Monday, January 30, 2012

Fumbling Words And Open Hearts

In addition to visiting members in eight Brazilian cities, Church leaders surveyed progress on the Manaus Temple during their visit to Brazil in January 2012. Left to right: Elder Jay E. Jensen, Elder M. Russell Ballard, and Elder Neil L. Andersen.
Hey Guys!

Thank goodness last week has ended!  haha  What a horrible week it was!  One that I hope I will never have to relive.  It started off pretty good with a special conference that we had with one of the Presidency of the Seventy, Elder Jay E. Jensen.  That was really good.  It was especially interesting because it was a conference thrown together at the last minute.  Elder Jensen had nothing prepared and that was the same case with President and Sister Martins and President Gudoy (a Seventy that’s the Area President that lives here in my mission).  He called all of them up to speak and it was whatever came to them at that moment.  It was really neat because you could tell that it was all by the spirit.  Elder Jensen was speaking in Portuguêse too.  He speaks Spanish fluently (and English obviously) but did a pretty good job with his Portuguêse.  A lot of times he threw in English and Spanish too.  I was able to understand the three languages but the Brazilians were lost when he’d speak English and sometimes with the Spanish.  But he had the funniest word mix-up ever!!!  He meant to say "e depois nos vamos abrir o tempo pelos perguntas suas" which means “and after we'll open the time up for your questions“ …  but the error he made was very simple and changed the whole meaning.  When he said it he put a "j" in the middle of "suas" therefore sayings "sujas".  That one letter changed the sentence into … "and after we'll open up the time for the dirty questions".  HAHAHAHAHA  Oh man!  Everyone erupted laughing and Elder Jensen realized what he said and had the funniest look on his face.  hahahaha  Oh, it was hilarious!!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Upcoming Transfer ... Yes Or No?

Itu, Brazil
Dear Family,

How's everyone doing?  Hopefully you’re all great!!  I’m doing good down here.  We've got transfers this week and I’ll find out today what’s going on.  I feel bad for whoever is being transferred this week, because normally you get the call Monday night and have the next day to pack, say “goodbye” to your investigators, and to members you like.  This time, we have a meeting for all the missionaries in the interior tomorrow and everyone who is being transferred is going to stay in the city that the meeting is in.  That means that the missionaries being transferred get the call tonight, and have to pack and be ready to go tomorrow morning.  It’s going to be a little crazy.  I don’t think I’ll go anywhere.  I think Elder Costa might be transferred.  I guess we'll find out tonight.

Monday, January 16, 2012

A Little Bit Of Home ... A Little Bit Of Heaven!

"Oh man!  It’s like heaven that sauce!!!"
Hey guys!!

How are you all doing?  How's the track training going Britt??  That’s awesome that you’re running!!  Make sure you drink tons of water.  Carry around a big jug like I did … it helps.  And belle … congrats on being celebrity of the week!  That’s so cool!!!  Mom … hopefully you get better soon.  Luckily, I haven’t been too sick yet.  Well, not SUPER sick.  However, even if I’m not feeling good, I still go out and teach.  Even that time I had the infection, and went two nights without sleeping, we still went out and taught.  Also, on Sundays, even if we’re sick I’m pretty sure we have to go to church.  I think if we didn’t have to, I’d still go.  What if one of our investigators went to church for the first time and we weren’t there?!  They wouldn’t know anyone there, and it would be way better if we were there for them. 

Monday, January 9, 2012

You Can't Live With "Elephants" In Your House

"Where Is The Elephant?"
Dear family!

No … I still haven’t gotten the Christmas package. I should be getting it this week. I will either get it tomorrow or on Friday.  And Belle … yes … I did get PJ’s from Santa. Elder Costa did too.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Let's Get This Black Year Started!

"Goodbye" 2011 ... "Hello" 2012
Hey!!!

Happy New year!!!  This was certainly a different New Years Eve.  I went to bed at 1030!  Elder Costa woke up when the fireworks were going off, but I just slept right through it all.  Before going home for the evening, we stopped by the house I called you guys from and his brother-in-law’s house because they were having a party with a bunch of the members.  They had a barbeque and they invited us to stop by. It was fun, but strange being at an actual party when you're a missionary.  We took off pretty early and went home.