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, November 21, 2017

Week 73: Bells have Rang, and the Font is Calling

This will be a quick one. It was a very busy week. We had Mission Counsel meeting all day on Wednesday, then a zone meeting on Thursday. Right after the zone meeting we took Elder Santana to the airport to catch his airplane flight to go back to his area in Porto Seguro, because he missed his bus the night before. During the week I´ve been finalizing flight plans for departing missionaries and preparing for transfers. One Thursday we took Elder Hipólito to the airport. He went home to do a surgery, then he will come back to finish his mission. On Friday at 9:00 am we went to the ´´cartório´´ (according to Google Translate that would mean notary´s office, but i don´t know if that´s accurate). Anyway Diego and Samile were married and it went well. They arrived a bit late, so the ceremony was pretty rushed and they gave us only 5 minutes to stay and take pictures in that room. It was funny because they were all taking pictures with only their cellphones, then Diego asked me to take pictures for him with my camera. Of course i helped him out and took pictures. I am really happy for Diego and his decision to be married. He is showing his faith in Heavenly Father´s promises. Soon, he will be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

It was a great week for us, even though it was busy and required a lot of work. Work brings joy! I hope everyone back at home is doing well. I like to hear about your experiences that have strengthened your testimonies. It sounds like the temple open house in Meridian has brought lots of opportunities to share the gospel with friends and family. I know that when we look for missionary opportunities we will find them. We can pray to have more. This is what i do everyday. My companions and I always pray that we might find more people to teach and that we may have success. We are teaching a man named Leo. He is 41 years old and seems to be pretty interested. In our first lesson with him, he accepted the invitation to prepare to follow Jesus Christ by being baptized. I know that missionary work is for everyone and that everyone can do it. It starts by simply talking to people. I am grateful for this special time i have to serve a mission and help people come unto Christ by receiving the restored gospel through faith, repentance, baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. It is a great calling. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ heals people and makes us happier. I love you all! Have a good week!

- Elder Hilton
Elder Hipólito and I with his awesome Star Wars neck pillow. 


Eddy Carlos (taxi man) with my watch. He took it in to his friend to get it fixed for me.



 Wedding pictures of Diego and Samile










Saturday, November 11, 2017

week 72: Happy Halloween (Feliz dia dos Finados)

Hello everyone! How was Halloween this year? No one celebrates Halloween in Bahia so it was a normal day. Here in Brazil it´s called Dia dos Finados (day of the dead), and it´s on November 2nd, not in October. Pretty strange, huh? Also HAPPY BIRTHDAY Rozlyn! Big 15! I can´t believe how grown up you are becoming!

   So November second was a Tuesday and it was a special day for us. First off, it was the day my companion Elder Costa e Silva hit his one year mark. I remembered how i forgot to celebrate my one year mark, so we commemorated together by burning one of his shirts.

Second President Bangerter scheduled a meeting with us that afternoon in the office. We met for 3 1/2 hours. He went over ALL our individual responsibilities as secretaries and gave us various tasks to work on. It was a little mind-boggling. Then we reviewed various important matters concerning the mission and I presented some reports for him. There is a lot of things, but i won´t go into it. After, he talked to us about our own work in our area, about our investigators, our planning, etc. To see all our responsibilities and their high importance was a pretty humbling experience for us as secretaries. After our group meeting, he had everyone go out so he could meet with me personally. He kindly talked with me about my concerns about my family and I felt a little more comforted after our conversation.

On Friday we had Zone Conference at the Amaralina chapel. It was two zones in one conference this time (Salvador and Imbuí). It was announced that there would be breakfast, so everyone arrived with empty stomachs. We soon found out that something went wrong and we wouldn´t have breakfast. President made a funny remark about it and we continued with the conference in the spirit of fasting ;) It ended at 2:00 pm then we all ate lunch there at the chapel.  We had great trainings and lessons passed to us by President Bangerter, Sister Bangerter, the assistents, and the zone leaders. Everyone left feeling uplifted and more confident to be an excellent missionary.






   That night we left to our area and taught Joselito the Law of Chastity. Joselito is a very sincere man who knows the church is true. He told us he just won´t be able to be baptized so quickly because he wants to be well prepared. We were happy to hear this, because this is exactly what we do as missionaries.  He has already been to church 3 times and has friends who are members. The biggest obstacle is getting him married to his wife who he has been living with for 22 years and already has grandkids. We are planning a family night in a member´s house that lives close to Joselito to teach him and his wife about Chastity and why they need to be married.  We are still constantly trying to find new people to teach who will progress. Here in Bahia it is very easy to enter in people´s homes and teach. The people are kind, but the challenge is getting them to keep the commitments we leave with them.
 
