Monday, November 24, 2014

End of Transfers #2

This was my first attempt at making pudding (you guys probably know it as flan or something).  It was good but the third time I made it was the BESTTT.  I gave this one to my district at our district meeting. haha
Sooo this week was good. haha
Questions: What are typical Christmas decorations? same as in the states. christmas trees and lighs and such.
Do they have Christmas lights on the outside of their houses? yeah but not alot and not on the roof. mainly on like the balcony and such. i have yet to see any on top of houses. How do you meet most of your investigators? knockin doors man. we knock doors till our hands bleed from clapping haha. we got 19 new investigators this week! so hopefully well have some good ones out of the 19 haha.

So tuesday night was my comps anniversary of his mission! hes now got 11 months!! woohoo! so we decided after a long depressing day of knocking doors and cutting our only investigator named N because she was in some messed up relationship I won't get into,  that we would go to habibs for dinner bring it home and feast! (Habibs is a fast food place but also a really fancy sit down place).

so we had been knocking doors all day and teaching lessons and were super tired and at 18h30 we remembered that we had to go to a family night with someone in the ward at 19h with a bunch of investigators. AND to top it off she lives wayyy on top of a hill that you have to take a dirt path up a hill to get to (its kinda a sick path). so we are walking pretty fast cause she lived far away and as we start climbing the hill we realize it was 19h05 and we didnt have cell phone credit to call to say we would be late! so we take off like almost running up this hill and our phone starts ringing and its the wife calling to say that its been postponed till quarta feira. and were like THATS IT WERE GOING TO HABIBS! 
Habibs - Spheres

so we go to Habibs at like 19h45 and get some delicious spheres (theyre like little pizzas that cost 1 real but with the deal they had it was buy one get one free so it was perfect) i got like 8 and he got 10 and since it was his anniversary he paid! so i got the Guaraná! Its all in the picture i sent.
so im in line to buy the guarana and we get a call from a RM who's here on buisness and says ``lets get pizza`` so were like yeah definitly! so he said ``sweet ill be at your house in 5`` we were at least 10 minutes from home. so we literally are running down the street with two 2 liters of guarana and like 20 spheres trying to beat him to our appartment complex. haha we arrive and stash the goods and by the time were outside again hes waiting in the car.
So we go get dominoes (which is 1000 times better in brazil) and it was sweet. haha
I also was workin my culinary art skills to make pudding. its different here than the states. its a creamy firm thing that tastes like carmelized sugar and condensed milk. haha its easy to make, IF you have the right pan. we didnt have a special pan so it took more than 2 hours to cook the first and second... the third took 30 minutes cause we had the right pan. haha 
The first puddin was  a mirical puddin. haha seriously it was 23h30 and it had been cooking for like 2 hours so i was like ``aye Elder L, say a prayer for my pudding and lets go to bed`` haha so i stuck it in the fridge and in the morning it was ready to eat! haha so that was cool.
Today is transfers and we're both still here without a phone call so i think that means we`ll both be here for another 6 weeks. so you know what that means? TIME TO BUY OUR CHIRSTMASS TREEEE AND DECORATE THE HOUSEEE!!! haha im so pumped for christmas its crazy.
love you all beijos 
Elder Hamm

ohh and ps. im puting together a package for youssss. yay!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It's Beginning to Feel like Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


questions from my dad, as always. 

Questions: Who are the people in your neighborhood (Any neighbors or characters)? we live in an appartment building so we dont really know our neighbors but we're planning on giving everyone in our building a pass along card with our number this week so we'll tell you how that goes.

What was something nice someone did for you this week?  everyone here is so nice. and youll realize that the things people do for you when youre on a mission, you can never fully repay them for the love and kindness they showed you. just a cup of water or someone in church just coming up to me and asking me how its going is a nice gesture that goes a lot longer than you would think.

What is one thing you were grateful for this week? im grateful for everything. Brazil is so beautiful, its awesome, my life's pretty sweet.

 Is there a word in Portuguese that is way better at describing something than we have in English? yes but not that I fully understand yet... haha like I hear some words and know how to use them but I cant really tell you what they mean.. i just know when to use it... haha...sowwy

SSSOOOO this week I saw something that I dont ever want to see again.
so we were walking along the road and one side had houses and the other side was jungle and bamboo. so the girl in front of us starts screaming and stomping her foot so vigorously she almost breaks her ankle on the curb and im like what the heck is this? she literally just flipped out. so as we approach her I see this big fat tarantula still fighting for life. my first thought was, it kinda looked like a crab, which is wayyy less frightening. but then my second thought was Dear Father in Heaven why here? so yeah I now think every big chunk of fur on the street or every dark shadow as big as my hand is a tarantula. so theres that. 

So I also realized that the US should move thanksgiving to like the 3-4 of november because everyone here is aready singing christmas songs and getting out christmas decorations and im like WAIT WE STILL HAVE... wait, no we dont have another holiday before christmas. so me and my comp started a christmas tree fund and if we both stay here another transfer (God willing) we're going to buy a tree. haha

Sunday was actually really hard cause this family that I love and is inactive and recently baptised, didnt come to church for like the 6th time in a row and we had been working with them all week and had a awesome family night with them and the dad gave the lesson and it was sick and everyone said they would go to church and id bring my camera to get a picture all together and sunday morning when we called to make sure they would go to church, the mom said her daughter was sick and so they took her to the doctors so thats why they werent at church. it was super sad but i went over there after church and they we were both kinda sad and asked why i was so sad, and i told them that its tough. missionary work is tough. you work all week long and put your heart into people and then when sunday rolls around no one comes to church to partake of the joy therein, and to progress and learn. so they felt bad, but im pretty sure next sunday theyll all go to church. haha

oh, I´ve also decided to tell my self my mission is 30 months (2 1/2 years) so that it will seem like it is super short. it also makes me want to work harder cause im here for so longer so if i say something about how much longer i have on the mish and it seems weird, thats why.
ALSO, tomorrow we have a conference with the presidente of the misson and a few other zones, so how this works is every transfer we either have an interview with the presidente or a conferencie de zona which actually includes a few other zones but its like all day in Juiz De Fora. 

