Monday, December 16, 2013

"If you're not baptized tomorrow, you will go to Hell!" -- Sister Cropper: December 16

Ok novamente, 

Hello there my family, 

So this past week was great, we worked our little behinds off and had another MILAGRE (MIRACLE)!!!!! 

SO we had a baptism yesterday. It wasn´t Janete or Paulo. (Actually we cut them because they weren´t progressing and it was really sad) 

It was actually someone that neither Sister A or I taught. It was a friend of a recent convert in our ward that has been coming to church for 5 weeks now. We pass by the RC´s house every Sunday and Sister Alves said that if she was there again, we would baptize her today. Well low and behold she was there, Sister Alves did her magic and she said she wanted to be baptized. That was some thing Sister Alves and I were not expecting but the Lord always knows who is ready, not us. 

So we had 30 lessons this past week. That is really good for us, we worked really hard. Last wednesday we didn´t work because we had our chirstmas conference. That is why we were all wearing red and stuff. It was really fun but super weird because we didn´t work at all that day. We had a spiritual part in the beginning and then had lunch and had some fun activities in the afternoon. It was all the way in Curitiba which is 2 hours away so we didn´t get back till 8:45 at night. It was really fun to see people from my district and my past companions here. 

Sister A and I have a competition going with how many people we talk to on the street. Last week was really good (we talked to like 300 people last week) but sadly i lost :( The prize is McDonalds. (by the way, McDonald's sucks here but my companion likes it, their ice cream is good though) So I am buying McDonald's today. 

So it was really sad with janete this last week. She totally dropped us. She decided to wanted to stay with her pastor than have a prophet in her life. 

Paulo we eventually had to drop. We met with last monday with our bishop. He had some doubts but we resolved them and told him he needed to read the BOM again. So he called us on our way back on wendesday from Curitiba and said that he finished the BOM! ALL OF IT. We met with him last friday with our bishop again and he had some questions about how jacob in the bible could kill laban but nefi in the book of mormon killed laban as well. He had some other doubts as well that I had never heard an investigator have. It was hilarious!!! But we resolved them and he said that he would be baptized after he knew that this church was true. We invited him to pray friday night and promised him that God would respond. Well saturday before lunch, he called us and said he wanted to have us over for lunch and that he had a crazy dream. So we went over there but he had started drinking and it just wasn´t like what we thought was going to happen. He kept bringing up all the doubts he had before and it was just impossible. We told him that if he didn´t go to church the next day, we weren´t going to return. He wasn´t there yesterday so we cut him. It was sad but had to happen. So the subject line is from this last saturday when my companion lost all patience with paulo and said that. She is a little bit fiesty. She bosses me around and I have been out way longer than her! I just boss her right back. 

So some crazy changes in my mission: 

- we don´t have language study or training anymore (my mission president wants us to work so we leave our house at 10 am and don´t come back till 9 at night)
- we can baptize people even if them have a problem with smoking or drinking (my mission president authorized this that if a person has these problems they can still be baptized because after they revceive the gift of the holy ghost, it will be easier to stop) 

Just a few of the things my mission president does. 

Anyways, I am really good. Really super happy. I really love my mission a lot and I am so grateful to be here. I don´t like thinking whta it would be like or what I would be like without my mission. I have learned so much. 

Family: one thing that would help me a lot is if you guys would stop talking about me coming home or what I will be doing in a year from now or something. I still have 9 months left but it is really hard when you guys talk about that stuff because I think of home. I´m not mad and you don´t need to apologize but it would help!! 


Love you family and I will talk you all next week wednesday for 40 minutes at 3:00 pm my time!!! 

Sister Cropper 

Elder Cropper - December 16


SO literally the funniest thing happened this week. Elder Fraser from Argentina (literally the coolest missionary ever) He’s new in the mission but he’s so chill. He’s super tall, like insanely tall and looks like an American. Well, we had two baptismal interviews this week so we were waiting in the chapel while they were being interviewed. Elder Fraser was playing around with the piano playing songs and such. Well every piano in Chile is electric and they all have different sounds they can make like organ, guitar,jazz stuff like that. Well we realized that there’s a demo which plays an example song for every single different sound mode. Elder Fraser started messing with them and got to the grand piano one which was the stupid, gaggy, deep song that sounded like it was from a church movie in the 80s (of course i would say something like that I’m a missionary and all we have are church movies from the 80s) anyways he began to do this monologue with this song. Oh my goodness I was crying I was laughing so hard. It went something like this. It’s better in Spanish

“Hi I’m Peter.
One day my friends and I went to this party. We entered the house and I saw that they were playing ping pong, the spirit told me that I shouldn't play but I did it anyways. And now I’m paying for my sins.”

Oh my--it was literally the funniest thing I’ve ever heard. Later he did one about the book of mormon or something and then in the end being in jail. Ugh they were just these totally bogus stories which was why they were so funny.

