Elder Hilton's Mailing Address

Letter mailing address:
Elder Mckay Manser Hilton
Brazil Salvador South Mission
Av. Lucaia, 295, Sala 202/203
Ed. Empresarial Lucaia
Horto Florestal
40295-130 Salvador- BA

Package Mailing address:
Elder Mckay Manser Hilton
Brazil Salvador South Mission
Av. Lucaia, 295, Sala 202/203
Ed. Empresarial Lucaia, Horto Florestal
Horto Florestal
40295-130 Salvador- BA

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Week 87: Unexpected trip

HAPPY VALENTINE´S !!! This is the last week of this transfer! It went by so fast! It was also the official week of Carnival. Our area is located close to where some of the main events of carnival take place so this were pretty difficult concerning working. We work more in Alta do Ondina and all the big Carnavil stuff happened just around the bend in Ondina and Barra. Literally all our investigators said to come back only after carnival. Bummer, but now it is over and things are going better. People are ready to repent and learn more of Jesus Christ. hahaha. So Tuesday was the official carnival day. We didn´t get much results in our area. We just did some door knocking and contacts. Wednesday was Valentine´s day! It was also our last district meeting. We had it at home. It was really good. I gave a training on some things that President has taught me last week at council meeting on taking investigators to church.

Being a missionary IS NOT DIFFICULT! It can be a challenge, but it is nothing unbearable. In fact - Nowadays we have everything to help us - resources, materials, plans, members and more! It's a fun job - blessed and guided. We just need to work - and in the process we develop great talents.  This requires skill in organizing and pondering - and we have learned how to do it - IT IS NOT DIFFICULT. We simply need to do the basic and fundamental things - and the Spirit does the rest! Imagine the growth! The mission provides all this!

I am GRATEFUL this week for the privilege of being a missionary. The Holy Spirit guides the true servants of Christ - the missionaries here in the Salvador South mission. Our new goal is to stop by some houses on Sunday morning and bring them to church. This will require diligence and lots of faith. I plan on putting this in practice... starting next transfer. Why next transfer and not NOW?? This is where that unexpected trip comes into picture. Let me explain

On Friday I decided to take care of a problem that has been irritating me for a few weeks. That is my right foot. My big toe has had an ingrown nail for a while, and I had tried to take care of it myself. Soaking it in water, applying cream, etc. After a few weeks and no results I decided to go to the doctor to get it fixed. Also since it was swollen and purple, i thought i should go in.  So Friday morning Elder Cantuário, Elder Prince, and I went to the Aliança Hospital and I was treated. The Doctor, Doctor Marcos Porto was really nice. He has been to the United States twice and has studied english for fun and for work, so he spoke quite a bit of English. He spoke lots of English with me and it was pretty funny. I felt strange speaking in English, so i would direct our conversations back to Portuguese and he would always go back to English. Anyway he numbed up my toe real well and then cut off a part of my nail on my right big toe. The worst part was the needle to get numb. After that, I felt absolutely nothing! hahaha. He showed me the huge part of my nail he cut out and let me keep it! hahaha, gross i know! He cleaned up my foot then wrapped up my big toe really well. It is HUGE! Then he hooked me up with some special soap to clean it daily, gauze, tape, and a wrap. He told me the numbness should go away in about 2 hours. He printed out some papers and I was out!  Eddy Carlos took us straight to lunch and from there I stayed with Mike in the office. Around 5:30 Elder Prince and Elder Cantuário arrived in the office and will stay with me here, because Mike had to leave.





Today is Saturday. For p-day, I will just email because I can´t leave to do anything because of my foot. Today President is going to meet with the assistants to figure out transfers. I might find out where I´m going today! I will definitely know my Sunday. I hope everyone has a great week! thanks for all the love and support!

-Elder McKay Hilton

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Week 86: 3 LEFT

What would you do with something that you loved so much, but only had a limited time to do it. What if you only had 3 more months to do that thing you love so much. Every moment would be precious. That is how I feel. This week I hit my 1 year and 9 month mark. I only have 3 more months in my mission here in Bahia, Brazil. Every moment matters, every person I teach, testimony I bear, and step I take. I realize that I will have a lot of time (decades) to think about how I spent this short time on my mission. I think when any missionary sees their mission in this perspective, their mission becomes more sacred and special. All we do as representatives of Christ matters. Everything counts and in the end we want to look back on this time and be proud of who we were and how we served.

