Sunday, July 23, 2017

Week 50

This week was good. We did our best to teach our investigators and find new people and talk to 300 people, but it was all good. 

Barbara is progressing and she is loving church. She has a lot of questions now so we will go and teach her again tomorrow and see if we can mark a date for baptism. As for our other investigators, we unfortunately cut 4 due to the fact they didn't come to church and really only enjoy our company, so that is not what we are looking for. We will still visit them as like a plan D, but not as someone who we will focus on. 

As for church attendance, we only had Barbara come to church, so it was kind of a "what the freak!!!" moment but we moved on the same. We had an interesting gospel principles lesson about word and self-sufficiency and I was able to talk a lot about mom and how you taught us to work from an early age and the classic "if something is worth doing, it is worth doing right" statement and a lot of the people agreed with it. So, a massive "thanks, mom" for teaching me how to work hard and be self-sufficient!!!!!!!!!!!!!πŸ’ž. Other than that, it was a pretty average week.

A note about my companion. His name is Hiram Dalsin and he is from Rio Grande de Sul (which is in Audrey Heiner's mission). He and his mother are converts and he is the first missionary in his family. He is a really great guy.

I officialy have one year left on my mission (if I don't extend), but will only celebrate on August 2nd by the burning of my old dirty white normal T-shirt with a nice fire that night. I will make a video and send you a bunch of pics (don't worry; it will be in English so you can understand). I am already getting some stuff ready; it is going to be great!! (Elder Jardine really likes campfires...)

Love you all and just remember that contention is of the devil; even if you are stressed, if you keep calm and breathe and talk like normal people, God will help and you will feel much better. That is something I have learned my entire life, but particularly on my mission. 

Love you all and have a fantastic week!!!!!

Elder Jardine​

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Week 49

This week was fantastic. We had many miracles happen. For example, we were able to teach 10 new people this week and mark 5 dates for baptism. If all goes well, we will have a lot of baptisms on the 23rd. We also had two people come to church. I know you want to learn about them so here we go:

  • Barbara- 19- went to church; will be moving to Washington this August to live with another family and study law (I think); loves our church due to its tranquility (you will not believe the things I have seen and heard happening in churches here).
  • Kelen and Wendel- 10 and 13- kids of two less actives who went less active due to the fact that they didn't know that there was a church just down the read from them. Wendel just had a foot surgery so he will be in a cast for two more months, but looks very promising. Kelen would have attended church yesterday but didn't due to a family emergency. Baptism date: 23-July-17.
  • Maria, Paulo, JoΓ£o- 50+,50+, 19- Maria is very opinionated and they promised to come to church next week. Baptism date: 23-July-17.
  • Brito- 50+ - father of a member; very welcoming and nice; will come to church next week.
  • Rosangola and Fernado- 30, 8- very receptive; just that the boyfriend is barely ever home and apparently not too receptive about religion. Baptism date: 23-July-17.
  • AnaMaria-50+- very welcoming and will come to church next week.
So, ya. A lot of success. We are also having a soon leaving missionary (Elder Jardine has been switching his phrases around more lately...) with us to kind of get him ready for when he leaves in August.

Happy late birthday, mom!!!!!! It was good to see the pictures and hear how you guys are doing. Keep having a great week and tell me how everything is going.

Love you all and hope you have a great week.

Elder Jardine

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Week 48

This week was good. Let me start with what happened:
  • MONDAY-the usual. We also had a sweet family night at the house of one of the best youth I have seen in my mission (her name is Stephany).

  • TUESDAY-I got transferred. I am now in JundiaÍ Campo Limpo Paulista. It took two buses and one train to get here. And just to give you an idea as to where I am, if I go two more train stops, I am in the SΓ£o Paulo South Mission, right on the edge. My new companion is Elder Dalsin (who was with me if you remember in Jardin de Lago when I first got there). So far, so good.

  • REST OF THE WEEK-same old work.
I am loving my new area. There is a lot of nature and today we hope to do a hike to a mini Cristo Redentor that we have in our area. But other than that, not much is happening.

It is good to see how all of you are doing. Have a great birthday, Hayden πŸ˜€πŸ˜‹. Everyone, have a great week and keep me informed as to how things are going.

Love you all.

Elder Jardine

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Elder Jardine and his companion (the other white guy) looking serious with the YSA and other companionship.
Week 47

This week was better. We decided to focus on talking with everyone, which is something I kind of struggle with, but I had a goal to close my contacts (150) and I was able to surpass that. This week, I was able to give 200 people the opportunity to receive the gospel message. Other than that, not much happened.

We had a sweet activity on Thursday with magic and popcorn, so that was fun. Transfers are tomorrow and I think I will be leaving so we will have to see where I go next. I am kind of sad to leave. This area and my companion are the best I have had in my mission, but where the Lord wants me, that's where I'll go.