This week was good we had a baptism yesterday which is always a wonderful thing. I did absolutely nothing with the ordinance which is how i like it. I prefer that the ward does everything. It’s better that way because the missionaries always go but the ward members always stay. 

We have changes this week which I’m a little anxious for. I told the mission nurse about my anxiety issue this last friday she gave me some advice. Last friday we had a really special mission conference with president and a member of the 7th quorum of the seventy elder from Chile. He was really cool and a good teacher. He liked to move up and down the aisles and ask missionaries specific questions. He was reading a lot from the bible old testament so it was a little hard for me to understand. The assistants stayed in our apartment that night.  

We are doing really well in the zone. There has been a lot of growth and I’m really excited about it. Hahaha I talk about growth so much i sound like Dad talking about genesis. September we had 3 baptisms 5 in october 7 in november and we already have 6 for december and we still have 2 weeks left. WE have 5 dates for baptisim in the zone and they are all solid and will get baptised with the exception of maybe one. Im excited to see if we can pass 10 this month. We are currently leading the mission right now so im happy about that. I see a change in the zone there is just a ton more faith and we aree fasting a lot more. one time a week minimum.

So let me tell you guys about La Serena. I live in an apartment like 8 blocks from the ocean. I am 8 blocks from one of the more touristy sites in all of chile its called El Faro or the lighthouse in english. Its just a really cool lighthouse in chile. Were going to start running to it every morning tomorrow. La Serena is a pretty nice city--I’d say there are like 300,00 people that live here. We walk everywhere which is just the way it is in my mission, The only elders who have cars are the office elders and they share it. Sometimes we take what’s called a colectivo. It’s basically a taxi but it has a set route. They do have taxis but they are super expensive. It is super hot here. Well to me it is, but the worst thing is the sun. It just beats down everyday--ughhh I’m not a sun person. What else do you want to know about La Serena. Ohh the sweater thing yeah that’s big in the mission because the rule was just recently changed that we can wear them It’s always cold in the morning in La Serena and always cloudy so in the morning you can wear sweaters but at 2 every single day the clouds are gone and it gets hot. My apartment is very nice. I’m spoiled. It’s probably one of the nicest in the mission. 

I will talk with you guys the 25 i think around 4 your time ( 6 my time i don’t know if that means 4 your time) anyways i will email you one more time before then this next Monday.

Love ya guys!

Sam

Elder Cropper

Monday, December 2, 2013

Sister Cropper - December 2

Hello minha familia. 

Wow. So this week was good but crazy ut good. So I am finishing the training of a Sister that was already here. Her name is Sister A and she is from São Paulo, Barigui. She is good but it was definitely hard the first few days. I was really excited to go to Ponta Grossa because you can get a lot of baptisms and the work is a little easier and it is just way different from Curitiba. So I arrived and we worked the next day. My companion kept saying that we would work a lot and have a lot of baptisms but the first day was really hot and she was just walking really slow!!!! But we continued on. We had our tour of the mission this last thursday and it was really good but at the end, I saw my companion crying and talking with another Sister. I talked with her after and asked if she was okay and what was wrong but she said she was only crying because the sister had told a funny joke! She was totally lying but I knew she didn´t want to talk about it with me so I let it go. I tried talking with her during the day, asking her questions and working but she was so closed and I was just thinking in my head, "okay this will be a long transfer but I will work!" So finally friday, it was raining really hard all day and during the day, we needed to call Presidente for permission about this referencia we received. So she told me she needed to talk to him after I was done. So right when I finished, I handed her the phone and she started talking and crying with President that she didn´t have any motivation to work, she was worried about her family and all this other stuff. So Presidente said we needed to go back home and stay there and read the book of mormon, sing and pray. So okay, Presdiente will do that. So we stayed there the rest of the day. It was good and we talked. There was something else wrong with my companion but she didn´t want to tell me which I understand. So after friday, it was hard to work because she just didn´t have a lot of motivation. On Saturday, se called Presidente and told him she wanted to talk to him personally. SO we went there today. All the way to Curitiba, two hours! I woke up this morning at 4:45 am. But my companion is all good. WE are happy and will work really hard this week. She is absoltely hilarious and has a very strong personality. She tells people that if they aren´t baptized, they will burn in hell (she tells the nicely but still). WE actually were going to have a baptism yesterday but the dad (who is actually a less active!) said no and wouldn´t let him. He is ten years old and the poor little guy was crying about it but we will  baptize him and his sister this next sunday. Tem certeza. Actually his sister wants to serve a mission but she didn´t come to church this last sunday so we wil see! The church is really strong here and it is cool. Our bishop is pretty new but he wants us to work with the members a lot. I think this transfer will be really good. 

So thanks for all the letters! I received some more letters from you mom and a letter from Grandma. I also got that great devotional you sent me! Thank you!! 

I will buy a new camera this next week and I understand about Christmas. Also, I will be skyping (I am not 100% sure but I think so and I will have 1 hour). Mom you need to send me the recipe for cookies because I don´t remember. Chocolate chip cookies please. And ANNE, I would like a Christmas CD of Motab for christmas. 

