23rd November 2015

                                           enjoying the squid while waiting for the bus!!

                                                      Me and Manoel!!! DISSSSS


first of all this week has been awesome!! our two families are doing SO well! they loved church yesterday!
the first is the family of J and R. they have two kids. a 16 yr old girl called S and a 7 yr old boy called A. they are a super awesome family and usually when we teach them the dad J and S cry, they are super sensetive to the spirit!! and S has been asking questions about a mission too!! im so happy for them.
the second family is A and E. they have a 13 yr old daughgter called A. they too are progressing super well and they have all decided for themselves they want to get baptised.
now our next task is to just get both families married!!
had an incredible experience with fasting last week. A didnt want to get married at all until he has his own house, like a ´´man´´ thing or something haha. well me and my comp did a fast for the lord to touch his heart and change his mind about waiting to get married intil he got his own house. well we fasted on tuesday and didnt go to their place until thursday. when we went, we started with a prayer, and the first thing his wife said was Ive got news!! we are going to get married!!
hahaha holy heck i almost fell out of my chair i was so speechless!! he was SOOOOOO set on waiting till he got his own house!! so now they are making plans to get maried. thats how bad they want to get baptised!! such an awesome experience! sometimes He answers prayers Super fast, and sometimes not so fast haha. in this case it was so dang quick i was speechless haha.

but thats about it for this week , ill keep you posted on everyone next week!!

love yous all!!

Elder Greener

16th November 2015

 i'm so so so so happy that i got to stay here with my comp!! 
but i think this week has been the best week of my mission so far, really. we have found two incredible families here, something that is kinda rare here, and they are doin SO SO well. One of them is a famly of 4, and the dad is such an awesome person. he is very centralized on his family and has already dropped smoking, drinking and even playing soccer ( like EVERYONE plays soccer here) just to be a better dad and spend more time with his family. i LOVE his family and im so so so gratefull that heavenly father has guided us to people that are actually ready to be baptised. i thaught people like the people i met this week didnt exist!!! but they do!!!!!!!!!! holy heck im so so happy for them. we had both families at church yesterday and they loved church. later on we went round to their houses with the branch pres and they loved him too.
The other family, the dad asked me, ´´i want to join a church to stay, not to leave. i dont want to joke around. what do i need to do to become a follower of jesus christ?´´ i was like HOLY HECK DUDE YOU ARE JUST ASKING ALL THE RIGHT QUESTIONS but i dint really say that haha i just explained to him that i takes a little time to learn all we have to say but if you listen intently and put in practice the things we share with you you wil be able to do just that. he loves all the doctrined of our church and everything, him and his wife are suck lovely people ane he always calls me elder Bill because apparently i look like a famous dude called bill haha.
holy heck im just so happy to work with people that REALy want our help. i have literally never met people like this before and it really is an honour to know and be art of their conversion process. i think it is the blessings of exact obedience.

but thats about it for this week, gotta get flying now but hope yous land back home in safety!!
love yous heaps!!

Love Elder Greener

so i got this wierd thing on my foot, can you tell me what it is?? it like sweats and everything its the weirdest thing

9th November 2015

                       in a members bakery!! he lets us eat bread until we cant eat anymore!!
                                      walking to the cemetary on sunday afternoon
                                                             Fried Root!! 

(about new convert) Yeah shes going REALLY good!!! the branch is helping out HEAPS with making her feel welcome in the church, tonight were gonna do a FHE at her place and invite a couple other members so thats gonna be awesome!
and hey were you able to take any photos of yaya and yayo?? i really wanna see em!!

and i bet tom is liking working at toys are us haha its just a big playground there.

and yeah holy heck jake is home!!! thats so so awesome!!! man i miss him so much but i gotta wait aaaages to see him again.

and yeah im staying here thank goodness!! im so stoked that im not getting transfered just yet, we have started up some english lessons and were gona start this saturday, hopefully we have a big turnout, weve been tellinh heaps of people about it!!

bu tthis week was kinda weird. one of our investigators passed aweay due to brain cancer, on saturday. we went to his daughters place (who is a member too) as soon as we found out to try and help her and her family out. deaths here in brazil are really different from back home, i dunno how to explain it but its super weird, like its something TOO normal here. but i didnt really get too sad because i KNOW that he will accept baptism in the spirit world, we had a date and everything already set for him but he passed awsy before we could baptise him.
but other than that the week has been really chill, weve been working super crazy hard and i think heavenly father is testing us at the moment because everything is going super slow.

so not much has really happened this week but hopefully ill be able to write more next week.

hope everyone is good back home

Love, Elder Greener

3rd November 2015

This is Josi, weve been working with her for about 5 months

                         the baptismal font, a little different from back home

do you know who doctor robert ray is? or mr. hollywood? Hes from  america and hes a SUPER famous dude here in brazil, hes like the best plastic surgeon and works on all the super famous people yeah but hes like 50 hahaha
and hes a member too he came and visited us in our little branch yesterday and EVERYONE wanted photos of him haha. i had never even heard of the guy before yesterday but ye REALLY liked me and my companion haha....he kept his glasses on. and he was like really encouraging me to go to harvard uni because he studied there and apparently they like live people from over seas and like return missionaries and stuff he was bron her in brazil and some mormons adopted him and took him back to the states.  he said hes got like 3 houses in aus.
and he was like telling me about his patriarchal blessing and everything. me and my comp taught gospel principles and we were able to teach him and his friends and like almost the whole branch about exaltation was awesome

