Serving in the Brazil, Fortaleza East Mission

Brazil, Fortaleza East Mission

Monday, November 20, 2017

Hello All! (Week #35)

This last week was crazy but the good news is that we finally moved houses! We now live in an appartment that I dare to say resembles  an apartment in the United States!! Today is full of orginizing and cleaning because I hope that I will stay here for a little while at least! ( Now that I said it I´ll probly be transferred)
This next week we have zone conference, and An investigator I taught in Quixeramobim when I was there will get married on Friday and Baptised after! Very Exciting!
Happy thanksgiving to you all! Until next week!
Elder Ferrell

Monday, November 13, 2017

Busy Week! (Week #34)

Hello All!
I hope this email finds you all well!
This last week was busy! 
Last Wednesday I went on a Split with Elder Tozin, the elder in Quixeramobim right now. He was an assistant to the President who is finishing out his mission training a new missionary there. It was an awesome experience and I got to learn a lot from him! It was also incredible because we had an opportunity to teach a lesson with the Couple I baptised there, Isidio and Cristina, that was incredible! 
Thursday I came back to Quixada to work like normal, but before we had a chance to finish our afternoon studies, I got a call from Elder Tozin, and they had an emergency baptism that they needed help with because their investigator was about to leave town to travel, but wanted to be baptized beforehand! So Elder Brandao and I went to go set up for the Baptism and found that there was a problem with the water system to fill the baptisimal font, so we spent the entire afternoon filling the baptisimal font by hand one bucket at a time, until 5 PM when we had to litterally run to a neighborhood far away and close the baptism of our investigator, Bia, and after run back to the church to help finish preparing for the baptism....
It was a busy day for sure, but it was cool because everyone in the district came together to help with the baptism, and after I bought pizza for everyone to thank them! After That day, everyone started getting along really well and being a lot more united!
Friday and Saturday we worked a lot, and Yesterday we had the Baptism of our investigator, Bia!
She was a friend of a member who we got to know because she was already visiting Seminary! We started teaching her less than two weeks ago, but after the first day she wanted to be baptised! 
It was a true miracle! 

Hope everyone there is doing well,

until next week!

Love and miss you all,
Elder Ferrell

Monday, November 6, 2017

A Blessed Door (Week #33)

Just a quick email this week guys!
This week was busy! We had Mission Leadership meeting in Fortaleza last Tuesday which was good! It was all the zone leaders, the assistants, Haha but I learned a lot!
We are still living in an appartment above a bar because they are having difficulting renting a new appartment, and Saturday night something funny happened.
The bar didnt close until 5 AM, but i remember waking up at 2 am, and at first being angry because I woke up. But then I started laughing because it was a drunk lady who was blessing our door for close to 30 minutes!
´´May god bless this door. What a door of god´´
Same thing over and over....
The next day I told elder Brandao that we dont need to lock our door anymore because its sacred. He didnt get it but it was funny
Hope you all had a good week! 
Love you all!
Elder Ferrell!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Who Needs Sleep Anyways? (Week #32)

Hello world!
My email will be a bit fast this week because of being a bit short on time!
Quixada is Awesome! And difficult at the same time! After spending 6 weeks in Pedregal (where its ´´cold´´) I am getting used to the unbearable heat once again. Quixad is hotter than Quixeramobim because there are a lot of enormous rocks inside and around the city that heat up really fast. But it’s a big area and there are a lot of people to teach!
I am the District Leader here, which is interesting because our district isn’t part of a zone so I work directly with the assistants. But its awesome because Quixeramobim is part of my district so I get to visit there to do interviews and go on splits! I went to do an interview for the Elders there last Saturday and it was awesome to visit and see a lot of the people I got to know so well there!
The part that’s difficult about Quixada just for now, is that our house is exactly above a very famous bar here, so starting on Tuesday through Sunday, every night there is awefully loud music, and crazy drunk people screaming all night, so nobody is sleeping at night basically. Last week we spent a lot of time hunting for a new house, and hopefully will be able to move to a very quiet and tranquil apartment soon if all the paper work works out, but until then god is just giving us the strength to continue!
That’s about all that’s new here! I hope everyone is doing alright back home!
Love and miss you all, Until next week!
Elder Ferrell
 1- Elder Brandão
 2- Quixada
 3- Quixada?

Monday, October 23, 2017

The dream with everything white (Week #31)

