Brazil Fortaleza East Mission

This blog will share my experiences for the next 2 years while on my mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with the people of the Brazil Fortaleza East Mission.

I will start my mission with 6 weeks in the Sao Paulo Brazil Missionary Training Center (MTC), where I will learn to speak Portuguese and receive training on teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I am very privilaged to be able to do this, as it will be a great opportunity for me to grow as individual, all while bringing others to Christ. My mission is to share the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Brazil, as well as serve them as Christ would serve them. I am very excited for this opportunity and hope to do my very best.

Elder Daynen Biggs

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Longest June! 2015


Last Week of Transfers

So, this current week is the last week of this transfer, and we're both really nervous.  I know I said I wanted to be transferred, but right now I want nothing more than to stay here.  Elder Rodrigues has only one more transfer after this (21 July) and wants to finish here.  Ive already got 5 months here, but the first area is generally the longest (6-8 months).  But only generally...  We'll receive a call this Sunday telling us if we’ve been transferred or not.  We're pretty anxious...

After a fun activity planned by yours truly!
Anywho!  This week has been a lot more exciting!  Me and Rodrigues are in charge of activities now because ours are the funnest!  We've been finding tons of new people and the work is crazy! I love it.  We literally don’t have enough hours in the day to visit all the people we need to visit.  This week we'll be going on splits with members 3 times because of this!

So the woman who was baptized last week has an 8 year old daughter who is kinda in love with me.  And I'm not just saying that.  She told us, "Next week I want Elder Biggs to baptize me!" She even wrote me a little letter with about a billion hearts on it <3  So, this Saturday we baptized her and had a HUGE party for her.  Super cool, and the next day we confirmed her and her mom.  6 baptisms here in Trindade!

This week we had training in Araripina (neighboring city) with President Fusco.  That was super cool because it was just our district of 4 groups, the assistants and President.  He’s very funny and very strict.  Its a weird combination, but I'm pretty sure he'll be the first Brazilian Apostle.  Afterwards, we headed for a super good restaurant where I accidentally got R$47 of food. (That's a lot.  More than anyone else) And I was all nervous that I wouldn’t be able to finish it... then like, 10 minutes later I was the first one done.  I may be skinny but I can eat!  As we were leaving, we said tchau to President and said "Oh Elders!  I just wanted you to know that Ive been receiving good news from Trindade!  Its been a long time since Ive received good news from Trindade. Congratulations!"  Yeah, we felt special!  #NewAssistants  (E Rodrigues uses #.  Its funny...)

Next week our computer time will probably go from an hour and a half to 30-40 minutes because lots of missionaries aren’t reading the letters from President, so if my letters are short next week, that’s why.
I love you guys and love reading your emails!  Make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!  Tchau!

Elder Biggs


Still Here….. Maybe…..

You guys have never seen anyone more nervous and anxious than me and Elder Rodrigues!  This last week was amazing and neither one of us wants to leave.  He only has one more transfer, and I want to stay.  We talked to the Zone leaders who said, the assistants will call on Friday.  Then they didn’t call.  Then on Saturday, nothing.  Then Sunday night (night before transfers) we called the assistants and they said............. President hasn’t finished yet it may be a couple more days.  GAAGAHAGHAGAH!!!!   We're dying here!!!!  Then our ZL called us and told us that he already knows, but isn’t allowed to tell us.  But he did say that one of us is leaving to be a leader (Trainer, DL, ZL).  But he always jokes around so we don’t know if he’s serious or not... BLAGH!

This is Charles. A member who been crazy helpful here
Anyways, this week, President received a phone call from a 70 who received a call from an Apostle about a new standard.  He said, Missionaries need to do "this", and God will give them 4 baptisms every WEEK.  "This" is more working with members.  18 visits every week.  Which is actually not too bad considering other visits are 12.  That is so baby simple that I didn’t actually believe it at first.  We received this a couple days ago, so will start next week.  But we already started working with members more and: WOW!!!  Its awesome!  We reactivated a family a while ago and they’re giving us names and people to visit.  Were reactivating a man right now who gave us 6 new people in 1 visit whole ALL visited church and were going to visit his entire class (he teaches Karate) this Thursday!  This new standard is amazing!

Unfortunately, our only possible baptism for this week cut us, and said she will never ever ever visit our church again, so that’s lame.  But we have 5 people ready to be baptized this week, so...
Other than that, there’s not much more to say.  We’ve been so busy that we don’t have much time to do much else.  Its great!  The only ONLY thing that could hurt us is being transferred.  so... yeah.

I love all you guys so much and miss you like crazy!  I'm loving my mission right now, but Id be lying if I said I wasnt excited to come home.  Until next week,

Elder Biggs!

Some Pictures:

This is normal...

I see nothing wrong with this picture
The only Elder skinnier than me

The only other English speaker in my District. Hes from Tonga!
Until today actually, I never once thought to take a picture of our house... So here it is... huge!

Dia dos Namorados (Valentines day)
(I got this from a member: "Message for you" & "I love You" ) 

So this week was Brazilian Valentines day (which didn’t really effect us because we're missionaries and missionaries don’t like girls... because they’re missionaries...) and was the start of Elder Rodrigues' last 6 weeks!  On Tuesday, we left for District meeting and my Tongan friend wasn’t there.  We were then informed that transfers already happened and... We're staying!  Huge relief! So Elder Rodrigues will finish his mission here and with me (90% sure).  Most missionaries never matar (kill or are someone’s last companion) but this'll be my 2nd!  And, well, it’s not cool.  I love Elder Rodrigues, and I totally want to be his comp until the end of his mission.... But...  He’s a touch more trunky than Elder Young.  So right now every other missionary that I talk to say that Im the matador of the mission, because I’ve killed my first 2 comps.  