   This week i learned that i am happier when i work hard and am patient with myself. A lot of things happened this week that were very inconvenient and got me impatient and upset inside myself. I let it get me down and then recognized that having this ´´storm cloud´´ above my head does no good for me. I knew I only needed to have more faith and push forward. Through this experience i was able to understand more about the word hope.  Hope is a long lasting faith that God will keep his promises. It is the ´´confident expectation of and longing for the promised blessings of righteousness´´ (and hard work).

   Now here´s a funny experience. We were walking home on Wednesday following one of the most popular paths on the coast in Rio Vermelho, when we were stopped by a crazy stoned homeless looking guy. He was super big and tall with nasty dreads and he stunk like marijuana. He shouted WOOP WOOP!!! it´s the ELDERSS!!!! His yelling and dramatic motions called the attention of the crowds of people, then he gave each one of us a weird handshake and a hug. I tryed to avoid his hug, but he still managed to tuck me into his shoulder and he smacked me twice on the top of my head. Then he yelled Yip YIP!!!! WOOOOOOO!!! ELDERS!!!!!! and went on his way. We walked away anxious to arrive home quickly to wash our hands and take a bath. Hahaha. I later learned that he was baptized into the church a long time ago. It would be fun to take a picture with him, if i find him

Keep working hard and remember that WORK BRINGS JOY. I love you all! Happy Birthday Rozlyn Kay!!

-Elder Hilton

Some pictures of our awesome TRIO companionship. Elder Costa e Silva, Elder Cantuário, and I.





Sunday, October 29, 2017

Week 71: You Never Fail Until You Stop Trying

Hello Everyone! How are you all doing? This week for me was great although it was the smoothest week I´ve had. Last Sunday we didn´t have any investigators at church, but we did receive good news that Diego will be getting married on Friday November 10th and soon after we will baptize him. After church we ate lunch at our recent convert family´s house (Romilda, Lucas, and Luana) She is so awesome. Every single visit we mark with her she has a full meal prepared for us to eat after the message. We don´t even expect it, she just loves us and shows her love by making us lots of food. It has been very fun seeing them grow in the Gospel and integrate with the members. I can see how they´ve become happier people. Romilda has already introduced us to a few friends of hers, and we taught some of them this week. We are now in a trio because Elder Costa e Silva is training Elder Cantuário to be the next financial secretary. President has spent the whole week in the interior doing zone conferences and we stayed here taking care of the missionaries in the capital and other areas. We helped the assistants with all the things they needed to travel and take to the zone conferences in the interior.

Unfortunatley this whole week I´ve been feeling rather sick. Monday through Friday I did normal office work and taught lessons at night. I won´t talk a lot about our office work, because it´s not that interesting. In the office we just work on our normal tasks and solve heaps of problems to make the mission run. Here is a funny story. On Monday my cold that i got the Saturday before got worse. I was having a sore throat, headaches, and a cough. Out of nowhere i got a bad bloody nose. Then on Tuesday Elder Cantuário and I went to the bus station to buy 2 tickets for an Assistant Elder. The company that we buy through is called AguiaBranca. We got there and there was a huge line. They had gotten a new system on their computers that day and they were having problems with it. The system crashed, leaving everyone stressed out and panicked that they would miss their buses. We ended up leaving the line and walking across the main street to the Bahia Mall to buy some office material at the Kalunga paper store while we waited for the bus company to fix their system. We ate lunch at the mall as well. After we ordered our food, we sat down at a table and out of nowhere my nose started to bleed again. I grabbed a napkin and tried to discreetly shove it up my nose. There was an old lady sitted at the table next to me and she called my attention and told me to lean my head back. Then she ordered me to take an icecube out of my Guaraná and rub it on my nose to help stop the nose bleed. I couldn´t believe it! I thought it was already embarrassing enough to stick a napkin up my nose, but there I was with my head leaned back, rubbing ice on my face. Everyone was looking at me in the busy food section in the mall. I thought it was kind of funny. I just had my food get put in a to-go box and we went back to the bus station. The system was running so we waited in the line again. When we finally got to the front of the line, the system failed again and we had to wait even longer. Eventually we bought the 2 tickets we needed and went back to the office to help this assistent Elder get ready to travel.

By Wednesday my sore throat and headaches were gone, but i was left with a persistent dry cough. We went to the Bus station again to buy more tickets and also to exchange the things we bought at Kalunga. We had accidentally bought all permanent markers instead of erasable white board ones!   After district meeting and lunch we went to the hospital. I didn´t want to, but my companions kept insisting because they were worried about my bad cough. We waited for 2 hours in the hospital, just to be attended for 5 minutes. The doctor prescribed some medicine that we bought afterwards that costed over R$ 150 ! Its some antibiotic and another pill.

