Current Mission Address

Elder Dane Edward Eskildsen
Brazil Santa Maria Mission
Caixa Postal 0339

Centro Quarai-RS 97560-000

(updated 1/13)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dear family,

Im really excited to hear from Elder Holland in the next week. He is going to burn us like crazy, because we are the least successful mission in Brazil. Thats just what people say. Statistics say it too, but We have at least been finding a bit of sucess he past while. The meeting is only going to be about two hours, but it is going to be powerful, that much I do know.
At Zone conference President old us about that Elder who finally got his VISA. His name is Elder Rodgers and he was INCREDIBLY lucky to have gotten his VISA because they are usually denied when they take so long to go through. He will be coming in here shortly, and Im sure it will be a strange experience for him after having served for so long in the states.
Zone conference this last week was awesome. We studyed the book of Revelation with the help of D+C Section 77, President Ribeiro, and several other Books in the Old and New testament and Book of Mormon. We focused on what John the Revelator says foretells of the second coming, and the restauration. Realy cool stuff. The lunch was really good and I was able to talk to Elder Pole´o, my companion from the MTC and I met and talked with a ton of other people. Sister Ribeiro gave us a little lecture on what we need to do to clean our houses and made us all candy the week before and brought it to us. I also got to talk to Sister Taylor a bit. Its strange to have someone from back home on the mission.
the weather lately has started to become more temperate and will cool down like crazy in the next few days. Im pretty excited about that, but I will need a heater in our house before it gets too cold. (There is no central heating in any of the houses here)
As for teaching we didnt find too many new people to teach, but we have had alot of sucess with the people that we had already been teaching. We marked the baptismal date of Melissa, Eliane´s daugther, for the 12th of May. Eliane is getting really involved in the ward and her testimony is really being strengthened as she reads the book of Mormon and prays to know if it, and the church are true. We are wrking with the parents of a young man in the ward who want to get baptized but cant at the moment because Christiane, the mom, smokes. We are going to help her quit so that they can be baptized.
We went to that ´´AssemblĂ©ia´´ Church on Monday to appease our invesigators, therefore creating an interesting experience. There was a lot of yelling and there were countless members repeating the same prayers (vain repitition) among other things. There is no way that the spirit can be present in a place with that much noise and that is such an apparent mess as that place. Just as the spirit of the Lord cannot dwell in unholy temples, the spirit was nowhere near that church. The experience there just strengthened my testimony of how true our church is, and that so many people are ´´cut away from the truth because they know not where to find it´´.
But working with Elder Moroni has been really great and this past week was good. I hope that you are all having a great time there in Washington! I love you!
-Elder Eskildsen

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