Keep having awesome weeks and enjoy the pictures.

With much love,
Elder Jardine​

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Elder Jardine's district
Elder Jardine's zone (his companion is to his left)

Week 46

This week was something. Okay... I have to be kind of honest here; it kind of sucked. We had already cut Emerson due to the fact that we could never meet with him. We were able to talk to Robson and he said that he didn't what anymore involvement with the church due to the fact that he needs to find work. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ We didn't destroy him like we could have so we could at least leave  one door open for him. 

So, as of now, we have no one in our teaching pool. After that, we kind of got depressed and it was difficult to find a reason to work. Then on Friday, we finally decided it was enough. We went and sat down at a table in the park in our complex and analyzed our problems-what we were doing wrong, what we were going to do better, and how we could solve our problems. Now, we are all good and hoping that this week will be better. 

Good news of this week was that we had a bunch on less active members come to church, so that was good to see. So now, just pray that we will find some new people this week to teach.

It is good to hear how your weeks are going. Keep me informed on the house and things like that.

Have a good week!

Love you all soooooo much.

Elder Jardine

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Week 45
This week was good; just a few things have been happening:
  • I had interviews with President Hill which was fun.
  • We marked a date for Robson (that is actually how you spell his name) for the 17th, but after that day, we haven't been able to get in contact with him. So that is weird; just remember him in your prayers.
Other than that, my week was pretty normal. Just the usual things-work, teaching, and stuff. It has been getting cold down here so I am starting to use my sweater more.

It is always great to hear how things are going at home. Keep me informed and send me pictures of Tucker and stuff.

Love you all soooooo much!!!!!

Elder Jardine

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Week 44

This week was great. We did pretty much the same old thing-going around, trying to get people to let us in to say a prayer. We had divisions with the zone leaders in their area. I was great, especially since we had a stroganoff pizza at night πŸ˜‹

We are also working on having a house and district shirt made, both of which I did the drawings for (the pictures are down below). Robson is doing great. He doesn't have any problems with the commandments. He gives us a ride even though he is unemployed and his gas is about empty. And he was at church before we were this Sunday. We got there at 8:35 πŸ˜Ά. He just needs to associate the feelings he feels with the Spirit and an answer. Unfortunately, we weren't able to teach Emerson this week and he wasn't at church, but we will pass by there on Tuesday. We also had another surprise. This Sunday, one of our other investigators, Mateus, came to church so we will also be teaching him this week.

As for the daily life of a missionary, we wake up at 6:30 am, eat, exercise, and get ready for the day. We do personal gospel study from 8:30 to 9:30 am.  Then, we leave the house to go talk to everyone and clap on doors to see if people are interested in a prayer or a message. We usually eat lunch with a member and if we have appointments to teach other people, we go. During the day, we choose a time to do companionship study and language study. We generally have a 30 minute break at 5:30 to eat and rest and we work until we have to be home, which is 9:30 pm. So that is pretty much my average day.

It is good to hear how you guys are doing. As for Audrey's call, I am stoked!!!! Brazil is awesome!!!!!! (A friend Nathan went to school with in Eugene, Oregon whose family also moved to Utah was called to the Brazil Porto Alegre mission.)

Well, you guys have a great week and I will write you next week.
I love you all soooooo much.

Elder Jardine

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Dominoes Two-fer Tuesday!
Happy 19th birthday, Elder Jardine!
(Does anyone else think he looks like a giant compared to these people?!?)

Week 43

This week was great. Last p-day, I was surprised to receive a gigantic birthday cake from an investigator of the other companionship. We still have it in our fridge even after letting 8 to 10 missionaries at it. We also had a great Nerf fight and as usual we ate pizza the next night (Dominoes has a two for one deal on Tuesday; we loooove it!!!) 

We were able to teach some new people this week. Their names are Emerson and Hobson. Emerson, after 28 years of smoking, quit on a dime (especially since he gave us his cigarettes, lighter, and the freaking ash tray too) and seems pretty good. Hobson is amazing. He is about 30 years old and is loving what we are teaching him. He is unemployed so has nothing but time. He is reading everything we are giving him and even has the Gordon B Hinckley manual. Hobson was also at church and went to every activity that he knew about at the church. This week, we have a goal to mark his date, so fingers crossed. 

I renewed my visa this week which was kind of a shocker seeing as how I almost have only 1 year and 2 months left😨😨😱😱😡😡 It is scary!!! 

We also had zone conference the same day so my companion and I got to catch a ride with the president to our stake center, which was cool. I also played trash basketball with my two English classes this week, which was really fun. Other than that, it was just normal work this week.

