Called to Serve

January 13, 2010 - January 13, 2012

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August 31, 2011

So my comp is gone.  It was so fast.  Now I'm here with Elder Smith from Colorado, he got here today.  He too is the man.  I was his first Zone Leader when he got to Brazil and now he's my companion.  It's gonna be great because he, like Elder Brown, has never heard the words 'Slow down' and only knows how to teach and baptise.  The Lord is like really trying to kick my trash these days.  But its what I wanted and asked for.

We baptized two people this weekend.  We have 2 more here in two weeks that we have to prepare, we have to learn the area together because its huge and I know nothing.  Its usually in these situations that you recognize how much the Lord is really involved.  We've seen a lot of tender mercies and really seen how we are literally used as tools in the Lords hands.  That is my favorite feeling.  I had written down a bunch that I wanted to share but left my old planner at home.  They are all awesome.  I remember one time we prayed to find new people to teach that wanted to really learn and progress, then not even 10 seconds later a car came to a brake melting halt right next to us and the girl inside asked if we were Mormons and where and when the church was.  Then she went the next week and now we are teaching her.  Another time we went looking for an address but it didn't exist and we were just standing in the road looking at each other wondering what to do, then a kid on a motorcycle stopped right in front of us.  It was a guy we taught in the street that works as a delivery boy.  He stopped and told us that he read the Book of Mormon and felt really good.  And we taught him a lesson right there and then he drove away.  Coincidence?  i think not.  There are so many others too!  It's so awesome!  One time we knocked on an investigators door but she was alone and we couldn't go in, but then a member came walking around the corner at that instant and we asked her if she could enter with us and she did.  She said she almost never takes that route to her house but that day she just felt like it. 

Another thing I've been able to see is that the Lord uses us to reach all of his children that need him.  We were walking the other day and we just started talking to a man beside us, Getulio, we found out that he was a College Professor of Theology, and that he was paid by the Brazilian Government to study in the united states to introduce a post doctorate program into Brazilian education.  He speaks fluent English, Portuguese, Spanish and Hebrew (at least).  Plays and writes many types of music on many instruments.  And he is Catholic but said that he is aware of many of the faults in his own religion.  He had heard of the Book of Mormon but never received a copy.  We had the opportunity to teach him and testify of it's truthfulness.  Later that same night, because of many other unseen delays and cancellations we found ourselves on a street corner next to a drugstore.  There we met David.  David was kicked out of school before learning how to read.  Is 21 years old and addicted to drugs and alcohol, and earned what he could shining shoes.  He recognised us as representatives of Christ, and asked us for help.  We talked with him about the love the Lord has for him and about his potential as a son of God. We gave him our number a bag of cookies that we bought. 

To the Lord there is on difference between Getulio and David.  They both needed him that night and we had the opportunity to be the ones to help them.

My time is up, but I love you guys, if this letter doesn't make sense it's because I wrote it flying!
Elder Romm

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

August 10th, 2011

Hey family!

Sorry but I only have about 8 minutes today so I'll be really brief. 

My week was awesome.  Our zone is getting way better and we are having seeing more results and the other missionaries are seeing miracles as well and that is the best part.  We have been teaching the first lesson to anything that moves and it has been awesome.  Everyone is learning about the restoration of the Gospel whether they want to or not.  We have taught some members as well lately and the spirit has been so strong.  I really know that Christ lives and that ever since the beginning of the Earth God has called prophets and revealed to man how to be happy and that this knowledge was restored by the prophet Joseph Smith!  We have been able to see how this little bit of information can really change someones life.  I have some pictures that i wanted to send you guys but my little connector deal went belly up again and i don't know how to revive him. 

I think one thing that i have learned in this last week is that the Plan of Salvation gives us the right perspective to be happy.  I learned that the trials and endless challenges are part of the game and after this 'light affliction that lasts for only a moment' even thou it seems heavy at the time will lead us to where we want to go.

I love you guys, have a great week!  Remember to read your scriptures!

Elder Romm

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August 3, 2011


Yea I'm still a ZL.  I personally think that Pres. put me with Elder Brown in hopes that all his knowledge and work ethic doesn't end when he dies.  Its a bit of pressure but I'm down. 

We have been playin basketball lately on wed. mornings.  Today was the second time we went, and it was pretty fun.  I don't know if this rim is regulation but the two hand slam is still happenin.  At least two times...then it dies as my legs lose all force.

This last week went by so fast.  We baptised again, that was sweet.  But it rained a bunch and the rain makes missionary work complicated.  People don't usually like to stop and talk to us.  It was pretty funny though because my companion has zero shame and talks to whatever moves which usually ends of bringing about some funny stories and awesome experiences.  We started talking to this drunk guy with a huge back pack then all of a sudden the cops came swooping in and took his butt to the ground out of no where.  I just put my hands up and started walking away.  My whole life flashed before my eyes.  I think we helped bust a drug dealer that day.

I hope Jess is leaving some fish in the water for me.  That was a nice walleye, but I think that mine was bigger....yep, ya it was.

How is Brad doin?  I haven't heard from him in a while.  Is he gettin stoked for the mission?  I'm getting pretty excited for him. 

Well I love you guys, have a great week and be happy!

Elder Romm