Só Os Fortes Servem No Norte Missão Brasil Belém

Só Os Fortes Servem No Norte Missão Brasil Belém
Só Os Fortes Servem No Norte Missão Brasil Belém

Monday, March 26, 2012

Email to dad this week

Man dad, This week is going to you ha. You can tell mom if ya want. But your choice. So me and my comp are walking down a road here in Outeiro, close to the cliff edges of the beach. So were walking all normal, and we go around a curve, and I see 2 guys, and it hits me, I said to my comp, were going to get robbed, just walk faster. they walked over to the other side of the road, to make it seem ok, and right as we pass about 6 yards past them, they take off behind us.. I had my backpack on me and a cellphone. and Elder Rodriguez had is camera with our fotos on it. We start to run, cause the church was just up in the front, but it didnt matter cause one of them pulled out a gun, and said drop everything on the ground. so we stopped, and right as we stopped another thug pulled up on his bike from no where all tattooed up super ripped and the 2 guys that had the gun took off and hid in the cliffs. And we just took off running to the church. It was crazy... The next day at church the thug that saved us came to church in a white shirt and tie.. haha.. He was an inactive member. And something told him the other day to ride your bike down the street, to the beach. man, So much adrenaline. But yea. Your choice if you wanna tell mom. Im totally ok, Just another experience.
Love you dad.
Elder Arroyo

I know this is God's work.

Transfers!! So yea, Im getting transferred. Ill be going to an area called Cabanagem. Its closer to the city!! WOOT!

This week was great. Some thugs stole the motor for the water tank of the church... Lame.. But for this we got to baptise in the RIVER!! YEA! We baptised 3 of our investigators in the river in front of the church. We went down a staircase made out of the cliffs. It was awesome!

First time to touch the beach!! And last

It all went great.

The mission is having so many miracles preparing Belem for a temple!! We baptised 70 people this week, and makes a total of 178 this month, and we have 1 more Saturday! Our goal is 250!! Its insane!! you have to remember also how little missionaries we have in our mission compared to the others. I think we have about 50 companionships. Keep on praying for miracles and for the temple!!

 Man, So thats great that yall get a little taste of what I have to walk in everyday :D! Except the tornado part. I dont miss that at all.

So Yea, Im feeling pretty trunky right about now. Im going to my last area.. Talvez with my last companion. (Elder Rocha) And one more thing... I got my flight plans here in front of me... But dont worry about it, im fine, and ill work until the end!!

I know this is Gods work.
Elder Arroyo
gotta get the pics off my comps cam!

Flight Plans from Belem, Para-Jackson, MS

SERVICE              DATE  FROM          TO            DEPART  ARRIVE

Flight plans were changed and I have not received them yet.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Not going to lie, it was a great experience.

Hey mom, This week was great. We are working on the other side of the Island. Its wayyy different.. there is just one road that goes out there and its just full of huts and tents and shacks. Its where the people are starting to colonize. Its awesome! There is only one bus that goes out there and its every 3 hours, so if ya dont catch it, youre walking.. We went out there on the bus, and we taught some families, and when it was time to go home, we went to the road where the bus comes.. and it didnt come.. It was already getting dark, And light has not been invented out there yet haha... Someone said that the bus broke down, cause the road is awful, and full of mud. So we decided to walk back. Not going to lie, it was a great experience. The mud went above the ankles in some parts, And it was just pitch black.

But it was a great time just to think. The sounds out there are as tropical as it gets. Billions of birds and animals in the forest. I think that is going to be one of the things that I will miss the most, the sounds of the forest.

Transfers will be next week, and I dont know whats going to happen. But I would like to stay here, because we are going to help a family of investigators to get married and baptise them in a week. Ill only have 2 more transfers. The secretary said that ill leave 12 of June.  He just doesnt know my flight plans yet. Cause I tried to get him to get me a plane to the Hattiesburg/Laurel airport, but he couldnt. So I told him to just do Jackson. We´ll see what happens.

That would be great to get new clothes when I come back. Ill just have soccer jerseys.. hah.. None of my old clothes fit me anymore. I would love a new white shirt and pants when I get back as well. I wear size 16 now, and it would be better if it was long ha..

But Im doing great. I love ya mom!
Elder Arroyo!!
Tell Destinee to give me an update next week!

Monday, March 12, 2012

We are giving our all!!

Wow.. Let me just start off this email with what just happened.. So my hair was getting pretty long, and I just got it cut and amazing. Im not going to lie, my hair is awesome! haha.. But the best part was, when she finished cutting my hair shes like Elder come over here, and she gave me a shampoo and everything! It was great!! 2 years of walking through these jungles and the head massage payed for everything I went through :D.