Thursday we went to the airport to drop off Elder Boémia. He went to a different city to do some heart procedure in a hospital. That night, we did a division. Elder Costa e Silva stayed with Elder Boémia´s companion (Elder Palma from Mexico) and I was with Elder Cantuário.  Friday afternoon we picked up Elder Boémia from the airport. In our area we are searching for more people to teach and things are going well. Sometimes it gets discouraging when you´ve walked the same streets for several months and have already knocked on practically every door. I know that there are always people that are ready to receive the restored Gospel. We just have to do our part, exercising our faith, and putting forth our effort to find and teach them. My companion shared with me this quote: ´´It is not necessary for us to serve a mission to enter into the celestial kingdom. We must serve a mission for others to enter the Celestial kingdom´´.  This is motivation to serve.

In summary, serving a mission is difficult, but it brings you closer to Christ and makes you a man. I never know exactly what the future holds for me, and sometimes i feel uncertain, but i know that whatever comes, i can handle with my family´s help and the Lord´s help. I love this quote, ´´Let your smile change the world, but don´t let the world change your smile.´´.  I know that God lives and that Christ´s atonement is real. There is a Savior, people can change, they can be purified and become stronger by receiving the extra strength of the gift of the Holy Ghost. This changes the world. Recognizing God´s hand in our lives puts smiles on our faces. This is the good news of the Gospel that i was called to declare.
I love all my family and my friends.

- Elder McKay Hilton



another hospital visit

Office buddies

A BOX from MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Some tasty goodies to share with my companions. 


week 70!!!

These last few weeks have been great weeks. Challenges arised, but we saw how when we trust in the Lord everything turns out okay. My companion and I have been facing challenges in our area, in the office, and in our personal lives. I came to understand better the importance of prayer and trusting that God listens to each of our prayers. Sometimes it can be a ´´wrestle´´ like Enos experienced. The week before transfers and the week of transfers, we worked a lot. We bought lots of bus passes for missionaries being transferred, and prepared to receive the 5 new missionaries that would arrive. I organized all the flight plans for departing missionaries and all that is included in their plans during their last week in the mission. We did what we love doing most as secretaries; picking up the new arrivals with President Bangerter and Sister Bangerter at the Airport. It makes me remember when i arrived in the mission and it makes me re-live it all. That Tuesday we went to the airport 3 times to pick up new missionaries. There was one Elder from Woodland Hills, Utah that i talked with a lot. He turns out to be a state champ tennis player and a snowboarder and does everything that i like to do. Maybe one day we will be companions :)
This new transfer we are in a trio. My companion Elder Costa e Silva will be training Elder Cantuário to be the next financial secretary. I went on a division with him at the beginning of my mission so it´s good to see him again. We all get along really well, and i can tell it will be a good transfer. GOOD NEWS!! Diego, our investigator will get married on the 10th of November and then he can be baptized the next day on the 11th. It will be super cool. I really happy for him and his wife, knowing that they can progress together until eternal life. We are working on building a better group of investigators in our area with different people to teach that are ready to receive the restored gospel.

I am grateful for the various ways we can feel God´s love in our lives. I´m grateful for the scriptures, for the sacrament, for our families, and for everything that He gives us to strengthen us. Through these things, He individually helps us realize our potential then reach our goals. I know that the Savior lives. I love him.


Here are some pictures of us.





The couple missionaries Briggs came to our house to check on it and they gave us banana bread and M&Ms! 
  
Going back and forth to the airport. Lots of taxi rides makes for lot of naps!






Elder Sonntag and I at the bus station! He will be starting his mission in Livramento de Nossa Senhora.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Week 68: Mission life

Hello my family and friends!!!

Hello guys! how are you today? I have some very interesting news, but nothing to crack the world, just simple little things that have happened in my life and yet are a miracle in my eyes.
On Monday we ran like crazy to leave everything ready for the mission council meeting that was on Tuesday. My companion and I were very excited, especially after a general conference that answered all our prayers and questions, and after a morning of interviews with the best mission president in the world! It was magnificent! We also helped the zone leaders from Porto Seguro who came in to the city to take an English test.

On Tuesday we had the mission council starting early in the morning. It was very inspiring and powerful. We discussed the teachings of general conference as well and how we can apply what we have been taught in our mission, with investigators and in our lives. It was a very good discussion. Then we learned a little more about how to teach our investigators so they can receive the blessings of baptism and the gospel more quickly. President also asked Elder Costa e Silva to sing the hymn "A poor wayfaring man of grief" It was very good. Later in the evening we took the everyone to the bus station and Elder Brito went with Elder Costa e Silva while I finished some tasks in the office with the rest of the assistants.





