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

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Baptism and New Area!

YUP Guilherme called me and read it (his mission call) to me!!! It was really cool! I felt like I was helping a little brother or something, and he's finally going on a mission! 

And weeeeelllllll I'm not really suppose to know yet but I guess president trusts me because he's already told me about where I'm going (Campo de Fora) and also that I'm going to be helping a missionary that has a reputation in the mission for being difficult to be around. So I'm off to have another great challenge AND find the rest of those families I asked for. I'm pretty excited!! It's really gonna be good to have something to occupy my mind so that I can avoid getting trunky and help a missionary!

This past week we had 2 people baptized! Laudinei and Tiele! They were so excited for their baptism. Laudinei had chosen me to baptize her! After she came out of the water she just covered her face and cried from the happiness she felt for finally being able to follow our Savior better than she was before! The rest of the family should be baptized next week! It was so cool - the older son of Laudinei (Ederson) came up to be and gave me a hand shake and said "Thanks!" He needs to be married, but he's ready for baptism.  He doesn't work on Sundays!!!!! 

I really cant think of much else.  Yesterday Ana Julha asked me to be the one to baptize her, but I'm leaving tomorrow and we are no longer allowed to come back to our old areas to see baptisms.....which is really sad because she really doesn't a great life but is wanting to change!! But rule are made, and I gotta keep them to get the blessings of God!

I LOVE Y'ALL even more than before since I only have one hour and a half to think about you a week! 
Thanks for the support!
Elder Sharp

Baptism for Laudinei and Tiele.   

PIZZA de Bacon!!

Elder Bitnoff from Rio de Janeiro mission

Ana Julha 

King Kong!  Ya... it's P-Day!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Families and Miracles!

I love that song (AMAZING GRACE), too! My mission in Washington used to sing that all the time! It really helped me a lot because Satan tried and is trying to convince that I couldn't possibly be worthy of Christ's love and grace, but then I'd hear that song and peace always came.  I know it's true - "my chains are gone, I've been set free, my Lord and Savior has rescued me! And like a flood His mercy rains, unending love - amazing grace" Those words have help a lot during my mission and still do!!

This week we have had many, many miracles!! We are currently teaching 6 FAMILIES !! Wow! God is good!!  Really- He is fulfilling his part. I do not know if you remember, but had made a goal with Heavenly Father that I wanted to baptize/complete families. And it's really happening!!

I will only talk about one of them, the family Laudinei (she has 10 children under age has nine years!) is scheduled for 28/06 days.  They are really making great progress!  They accept everything we teach to them and are asking all day is going to have tomorrow. haha! They loved the church. Actually teaching groups is very good too! Unfortunately, we are facing a difficulty with soft people always going to be taught and are very noisy..... we do not know exactly what to do with this because the Spirit could be much stronger for those who are really willing to learn. But in the end, it is very good to teach these people!

I love this work!!
Love you ALL
Elder Sharp

Ya pizza again!  The new secretaries arrived. The one in blue is going to take my place!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Miracles Have Begun!

So, since I have made this promise with Heavenly Father we have had a miracle happen!

I'm able to focus much better during lessons now, and God is blessing us too! Elder Hendrickson and I are finding many people to teach! For example we went to a house and the woman said that Jesus commanded us to help her to "preach the word!"  She was recently feeling that she needs be devoted more to God! AND SHE SAID THAT SHE DID NOT KNOW WHAT CHURCH TO GO TO, TO HELP HER !! Felizmentena (fortunately) the church is focusing much missionary work! And it is also inviting people to hear our message yesterday in ensinos (teaching) a group of 10 PEOPLE!!! WOO God is so good !!

Oh, and also I'm being taken out of the office, too. So I gonna be teaching Elder Hendrickson how to do my job then on the 30th I'm out!! OH YA!! Pres. said he has been feeling very strongly that God has miracles and experiences for me to end my mission and that the Lord wants to me to have outside of the office. So it was fun here, but I'm ready to be out.  I've learned a lot, but the biggest thing I've learned is that I don't do office jobs haha! 

That's about it Love you!!
Elder Sharp
Ps I'll send pics!

Elder Ferreira cut my hair!

Trash earlier from us cleaning our house!!! It was over 5 of those huge black bags

There are monkeys here instead of squirrels

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Semana de Comprometimento

This week was an interesting week. We had found a lot of people but only had 2 in church on Sunday!  And they kinda left with that deer in the head lamp look, but I'll talk about them later. 

On Sunday, I had decided to do something that I should've done probably a lot sooner but oh well já passou. I've decided to do something to change how I've been and made a promise with Heavenly Father and in return I asked him for a big miracle! So as I try my hardest to to not think of my família (or things about after the mission) for the rest of my mission and in return I want FAMILIES! I really feel like this'll work! So if I seem a bit weird in future emails that's why! I started this week and yesterday we already found many people para ajudar, and one of them is a couple! Woohoo! Man it's been hard though haha... I didn't realize I had been talking about ya´ll so much! It's been really nice, though, cause it's helped me focus more!

Well the last time I wrote, it was kinda at the end of the week but any so we had 2 people at church this week and when they left they they had that "deer in the headlight" look. which made us kind of worried. But they loved the church.  One of them is 13 (Ana Julia) and another is 26 (Raissa). We talked to Raissa yesterday, and she's really hopeful about the gospel! She has a husband that has a few problems with addictions, and she really wants him to stop because he's in a mood where he's not very sociable and doesn't talk to his mom. So we're really wanting to teach him.  We'll be trying to tomorrow because he won't have to teach his class tomorrow. I know this gospel will help him... he's just gotta hear it!

Love y'all!
Elder Sharp

Thursday (6/5/15)

I love that kid (Guilherme)! He really has been a lot of help for me, and apparently I was for him, too! I had really great experience at the temple too!  First it was cool being with Guilherme for the first time.  It reminded me of my first time to the temple... man, that was a great experience!  I loved that it was in Spanish.  It's a cool part of my history, you know? Then there was the part when the mission presidente gave a few lessons to the people going through for the first time (most of them were about to leave for a mission). He told them that it's great that they're going on there first mission and that after this mission there can be more.  I was sitting thinking, "YES! This definitely is the first of many missions!" 

Then, I was sitting in the celestial room, and I wasn't really sure about my choice about not applying for college until I get back since everyone is doing it, and it's something that people say you're suppose to do. Anyway, I was praying asking my Father in Heaven what He thought I should do, and it came to my head,  "You're a missionary for another 4 months.  Just be that.  You'll be fine in the end."  So I thought, "Yes sir!" Now I just want to focus on the work even more than I was before! I have to! There is such little time left and each month that passes is faster than the last! So I need to focus. Which is a real difficulty of mine, but I know that weak things are made strong in the Lord's work, so I´m really pushing harder! Those 5 hours of work I get each day are so precious to me now! 

Its probable that I'll end up dying (missionary lingo) here in the office and that just makes it harder because it's really not fun to end you mission dead here. If it is God´s will, that means I can do it!

So this week we are actually starting to find people to teach, too! We decided to focus in a certain area that Heavenly Father told us to go... and well shocker we´re finding people now and actually families!! It's great!!!

I know it's short today, but I can't think of anything else to write.

Love y'all!
Elder Sharp