This week wasn´t the most interesting one, but it was a bit different. On Monday, We woke up early and got Elder Palma from the bus station. Him and I went to the office and got an Uber for the other guys. I prepared some things for Elder Prince to renew Elder Palma´s VISA and they went to the Shopping Sumaré and the airport without me. A while later I got a call saying that they were missing an important document (RNE). I had to take an Uber all the way to the airport to give them the document. They renewed Elder Palma´s and Elder Kilidjian´s VISA and we ate Bob´s Burgers afterwards. Back at the office there were lots of people. Some sisters came by along with other missionaries to grab some things. We spent Tuesday preparing for the mission council meeting. Everyone was a little anxious for this months council meeting for a few reasons. The biggest was because there were few baptisms in January. Next was because President didn´t invite any sisters to participate. Only zone leader elders.   It was very good and spiritual.  That night I took Elder Dos Santos to the hospital to have him do his check up from his surgery. He is doing well. In about 15 more days, he should be able to do his normal missionary work.

February 8th is the official day that carnaval starts here in Bahia. I will explain more later. In the morning I got a call from President Bangerter and he told me that Elder Dos Santos would be my companion temporarily until the end of the transfer. He explained how it would be and what we should do. The only problem is that our area is only hills and stairs and Elder Dos Santos is not supposed to do that. Wednesday we just did some simple secretary work; prepare IMOS picture cards, scan documents, send some emails, and take phonecalls, etc. At night I didn´t leave with Elder Dos Santos because I didn´t want to risk anything. Carnaval can be dangerous here! Next Tuesday will be the real Carnaval  with more cultural carnaval like stuff. Feb. 8th is just more partying, alcohol, loud music, etc.

On Friday, I had a good personal study and companion study. Afterwards we picked up my shoes that I had fixed and we found a store that Elder Dos Santos wanted to find to buy new shoes. It was closed! Then we had lunch at Bro. Cely´s house. LASAGNA!! We worked all day in our area until 6:30. Around 7:00 we returned to the office to have him rest. For p-day on saturday we did the normal, email family and eat subway because our lunch fell through. I got a call tonight from President telling me that Elder Dos Santos will go back to his area (Lauro de Freitas) tonight. So much for that plan he had set with us. We will send him in an Uber to his area tonight.

This next week will be the last week of the transfer. I asked president if he knows where I will be transferred to. He told me that he has thought a bit about it, but still doesn´t know. He will let me know later in the week. He told me he will but me where I am needed. He said that he needs more missionaries like me and expressed how me really trusts me. He said he will put me with someone that needs my good example so i can show them how to work. I am really excited to give it my all these last 2 transfers of my mission. I can´t wait to know where I will go to finish my mission! hahaha. That´s a wrap! How was your week?? tell me about it! :)

Until next week!

-Elder McKay Hilton

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Week 85: Festa de Iemanjá!

Hey everyone! How are things going? Here is great. This week we have had some interesting experiences. An Elder from Lauro de Freitas had a hernia surgery and is staying at our house. He can´t do anything and just needs to rest. So we Elder Prince, Elder Cantuário, and I have been taking turns staying at home (or the office) with him. One stays with him and the other two work in our area. Things are pretty slow in our area because Carnaval is arriving and people are already beginning to party or travel.  So this week was pretty normal. We did what was possible in our area. We are still having a hard time finding people to teach; new people who are interested. I did a contact with a woman who seemed to be really interested, but she lives in a different area.

On Monday Elder Prince and I had a family night with Romilda. It was supposed to be with a friend of hers but she never showed up, so we just had it with Romilda´s family.
Tuesday was a normal day of work. Wednesday was pretty cool and funny. We had district meeting in the morning. I was just finishing up my training and President Bangerter showed up out of nowhere and got up and gave another 30 min training on exactly what I had just trained. It was pretty funny. The scripture cases and bags came in too and we got that all organized. Thursday was my day to stay with Elder Dos Santos, so nothing super productive happened. I just did a little project for President Bangerter that he asked me to do, print out lots of paper cards, and cut them out for his stake conference meetings.

