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

Monday, February 29, 2016

February and Yet Another New Area....

11 February 2016

Carnaval again, and Sick... again...

Well Carnaval is here again.  Its not as crazy here as it was in Trindade.  Just everybody on their porches dancing and drinking.  So... its cool.  We ran into a cool family that was taught everything by the missionaries about a year ago, and 2 of them want to be baptized this Sunday.  So thats pretty cool!

We've also been teaching 3 couples, two who are our neighbors and another who lives way far away, who are super cool too.  One of which has the cutest little dog ever!

Other than that, theres not really much else to say.  There is only one place that we can use to send emails and the internet is very slow so we cant send pictures :/  The only other thing that happened is that on Tuesday, the Sisters all got a virus and were SUPER sick.  Elder Gomes da Silva and I spent the whole day running errands for them, and buying stuff for them.  Then when we woke up yesterday we also started throwing up.  That was why we didnt write yesterday, because we were in the hospital.  They told me that I needed a shot, so I was like, Ok...  Then they told me lay on my stomach and where was the shot?  On the butt... What the heck?  Is that normal Mom?  Because since that Ive been having trouble sitting right... Ouch.  Then right after me a little 8 year girl had the same thing and didnt say anything, made me look like a baby :P  But yeah, today Im pretty sick too, but the others are feeling better.

Welp, thats about it.  I'll talk to you guys next week (in like 4 days) and I love all you guys!

Elder Biggs


16 February, 2016

Well You Guys Already Know…..

So Sunday, we were all super worried about being transferred.  Nobody wanted to leave.  Everyone was certain (including me) that at least I was going to stay. But on Sunday night I received a phone call from President Fusco:

"Who’s talking?"

"elder Biggs"

"Elder, are you keeping the commandments?"

"Yes President"

"Have you done anything, or are doing anything wrong that would make me very very disappointed?"

"No President?"

"Ok then, Elder Biggs, you’re being called to be Zone Leader.  Do you accept?"

"I accept."

"Congrats Elder, the Assistants will call you here in a bit"

Bye Elder Gomes da Silva
I hung up and Elder Gomes da Silva asked me what happened and I just kinda got sad, and said that I was being transferred...  I got all packed up (I'm getting better at that btw) and the next day we headed to the bus stop.  Other than me, Sister Moon, a Sister who arrived with Elder Rodrigues and reminds me a TON of Reygan, was also transferred.  So we headed out and last night I met up with my new Companion, Elder Belbin!  Elder Belbin has a lot more time on the mission than me and trained Elder Niu, my Tongan friend.  We’ve already been in the same district when I was back in Trindade so we're already good friends.

But yeah, that’s about all I got for you guys today.  I also discovered today (when you told me) that Sister Nevin is in my zone, so that’s cool! I have to buy a card reader because this lan house doesn’t have them, so no pictures today :( But next week I'll be sure to send a bunch.  I love you guys!

Elder Biggs

22 February, 2016

So... Maybe I forgot to tell you guys...

I could’ve sworn that I told you guys where I am last week, but apparently not...  I'm back in Fortaleza, in a neighborhood called José Walter.  Its pretty close to Castelão.  There really isn’t a good reference point becasue our area is very small and is pretty much just favella.  But its cool.

Elder Belbin (He doesn't look like Matt Smith in this pic
but I will try to take a better one here in a bit.)
Elder Belbin is my comp and is ending his mission this transfer.  So he'll be my 3rd comp to end his mission with me.  He is from New Zealand!  And no, he doesn’t have an accent anymore.  He has the same accent that I have.  half American, half Brazilian.  We've become very good friends in this last week.  We joke with each other, but also feel comfortable with one another enough to talk about stuff.  He looks a lot, almost exactly, like Matt Smith.  And probably normally has an accent like him too.  He’s 20 and is from an all Mormon family too.  So yeah, we get along really well and he’s teaching me how to be a better missionary.

The ward here is José Walter 4 ward, in the Sul stake.  It’s a small ward that is running on hard times.  But we've already gotten to know the bishop really well and the Ward mission leader.  (This is the first time on my mission that Ive had a Ward mission leader).  Elder Belbin arrived here 2 weeks before me, and was with an Elder Occon, a missionary who served 7 months in the Gilbert Arizona mission waiting for his Visa.

Bye Elder Amaral
Being Zone leader is pretty cool, but I'll need to see a little bit more before I can really tell you how it is.  But one thing that I can say is that time is PASSING by fast.  Elder Amaral (who went home last week) told me that after 1 year, the transfers start flying by.  And my time in Limoeiro was so fast that I cant even believe it.  After, I was talking to him and he told me that that is exactly how it feels.  So... It wont be long now.  I discovered that the day I will leave here will be on October 19th.  And it’ll only be me and Elder Wedekind on the plane.  So only 8 more months. D:

Alright, I need to get going.  There was a meeting for all the zone leaders with President today and P-day is already ending.  So I'll talk to you guys next week!

Elder Biggs

29 February, 2016

Sweet, I’m 20 Now!
My Birthday Suit!
Alright!  So how’s it going? Good? Good!  This last week we worked like crazy!  In our daily planners there is a plan, and a backup plan for every half hour.  And we made an additional 2 backup plans for every half hour.  4 plans for 30 minutes.  We've been pretty wasted these last few days.

We had a mission council this week and President has been telling us that the only thing that will make us feel better is work.  And we're-a-working.  my week has really just been that.

Some cool things that Ive learned this week is how to Gospel of Christ (faith, repentance, baptism, Gift of the holy ghost, and endure to the end) is more than stuff that we do, its a way to live.  Its this that allows all of us to change, and to be better.  We all have things about us that we want to change.  The gospel helps us do that, and to be a person, ore like Jesus Christ.

