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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Week 61: Dreams and Discipleship

  Last Sunday after church we knocked on a few doors in an area that we had never worked in before. Our 3rd contact we entered into a house to teach. A couple lives there. Paula and Josemar. They were both sincere and honest people.  She is also a lawyer. Josemar is a life-guard who also works in private clubs. One he works at is a private Yacht club. Pretty fancy! He has saved many lives doing his job and he tells us he enjoys it. We taught them the Restoration clearly and simply, but boldly. Even though they couldn´t mark a next visit because of their work schedule, they agreed to pray about what we taught. They are a good couple and I hope they receive an answer. After we taught them we went home. We ran into a few drunk people on the way like normal, and they said crazy things to us.

   Monday I worked on buying a plane ticket for Sister Martins going back home to Denver Colorado. I also worked on reserving a hotel and a car rental for Elder and Sister Briggs.
At lunch time we went to the mall to buy some office material and we also ate lunch there. We ate at a place called Pasta Fast. It was a R$25.99 all-you-can-eat pizza and pasta place. I ate a lot. I was dying of thirst because i didn´t buy any drinks. It would´ve been too expensive.

   In our area we taught João (coxinha guy) and his wife Priscila. They lesson went well, but João didn´t seem to understand it.
   Later we returned to the office at night so Elder Jenkins could keep working on the Mission History ( a project that President is having him do). Because of this project I got behind in putting the baptism papers in the church system because Elder Jenkins was always using my computer.
    On Tuesday we taught Manoela about the Sabbath Day. All our other appointments fell through.
   Wednesday we had district meeting in the morning and the rest of the day Elder Jenkins and I worked in the office. Around 3:00 we went to the paper store and picked up the 2,000 envelopes that we bought for President. Then I called Valmir (a member) to have him leave to work in our area with Elder Costa e Silva so Elder Jenkins and I could stay and work in the office.  Around 8:00 pm we ordered a big pizza from São Paulo Pizzaria (the stuffed cheese one). It was half Portuguesa and half Baiana. DELICIOUS!! We ate it then left to try to follow up on Paula and Josemar. We only found Josemar and he was leaving. He is always busy and told us that he didnt read the pamphlet we left him. He said his wife probably did, so we are hoping that one day we will be able to follow up with his wife. Then we went home and did exercises!

   Thursday morning we woke up at 6 am and went running. All of us went (Me, Elder Jenkins, Elder Costa e Silva, Elder Lima, Elder Da Silva, and Elder Nascimento). We ran along the coast to Amaralina and returned to a small outdoor workout spot that has pull-up bars. We did a few exercises then went home. At the office Elder Jenkins finished Mission History. Finally, since he was finished I could work on that computer to enter in all the baptisms that i was behind on. We pretty much stayed in the office all day and all night doing this.  We sand some karaoke for a while after we finished too. haha. Then Elder Jenkins and I dropped off Elder Costa e Silva and we went to McDonalds. After we ate we went to Walmart and I bought milk and bananas. It was a great day. We didnt teach a single lesson, but we got a lot of stuff done that was needing to get done. It was fun being with Elder Jenkins. He stayed with us for exactly a week and he left Friday morning. I had a good time with him and i learned some things from him.

   Friday it took longer to leave to office. I had a JOIN training meeting online that i watched, then I sent a special cellphone report to President Bangerter. At night we taught Vitor Hugo the Plan of Salvation. He liked it and had good questions. He understood the message and our purpose of teaching him. He even admitted that he just needs to read and pray more to find out for himself. Then we visited a lady whose dad has been in the hospital for a while.