Wednesday we had many tasks to do early so we started running and doing everything on time, it was nothing different, only that we started very early, before 8:00 a.m.

Thursday It was a little different, Elder Prado, Elder Jenkins and Elder High finished their missions and went home. We took them all to the airport. Elder Prado went early in the morning, we said goodbye to him.  Elders Jenkins and Elder High went to the airport in the afternoon. We had lunch with them and we said goodbye ... I love those guys, very much; They're like brothers to me. taught me, helped me and made me laugh. They are good and finished with honor. I'm going to miss those guys.

Yesterday we worked normally, solving problems and making everything work in peace. In other words, giving our best so we can we find a family that will progress fast. We are helping some more people to prepare for baptism. Everything will work out and we know that with the Lord by our side we will find more and more elect people. We will be able to bring them to Christ and his true Church.

I am learning more about becoming a better and more effective missionary, I have had a lot of help and I am trying to apply what I learn; and as we learn from Elder Holland, it is okay for us not to be perfect, what matters is to keep on seeking to be perfected in Christ and he will fill our holes.

I love you family

-Elder Hilton

Then there is a nice Audi that was parked close to our house!





Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Week 67: GENERAL CONFERENCE

This week was great! On Wednesday Elder De La O came to Salvador to renew his VISA. We also renewed Elder and  Sister Briggs´ VISAS. We only ran into a few problems with Elder De La O´s VISA renewal process, but we just paid a fine and everything was okay. Elder and Sister Briggs bought us pizza too!




I´ve been pretty excited about general conference. I always feel more uplifted and inspired afterwards. Hearing it as a missionary is special. I hear everything in a different way. This week i want to share only 3 highlights of general conference. These are the top three things that i liked most about conference.

us watching general conference in the office


1.)  I loved what Dieter F. Uchtdorf said about how we receive blessings. He said, ´´Blessings won't come because of our abilities, but because of our choices.´´  That is very true. agency can work wonders.

2.)  Jeffery R. Holland quoted Matthew 5:48“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your father in heaven is perfect”
We can be our own enemy. As children of God we should not demean and beat up on ourselves.  Perfection is still pending! AMEN!!!

3.)  Gary E Stevenson described a total solar eclipse. He put into perspective the sun's size in comparison to the moon´s. It´s like a bike tire and a little pebble. Spiritual eclipses is when we let sin and temptation block the light of the gospel and our father in heaven. We can protect our eyes from spiritual eclipses by wearing the protective glasses of the gospel. Ways we can “wear our glasses´´ is take the sacrament and say our daily prayers. I love that.  We need to look at challenges through the lenses of the gospel. He said don't let small things in our life obstruct our vision of heaven and the future. Don't be blind by focusing on such small things. 

Those were my favorite three things from this general conference. I actually loved all of it, but these three topics called my attention the most. I´m grateful to be a missionary. I know this gospel is true and that following it brings happiness. Love you family!

-Elder Hilton

The new group of missionaries we picked up at the airport September 5th with President and Sister Bangerter



Saturday, September 30, 2017

Week 66: Believe in Miracles!!

Another week flew by! I feel like it was just P-Day a few days ago! The days go by fast when we are busy and working hard. I have some good news! Romilda, Lucas, and Luana passed their baptismal interviews and they will be baptized today (Saturday). They are a great family. They receive us very well every visit we make and they almost always have food prepared for us. We introduced them to Cevada (a drink to substitute their coffee) and now they make it for us almost every visit. Wednesday, the night of their interview, Romila had prepared cevada, Goiaba juice, a cuscuz dish, ground beef pastels, and a delicious cake. Then Friday night we brought some other members to their house and Romilda had prepared a cassava (mandioca) dish, Cevada, and another cake! Romilda, Lucas, and Luana are all ready for their baptism today.




Today I wanted to talk a little about miracles. Many people think miracles are mind-blowing occurrences that rarely happen. This week I read an article that helped me understand more about miracles. I pasted it´s URL at the bottom. By reading it, I was able to recognize the miracles in my life and in the lives of my investigators. A miracle has been defined as “a beneficial event brought about through divine power that mortals do not understand and of themselves cannot duplicate.” Christ performed many miracles in the lives of others. He taught people, blessed people, and cured many from physical ailness.
The Book of Mormon teaches that a greater miracle than physical miracles, is a mighty change of heart by a son or daughter of God (Mosiah 5:2). A change of heart, including new attitudes, priorities, and desires, is greater and more important than any miracle involving the body.

