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Elder James Eldon Riches
Brazil Fortaleza East Mission
Rua Republica da Armenia,765
Agua Fria
60821-760 Fortaleza-Ce

Monday, October 27, 2014

This week is special indeed!  I would like to wish a very happy birthday to Megan Wiberg! Love you sis!!!!

This week started out wonderfully with 2 baptisms on Sat-Sunday! We baptised a young boy and a wife of a member here in Russas-CE. :) It went very well. :) We have 1 more baptism for sure this week. God is blessing our area. :) 

With Jayne (The woman who was baptized) we had a special/spiritual experience. We had seen her in church before but never talked to her. This last week we asked her about her life and she said she wasn't a Mormon. We invited her to be baptized on the spot. She said she would think about it. We stayed with her helping with her problems.  In the end she had ,in just a week and a half, grown to be a very strong young woman with a testimony of the Book of Mormon and the church. We are very proud of her and her courage. :) She was baptized , with her whole family watching. Saturday at 8:00 at night. :) It was a very special and beautiful time for her. Her sisters loved it and maybe they will come to church? :D 

We had a great experience and a great baptism. :)

 We worked very hard this last week and it payed off. :) For you Ace-Missionaries here was our numbers to let you know how Brazil is. This is here in the north of Brazil. This is a GOOD week. :) 


My companion Elder Flores has 55 days before he leaves home! We are working hard to end his mission with a bang. :) 

All is well here. :) We are working hard. This week we will host the Halloween party.  I will be sure to send lots of pics. :) 

I love you all! 

Elder Riches

Brazil Fortaleza East Mission

Monday, October 13, 2014

This past week has been great! We had 3 people to be baptised for this week but they couldn't come to church. :/
Elder Flores and I have been working well to get some people in the church.
General Conferance was amazing. For those who don't know. It is a world wide broadcasted conference with the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ speaking to us directly on how we can better our lives.
My Favorite talk was from a past Mission President in Ukraine. Jorg K.
He spoke very directly and i loved his spirit.

I am planning a Halloween Party for this ward. I have gotten some recipes so far of some cool treats. 
The members and our investagators as super excited. :)

Hope everyone is well. :)

Elder Riches

October 6

Good evening,

This past week was full of surprises. Tuesday we had an amazing Mission Conference. We learned about Repentance and changing our lives to be more like our Savior Jesus Christ.

Wednesday we returned and we had a surprise party for Elder Pinheiro.
It was super special. Thursday we started packing up Elder Pinheiro's bags and worked. Friday we went to Aracati and we had another surprise by the Sisters in Aracati. We returned on a bus to a city about an hour and a half from our house. After that our other bus didn't have seats and we were left stranded. (Idea!) We wrote "RUSSAS" on a piece of Cardboard and started asking for a ride. Like i said the other day.
Cars never stop to give rides here in CearĂ¡ it almost never happens.
We waited for 10 mins and then Elder Pinheiro looked at me as to say "duuh". He said ," Elder, Did you pray?" I responded "no". Realizing i had been relying on our luck and not on the Lord i said a quiet prayer and when i looked up Elder Pinheiro was still looking up at me. He said" Did you pray for a Car or a Semi?" . I realizing i hadn't asked for either said another prayer and asked for a Semi (It would be a lot more interesting). I ended my prayer and in just short 5 mins a Semi pulled over and offered a ride. Miracles Happen.

Later on Friday Night we had a super FESTA for Elder Pinheiro. It went super well. I ended up crying :P.

Saturday we listened to our dear leaders talk and give talks. Sunday we also listened to our Prophet and dear Apostles.The Talks were absolutely wonderful and if you didn't have the chance to see them watch them.. I had the chance to watch them in Portugese which made it even more interesting when The Seventy spoke in Portugese. I understood everything and was very happy for that talk. :)

Sunday night we left for Fortaleza and early this morning we said goodbye and i went to the Bus Station. I met my new companion whose name is ELDER FLORES.(Elder Flowers).

He reminds me of Josh(My Brother). He is a Brazzilian from The Very South of Brazil. He is from Rio Grande Do Sul. I hope t ohave many great times with him. He is on his mission for 1 year and 9 months. He may end his mission with me! :D

Thats all for this week! For those who didn't have the chance to watch conference, it's amazing!

Love Elder Riches

Brazil Fortaleza East Mission