Benjamin, our baptism this week
Anyways, this week we baptized a 22 year old man named Benjamin.  He is from Africa!  Studying here in Brazil.  He's super cool and always says the pray in his cool African language.

Anyways, I gotta go.  I love you guys  and I'll talk to you next week!

Elder Biggs

This is what I see of all the time (because we are always on
each others side) and I think he looks a lot like Matt Smith.

Monday, February 1, 2016

January in the North Lemon

18 January, 2016

2nd Week

Being in a district of ONLY sisters, you find yourself waiting a lot of the time...
This week started with us leaving the Lan house to go straight home, pack up, and head to Fortaleza for a mission council that is held once a month.  Tuesday morning was the council, which was really cool.  Just the zone leaders there….and me :)
Here in Limoeiro, things are pretty awesome.  It’s really hot here.  Way hotter than Fortaleza, but not as hot as Arizona.  This place is really cool.  It’s actually a cute little town where everything is perfect. It’s like a Brazilian Mayberry.  It’s awesome.  And working here is really cool too.  It’s very hard finding success here, but with the spirit guiding, its a whole lot easier.

Elder Gomes da Silva and I are pretty good friends at this point.  He is really funny and everybody loves him, but he works hard too.  I think that’s a really good aspect about him that I will try to apply which is that he is very cool, but he doesn’t let that get in the way of doing what he has to do.  Unlike other missionaries and companions who are super cool, but worry more about being liked than working for the Savior.

The group here is moving along.  President opened a couple of cities about 2 years ago and all but this one are branches now.  Just this one that is still a group.  But this last week I interviewed a man to receive the priesthood and gave him the Aaronic priesthood.  And there is another man that I will interview next week.  So it’s moving along.

That’s about all the time that I have.  I love you guys so much and Ill talk to you next week!
Elder Biggs

25 January, 2016

Crazy Cool Week!!

Alright, this week has got some cool stuff!

I'm just gonna go down the list here:  Last week a Subway opened here so naturally we headed over for lunch on P-day and it was the best Subway I had ever had in my life!

We have a new friend who we like to call Marley.  He's a super beautiful Lab who found us on the outside of town and followed us ALL day.  Then when we had left, he just kinda went back home.  A couple days later at 6:30ish we're walking in the same area and we saw on the other side of the mud road (because its raining like crazy here every single day) Marley with his mouth open with surprise (literally Im not even kidding it was hilarious) looking at us.  Then when we called to him he went crazy, jumping all over us (which got us real dirty) and crying as though to say "I found you I found you!!!"  He then followed us for the rest of the day accompanying us in all our visits and everything.

On Tuesday we headed out to Fortaleza for a worldwide missionary broadcast, which would be the next day.  Wednesday we all got to the 3 story stake center where I met up with my Castelão peeps.  I also met up with Elder Ramirez (Barney) who was transferred too, and guess who his new comp is!  Elder Da Hora!  It was actually pretty cool, Da Hora is ending his mission here in 8 weeks and is totally trunky.  So it was cool.  The actual transmission was super cool with Elder Anderson, Bednar, and Oaks talking a lot about the actual gospel of Jesus Christ: faith, repentance, baptism, holy ghost, and endure to the end.  How to teach it but also how to apply it in OUR lives.  Pretty awesome stuff.
On Saturday we all received phone calls from President Fusco telling us that we needed to baptize "today and tomorrow."  And we had just about nobody.  No. Nobody. At all!  Anyway, I discovered that the daughter of a member here wasn’t baptized yet (she found my blog so she'll probably be reading this), because of complications with the girl's dad not wanting her to be baptized. Technically, because her dad didn’t live with her and doesn’t take care of her, she doesn’t need her dad’s permission, just her mom’s.  She turned 8 about 9 months ago.  So me and Elder Gomes da Silva talked with her about this and after a super spiritual visit with her, she showed her incredible faith by saying, "Alright, let's baptize her today then"  Alyne, the daughter went crazy excited to be baptized.  And after tons of miracles, we got to the river and baptized her that night.  A super cool experience.  

Anyways, this last week has been super long and super difficult.  But really did pay off.  Which is basically how the mission is, neh?  But after this week full of miracles, a car accident (we ran into a motorcycle and a wall, it was AWESOME), and a baptism, it sure is good to be a missionary!

Elder Biggs

1 February, 2016

Fortalaza Again…..

So since Elder Gomes da Silva has arrived on his mission he has traveled to Fortaleza EVERY week.  Remember while I was in Trindade I went to Fortaleza like, twice in 8 months...  But its only 4 hours to get there, but generally we have to leave the day before just to get back here the day after...
This week we got called to Fortaleza for a District Leader training and also President wanted to interview me because I was the only one in the mission who hasn’t been interviewed in the last 3 months (because of transfers and stuff :P)  So while I was there I went ahead and looked at some cool suits

I like the grey one better.  The blue one is a whole lot more blue than it looks in the photo.  The suit and pants are about R$300 ($75ish).  Next time we head to Fortaleza I think I might buy it for my 20th b-day!  just because....

P Day!
This week we've been pretty busy with trying to find people to baptize and also organizing this group.  What Ive learned is that this group is about 2 years old but no one has ever had callings and nothing has ever been organized.  A new group leader was called, and right now we're trying to help him with his new calling.  It’s getting there.

But anyways, it’s good to hear from you guys.  Glad that Nilda is keeping you guys updated.  It’s already February, which means just 3 more months until Mothers day 0.0

Elder Biggs