Elder Rapp's Testimony

Eu gostaria Prestar meu testumunho para vocês com amor. Que Esta obra do Senhor e a obra maravilhosa. Que realmente Esta Igreja A Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos Ultimos Dias e a Igreja restaurado aqui na terra. Por meio do um rapaz de 14 anos a Igreja foi Restaurado novamante. Eu sei com todo meu coraçâo que as bençâos que nos podemos receber e atraves nosso obediencia ao mandamentosdo Pai Celestial. Eu amo asse Trabalho. Eu nunca pensei realmente a luz que eu posso trazer por tantas pessoas. Que realmente eu posso ajudar alguem a ter Fe em Nosso Salvador Jesus Cristo. Eu seui que ele vive que ele nos amo. So presisamo buscar ele em Oraçao e ele vai no ajudar. Eu amo cada um de vocês. Você sempre esta em meus oraçoes. Obrigado por todo que vocês fazem para mim. Te Amo!!! E eu digo estas coisa em nome do Meu Salvador e Redentor Jesus Cristo Amèn.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Minha Familia‏

Hello from BRAZIL!!!How are you all doing? Things sound like they are still going good. I'm not having much success this week. The work is still tuff with no beef yet. I think we will baptize this young man named Iuri soon but other than that no one is progressing. I am teaching English classes to try and get new people but none so far. Last class we had there were 12 people and only one or two were investigators. But hey I'm teaching English. Wow that's cool, I'm a red neck that teaches English. DON'T LET THAT GET AROUND!!! Tell Zach that he will be teaching people English when he gets in the field. Well About the ant... fire ants you shouldn´t eat! He was on my fork so I decided it would be fun to eat him. No not fun, he burned my upper and lower lip. But hey I earned something from it. Even the appearance of evil is evil. It may look innocent but really it aint. Well no cool stories today, this week was a slow one. But there is always room for improvement. So how are you guys doing there in Idaho? Is my cute little niece still growing like a weed? And my parents how are they doing still working like crazy and and sleeping real well. I am so grateful for all you keep up the good work and remember you all are ALWAYS in my prayers. Love you tonz!!! ELDER RAPP Ps I would like some crest whitestrips if possible so I can have a brilliant smile!!! How do I spell that word?

Monday, March 24, 2008

Oi Meu Familia!!! ‏ 3/24/08

Hello all, How is my favorite family? Things are going good here. We are trying to get the work going again. This last week was a slow one. No one at home because of the holidays. Brazil and holidays, its crazy. So I'm going to have to receive 2 calls on Mothers day I'm assuming. Mom and dad will be in NYC and the rest of you at home. So I think that is how it will have to be. You better buy phone cards for two places then huh!! Things are still HOT here, I'm going on like 11 months of heat and loving it. But when the cold gets here I think I'm going to die. A year of heat and then freezing cold temps arrive. Will be fun. But hey I'm prepared for some cold temps. I miss the cold to be honest. So I'm still with an anti American comp, It's hard to hear someone talk so bad about my home but I'm learning to block that out. Then all is good. Sing in my head or do something to not pay attention. Did I mention I'm a clean freak I'm always cleaning after him. From never cleaning my room to a shining house you all should be proud of me. Well not much cool news this week. It was kind of a drag but went fast if that makes any sense. I caught a tarantula the other day that was soo cool. He was BIG I know I'm crazy you don't have to tell me. And spent 12 hours Saturday rebuilding a house so a member can live in there. It is my last 3 converts house 3 women that know nothing about a house, it was interesting. I had fun though. I have no idea how they were living there before. O something cool, I ate an ant the other day and it turned out to be a fire ant.... Ya not smart he burned the crap out of me and my mouth. Well that it for fun nothing else. I hope you all have an amazing week and I will be waiting for lots of emails k? Muah love you guys!!! ELDER RAPP

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

K, here's the details...

So last week he did send me a letter, but alas I never received it. I got two this week cause he resent last weeks. Enjoy!

Lasts weeks letter that I really did send!!!