It is great to hear about your weeks. As for the house concrete thing, I know a guy in Georgia who does that sort of thing, especially pools, so I could totally hook you up (since he is my companion's dad πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰.) [We mentioned to Elder Jardine some difficulties in getting some projects in the backyard done along with the driveway in the new house.] 

Enjoy your busy summer and be sure to send me some photos.

Well, keep being awesome and having all kinds of adventures.

Love you!!!!!!

Elder Jardine

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Silly missionaries!
Birthday celebratory Nerf war
Waiting for the burger challenge...

Choking down the burger challenge...
Feeling sick after the burger challenge...

Week 42

This week was kind of an UGH week. I had the cold/flu (I don't know which; it felt like both) Tuesday and Wednesday, which was then accompanied by pouring rain for the next three days. We tried to work, but with little success.

We had someone come to church... a little puppy that decided to see what's up, but at night, we went and visited a contact that we had made on the street a few days earlier. He and his family (two of the oldest kids are already baptized btw) were really receptive, and, at the end, Emerson, the dad, basically repeated the whole lesson to his son and said that he knew it was true. He said that because Joseph saw God and Jesus, he was a true prophet. When his son started to say the things we don't do, like drink coffee, Emerson said, "so looks like I have to stop with the coffee." It was awesome.

But, that basically sums up my week. Earlier this morning, we had a Nerf fight in celebration of my birthday, so that was fun too.

It is always good to hear about your awesome weeks. Keep telling me how things are going. 

Well, have a great week and enjoy the pictures. (The burger is a challenge that we tried to do; you have to eat the whole thing in 25 minutes. It was fun, but it sucked at the same time πŸ˜²πŸ˜΅.)

Love you all.

Elder Jardine​

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Week 41
We got to talk with Elder Jardine for almost an hour on Mother's Day last weekend. It was SO great to see his smiling face!

I am so happy; this week was great. Here are some things that we did/had:
  • We finally moved into our new apartment which is right in front of the church. So, that is exciting especially since we have been waiting for a whole freaking transfer to get there πŸ˜‘. But it is all good now. Some pictures are below.
  • We had interviews with the president which is always fun (I say that non-sarcastically. I love the president; he is a truly inspired and uplifting man). I learned some things I need to work on so I will be improving.
  • The Mother's Day Skype was great after which we had a very American meal of steak with mashed potatoes and gravy with some homemade apple pie. It was amazing!
  • We learn about transfers today, so we will just have to wait and see about that.
So, that was my week. Keep telling me how things are going and keep being awesome.

I love you all so much and pray for you continually.

Elder Jardine

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Week 40

This week was pretty normal. We went and taught a few people and were able to finally have someone come to church. His name it Mattius and he is the son of a lady we have been trying to teach. He really liked church and said that he wanted to come again; the only thing is that he seems to struggle with belief in god. Other than that, we just went and tried to teach some people, but we don't know how things will fair-when or if  we will teach them again. 

As for my companion, he is from Georgia. He's served 1 year and nine months on his mission. He loves hunting, and all in all, he is just a great guy.

It is always good to hear about your weeks and keep telling me stuff. Can't wait to see you guys on Mother's Day.

Love you all and have a great week.

Elder Jardine

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Elder Jardine (far left), branch president, another companionship,  and his companion (far right)
Elder Jardine after the painting service project.
Elder Jardine with his district.

Week 39

This week was great. We worked a lot and were able to get two new people to teach!!!! Hallelujah!!! Especially since one of them was a reference of 15 people who had already been taught everything; just have a few problems to solve, but that won't be too hard. 

We haven't moved houses yet so that is taking its toll on my money and my patience. We have to take a bus everywhere because our house is so freaking far from the church and where we are working. But I have received word that we WILL be moving this week, so I will send you pictures and it will be awesome.

The only things that were really out of the ordinary is that we had dinner at an investigator's house last night and I got to meet their dog, Lucky, who is a lot like Tucker, just not as cute or loving (that is impossible); and we did a massive service project this morning and I got interviewed. We painted a bunch of houses so I was covered in white paint.That about sums up my week.

It was great to see how all of your weeks went and that AWESOME video that Brigham made (nice work; looked like a lot of fun). Just keep being awesome and give the rest of the family my love.

I love you guys and just know that I am fine here. I am loving the work and learning a lot.

With love and prayers,

Elder Jardine​

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Elder Jardine with his old companion
Elder Jardine with his new companion
Laundry day (that's a TALL boy at a short sink...)

Week 38

This week was good. Just another normal week really. We aren't really teaching anyone right now; just trying to find new people and working with less active members and families that aren't all members. So not a lot has happened. It is getting cold here so we are definitely entering winter here. We haven't moved yet, but we will this week (fingers crossed).

It was good to hear from you guys and I hope that you all continue to have a great time.