I was so excited for Friday to come around. Here in Bahia, every year on February 2nd  there is a faith/culture/tradition of a different religion. It is actually a tradition from two different religions mixed together, Catholic and Candomblê. It started out with only 25 fisherman, but now it is one of the biggest traditions / parties other than Carnaval. In the morning everyone dresses in white and goes to Rio Vermelho (a part of our area). They put various "offerings/presents" in the water for the Ocean queen / water goddess. It is generally flowers that they put in the water. Then at night there are CROWDS of people in Rio Vermelho for parties and music in the street.

So this was our day. You ready?? We changed our day to work in our area all day without going to the office from Wednesday to Friday. Since we are taking care of Elder Dos Santos who had the hernia surgery, it was Elder Cantuário´s turn to stay home. So Elder Prince and I left to work. We had TERRIBLE luck. At 10 am we walked through the crowds to get to our area. It took 40 minutes to get there. Everyone was putting their flowers in the water. As we got to our area Elder Cantuário called and needed us to go back to the office to open it up. He did not have the keys. We had only done a few contacts and hadn´t even taught a single lesson, but we walked back and opened the office so he could pay some rental bills and other bills that needed to be send to president for their approval to be paid. Elder Cantuário paid and then left.  Then after a bit, we went to lunch. We walked all the way to the other Elder´s area for lunch. We were towards the end of Vale das Pedrinhas and guess who called? Elder Cantuário. Now we got frustrated. Elder Cantuário needed us to go back to the office to resend and email to some missionaries concerning light bills. So we turned around and walked back to where we just were at. We missed our lunch appointment so we stopped at Subway on the way to the office. We did that favor for Elder Cantuário and had the Elders that made it to the lunch appointment bring us lunch that we missed in tupperwares. While we were waiting for them to arrive President showed up in the office o grab some material (awkward... because we weren´t supposed to be there). We explained why we were there on the day we weren´t supposed to go to the office. More bad news.... He told us that he forgot to approve the payments on IMOS so nothing was paid for. So all we did was in vain. All that running around and losing time to work in our area for nothing. After we ate, we went back to our area. Everything fell through. No one was home that we marked with. Luana´s friends that we were going to visit with her were not home. So we knocked a few doors and we were able to teach 2 new people. Then we had dinner at Romilda´s house and left a message. It was about 8:45 pm when we left.

Here was the interesting part of Friday. HOLY SMOKES. There were so many people on the coast in Rio Vermelho!! It was NUTS!!! I have never seen so many concentrated crowds of people in one area. It was pretty much like carnaval. Tons of people, loud live music, dancing, and drinking. The crowds came in waves.
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To get through / enter the main part with the most people (which also happened to be how we walk home every night) we had to pass through a gate where the police scanned down every person with a metal detector like thing. We passed through and we were in! SO MANY PEOPLE. I wanted to record it, but i didn´t even take my camera out because it was too crazy. The glass tattoo shop was turned into a club and we had to hop down off the borders of the sidewalks onto the grass next to the beach just to get through some parts that were so full of people that it was all stopped. We finally made it through the worst part and headed to the Praça de Maraquita. It was PACKED!


We were getting through and one guy with a pretty woman at his side stopped us and asked Elder Prince in English, "Where are you from?" He responded, the United States. Then the dude told Elder Prince that he is pretty and asked him for a kiss. We just looked away and took off. hahaha. We quickly walked home. We were the only people walking the opposite direction away from the party in Rio Vermelho. Everyone was flocking towards the party there. It was only 9:15 pm when we got home. Imagine that place at 11:00 pm or after midnight. Must be pretty crazy. It was quite the experience that I won´t forget. There is more to come just in a week with Carnaval just around the corner.