Sorry, I don´t have a lot of time. I will write more next week but I am good! 

SAMUEL- Be happy. Don´t be so hard on youself. Minha nossa! You are a good missionary but I am sorry about your mission president. He sounds hard. 

Love you all, 

Sister Cropper 


dang im trying to think of something funny but i got nothing.....dang it.... Elder Cropper - December 2


Anyways tough week

Just talked to president and he sure let it rip. Well maybe not but i feel like he did.  First he cut me because i supposedly bought completos (hot dogs) with a missionary after 10, don’t know when that happened. anyways I really didn’t know what to say to him, and I told him that. he said if i thought of anything to tell him in my weekly letter. All i wrote about the situation was that I was grateful for what he said and that I would follow it. I decided i have nothing to say, i was being stupid, and i feel bad about things that are happening but they are situations that i caused. anyways, so thats what happened today.  President said at the end of the conversation,  I love you elder cropper. I feel pretty good about that, I just need to stop being dramatic and chill out a little more. 

anyways other then that things are fine i guess. Its hard with Elder H--but we’ve had some good talks, I think things are getting better. He’s just more of a follow missionary which means I need to rise up to the occasion and show the example but yeah. 

This week was a little frustrating because our numbers weren’t very good. But we recommitted to working hard and I think we’re going to see success from here on out. Our numbers were soo bad this week that out DL elder C called the assistants to let them know. Well i didnt approve of that, once again if Elder C has a problem he should come to us first and let us know, if we resist or do something stupid after that then go to the assistants. I worried about it because it was the second time he had called the assistants about us, once with Elder L and I and the other just a few days ago. So we prayed, held back the desire to call him right then and there and get angry, and instead showed love when we called him that night to get his daily update. We told him he was working hard and had our support, we told him we loved him and that we were on the same team. we also told him that if he ever felt like he needed to tell us something in regards to something we need to do better or change that he could. i think it worked out ok. I don’t like it when missionaries talk about other missionaries behind their backs, but I also realized that I do it too so I’ve decided to stop that. If other Elders are talking about another missionary in a poor way I will say nothing. 

Thanks for the advice fam you guys said lots of good things. I don’t want to be a problem for president. I think the things you guys wrote are correct and i need to follow them. 

love ya guys hope ya have a good week

Elder Cropper

Sister Cropper - November 25


Woah! Wow, do I have news for you guys! 

So after being here for only 3 months, I will be transferred tomorrow to a new area AND I will train. What is God thinking?! I´m not ready!! Well na verdade (actually) I am but still. Holy cow. Like Elder Cropper said when he was called as a district leader after training, I will be an oxen putting one foot in front of the other. But I really do feel at peace with things, I am not really nervous. I just hope that my next area is really new (hopefully we will have an old area of Elders) because if we have an area that was already occupied, we will have agua and other appliances but if not hello crackers for breakfast!

So this last week was a lot better than the previous. I was sick on monday and tuesday. Monday night I had a fever of 101.8 degrees!!! AH! So I took some medicine and slept after we arrived home at 9:30 pm. Then the next morning, I woke up still feeling sick and checked my temp. I had a little fever of 100.4 so we stayed in the house and I slept. After sleeping for a couple of hours, I woke up (around 12:00) and we called Sister Monteiro. She wanted me to go to the doctor so we had to go all the way over to the hospital just to find out I had a bad cold! But the doctor gave me some medicine and it was good because the medicine did help me! 

So yeah, that was the beginning of my week. I was still feeling something missing and I didn´t know what it was! BUT I finally figured it out and I finally feel the same way that I did when I was in Ohio. What I was missing was faith, miracles, and the Spirit! So Saturday, we were doing our normal thing and I studied about faith all this past week because we have a mission tour this week também (also) and they want us to study ether 12 EVERY DAY. So this last week I was thinking about what I was doing in Ohio and here that was different. I figured out that my work wasn´t different but that my faith was. I relied so much more on prayer and the spirit in estados unidos than I was here. I think it was different because I was focusing so much on the language and also we don´t pray as much (which I hate!). In estados unidos, when we tracted a new street or were going into a lesson, we also began with prayer but because here we don´t have a car and it is a little strange to pray on the street, we don´t do it. 
So saturday, I decided I needed to exercise more faith. So Saturday, after we had called some pesquisadoras during the day, we were having trouble because people weren´t keeping commitments, weren´t interested anymore, etc. So I turned to my companion and said, we need to pray right NOW because I know we have people in this area who are ready but we don´t know who they are or where but we are here right now so let´s talk to the Lord. So we prayed right on the street and it was really good! After we were walking to an appt and while we were walking this little girl came up to us and asked us what we were doing. We explained and asked if we could share a message with her family (our appt fell through) So we walked over to where she lived, her family was busy but they said that they would come to church and the mom said she would wait for us the next morning! So miracle! Guidance! Finally! 

