Elder Cooper Siebers has been called to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He will serve for 24 months in the Brazil, Rio de Janeiro mission. He enters the Provo, Utah Missionary Training Center on 10 July 2013.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

46. Madureira, Rio de Janeiro

26 May 2014

Alright I don't have to much to write about this week. We got a call on Wednesday  from our Zone Leaderss that all the missionaries in the mission had to be inside by 6:00. This was the first time this have ever happened since I've gotten here. Apparently some sect of the police went on strike....Rio is crazy right now.  [I asked Cooper if this 6:00 pm curfew was just for that one night or if it had continued, he didn't respond yet.]

Maracanã- Stadium that hosted the World Cup in 1950 and the main games this year will be held here.
Other than that we continued to work this week. L is still coming along great, but as of now shes really the only one that is progressing. M and F have been hard to get  to church and other activities.  We taught two new investigators the first lesson so I'm hoping that the lessons with them will go well this week. 

Sorry for such a short letter this week, but that's really all that's new, it feels like it was Monday just yesterday. 

Mom and dad, I really cant think of anything that I need as of now. Everything is going smoothly!

I love you guys!

Elder Siebers

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

45. Madureira, Rio de Janeiro

19 May 2014

Well, this week FLEW bye. This week President Lima made a mission wide goal for every pair of missionaries to do their 210 contacts. This hasn't been too much of a problem for me, but this week was looking to be a bit more complicated than many others. On Tuesday, I finally woke up feeling better, from both my flu and potential stomach worms which should be dead by now, and I was ready to work 100% again, but my comp caught it and he was absolutely dying. He´s no quitter and I asked him if he could at least walk with me through the day and I would get all the contacts done. Thursday we had a training meeting for trainers and their trainees which took away an entire day for us. We ended up waking up Sunday morning with 66 more contacts to do. Sundays are rough here, NO ONE is  on the street, and if they are, they are partying and most likely tipsy. We had to fulfill the goal so we spent 3-8pm walking in the streets until we got them all done. It was hard work, but we made it.

Besides this we continued to teach L this week. We taught her four times, which is a dream for missionaries. I hate leaving a lot of time between visits because it makes the progression slow or non existent. She's progressing really well, and we have taught the basics so far. She smokes and drinks so the Word of Wisdom will be a crucial point for us this week. I know she will overcome though. 

We also ran into M one day on the street and she dropped some bad news.. We passes by that night to get a feel for what was going on, and we promised so come back the next night. We really needed some time to put a gameplan together. The next night came by too quickly and we still didn't have anything specific that we wanted to share. All that was coming to me was encouraging her to come to church on Sunday. The impression was so strong so all we focused on was teaching to their needs, and then doing our best to try and get them to church. We encouraged them both to pray if they should go the following day and left them with a promise that if they went they would recieve answers as to what they should do.  Sunday morning came quickly and they both decided to "leave it for the next time" 

Sure enough, the closing talk on Sunday was a KILLER talk from a Sister whose husband is not a member, and how they were on the brink of separating when she made drastic changes in her life and the outlook that saved her marriage. There were so many points where Elder J.S and I just looked at each other in disbelief that M and F weren't there to hear the words they so desperately need. 

On the bright side we talked with that sister afterwards  and if all goes well, we are going to teach them this Thursday. Wish us luck!

Well that's all I got for this week, we had so many funny experiences this week with people on the street, that I will always remember, but I'll leave those stories for another time. Today we are having a zone activity. we all are contributing food for a barbeque and we are gonna play football and risk. (I bought the brazilian version of risk :D )

I love all you guys so much! Have a good week!

Elder siebers

Monday, May 12, 2014

44. Madureira, Rio de Janeiro

12 May 2014

Hey Everyone, 

It was just one more week here in Madureira, and although I'm really tired, fighting of a cold and now on medication for stomach worms, the work goes on. This week was a bit difficult for me, but talking to my family on Mother´s Day helped me pull through. 

This photo came with the caption "sleeping".

We had some interesting experiences this week with our contacts. We talked to a woman who basically laid out her whole life for us and her current family situation. She said she has been praying for a long time to find an answer to help her family with their problems and she thinks us talking to her in the street may be the answer. We are going there tonight.

Also we always have daily experiences with homeless people, but one this week  was unique in particular. We met a man named E  who left his family to begin his life. Shortly after he found himself unemployed, poor and nowhere to go. He told us that his dad is a wealthy man, but he has too much pride to go back to his father and ask for help. Instead he sleeps on a park bench every night and is trying to get back on his feet. He doesn't "live" in our area so we left him with the message to return to his Father and conquer his pride. Talk about prodigal son. 

We also taught J's mom this week. And she loved the feeling of the church so much that she was already planning on returning, except she couldn't this week because she went to visit her mom for Mothers Day. We are really excited to teach her and I'm already sure shes going to be baptized soon.

Other than that things are good here. I love Mondays because we play games, ping pong or soccer, and its a nice relaxer for the upcoming week. 

Elder Siebs

Monday, May 5, 2014

43. Madureira, Rio de Janeiro

4 May 2014

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a good week. My week was pretty solid here. We had J appear out of nowhere, we taught him all week long, had the baptism on Saturday and confirmation on Sunday. He was invited by a young woman in another ward, and now the mom is interested in learning about the church. We´ll go there this week so pray for her and other son, L and G. 

Other than than we are still visiting M and F but things seem to be slowing down a bit, so we need to try harder this week to help them keep commitments. 

I wish I had more to share about this week but thats about it. The good news is that I have a good amount of photos to send this week,

Other than that I'M SO TIRED. We are working super hard!

For Mother´s day we planned with some members. It would be probably around 3-5 pm our time Sunday.  [Missionaries get to call home twice a year- Christmas and Mother's Day.  Seems like most of the missionary letters were shorter this week... building up for the big Skype Call on Sunday!]

Love you all!

Elder Siebers