For P-Day today, I am staying in the office to email my family and plan a few things. I want to say congratulations to my little brother for getting his Eagle Scout award. I am so proud of him and everyone that sacrificed time and effort in helping him. That is a huge achievement that requires lots of dedication. I also want to say congratulations to Anderson Reded. This young man is incredible. I had the privelege to meet him, teach, and baptize him one year ago. Since then, he ha been active in the church and qualified to enter the holy temple. He went for his first time this week. Nice job Anderson!!

Thanks to everyone who reads these emails and supports me. I appreciate your prayers for the missionaries and your love. I know that Christ loves us and is our greatest advocate. I am grateful for everything that he has done for us and everything he still does. He is our greatest example! I love you all!

-Elder Hilton






Monday, January 29, 2018

Week 84: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!!!

 Hello everyone! This week was another adventure. On Monday we had a meeting with President Bangerter the whole day. He took us out to lunch to a nice healthy Chinese restaurant. After lunch we continued our meeting. We went over some mission matter and planned a few things that would be taking place in the next few weeks. On Tuesday we spent the whole day preparing materials. We printed out a lot of things for the traveling assistant to take to some zone conferences that would happen this week. I noticed how the last few weeks we had been more obedient to the rule of leaving the office at 5:00 pm to work in our area. We were blessed with a successful division. On Wednesday I had a division with the ward mission leader, and we taught a total of 7 lessons with him. It went great. I got to see new people that he introduced me to and I saw some parts of my area deep in the favela that i´ve surprisingly never been to still. You would imagine that after 8 months in the same area, i would have seen every road and alleyway that exists in my area! hahaha.
    So yes, the missionary work is going well. We never have trouble finding people to teach. The problem is when the people we teach don´t want to keep commitments. These days, it seems like NO ONE is reading what we leave them, praying, or going to church. We invite them, and show them all the blessings that come from reading, praying and going to church, but they don´t seem to have desire to do anything. So we are teaching lots of lessons, and talking to lots of people, but they are all pretty weak investigators. We are teaching two guys that are good. William and Lucas. William is 15 and is doing well. He reads and will go to church with us on Sunday, He was going to go with us last sunday, but when we showed up at his house in the morning, his grandma had just died in his house so he stayed home to help out with all that business. But this week he is confirmed to go with us. We are trying to teach another kid named Cristiano. He is 16 years old and has lots of friends who are members. He plays soccer weekly at the Amaralina chapel and hangs out with other boys who are members. He has been to church several times and we taught him some lessons, but he seems to hesitate when we talk about baptism. He understood why he needs to be baptized again and told us that the only problem now is convincing his mom to let him be baptized. She is from a different church and seems to always find excuses to why she is too busy to talk to us. We just need to have a good talk with her and explain a few things to help her understand why her son needs to be baptized.
   Thursday was a normal day. Office work, then we taught a few lessons before our dinner appointment with Romilda. Friday I picked up Elder Dos Santos at the Hospital who had a hernia surgery. He was in a lot of pain and can´t walk very much. I had to stay with him at the office all afternoon and night. Elder Cantuário and Elder Prince went to the Bank, the other mission´s office, Rodoviaria, then to our area and taught three lessons. Meanwhile I was stuck in the office doing some financial favors for Elder Cantuário and watching over Elder Dos Santos. We bought Elder Dos Santos a new bed mattress because he will be staying at our apartment while he recovers and there weren´t enough. We are really looking forward for the guys who are reforming our house to really get on it, because very little progress has happened and President Bangerter isn´t happy with it. We have been sleeping on our mattresses on the ground for 6 weeks and the apartment isn´t looking very good. President wants it to look like a hotel to have the new missionaries that arrive in the mission to stay in, but I don´t know how well that is going to work out. It doesn´t look that much different since the reform started. Saturday morning Elder Prince went with Elder Cantuário to get a haircut. I called Eddy to take Elder Dos Santos and I to the pharmacy to buy some things for Elder Dos Santos, then we headed on to the office. I was happy to have received an email from my 2 little sisters. I was also able to chat with my dad for a bit, and write my mom a belated birthday email. We had lunch in Santa Cruz´s area, then returned to the office. Overall it was a good p-day. Relaxed and slow paced, but enjoyable. We hope to have some investigators in church. This is going to be one of last chances of getting investigators to come to church on Sundays for a while since Carnival is starting. I believe Carnival will be starting towards the beginning of February. On February 2nd there will be a HUGE annual party at a park that we pass by every night at the end of our day. Then during the rest of the month there are parties all the time. There is one week with the biggest parties. It will be crazy, and I´ve heard they aren´t pretty, so we need to talk to president and ask him what we should do. Maybe work the day and stay in the office or at home at night.
   So things are going pretty well as a missionary. I still don´t know where I will be transferred to. We are starting our 4th week of this transfer which means we have 3 more weeks until this transfer is over.  I am anxious to know where I will go. I can´t wait to be able to dedicate ALL my time to teaching and baptized, without being hindered by office duties. Although I will miss the office, I will love being a full time "normal missionary" . . I´m grateful to be a missionary during this time. I love Brazil and its people. I can say that i´m trunky to go home, but it´s not affecting my desire to work and be a missionary. I can´t wait to have my parents come pick me up, then go home and move on in my life with college, marriage, work, etc. There is an exciting chapter of my life awaiting me, but I want to do all I can to make this chapter the best it can. The opportunity to be a full time missionary is unique and special. Anyone who has served a mission can attest to that. Thanks to everyone who prays for the missionaries serving in the world. We appreciate all you do to support us and love us. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ´s church and that the ordinances that help us earn our salvation were restored to the Earth. The news of the restored Gospel are the happiest ever! That´s why being a missionary is so awesome! Have a great week!

