Monday, March 19, 2018

Let´s get Married Folks!


1. Planning Weddings
So the highlight of our week was for sure marking 3 weddings with people we are teaching! Here in Brazil nobody gets legally married, they just start living together, so to prepare to get baptized you have to follow the slightly complicated legal process. We've been working hard and we have 3 marked! This Saturday Roger and Maricele will get married and baptized so that will be a huge victory! I've been teaching them for a while now and we've fought various difficulties to get here. There´s not a better feeling for a missionary than to see your investigators trust in Christ and apply repentance so that they can be baptized. Their son Kauan was baptized in January, so this will be the first complete family that I was able to teach and baptize! Miracles everywhere.

 get ready for our investigators'  baptism
2. Crazy Brazil rainstorms
So twice this week I passed through a strange experience. We were walking on the street on a normal sunny day with a few clouds in the sky and all of a sudden it started DUMPING rain! I was confused cause it was sunny, but in 10 minutes it passed. It rained just enough to wet us down for the rest of the day:)

I´m so very grateful to be here in Santa Maria on my mission, serving the people of Brazil. The pure love that I feel for this people is not something I can describe with words, only something that Christ can put into our hearts. I´m grateful to have this chance to come to know my Savior.

Love you all!!
Elder Rawson

 I´m in love with Açaí <3

District meeting with President & Sister Louza

walking home after a good days work

Pday lunch with Alessandro (greatest member ever)

Monday, March 12, 2018

Give it The Gas

 1. Daniel´s baptism
This week's highlight was the baptism of a little kid we've been teaching, Daniel. His family was less active and we're helping them come back. It's different teaching Primary- aged kids, but he's the man. Irmão Alessandro, the best member missionary ever, baptized him and is taking care of him! We've been working closely with the members and our ward mission leader and things are working out well! Happy day.
Daniel with invitation to his baptism

Daniel's family

Daniel's baptism
10th Birthday/ Post-Baptism party for Daniel

Elder Silva & Elder Rawson celebrating Daniel's 10th birthday
2. God immediately blesses us when we do what´s right!
We are also teaching Alessandro´s brother, Alisson, and his wife Leticia. Alisson was baptized in another city and when he came to Santa Maria stopped going to  church. But we visited them and promised them that if they would go to church God would bless their family! So Alisson, Leticia, and their cute little daughter all came to church! Well, the very next day Alisson got a call for a job interview and he got the job! He was unemployed so it was a HUGE blessing in their life! They recognized this as an answer from God and they're going to always come! They also accepted our help to get them legally married so Leticia can get baptized! I´m so happy to know that God will can bless us spiritually and physically (Mosiah 2:41) when we are obedient!

3. Give it the gas Elder!
Well, my time in Brazil is ticking down... Just when you finally figure out how to be an effective missionary and speak the language it´s time to go home! The second half of my mission has really changed me. I´m just grateful to be here and I´m going to do my best for these last months!

Love you all! Read 3 Nephi 4:33

Elder Rawson

P.S.  Please pray for Roger and Marciele.  Their wedding is marked for next Saturday, the 24th, and if Roger can stop smoking they'll both be baptized after!  We also have a baptism date with Diane for the same day . . .

And please thank God for the great saints of Brazil and all they've done to help me and this great work.

study selfie
that day it was so hot and I was so sweaty
 I just laid on the floor by the fan instead of my bed

my fav Elder Mckinley

Monday, March 5, 2018

It's the Little Things That Count

Well its another beautiful morning in the kingdom brethren!

1. A pleasant surprise!
I´m loving every minute that I have to serve as a representative of my Savior Jesus Christ! The day I have to take of this tag will be a sad one... But this week I went on exchanges to my first area Salgado Filho! It´s always nice to spend a day where it all started. I had 6 great months there! Well, we entered into the house of one of their investigators and I knew I recognized the guy but I couldn't remember from where.... But he recognized me and reminded me where! 4 months ago in São Gabriel we were walking on the street and saw some guys struggling with a moving project so we jumped in and helped! Afterwards  we talked and I got their addresses and passed it along .  I  totally forgot, but turns out the Elders went there and now he´s getting married so he can get baptized! It was so cool to see a seed that I planted start to grow! No effort goes unnoticed!

2. One elect makes it all worth it
The days are long and hot, and I've never sweated more in my life, but I´m happy as can be. One elect can make it all worth it! We got a member reference for an incomplete family and we found the most elect young woman ever! Diane is 14 and is loving the church! When we shared the First Vision with her she cried and cried then at the end of the lesson we asked her to pray and she offered the most heartfelt prayer I've ever heard. It touched my heart. If everything goes well she´ll get baptized in a few weeks.

3. Cry nothing save repentance
I love being able to cry repentance among this people and invite them to make the necessary changes in their lives so that they can prepare to be baptized!! That´s what being a missionary is all about. This week I was extremely happy to see 13 of our investigators at church. Literally the best feeling ever! We have two weddings marked as well:) I´m grateful to be here serving a mission and to have come to know my Savior a little better<3

Elder Rawson

splits with Elder Munns in Salgado filho

my study desk

Pizza party
lunch with an investigator

Monday, February 26, 2018

"Oh okay, come on in! I thought you were the Mormons!"

