on my nametag.... So the little dog won this time πŸ˜‚ πŸ©

Needless to say, this was an interesting weekend for me. Still, super tired because we got home at midnight after the clinic!

Favorite scripture this week Moroni 7:33

"And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me."

-Elder Hammond



Monday, October 23, 2017

The Gospel Path To Happiness (Week 33)

OΓ­ everybody!

This week it rained every single day of the week and not only was it rainy but it was cold and rainy lol. Its going to continue to rain until i think Wednesday so lets see how fast i can catch the cold yayyy!!! Oh and our umbrellas broke because it was windy of 100 kilometers per hour.... We made the best out of it though!

This week  as the title says we had 1 baptism and a wedding so this week was really good! It was so good to see Sister Doraci and her new husband Jovelino married and then he was baptized !! They both were so so so happy this weekend!

I was reading a talk in the Liahona this week and its about happiness and how we can find that happiness! The title is actually " The Gospel Path to Happiness" and it talks about just that! (September 2017 Liahona)  

5 Steps to happiness!
1. LIVE THE GOSPEL 
2. CHOOSE HAPPINESS
3. BE KIND AND PLEASANT
4. WORK AT IT 
and 
5. REJECT TRANSGRESSION


Lots of people ask "How can we know the way?"
which really translates to "How can we know the way to be happy?"

Jesus gave the answer to this question "I am the way, the truth, and the life... and whosoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do..." "If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it."
John 14:5-6, 13-14

I just like this talk a lot because it talks about how we can find true happiness and it doesn't come through objects but it comes through the gospel of Jesus Christ! Not the house that you have, not the car or even the job you have. You can find pure happiness and it all starts with Christ first. Everybody I know this is the True and living gospel of Jess Christ on the earth today! I know that God called a prophet today in our life to lead and guide us to live with Heavenly father again. The prophet receives revelation for our days today and we will always have one Prophet! The Book of Mormon can and will change your life if you just read! This is a promise from my heart because I have a joy I can't explain reading from it!
- Elder Hammond 













Monday, October 16, 2017

Semana 3 em Fazenda Rio Grande! (Week 32)

This past week was kinda long only because every day it rained in the afternoon and we never had umbrellas because it doesn't look like it will rain but then it pours rain like there is no tomorrow!  It was also raining baptisms this Saturday too! We had one baptism of Ana Paula the wife of Willian!!! Lol we Always joke about her name because it's so long... her name completely is Ana Paula Massoni de Oliveria LeΓ£o de Oliveria ... It was really cool because Willian got to baptize her !! Willian already has a calling in the Ward as the assistant Ward mission leader! This whole thing with our Ward mission leader is that he is never in church and the other elders that are new in our Ward still have not met him so this is a problem. We need his help because in the 10 weeks I have been here in this Ward have only had one meeting with him... the first 5 weeks we didn't even have a Ward mission leader. For those that don't know what the Ward mission leader is it's just a calling for a member that will help us with our investigators and help them have friends in the Ward without the missionaries there. So he is very important in missionary work!

This week was good though overall! I have been focusing a lot on learning from The Book of Mormon and not just Reading through it like a small chapter book. I am Reading from 1 hour to maybe 2.5 hours a day just in The Book of Mormon and looking to learn more. Every time I read I am learning something new!

This week its been harder to get people to church! This will be our focus this week for sure! Dedicating Saturdays to getting everybody to church if it means leaving the house Sunday 9 hours in the morning I will!! Well, me and my companion will!

This time is passing by really fast now! October is already halfway done and I can't believe it!

The elders in our house found out I have a fear of spiders... Especially here because all the spiders here are the brown spider. Which idk how to spell the name in English anymore. The one that can kill people so yeah there is that lol...

Sending fotos soon!

-Elder Hammond









Monday, October 9, 2017

Sete meses jΓ‘??? (Week 31)

This week was really rainy which is almost annoying because last week was 30-32 degrees almost every day and not its cold and rainy but I guess that's cool. I am loving my mission and growing so much from it! we are always learning like tomorrow I have to give a training for our district and I have never done a training for our district alone but tomorrow will be that day !!

This week we were walking to one appointment (he wasn't in the house) and this guy left a small shack stop area and stopped us in the street. He said hey I need your help. My wife died 3 years ago and I need help to get a pass for the bus to return to my house. Do you have money to help? My companion and I thought for a moment and my companion said: "But hold on this grocery bag with beer inside you just bought is your or no?" He said, "no no no it's for my friend...." My companion: "So you can buy your friend a beer but cant buy a bus pass?" Then me: "And these cigarettes (cigarro) in your pocket that is open is for your friend too?" Anyways he was lying to us directly to our face. This just is one of the times that this has happened lol. It's amazing how people get addicted to these things and can't stop buying and taking them into their body! 

This week I have been reading The Book of Mormon directly and not just studying parts here and there. But I am now reading directly but I am pondering on what I read and finding how I can learn from the scriptures. I have found myself always hungry to learn more and more. Every day I am able to read and understand how this gospel brings us felicidade for our lives! The Last general conference we had spoke immensely about the Book of Mormon. If you are not reading every single day starting now. Not because I said it, not because my companion is doing this too but because God has a prophet that is saying we need to read every single day. A Prophet that is called of God, not a man. I know that we have a prophet today that lives and we will always have a prophet to guide our life here on earth! I know that The Book of Mormon can cure our spirits and our bodies here on earth! We can know more about God and his son Jesus Christ through it!

-Elder Hammond 



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