Monday, February 27, 2012

Grey Slime And Escaping Worms ... Awwww ... Missionary Life!

Little T at home with his family.

Elder Fox's nick-name, since he was a little boy, has been Big T.
Named after our missionary ... here's the latest addition ... Little T.

Kassie and Peter!  You guys bought a puppy?  That’s awesome!!  Is he fun to have in your house?  Does he have any issues with your turtle?  Thanks for naming him after me!  It’s a little more cool too because he was born on December 27th, and that’s the day I was baptized!  December 27, 1999!  So he was born on the day I was born again (as the scriptures say)!

Monday, February 20, 2012

A Fisher Of Men And ... Fish!

Elder Fox at Gabriel's baptism.
Dear Family,

Hey guys!  How’s it going?  Hopefully good!  I’m really pressed on time right now so this won’t be too long of an email.  Today, for P-Day, we went fishing.  We spent the whole day out there and it took a little bit longer to get home than we had expected so I don’t have tons of time.  Fishing was fun.  We didn’t catch too much though, but I caught one of the biggest of the day!  (I’m not sure if it’s the biggest or the second biggest … they’re both the same kind of fish and we threw them both into the same bag without comparing them.  So who knows.  I told Claudio that he got the biggest … he’s insisting it was mine … so who knows.  It was way different fishing the way we did.  We used bamboo poles and they don’t have a reel on them.  You just wait for the fish to come and when you see something nibbling, you yank it.  However, you don’t pull it completely out of the water because if you pull it too hard either the hook will come flying out or the line will break.  The fish I got was more or less an accident.  haha.  Normally you wait for the floaty thing to go under the water then yank, but it always starts just bobbing up and down.  Well mine was doing neither.  It just bobbed once but I figured, “Oh, why not check to see if there’s still a maggot on the line.”  I gave it a yank and … I got one!  Then the fight began.  Without a reel you just have to fight with the fish until it gets tired.  Then you can pull it closer and then out.  I got it out of the water, and not having fished since I was little, I had no idea what I was supposed to do. I went over to Claudio for help.  I went to grab it and it open up it’s fins on my hand and cut me.  I wasn’t expecting that.  But, ya, it was a fun day today.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Throwing Away Trash and Missionary Work ... A Good Pair

Itu, Brazil
Hey Guys!

What’s going on with you all?

Peter … PARABEMS!!!!!!!!!  FELIZ ANIVERSARIO!!!!!!  Happy birthday Bro!  I hope it’s a good one!  What do you have planned for it?  Or seeing as it will have already passed when you get back to me, what did you do for it?

I’m doing good down here.  The rains are starting back up again.  We had a bit of sun, but the clouds rolled in and it’s supposed to rain this whole entire week.  On the plus side … it’s not as hot during these days of just rain, so the nights are a lot more pleasant.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Beating The Heat With The Bugs

Sleeping companions ... but at least we beat the heat!
Hey guys!!

So how are you all doing?  I’m doing great, but dying from the heat right now!  It’s ridiculously hot, and really humid.  The other day we were up in the hundreds and with the tons of humidity … it’s rough!  The worst part is the lack of air-conditioning.  Our house gets sooo hot!  Some people’s houses actually aren’t too bad, but ours gets like a brick oven.  That’s the worst part.  You’re walking around all day in the hot sun and finally get inside of someone’s house and … it’s still hot!  haha  It gets really nice at night time, but only outside of our house.  Our house continues to be hot throughout the night even with the fans blowing and windows open.  It’s strange how it doesn’t cool down inside when it does outside.  I can’t sleep without a blanket on, so that makes it even harder.  I’ve been using my bed sheet that everyone wrote on as a blanket.  Sleeping on the hammock makes it nicer as far as temperatures go, but it’s hard to get a good nights sleep on a hammock.  Maybe one day I’ll get used to it.  There’s some people, from the north, that can’t sleep in a bed.  They need a hammock.  There are some members here that had family come down to visit them from the north and one of the little boys couldn’t sleep so in the middle of the night they called up one of our investigators, David that was baptized recently, and had him come over and drill the hammock hooks into the walls.  Anyways … last night, to avoid the heat of our house, we decided to have a campout.  However, with all the different freaky looking bugs out here, and those huge Leaf Cutter Ants that cut your skin when they bite you (which we happen to have a lot of outside of our house), we didn’t feel like sleeping on the ground.  So, we took our beds outside … frame and everything.  It was great!  The weather was perfect.  Not too hot and not too cold.  The stars were really pretty too.  I‘ve never seen the night time sky like this before.  You don’t see a lot of stars in Las Vegas.  And the moon was way bright too!