                                                                  district meeting
                                           waitin to catch the bus into the centro

holy heck thats so good to hear about the packages from sister lisonbee!!!
but yeah when i get them ill take some photos and show yous what i do and dont have.
and thats sucks i was REALLY looking foreward to some american snacks hahaha ill just have to eat my companions hahaha.

but we finally had a baptism this week like you saw in the photo!! was super cool and the investigator even made a HUGE cake that everyone loved, it lasted just over five mins hahaha everyone destroyed it haha. we worked super hard to bet a lot of people to the baptism and there was a really good turnout, i was so happy with all the members for helping us support the new member, shes fitting really well in the branch now its awesome.
but now we have to work super hard for more people to baptise!!
one of our investigators in the hospital at the moment. he has a brain tumour and he doesnt even know, only his family knows and they dont want to tell him because he will stress and make its worse. it so sad and we went to go visit him on saturday night. hes like is a really weird state, hes like sleeping but hes still moving the half of his body that isnt paralysed, he doesnt react to anything, i think the tumor is eating his brain, nt sure but we are going to visit him again tomorrow. his daughter sits there in  a little plastic chair next to him every night sleeping in the chair, i think we'll bring her som lollies of snacks and spend a bit of time with her there, shes really needing it.

but i love you guys so so much, hope everythings good back home!!

Love, Elder Greener

27th October 2015

                     in brazil you can choose to have up to 4 flavours of pizza! on one pizza!

                                           chillin out with my home boy frodo

 messin with stray dogs in the middle of the street. i dont think this dog has ever been scratched before in his life because when i scratched his head he made like this super funny face and sat down on the floor like he was loving it hahaha.

                                                 HUGE mango tree in salvador

               had an awesome conference in salvador the other day with one of the seventy!!

                             getting lost on the huge freeway with my district hahha

Holy heck sounds like you had a pretty busy week!! but sounds like heaps of cool stuff happened too!!

so this week we had an awesome conference in salvador ( had to do two 9 hour bus trips to get there and back!!) but was deffs worth it!!! we heard from Elder Mazagardi and his wife and holy heck are they a spiritual couple!!  Elder Mazzagardi like shut down everyone and then showed us how we can be better missionaries so that was awesome!! we have been trying to implement a lot of the things he spoke about so this week has been real good.
and this week we have a baptism for SURE we made some invites and everything haha this time it wont fall through im sure of it. ill send some pics when next pday comes around.

haha and im glad your liking the tan, your probs not gonna recogsize me when i get home!! haha im gonna come home black and fat hahha.

anyays i love you heaps too and hope you have an awesome week!!

Love Elder Greener

19th October 2015

Hey thank you for all the photos!! haha i bet the kids had a lot of fun there at the strawberry farm! did yous come home with heaps of strawberries?? haha and sounds like lyric is pretty fun to be around sometimes haha if he talks more than eli i can even imagine hahaha.

haha i love the way dad shops, he like to buy all the cool stuff like i do. can you tell him to send some pics of the stuff he brang home?? would be awesome.
and what did sharni make for dinner? it wasnt that seed lasanga that she made that one time was it?? haha kidding.
and thankyou so much for the sam photos haha looks like hes getting bigger and bigger, where is he sleeping now? with sharni tom or maddi??

so things have been going really crazy here recently haha. me and my new companion have deciced to be EXACT obedient and holy heck i dont even know how we are coping with all the blessing we are getting right now. this week was so so full we didnt even have time to visit all our investigators. we have been trying a new method of contacts and we baisically introduce ourselves and tell them our pourpose and invite them unto repentance and to be baptised like jusus christ was and we are getting lots of investigators this way.
but yesterday kinda sucked. we had a baptism all lined up and all sorted out and everything, i even bought a huge freakin watermelon to eat at the baptism and she didnt show up to church. she said she was going to visit someone on saturday and that shed be back buy sturday night but when we passed by her place sunday morning she still wasnt at home. so that really sucked dunno when shell be back.
and we are going to travel to salvador again this week i think for a training by one of the area seventies!! its gonna be so good i cant wait.
taught a really awesome lesson the other day too. this old couple and their 24 year old daughter. haha we taught a little lesson and then the old dude was like i got kicked out of three churches but i still love  playing guitar and singing jesus songs haha and i was like hey i play a little guitar too so he gave me his guitar to play and it was like super untuned so i tuned it for him and he was so stoked and then i played a little bit for them and they thought it was the best thing hahaha was really cool.

But hey i love yous all so so much, hope everything is awesome back home!!

Love Elder greener

12th October 2015

                                                  me and my last companion, elder felipe

       a melon called Xixi, which literally translates to pee or urine hahaha a made a wicked juice out of it it was so good haha.

yeah conference was so good we watched it yesterday!! we had to wait a week cos the internet heres so bad that we had to download it and watch it the next week but it was so so good.
haha i  loves that talk too about the role of the women. this morning a was studyig the story of the 2000 stripling warriors and the first thing that came into my mind was you. when the strippling warrios say in verse 48 that they doubt not because their mothers knew it. like they wouldnt not have had the faith they had if it wasnt for their mothers, and i thaught that i definantly wouldt be here if it wasnt for you so thank you so much mum.

and yeah me and my new comp are doin so freakin good!! his name is elder long and hes from america haha were doing so well together. but something came up and we werent able to do the baptism on saturday but we have it re marked for this coming saturday so that should be awesome.

haha and im waiting very anxiously for the package haha i bet youve pack it full ave goodies. but it should get here pretty quick yeah??

anyways love yous heaps and heaps, hope yous have an awesome week!!

Much love, elder greener