 Dallin H. Oaks said ´´the body will be resurrected in any event, but a change affecting what the scripture calls the “heart” of a spirit son or daughter of God is a change whose effect is eternal. If of the right kind, this change opens the door to the process of repentance that cleanses us to dwell in the presence of God. It introduces the perspective and priorities that lead us to make the choices that qualify us for eternal life, “the greatest of all the gifts of God” (D&C 14:7).  God wants to bless his children, and sometimes does so in ways that require the manifestation of extraordinary power. He is restrained only by their lack of faith. Thus, the absence of miracles is evidence of the lack of faith among his children, "for it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men; wherefore, if these things have ceased wo be unto the children of men, for it is because of unbelief, and all is vain" (Moro. 7:37). "For if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them" (Ether 12:12).

I learned that it is by our faith that miracles happen. If I don´t have faith that i can change or do something very difficult, clearly I won´t be able to. When I think of my investigators, I think of miracles. Romilda and her family are a living example of the principles explained by Dallin H. Oaks. ( ´´The absence of miracles is evidence of the lack of faith among his children, for it is by faith that miracles are wrought´´) . Romilda and her family have lots of faith in the promises of Christ and Heavenly Father that we taught them. It was with this type of faith that within one month they will be getting baptized. On August 24th I went on splits with Elder J. Silva (my zone leader). We were in the middle of a big staircase in the favela and all our appointments had fallen through. We prayed for orientation to know where to go and who to talk with. We asked that we would be able to find 1 good family to teach. Afterwards we found Romilda´s family as well as Joselito. Now exactly one month later on September 24th Romilda and her family will be purified by baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and Joselito has accepted a baptismal date as a goal. To me the changes they made in so little time is a miracle. I have worked with people that have difficulties with certain addictions. Some take a looong time to stop, and others never do. To me it is a miracle that Romilda, Luana, and Lucas have the faith, desire, and will to put some old habits aside and follow Jesus Christ. They began to open their ´´spiritual eyes´´ and realize their true purpose here on Earth. They are beginning to have a change of heart and see the larger picture.  These are miracles.

The article I read says, ´´Physical miracles have played an important role at various times, particularly when the Lord is reestablishing His Church after a period of darkness.
But ultimately, they are a matter of very little eternal consequence. You see, whether a person is cured of physical blindness in this life is ultimately inconsequential.
But whether spiritual blindness is healed is a matter of utmost eternal significance. Christ performed many miracles while he was here on the Earth, but the only ones that
really mattered were the Atonement and the hearts that were changed by His goodness. These true miracles are what Christ still performs today through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Other physical miracles happen too, but it is the spiritual miracles—the ones that have occurred in my life and I hope in yours—that are the hallmark of Christ’s ministry. I believe that these types of miracles
 can happen more often.´´

´´Of all the miraculous gifts of God given to his children, the one of greatest benefit is the Atonement of Jesus Christ. By powers and means not understood by mere mortals, Jesus was able to take upon himself the sins of the world and make it possible for anyone by repentance, to escape the otherwise inescapable suffering of sin and the doom of death, and thereby return to the presence of God. "For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent…which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit" (D&C 19:16, 18). ´´

The miracle of forgiveness is wonderful. I learned that physical miracles are great to experience and can surely happen in our lives, but more important than these physical changes are the spiritual changes that take place within us. When we come to appreciate the Savior´s incomprehensible feat we call the Atonement, and when we apply its healing power, we see spiritual miracles occur. These types of miracles change us and forge us into new people. They widen our vision, and define our objectives. I know that when we recognize God´s hand in our lives and feel grateful for Him, we realize how blessed we are.

While serving my mission, I have noticed that it is impossible to be perfect. I have personal weaknesses and sometimes I fail. I also know that we are given weaknesses so that we might overcome them and be stronger. I´ve had to rely on the Atonement of Christ to get through tough times. I hope that, regardless of what weaknesses we have, we may feel our nature being changed by Christ´s grace. I have felt Christ´s influence change me little by little during my own life. I look back at the last 5 years and I see how He has helped me overcome weakness after weakness. Instead of giving up on myself,  I trust in him and continue pushing forward.  This is a miracle. To me these personal miracles that take place are just as special, and have just as much impact, than any temporal or physical blessing He could give us.

I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a church of miracles. I am thankful to be serving a mission and being a special witness of God´s love for His children. I love you family!

Here is the article


https://happiness-seekers.com/2016/08/02/does-your-church-perform-miracles-a-mormon-missionarys-response/


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