So the lideras de Zona called TODAY and said that I have to recite from memory the 4th lesson os mandamentos, doutrina e compromissos. this is freaking long and my comp told me yesterday that if i had to say anything at the conference it would be lesson one or two because im still a fairly new missionary. so for the rest of today and tomorrow i will be praying and trying to memorize this page in my planar. haha but really im excited.
so yeah thats all for this week, we´ll see how the next week goes, we could potentially have a batismo on sunday but well see how that goes. I love you guys and think about you guys all the time!!! Love you!
Elder Hamm 


Monday, November 3, 2014


so for my dads questions How was Halloween in Brazil? LAME! well the last day in october was pretty dull... nothing happened. but on Sunday we went to a cemetary to proselyte - do some work for the dead (bum dum bum tsh).   everyone goes to the cemetary on, i think, the first sunday of the month of november to give respect to the dead so you could say the grave yard was pretty lively.
What have you done on P-day for fun lately? haha for p day we like to visit a newlywed couple in the sisters ward. we can do this because the church isnt in our area and they live 5 houses down from the church (thats how we justify leaving our area) so we go and visit them eat some DANK pasta she knows how to make while R (the husband) makes stereo-typical remarks about Americans. Its a gay ol time.

 Which superhero would be the best to send to your mission and why?  hmm can Jesus be a superhero? if not, then send hercules cause he's pretty sick and he's also a kinda demigod. haha (I hope investigators dont read this blog)
Do they have daylight savings time there so that you got an extra hour of sleep on Sunday? brah, weve been on that Day light savings time for like 4 weeks now. yeah we lost an hour too so that kinda stinks. had to wake up an hour earlier. 

something interesting about Brazil. So here in Brazil its polite to scoop up a freaking huge plate of food to begin with. I just scoop up what i think i can eat and a little more and pray I can eat it all.  if you eat it all, youre considered a good eater. if you dish up a good size plate and get seconds and thirds (which really no one does here because the first plate was so big) it doesnt matter. youre still considered a bad eater because your first plate wasnt huge so people cant see how much you ate. its weird. Me, im considered a bad eater because I dont want to waste food!! but im becoming better at judging what i can eat and now that my stomach is accustomed to the food I can eat a lot more.

also! This week I realized no one here is praying for rain. Im not sure if you guys remember what happened but a while back it rained a lot in Petropolus and terisoplous and a lot of Houses collapsed and killed a lot of people. I know so far 4 people who had to restart their whole life here in Tres Rios because their house was destroyed and now they all have a huge fear of rain so when it looks stormy they all go to a low point and stay with family. its sad.

but yeah this week was pretty chill. we did a service project on terca fiera that was kinda unexpected. 
so I had been feeling down about my mission and feeling like something was missing. so as I knelt down during my personal study I prayed that I would know what i was missing and be a better missionary. So that day we learned that our allowance had been put in the bank which happens on the first or last day of the month and on the 14-16th day of the month as well. so we left our house at 11 (which is technically my training time but we had already prepared everything for the day so we were set) and on our way to the bank I saw two ladies struggling to carry a couch up the stairs. 

noramally I would have stopped and asked if we could help but today were were short on time and the bank was a 30 minute walk from our house and we had to make it back in time for lunch. so i looked at my comp, and he didnt see them, so i walked on by and and soon as i was 10 feet away I felt so terrible! but we kept on walking to the bank. 

so later that day after lunch we called to see if we could visit our investigator and she said she was busy re-cementing her house and laying down some tile so some other day would be better. I immeaditly told my companion we should go help her. he liked the idea so we got our bag packed and put on our nice clothes ready to go. before we left I asked, ``do you think we shold bring like an extra shirt or something?`` he said nah well be fine`` so off we went

when we got there she covered in dirt and cement and was happy to see us but also surprised. she said no way youre going to help me dressed like that. youve got to be kidding. My comp obviously had second thoughts because when he turned to look at me I was already taking off my tie ready to get get to work. he said, yeah were dead serious, and did the same. 
we measured, cut tile, layed cement and tile all while in our sunday shoes, pants, and shirt. boy was it messy. after 2 hours we had put tile all over one room and half the floor and she re-cemented a room. we drank some Guadana and she thanked us and we left.
As we walked home covered in cement, tile dust, and mud, our ties the only clean part of our clothes, I couldnt have felt more clean. we got home and said a prayer in our hearts as we put our clothes in the laundry bin to soak and hopefully be clean. as I was ironing my shirt I thought that this was exactly what my mission was missing. Service. I realized it had been weeks since we had given someone manual service. 

Tears of laugher and joy filled my eyes as I shined my dirty shoes thinking God gave me two chances today to realize what was missing. the two girls and the couch were the first, and I ignored that prompting of the holy ghost to help. our investigator was the second. I sat there and thought how gracious is God that after I ignored him the first time, he gave me a second chance to follow him. 

I love you guys and miss you!! hope all is well!! 
Elder Jacob Hamm