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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

week 57: The office (5th week of transfer)

  What a week! My family seems to be running all over the place. Every week is something new.  This week I heard that my younger siblings went to Helaman´s camp and girl´s camp, and the next thing i know i get emails and pictures of my dad in China!   All my younger siblings went to their church camps and reported to me that they loved it. They said it was a great spiritual experience and they learned a lot. I love my siblings. The more and more i´m out on my mission, the more i love my own family. It´s a wonderful concept.  When I am serving other families and individuals here in Bahia, its makes me very grateful for the family that i have and all the families in my home ward in Idaho.

  All the interesting things happened at the end of the week so i´ll start on Friday.
I went to the hospital early Friday morning after vomiting all Thursday night. I must´ve eaten something bad, but the IVs they put through me helped and I am feeling lots better.

On Saturday we taught Manoela about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and she accepted a baptismal date for the 29th of August. She just needs to go to church. Also we are teaching her older sister and their mom. We would like to see them all get baptized together. Saturday night we were walking to the church to watch the other Elders´ baptisms when we were were stopped by a man on the road. He is traffic guider and helps people park in a popular part of Rio Vermelho by the ocean that we walk by everyday returning home at night. He shouted at us, ´´hey Elders!´´ and motioned for us to come over. We ended up talking with him for a while. He recounted his whole life story about how he grew up in church, how prayer plays a role in his life, how he is less-active now, etc.  His name is Vinicius, but he goes by his nickname Capenga. He is in his mid-twenties.   He told us a story of when he was accidentally shot by a bandit while on a motorcycle taxi. It happened in the interior city of Bahia in a rural arera. The bandit was chasing the motorcycle driver and wanted the driver, and not Capenga. First the bandit accidentally shot Capenga and the driver crashed. While Capenga crawled away to hide in a field he looked back and saw the bandit shoot the driver. He then went on to tell how he almost died while hiding in that field because he was bleeding out, and how he was rescued and went through therapy to regain use of his right arm.  All the details of his story and him acting it all out was funny and crazy.
   On Sunday Diego came to church! He didn´t come the last 2 Sundays so we were happy to see him. After church and lunch we did an exposição in our area with the Santa Cruz elders and some members of our ward.  It turned out to be great! Elder Nascimento did an incredible contact and began teaching two people. By the end they both had baptismal dates marked!  I have never received such a great reference! haha. I plan on quickly returning to them to follow up well on that date that he left with them. I have quickly noticed how many less-actives are in our area. It seems as though a large percentage of the people here are less-active members. We find them all the time and they even find us.  Everyone knows the Elders. We have some very golden investigators in our area that sadly won´t be baptized this transfer, but I intend to do all I can with Elder Costa e Silva to assist them in their progression to baptism and conversion in the next transfer.
   Elder Costa e Silva is a great man. I absolutely love his attitude about the missionary work as well as his work  ethic. It motivates me. He shows that he really cares for me and is excited to work together as companions. He teaches very well and i can tell that he has the spirit. Not only does he have the spirit, but he LISTENS to it. We shared with each other our goals for this next transfer and we are feeling good about them.

    I am enjoying learning how to balance my time wisely, and use it efficiently while here in the office. There are always things to get done and tasks to accomplish. President Bangerter has lots of things for us to do!  There also seems to be a mental division in the calling of a secretary . My mental state feels different when we come into the office, than when we leave to our area ; but not in a negative way. It´s all work, work, work, but it´s a different type of work and a different stress.  About Elder High.  I love him too. I will be honest that I am not 100% comfortable with the fact that he will be leaving soon. He still hasn´t showed me all the things i need to know. I don´t feel like i´ve learned everything concerning all my responsibilities as Executive Secretary. I also know that it is normal to feel like this. No one is 100% prepared for anything. We just do our best and learn as we go. I believe i still have lots to learn and I will give my best effort to be the secretary and the missionary I need to be to help this mission and serve the Lord in my callings.
   These last few weeks our mission has received quite a few trainings on teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I am grateful for the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We all have stains, but they can be washed white. I know that there really only exists three basic qualifications for someone to enter the Church of Jesus Christ. First, you need to have stains. Well that qualification is easy! Second, you need the desire to be cleansed from those stains, and thirdly you need to be willing to make some small adjustments.

   I know that God can purify us through ordinances. An ordinance is a sacred act made by the power of God. He gives us the privilege to follow his Son by participating in an ordinance called baptism, then receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Of course after we makes these ordinances with God we won´t be perfect. Everyone messes up. No one is perfect. That is why I am very grateful that God gave us another purifying ordinance called the sacrament. For me taking the sacrament is an opportunity for me to remember Christ´s sacrifice as well as a reminder that he lives. I am grateful that through this ordinance I can become clean again and prepare myself to live with him again.  I know that all these blessings are available to everyone, independent of who you are, or where you have gone in your life. The atonement of Christ reaches out to everyone who lives, who has lived, and who will live. His love and sacrifice is infinite. I gives thanks to God for his love for us. I know this is Christ´s church, restored on the Earth.

