Friday, January 28, 2011

January 28, 2011- Letter

Well, first real P-Day. So far so good. We went to the temple today, our whole district did endowment session. It was a great experience. The temple is so cool. Its such a beautiful place and the spirit is so strong. I've always liked the cake temple, now i've been inside it.

Ok, i'll tell you a little more about our district. Names, Elder Shokes, Elder Becker, and Elder McCloskey have a trifecta going on, Elder Gage is really funny guy, companion is Elder McComber. Elder McComber talks a lot and is kind of annoying, but oh well. I guess i'll have to deal with it, or learn to get through it. How ever you want to word it. Then there's Elder Judson( weird guy) and Elder Mclean. Elder Mclean is kindy shy but a really cool guy. Ok, then there's the sisters. There's Sister Averret and Sister Jensen. Sister Jensen remindes me a lot of Grandma Tracy. Sister Jensens been having a really tough time here. There's Sister Goodwin and Sister Berrett. They're both really nice and really funny. Then there's Sister White and Sister Brady. Sister White is kinda shy and Sister Brady's the complete opposite. Sister Brady busted her big toenail off and broke her toe. It kinda stinks but i think she\'s alright. We're all getting along great so far. I hope it stays that way.

It's great to be here serving the lord. Me and Elder Clark went to a tutor to help us pronunciate better. He showed us a scripture where it says the lord spoke to him in his own language. Thats why its so important for us to learn the language, because we are representatives of Jesus Christ. We do his will. That includes talking to his people in their language. It allows them not to just feel the spirit, but to know what it is and act on it. I thought that was really cool.

Alright. Time's almost up so i'll start saying goodbye. Bye

Monday, January 24, 2011

First Letter!

Wow. It's only been a couple days but i feel like its been forever already. The days go on forever. It seems especially long because they only speak to us in portuguese. Its soooo hard to understand, but im finally starting to understand a couple words. Lets see, I know dad was wondering about the food, right? Well if not i'll tell you anyways. There's a menu on the doors that say whats in what line and such. You can eat as much as you want but your not supposed to waste food. Um, I havnt drank the orange juice3 yet. I might take a risk later on but we'll see.

Oh ya, my companion is Elder Clark. He's from San Francisco area in California. He's really cool guy. We're really similar. He went to college at the U, he's 20,.... I dont know what else to say. We're the only two in our room. Um, our district has 9 elders and 6 sisters. Me and elder clark are the only two in our district going to hecife. Um, on thursday we met with our branch presidency. We introduced ourselves, bore our testimonies, and such. Then we got interviewed by a member of the presidency. I got called to be district leader. Im so overwhelmed. I dont even know whats going on, but know i have to help teach my district. oh man, its going to be tough. But i know the lord will help me.

Our schedule is a little weird this week because it's the first week. Normally our P-day is on fridays so thats when to expect an email.

Oh ya, also gym, right? Um, we've had gym early in the mornings the first two days. Its kind of nice just to roll out of bed, exercise to wake up, then shower and get ready. Um, they have basketball, volleyball, 4 square, weight room, and a track. You can do whatever you want for 50 minutes. It's weird to play sports just for fun, not competition. Its just for fun i guess. Its going to take some getting used to.

Uh, lets see. Spiritual experiences. Uh, Brother Shaffer told this really cool story of when he was in Portugal. He and his companion were talking with people in a park or something. They saw this one guy with a mohawk and tatoos and earings and they kinda passed him up. They tried to talk with other people and dint have much success. Later on they decided to go back to that guy. They started talking to him, didnt have a great time. But as they were leaving they gave him a pamphlet of the plan of salvation. He just looked at it, then back at them, then just kinda sat there. Then after a while he asked for them to come teach him more. They got his address, went back the next week. When he opened the door they just stood there and stared for like 10 seconds. His whole countence had changed. I guess someone in his family died recently and he needed to hear about the plan of salvation. 3 weeks later he was baptized. I just think it's so cool that the Lord and spirit will help teach us what we need to teach them. It was cool though because brother shaffer was talking in  portuguese. we couldnt understand everyword he said, but the spirit was so strong. It was the coolest thing i've felt. Ever. Its so awesome here. Everyone is doing the things they should and you can really tell.

  Love you all. I know the church is true. En nome de Jesus Criisto, amem

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Mitchell's Not a Farewell Talk

This is just a reminder about Mitchell's talk on Sunday.  Church starts at 11:00 a.m.  It is in the brown church, (2700 West and 13400 South.)  We wont be leaving right after sacrament meeting but you can come over to our house around 2 if you want for a little luncheon.  Mitchell would love the support! :)