Elder Jardine

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Week 37

Okay, so just a quick note before I start. I didn't reply to all your emails (I got them) because the president has made a new rule about only sending one email per person so I will try to do that.

Anyway, this week was fun. It was the last week of the transfer and aside form the usual work, not much happened. They did transfers differently this time; we received a call this morning and I learned that I will be the only one staying in this area!!!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhh!!!!! But I have faith. We are also moving houses today to an apartment right in front of the church. I will try to send you pictures next week. 

Also I had another podiatrist appointment where they did some more nail work-the painful kind-so that is funπŸ˜–. But other than that, it was just work trying to get some new people, so we will just have to see how that goes. As far as the Book of Mormon goes, I have made a goal to read the whole thing in Portuguese this transfer (which will only be five weeks) so I will keep you informed.

Love you all and I hope you all have a great week.
Love you!!!!!


Elder Jardine
Week 36

 This week was good; just a few highlights (not exactly in order):
  • I watched 4/5 sessions of General Conference (missed Priesthood session because it started at 9, but I will watch it soon).
  • ate one lunch with a member. Due to his work at a drink factory, he offered us a drink that is made there. So he poured us a cup of an energy drink called Power Bull and due to the fact that the other two didn't drink it I (to be polite) drank all of it. And when we left, he offered us a bunch of drinks and these little Spiderman figures ,so naturally we took advantage (that and the energy drink).  And when I got home, with all the energy of the caffeine and my excitement to cheer up my down companion and try to motivate him, I commenced in using the figures and my Nerf guns to illustrate that, at times, we have to talk with and teach a lot of moles (people who don't want anything to do with us) to get our baptisms. It was great, especially because I went crazy and started talking like a preacher. Ya, I should never drink an energy drink again.
  • Sunday, we had lunch at a member's house with two sweet kids and a dog named Chewbacca.
So, that was basically my week and that should explain the photos below.

It is awesome to see how your weeks were and I hope that all of you will apply what you learned in conference.

Really quickly to answer you questions:
  • NO, we didn't have any investigators with us to watch conference, but we invited a few.
  • My companion an I are getting along fine and we are excited to move to our new apartment we are working on buying.
Well, you guys have a great week and keep sending me pictures and telling me how things are going.

Love and pray for you all!!


Elder Jardine

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Week 35

Well, this week was interesting. Here are just a few things that happened:
  • our water got shut off due to a $1500 real (about $480) debt that we didn't know we had. We hope to receive more water tomorrow.
  • we had zone conference about using our time wisely which was great; I always love opportunities to talk with President Hill.
  • I about had a mental spiritual breakdown due to our lack of success, but after spilling it all out to my companion and a few inspired talks and study and advice, I am all good now. That is one thing about the mission; at times, it is difficult to know how you are successful, especially when you have all zeroes after working your butt off. It gets difficult to see how the Lord is blessing or helping you, but it is all good now.
  • We didn't have any people at church although we did find some new people with promise this week who we will visit tomorrow and the rest of this week.
So, that about sums up my week. Not a whole lot is happening. It is getting a bit colder, but I think it will be like the winters in Eugene so no real problems. 

Well, it is always good to hear how your weeks are.

I love you all and have a great week.

Elder Jardine

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Elder Jardine with a puppy.
I have no idea what's going on here, but apparently,
there's a whole gang of stray dogs in Brazil...
Elder Jardine out to lunch with his district.
1 year for Elder A Santos

Week 34

This week was okay. We received 12 references last week and we devoted the majority of our time trying to find them. We literally walked my entire area trying to contact these people and the majority of the time it was raining, so that was fun. But in the end, about 5 or 6 were the wrong address or just didn't exist; 3 didn't want to hear what we had to say, but 3 or 4 were interested. So we will teach them this week, so that is exciting. 
As for baptisms, we aren't even having people come to church so that is frustrating. The three with the most promise are Emilio, but we are thinking about cutting him because his girlfriend is more closed off than a rock; Venicios who has a lot of questions, but is feeling the Spirit; and Carol, the girlfriend of Venicios, whose dad won't let her come to church, insisting that she will go to his church seeing as how they are " very similar" πŸ˜ŸπŸ˜‘. But we will keep trying to have them come to church this week.

As for me personally, I am fine. Tired because of all the walking, but it all comes with the mission, right? I am getting along with my companion and the other two missionaries in our house--Elder Daloin and Elder J Forte. We celebrated the one year anniversary of my companion with the ceremonial burning of the shirt and eating marshmallows (pictures are below).

It is good to see how all of you are doing. Keep telling me how life is treating you and any news that you think I should know. Have a great week and I will tell you more good news next week.

Love you!!!

Elder Jardine

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Elder Jardine with his district
Elder Jardine with his zone.
Elder Jardine with a new animal friend...