Monday, May 29, 2017

Well, it was a wonderful week. Genivaldo was baptized and confirmed. He and Uilquer started the course for them to recieve the Melchezedik Priesthood and are super exctied to serve! And Uilquer is already serving as he was the one to baptize Genivaldo! ​I get so excited seeing them progress so well.

Genivaldo was truly prepared by the Lord. We met him the day of Uilquer and Daniele's baptism. He is Daniele's brother. He gladly accepted to come and see their confirmation the next day and since then he progressed super well. I don't think I have ever seen any hesitation to assume and keep commitments. He is learning a lot and is trying to help his family come to know the truth as well. His mother came to the baptism and that was great!

Last Sunday this lady came to church and no one knew who she was, including us! Turns out, a bishop from another ward had told her to visit the church and she did! Her name is Fernanda. Now she and her son (Diogo) are beiong taught by us and progressing really well. She even brought the snacks for Genivaldo's baptism and said the first prayer! The craziest thing is that on the same exact Sunday that she went to church for the first time, her boyfriend who lives in another state went as well! She recieved an answer to her prayers during this week and knows that the Book of Mormon is true. I'm super excited for them!!

We did some exchanges this week as well plus had a mission leadership council on Tuesday! I found out that day that it would be my last mission council because my visa is not able to be renewed, making it impossible for me to stay another transfer. I have mixed feelings, but I'm sure the Lord has it all planned out!

This week we will have a couple of Zone Conferences and exchanges! It should be great. I am really enjoying my time here in Paraíso with my new companion! We are getting along really well. I love you guys!

Elder Searle

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hello everyone!

This week was a good one. Lots of good changes came to pass. My new companion is an awesome missionary named Elder Bellum! He is from Colorado and speaks portuguese better than any other american on the mission. It will be nice to have him here and to work with him.

Uilquer received the Aaronic Priesthood yesterday and he will baptize his brother-in-law this Saturday! Lots of miracles are happening here.

The transfers went smoothly. And the new missionaries all seem really excited! Almost all of them are converts to the church and a little older. They will be a great addition to our mission.

I am so grateful for my mission and all the little things that the Lord does for me each day. I know He lives and guides my life. I love the Lord.

Elder Searle

Monday, May 15, 2017


This week was amazing. It may have been the best week of my mission thus far. I feel so grateful for everything that the Lord is doing for us here. It was the last week for my companion and we worked super hard to make it the best week ever.

Uilquer and Daniele were baptized! Their story is great. When we found them they were searching for a church to attend. Daniele was even praying to be baptized. And in these amazing circumstances the Lord led us to them! It has eben amazing to teach them and help them prepare for baptism. During the process, Daniele had a dream where she was being baptized at church! And they also recieved an answer to their prayers concerning the Book of Mormon. Their baptism was a really spiritual experience for me. Their cousin, who gave us their referal, realized the baptism. Daniele's brother came to church to see the confirmation. We taught him last night and he accepted to prepare for baptism as well!! I believe that much of Daniele's family has a great potential to join the church actually.

We did a couple of exchanges this week as well. They were great! And I know who my new companion will be! His name is Elder Bellum and he's from Colorado! I'm really excited to work with him. He's a great missionary and we will learn a lot together.

Tomorrow will be transfer madness. Here we go!

Love you guys! Have a great week.

Elder Searle

Monday, May 8, 2017

Good morning,

Eunice was baptized yesterday! She is the lady that we found during an exchange a few weeks ago. She progressed so quickly. She's an art teacher at a middle-school and has a lot of cool life stories! She is halfway throught the Book of Mormon and loving the gospel.

We are teaching a really special married couple. Uilquer and Daniele. They have been coming to church for 3 weeks now and if all goes right they will be baptized on Saturday. They met our mission president yesterday and that was really cool! Daniele also recieved an answer to her prayers in the form of a dream this week. She dreampt that she was being baptized. I guess you can't really ask for a better answer than that!

This week is the last week for my companion. It will be sad to see him go. I'm also excited to have a fresh start and to train a new assistant.

Have a great week! Love you guys!

Elder Searle

Monday, May 1, 2017

Happy May!

I have to be quicker today since we are pressed for time!

This week was E. Higashi's birthday, interviews with president, 2 zone conferences, an exchanges, and we gave the third hour training on Sunday as well. It was a jam-packed week and this week won't be much different. I love being a missionary and feeling the sweet spirit that comes from preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ! 

My camera is out of battery so I will send more pictures next week!

I love you guys and hope you have a wonderful week!!

Elder Searle