Ahh man. Let me tell ya. When ya think youve eatin all of Pará`s traditional plates of food, ya havnt.. Yesterday for our Sunday lunch we ate Maniçoba. From looking at it, I didnt want anything to do with it haha.. But after the first 2 bites it was pretty good. Just really different.. Its said to be made from a venomous plant... (they told me this after..) And you have to cook it for about 7 days or so to get out all the poison. Well, I ate 2 plates of it.. haha. One more food to mark off my list! (look it up on the internet if ya want. Maybe youll find a pic.

The other day me and my comp received a member reference, and 4 days ago we went to contact him. (took forever to find the house.) But when we got there, we clapped and no one came to the door, clapped again no one.. And I was like man, we did not walk this far for nothing. So I open the front gate (thank goodness there were no dogs....) And went up to the window, and there was a guy sitting on the floor. He was home alone and was trying to get to the door to attend us. He has a disorder, and he cant use his legs, so he uses knee pads. and walks on his knees. So we go in there and get to know him, and share a message about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And then I realize that about 3 weeks ago, we met this guy in the street. He was trying to get off the bus, and was having a super hard time doing so, So my comp and I ran to help him, and we carried him to a bench on the side of the road. It is kind of hard to understand him cause of the disorder, but the spirit clears it up for us. He loved everything we taught and we ended with a prayer and after the prayer we asked him if there was anything we could do to help him. He looked around, thought a little bit, and said. No Thanks, Im Ok. And then it hit me. The urge to just cry. How would I have answered if I was in his position. I can testify that he is the most humble person that I have met in my life. It gave me a reality check that where I am, who I am, What im doing, is me. And im grateful to be me. For everything I have.

This saturday for sure we will have a boom of baptisms here in Outeiro! At least 3! The work is going good here, and the time is going by so fast. transfers end on the 27 and next transfer will only be 5 weeks long. then the next one, ill be going home! But dont be thinking that Im getting trunky, Cause its the complete opposite! I know the Gospel front and back, Portuguese is flowing (good enough for the people to understand) And We are giving our all!!

Sei que Jesus Cristo vive e que Deus nos ama. Que O evangelho é o caminho a voltar a presença de nosso Pai Eterno. Amo voçe Mai. em nome de Jesus Cristo, Amen.

I love you mom! Dont forget to keep the commandments!! Until next week, tell everyone to email me. Tell Dad I love him!
Elder Arroyo

Maniçoba- another recipe using cyanide.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

It was great to see everyone again

What a great week. So where to start. Lets see, This Saturday, right before walking into a members house to lunch, The Assistants to the President call me, and told me that a family that I was teaching in Laranjeiras got married and they wanted me to baptise them, It went great! The Baptism was awesome. It was great to go back to my old area. When I walked into the church, and walked into the baptismal room onde everyone was, and I almost lost control, my lips starting to quiver. It was great to see everyone again. And to see that family that theyre ready and super happy to be baptised. After I baptised them, They gave their testimonies and it was super powerful to hear someone that knew nothing about the church, give a testimony how they did. One thing that the women said was that now she understands a dream she had 20 years ago, she explained that she saw me, with her family, and everyone was dressed in white.. (20 years ago) Her name is Cleide, And she was an authority of a church called Assembleia De Deus.. Her husband didnt believe that there existed a Christ., And she prayed to Heavenly Father that He could help her husband.. 2 Days after the prayer, Me and my comp showed up in her window to buy a Popsicle. :) I got super attached to that family. I know that when her 2 sons grow up, that they will serve missions.
Baptism of Cleide and her husband in Laranjeira
  This past week we found a family that went to church for 1 or 2 years straight, without being baptised...!! Because there were some problems with getting married. And We are now preparing the wedding for day 16 of this month. And the Baptism of the family day 17. Cant wait!! :D I know that Heavenly Father is preparing his children here in Belém do Para for the blessing of a temple. Ive only met this family for about a week, and were already part of the family :D She makes us dinner all the time.. ha, I think im going to gain some pounds..
Baptism of Marcos
  Ahh man.. Yesterday... So after our baptism on Saturday, Irmá Cliede gave me and my comp a bunch of wedding cake, And we were pretty hungry that night, that we ate all of it. So yesterday, I was feeling pretty bad in the stomach.. And after church we went to lunch in a members house, And I told myself that I was only going to eat a little.. And when we got there I saw that she had made noodles with an awesome sauce.. I ate a lot.. As soon as I finished eating, it hit me.. number 3... I was like -Elder, Hurry, Weve got to go home ASAP- So he hurried up and ate, and man, I was sweating hardcore, dieing. And shes like Elder Are you ok? And I was like umm, Irma, were going to have to give the message another hour, Im not feeling so good. We did the prayer, and we took off in the rain.. I barley made it home ... It was...  Awful.. Im pretty sure im needing some worm medicine. its been a while since Ive taken some. But other than this im doing great. Baptisms are coming in fine. the Branch is great, almost a ward. Im not trunky... And Im loving it out here.
I love you mom! See ya next week!!
Eduardo's baptism