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, December 29, 2008

Hey y'all, I don´t have much time today because Elder Bradley was transferred. I have to go to Porto Alegre to get my new comp which means I am most likely training again. So Life is a rush today. Sorry I won´t write too much, but hey I talked to y'all last week. So I'll be traveling alot in the next day. Blah that's always a bummer. So I bought Andreas nativity today and a back pack as well. Send me some info on how much I have in my account before I try sending the box k. Well I love you all so very much you are always in my prayers. Keep hunting hard and sending pics. Muah happy new year. We have a baptism this week as well. whoohoo.ELDER RAPP

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Well not much to tell y'all today as I will talk to you guys on Thursday. But it was one of my hardest weeks as a missionary as no one from the ward showed up to a baptism... the tears in her eyes, I will never forget. The sadness I felt to see a daughter of God not enter the baptismal font and make sacred covenants hurt. I'm doing better now but I lost all will to work. After the ward leaders went over and said sorry, I felt alot better but it still hurt more than anything I've ever felt. We are back up and working hard though. The Lord gives me strength every day and I am so grateful For him and his Love. So not this week but the next we should have a baptism of another young man. Working our butts off in this heat. Yesterday was unbearable and today the air is sooo humid, I wanna die. I thought missionaries couldn't swim, well just walking, I feel the water so I'm pretty much swimming. hahaha Man I make myself laugh. So I think that my son will be transferred on the 30th. Taking my boy away from me so that he can speak more Portuguese. So not much other than that. Wait !!! I bought 2 nativity scenes today that will make you melt. . Well we are going to call on the 24th again to give you times and such and numbers to call. So until then love you and sleep well. If you can even sleep. I'm excited to talk to you all. Tell Prudents to tell Zach that his best redneck buddy love him misses him and tells him to work his butt off!!! Exactly like that too! Love you all so very much!!! MUAH XOXOX!!!ELDER RAPP

Dear Family, I am writing to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I love this time of year as we reflect on the birth and life of our Savior Jesus Christ. We can each as members of the church show an example to the world of the importance of this special time of year. As a missionary last Christmas and in this Christmas season, I have been blessed to share the gospel with those who don´t know the importance of Jesus Christ. I would like to challenge each one of us to spread this wonderful Christmas spirit to all those that we come in contact with each day. Have a Wonderful Christmas and a Great holiday season. Be safe and be sure to spread the gospel message to all. I know that Jesus Christ blessed us with this wonderful gospel and that he Lived, died, and Lives and loves each one of us. ELDER RAPP

Hey everyone!! How's life on the cold side of the world? Its sure hot here. So our baptism fell through because her mom went into surgery. But good news is she'll be baptised this week. Well sounds like things are good at home. I'm getting excited to talk to you all next week. I will find out more about it tomorrow. Tomorrow is our Christmas conference in Pelotas. We will talk about the phone call next week in our emails. The 24th will call and confirm everything. Well don´t really have much to say this week. Nothing great happened. Just a normal week of working hard. Today we were in the center of the city and this lady came up ...all right guys where are you from? I didn´t understand her at first cause she spoke such good English. She is from California and she is here with a bunch of people touring Brazil think. So that is all that is going on here. Um I am going to send and email or two with pics and an email for the ward and for the family. Its lots faster for you to print them off and send them to a few people for Christmas. Will you please do that for me.Love you all !!!!ELDER RAPP

Hey y'all!! Hows everyone doing? I'm doing great, our three baptisms went through wonderfully. Always stressful but they went well. This Saturday we are going to baptise another young lady. The work is great but its flipping HOT!! It's that time of year again. Man I prefer the cold any day. So all is well here, we are finding tons of great people. We are having an easier time cause its Christmas time. This time of year people are a lot more open to hear us for some reason. Don´t know why but its great for us. We are looking at a sweet Christmas day though. Some of the rich folk invited us over to their house for Christmas. They are gonna kill a cow and roast it up the old fashioned way, I think. It will be fun and not to mention I'm gonna talk with you guys!! Only the best thing in the world né? Well hows the party at home? Everyone always there eating diner without me? This better stay a tradition when I get back or y'all are in trouble. This week we have a zone meeting and next week we have Zone conference in Pelotas. It will be sweet. We are probably gonna watch a movie like last year. That's all the good stuff going on here. We are doing great at working hard. Loving life and staying close to the Lord. I hope you all have an excellent week. Muah!!! Love you all!!!ELDER RAPP

Hello y'all! All is well on this side of the world and you guys, hows things going? We are going to baptise 3 this Saturday!!!!! Never worked sooo hard in my life. So all is going well. We are having quite the temps here as well. So no real interesting stories this week. We had a leadership meeting in Pelotas that helped me out alot in my callings. I am doing great though, nothing is too difficult, just at times stressful. You wanna hear something funny? I didn´t even know that last week was Thanks giving. I'm completely out of the world, don´t remember anything and don´t know English very well. Things are looking great for next year. Won´t know a lick of English just Portuguese. Maybe you should start learning so that we can talk. Well I don´t have a whole lot of time or things to say just that I love you guys and am always thinking about you all and praying you. Muah!!! Have a great week. ELDER RAPP

Can I just tell you guys that all the family pics made me trunky... Don´t worry we are working our butts off. Elder Bradley, my son that I´m training, poor guy is so tired cause we work so much. He goes to bed early and falls asleep every now and again in a lesson. Well a miracle happened this week. Karol a young lady we have been teaching that had some doubt about the law of chastity came up to me yesterday and asked me when the next Baptism would be so she could be baptised. We are looking at 4 baptisms on the 6th of December. Help Elder Bradley get some baptisms under his belt. He pretty much rocks. He speaks alot better Portuguese than I did when I was trained. He is a redneck from southern Utah that works on a pig farm so we get along just great. Its good to hear a good ol' redneck accent. Well all is going great. I'm looking forward to our Christmas zone conference. And after that a phone call from home. Start making plans to have everyone there. So it sounds like you all had a great week playing without me. All the pics made me happy. There was little green spots on all of them though, I don´t know why. So I have been thinking alot lately why the Lord would call me of all people as district leader and trainer... I always think of ether 12;27 and realized that that is what I needed to help me better myself to be a better missionary and to do everything expected of me. I find it interesting looking back on these last few months and seeing how much more progress I have made. It makes me feel good that this progress I´m making will help elder Bradley as well, grow fast in the language and in his ability to be an amazing missionary. My English sucks, my comp asks questions and I can´t respond . Lets just say Mykl speaks better that me. So this last week I bought some peanut butter off an Elder and a whole big package of oreos. HEAVEN!!!Well have a great week!! I love you all so very much!!!!ELDER RAPP

So things are crazy today. Transfers are tomorrow and Elder Fernandes is going away. I have to travel with him to Porto Alegre to get my new comp, which is most likely that I am training. The zone leaders said I am so that will be fun. If he is American, hopefully he speaks some Portuguese. When I got in the field, I didn´t speak a lick. So today is run run run and I don´t have time for anything. We have to travel and hour to the center of the city to stay the night so that tomorrow at 5 am we can catch the bus to poa. So things are good. We had another baptism on Saturday, and a record number week. Man we are kicking it good. 11 investigators in church with 6 looking really close to baptism. I'm in heaven loving my work and working my butt off. Have a great week . Enjoy your vacation. Have some fun in the snow for me and I expect some rockin family pics. Muah !!! Love you all so very much!!! Tell all of the Walsh's that I love them and miss them, but next year I'll be there.ELDER RAPPXOXOXOXOX!!!!!!!