 Its seems as though serving in the office we hardly ever take pictures, so i went ahead and took some. We work work hard and play hard. Hopefully soon I will have more pictures of my area.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Week 56: Life is good!!

 This week was awesome! We worked a lot in the office and helped out President Bangerter on a few projects. I made some material orders and ordered lots of mission scripture cases and mission bags. We also prepared some missionaries flight plans that were going home.  On Friday we took them to the airport. President told us to take them to some places to take pictures on the way to the airport so we stopped at the Itapuã lighthouse! I attempted a frontflip off a rock on the beach. It went pretty well. Let´s just say my parkour skills are a little rusty.


 Really this week we weren't able to get a whole lot done in our area. We taught some lessons but the majority of our lessons fell through. We are trying to find more people to teach.
   This p-day we went to the Brigg´s apartment and played ping-pong and Pool! It was super fun. I beat everyone in ping-pong, but they gave me good competition. I don't feel unprepared for when i come home and play my family in a game of ping pong. haha. Then we went to lunch at a members house and ate a big yummy chicken lasagna.


   This week I heard some good news about my last area i served in, Itabuna.
   So we were promised that for every baptism, a minimum of two more will happen as a result of that baptism. So remember when i baptized Lorena? She has been sharing the gospel and bringing people/friends to church and two were already baptized! She shared with me his story. This guy named Kallison is 18 or 19 and was dating a girl. I asked Lorena if he married his girlfriend to get baptized and she told me this:
´´They will not marry anymore. Because of what happened. They had an ugly fight. Very ugly. He hit her and other things that will happen. He mutilated himself and cut his wrist. But I asked him to go to church. And pray a lot among other non-church councils He went and left from there smiling happy decided to be baptized. He went to lunch at the house of Samuel and Tita (members) And he left a different person.  Now he has the priesthood and will baptize someone today His first baptism. ´´
  She said the whole bishopric was there (which rarely happens) as well as the elder from the other area. She said the baptism went really well.
   I am happy for them. Below is a photo of some people that watched Kallison. In the photo there are 3 people that I baptized and Kallison in white before his baptism. Later tonight he will baptize a friend of his. I think that is the coolest thing.

   So this was pretty much my week. We are constantly working in the office and trying to find new people to teach. I´m grateful for this opportunity I have to be a full-time missionary in Brazil. The field is white. All ready to harvest!

Have an awesome week!

-Elder Hilton

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Week 55

The first two pictures of me with the black guy are special. So this is a guy named Ailton. I found him when i served in Federação, Salvador. He hadn't been to church in 10 years. We helped him out and he came to church like twice while i was ther in Federação for 3 months. I was transferred and now 6 months later he shows up in the mission office with 2 Elders. I was surprised to see him here. I asked him what he was doing here and he replied that he is the Ward Mission Leader! I was super happy for him, so we took a picture together. The other photos are of Diego and his wife and kid. This was his third time going to church. He just needs to get married then he can be baptized. He told us he intends to get married in 2018. We hope we can get him to marry sooner. EVERYTHING is possible. 


and a cool view! our area is incredibly beautiful, just that i don't have any photos of it. We only get out to work around 5 pm and its already dark by then, so the pretty beaches and blue ocean aren't so breathtaking. The water is black and its dark so i don't even take my camera with me when we leave the office. One of these p-days I will have to just walk around our area and take pictures during the day. Just looked up Ondina, Salvador on Google and you will see what my area is like. Well you will see what the beaches and pretty parts of my area are like. We mostly work in the favelas. (the slums)

Eating burger king!!!!!

We had Mission leadership council meeting in the mission home on Tuesday all day, then today we had our zone conference . Zone conference today was in Amaralina. It is in a beautiful location. Here are some photos of the re-constructed Amaralina Ward building. This church building was burnt down when I arrived a year ago in the mission. When President Bangerter picked me up from the airport the day i arrived, he drove us past it and told us its story how people set it on fire and bombed it.  Now its rebuilt and beautiful inside and out. It is literally right next to the ocean. There is the chapel and on the other side of the road is the beach. Today the waves were bigger because of the windy conditions/ tempests so there were some surfers out in the water. I watched a guy do wakeboard windsurfing. He jumped off this huge wave and flew in the air gliding on the wind for a while, then landed back on the water! it was awesome!