Monday, January 28, 2013

T x 2 = Transfers and Training

(This was sent near the beginning of Elder Fox's mission ... a little "personal" training from home.)

Dear Family!!!

Hey guys!!  How's life going?  Dad … how are you feeling?  I can’t believe you tried to go to work when you had pneumonia.  Even though you weren’t born into it, you’re definitely a member of the LeBaron family!  At least you didn’t ask for a “sign” to go to the hospital … or to not go to work.  That could have been bad.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Gold Flecks and Small Experiences

(The story Elder Fox was referring to can be found in the May 2011 Ensign.  It was a talk given by Elder M. Russell Ballard titled "Finding Joy Through Loving Service.) 

Dear Family,

Hey everyone!! Man, this was a crazy week! Not too many crazy experiences, but lots of hard work and some experiences involving the spirit. First of all … on Monday, I got a bit of rest because I was totally dead! I wrote a letter to make up for the bad email.  So I was able to share the stuff I wanted to say, but didn’t have time for are in the email. 6 o’clock came around and it was pouring rain. We had an appointment at 6:30 kind of far from home … so off we went to teach him. It was a guy we had contacted one day at a park and he seemed way cool. We were going down his street, getting closer and closer to his address, and then we realized the address he gave us didn’t exist. We went to another road on the side of the one we were on to see if that road had the number.  It didn’t.  A little bummed and wet, we started going to another house.  Then came an impression, like words in my head … “Go back to the street and knock on a door close to the address he had given.”  So we returned and knocked on a door with the address closest to the one he gave us.  Someone came and answered the door and I wasn’t sure what I should say.  I just asked, "By any chance does (his name) live here?"  She responded, "Yes.  Yes he does."  She caught me by total surprise.  I was already thinking of what we would say when she said “no” and then came a positive response.  I paused a moment a little caught off guard, and shocked by the fact that he actually lived there.  Then I came back to my senses and asked if he was home.  She said he wasn’t.  There had been a family problem and he had to go out of town.  We explained who we were, how we had already talked to him, and that he told us to go there.  She said she wanted to hear the lessons too when we teach the other guy.  It was such a neat experience!  The spirit lead us to the right house after writing down the wrong address.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Storms and Eternity

Dear family!!

Hey guys!  So how’s life?? I’m so exhausted right now. This last week killed me! I’m so beat and I just want to curl up in my bed and sleep. haha The weather has been really nice and kind of funny too. This last week it’s been really cloudy, which is wonderful because it’s cooled off a lot!! It’s a lot nicer to walk around in cloudy days. The funny part however, is what’s been happening with the rain. The whole entire week I’ve been walking around with an umbrella, and none of those days had rain. Then Saturday came around and I looked outside and it was cloudy.  It looked like there was less chance of rain so I left my umbrella at home. We left, and once we were on the other side of our area, it started pouring rain. We got soaked! And we were in an area with a lot of factories and work buildings so we had nowhere to hide. After a while of walking, we finally got to where some houses were, and from one of the houses some guy called to us and told us to come in and get out of the rain. It was really nice of him and we waited there for the rain to pass by. Then on Sunday, I looked out the window and there were no clouds and it was sunny and blue skies.  I thought, “Alright! I definitely won’t bring my umbrella.” After our church meeting ended, we looked outside and it was pouring rain. We waited a bit for the rain to pass but it didn’t so we set off in the rain. After lunch, it was still raining non-stop so we went walking in the rain to get to an appointment. After the appointment, we went home to change clothes and grab our umbrellas. When we walked outside … the rain stopped!!! And didn’t rain again the rest of the day. Then today was the same thing. It didn’t look like it would rain so I left my umbrella at home.  Then came the rain. So basically … when I have an umbrella it doesn’t rain … and the few times this week that I didn’t have one, it rained.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Monster Burgers and an Incredible Baptism!

(Elder Fox and Elder Cachiotti attempting the Monster Burger.)
(They put everything in this burger!)

Dear Family

Hey everyone!!  How’s life??  How is school going? It’s only been a few days since my last email, but a bunch has happened in these 4 days. Thursday I did a division with Elder Cachiotti. I love that guy to death. He’s a really good friend. He’s from Washington. He’s trying to transfer over to BYU so if we both get in we talked about rooming together. He came to my area to do the baptismal interview for Edimilson. The interview went great, and we had a really good and successful day of work. That night, we bought a monster burger. There’s this place that makes a burger that has two kilos of meat! It is huge! And really hard to make. The owner of the place has a competition that you have 2 hours to eat two of them. If you do it, you get 500 reais and eat for free for a year. Nobody has ever managed to do it. There was only one guy that got close. He only had 200 grams left, but the owner of the restaurant had to take him to the hospital.  I’ll send some pictures of it home next week.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

"Awesome Brothers Get Promoted To Uncle" ... and Awesome Elders Too!

(Christmas 2012 ... we were able to skype with Elder Fox and surprise him with the news that he was going to be an Uncle!)
(Everyone else celebrating the news!)

Hey Family,

Adeus 2012!! Oi 2013!!!!

Hey guys sorry I’m writing today.  On Monday and Tuesday everything was closed down, including all the public computer places.  President told us to use the internet on Wednesday, but Wednesday we had a meeting in Sao Paulo.  We left our house at 6 am and didn’t get back until a little after 6 pm and all the places that we use computers at were already shut down.  Because of that, we had to use them today.  But don’t worry … I’m still alive and fine.  ; )

I don’t have tons of time because we have to do a bunch of stuff today, and in a bit we’re going to start a division so I’m short on time.  But first of all … I have something I’ve been waiting years to be able to say …

(hahaha! I couldn’t resist!)