-Elder Hilton
acai with brazilians who live in the USA!

Riding in President Bangerter´s trunk on the way to lunch

 Celebrating Elder Saavedra´s 1 year mark 

being a true american. It´s a belt that a member gave me. haha




Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Week 82: Another awesome week

Hey fam. How was your week? Mine was very busy, being the week of transfers and mission council. Early Monday morning we picked up Elder Prince at the bus station and returned home to get ready for the day. We spent a lot of time at the bus station buying bus passes for missionaries that would be traveling this week. We also spent a lot of time preparing the office for this transfer too. I finalized lots of flight plans and made departure packets for missionaries going home, and I made arrival packets for arriving missionaries. That evening we had a family night at Angelo´s house with his mom. He wanted us to teach him how to do a family night, so he can do them with his family weekly at his house. Everything went pretty smoothly during transfers. President made some last minute changes to the transfer (like usual) so that only caused a few problems. 10 new missionaries arrived this week and ten left the mission.


   On Tuesday we went to the airport to drop off a short term missionary that was going home. Then we stayed at the airport and waited for President Bangerter to arrive to greet the new missionaries. The flight came in at 9:20 am. and we saw them all get their bags and pass to our side. We gave them all hugs (except the sister haha) and welcomed them to the mission. There were 5 Elders and 5 Sister. Then we ate a snack and headed to the mission home, where they spent the day being trained. Elder Cantuário and I had to go back to the office a few times to grab some stuff.
   Wednesday we prepared for the mission council. Around 7:30 pm we went to Romilda´s house  and left a message and had dinner. On Thursday at 6:30 am Elder Cantuário took two elders to the airport. Their plane left earlier so they left first. Later at 8:30 am Elder Prince and I took the rest of the departing missionaries to the airport in a large van to fit all the bags. Elder Estevam went with Eddy to have his last taxi ride with him. I gave him my camera to record a few things on the way to the airport. He is hilarious. We will all miss him a lot.  We took pictures at the airport, eddy carlos cried, and we headed back to the mission home for mission council.


   Friday we had district meeting in the morning. I gave a training on how to do an effective family night with members and make a big list of references with that family. Then Elder Prince and Elder Cantuário went to pay the Valença home owner lady while I stayed in the office with Elder Pereira and Elder Saavedra. We left to our area around 5:30 pm and taught a total of 7 lessons. It is great with Elder Prince. I am teaching him how to do everything here. He is cool. I am also helping him relearn some piano since we have a small keyboard at our house. Our house has been being reformed for over 4 weeks and not much has changed.. Seriously, President Bangerter is expecting a lot out of it and I think he will be disappointed because it hasn´t really changed that much. He said he wants it to look as nice as a hotel when it is finished so he can have the new missionaries spend the night in it when they arrive. I can´t wait to see that happen. haha.
  This will be my last 5 weeks here as secretary. I love being a secretary. It has been an incredible opportunity and a learning stretch for me. I have gotten closer to the mission president. We do a lot of work for him and behind the scenes work to make the mission run smooth. I´m excited to be passing some responsibilities to Elder Prince, so he can learn how to do things.