Hello world!
Today is a bit chaotic because its transfer day, but last week was awesome!
First of all, I am being transferred to Quixada! If anyone remembers from my previous emails, Quixada is just 30 minutes away from Quixeramobim, and part of the same district! Not only is it an awesome area, but there is a large possibility that I will be able to visit a lot of my friends and recent converts there when we have splits!
My companion is a newer missionary who arrived in the same group as Elder Passos named Elder Brandão.
As for this last week, it was a week of a lot of work but went well! It was really hard to say goodbye to some of our investigators, especially Joao Paulo and his family (Joao Paulo and went to church yesterday in slacks, white shirt and tie!), but that’s part of the mission.
We had a rather incredible experience last Saturday with an investigator who is having a lot of difficulty discerning between our church and another Methodist church. The preacher in the Methodist church preaches a lot of negative things about our church and about us as missionaries, so she is very back and forth, but has a desire true to discover the truth and so is reading the book of Mormon.
Last Saturday we were passing by just to see if everything was ok with her, and she said she had had a dream the night before. To properly explain this dream, first its important to say that she has only been taught about the restoration. Shes been to church a few times but we have only actually had an opportunity to teach her one full lesson because she talks A LOT. Well she told us about this dream and it went something like this:
´´I dreamed that I was in some strange clothes and everything was white. Literally everything I was wearing was white. Then I looked up and saw a thing on my head, as if for a wedding, that also was white, and I looked down at my feet, and was surprised to see they too were white. Then a woman walked by saying that I needed to hurry because it was about to start.´´
We invited here to talk to a member she is friends with who has already been through the Temple about what she dreamed, but she definitely recognized it as and answer to prayer. It was an experience incredible!
I hope you are all well! Next week I will have more to say about Quixada!
Praying for you all always!
With love,
Elder Ferrell

Monday, October 16, 2017

One more week of training (Week #30)

Hello all!
It has been a busy week here in Pedregal! This last week we had zone conference in Fortaleza, so we had P-day on Monday, Weekly planning on Tuesday, Then Wednesday District meeting in the morning and travel to Fortaleza in the Afternoon, and finally returning from Fortaleza Thursday night. So basically we only had Friday and Saturday of last week to really work, but they were good days!
Last P-day, after emailing, Elder Passos and I left Aracati early to go to the house of one of our investigators where he taught us how to prepare castanhas! Pedregal is rich with cajueiro trees, which bear fruit called cajues! (Kah-jew) BUT, cajues have a strange stem attaching them to the tree, that if you remove and allow to dry, and after put in fire for a few minutes, you can break open and eat the nut inside, which back in the united states we all know as cashews! So last P-day we prepared and a ate a lot of cashews which was cool!

I understand that the last few weeks have not necessarily been easy in the United States. While I have a responsability at this time to dedicate all of my focus on the wonderful people of Brasil, I wanted to pass a small thought of comfort on that we learn from the Corinthian saints in the second book of Corinthians. While these saints were experienceing every kind of persecution and difficulty, their statement to Paul was this:

´´ We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken;cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body they dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.´´
                                                                                                                      (2 Corinthians 4:8-10)

When we are faced with hardship, difficulty or discouragement, we have a choice to decide how to react. It can be easy to fall into despair, but if we put our faith and trust in god we will have the opportunity to respond as the Corinthian saints, and make the life of Jesus manifest in our own bodies. Because of Christs sacrifice all of us can receive help with our trials and challenges, and if we try to always follow his example, he will not only help us with our own sorrows, but use us as an instrument in his hands, to help meed the needs of others.

I am praying for you all every day, and wish for a good week for you all,
Until next time,
Elder Ferrell

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Bom Dia!!! (Week #29)

Bom Dia!
Hello all! I hope your last week was incredible and that this email finds you all well!
This last week was interesting here in Pedregal, but good! To be honest, not A LOT happens here, but we still managed to have numerous spiritual experiences, and I would like to share one of them with you all today!
About two weeks ago we started teaching a family that is incredible. The Dads name is João Paulo, and he lives together with his ´´wife´´ (really Just his girlfriend) and their 3 year old son. Joao and his family are a true example of the Lord preparing the hearts of the people. We started teaching them on Monday and by Thursday of that week they started having a desire to be baptized. We are working right now to help Joao Paulo get divorced from another woman he is technically still married to, and after to help them get married so they can be baptized. But we (more accurately: he) had an experience incredible with him last week! On Wednesday we arrived at his house and everyone was incredibly happy and and excited. Joao told us that started the first day we visited when we taught him how to pray to his father in heaven, he started praying every single night, specifically asking for help to find a steady job to support his family. At the time, he was leaving the house every day for the city to see if he could find anyone to give him work for the day, and many days didnt find anything. But Last Wednesday he recieved notice that a company in Aracati (the city that is about 10 minutes from Pedregal) wanted to hire him. He started work that next day, Thursday, and it is going well. He is able to support his family now, and he is receiving health and vacation benifits through this new job as well. The incredible part, was that first night, Wednesday, when he had found out he got the job, he told us the first thing he did was get on his knees and thank heavenly father, then his wife did the same, and his son wanted to pray so they did their first prayer together as a family…It was awesome! His whole family was in church yesterday, participating in all the meetings and learning more about the góspel!
The rest of the week passed quickly and in a blur. Pedregal has a lot of drug problems, more than other areas of Brazil generally have, so we are helping a lot of our investigators right now in dealing and healing from addictions, not an easy task but with the help of our Lord and Savior Jesus Cristo, all things are posible.
I testify to you all that Christ lives and loves every one of you.
I hope you have an excellent week!
Until next time,
Elder Ferrell (its pronounced Fehel)

1) Elder de Souza (DL)

 This ones for Dad (I think all Ferrells will understand)

 A ´´castanha´´ (a cashew straight from the tree)

 Waiting for the car to leave from Aracati for Pedregal