Monday, September 26, 2011

"Hoorah For Israel" ... The Things We Love!

(Elder Henrique and Elder Fox.)

(After almost 3 months of being companions ... they are on to new adventures.)

(September 15, 2001 marked Elder Fox's "100 Days in Brazil"!)

(His family went to work getting a package together to help him celebrate.)

(A list was made of "The Top 100 Things We Love About You".)

(And each family member decided on a treat ... 100 items in each package.)

(Here's a list of what treats Elder Fox received in his "100 Days" package.)
Hey everyone!!!

Hey family what’s up?  I hope you’re all doing good back home.  Ok … so about all the exchanges this last week.  We found out Monday evening that Elder Henrique was going to Porto Feliz (Happy Port haha) which is a city in the interior.  In our mission, there’s the capital and the interior.  The capital is the big city of São Paulo and the interior is all the little cities on the inside of the state São Paulo.  When I found out he was leaving, it wasn’t too much of a shock because he had been here for a long time.  I was expecting that.  Me training and being in a trio … I was not expecting.  I was pretty nervous about that but at the same time I knew I’d have another companion with more experience so I didn’t think it would be too bad.  (Also, we were going to be in a trio because our mission had an odd number of missionaries, and so for whatever reason, we got picked to be the trio).  There was a bit of a panic too because we only have two beds in our house and two wardrobes for our clothes (houses here don’t have closets) so it was a mad scramble trying to get a way to get the new bed to our place.  We finally got it worked out to have someone bring it by on Wednesday afternoon … the same day as transfers.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Eating Lunch and "Dying" Missionaries

(Shortly after Elder Fox first arrived in his area ... this Sister was baptized.)
Hey everyone!!!!

Today is the day they let us know about transfers.  We won’t find out until we receive a phone call sometime tonight.  I’m so anxious to find out what’s going on!  From the looks of it, in my Zone, there’s going to be a lot of changes.  There are two missionaries that are "dying" this week (ending their two years) so there’s for sure two.  Chances are, if Elder Henrique leaves, I’ll stay.  I’m thinking he'll leave because he's been here for 71/2 months already!!!  So who knows … but this is going to be a big transfer.  President Martins seems to be wanting to make a lot of changes … or so the rumors go at least.  Some other people are thinking they are going to shut the area Brasilandia down because it’s not doing so good.  I really REALLY hope they don’t!  There’s a pretty good chance I’m staying in Freguesia do ó and if Brasilandia shuts down … I’ll have to be the missionary for both areas!!!  Oh, that would not be fun.  So fingers crossed it stays open.  Haha

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Trains, Lions and Pig's Hooves

(Elder Fox and other missionaries at one of his favorite places to eat ...
a Brazilian Barbecue.)
Dear Family,

How’s everyone doing?  I hope you’re all doing good.  I’m writing this now but won’t be able to send it out until Friday.  I don’t have any cash on me and all of our cards are shut down.  I guess too much money was accidentally put on them … like seriously lots … so they blocked all of our cards to get it sorted out.  They aren’t unblocking them until Friday because that’s the day our cards get recharged normally.  Luckily, we’re set on food and all.  The only problem we had was toilet paper.  We were all out and tried to buy more and couldn’t.  I won't explain how we improvised ... I'll just leave it up to your imagination.  But imagine if someone was out of food, deodorant, or soap for showers.  That would bite!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Look Back and a Look Forward

(A look back ... 10 years ago.)

And here we are now!
(This is a sticker I put all over Elder Fox & Elder Henrique's last package.)

Elder Fox and Elder Henrique made a "bet" on the outcome of the girls
USA vs Brazil soccer game.
Elder Henrique lost ... he bought the pizza and wore the flag!
Dear Family,

I was quite surprised how many people remembered 9-11 here.  Obviously, it wasn’t quite as big of a deal like it is in the States, but lots of people remembered and lots of people talked to me about it at church … in both the wards that meet in our building.  Some people didn’t really remember or just said, “Oh ya.  Today is that day huh?”  Most people were very kind.  One guy came up and started talking to me about it and called it “one of the worst days in history”.  He expressed how he wished he could go back in time and stop it.  It was nice to see how respectful most people were.  The people in Brazil are really cool.  I remember that day ten years ago too.  I was watching TV with you, Mom, when the second plane hit.  It was during the morning, before school started, when I was in 4th grade.  I remember not wanting breakfast so I could see what was going on and not wanting to go to school that day.  However, when I got there, nobody did anything all day.  Every class just watched the news.  Even during recess we were in the classroom.  Such a horrible day.  I didn’t hear about any of the planned attacks or terrorist threats this year though.  That’s crazy!  I‘m glad America was kept safe.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Walking With Family Through Eternity ... One Step At A Time!

(We love our son!)

(Enjoying Family Home Evening with a family in Sao Paulo Brazil.)

How are you doing Mom?  How’s the picking up from school going?  Haha  Do you pick up everyday or do you have a car pool going with some people?  I remember my Freshman year.  I always just bummed a ride off of someone.  I think the only time someone would pick me up was during basketball season because practice ended at the same time every day.

So how was Disneyland?  I’m sure you’ve already written me about it.  (Don’t you love getting mail two weeks later!)  Right now as I’m writing this, you guys are there having fun, and I’m down here at my desk in Brazil ... the exact perfect place for me to be right now!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Having a "Ball" With Funky Missionary Tans!

(A beautiful picture Elder Fox took of the Sao Paulo Temple.)

(A day spent with other missionaries at the Temple.)

(PS - These are some of the pictures Elder Fox was writing about ... wondering if
"a certain missionary, when he returns with honor, can or can’t go in?")

Greetings from sunny, hot and humid São Paulo!

Sounds like you guys had a fun weekend!  I would love to go to the beach!!!  Ugh!  I’m missing that so much.  Especially now that it’s getting even hotter here.  Especially in the sun!  You can go in the shade and it feels pretty nice but once you step into the sun it just kills you.  And this is winter still too!  I’ve also got some pretty sweet missionary tan lines going on right now.  haha  My arms and face are nice and tanned (well the lower part of my arm that’s not covered by my sleeve) and then half of my neck is tan and the other is white thanks to my collar.  At night when I’m in normal clothes, or when we're playing soccer, we all have really funny looking necks.

I was able to get the pictures and that looks awesome!  You can also take those things (I’m not sure if it's exactly the same or not) and put a bit of water in them and then roll down a grassy hill.  Looks like a lot of fun.  Why didn’t Brittin go in?  Do those balls have a height / weight limit so a certain missionary, when he returns with honor, can or can’t go in?  haha

Thursday, September 1, 2011

"Taste the Explosion" ... Being a Missionary is Sweet!

A "must have" treat for every foreign missionary!
Dear Family,

I know this is becoming a habit and I'm sorry, but once again I have very little time to write.  I'll try to get as much into this letter as I can but my big experiences I already told you about in my email.

In your email today, you asked how often I see my Zone Leaders and District Leaders.  I see them every Tuesday at our District Meetings.  If we do divisions, I see them then too.