So yeah, things are better and I feel a lot better. This week will be really interesting. I am excited to start a new area. I like new beginnings. 

Okay so I am out of time but thanks for your emails and love!! 

Mom- yes my mission is completely different than I thought. I had no expectations before hand because I really didn´t know all that I would be doing. 

Family have fun at Disneyworld without me!! I love you all and have a great week! 

Love, 

Sister Cropper 

New World? Does it talk about King Kong? Elder Cropper - November 25



Dear Family:
So this week’s quote again comes from Elder R from Argentina. We were together friday because our two companions were in Viña for the New Zone Leaders training meeting. We were talking about the Jdubs (testigos de Jehovah) which there are a lot of in south america. We were talking about their bible or the thing which they call a bible even though its not. Their holy book is called the new world translation or something like that. Elder R said New world Translation?! What does it even talk about, King Kong?! haha it was really funny--we all laughed. 

Anyways sorry I dont have a ton of time to write today. Elder H and I had to send all the informes (documents or whatever formes thats the word) today and I had to teach how to do all of it. Well it turns out Elder H isn’t very good with computers so I kind of had to help him a lot. The Elders in the Office always do a really crappy job of letting us know when we have to do the informes. annoying. 

Anyways, thats whats going on. we had a cool day yesterday we put two baptismal dates. Its with a referral from a member. the man assisted church and is like a baptism in the bag. When I meet him he looked really familiar. Felt like he’s one of the people I need to baptize. 

so because of time i didn’t read your emails, well a little bit of dad’s but that’s it. I took pictures of them and I’ll read them today. just so ya know family i was planning on skypeing for christmas. I just kinda like it better. 

We had 7 baptisms in the zone this month. That made me happy, as of now we are tied for 2nd place. The last time La serena had 7 baptisms was in july. we had 3 september, 5 october, and 7 november. I’m liking the growth. 

Love ya guys. 

Elder Cropper

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sister Cropper - November 18


Yes, this week was hard and I am struggling just a little. Thursday we had our conference of the mission and it was good but just left me feeling sad and that I wasn´t doing enough. I mean it was really good. It was about vision and what our vision was for our mission. But since I have come here especially in this area, I have not been feeling complete when I end the days. I have been feeling like we can do so much more. I have been praying a lot and searching the scriptures like a mad man and I feel that I haven´t gotten a definite answer what I should do. But on Saturday, I just told Heavenly Father that I wanted to be happy and that this was my plan, to be happy and do my best. 

Plus it was hard because this week Rosicler had her interview but we only could teach her on tuesday or something and so we didn´t get a chance to prepare her. Also when we invited her to be baptized she said she wanted to but wanted to wait longer. She didn´t want to be baptized that next sunday. Knowing this, we still planned for her to be baptized and have her interview on Saturday. (If it was me, I wouldn´t have had the interview or plan for her to be baptized). I told my companion this but I also said, you are the senior companion, you make the decision of what we need to do and I will follow whole-heartedly and have faith that she will be baptized. She said, we are going to have the interview but if she says no, she won´t be baptized. So we take our District leader with us to her house. We start talking with her about baptism, she still wants to wait longer and then our disctrict leader said to Rosicler, can we go talk. So they go and leave and talk for like an hour and he interviewed her and she passed! She even said she wanted to be baptized. But she wasn´t super excited but she said she wanted to be baptized. So she had said earlier that she wanted our bishop to baptize her but our bishop was traveling so he wasn´t able to. So saturday, we went back to to tell her to choose someone else and while we were there she said actually I don´t want to be baptized. So we talked to her for like and hour about why and her fear. I told her that it wasn´t our will if she was baptized but that it is the will of God. I told her that she needed to pray to know if it really was the will of God that she was to be baptized. She said she would pray that night. 

So come the morning, we go and pick her up and our other investigators. We didn´t really talk with her much about baptism but she seemed happy. While we were walking to the chapel, Sis C asked about baptism BUT she didn´t follow up if she had prayed or anything. So we got to church and showed our investigators their classes (we had to leave to call more people about why they weren´t at church). We went back to the class and all the members were coming up to us and saying SHE DOESN´T WANT TO BE BAPTIZED, WHY ARE YOU BAPTIZING HER??? So we went and talked with Rosicler about what happened and she was crying and saying she didn´t want to be baptized. So she wasn´t baptized. 

I mean this is not the way to do it. But my companion keeps doing this we need to be more organized! God doesn´t want us to push people to baptism. I talked with my companion after the church and I told I don´t like the way President Monteiro wants us to do this, I don´t agree. She asked me what part I would change, I said the INTERVIEW! If a person doesn´t want to be baptized that next sunday and after we have already talked with them about why and tried to help them overcome their fear, then we shouldn´t baptize or push an interview or whatever. I think this happened this way because of my companion. She isn´t very organized. I don´t think it is how presidente monteiro wants us to do things. There are people out there that are ready for baptism in two weeks and that want it as well. 

