Monday, August 21, 2017

"Great Satisfaction Awaits You . . ."

1. Felipe´s Baptism
This had to be one of the happiest days of my mission! Felipe has been receiving the missionaries and the lessons for 2 and 1/2 years and now he decided to get baptized! It was a special day for him and his family and I was happy to take part! He´s 17 and is thinking about serving a mission next year, which would complete my life goal of having one of my converts go on a mission!

2. The greatest satisfaction of all
Preach My Gospel has an intro from the First Presidency that talks about how there is no greater satisfaction in this life than bringing souls unto Christ! On Sunday when I walked into the chapel and I saw the smiling faces of all our recent converts and members I felt an overwhelming feeling of pure joy and satisfaction! It was the greatest thing ever. I´m grateful to be an instrument in the hand of the Lord. Missions are amazing.

3. D&C Done
This week I finished Doctrine and Covenants and I loved every second of it. It literally contains the doctrine of our salvation and helps explains the covenants that will help us get there. If you haven´t had a chance to read it yet I would suggest it!

Well guys, I´m truly happy. Serving a mission was the best choice I ever made. Love you all!
Elder Rawson

Alma 26:15-16 (don´t miss this one)

Sticky note letter from my family

with some friends at zone conference

More friends at zone conferences

Helping the Bishop build a house

Aline and Daniso threw a mini party for Elder Bagley's b-day on Saturday

Baptism afterparty

Post baptism churrasco!!!!!!!!

funny pics our investigator took this week.
Margarida will be baptized Thursday if all goes as planned!

Monday, August 14, 2017

"C´mon man, this is why I pay tithing!"

1. Isadora´s baptism
This week was amazing! Our little friend Isadora got baptized, she´s the cutest girl ever and her faith in Christ is incredible! There is a lot to learn from the testimony of children.

We invited our investigators to watch the baptism with us, and they all loved it! Margarida was talking to us after and tried to get on the Wifi and noticed that it was down at the moment, and she said "The wifi is down?! C´mon man, this is why I pay tithing!" hahahaha funniest moment ever.

The Baptism

Isadora with her CTR ring I gave her
2. Man I´m old!!!
This week I celebrated my 23rd District meeting as District Leader! I love the chance I've had to give weekly trainings and help the other missionaries reach their potential and overcome hardships. This week I talked about teaching with the Spirit and we did a cool practice where I pretended to be a pastor of another church and they had to find scripture references to back up what they teach! It´s been great.

3. CHUVA (rain)
Man, Brazilian rainstorms are crazy! It dumped for the better part of the week which made things harder for us, but it´s great going to war every day and doing our best to bring the message of the Gospel to every soul! One of our best investigators has a dad who is anti, so he expulsed us from their house and threatened to hurt us if we came back.... LOL. But, Felipe and Margarida are great and the Lord is protecting them as they prepare for their special days so I'm happy as can be:)

love you all!
Elder Rawson


our friend Felipe!!!!

Elder Rawson looking fine

Monday, August 7, 2017

When they Finally say YES!

1. A good week on the jobbb
This week was killer! We've been working hard to help our investigators take the next step and follow Jesus´s example and be baptized, and this week we were able to mark 2 baptism dates! Felipe got up at church and bore his testimony and announced that after 2 years of investigating the church he wants to be baptized! Had every Irmã  (sister) in the room crying:')

2. Just get married!
A HUGE problem that we have here in our mission is getting people married. Less than 50% of couples are legally married, they just start living together and say they´re married, so this is a problem for us! We have a lot of people who want to be baptized but can´t cause they´re not married, and the process is a pain... But you can just call me Elder Cupid cause I`m out here  encouraging everyone to get married:)

3. English class still rocks
Our English class every Wednesday and Friday night at the church is still working out great! We have a lot of youth going, and its cool to see their progress! The first day we talked to one girl who said she was atheist, but after coming to class a few times she participates in our opening and closing prayer and even said one!

4. The power of a mission
Seeing my testimony grow through mission service is incredible. Missions teach you things that you can´t learn anywhere else. You can say you know about Priesthood power, but after you've walked 45 minutes in the rain to give a blessing to a grandma, you can truly come to know. You can say you know that God lives, but after you look a stranger in the eye and bear your wholehearted testimony, you can truly feel it. I am forever grateful for service and I invite all of you to do more to develop your testimony of Christ.

Elder Rawson

My favorite member, Vinicio, had a birthday and we celebrated with him.
His RM mission stories are gold

Weekly district training meeting

Monday, July 31, 2017

What Makes It all Worth It

1.  Lucas's baptism!
Saturday we had Lucas´s baptism at youth conference! It was perfect because every youth in the stake was there cheering him on! We also surprised him when we had a member go pick his parents so they could share the special day with him. Everything went perfectly!

