Friday, September 28, 2012

Hey you guys!  This is Elder Tracy's sister Melinda.  It has been a long time since this has been updated, but I thought that I would give you a quick run down.  Mitchell is still in Brasil and is expected to be coming home at the end of December.  He has so far had a great mission.  Of coarse there have been some ups and downs.  But overall he's doing great.  Elder Tracy and I have always been very close.  I love this kid so much.  It's amazing to hear how much he has changed.  You can just hear it from the tone of his letters.  It is my personal testimony that the Gospel of Jesus Christ changes people.  It changes our very beings.  As we serve others and learn more about our Savior, we start to become more like him.  I can tell from Elder Tracy's letters, that he has a solid testimony of our Lord and Savior.  I know that he loves this gospel and all that comes with it.

I will try to update more after his next letter.  :)  Keep praying for him.  Keep on loving him.  I know that he loves you!


Monday, February 27, 2012

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February 27, 2012 Letter

So, this week was a good one. Im getting to know Elder R. Silva and Elder Quaresma better. Elder R. Silva reminds me a lot of Dallen... The way he looks, acts.... I dont know.. There are some similarities. But ya, things are going good.

We had some cool experiences... We went to a family on Saturday. The man we were looking for wasnt there, but we asked if we could come in anyways. We started talking and the man showed up. We talked with them and they were really interested. While I recounted the first vision I felt the spirit really strong. It was just like, whoa this is really true. It was a really cool feeling. I know they felt the spirit. It was an awesome experience.

But, other than that not much. We´re taking care of 2 areas.. Jardim America, and Jangadeiro. ... They´re pretty contrasting wards... But, they´re both awesome. On Sunday there was another cool experience. All the youth returned from EFY, or as they say it EFI... But they had a testimony meeting for them.. There was one young man who didnt go up. The bishop came down, and took him up to the pulpit. He just cried.. Everyone was crying.. The Spirit was really strong.. It was a cool meeting. I especially loved seeing the love of the bishop, going down to help this boy... It just showed that he really cared about him. Others might have been like, oh, he´s a lazy teenager who doesnt want to come up... But this bishop was really loving. It was great.

I love the mission. Its amazing. Love you all. Elder Tracy

Love you all. Have a great week.

Elder Tracy

Monday, December 19, 2011

December 19, 2011 Letter

Well this has been a great week. We had some cool things this week. First, we had a christmas devotional with President Lanius. All of the zones had 1 person speak, then everybody sang a song. It was really cool. The spirit was strong. And i only messed up on the piano 1 time.... oops. But afterwards we had lunch... Wow... It was the thanksgiving meal that i had missed... turkey out the wahzoo.... They even had gravy!! I didn't even know that existed here!

So, have I told you guys about ...... and .......? They´re a couple we´ve been teaching for some time now. They know the Book of MOrmon is true, but he was just looking for the "certainty" that it was really true. Well anyways, we fasted that they could recognize its true. And yesterday they came to church!! Their baptism is marked for this Saturday... I´m dreaming of a white Christmas... haha. Its going to be soooooo great. I love you all. Have a merry christmas. I love ya

Elder Tracy

December 12, 2011 Letter

Ya, so the woman i told you about,  She´s great. We´ve really been focusing on her. But this week we had two experiences with her. First it turns out that she´s not married... But she´s getting married in February... I´ve never been so dissapointed to find out that someone´s going to get married!! Why cant the people we teach already be married? Wouldn't that be easier?... But, she´s great. We also taught the Word of Wisdom. It just so happened that that day she was having a headache... and a lesson about a law of health, and how she could be healthier and happier was just what she needed... Interesting how things turn out perfectly....

We also are teaching a boy named ...... He´s 10 years old... He doesn't know how to read, but he´s a great kid. He lives in Nova Goiana, an area really far away(which by the way we go to everyday). But he comes to church alone... He comes to activities during the week. And yesterday was stake conference, the bus to go the stake center left at 7:30, and he woke up way early to go. He´s great. I think we´ll have his baptism this weekend. Wish us luck.

Ya, stake conference. President Eyring was there! And Elder Cook! haha it was a satelite transmission... But it was cool. President Eyring is funny... At the beginning there was an Elder from the Quorum of the 70 speaking in Portuguese.. Presidente Eyring just had this look of amazement... haha It was great.

Haha, Utah sucks at basketball.... Merry Christmas to me!!! hahaha

I love you all. Have a great week. Remember, the church is true.

Elder Tracy

December 5, 2011 Letter

Well, another week come and gone... This week was great.

So, this week was good. Elder Barbosa is training now... His companion is Elder Linton. He´s from Mona... Close to Nephi... Turns out he knows Jacob Howell... Weird huh? There are 7 billion people on this planet... It´s just crazy how small the world is, and how many people we know...

So, investigators... We taught a woman named .... She´s a stud! She knows the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet... She just didnt want to mark her baptism till after she went to church... and guess what?! She went to church yesterday!! And loved it!! So now we just go there, mark it, then do it. BAM! It´s going to be great! We´re also going to work with her husband... He "goes" to Assembleia de Deus... (By the way, do you guys know of a church in the US called Assembly of God, or something??? Because I cant think of any.. then again Im not that familiar with other religions...)

Other good news, yesterday we had 7 people at church!!!!!! It was sweet! We´re really going to work with these  people this week because they´re the ones putting forth the effort to know... So, they´re ready!! Yes!!

We had an interview with President Lanius on Friday. It was great. I love him so much. He shows so much concern and love. You can really tell that he wants the best for us. Especially his hugs... My goodness... Its the best hug ever! Maybe its because i cant hug many people... But his hugs just show so much love and concern. Their great.

Well thats about it. I want you all to know that we need to be happy. We have the true gospel of Jesus Christ!! Lets help everyone else know the same thing!!! Dont worry, about a thing... Because every little thing, is gonna be alright... Because we have Jesus Christ!!!

I love you all. Elder Tracy

November 28, 2011 Letter

So guys, how is everyone? This week was good for us... Kinda.. It´s really tough. We don't really have any strong investigators... Those we did have are really starting to show that they aren't interested... So that's been kinda rough...

But the good news... We found a woman who is pretty interested... She read, she just forgets to pray... But, she will. We´re going to have a family night with her tonight. That should be great.

We also found a woman carrying some buckets of water.. We helped her and then she invited us to talk with her. She´s really interested. She´s going to come to church next week...

That's about it. Goiana is going... slowly, but going for sure. Love you all. Elder Tracy