This, I think, is what is upsetting me. I think. I don´t know. I am just a little bit confused and I never feel good when we do this kind of thing behind our investigators´ backs! 

Anyways, I am good but haven´t been sleeping the best. I had a fever last night but I don´t now. I just am tired and a little stressed. But it is all good. We will push on. 

I like Elder Cropper´s idea of putting a funny quote in the subject box. This was from two weeks ago when we were making calls during the day next to a bar. This drunk man recognized us as missionaries and actually was talking to me in english. He said that quote and some other things about how our religion is really beautiful. Actually it was a little bit sad to see him drunk. He works for the UN and lived in Salt Lake and now lives in Switzerland. 

Anyways, this week was fine. Not the best week. We found a lot of new people this week but still I don´t think they are extremely interested. My companion wants to go back but if it was me, I wouldn´t waste our time with people that aren´t extremely interested. But she is the senior companion and she makes the decisions so I will follow!!!!!! 

We taught this family last monday that has 12 children but they don´t all live there now because some are older. Most are adopted. They are a cool family. Very hip. People here remind me a lot of the US because people are really hip and have all the new gadgets. 

We had a mission conference and it was really good. My mission president talked about vision and also that a mission is the best school that we will ever recieve. It made me think a lot about my vision for my mission and for my area. I think I can definitely sacrifice more for my area and sacrifice myself. 

So for Christmas. I want the ingredients for puppy chow!!!  And post it notes. They are really expensive here. And m and ms. They are also expensive. I like sam´s idea of giving a bom away but instead, invite someone to church for the christmas program!!! That is what I want. So for the puppy chow, the ingredients so I can make it! 

So thank you for the letters!! I also got a letter from Grandma. Thank you!! Don´t worry about me. I will be fine. I love you all and miss you. Sorry my letter is really boring this week, it will be better next week. 

Elder Cropper - November 18


"Shortee!"
So this weeks quote comes from Elder R (not sure how to spell his name) He’s from Argentina and is a ZL in La Serena Norte. We work in the same stake so we talk quite often to coordinate things. Well every time I call him he always answers with ‘Whad up shorteee.” I always think its funny because well...he latin but he loves speaking english idk i just like it. So now whenever we see each other we always yell “shorteee.” 

so I had a good week. Things are going well with Elder H. Hes a really good missionary and its nice to be his companion. The spanish thing really isint that hard before i hated speaking spanish but now I kinda like it. Its just the language i speak naturally now. When I dream, when i think out loud, its nice. Something interesting I’ve noticed with Elder H. is that he talks a lot in lessons. I guess having to learn a language trained me to give short answers to people about gospel topics and to not explain to much. I’m glad I’m that way now because I used to talk forever when id explain things. 

Something that’s helping me in my companionship is just talking in spanish more often. Because i talk in spanish I speak better and understand better. Because of this its easier for me to be friends with the members. Im a lot more quite in the mission i don’t really talk very much. Something which I never really felt happened in my life before. Obviously this doesn’t mesh well with making friends with the members so im having to retrain my spanish brain to be nice to people and ask the questions.

We had an experience yesterday that bugged me. We were at a members house of some members who used to live in a place where Elder H served. They were talking it up and it was very fun to listen to. Elder H only has 3 months left in the mission so he’s out the door. They asked him how much time he had and he said 21 months which caused them to all freak out "oh my your almost done and yeah" but then when they asked me and I said I have 9 months in the mission they all said things like “ohh he’s new he’s just beginning.” They asked Elder H if he was training me as a new missionary which just caused us to laugh. Anyways we said no. Long story short I hate it when people call me young in the mission so from now on im telling people I have a year in the mission. I think that’s what I’ll probably do until the end of my mission and I leave, tell people i have a year.

This last week we did the zone meeting with all of the missionaries. Elder H and I did really well, I felt bad for Elder H he was really nervous. He said he hasn’t really spoken much in front of large groups. I loved the meeting and I really loved being up there in front in charge of the presentation. It was really fun.

Things are getting hotter here in La Serena. Somedays its super hot and others its pretty dang cold. Chile is weird. Did i mention that it never rains in chile....i hate that.

We had elections here in chile yesterday. There was no one in the street, and we only had church for 1 hour. There were lots of military people everywhere guarding buildings and helicopters flying overhead and such because the elections are controlled by the state so the military comes out to guard everything. 

Mom: I dont know what I want. i really like snickers and they are pretty expensive here in Chile so maybe  bag of those funsize ones. Besides that i have no idea. I’m trying to think of things i cant buy in Chile that i want. Oh fiber gummies cant buy those here. I don’t know if you could but I’d love my old ipod nano with the screen. it would be more easy to select songs idk. thats really it. Everything else I can find here. Oh don’t forget that everyone needs to give out a Book of mormon and then write me the experience. Oh and give the address of the person to the missionaries (most important part) 

So dad i really like that chapter. I taught it once in a District meeting. The Zoramites are crazy and so Alma says a prayer that he and the others that are with him can, ya know, be safe or what not. I love the part in verse 38 the last line. In spanish it says 

Y esto aconteció según la oración de alma; y esto porque oró con fe.