"Vasp" means "slacker".  "Seja Bem Vindo" means "welcome"
Anyways, Tuesday, we had a huge activity and announced our status with transfers (because EVERYONE was worried about us leaving). And we were all, "We got the word about transfers today.  And they told us that BOTH of us... will stay!"  And everyone started cheering!  It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside :)

We're working with members like crazy right now, which is weirding the whole mission out.  The members in Trindade have always been the worst.  Not helping and even working against the missionaries.  But right now we're working with members more than we are without.  Which is rare as it is :)  Our Recent Convert Wedja, took us to a Churrascaria for lunch a couple days ago and I drank 2 liters of coke (almost died).  
Finally got this picture taken!

We didn’t baptize again, but we've got a buttload for next week (lots of young men which is good) so we're excited.  Other than that, that’s about it.  Thank you so much for all the emails and love and stuff.  #17moremonths (Elder Rodrigues uses # and I think its funny. Don’t judge :)

Elder Biggs

This family reminds me a llot of my family.  Kyle is right next to me, reminds me of Reygan, personality and stuff.  The kid behind the dad is Tayte, Hayden is obvious I think, and Ellie also.

I made this coin make a funny face:  We're twins


Hey, so this week was super fast.  After running around every single day trying to keep up with all the people to visit and things to do, the days pass by pretty quick. 

This week was pretty interesting, first, we have a new elder in our district.  We heard that Elder Bellon (a friend of mine who kinda reminds me of Neal) is training an American.  I was so excited because after my Tongan friend left I was the only English-speaker in the district.  Then he arrived and I started talking with him in English.  "Hey, how’s it going? Are you understanding the language yet?" And guess what.  He's Brazilian.  Yeah "Don’t look at me. Im a moron" That was great.  But right now I'm the second oldest in our district (meaning I've been in the district for the second longest) accept for our District leader, so that’s cool.  It'll be 6 months in Trindade on July 5th, so here in a bit. 0.0

We've been teaching 3 young men who are best friends and super cool.  They’ve gotten to know the youth, so we're shooting for this week and a miracle.

Another cool thing that happened (and I might’ve already told you this) a Brazilian approached me the other week talking English asking if I could speak with his English class.  So I did :)  I walked in and pretended to not know Portuguese and talked in super simple English for about 2 hours.  It was super fun and at the end, I totally said, "so yeah, Im fluent in Portuguese and we're missionaries and can we come by yours houses and teach you the gospel?"  It was funny and a couple people said yes!

So its winter here right now and actually pretty cold.  Well... colder... Like I wake up in the mornings and think, "wow, its cold" but don’t do anything about it.  It’s nice.  Basically it’s only crazy hot after lunch for a couple hours.

So that was my week more or less.  Thanks for all the emails, it makes me so happy when I open my email and there’s like 15 new emails.  Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside :)  But anyways, I love you guys and I'll talk to you next week!
Elder Biggs

Slooooooooooow Week

This week in South America is Semana de São João. Or week of Saint John (John the Baptist or beloved or Goodman, no one that Ive talked to actually knows.  It’s a Catholic thing).  So absolutely everyone has been traveling.  We were walking through the streets and it felt like the walking dead.  I saw a little girl walking and told Elder Rodrigues to get ready, 'cause its about to get ugly...  He didn’t get it...

So last Monday ended and I had 55 cents.  And we don’t receive money until the 15th and 30th.  So we were pretty hosed.  This pay period has 3 Mondays (P days) and 3 Tuesdays (district meeting R$14) and we already had 3 things go down in Araripina (neighboring city) so were broke.  Its fun though.  We have members bringing us food everyday (we don’t ask, they just bring it) and another member is filling up our drinkable water tanks for free, so we'll live until tomorrow!  

These are the 3 guys that we're trying to baptize.
The one right next to me is Mattheus, son of the politician.
Last Sunday we tried to baptize 3 young men (who are super crazy cool.  They watch Doctor Who!!!)  one of which is the son of the Vereador (I don’t know the US equivalent, so if you wanna google it or something, but he’s a politician).  This last week we tried for another miracle by fasting for their parents to sign, but didn’t happen.  But we did our part, they (super crazy excited to be baptized with testimonies and everything) did there's, so it must not be the Lord's will that they be baptized yet.  But they're cool.

Yesterday I heard the news from a member about the gay marriage thing.  Its pretty devastating.  We had lunch with him yesterday and talked all about it.  But he did say something pretty funny.  This is the dad of the girl who drew the picture of me and Elder Rodrigues:  "just remember, there is something worse than have Obama or Dilma (Horrible president of Brazil) as president.  You could be ruled by a monarchy of Werewolves."  I was a little confused, but then realized he was referring to Doctor Who!  There’s an episode that explains that the royal family of England are actually werewolves.  And anyway, that made me feel better :)

Alright, that was my week.  No transfers yet.  But Elder Rodrigues only has 3 weeks left and is trying not to be trunky.  So this means that I'll probably stay until NEXT transfer.  So we'll see.  I'm loving it here, but 6 months this Sunday is a long time.  Love you guys and I'll talk to you next week!

Elder Biggs
The girl who drew us, also made this TARDIS for me.  I think its pretty sweet!

I know I know... Im gorgeous! 

I don’t know why... But I like this picture...

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