Mission: Brazil Joao Pessoa
Entered the MTC on: December 15, 2010
Release Date: December 2012

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Letter from October 17th, 2011

This week was good. On Saturday I officially hit my 10 month mark in the mission. I am officially in the double digits. This coming week will be transfers.  I am really hoping that I will stay here in this area. I'm liking it a lot here and there is a lot of work here that has to be done. And now that I know where mostly everything is makes it a little bit easlier. I don't want to have to learn where everything is again. But, I think that both me and my companion will stay here, but you never know - sometimes President does some pretty crazy things with transfers.
This past Wednesday was a holiday here in Brazil.  It was Children's Day (ha ha). The Church put together a way cool activity and everything with food and games. So we went there to eat lunch with everyone. They ended up renting a trampoline for the kids to jump on and everything. So, I got there and I just wanted to jump on the trampoline so bad.  So, I  waited for all of the little kids to get off and they said that I could get in.  It was awesome!!  It's been so long since I have jumped on a tramp. It was funny because the whole Church was there watching me and cheering (ha ha).  I did a couple of back flips and front flips and some aerials for them.  It was cool, and my comp took a sweet pic.
Yesterday the bishop asked me to give a talk, so I had to give a talk in sacrament meeting. Here in this area I have 2 chances to give talks.  Maybe I can dodge a bullet and not have to talk in the first meeting, but only in the second. I thought it went pretty well.  I talked about enduring till the end and some things that help us endure like daily scripture study and prayer and going to church every Sunday. I don't know if anyone was paying attention, but I thought it went well. We had a couple of our investigators that went to Church, so we will see if we can get a couple of people "dunked" this week. But, things are going really well. The only thing that's rough is the heat, but I am pretty much used to it now. It's just my face that will always be red (ha ha).  I hope that all is good and well with all of you and that you have a great week.  Much love. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Letter from October 3rd, 2011

This week was pretty good. With Conference and all it took a lot of our time to work and everything, but we still had a baptism which was cool. We watched Conference and heard the words of the prophets and then had a baptism - doesn't get much more spiritual than that. Conference was way awesome, but a little different than normal. It was a little strange not to hear their real voices.  I'm used to being able to tell who is talking just by their voice, but here they just translate it live, so it's Brazilians talking. It was funny because before every talk there was a couple of seconds that you can hear them talking in English and then they start to translate it into Portuguese. So, I was trying to translate that little part into Portuguese before the translators said it.  It was pretty funny.

Things are going prettty good here. I didn't even realize how big my area is until this week. I knew it was big, but I had no idea that it was THAT BIG.   It's big enough to have at least 8 more missionaries here, but noooooo.  It's just us 2,  but we are making it happen.   If everything works out, we should be having a baptism this week as well.  

The only bad thing is that it's starting to get REALLY hot here, which is starting to suck. Everyone is always asking me if I use sunscreen, because my face is so red (haha). They don't know that's how I always look.  I hope everyone has a great week!