50 And I said unto them: If God had commanded me to do all things I could do them. If he should command me that I should say unto this water, be thou earth, it should be earth; and if I should say it, it would be done.
51 And now, if the Lord has such great power, and has wrought so many miracles among the children of men, how is it that he cannot instruct me, that I should build a ship?
-1 Nephi 17: 50-51

Monday, February 24, 2014

Treinamento Demais!

This week was full of a lot of training! We had the regular meeting on Tuesday with the Zone.  Then the next day we had a training about how to plan.  The next we had a training on being good missionaries or something like that -- I´m translating it haha. It was really great though, because I got learn a lot.  The president of the mission (President Pinho) loves practicing for every principle that is taught so we practiced a lot too. It's really good though, because I get to see how much I improve every time and it's also getting easier to understand everyone! 

This week I read a lot about patience during the my personal study and different attributes of Christ.  I learned that I gotta remember that God has a plan for me and that all things will come in HIS time not mine.  It's a difficult thing to learn, but he´s definitely teaching me to be patient for His time and now I´m not so stressed.   Me and my companion are getting a long way better now that I´ve realized that I gotta be more patient a relax and Just be me! 

This week I taught about the restoration more than usual.  When I talked about Joseph Smith and his experience, I felt the Lord telling me, "Elder Sharp, this actually happened!" and I know that Joseph Smith really did restore the Church of Jesus Christ again here on Earth and that everyone can know through prayer and study with an open heart and a willing mind!

This week will end my 5 month! It's so crazy how fast it's going! I´ll be home way too fast! That's really cool about the Book of Mormon class Wednesday night you are having there.  We had that too in Washington and we would invite everyone to it. It was really good because if we had investigators that didn´t want the lesson but liked the class they´d go to the class.  The teacher of the class let me and Elder Lowe teach the first lesson. A sneaky way of doing it but whatever works to get them to hear it. 

Tomorrow we are going to the temple!  I was wrong  - we actually go every 3 months if we stay in the same zone.  My companion was very lucky and got to go every month for his first 6 or 7 transfers because he´d get emergency transferred.  I´m really excited for tomorrow

Today I going on splits with a member! Aagh I don't feel ready and was SUPER stressed yesterday but then I read about the Army of Helaman and that they were willing to go to battle and had no fear or doubt and they had NEVER fought in their lives... and now I feel peace and that Heavenly father will help me understand what the investigators say and help them understand me. It was really good for me! 

That's about if for news....oh we had 150 baptisms this month as a mission! 

Love y´all and I am prayin' for y´all every day
Elder Sharp

P.s Read the Scriptures and pray everyday!

I made a cake in the microwave!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Coco e Cocô

Well this week was pretty crazy! It started out really hot! Then bam rained for 3 or 4 days straight! It's raining today, too! I´m really glad it is because people are in a better mood now that the weather isn't super hot.  On Saturday, we were walking to our last appointment. and when we arrived the mom of the family was really surprised that we came at all and was saying you guys are all wet!  We said, "Ya, it's kinda raining a lot!" haha but She looked at us differently because of it and I think she realized how important they are to us. 

We started teaching this family on Tuesday and every lesson a family member doesn't want to be a part of it, so we´re just down to the son whose name is Douglas.  I think that after his baptism the rest of the family will come around eventually! 

This month and next month our mission is doing familia de Sião (families of Zion) and it's really cool.  Each companionship has a goal of finding 3 families to teach and working with members, part-member families and less-active members to have strong new members.  (We should be doing this already but that's what the focus is haha) We have 1 and a half right now (half is Douglas and his family) 

I get to go to the temple twice in my mission if I´m lucky! haha We are a little further away though so it understandable.  This week was a struggle for me teaching the Plan of salvation. I don't know why but I keep complicating it in my mind and it's not good, but I´m working on it and my comp fills in what I forget.  Mom, your email helped me out, too. This morning during personal study I read Alma 29 and 32 - they´re really good!  I don't know why, but I can speak Portuguese fine with other missionaries and in conversation but not when I´m teaching... just gotta practice more!  

And the title of this email:
Coco is coconut and Cocô is poop... and yes i mixed them up and I´ll let you figure out my embarrassment  :P

Any way... Amo Você! Tém uma bom semana!
Elder Sharp

  "Blessing from God"  (A view from our apartment.  That is our church building.)

My district with a member: 

Monday, February 10, 2014


Well Transfers came, and I´m staying here in Embu Gauçu! What a blessing!  We have 2 families we´re teaching, and my ward has a goal of 50 men with the priesthood so we can split the ward and have a Cipo Stake!  Pretty exciting things are happening. 

We also had another baptism on Saturday. It was really weird because the girl is REALLY shy and didn't want anyone there but her family and the members that had to be there (bishop, Ward mission leader). It was a very small baptism but still just as powerful.  The next day (Sunday) she received the Gift of the Holy Ghost!  Rodrigo (last week's Baptism) received the Priesthood and got to pass the sacrament.  He was so excited and his family finally has a priesthood holder in their house! 

This week was really hard for us because my comp was sick, I had allergies, and it was HOT all week, so our numbers weren't that great, but as we looked at the results of our work, we were really happy with it and know what we have to work on to improve!

Elder Sharp
First Coconut Water!   (It wasn't as good as dad described - Ha!  :P)

The pizza is delicious!  It has chocolate in the crust - I love it!

   My district
My Zone

Monday, February 3, 2014

Fevereiro Já!?

This week was hot! We walked so much, but it's a great opportunity to ask people for water - (ya we can just ask random people for water) and then after we drink it, we invite them to here a message or visit the church with us next Sunday. It's a really good opportunity. 

This week was good.  We met one lady named Maria that wants to get baptized but has a crazy schedule so it's really hard to get into contact with her in person.  We also had another baptism on Sunday. His name is Rodrigo, and he´s the son of our first baptism in January. After her baptism, he asked "How can I do what you guys are doing?!"  We answered, "Uh, get baptized, quit smoking and drinking, and follow the commandments... then you can start preparing for being a missionary...can you do that?"  He replies "Porque não é facil não?" (translated it is:  Why not it's easy, no?)  Haha, It was really cool!  He´s super pumped to get the priesthood and start preparing to be a missionary! 

We literally have rice and beans everyday but the members get creative with it, and we usually have chicken, too. We have to always eat with our utensils... it's hard to do with a chicken leg!

That's about it as far as exciting things this week. 

Amo Vocês 
Elder Sharp  

Picture from last week when there was a baptism of Solange and her four daughters.  

Rodrigo's Baptism