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

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Letter from November 28th, 2011

This week was really good. We had a surprise meeting on  Thursday and Pres. and Sister Hall came to our Zone and talked to us and gave us a training and everything.  The Assistants to the President were there as well and both gave really good trainings as well.
Thanksgiving here doesn't have the same meaning - it was just another day in the mission, with bread and sausage for dinner. A real feast, I know (ha ha).  The more part of our week was spent teaching a lot of people which was great.  We also got a lot of help from the members this week.  We had a couple of baptisms on Sunday, too.  It's been a while since we last baptized, but we baptized 4 young men which was awesome!!
These kids are really funny and we always have a good time with them. They are all really firm in the Church too, so that was really awesome.
Today was P-day, and we had P-day with our whole Zone which was great. We all went to a Chapel in Natal(which means Christmas ha ha) and we played soccer and volleyball.  It was super fun!!  It was pretty hot and everyone was just sweating like crazy, but it was a lot of fun.  Then afterwards we went to a restaurant and ate to finish it off.  It was a whole lot of fun. I hope everything goes well with the wedding and all. Tell Kim that I will be there in spirit.   Have a great week!!

Letter from November 14th and November 21st, 2011


This week was pretty good.   I took the birthday money and I bought myself some things. I ended up buying ice cream that was 17 reias (over 10 American $$'s), but it was way delicious!!  I bought some Adidas shorts because now I only had my Under Armour shorts. I also had a member buy me Our Search for Happiness, Our Legacy and True to the Faith, but I bought them all in Port.  But, that's about it .  Birthday's in the mish are a little different.  It was a pretty normal day, just that the other Elders made a cake and sang to me and we ate ice cream which was cool.   Then we had pizza for dinner which was delicious. But, it was pretty cool.  I am no longer a teenager anymore.  I'm starting to get old!
Things are going pretty good here.  It's still as hot as ever, but we have been getting a little bit of rain, which reminds me - I have a mission for you.  I need you to try and find an umbrella that is really sturdy (because of the wind) and that is compact.  All of the umbrellas here are a bunch of crap!  But, I am needing one because of all the rain, and I don't like to get wet.  So, if you could get me one and send it in the next package, I would greatly  appreciate it.  Other than that, it's just the same ol' same ol' - working hard and doin' work!
One funny thing from this week was Elder Jensen - he came to me one night and said "I'll let you tickle my feet for 10 minutes and if I don't pee my pants or tell you to stop, then you have to give me 5 reias".  So, I was like "you're on".  (Elder Jensen's feet are super ticklish).  So, we did it (ha ha).  I think he lasted like 5 min and then told us to stop.  But, it was hillarious!!  He was like screaming and squirming - it was so funny.  I was laughing my head off.
One other story - there was one day we were walking in the street and this big ol' tree got taken by the wind and almost hit us.  We were all screaming and and running away from this tree.  It was hillarious. But, that's about it.  I hope that all is well.  I will talk to you again in a week.  Much love!!


Things have really been improving in our area. A new convert introduced us to a young man who is really interested in the Church and in finding him, we also found his litttle brother who has been going to Church with the Bishop's son.  AND in finding them, we also found alot of other young kids who are their friends.  All of them went and visited the Church yesterday and they liked it a lot, so that is way awesome.  It's really an eye- opener on references.  We have just been trying to find people to teach with our own work and everything, but it hasn't been working out very well.  All of a sudden we get some references from some members and everything changes in the blink of an eye.  This week I think was probably one of the best weeks that I have had in a long time. We really had a lot of success this week.  So I am truly grateful that things are finally starting to get better. Really makes me sad that I never helped the missionaries before the mission with references.  Who knows how things would have worked out??  But, at the same time, it makes me super happy to hear that you guys are helping the missionaries there in Heber with Rebecca.   I don't know if you realize how awesome it is as a missionary to have a family that gives a reference and then offers their home as a place to teach and you already have a friend in the Church as well.  This is really the ideal situation as a missionary. So, that makes me really happy that you guys are helping them.
About Thanksgiving - that pretty much doesn't exist here. It's more of a Holiday there in the states.   But, I live with 4 Americans, so maybe we will get together and have a nice meal of ramen noodles or something like that (ha ha - just kidding) But, we will see.
Other than that, it's going good. Heavenly Father has really been blessing me a lot lately, of which I am truly grateful!!  I hope that you have a great week and that all goes well.  Much love!!