Andy's Mission Scripture

Andy's Mission Scripture:

"I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy."

~Alma 29:9

Monday, July 25, 2011

More pics...the Americanos!

Andy told us in a little personal note to Mark that they've been having trouble at the LAN houses they've gone to to use the internet.  The connections have been really slow and he hasn't had time to write a general letter with the latest news...he did send a couple more pics though!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New Pics!

Andy's only written email to us was a personal note to Mark, but he did upload some new photos:

A baby's arm was stuck in this until a ward member broke it.

Crazy Life!

A little frog in our house!

Mouse trap...(before)
We had a mouse living in our stove...I found this rusty disgusting looking mousetrap in our torture chamber room oustide where we hang our clothes...So I figured it was worth a shot to set this thing since it still functioned amazingly...we set a piece of original bait for a mouse.

After 3 attempts...Pegamos o bicho feio!
Incredibly one night after a day of work we arrived home and saw this sight...I couldn't believe it worked...with a piece of cheese and everything...Only here would I get to experience something like this hahah

Pedro and I flying a "kite"

Missionary Work = Poder de Dues
(bing translater:  Power of God)

Sao Joao -
All the streets in our neighborhood were full of fires in oder to give praises to St. John...
it's a religious holiday here that lasts for a couple days...

Cool looking wall in front of our house...
Elder Kitchen and I adding the cool to this wall...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Oi! Como todo mundo tá? hey! how is everybody?

Sounds like you guys are having a pretty cold summer over there, funny, becuase im having quite the hot winter here...This past  week was kinda rough trying to meet people who truly want to hear our message. Right now Elder Kitchen and I are working with a lot of Jovens, young people. One day while we were walking towards the church a ton of kids ran up to us and attacked us with questions. It was funny, pretty surprising. We are trying to meet with all their parentsto explain what we do. Things are kinda slow right now as we are tryin to meet a lot of new people and most of the people we have talked to kindly accept to hear what we have to say but dont pay attention or when we marka day to return they are not home...Well yesterday during church something ninteresting happened...while sacrament was being passed a baby started to cry pretty quietly but gradually got louder and louder until it was really screaming its head off. Not really a big deal and didnt phase me because that happens a lot back home, babies cying, but everybody was looking back where thebaby was looking distrubed and the bishop and his counselors ended up going over to where the baby was. Then i started to think what is giong on...Turned out the baby got its armed jammed where theyput the hymn books, you know tat little cubby! It was scary not knowing what was going on with a crowd of people around thisbaby and all of the sudden we heard this huge crack!!! One of the counslors who is a huge guy ended up breaking the wood of the cubby! After the next prayer of the water just started like nothing had happened...It was interestng to say the least....Well lately I have been reading in Alma, that is where Im at as i have started the Lvro de Mormon in Portugues from the start of the field, I read LDM for a half an hour then PME for the second half. A scripture that I want to share is ALma 5 ,17  . Brought me back a lot of memries of Built on the Rck! I love you guys I hope you Have a splendid Week!!! Elder M. HOwell

Monday, July 4, 2011

Opa!!! Feliz Quatro de Julho!

First of All I would like to wish my father a very Happy Birthday! I hope it was good one Papa! Did you get more Kitchen ware? haha...ANyways Today I find myself thinking about how much of a blessing it is to know Inglês ha English, and seriously also to live in the United States. There are so many people here who want to learn English and dont have the means to...To have grown up in America and have learned English so easily I am very thankful.  English is one of the most prominant languages in the world and is used with some many things. And so many people desire to live in the United States but are not able to. This day be so very thankful for the sacrifices of the americans before us for the blessings we enjoy today. With four American Elders living under one roof here in Brasil we are thinking about doing something special. We might only talk in English for some time or something I dont know haha. This last week was pretty good. Elder Kitchen and I have been doing tons of contacts with people and more or less of the people have been receptive. We have just met a couple families we are beginning to teach and Im super excited to see how they are doing this coming week. We are still working with tons of youth as they keep on coming to play futebol at our church!!! I love Mossoró becuase of the members and their sweet humble testimonies and Im very grateful to know them and for the service that they provide everyday with lunches for us. I have no doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Church Jesus Christ established when he was on the earth and is not just some other church. I hope you guys have an Awesome 4th of July! God bless America! I love you guys, and Im pround to be an American and A member and a missionary of this Chruch!!!
Elder M. Howell