Well My loving family, How are all of you doing? I'm not as sick anymore and the companionship is a little better. This last week I pretty much killed myself working. I've never had a week like this until now. Could be for a few reasons but I'm not sure which. I am doing good though. The heat here this last week has dang near killed me. I have just spent three and a half hours in a freaking doctors office waiting for my comp to get an eye exam. Ya, they are slow here. This last week was tough. I spent two days with district leaders, zone leader, you name it trying to fix problems with my comp. He really thinks I suck. But hey he's only the first to say that so I can't suck that bad. I've done everything to serve him to follow what he says and still things are rough. He is very anti-American. Everything is better in Brazil, hahah I love it. Man I'm learning alot though. So how are all of you guys doing there? From those snow pictures think y'all are in heaven! I'm in the heat, in pants and a tie walking amidst rejection. Ba, truly I think I'm in heaven sorry. Amidst my struggles I'm having to learn a ton and having been thinking de mais this last couple of weeks. I know who and how I want to be on the mission. I worked my butt of this last week arriving in the house dead everyday. Something sparked my attention and I can't figure out how not to come home each day tired and ready to sleep to wake up the next day and kick butt again. So you all don´t have to worry about me not working or feeling down on myself for any reason. I can truly say I am stronger now than I have been for the past seven months. I pray daily for the strength and guidance to find the people I am suppose to. Amidst our struggles, we find faith, we find our true selves. Thank you all for you love and prayers for me. I have never felt so strong as I do now in my whole life. I have truly learned the power of the Atonement and how my Savior has suffered so I can have joy. The power of prayer is real. In any moment of struggle all we have to do is fall to our knees and thank our Father in Heaven for our Blessing. I like to look at the Profet Joseph Smith when he was in prison and prayed. The Lord spoke to him and said be strong this will be but a small moment. Learn from our mistakes learn from our struggles and take our day to day lives and improve. I'm having troubles finding my word in English but when we look at our knowledge we need to look at how we can use our knowledge to improve. If that makes sense, it does in Port. but I'm not sure in English, sorry. All in all what we should do is look at our blessings and run with them, use our gifts to help others. If we find time in our busy lives to serve others we will be better off in the end. I'm so grateful for the opportunity I have to give a fraction of my time to serve my Savior. The light I see in people and the changes I see them make because they have a true testimony of this great gospel, Has strengthened me. I bear my testimony to you all that this work is the most important work on the face of this earth. How great we have it to be members of the only true church, The church of our Savior Jesus Christ. Look at what we have and count our blessings. Look forward at what we can do to bring the happiness to so many others. I pray for each one of you daily. I feel the blessings you all are receiving. Thank you for you wonderful love and support for me. Really every prayer said in my behalf is felt. I am growing so much and know that it is the power of prayer. So I would just like to tell each of you thanks!!! Tell Mogie Ellen i Igot the package and loved it. Muahhh I love you all and look forward to your letters next week. ELDER RAPP

This weeks letter that better go through!!!

Hello all, Hows everyone doing this week? Time is flying by so fast. This last transfer, amidst my struggles, has flown. And our numbers have skyrocketed! week #1 30, week #2 38, week #3 27, week #4 57, week #5 64, week #6 74. Ya, we are tired and sleeping well. Working our butts off. Transfers are tomorrow and I am staying here in Nonoai with Elder Alves. Lets' make the most of it. It's really difficult when he doesn´t like me but I'm putting up with it and doing my best to make things work. When I talked to President Johnson he smiled and told me that our troubles become our strengths. It's through our difficulties that we find where we want to be in the future and who we want to be. So what I have decided to do is work, work, work as the numbers are showing and just do my best to be the best missionary I can be. It's difficult at times, but hey we have to make the best of our time. I was called to Brazil to help the people come unto Christ. What I am seeing is that they are benefiting no matter what I do. I seem to be growing more than they are. PMG says that we need to be obedient to all the rules of the mission. Sometimes that is my hardest struggle but I see the fruits when I am obedient. When I was in Canguçu, it was difficult because my comp wouldn´t work. I learned that it is by my obedience and my faith that we can have success. Sadly slackers baptize but we have to be diligent. Well I'm doing great and am working hard. Thank you all for all you do for me. I'm truly feeling your prayers and am always praying for each one of you. Keep working hard and being happy. Love y'all tonz!!! Elder RAPP

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Well another Monday came and went with no word. I am a little sad today. No worries. I do know he is alive and kicking. I hope he has a safe and successful week.

Monday, March 3, 2008


Hey y'all, How are all of you this week? I'm still having a hard time and the work and comp are trying my patience. I'm relying on my father in heaven though. Well other than that I'm OK I guess. We watched the incredibles, cars, and ratatouille today. That was fun. p-days are boring here. My comp just likes to sleep and I don't like to stay in the house. When I do I end up cleaning everything and anything I can. I'm a clean freak it's horrible. He's a mess and it drives me up the wall. Well what can you do? Today is the HOTTEST DAY I´VE EVER FELT in the history of my life. I don't even know what the temp is but I'm dying. I'm sitting here at the computer sweating and dying and sweating some more. This last week out of my seven days I only worked five. I'm still sick I think I have a friend in my stomach that doesn´t like me or agree with anything I eat. I was so sick I had to just stay in bed. I was weak and didn´t feel the urge to do anything or even eat. Blaaaah I hope I don´t have to do that again. It's not fun. I'm getting better though I can actually work. Nothing that I eat sits well yet, so we´ll see. Sounds like everything is good at home and is warming up finally. Can y'all send me a black beanie and some gloves before you can´t find em in the stores anymore. I am hearing from everyone that every winter here with humidity is FREEZING so I better have some gloves and a hat. Well I am praying for all of you always and am working my hardest amidst the struggles and sickness. I love you all and can´t wait to hear from you next week. LOVE ELDER RAPP