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.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Oi y'all,Hows my favorite fam doing this week? I'm doing great!!! This week was one of my best in this area. I didn´t baptize but it was still one of the best working weeks here. We have been teaching Cinara for something like 5 months. Wanting her to separate from her bf or get married. She ended up getting separated and we thought we were gonna baptize but we went back to do the baptismal interview no one could find her. Well with enough faith anything is possible. We went into a members home knelt down in prayer and asked for her to show up and give a good reason to be baptised or not as she likes drama. Well she showed up. Prayers are heard and answered I can testify to that. She told us she cant live alone without `making cookies`as Andrea would say. OOOOOO So that baptism will have to wait a little longer to gain a testimony on the law of chastity. Bummer I know but I know she´ll get her head on straight. Well it has been hotter than CRAP this week!! throwing down 90´s and the humidity. Its only spring so why the heck is this going on? Life is like this though. Summer is getting closer now. I'm so excited for General conference. It is the best tool I have as a missionary. The best opportunity for investigators to feel the spirit and gain a testimony of a living prophet. O it will be so great. Its my 3rd conf and I only have 1 more then I have to go home. Scary. This week I've been out 14 months that's 1 year in the field. Wow that's really crazy to see how much I've grown and how much I've accomplished. I wish every young man would take this opportunity and fly. It is so rewarding and has taught me and still teaches me so much. We threw down another churrasco today. I have been name the gaucho here, man I cook a mean churrasco. Well have to make one the first week when I get home. Is meat as expensive there as it is here? Man we use a ton of money in one day of partying as a district. Today was 10 a person so it was 80 bucks or so. So I did something Saturday that has been about a year and a half since I,ve done it. Guess guess... ... ... I Welded. Never though I would go to Brasil on my mission for 1 and 2 I would end up welding.; Bam, I'm good. The Bishop liked my work. But something horrible happened. He didn´t have a welding hood for me to use so I burnt the crap out of my eyes. To put the story straight, I didn´t sleep that night because my eyes hurt so bad. But I gained 1 more testimony of the priesthood. 4:30 in the morning, I woke my comp up to give me a blessing. Slept like a baby after that. I was dumb in the first place to not use any protection. We did The helping hands project that the church is known for world wide. I painted walls, welded and ate a bunch of food. So, that was my good week. I hope you enjoy your longer email this week. It wasn´t boring and it was full of stories. I love you all so very much!!! Keep being great. Be missionaries always. Muah Love you all!!!ELDER RAPP Enjoy conference!! Take notes. Go into it with ?´s in mind. They will be answered I promise. Invite some nonmembers over to watch a session or two or even all four!!!

I just sent you the longest letter and it didn´t send for who knows why!!! I am angered much!!! Sorry I wont have time to send a long one now. I'm gonna send you some pics to make up for the lost letter that is who knows where. I love you all so very much. This week went well. I went Tuesday to Pelotas to renew my visa. That was great. Good to see all my buds from the ctm. Saturday was gaucho day. There was a parade of over 8000 horses. Ya horses and gauchos it was awesome. We took the chance to give out pass along cards. Hope some one calls. No baptisms yet . 11th of October but transfers are the 6th. Don´t think I'll be here for that one. Well I'm running out of time so I gots to go. I love you !!! MUAHH!! Forgive me for the dumb puter.ELDER RAPP