Basically in english that says that all of those things came to pass because of almas prayer; and all because he prayed with faith. 

The prayer of faith is something super important in missionary work which is why i like this chapter because it shows it so well. 

Mom to answer your question the mission is nothing like i thought it would be. I thought of the mission being this dream world where idk nothing bad happened, there was no temptation, and all you did was tract or teach people and you were always happy. The mission is a constant up and down of emotions which is probably the most difficult thing. Elder H said something to me which I agree with. He said have you ever wondered why for some reason missionaries don’t feel the spirit as strong as when they came into the mission. he said its because we get used to having the spirit with us all the time that its like we don’t even notice it. i think that could be true.

anyways goals for this week are...well i only have one.

-Work harder because I’m being a lazy bum.

how can i work harder
Answer: managing time better

Anyways love ya guys!

Elder Cropper 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sister Cropper - November 11


Hello minha familia! 

Hope all is well. It sounds like you guys had a good week this last week. Thanks for the emails, it was fun to read. 

This week was good but hard. A lot of our investigators dropped us which stunk! Plus our baptism that we were going to have dropped as well. We went and visited Elisser last Monday and found out from his cousin that he went to another state for work. But I continued on with my prayers that we would have a baptism. Well this one investigator that we had (her name is Rosiclarie) is solid but like everyone has some problems. She really loves the church and has a desire to change her life around be she´s got fear. She says she knows this church is true and really likes the people but she has got fear! Her ex-husband (guy she had kids with) told her last week that if she says yes he will return. Or she has this others guys that are potentials também. It is hilarious because she is like 45 or something. Such problems! Anyways so she wants to wait to be baptized till after she makes a decision about these things. MY goodness. But we invited her to be baptized this next Sunday. She has fear but we are helping her this week understand and prepare for baptism. 

We really only taught her this week. We found some more people this. Not as many as last week. This past week, I feel, we just didn´t get as much done as I would have hoped. Sometimes Brasil reminds me of America because when we tract, people just don´t care! 

Or we get people who really really waste our time. They want to hear a message from God but they really don´t want to hear our message. So we start our teaching (after asking questions and getting an understanding of their religious background (and try to see if they are really interested) and their life) and in the middle of our teaching or at the end, they go off on this rampent or just don´t have an interest! WHY DID YOU LET US IN TO YOUR HOME IF YOUR AREN´T INTERESTED!! I think that probably happened about 10 times this past week. Or like yesterday, we passed by a house that said we could return. I tried to decipher if this woman really was interested. I felt that we should teach the first lesson and then in the middle she said she only wanted to hear stuff from the bible and was set in her ways and didn´t want to hear our message! Or this other guy was interested but then was completely crazy and went off on this tangent about wearing a veil on your head and baptism! I hate when people waste our time! IT IS SO PRECIOUS!! I am sick of wasting time. I hate it SO MUCH!!!!! That is another goal I have for this week, not wasting time. Calling on the Spirit for help on this one for sure! 

So yeah it was good but it could´ve been better. 

Mother, you asked about the weather. Curitiba likes to be bi-polar and change weather everyday. So this last week for 3 days was pretty cold. I wore tights and my winter clothes. But these last two days have been HOT!!! Like awful hot. I need some t-shirts because I had to throw away some shirts in Ohio because they had holes and I think my summer clothes are going to be too hot. I am going to try and find some shirts (hopefully) but it may be too expensive. Anyways and this morning was absolutely beautiful but by mid-day it rained like crazy!!! I am glad you like your new iPad. Chique Chique! (Fancy in portuguese) Thanks for the email and the love! I needed it! Hopefully I will get your letters this week! Hopefully! 

Father, thank you for the advice! I needed to read that! I have been thinking the same thing but I like what your manual said. I miss you guys so much but I am really happy to be here! Sometimes it is hard and I am not happy but then I remember why I love this Gospel and why it makes me happy and then I remember that I came on this mission to help others have these same blessings. I just wish people would accept it more easily than they do! 

Anyways, love you all! Have a great week. 

Elder Cropper - November 11


Dear Family:
So this weeks quote comes from the wonderful police of Chile. The carabineros as they are named here. One day Elder L and I were walking close to a protest and there were police everywhere. The police here in Chile have 3 types of cars. the normal police car, a truck, and a van. oh and two types of motorcycles: a dirt bike and a BMW. They almost never have cars. Sometimes we see trucks but mostly we see the vans. I’m talking about minivans people that’s what the big bad Chilean police use to get those bad guys. Anyways, so about this protest, there were just police everywhere which means they were a ton of minivans. The protest was a little violent if I remember so Elder Land I were joking about how they were probably calling for more backup in the form of SEND MORE MINIVANS!

