Monday, January 23, 2012

Tancredo Neves

Well, it´s been different. I´m serving in Tancredo Neves. (I´d misspelled the name of the town before) it´s part of Santa Maria or next to it and is part of the Santa Maria stake.   Everything is really developed here. Not everybody has a car here but there are always cars and motorcycles passing by and practically all the streets are asphalt. The houses are still all made of brick but a lot of them are a lot more high-end. They are still small but usually nicer than in the other areas I´ve served in and all the streets and things are cleaner. Today I went to the downtown area of Santa Maria. WOW. There´s a lot of stuff! It looks kind of like Seattle (of course it´s not as big). There was a lot of tall buildings and all kinds of stores and parks and things. It´s definitely the most developed part of my mission that I´ve seen so far. 
My companion is a nice cool guy. Our area really isn´t that big. Here in Santa Maria there´s seven wards and they will be building more chapels and things. Our ward shares a chapel with two other wards. The Chapel takes about a half hour to get to on foot (and a lot of people don´t have cars). They are going to build a chapel closer to us sometime. This is definitely the hardest area in terms of knocking doors. First day that I knocked doors here we knocked a hundred doors and two people let us in and three sort of let us leave a prayer at their front steps. The good news is that because of the work that was being done before I got transferred here, We already have a family (a mom and two girls), as well as a fifteen year old boy, and the girlfriend of a member on the horizon to be baptized. We´re working hard to knock doors to fill our time and we´re praying for results. We´re working with our ward to give us references and put a whole bunch of planning and effort in to missionary work. 
So we´re really working to make sure these baptisms work out and we need to get those references flowing so that by next month after baptisms we don´t end up out of luck for a long time. The sun is getting to a point where I feel like an ant under a magnifying glass. There´s all the organizations in our ward (it´s not that big of a ward).  It has primary teachers, youth and everything. There´s of course a lot of in-actives because of gossip or something. Lots of families who love the missionaries but won´t show up at Church.
I received a couple packages that you sent and I also got a few letters. My companion has the last name Santana but doesn´t play the guitar. He is, however, a relative to one of the early Brazilian converts who was featured in the recent Liahona. I know that in the Liahona here they take all the general stuff and then put specialized articles based on the country so it may not be a featured article in English. It´s cool because they started doing area authority messages that are especially for Brazilian in the Liahona as well.
Our apartment is an absolute pit. Thank goodness I´m out doing things most of the day.
Pray for me please. I know the Church is true and I will help the Lord bring to pass His work and His glory. Love you all. Good luck this week. 


  1. Devin is lookin' good! Sounds like a great area compared to the others he's been serving in. So happy for him & all the upcoming baptisms that will be coming his way.

  2. He looks tan, always has tanned well. Having it be as hot as he described and knocking doors would do that.