Hey guys!! Its great to hear that all is well up there. All is great here. A bit slow on the baptism side of things but other than that we are working hard to have some soon. The one that is closest seems to be running away and given us quite a run for our money. We'll keep trying to get in touch with her and pray hard that it turns out right. We had zone conf this last Wednesday, man it was great. It always makes me want to work harder and do all I can to be better. It's difficult at times but the Lord knows what he is doing and how to mold us for the better. It always makes me think of Ether 12-27 and our weaknesses which I think I have more than any one else. The Bolivia thing is pretty complicated. Brasil and them are having some problems so they are fighting over there. That would be the reason that they have taken out the missionaries. But I don´t think it'll move over to this side of the line. This week has been rather stressful for me. With conference we lost a day of work which in the end effects our numbers and then the leaders get on my back to get our numbers up. Then the Bishops son almost got himself killed when he shot me in the head with the fire extinguisher at the church yesterday. That stuff flipping burns!!! I had to have some serious control to not beat him to the ground. I'm learning tons though. Patience seems to be the thing I am mostly learning. Well I took out a bit of money today cause I have to travel to Pelotas tomorrow to renew my visa. What a head ache that will be. Just means I'm getting old. I'm not wanting to get old cause I'm content where I'm at. This work is alot more worth it than anything else. Saturday is gaucho day a holiday here. They are going to have churrascos, rodeos, a horse run up the main street in town. This is my kind of holiday baby. Nothing but red-necks. Well I'm running out of stuff to tell y'all this next week will hopefully be full of good news and great stories. I love you all and pray for each and everyone of you everyday!!! MUAHH !!! Have a great week.ELDER RAPP

Monday, September 8, 2008

Woo hoo pics!

Wow what a week! This week has been a rush. We had stake conference so it was run run run and invite everyone to church. My baptism that was set for Saturday fell through because she didn´t go to church. Grrr life is full of ups and downs. Seems like more downs and tons of work. This week the weather was miserable. Like 30 degrees with wind, rain and tons of broken umbrellas. # umbrellas that broke of mine were 3 and that is what is breaking me. I can´t afford to buy any more so it's just suffer. So today we all threw together some money and bought some meat and threw down a wicked churrasco. I sent you some pics on my other email cause this one doesn´t send them very fast. I hope you like them. Tell Jordan that you have them. He's been wanting some pics of his Bro. This week we are going 4 hours to Pelotas for zone conf. Wednesday is when we´ll be there. Well thats all I have. Lots of info but a small email still, sorry but its difficult to send ya the same stuff every week when times are tough. Hey that fat elder with chimarrão is my comp. He rocks! He is exactly like me. Well I love you all so very much and can´t wait to hear from y'all next week. Muahh xoxoxo!!! ELDER RAPP

Monday, September 1, 2008

Hey y'all there in Idaho!!!!Today is 13 month gone and only 9 and a bit in the front. Sorry about the short letter last week. It was run run run getting my comp off to the bus station. It was good to work with Elder Sousa but I'm glad I have a new companion. My patience I think was on the last string. My new comp is E. Martins from Piauí. A greeny with 3 months out. He actually is exactly like me. Likes to joke and have a good time and work hard. He makes me a lil trunky when he reads his letters from his girly friend and looks at pics. Definitely greeny and he still has alot of faith that she´ll be there in 2 years. Well lets see right. So all is well. Looking forward to some baptisms. It been a months or so of just trying to find and teach. Life as a missionary isn´t the easiest thing but definitely worth it. We are hoping for a baptism in the next couple of weeks. We are helping a lady stop smoking and get married. That always seems to be the set back. Law of chastity and word of wisdom. So I'm so excited for my best redneck buddy going on a mission. But I'm not gonna see the kid for a long time. When you guys get his mission addy please send it to me. I gots to write him. This week is going to be stake conference in Bagé. Have to work extra hard to get investigators there. That's seems to be the difficulty here in this area. Everyone live a thousand miles out of town and don´t have money to get to church. This week has been ridiculously hot and muggy 100% humidity is back and this month starts spring and then the last summer in Brasil. ooopah what am I gonna do ? My time is going by way to fast and i still have to do soooo much. I'm working hard though and that's what is making the time fly by so fast. The difficulties come and go. And with every new transfer and new companion it gives a new drive to work harder. How's my family doing up there. Getting ready for a new winter hunting season that's a thing I miss Hanging out in the hills with my family. Well Today was alot longer i hope you enjoy it. Its hard to write tonz cause there isn´t much going on its just work work work all day long and the normal troubles of finding people that are ready to accept the gospel. Well I love you all and love you so very much!! MUAH!! ELDER RAPP O I haven´t bought a suit. I think I'll just be skinny with a huge suit for the next year so I don´t have to pack it around with me.