Monday, June 29, 2015

Woo Hoo

Monday, June 22, 2015

Barra Mansaaaaa

Where is your companion from?  My comps from freakin São Paulo!!! I freakin love Paulistas man!! I love their slang, I love their accent I just love it man so Im supppper excited to keep working with Elder C. He is awesome!

What is a big difference between your new and old areas? weelll in my new area the members here actually really help with the missionary work and you can just tell that there is a HUGGGEEE difference when your working alone and when your working with members. That and my area here is flat. There are no hills or mountains here so thats a blessing.  Its like 20 degrees (Celsius) here at night but during the day it can be 34 or 20 so you never really know.  haha

Sooo I dont have a lot of time but just to sum it up. I went to a training on how to train with the pres so that was cool. Then I got here on wednsday? (I think, it was quarta feira) and we just went to work. Elder C is sooo sick and its hard to go from an area where you know everyone and everything to a area where you know no one and nothing. But C kept pushing me along it seemed for the first few days and now we're just at a dead sprint. We have been working like crazzzy!!! Our numbers for 4 days were as good, actually better, then a week of working in my last area. But I wanna tell you about this woman we were teaching this week,

So my comp, who im training has the responsibility of inviting people to be baptized. Yeah, the newbie on the mission has the sole responsibility of giving the most important invite that they will receive in their lives. That just shows how crazy the mission is. But we were teaching this lady and she had some doubts about whether she wanted to really take our lessons or not cause she has a 4 year old son who she loves a lot and her mother in law hates her and is trying to destroy her relationship with her and her son and she said she was worried that if she took our lessons and got baptized her mother in law would say something to her son about the church being of the devil and stuff so I just went IN bearing my testimonry saying, "I dont know what your going through, and I dont know about the situation you're in, but as a representative of Jesus Christ I can promise you that this church will only help your relationship with your son." And about the importance of families. man it was so crazy. The tears just started flying as her and I, and everyone present felt the spirit and the love that our Heavenly Father has for each one of us. It was really, overwhelming to see my words touch someone with such force. I know that this work Im doing is really important and that this church really can bless people with more happiness and peace in their lives

I love you guys! ill try and write a little more next time but I love you guys sooo much!!! miss you all

Elder Hamm

Monday, June 15, 2015

Barra Mansa

This is how big the avocados are here! 
Dad´s questions: 
Do they eat popcorn there?  Yes. Its like the same as the U.S.

Do they have shave ice? Not that I´ve found... but they do have a syrup that you put in water to make like a juice and I found that if you put a little extra of that juice in a bottle with a little less water and stick it in the freezer it´ll be like a slushy... That, and our freeze is kinda broken so it doesnt really freeze things...  

What is the best thing about your current apartment? Hands down its the chairs. Yeah, Sister spent a shinny penny on the chairs that we sit in to study. They are black and are wheely chairs and they have a spring in them so they recline and if you put your feet on the desk and lay back you can literally sleep there perfectly. Ive done that about 5 or 6 times. I was just too tired to make it to the bed sometimes and i fell asleep in the chair with the lights on and Howard did the same thing. I woke up at like 3 in the morning and went to my bed to grab a blanket and then went back to the chair haha. its sick

Sooooo yeah, This week is just full of stuff. So first, I got transfered!!! I will be going to Barra Mansa where I will finish training a new missionary. Its kinda funny cause out of the 9 zones only 3 are here in the state of Rio and as of now, Ive served my whole mission in the state of Rio. Im not complaining cause I like these grumpy people, I like the weather, I like the scenery, I even like the kids who look like they wanna rob me just cause I look american. But yeah I leave tomorrow at 10:15.

The rat came back! But this time, me and H were prepared... We boxed off the kitchen and I entered the kitchen and killed him. He was hiding behind the stove and it was super hard to get him out cause he was like stuck and pretty well boxed in. Buttt we killed him and then I took pictures. (which his mom did NOT post)   OH! I´ll also send you some pictures of a shirt I bought that is literally the sickest shirt I´ve ever bought in my life. like seriously Im in love. 

