Monday, November 17, 2014

"Now we just got to find some more to bring unto Christ!"

So this past week was awesome! We knocked on one door and an old angry French guy answered. His nephew came to the door and calmed him down by telling him that we were from the church. They let us in and we sat down with them and two African women who were cousins and the owners of the house. They offered us soup, coke, fruit, all types of things! It was soo funny! The old French guy was still pretty upset that we were in the house! But we left a good message about Jesus. Then as we were leaving it starting pouring!!! Cats and dogs! They told us that we couldn’t go out in that weather and they made us stay and sit until it let up. But we kept insisting that we needed to leave, so the Old African lady did up our jackets for us and she put our hoods on for us and was basically treating us like a mother would.... it was sooo funny! ha-ha! The mission has lots of good experiences! We also had Elder Quinton L Cook from the Quorum of the 12 apostles come and talk to us!!! It was sooooo cool! Learned so much! He told us that he knows the voice of Christ! That was theee coolest part when he said that! The night before that, we had 4 other Elders sleeping in our apartment so they could be closer to the chapel in the morning. One of them was sleeping.... and snored louder than any other person I have ever heard in my life! It was the worst night of sleep ever! ha-ha, we were all soo upset in the morning because none of us slept! I tried kicking his bed and waking him up, but he would just start snoring 5 minutes later! He also would snore sooo loud and deep that he would swallow the air and burp at the end of his snore!!! It was thee worst! We all just die laughing about it now and how miserable it was! This Saturday our district had a very special baptism. This girl named Gabriela that Elder Yancey and I found on our first night out in this area! We met with her the first week, and then marked her for baptism! She was elect! She lived in the other Elder´s area, so we passed her over and they worked really hard with her! She was still feeling a little unready for baptism, but during the interview, there’s a question that asks something like... "are you ready to make this commitment with the Lord? " and she said she wasn’t sure... so our leader was getting ready to close the interview and we would just wait on the baptism... but the spirit told him to ask the question again, and she said yes. The reason she said yes is because she is pregnant, and she said that if the baby kicked again, it would be a sign that this is what she should do. So when our leader asked the question again, the baby kicked right at that time and she knew that it was the answer! She told us that the night before we found her, she had been praying for the first time in forever, for a change. She needed something... and then we found her the very next day! The Lord is awesome! He answers our prayers always! She also chose me to baptize her which was awesome!! Unfortunately, she is headed to brazil today, but she will find the church down there and continue strong down there! We then had another baptism of an amazing elect man from Angola whose name is Edmilson! He is sooo cool! He is already excited for the temple and everything! He accepted everything as we were teaching it and was just super prepared to be part of the Lord´s church! His baptismal service was awesome as well. The Lord is the best! I love you all! This is the Church of Jesus Christ! Oh yah, we celebrated at a Chinese buffet today! It was delicious! Now we just got to find some more to bring unto Christ!
Love Elder Quinn!

Monday, November 10, 2014

"gonna keep working to find more!"

Hey there everyone at home! Thanks for the prayers and everything! They really paid off!!! Estrela and Luana got baptized!!! It was awesome!!! Such a miracle!! Golden references from the Lord! They really were sooo cool. I really wanted Elder Yancey to get to baptize during this transfer while I was training him and the Lord did everything to help us out! He put Estrela in our path, and because of her, we found her sister and now they are both baptized! It was an awesome service and the members here really helped! Elder Yancey and I worked really hard and every week our area just kept progressing! Then in the end, we saw the fruits of our labors! This transfer flewwww!!!!

So transfers happened... and Yancey and I will stay here for yet another round! Ha-ha stay tuned! Elder Ruggles got transferred unfortunately. He was awesome and we had a great time all hanging out at the house and we really got to know each other. But I´ll see him again! So big news this week, Elder Quinton L Cook is coming to our mission to talk to us!!! He´s coming to our chapel to talk with our zones. Elder Yancey and I celebrated at the pizza hut buffet today! I’m probably going to explode; it was the most American food I have eaten since chuck-a-rama back in Utah. Well, all is well here. Still got some good potential and of course, gonna keep working to find more! Pray for me to become water proof or something... because "a storm is coming. Best be ready when she does" (harry potter quote).... but yah, it’s just gonna get wetter... wooohoo.. Love you all!!!
Love Elder Quinn

Monday, November 3, 2014

"It's awesome to see the Light of Christ brighten up their lives!"

Happy Halloween!

So this week I will be hitting 8 months! I cannot believe how fast time has gone! 1/3 of my mission,... already gone. It has literally flown. And things are going great here in the great area of Oeiras! President Flukiger gave every companionship the challenge to baptize two people within the past 4 weeks until this next Sunday, the 9th of November. So Elder Yancey and I have been doing everything within our power to talk to everyone. We have been knocking on tons of doors, and we stop everyone on the street that will listen, to find these two that President wanted us to. It was rough but we kept moving forward with faith, everyday just relying more on The Lord, until one night we stopped a girl named Estrela. We walked with her to her house, talked about The Book of Mormon, marked her for baptism right there on the street, then came back the next day, found her sister in her house, Luana, and gave her a Book of Mormon, marked her for baptism, and then they both came to church with us! They love the Book of Mormon and the gospel of Jesus Christ and they are very excited for their baptism this Sunday! This was awesome to see that President really did have an inspired goal for us and Yancey and I knew we would be able to find these people that were ready, by just working. So that’s what we did. They really are the most awesome pair of sisters and it’s awesome to get to see the Light of Christ brighten up their lives! They were a blessing for sure!

So enough with the spiritual stuff. ha-ha jk... but anyway Halloween here... was the same as any other missionary day... got some extra candy... ( I treat myself a lot... so I got a little more this time..) and I got to see a kid dressed up like Harry Potter for Halloween so that was cool! But the kids here don’t usually go around at night. They go in the morning dressed normally and do, Pão de Deus or something like that... and they go door to door and get candy... but whatever. So November First came and you best believe that we got some Christmas music playing already!!! gotta start decorating soon!!! Well that’s about it for now. Thanks for all your prayers and love and support! Love you all forever!
Love Elder Quinn!

"still having a great time"

This week was awesome! We got to go to a 5 star hotel (we didn’t stay the night) to sing at a mission presidents conference! All the mission presidents of every mission were there and we sang Called to serve in Portuguese #ofcourse. It was awesome! The spirit was soo strong! Our mission president, President Fluckiger and his wife were crying, and all the other mission presidents wives were also! It was awesome!!! Unfortunately, the baptismal font has not been filled for me and Elder Yancey, but we are working our behinds off to encounter those Elects! We have a lady that is pretty elect! We marked her for baptism in the street; she says she has been praying for a renewance of her baptism! So we´ll be sure to help her with that! She also has a family! So we´ll be doing our best with them! Still drinking the juice, still staying warm, still having a great time! We quote harry potter all the time in our apartment, and avatar the last airbender, so life’s going pretty good right about now!!! Love you all!!!

Love Elder Quinn!