Monday, December 24, 2012

"Merry 'Sweaty' Christmas Eve!"

(Elder Fox with Daiane and his painting.)

(Elder Fox at Daiane's baptism.)

Tomorrows the day!!!!  Man … it doesn’t feel like Christmas Eve at all!!  That’s a good thing because I’m not getting home sick!  I’m sure if it was "Christmassy" here, I’d probably catch a bad case of homesickness.  Anyway, I’ll probably call around 10ish … your time.  I’ve got everything set up already.  We’re going to call from an investigator’s/member’s house.  I’ll use her laptop and she tested the Skype out yesterday.  Everything’s all set up.

Monday, December 17, 2012

"Ob-la-di Ob-la-da Life Goes On" ... & So Does Missionary Work

"Merry Christmas everyone back home!"

Dear Family

So it’s not so hot anymore here!! The temperature is actually pretty nice. Why? Because it’s been raining non-stop for the past couple of days. haha I got lucky, because it’s been a while since there was a good rain storm. We were just having summer rains, where it would be sunny, then out of no where coming pouring down and then clear out. So we were always able to duck under cover or would just stay a little longer in someone’s house and wait for the rain to pass. The lucky part was that I had left my umbrella in my last area and hadn’t gotten it back yet. I asked the Elders in Trujillo to bring the umbrella to a Zone Conference that we had. They brought it to me and then a little after was when the rains came in. The first day it came out of no where! It was a clear day and then some clouds came in really fast and it started pouring!! Like you guys have seriously never seen a rain storm, cause what we get back home is nothing compared to this. Thankfully we were under cover when it started. A little while later I got a call from an Elder in Trujillo and the first thing he said is, “Hey ... Elder fox?” I said, “Yes.”  He responded, “I HATE YOU!!!!!!! You just had to get the umbrella back now.”  haha  They were using my umbrella before, and neither of them had one, and so they were getting plastered by the rain.  So lucky me for getting it back right before the storms came in and this non-stop rain for the last couple of days.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Good News or Bad News ... You Decide!

(Elder Fox in Sorocaba.)
Dear Family!

Hey guys!!  So I’m not sure how the temperature is back home … but I’m stinking dying!!!  It’s so dang hot out!  It’s hot AND really humid too!  The worst part is that in this city, wind doesn’t exist.  Sometimes I don’t want to stop walking because at least while I’m walking, there’s a little bit of wind generated from me moving about.  haha  I guess you can consider this heat a blessing at times though.  It’s a good reason for people to let you in their houses.  Just the other day, we contacted someone that was way cool and he gave us his address.  It was a way hot day and where he lived was very far.  We set off to teach him undaunted by the heat wave we were in the midst of.  We got to his street and … the address he gave us … didn’t exist.  We decided to knock on a door with a number close to the one he gave us.  We did that and an older lady came out.  We asked if the guy lived there she said, “No.”  Then we asked her if there was someone with that name on the street.  She informed us that there wasn’t.  She was kind of abrupt with us and didn’t seem to open to us either.  I really felt strongly about leaving her a message but her defenses were up.  Should I talk to her about the Plan of Salvation?  Restoration?  Nothing seemed to fit.  So I just thought, “Tell her what happened today.“  And that’s what I did.  I said, “Serious … he doesn’t live here or on this street?!  We talked to him the other day and he told us to come here, but he gave us a false address.  We prepared a message for him and came really far … underneath this sun and in this heat … to share this message with him.  Now I don’t want to make a waste of this trip so do you think you could give us some water and let us share the message with you?”  She looked at us, her demeanor softened, and she said, “Wow!  I can’t believe he lied to you two.  You’re two respectable, kind, young men.  Of course I’ll give you some water and listen for a bit.”  It was really cool.  She was super nice.  I guess it pays off to just tell it like it is.  haha  So while we drank our water … we were able to share a message with her about being blessed by “living water”.  It went over very well.

Monday, December 3, 2012


(Elder Fox ... 21 years ago.)

Dear Family!!

Hey guys!!!!!! How’s everyone? I’m doing good. 21 years old! To be honest … I feel the same. It didn’t even seem like my birthday yesterday. I didn’t really go around telling everyone that my birthday was coming up.  Then again, I’ve never really done that.  Not even before the mission.  So I didn’t really make a big deal about it.  My companion told some people, but not too many people remembered.  There were a couple people who remembered, from when I first got here, that December 2 was my birthday.  They remembered this without anyone reminding them.  They just came up and said, “happy birthday” to me.  That was cool that they remembered.  Also … two of my ex-companions called me up. The two Elder Costas … Elder Costa and Elder O. L. Costa.  When Elder Costa called me he said something that made me realize how fast the time goes by on the mission.  I didn’t even think about it, but it was with him that I spent my birthday last year.  When he called he said, “Man! I can’t believe that a year has already gone by. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were in Cidade Nova for your birthday!”  And seriously … it doesn’t seem like it’s already been a year since my last one.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Happy Birthday Wish From Home

I spent some time looking at pictures on my computer today and decided to throw this together. Happy Birthday Tav! I know you won't see this but I hope you know how proud I am of you. I love you!!!