anyways, 

So we had changes! sadly my dear friend Elder L from the great state of Florida was moved. Seriously I loved that Elder, helped me grow a lot and figure things out. He is now in the Zone Villa Alemana Oeste as a ZL. I started in that zone so its pretty pool. My new companion is named Elder H. He is 23 years old and is from Bolivia, Cochabamba thats where the temple is in Bolivia. He is a convert of 3 years. He was introduced to the church in Argentina. He was there with his parents working and his girl friend a member introduced him. His parents were baptized a year and a half later. He has two older sisters i believe but they didn’t live at home so are not baptised. Elder H has one year and 8 months in the mission. So a year more than me. He ends in only 4 months basically, but this his his first transfer as a ZL so i am training him as a ZL. BOOM got what i wanted. Its hard sometimes with the Language but ya just need to be patient. I might start writing weird in my emails because Im speaking spanish so much but whatever. 

So i received that package! the shoes are awesome! just in time because now one of my pairs is really breaking. I didn’t realize you were going to send two pairs either which is awesome. Plus the candy was great! I received a letter from Kara Maxwell and Grandma. Every time grandma writes me she apologizes for the lack of letters but i think its fine of course. She needs to understand that I get letters once a month. For example the letters i just got from grandma i think arrived in Chile in the end of September. Which means they were written at least 2 weeks before that. I get mail 2 months after you guys write it. 

Consejo was pretty cool. President introduced a new thing we are going to use. Kiosks. Every zone will have 3 types of kiosks that the church will fund. They are “I’m a Mormon” kiosks. One type is permanent, the other is small movable, and the other sort of movable. Pretty cool. Because of the type of city La Serena is we are going to get a permanent one. The missionaries will be the one to work the kiosks. I’m excited. Hopefully I’ll still be here in the mission when they are fully integrated. 

So funny thing happened today , we learned that president checks our Facebooks. One of the sisters in our zone had a friend from back home get on her facebook and change things. In her interview later that next week with him he asked her about it. It makes sense i mean I know pres has a facebook and they have our full names so it makes sense they would check them. 

It was hard after consejo (the big meeting) because we got back to La serena at 4:30 in the morning. We were super tired when we got up at 7. I mean we were on a bus all night we didn’t sleep very well, and then we didn’t get very much sleep at home. We called the assistants to ask if we could sleep longer and the said no that they would have to call president. we asked them to call him, but they didn’t want to because HE was sleeping in and they didn’t want to wake him up. Oh another thing that happened this week in this big meeting was president told us that Elder Holland was going to santiago this next week to visit those missions. We asked him if he was going to pass by our mission and president said no. We were all bummed kinda but then president said to us for some reason that he would be going to the conference. i don’t know, kinda didn’t like that comment. felt like a rubbing it in comment. I don’t know probably just being too harsh. 

I’m surprised you guys didn’t say anything about the earthquake that happened here in La Serena like 2 weeks ago. It was a 6.5 and lasted for like  good 15 seconds. I was walking in the street at the time (really hard to recognize earthquakes outside) and i really felt it. it was cool to actually see all the buildings moving, and see like waves in the street. It was like right on the threshold of being worse. Any stronger and i think people would have started falling over.

so yeah thats what happened this week. The zone is doing well. areas that haven’t baptised in awhile are now baptising. we have 2 baptised for this month and 5 dates, like super strong dates. thats 7 baptisms which is better then the 5 we had last month. President just wants progress he told. Hopefully we can accomplish it. Plus in December we’re all set up because we have 5 sundays that month. To get baptised someone in our mission needs to pass a baptismal interview that the ZLs or the Dls do. and they have to go to church 3 times. so church attendance is always important. I hate baptisms--seriously people--its the only thing i ever worry about on the mission. How are we as a zone going to get baptisms so president doesn’t think we’re lazy, hard stuff. if i didn’t have to worry about baptisms my life would be more happy.

The weather here is kinda different all the time. Somedays cold and somedays hot. hot is really really hot, cold isn't that bad but really cold to the Chilenos. I hate hot........i think i will live in seattle for the rest of my life. Thats crazy about the typhoon, I read the articles on the church news website. Chile has their elections this Sunday. Its between Evelyn the republican (basically) and Michelle Bachelet the former president of Chile, she was president during the earthquake. Michelle will totally win, she’s like Obama. 

Anyways thats all for this week. Im doing good, just a little stressed, I just need to joke around with someone. Hard to joke around with latinos sometimes. Actually not true. my companion just has a more. serious kind of uncomfortable attitude. I observed him with other latinos and he doesn’t even joke around with them very much. Looks like i’m going to have to be the driving force in the pep squad this change.....ughhhhhh.....

Church is true, rock it up peeps cyz in like 15 months or something like that.

love the Elder Cropper

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sister Cropper - November 4th


Oi!

So this past week was really good! Guess what?! We had 5 investigators at church so that means we can baptize them all next week!!!!! So anyways, this past week was really good. Sorry I am writing my email really late. We wanted to go to Jardim Botânico but it was raining today so we are going next week. Also we had to teach a lesson to some investigators during the day so it was easier to do email later.

