Monday, May 17, 2010

6 weeks to go!!

Ladies and Gentelman,

Well lets see, like 6 weeks or 42 days, or the way we like to count it is, "just six sacrament cups" are what are left of this GREAT ADVENTURE. This past week passed by in a flash! (along with our money) but anyways, we baptised Juliana! she has 20 years and she already had a mother and sister in the church but for some reason she just never felt the need to be baptised, that is until Elder L. Silva and I arrived and laid it on thick (the spirit that is) and she finally saw the absolute NEED to be baptised and yeah, it was great. this next week we are also preparing a lovely family to be baptised, if everything goes well we will baptise first the husband then the wife, because she has to go visit some family in another city. but anyway so yeah, that is about it, we also have like 15 other investigators, but if i told you about each one i would have to stay all day here in the lan house, and thats just not possible. so i dont really know what to talk about so i will just talk about some interesting things that happen here in brasil.....
 #1. Line Cutting: If you are not a good line cutter you will never have success here in brazil. To be a good line cutter i have learned a few tips and tricks that i would like to pass on to you.... here in brazil,,, there are lines everywhere (exactly like disneyland)... line to use the bathroom, line in the bank, postoffice, line to buy bread, line to pay for the bread that you just bought standing in line... and so on... i will just share with you the technique that works best... i call it... the cell phone using this technique you pretend to call somebody on your cellphone as you approach the line... you then begin talking to your imaginary friend on the cellphone, you then cut into the line.... the people here will let it pass because they dont want to "interrupt" your phone call!! us missionaries use this one a lot when we dont want to waste our lunch hour standing in line at the grocery store. :)
#2. BEING BLUNT: Another reason why i love the people here in brazil is because of the option of being really blunt when you speak with someone. for example, us missionaries, when we stop people in the streets and we start our conversation with "have you already been baptised like jesus christ?" IMAGINE if somebody asked somebody from california who isnt a member this.... they would probably just start to call you names or make fun of your mother. another example, is when you are ordering our buying things here in brazil... you dont need to say... "Um excuse me i would llike to have a bigmac" here you say "DUDE GIVE me a big mac" which is great, it makes for some great conversations and you dont need to be shy. because everybody is blunt, and you can be too!!

so yeah, for now thats all i have, i have to go now because time does not allow me continue... this week is going to be a great week, my companion will reach the one year point of his mission on the 21st and then on the 22nd i will reach the 21 year mark of my life... so yeah... happy birthday to me :D and then sunday we are going to baptise.... so yeah i cant think of a better week

my love

Thursday, May 6, 2010


well, first of all, hello to everybody,

The Bus we ride every day
Well im here in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte Brasil!! I love it here in Natal, there are many beautiful sights to see and many people willing to accept the gospel. I am currently with my companion Elder L. Silva who by the way is the greatest companion that i have ever had (and currently holds the record of baptising 21 people in just one week). We are with our hands full here in the Pirangi Ward. Unfortunatly where are church building is located we have to bring all of our investigators by use of Public Transportation.
So its hard to get lots of people excited to go to church when they have to spend like 8 bucks to go, and not to mention waking up early in the morning just to catch the bus. but even with all the problems and struggles, the work of the Lord continues onward. We are currently working with the family of MIKE, who is an american who married with a woman here from brazil, now he works managing the money in a company international here in Natal. Mike has already read the book of mormon cover to cover and this past week we heard him say "So if i know the Book of Mormon is true, then i know everything else is true too, right?"  i responded "YES FINALLY, LETS BE BAPTISED TODAY!!!!" but my companion said to me, "Elder Clark, he has yet to visit the church", so we marked his baptism for next week, this week he will attend the Stake Conference and next week will be his baptism! which is great (i always wanted to baptise an american)... they dont come along easily.
The mission is going through many changes as President Fernandes will be leaving and President Hall will be arriving in the next transfer. Yesterday i was in the bustation welcoming the new elders that were arriving here in Natal, i was able to calm down the NOOBIES (new americans) also, helping them get something to eat and showing them around and explaining to them how their first day would be..... man i wish somebody had done this for me... but oh well. We live with elder Dzicovikz and elder Pujol, they are two guys from the south of brazil, they are super cool we all are getting along quite nicely.
baptism card
So the other day i was walking down the street when a two men were coming in the opposite direction, one of the guys stopped us and asked "Your the Mormons right?" my companion said "Yeah thats us" and the guy asked "What do you guys do?" My companion responded "We help people to be baptised like jesus christ" and my companion pulled out or "BAPTISM CARD" Which contains the picture of jesus being baptised by john the baptist.. pictured here.
when my companion said those words the guy started screaming and shouting things like "You Cant go around changing what was writting by the prophets!! you cant change the baptism of Jesus Christ to match your religion, only the CATHOLIC CHURCH baptises correctly" So yeah, needless to say he left us there standing emotionless, wondering how we are going to respond, but he said "Dont even bother answering, i dont want to hear your lies..... BRAINWASHERS!" and before i knew it he had turned the corner and left me and my companion standing scratching our heads in the middle of the street. Later that day i saw a poster taped to a bus stop saying THE TRUE BAPTISMS OF CHRIST with a picture somewhat like this one
The true baptism of christ
So yeah, thats just one of the crazy spiritual things that has happened to me as a missionary. i think next week ill share another.... that is... if your lucky
love you all. i hope you all know that this is like your last chance to send letters, packages and... *cough* *cough*... Cash. Soon i will 21 as well here on the 22 of May, so yeah, should be a great month, full of baptisms, Miracles and experiences!
all my love

Elder Clark