Brazil Salvador South Mission
March 2017-March 2019

Monday, October 16, 2017


So this week was really good. Monday was pday as normal, Tuesday was normal, Wednesday, we traveled to Itabuna to have a zone meeting! It was good, but we just went because we had to pick up more material, like pamphlets and planners. So we traveled there overnight Wednesday night and then left the next day at 1. on Thursday, President called and talked to us about how the transfer would be. so I knew my new companion on Thursday! I'm very excited about it. also, Thursday was national kids day! And we got invited to lunch at a member's house! I didn't have my camera, but it was a super good lunch. And then that night, we went to Ravena's house, to make sure everything was good for Saturday, and her mom gave us lasagna for dinner. It was a wonderful day. Friday, we had an activity at the church, it was really fun! We had a message, a game, and food. Good times.
Saturday, we finally had the baptism of Ravena and Sabrina. It was such an amazing day! It rained the day before, so we were a little scared, but they said they would for sure be baptized the next day. So Saturday the weather was amazing. The baptism was super cool, Ravena brought her mom, her aunt, uncle, her mom's aunt, and her grandma, and Sabrina brought her mom! So we had a lot of nonmembers there, and they thought it was super good! After the baptism, we had a little party at Ravena's house. Sunday, they were confirmed! Elder Vander Werff did the confirmations. The frequency at church was the highest its been since I got here. We had 37 people, 8 of them were nonmembers. The meeting was beautiful. We had three speakers. The first two talks were amazing, the spirit was so strong! The third speaker was President Barbosa, the second counselor of the mission. His talk was so so good! and he had a huge announcement! The church approved Valença to become a Branch! So they will finally be recognized as a church unit. The church is finally growing here! Everyone was so excited. Yesterday 2 men were given the priesthood. 
also, we had kind of a miracle. after Sacrament, I noticed a woman I had never seen before. So I talked to her and found out that she has been searching for a church, but hasn't felt right at other congregations. she saw the Sign on the front of our church this week and decided to come. she said, through the speakers, she heard the Voice of Jesus. She asked if we could come by her house this week, and she already expressed a desire to be baptized. she said shes divorced, with 4 kids. her youngest is 4, and he has mental problems. She told us she lives in the poorer part of Valença and she was afraid we wouldnt go to her house. We assured her that we would go there this week, that there's not a problem. I'm very excited to teach her and her family. 

So, this transfer, President had big news for us. Elder R. Santos is going to Brotus, in Salvador, to be companions with the assistant to the president. 
President said he would only leave one companionship in Valença. so, I´ll be here for one more transfer, and I'll be companions with Elder Vander Werff! I'm super excited! its gonna be an awesome transfer! We're gonna start doing an English class on Tuesdays, and the youth were very excited about that! but yeah, I'm very excited to have one more transfer here, I love Valença so much. this transfer, We're gonna focus on families. We're gonna help Ravena's parents, and SaSabrina'sarents, I'm very excited!

This week, at a members house, their 6-year-old son, Antonio, took E. Vanderwerff's camera and took some photos for us, hope yall enjoy.

Monday, October 9, 2017


Okay so first off, kinda had a big change this week! I'm in a trio haha. Elder Santos was emergency transferred, so for the last week and a half, me, Elder R Santos, and Elder Vander Werff, are in a trio. So I have an American companion! 

I'm doing super good! My birthday was good! A little sad, because the elder left on my birthday, but it was still good. So yeah we had lunch at Almir's house. Spaghetti, rice, beans, fried sausage, pumpkin, chu chu, chocolate cake, and mousse of maracujá. It was good haha, I took a lot of pictures!

Then after that, we went and worked, and then yeah, all the youth in our group had a surprise party for me! it was super cool, we had cake and coca cola. The youth here is awesome, I love them. 

We were able to teach a lot of good lessons this week! I love it here in Valença. I think I will stay one more transfer! very excited, I really like it here! 
Anyway, not a whole lot else happened this week, just more missionary work! 

And....if you made it this far, here are Parker's pictures from last week, he didn't send a group email, but wrote this to me: 

the craziest thing: we had mice in our house! so we bought one of those sticky traps, and we caught fur mice! we left it out for 3 nights. the first night, caught one mouse, the second night, caught another. the third night, I made a fence out of empty coca cola bottles, and ya know what happened... we caught 2 more mice and a gecko. so now were mouse free in our house! haha

Monday, September 25, 2017

Weekly in Valenca

Hey! This week was really good! 

So this week, we talked with Ravena, the girl we're going to baptize. were still teaching her, and starting teaching her friend. they decided they will both be baptized on October 14th! so hopefully it doesn't fall through this time, we're gonna work with her and pray like crazy!
Church was good! We didn't have seminary this week because we had to travel to Ilheus for zone conference.  on Wednesday, we went to the bus station to see when our bus was. Usually, it's overnight. we got there, and the guy said it would leave in an hour and a half. so we ran home, at lunch, packed our bags, and ran back to the bus station. barely made it in time, but we made it. We stayed the night with my second trainer! Elder Nascimento. It was good to see him again. All of my companions so far were at this conference, it was cool! 
but I did give a talk in church again. as sacrament started, my comp told me I was gonna give a talk. SoIi grabbed my scriptures and tried to prepared real quick. it was rough but good haha. 
The best part of this week was last night. we were at a recent converts house. they have a son named Antonio. He's awesome. He wanted to be like us, so he put a towel in his shirt, like a tie, and then on a piece of tape, he asked his dad to write ´´Elder Opfar´´ haha it was awesome. But the first time he spelled my name, he spelled it- Olpha haha I was dying laughing!
and last night, at his house, I tried mel de cacau.(honey of cacau) Cacau is the plant they use to make chocolate. It was super good. also, that same family gave us a bunch of fruit, so last night, I cut up a fruit called cupuaçu. It sucked, but it's really good. I put it in the freezer and we'll make juice with it today. 
 Also, I've been meaning to write this for 9 weeks now, but I finally remembered today! We have bats in our house! every night we hear them screaming. So last night, I took a picture

So basically that was my week. I have a lot of photos.