Monday, December 28, 2015

45th Week Out, 25th week in Juazeiro, Fortaleza

Feliz Natal e um ano novo!

     Sorry to everyone, I haven't sent an email in a while, Things have been crazy. Anyways these past couple of weeks we have been working with a man named Junior. the way we found him was really cool. So I never nock doors here in Brazil because I always have other ways of getting to know people, but this day in particular I was walking in the road when I had an Impression that I should nock on a door (Juniors Door, but at the time I didn't know who lived there) And I felt like I should ask if a less active by the name of Eduardo lived here... So we knocked on the door and within 2-3 seconds Junior answered the Door and before we could say anything he was like "hey! come on in!" so we started talking with him and he seemed to be upset about something; he revealed to us that he has a problem with drinking and that he wants to stop but he's tried so many times and it never happens.  We revealed to him what it says in 1Nephi 3:7

E aconteceu que eu, Néfi, disse a meu pai: Eu irei e cumprirei as ordens do Senhor, porque sei que o Senhor nunca dá ordens aos filhos dos homens sem antes prepararum caminho pelo qual suas ordens possam ser cumpridas.
(Your going to have to translate that or look it up in the Book of mormon)

But this scripture says I will go and do the things which the lord hath commanded for I know that the lord giveth no commandment save he prepare a way before hand.

I know that Junior would stop drinking because the lord doesn't give us a commandment we cant fulfill. So we worked hard with Junior to stop his drinking and I mean HARD, let me explain his situation: He lives ONE street over from the bar of his cousin who is constantly inviting him to come drink. His dad, and whole family drinks and they have like family outings a the bar drinking together! Let me tell you it was not easy, many times we had to go into the Bar and get him to find him drunk... But brothers and sisters we got him to stop drinking and till today he will be almost 2 weeks without drinking and still going strong, and thats a lot for a man who drunk EVERY SINGLE DAY!  He wanted to stop so bad but he has SOOO many bad influences in his life but Junior has given up that life. He was baptized and confirmed this Sunday and he was SOOO happy you should have seen the smile on his face. He has a wife and a little girl 6 years old. His family is so much better, They went on vacation for christmas and had so much fun together! I love this time I have brothers and sisters to watch peoples lives change for the better. Junior did a 180% with his life. I love you all and thank you for all your love and support!

Impressions of Juazeiro Brasil:

  • Prisoners are allowed to go home for Christmas! but.... they all have to be good boys and return.... (Like that happens, no one goes back! lol)

Elder Brennen Horton

My Companion and I with Junior

Monday, December 7, 2015

43rd Week Out, 23rd week in Juazeiro, Fortaleza

Dear family and friends;

This week was crazy!  Started off the week by going to teach an investigator that lived WAYYYYY out on the outskirts of Juazeiro.  We had been there one time at night when he took us in his car, but this week we had to take the bus.  There is only one bus and it's not even a bus, it's a van and it was packed because it's the only bus that goes to this place in the day so everyone that wants to go has to fit in this bus.  That was very uncomfortable, but anyways, we are on this bus and people got off and we continued, and people got off, and it got to the point where it was just me and my companion on this Bus.  The driver stopped and said, "Are you guys getting off?"  I was like "no why?" and he's like "Because this is the last stop, I'm going home now."  So I asked him if he knew where a soccer court that I remembered was close to the house of our investigator, and he's like "Yea.... it's like 30 minutes maybe more wayyyy back" where we had stopped a while ago.  We got off and he drove away.  He dropped us off in the middle of nowhere.   I looked in all directions and saw nothing... just a dirt road that looked like it went on forever!  We ended up walking back and finding this investigators house after A LOT of walking in a lot of nowhere.

This week me and my companion had worked REAL hard with helping the people we`re teaching understand the importance of the day of the Lord.  We had 14 Investigators we are teaching in church Sunday!  It was crazy to keep track of all them!

I am so happy to be able to stay here in  Juazeiro a little while longer.  I love my companion Elder Azevedo.   He's just like me how we have no fear to talk to anyone about anything, so we like to have fun with all the people we are teaching!  We help people realize we are normal people too.

I love my life here and I thank you all for all your love and support you send!

Impressions of Brasil:
- They have knock off buses here, people that drive around all the buss stops in their vans.(topike)

Rua Republica da Armenia 765
Agua Fria
60821-760 Fortaleza-CE

(Note mail in Brazil is regulated as you might have heard, packages and even letters have a high chance of being opened if you do not cover the letter or package in pictures of Jesus and Catholic Mary. Shipping takes about a month time sometimes longer.

The middle of nowhere.
This is why you USE Sun Block...
Just some random statues

Pizza de calabresa (the best kind of pizza)
Members in Brazil