   This week I am extra grateful for living prophets. I am happy for President Thomas S. Monson. Although he has passed away, I know he is in a great place helping other people know Christ´s church. I am grateful for Thomas S. Monson´s great example of selfless service and love for others. I´m excited for the next general conference to sustain the Lord´s next prophet.
   I love you family.  Have a great week!

-Elder McKay Hilton


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Week 81: Make It Simple, But Significant

 This week was fairly simple. It was the 6th and last week of this transfer. I spent a lot of time preparing for arriving missionaries and missionaries going home. I printed lots of things and prepared lots of materials, confirmed flight plans, etc. I didn´t take a single picture this whole week, so I don´t have much to send. On Friday, President did interviews here in the office and Sister Bangerter brought cinnamon rolls. Then later that same day Sister Briggs arrived and brought Banana bread with chocolate! We are so lucky! hahaha.
   I am super excited for this next transfer. I can´t wait to start training the next secretary. I will pass all the responsibility to him and help him learn to do it. I will train him better than I was trained. It is crazy how after this transfer, I will be leaving the office and return back to the "normal missionary life". I am pretty ready, since I´ve been here since June. In February, when i leave, I will have been here for 9 months! That is a long time!
   That was my week. Very simple, but to me it was significant. A lot of good things happened during this week that I am grateful for. I hope that this next week is even better. I love you family!

-Elder Hilton

Monday, January 8, 2018

Week 80: “Peace on Earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day.”

This week was great! On Monday we ate breakfast at the Briggs apartment. We had eggs, bacon and pancakes. Later that evening I got to skype my family and talk to them for a bit. It was a great time.
   Monday and Tuesday we didn´t get to work much in our area, because of office duties. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday we "caught back up" and were blessed to teach a lot of people. We met some good people that I believe can be good investigators. Nothing very exciting happened this week. Something interesting that happened this week? When we were in the favella on Friday the power kept going out. It gets really dark without light and it´s a bit scary haha. We wer looking for a certain person. We couldn´t kind her address because the favella isn´t the most organized neighborhood. We were wandering down an alleyway and the power had gone out. There was a woman sit on her doorstep. We were going to simply pass, but my companion stopped and talked to her. Guess who it was? It was Clarissa, the lady we were looking for. We had a good conversation about prophets, faith, and the importance of prayer. Another interesting thing that happened was when we were walking to lunch on Saturday and I found 5 Reias! It was in a Macumba offering on the side of the road, but to me it didn´t matter. I hope I didn´t pick up an evil curse or something.
   We aren´t doing anything for p-day because we didn´t plan anything. We had an awesome lunch at Romilda´s house. She prepared a big feast!
   I am excited for this new year. It is an opportunity to start fresh. We can review the past year and see how we can improve, then make appropriate goals. I really love the quote of the title. “Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day.” I believe in this. When we have the christmas spirit everyday, imagine how much happier we would be. It seems like during the Christmas season, everyone is happier, more receptive, and giving. Its a season of giving and service. Forgetting about ourselves. I know that we can remember Christ at every moment in our lives and in doing so, we will become happier people. I know that Jesus Christ loves us. I feel His love radiate through the prophets, apostles and all his dear children. We all have some degree of Christ´s light within us. We just need to open up and let it SHINE! Show your good works, and feel your testimony GROW! I am grateful for the pure gospel on the Earth and I testify that it is true.

Love, Elder Hilton


Christmas Eve party at Diana´s house and her dog (a shitzu!)


 
  More Christmas Eve party at Diana´s house 

Macumba offering outside we found

christmas presents from my family
 

My christmas video call with my family!!!!!!!

Holding Josemar´s gun after his baptismal interview.
 
josemar and jessica´s wedding: