Pics: Bryan and Innes (recent baptism) and Bry & another missionary:)
So, first off, alaina broke her arm?? How did that happen? Is she having a good time at the dub? I hope so. I miss purple.
So, for Halloween, there aren't any treats or activities planned. Halloween is basically an american tradition. I had even forgotten that it was going to happen this Saturday. Sometimes there are parties over in Sao Paulo, since everything is just crazy there, but I havent seen much here in Sao Roque. One club is going to throw a halloween dance party, but that is as much as I've heard from anyone.
Since you asked...I always feel bad asking for money for Christmas, but the next things that I'll need are all big purchases when I get home, like a computer, cell, ski stuff, etc. So from my family that's really what I need...I'm in pretty good shape here except for the basic supplies you send every month. Man, yeah, i heard about Mykenzie. I hope all gets better there. She is such a nice person.
Thanks for the email from Elder Laytons blog! I cant believe he is a trainer and a District Leader now! Thats sweet! I wish he could send me a letter, but he doesn't really have the funds for that. Just, if his dad ends up sending this, let me give him a SHOUT OUT and a CONGRATS for all the good work he is doing.
Also, some shout outs too Lauren Lytle...received your letter and sent one back today! I loved the card! Grandmother...Received your letter and articles, thanks! I will reply next week! Paige Hasenoehrl...Thanks for the letter! I will send one back asap
Onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn to the week Well, things are just SO awesome here right now. I am super super stoked with the baptism that we just had on saturday! Her name is Ines and she is 38 years old. She has one daughter, Claudia (17), but the daughter is a little bit more stubborn. Ines is a huge landmark for me here in Sao Roque, because she is the first baptism for me here that was not a member reference, jsut a result of good ol hard mish work. She is super excited about the church and loving it all.
Also, we are having some awesome progress with some of our other investigators. One, Heloise (28), is a single mother and has been super excited about the church. However, she still hasnt gotten to the chapel. The cool part is that, without us even teaching the Word of Wisdom, she has cut down her smoking habits from 40 cigs a day to 10, just cuz she felt that she needed to! Love it!
I dont know, there is just the normal good stuff going on here. We are teaching tons, seeing miracles, giving priesthood blessings, listening to people tell us how God has answered their prayers and that they KNOW that the church is true. I sometimes lose sight of it, but this is the best part of mish work, the day to day miracles that are always happening and that the normal world doesnt here anything about.
The other super cool thing this week was that Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles came and held a conference with our mission! It was super cool. He truly is an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. We did practice lessons with him, talked about doctrine, and took pictures with him. I even got to talk to him for a little bit personally during one of the intermissions. I went up, basically started crying already. He told me to just be a good example, write home about good stories, and have faith. Plus, he talked to us a lot about marriage and making it our first priority when we get home to find an eternal companion. He didn't put a time limit, jsut said that it needs to be our priority to find the right one.
Well, thats about it for this week. It was super fun. Plus, we got a couple of wacky quotes from drunk people this week. My personal favorites are "Its a tough life without water and a wife" and "Do you worship God, the Eternal Father, the Creator, the Owner of the Toy Company, etc."
Elder Briggs is an LDS missionary serving in the Brazil São Paulo North Mission. This is Bryan's online journal posted by his Mom. Your comments on the blog welcome. Snail mail costs .98 per letter (new rate). PLEASE WRITE!!!
Save the dates:
HOMECOMING DATE: Thursday, September 16 arriving around Noon at Redmond Airport
Speaking in Church: Sunday, September 19, 9am, Cascade Crest Ward, Bend, Oregon. You are invited! My friend Jonathan will be coming down and we will sing a song in Portugese together. Open House that night...come on over!
Still time to write a letter - too late to send a package:
Elder S. Bryan Briggs Missão Brasil São Paulo Norte R. Dr. Rui Batista Pereira, 165 Jardim Caxingui São Paulo - SP 05517-080 BRASIL email: Elder Briggs can not receive emails or respond to emails, please write via snail mail. If you need to get news to him asap...you can send an email to his mom at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will update the site frequently with photos, Much of the content is directly from Elder Briggs weekly emails to his family and will be italicized.
Elder Alves, Brazil
Elder Brent Parsons - Orem, Utah
Elder Bryce Perry - Austin, Texas
Elder Mosiah - Fortaleza, Brazil
Elder J.D. Schoen - Mesa, AZ.
Elder Gouveia - teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro
Elder Matos - Fortaleza, Ceará
Elder Cruz - Balneario Camboriu, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Elder David Martins - Minas, Brazil
Elder Josh Schooley - SLC, Utah
Elder D. Brian Sinden - Puyallup, WA
September 16 - Flying HOME
Transfer, Mission Office, Sao Paulo, April 7, 2010 New Companion, Elder Parsons/July, New Companion Elder Alves