So this probably is the worst email I've sent. I had to respond to a lot of mission related emails this week and so I didn't have a lot of time. Life is good. Happy belated birthday to Kate, my wonderful sister. And I hope you all have a blessed week. Forgive me again for the shortness of the letter
I received a card from someone that asked me what my day to day life is like here in Brazil. Well I thought I would talk about it.
As usual i wake up at 6:30 and get ready for the day. Usually we read and study the bible and the Book of Mormon from 8-10 but you already new that. Whats different here in Brazil is the walking. Right now i think we walk about 7-8 miles per day. I had one day I was working with another elder and he got lost in his own area, we walked for about 13-14 miles that day... needless to say I wasn't very happy. But we walk a lot. We decided where we are going to work in the city depending on where we have our lunch appointment. Usually we eat lunch with some members of the church. As I've said lunch here is the biggest meal of the day. After that we head out into the city to try to change lives. I will admit the Brazilian people are way more open to listen to us than American culture but here are still a lot of people that don't want to listen to us. Thats probably the most anoying thing, we come on missions and give up 2 years of our lives to help people change their lives for the better and they dont recognize it. But I don't feel to bad about it because when you find someone to listen, all the rejections fall away. We had some miracles this week, we have two couples come to church, they love the services and they will come next week. They are named Nelson and Patricia, and the other couple is Anderson and Carina. I hope to help them progress.
I read this scripture today and i thought i would share it with you its from the Book of Mormon.
“For my soul delighteth in plainness; for after this manner doth the Lord God work among the children of men. For the Lord God giveth light unto the understanding; for he speaketh unto men according to their language, unto their understanding.”
--2 Nephi 31:3
Thats about it.
Well, i had a wonderful Sunday yesterday. I was able to talk to my mother on Skype. It was wonderful, as we missionaries can call home 2 times a year to our families. Normally the happen during Christmas and Mothers Day. It was interesting to realize that this is the last time I will be speaking with my family via Skype. The next time will be in person around Christmas time. But thats a long way to go and many things to do.
This week in the mission field Elder Silva and I contacted a reference from a member in our ward. His name is Bruno. Bruno is 20 years old, we met him and taught him about the restoration of the gospel of Jeus Christ. We taught him about prophets, how they were important in the Bilbe times as well as in our time, and that we continue to have prophets to guide us today. He understood everything and agreed to baptism. I will keep you updated.
This week aside from Bruno was a regular work week. But I would like to remember still the importance of Mothers and mothers day. I would like to share this video with everyone i know and email. It is dedicated to all the moms, to be moms, future moms, moms on my mission, and more importantly my own beautiful mother. I hope you enjoy.
This will be short and there wont be any pictures so sorry in advance.
We found out about transfers this weekend and i will continue to work here in Santa Barbara. It will be 6 months that i will be working here at the end of the transfer. Elder Guilherme finished his mission and returned home about 3 days ago. I have been staying with other elders for a time. I received my new companions name, his name is Elder Da Silva, he is an older missionary as well, he only has 2 transfers left. He will be arriving here tomorrow. I'm excited to get to know him.
I am excited to Skype and talk with the family this Sunday. I also have some news that I am excited to share with them and then, I will share with everyone else.
That's about it down here in Brasil.
Thanks for keeping in touch.
My name is Elder Eric Kochenderfer. I am serving as a misisonary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Piracicaba, Brazil Mission. Here are my tales.