So this week we did a service project for a family that is investigating the church. So really theres this servidão (which is like a stair case going up a mountion with houses on each side) and we´re kinda teaching 3 families on this servidão and the one who lived at the very tippy top said that he needed some help moving A FEW sacks of dirt and stuff. 
So just a little background of Brazil life, If you do construction on your house, you have to haul everything down the stairs to the road so that a truck can come pick it up. So if you want to re-build a wall in your house, you first have to take it down right? Well in these servidãos theres no way for a car to enter or anything else, so you have to put all that cement and all that dirt that you are taking from your house in sacks, (sacks like potato sacks or dog food sacks) and haul it to the road so someone can come pick it up. 

So this guys literally took down like 4 walls in his house so when we get there its 4 in the afternoon. and we look there and he literally has something like 80-90 sacks of just straight broken cement and bricks that we have to haul allll the way down this servidão to the street. Each of these sacks could weigh anywhere from like 40 to 50 pounds, so the easiest (pretty much only) way is to get someone to help you lift it up and put it on your shoulder and then just kinda bear the pain of 50 pounds of rocks on your shoulders, untill you hit the street. So we decided to make a firemans line and move everything to the middle of the stairs, then after make another firemans line from the middle to the end. So long story short we finish at 10 o´clock at night and I am literally dead tired. I literally could not stand afterwards, my shoulders were all bruised and my legs were dead so we grabbed a taxi to go home cause its late and I cant walk and when I get home, I literally grabbed a chair and put it in the shower cause I couldnt stand up... 
That was saturday, today is monday and my shoulders are all brown and blue and I can still hardly stand. It just makes you think about how different life is here. They buy groceries in bulk cause its such a pain to haul up the stairs so they normally buy like 2 weeks of food at a time. Just kinda put my life in perspective about how lucky we are in the united states.

I had to say some goodbyes this week that literally broke my heart, but thats life. At some point or another, youre gonna have to say goodbye. Not all good things can last forever.  I´ll attach the pictures here
! Love you guys!! Glad our families can last forever! 

Monday, June 8, 2015

God will never abandon you

 Q´s from Dad for the week:

In what ways do you think your relationship with the Holy Ghost might have changed since you have been on your mission? hmmm good question. 

What was your favorite testimony that was born in Fast and Testimony meeting?
hmm another good question. Someone this week bore their testimony about prayer, and something Ive really 'bettered' on the mission is my relationship with our Heavenly Father, or God. When you think about it, He will never reject you. He will never turn a closed ear. He will never abandon you. Us, as missionaries aren´t perfect, we just try to appear perfect, but fall short, sometimes wayyy short. Ill tell you about it later but God will always want you to come back to the fold, always with arms open. Sometimes it wont be easy to come back but there will always be your Father in Heaven, The God all mighty, cheering you on to REAL eternal happiness. 

Yeah so saddly Chuck E. Cheese never came back to our house (even though we waited up til 3 am on several occasions, and made preparations for war). Maybe he found another place to eat that wont cost him a arm and a leg... or hopefully less then a paw cause now he only has 3. But yeah other than that 2 different light bulbs in our house burned out with in 5 minutes of eachother at which point me and Elder H immediately blessed the house again. But the rest of the week was pretty calm and nice.  

The other day I got a little mad at ward council when they accused me and my comp of abandoning our investigators at church because there was no one to pass the sacrament. So we had to pass and our two girl investigators (one 16 the other 18) were kinda lost and sitting alone untill Howard got up and told them to sit with a member in the ward and asked the member to help them.  So I kinda really just start going in on everyone, starting with the women who accused us, then with all the brotheren who have the same preisthood as me who could pass the sacrament, then on the women there who had the same fellowshipping duties as me. And that's when I realized that I kinda went a little hard on everyone and kinda apologized and we came up with a game plan of how this will never happen again. 

But yeah, I only have one more week here in Petropolis and its gonna be realllly realllly sad leaving cause I have such good friends here and I literally know sooo many people here. Its crazy. Im gonna miss this place a lot. But its all part of the mission expierence! itll be good. 

But yeah sorry fokes but not alot happened this week. I love you guys! Misss you all so much

Elder hamm

Monday, June 1, 2015

Close Call

We ate hamburgers 3 times this week cause lunch kept falling though with the members... so were on our own when that happens. so we made hamburgers 3 times the way they make them in the resturant the H's have in Texas.