Monday, October 1, 2012

October 1, 2012

 Elder Nogeuira and I with Rodney and his Family
 Elder Nogeuira and I with Irmã Lucimar and her Family
Our crazy Zone!
Our Good Zone!
Elder Reis and I!

Another week flew by. Time is super weird. It feels like Elder Reis and I have been together for a long time, but at the same time it passed by so fast. And yes, that means that Elder Nogueira was transferred, and I'm here with my new companion, Elder Reis from Rio De Janeiro! (He-oh, g, janer-o). He is pretty cool, and things are going well here. Before I continue, I need to say, HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUTUMN! Yay! And now, what makes a favela different? Well, its not very well organized, normally has drug trafficking, is a little more dangerous (don't worry), and its a little more poor. A member lives in the favela, and therefore, we went and visited her and some of her neighbors. So this week we have been working with several pesquisadores that we are trying to help progress towards baptism. We are also working with less active and new member families to try and strengthen everyone. Its been a good week. We are working in some new areas, and we are working hard. I am so excited for general conference this week, and hope that everyone can go and watch it. A living prophet isn't a small thing. I wanted to send home a scripture that is found in 1 Nephi 17:3. We must fulfill and keep all of God's commandments. It isn't an option that we can choose to follow or not  --  we need to follow them, being every human being on this earth. When we do follow them  --  God will help us to complete our part  --  and he will even bless us beyond those blessings.  God loves us, and he will always make a way for His commandments to be completed by us. The Lord will provide for us when we trust in Him, and do what He says. We have nothing to fear if we are doing the right things and trusting in the Lord. I love you all, and hope that you all have a great week.


Elder Tanner Ross Paxman

PS: The high schools here don't have teams that play against other high schools. They just have things like PE. And they don't really play football here, its rather rare. Ha. Its all soccer. As for Cars here, they are really expensive and normally are small. They cost double or triple of the cost in the states ... maybe even more. Practically all the cars here are small. A Honda Civic is an upper class car here. There are some brands that are the same as the states, and some that are different. But they still drive on the same side of the road, and the same side of the car. Automatic cars are a lot more rare here though. Only the rich can afford them. Its practically all manual here.

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