Monday, March 26, 2012

A Week Of Miracles

Hey guys!!

Sounds like you guys had a fun week this last week!  Except for Brittin and her little eye accident.  Glad to hear Dad had a good birthday, and I’m also glad to hear that the next “Hunger Games” movie won’t come out until November 2013 because I’ll be home so I can watch it!!!  What kind of spikes did you get Britt?  Ya … you feel so much lighter in track spikes!  Sometimes it feels like you don’t even have any shoes on.  When’s your next race?  Hey Nana and Sandy … how are you doing?

So this week was such an amazing week.  Thank you all for remembering us in your prayers.  I’ll start off the

Monday, March 19, 2012

Hard Work, Faith and Prayers ... We Can Do It!

(Itu, Brazil)

Hey guys!!
So I don’t know if dad got my “knock knock” joke I sent to him.  That was the first thing I did when I got on, so hopefully he replies soon.  If not, I’ll say it anyways … “Happy Birthday Dad!!!!  I got a birthday present for you, but I still have it here.  Just know that you’ll get it one day.  Haha”

Sounds like you guys had a good week!  Britt … congrats on the race!!  Keep working hard, and doing what the coaches say, and you’ll be taking first in no time.  Also, work on your hands in the start blocks like I mentioned in the other email.  It takes strength on your fingers, so at home practice that.  Practice putting weight on your thumb and front two fingers.  It’ll help a lot.

Monday, March 12, 2012

"Goodbye" and "Hello" ... It's Transfer Time

Saying "Goodbye" to Elder Costa ... and "Hello" to Elder J. Almeida

Alright … so transfers happened last week.  Elder Costa got transferred and I stayed here.  He went back to São Paulo.  It wasn’t too hard saying “Goodbye” to him.  I knew one of us was going so it was no surprise.  Right before I got back on the bus to head off to the interior, he went and gave me a huge hug and thanked me for the time together.  So that was nice and was probably the saddest part in leaving him, but it wasn’t too horrible.  My new companion is Elder J. Almeida … another Brazilian.  He’s from the city Ribeira Do Pombal, in the state Bahia.  He’s a cool guy.  He‘s really chill and really new.  Elder J. Almeida has only been on his mission for 3 months so he’s kind of quiet, which means that I end up doing a lot of the talking during our visits and answer lots of the questions when people ask.  It’s good because I’ve really grown a lot in this last week as far as teaching and other stuff goes.  Out of all my companions he is the most different from me as far as personality and interests go.  He is really serious … where as, I like to have fun when the situation is appropriate.  Like the other day we went to a member’s house that invited us over for cake so they could get to know him.  The majority of the time he just sat there reading scriptures.  But he likes to work and doesn’t complain that I’m working him to death.  His only other companion in the field was a little bit of a slacker.  Now he’s here working hard.  But he likes to work so it’s great!!  He’s always ready to teach and talk to anyone, no matter how tired he is.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Seeing The Work Pay Off

Photo taken at the Christmas Conference for the Missionaries in the Interior.
Hey guys!!!

So this is the week of transfers but ... no call yet.  I’m almost positive what’ll happen.  Elder Costa will leave and I’ll stay.  I just want to know who my new companion will be.  Elder Costa yesterday, was already saying goodbye to some people and taking photos and stuff.  It’ll be really funny if I’m transferred and he stays.  I’ll see if I can get you guys an update later on in the day on what happens.