Elder Rawson with Lucas (age 17) at his baptism

2. Margarida´s birthday
This week one of our investigators had a b-day, so during our Ward Family Night we threw her a party! #WardGoals She loved it. We've been teaching her in the chapel a few times a week and we´re working on marking a date with her! We´re just praying she gets the strength to take that leap of faith.


Elder Rawson, Margarida, and Elder Olegario
3. Felipe´s progress
We've been visiting an eternal investigators family and we decided to focus on the teenager! We committed him to say a prayer and then open the Book of Mormon and read. That night he had a dream that we, the Elders, got in a fist fight with other denominations and then in a storm all the trees fell over but one, and then he read in the Book of Mormon about the tree of life and he was mind blown! He went to youth conference and to church, big things coming!

Things are going great here in Alegrete! Love you all and keep doing spiritual things.
Elder Rawson

Alma 7:15

My Comp, Elder Olegario
our beloved Zone!

 Nossa amada casa aqui em Alegrete!
(our beloved home here in Alegrete)

Our home is upstairs of a car rental place. Its the biggest house, its nice. I've lucked out and only had good houses on the mission, some are pretty bad. No one has closets, just "guard roupas" which are like the dresser things.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The field is WHITE my friends and its time to harvest!

1. Lucas´s dream
Hello everyone! Life is going quite well down here in Alegrete. Our English Class is going strong and that's working out well! We've been working hard with Lucas, our must dedicated student, but he's been a bit inquisitive about things. We just invited to pray again, and he had a crazy dream about his need to be baptized. Powerful stuff! If all goes well he´ll get baptized Saturday at youth conference so keep him in your prayers.

2. LL Cool J or Elder Olegario??
I got a new companion from Rio, Brazil this week, and he is literally a twin to the  American actor and rapper LL Cool J! I make fun of him all the time! He speaks English too so that was a nice addition to our English class as well. He´s finishing his mission here soon so we're fighting his trunky-ness together:) This transfer will be a good one!
My companion looks like LL Cool J!
3. Marriage probs
One of our biggest problems with investigators here is getting them to get married!!!! Literally no one gets married here, they just start living together. We´re teaching a couple who has been together over 30 years and aren't married yet! We´re teaching people the importance of getting married and obeying God´s laws, it´s been cool.

4. Alegrete-A blessed city!
Man, this city is great! We've been seeing so much success because people here truly are so prepared to hear the Gospel! The field is white and ready to harvest, and we´re doing our best to help people know and accept the Gospel! Our ward is a bit weaker, only 35 people go per week, but we had 8 investigators at church this week so miracles are happening all about! The Lord has blessed us so much, I´m grateful to be a tool in His hands to help His people!

com muito amor, (with love)
Elder Rawson

3 Nephi 5:13

*Pics coming next week*

Monday, July 17, 2017


1. Halfwayyy
This week I hit the 1 year mark! Crazy how time flies by to be honest! It feels like yesterday I was saying goodbye to everyone and in the CTM. To celebrate I burned a shirt and ate at the pizza buffet next door! I´m excited for the rest of what the Lord has in store!

ceremonial 1 year burning of the white shirt
David's response to our question about the safety of burning a shirt inside:
"Our houses are 100% brick and cement, so its chill."
Pizza buffet to celebrate 1 year
2. Lucas´s answer
We've been working with a teenager who´s been coming to our English class, and this week we did a follow up visit and he told us he got an ANSWER! He prayed and was like If this is real God I want to know! Then he randomly opened the Book of Mormon to 3 Nephi 14:17 and started reading and he said that he really felt like God was extending his hand out to him and that if he´s baptized he knows God will be happy with him! Our prayers for him truly were answered, it was so cool.

3. English Class
Our class has been super good! we have 8 youth investigators who go on a regular basis, and it´s been the perfect way to gain their trust through a light setting of learning English, then we get their addresses and visit them! I´ll be here for another transfer so it´ll go strong! I´ll have a new comp from Rio, Elder Olegario, I´m excited to start with him!
American Elders Bagley& Rawson teaching English

Well, love you all and I pray for the well being of all of you! Know that God loves you and wants to bless you, we just need to seek Him!

Elder Rawson
Alma 34:8,15

Yeah for Packages from home!

Elder Rawson's mission statement
Service project with Vinicio.  He is a member and we moved a wood pile into a shed.
Community service doesn't really exist here, so we are grateful for the chance to serve!

Baptism for the other elders in our district.  I did the baptism interview.