   Saturday morning, I woke up late, but it was p-day so I chose to sleep in. I had an interesting dream too. I  dreamed that I was on the shore of a lake . I don´t remember if it was lake Lowell or Lake Cascade in Donnelly. . But I was there on the shore and Jesus Christ was in the water about waist deep. There was a tree in the water that appeared to be dry. Christ was out in the lake next to this tree watering it and taking good care of it. I was on the shore watching him. Then he drew his attention from the tree and looked at me. He began to wade his way back in to the shore and talked with me. All I can remember was him saying that He loves me. He expressed His love for me and I was shedding joyful tears. Then, still dreaming, I woke up and wrote down everything that happened in my dream. Then, in real life, I really woke up and thought that I had already written the dream down. I soon realized that I had only dreamed that I wrote it so I got up and wrote about the dream. I don´t know the meaning or significance of it. It might not be super important. But i believe everything happens for a reason. Maybe there is more to come in future dreams that will clarify this one. I dont know. I think the water represents the true restored gospel. I thought about what the rest of my dream could possibly mean. I think the dry tree in the water represents someone who lives in and is surrounded by the gospel, but isn´t fully benefiting from it. It´s not ´´absorbing the water and being fully nourished. That person is living below his privileges. Maybe it could be a person who grew up in the church and is surrounded by the water (the gospel), but is still dry and weak because he or she hasn´t completely accepted the water and become fully converted. I think Christ was in my dream to show that He still personally ministers to each of us and helps us ONE BY ONE. He loves us ONE BY ONE. He is concerned for us and will still nourish us even when we are surrounded in water. When we are dry and struggling he will take care of us. That was my interpretation of the dream I had. I hope that I have more dreams like these that widen my mind and inspire me to be better. Last Christmas at the Christmas Conference he gave a training called Intelligent dreams. He told that that it´s not a bad idea to sleep with a pad of paper and a pencil by our beds, so when we have dreams we can write them down and not forget them. I have been following this and it´s always exciting when I have an ´´intelligent dream´´ .  This is a church of revelation. Revelations can be given in many forms, and I believe that dreams is one.
   I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is God´s church re-established here on the Earth. I find lots of comfort in knowing that we have a living prophet that leads and guides us, 12 apostles as special testimonies of Jesus Christ,  and God´s authority on the Earth today, all in the same way when Christ lived on the Earth. This I don't know who reads these emails on this blog. The majority are probably already members of this church. For those who aren´t members of  the church, I personally invite you prepare yourselves to become disciples. There are no greater blessings waiting for you than here in Christ´s church. He wants you and needs you to be a part of His work and glory. Ask the missionaries or your friends who are members. They can help you! The happiness of being a member of Christ´s church is indescribable. You will see your life positively change. As you learn about the commandments and keep them you will see how God truly does bless families and how he keeps his promises. All these things come at the cost of your own desire. You have to desire to follow Christ and commit to Him. This is His church and He leads and guides it. He invites everyone to follow Him. As a representative of Jesus Christ, I do the same thing. I invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.
This is a scripture that always reminds me of me purpose:
13 Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been acalled of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life

I am a disciple of Christ and I am here to help others become disciples too. I´m grateful for my calling. I know Christ lives and will return. I love my family. I know that families can be eternal, and that´s how they are through God´s plan. I know that God is preparing the Earth for His son´s second coming and this life is our time to prepare.

Elder Hilton

Week 60: Searching for the Elect of God

Hello everyone!

This week started off quick! We spent all day Monday and Tuesday preparing the mission for the Mission council. We weren´t even able to leave to work in our area. We bought all the bus passes for for all the zone leaders and for the Sister Leader Trainers to come to Salvador. We neatly organized all the material to be distributed to each of the 7 zones. Normally Mission Councils are on Tuesday, but Tuesday President Bangerter´s youngest son Steven left for his mission to Porto Alegre. They had to get him ready and sent him off in the airport to the São Paulo MTC so they pushed back the Mission Council to Wednesday. The trainings and goals we made as leaders of the mission were really good and we all felt ´´on fire´´ to work.

Starting Thursday night Elder Jenkins was with us. He was President´s assistant for a really long time and he was finally ´´released´´. A new one was called (Elder Castlemain) and Elder Jenkins is now the traveling assistant.  He will get to leave Salvador and travel around the mission, helping/training other elders in all the areas. Actually, Elder Jenkins will stay with us here in our area until he gets a special project done that President is having him do. So until he is finished he will be with us. It has been a great time working with him. Elder Jenkins is a great missionary and teaches very well. We learned a lot from him and he gave us lots of helpful tips that we plan on applying to our work.