1. Working hard cause the field is white and ready to harvest!
What a great week we had! We were able to do all the paperwork for Roger and Marciele´s wedding so here in a month they´ll get married and if everything works out baptized the same day! We´re working super hard here, but our members make it easy. We basically just teach member referrals and incomplete families. For the second straight week we had 10 investigators at church so that always makes an Elder happy:)

2. The Talent Show
This week our ward had a talent show! It was a super fun activity and whatever excuse we have to open the church for investigators is great! We had 200+ people present! Well we got thinking and we put on a little skit. I dressed up as a "gaucho" and my comp tried to teach me, and I was your typical Brazilian cowboy, and everyone loved it! Then we sang our mission hymn that talks about bringing the gospel to the gauchos. It was an amazing night!
Talent Show

3. Zone Conference

This we put together our zone conference with President Louza! We had lots of training about the Book of Mormon, how to be better missionaries, etc. President Louza never fails to inspire us and bring a doce spirit to the room!

4. "Well, what church are you from?"
A quick funny experience. We started talking to this lady in her yard and we started explaining to her the blessings of the gospel and such and we asked if we could share a message, and she skeptically looked at us and asked what church we were from. Well of course we said The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. And she said "Oh that´s okay then! Come on in! I thought you were the Mormons." Then we went in and taught her the restoration:)

Have an amazing week!
Elder Rawson



my fancy shoes now have air conditioning:)


Monday, February 19, 2018


1. Carnaval and a new transfer
Well things are a popping here in Brazil for the yearly national party called "carnaval". It´s basically a week straight of partying and apostasy. Luckily  my mission is basically the Idaho of Brazil, so things here are pretty calm. We started a new transfer and me and Elder J. Silva are pretty excited! We've got some great things planned. I absolutely love the spirit we feel day to day, makes everything SO worth it.

2. Teaching Seila
So we've been working a lot with the family of Eduarda who got baptized recently. All her siblings and her mom are members, so now we´re just working with her grandma! She´s truly a special lady, but can never make it to church cause she takes care of the great grandma. This week we prepared a special lesson on Christ´s Atonement and the spirit was so strong. It was amazing.

 Joseph Smith once said that "all things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to the Atonement of Jesus Christ" and I truly testify that that is true! We owe everything to Him. Now we just need to have faith in him, repent of our sins, be baptized, and endure to the end.

3. Domingo do Amigo- Santa Marta
So we decided to apply the domingo do amigo (friend's Sunday) here, cause we´re in the best ward in the mission! So we challenged every member to bring a friend, and sacrament meeting was packed!!! The talks were perfect and everyone left better than they entered.

4. Miracles at every moment
Just this morning one of the couples we´re teaching called us and asked if we could go to marriage office to help them get married! We were SO stoked, casue they´re being taught for more than a year, and this morning we put in the paperwork to get them married! God is good to us.

Love you all:)
Elder Rawson

Cool pic from Diogo´s baptism

Santa Maria

Jorge- our ward mission leader

Dinner with Tiago


When your comp says something stupid

 Domingo do Amigo

our couple Marilda and Luis:)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Interview with a Member of the 70

1. Mission Tour with Elder Del Guerso
We kicked off this week with our mission tour! The entire mission gathered in Santa Maria for the conference. As we were reverently sitting and waiting to start I was informed that I had been chosen to be interviewed by Elder Del Guerso of the 70. We had a great conversation about how my mission experience is going among other things. Five other missionaries got interviewed as well. It was a super cool experience!  He sure did put fire in my bones! Afterwards we were richly instructed on how to be more effective missionaries and we learned some new techniques. I also got to see all my old friends/comps so that was fun!
all my old comps who are currently on the mission #brothers4life

my last pic with Elder Loureiro before he goes home </3

the ancient Bom Fim squad

my new comp, Elder J Silva

2. Diogo´s baptism
This week we happily filled up the baptism font (1 day early this time) for Diogo's baptism! He's a young man that´s been receiving missionary visits for 6 months, but his grandma never let him go to church. We were able to use our charm, with the help of his neighbor the stake patriarch, to win her over. His baptism was so amazing! He even chose the patriarch to baptism him. It was dumping rain most of the day so when we sang "when I am baptized" it was pretty cool.

 Diogo´s baptism

3. São Braz- PDay adventure
Last week we went to an animal preservation place (zoo) and saw a ton of cool animals! Exotic birds, tigers, monkeys, flamingos, and lots more!

The Elders at São Braz

the puma

Love you all! I invite you all to read the Book of Mormon every day cause I know it´ll make the greatest difference in your life!

Elder Rawson

Monday, February 5, 2018

Are you Ready?

1. Be Ready for Everything!!!
What a week! This week we were happy to see the baptism of Eduarda and Sebastian! After all was said and done, it was quite the day! Santa Maria has been having some issues with water faltages (translates to "missing"), and we got word an hour before the baptism that the church had no water. NO! We had half the ward there waiting as well. Fortunately, a neighbor had water so we grabbed buckets and went to work! We were able to get the water to a decent level and they were able to baptized. The Bishop gave a great testimony about the 'water miracle' and truly it was a great experience for all.

Sebastian  and Eduarda  baptism

2. Sebastian's story
Sebastian is the coolest 10 year old ever! His family already are members, but they wanted him to make the decision to be baptized. During my first week in the area I had the strongest prompting that we needed to visit his family, so we changed our plans and went to his house. As we were arriving they had grabbed the phone to call a member to give a blessing to Sebastian, who was pretty sick, but when they saw us at the door they knew that God had sent help! Through this experience Sebastian prepared himself to be baptized. I´m so grateful to have followed the Spirit that day!

Sebastian and his family
Next week we have our mission tour with an area 70, and he challenged us to dedicate 2 hours to inviting people to hear more about Christ. As we prayed about how to do this we felt that we could take a big picture of Christ to the street and talk with everyone! We sure did get some strange looks but it was a powerful experience for me. See pic below.

Elder Rawson
BE BOLD challenge
the beautiful city of Santa Maria