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.

Monday, October 13, 2014

66. Alcantara, Rio de Janeiro

13 October 2014

Hey everyone! 
So this week was amazing! There's something awesome that happens when two missionaries get together for the first time in a place where neither of them have set foot and with hope and faith that things will start happening, they do. So we got working. We knew where our house and the chapel were. The previous Elders didn't leave ANY addresses behind, just some notes on some investigators they were teaching. We hit the pavement, we talked to a TON of people this week and already found some people to teach. 
The most incredible was a man named Y, whom we began teaching at his doorstep and then he invited us in to learn more. We watched the Restoration movie and he related very well to Joseph Smiths story. He has been confused for some time about all the world religions, he's been seeking to be baptized and take of the sacrament and he told us that his main concern is that he wants to be ready when the Savior comes again. One day before we knocked on his door he was watching TV and saw a program about the "mormons" on TV and was interested. Then who shows up?

Oh, I don't know... maybe THESE two?

We also added an investigator who is a good friend of a member that I actually met in Itaboraí, and he's on date to be baptized this Saturday! Y2 is incredibly prepared and super excited to become and member of the Church!
Anyway, we had some incredible experiences this week. My companion, Elder L is awesome and is very charismatic and everyone loves him. Hes a hoot! The ward is very friendly and I am absolutely stoked to be serving here along with Elder L.

We are living in a MASSIVE apartment, it's not super clean but its spacious. 2.5 bathrooms! I'm with my Ecuadorian comp and a Chilean and another Brazilian...

Alcantara is an old city and has a MAJOR bus stop that runs through the center of town. You have to come here to catch any bus to any other part of Niteroi, São Goncalo or Itaborai. I passed through Alcantara TONS of times in my time in Itaborai.

View of Alcantara from their massive bedroom.
General Conference in his last week in the Itaborai Ward, but ironically in a Chapel in Alcantara.

So yeah that's about all for this week, great things are to come!
I love you all soooo much!

Elder Siebers
PS.  I am 100% perfectly healthy now!

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