Saturday (p-day):
We actually did something on our p-day other than just hangout here at the office and work. On Friday I had Sister Bangerter reserve the tennis court at the mission home. Their apartment complex/building is really nice. We woke up at 5:30 am, went up to president´s house on the 6th floor to pick up the tennis stuff, and we got on the courts around 6:40. We played until 8:00 am and had to stop because there were other people that had it reserved at 8:00.  I played tennis with Elder Jenkins while President and Elder Costa e Silva left and played Frisbee golf around the neighborhood. Then we went back up to president´s apartment and visited him and straightened a few things out because he would be flying out to another city in the mission to start his zone conference tour.

After a whole year and 2 months without touching a tennis racquet, I had never felt so happy to be on a court! 

   When we got home we took showers and went to an appointment at 10:00 am that we had marked with an investigator, but it fell through. So we called Eddy (our taxi man) and went straight to the mall to buy some cellphone chips and buy a new cellphone for my companion. Then we took a taxi (with Eddy, always eddy) straight to lunch. 

Then we met up with the other assistants at zoo and strolled around there for a while. We took some fun pictures there at the zoo and some other places in the area. Then we walked back to the office, finished up some things, and went to our area to work.

On Sunday we walked to Manoela and Fernanda´s house to pick them up for church. We arrived and they didnt answer the door, so we rushed back to the church because we were late. Diego and his wife came to church. Later that day Diego called us and invited us over for a special dinner. Of course we accepted and we went at 8:00 pm. They made us chicken alfredo lasagna. It was delicious! The week ended on a high note. You can´t go wrong with a good plate of lasaga!

This week I read a great quote that I would like to share. It goes like this.

 “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”
That quote reminds me everyday to set smart, reasonable goals. Goals that will stretch us and challenge us are good for us. They push us to work hard and accomplish them. To me the harder you work for something the greater you´ll feel when you achieve it. I also really like the quote that says, ´´ What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. ´´ What we get isn´t as important as what we become. That is why we need to set focused goals that will improve us. Goals inspire us to become better individuals. I have learned that comparing ourselves to others doesn´t get us anywhere. We won´t be distracted by comparison if we are captivated with purpose. Each of us have divine potential and purpose given to us by God. To help me remember all these things I have the wallpaper on my computer set to a picture quote from President Thomas S. Monson that I see everyday. It says this: ´´Remember who you are and what god expects you to become.  I know that remembering who we are will help us make smart goals. When we have an eternal vision of things we will be more aware of our daily decisions and we will make focused goals. These are some things I have learned this week. I´m grateful for the opportunity I have to serve a mission. I´m learning a lot and I love it. I love all you guys for supporting me.

 Have a great week

-Elder Hilton

This is a very beautful place in my area. I love walking by the beach every day hearing the waves crash on the beach and on the rocks. It kills me that we can´t go in and swim in it! I love my area!

Walking to president´s house, in his house looking out at the view! 

We were in Eddy´s taxi driving to the mall to do cellphone business and we found the AMAZING SPIDERMAN!!  He looks just like the movies!  He was just walkin´ casually through the big roads giving people thumbs up. The dude must´ve lost a bet. haha

Thursday, August 3, 2017

week 59: BUSY BUSY BUSY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi guys!!!!
  How was your week ?! It was quite a crazy one here. We had a crazy transfer. A lot of running around town between the office, mission home, bus station, airport, etc.Total we had 16 missionaries go home this transfer and only 5 arrived. That means we lost 11 missionaries. Sadly President Bangerter had to close some areas. Now we have leadership council next week on Tuesday then Zone meetings on Wednesday . President has been very concerned to help the missionaries learn how to plan and how to work better. This week I did what I love most about all the secretarial work: picking up the new missionaries at the airport. It inspires me and reminds me of the faith I have to raise and cultivate every day. It was also strange because I saw many elders going home after finishing the mission. All these missionaries are people that have been around me since i arrived , it was strange, but I'm very happy for them.