It was a little bit of a slower week. We didn´t find as many people as last time which was sad but we still found 9 new investigators so I really don´t have room to complain. But our lessons have been getting better. We have been inviting people to be baptized and so that is good. One of our investigators is really silly, her name is Rosani. She needs to be married but she is really funny and cool. We were knocking on doors and this mom said her daughter would probably be interested. So we returned later and talked with the daughter, whose name is Roslie. But Rosalie (to me) didn´t seem that interested. When we had our return appt. with her, the sister of Rosalie was there and seemed really interested. So we made a return appt with her and it was great! She was really interested and we invited her to be baptized. This last saturday we returned and she said she received an answer that this church was true! Yay!! But she needs to be married so booo! Anyways, so on Sunday she was at church with her two daughters and she is so funny, when the bishop was giving her a ride home, we were in the chapel, and she popped her head in and said good-bye to us. Sorry that doesn´t sound really funny but it was then.

Another funny investigator that we have is Rosiclaire, she is really funny as well. We found her this past week looking for one of our other investigators who moved. We asked if we could share a message and she said yes so we shared the first lesson. She told us that she had quit smoking one month ago and she was really happy about it. She liked church a lot and said that she would come back. Little does she know that we want to baptize her this next week! 

We did a lot of tracting this past week in a different area. The other areas we have remind me a lot of tracting in the United States. We bater and bater but either people have a religion (Catolico), are busy, or don´t want to hear our message! So we like our other area better (Villa Torres) but sometimes we can´t be there because it is a little dangerous. 

So funny thing, this last week we taught this lesson to some investigators that are really invested in their church. When we had taught the first lesson to them, the mother cried during the first vision. But they can´t go to church because the husband has to work at BIG. Big is like Walmart (actually it is owned by Walmart). Brazilians are funny because they call it Biggie. Anyways, so the lesson was really good but we asked the husband (Marcelo) to give the closing prayer. It was the strangest prayer I have ever heard. It started off slow and quiet and then gradually got louder and louder and louder. He began and just praising God and was crying and the other family members were crying! Then he started speaking gibberish and all this other stuff. Oh minha nossa! Hilarious. We had the lesson with them today and I made sure I prayed first. Then during the lesson when we were talking about Jesus, he went into his prayer thing! He began with a comment and then he closed his eyes and began his prayer! Haha it was so crazy. He prayed that we would be able to preach the word and all this other stuff. Minha nossa it was so funny. At the end of our lesson, Sister C asked if she could make a comment, he said yes, and she went on to explain that he wasn´t praying in the right way and asked him to pray with more reverence. His wife cracked up laughing. It was funny. He was really stupid about it though and said that he doesn´t yell when he prays! Yeah right! 

So the ward was a lot better this week. We had a really good sacrament meeting. Several members got up and turned to our investigators and welcomed them and gave very wonderful testimonies. It was a lot better. The ward is really strong but the leadership just isn´t the best. But it is just this ward, because the other ward that meets in our building has great leadership. We actually had lunch with them yesterday and they are great. I think it is really good that this ward has missionaries now because they need to wake up a little bit. 

Anyways, thank you for the letters! 
Dad- The language gets better every day. I can understand people mostly. It is really good and it is amazing to see the gift of tongues working every day. I am definitely not fluent but I do feel comfortable. Sounds like your week was good. 

Mom- Thank you for the long letter! I am not sad like Sam is. I hear from my friends and stuff but I really care about hearing more from you guys. I write my friends and stuff. But thank you for sending all of the letters. I haven´t gotten any of them but hopefully soon. They are probably at the mission office and my zone leaders are being lazy and not giving them to us. Also what is going on with the shoes? Are you ordering the 7´s? I may have English classes. Several people in the ward want to learn english. 

Anne- THANK YOU FOR WRITING ME!!!!! Wow you´ve been busy but hey awesome! Way to go. I hope you are able to visit Brazil when I am done with my mission because their desserts here are so so so good. You will love it. 

Michael- Thank you for your long letter. You are right, I do need to change my mindset. I really do love the ward. I just like organization but no one is perfect. And thank you for the ideas! I will ponder! 

Samuel- Hope all is well! Just be happy, don´t worry too much. You are serving the Lord and that is all that matters. 

Anyways, family, I am good. I wasn´t extremely happy these last couple of weeks but this last week and today I feel a lot happier. I don´t know why I wasn´t happy. I think one thing is that we have a lot of pressure to baptize. Presidente Monterio told us that if we teach correctly we will baptize. So just lots of pressure but it is fine! I am good. 

A cool scripture I found this past week was in Alma 7:23-24. If we strive to have all of those qualities, we will do good things and we will have good works in abundance. I really liked this scripture so read it! 

Also, we are having a baptism this next Sunday! It is Elissier. He is from Haiti and is really cool. We found him on the street! So yeah things are good in the Jardim Botânico! 

Love you all and hope you enjoy this long email. 

Sister Cropper