Monday, March 27, 2017

This week we did 3 exchanges in a row in our area. That was a lot of fun and very exhausting. The results were very positive. On the first day E. Macedo and I found an amazing family that lives in the same apartment buildings as us. Carlos, Cristiane, Gabriel, Nicole and Aquiles. It feels like so long since I've worked with a complete family that's progressing. They are a really special family and I am so excited to see them continue to progress!!

On the second day of exchanges I was with E. Barbosa, my last companion! It was wonderful. I forgot how funny he is and how good it is to work with him.

Third day of exchanges I was with E. Keim! He got into the mission field last transfer and it was good to give him some portuguese tips.

Yesterday at church this old lady pulled me aside and said "your face looks like a crying baby." And then started to laugh. It was quite the experience!

Yesterday we taught a lesson to the youth about the Atonement and Missionary work. It went really well and we were able to make some goals with them to share the gospel with their friends.

I'm really excited for General Conference this week! I know that the Lord has much to say and I'm more than ready for some instruction from Him.

I love you guys! Have a great week!!

Elder Searle

Monday, March 20, 2017

Good morning!

This week was a miracle. Nadir was baptized after investigating the church for over 6 months. I remember meeting him for the first time in an exchange I did here in December. It has been wonderful to work with him these past 3 weeks. He made it through a long process of repentance and is finally with his family as a member of the church.

We had a few conferences this week as well which were great. I learned a lot about the pre-existence and how i need to honor everything I chose there. It was nice to be with so many missionaries I have come to know over my mission as well.

We also did an exchange. It was really fun to be with my MTC companion E. Silfies again!

I love you guys! Have a great week!

Elder Searle

Monday, March 13, 2017

This week we had mission council, did an exchange and ​bought 10 liters of Açaí. This morning I became a professional hair stylist and cut E. Higashi's hair and he cut mine. To the surprise of us two, it actually turned out really well.

This week will be busy with two zone conferences and interviews with President. I'm excited! We have quite a  few of good investigators in our area as well that we will help during the week.

I'm doing well and learning a lot. I love it here in this ward and I love my companion especially!! 

That's all I've got time for. I love you guys!

Elder Searle

Monday, March 6, 2017

The first week after being transferred is always a busy one. Thankfully I am all un-packed and starting to learn all about my new area. My companion, Elder Higashi, is the best. He is from Londrina, Paraná, Brazil. He is very smart and hardworking. We should stick together until May when he finishes his mission. I'm very excited to work with him!

On transfer day there was a huge party on the street going on right outside the mission office, so that made for some changes in the schedule. Instead of receiving training, the new missionaries went straight to their new areas after we ate lunch at the mission home. It was a great experience to see a group of brand new missionaries coming into the field. There were 4 Americans out of the 14 new missionaries.

We have mission council tomorrow which I'm excited for. Then in the next few weeks we will have zone conferences. We will also do an exchange with some zone leaders. It will be a good opportunity for me to get lost in my new area and thus learn the streets here out of necessity.

Yesterday at church I had a spiritual experience. I was sitting there shile the sacrament was being distributed and I felt the strongest impression I'm where I'm supposed to be. I know that Heavenly Father is guiding me and will lead me to those who are prepared to hear the gospel. It's a privilege to be a missionary of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Love you guys! Have a great week!

Elder Searle