  The work slowed down a bit this week due to the transfers and the days that we could not go to the area to work. It has been difficult to follow up with our investigators. Finding them has been too complicated, but nothing is impossible. Tonight we have an activity night and I have faith that the people we invited will show up will. We invited some people, investigators, and members, so now we just wait and see who will show up.

Elder High, my buddy was transferred to Vitória da Conquista. He is happy and I am also haha.

 Elder Costa e Silva, my great friend, is fantastic and a wonderful companion, I can not say how grateful I am to have the opportunity to be his companion, together we are seeking the elect, we are seeking to improve our faith, teaching, and also work in the Office, we are trying to make everything more efficient, we started the transfer well and we know we can improve and have many baptisms, only if we look for and give our best every day. We are helping each other a lot and I am learning a lot about how I should be, how to act and how to believe.

   These last days have been a lesson of faith for me, I have learned a great deal about trusting in God and seeking to be the best every day. Everyone knows that sometimes I am a perfectionist and when I can not get something I want, I disappoint myself. Something I realized is that I need to increase my faith in Christ, especially in acting, acting in faith, for faith without works is dead, works without faith are also dead. I have to trust in the Lord and be able to accept, understand and trust in His ways. Earlier today I also watched Emma Smith's film, and a phrase that touched me a lot is: "Strength is not something we have, but something that God gives us."This principle is with all things, God gives us according to the desires of our hearts and what has been my desire? What have I been looking for? Have I trusted God enough? Have I had faith? Faith is the driving force of all things and rules the heavenly powers, nothing works without faith, not even the priesthood itself functions without faith! God has so much power because he has faith, faith in his works, in his plan and also in himself and in his Son.

   The heavenly powers will come upon us only if we have faith and if we are more and more righteousness. And how can we grow in righteousness? Keeping the commandments, repenting of our mistakes, loving and serving our neighbor, taking the sacrament every Sunday, going to the temple every week (when possible), praying for people and walking always remembering Christ and not making room for sin, but only for the atonement of Jesus Christ.

   I discovered for myself that to be the best missionary, and the best person in the world is just doing what I can one day at a time, step by step, with faith at every step. The question I ask is: How can I be the best missionary today? What do I need to do today to be the best missionary? The same question applies to each of us. How can I be the best child of God today? How can I be an instrument in God's hands today? We must also always consider that each of these questions must be integrated with faith to act, to allow God to use you, and also to allow him to send his powers as the fruit of his faith. With faith we can do all that is convenient for God. If it were convenient for Him, the Israelites would have crossed the red sea by walking on the water, but God saw fit to open the sea; Perhaps because not everyone present had such faith, or simply to show the glory of His power.

   The conclusion is: I can do all things through him who strengthens me, but I can do all things only if I have faith to act, to accept, to understand and to follow whatever is His will and convenience, but I know that God will grant the righteous desires of my heart if I go straight and have faith at every step, to follow him wherever he leads me, doing my part with extraordinary faith and always praying to God

   Well, these were the precious things I learned, how was your week? What can you tell me? How are things with you all? I want to know!!!!

These are the new missionaries that arrived on Tuesday in the airport. I had to stay back and watch their luggage while they took pictures, so i went ahead and snapped a few from behind, haha. Then we took them to the mission home for their day of training.

Bye to my buddy Elder Opfar. He was transferred to Valença! These squished taxi rides just keep getting more and more normal.

Elder Vieira wanted me to play the claw game so he paid for me. I had luck and won my first round! We gave the prize to this little girl

Dropping off Elder Cruz ( from Honduras)  and Elder Pina (from Cape Verde). President usually takes returning missionaries to the airport, but because of his schedule, he had us take these two to the airport. We sent off these two and President sent the other 6 the next day. Also there is THE BEST TAXI MAN in all of Bahia, Eddy Carlos!!