Well i will start off apologizing for the stortness of last weeks letter, this week its going to be a normal one, because theres nothing screwing it up. but here we go!
Mom, im glad you liked the pictures! truth is that it wasnt valentines day, but a zone conference, and so we got matching ties.. haha. isiah sounds like its very difficult, which of course it is. in seminary, do you guys use the chapters in the book of mormon from isiah to compare? i also want to keep reading the whole old testament, but i took a breather since were reading the book of mormon as a mission, the same chapters on the same days, and im also reading with michelle, but after we finish as a mission i will get back into it. i glad to hear that abby seems to be getting along well! i really think that her and jenny are going to be a ton different once i return, but i will just have to get used to it i guess :) . that dream is hilarious! share it with michelle, i think she would appreciate it.
Dad, he is pretty cool, and at the same time sort of a nerd ahah. but i will explain more about him down the email. im excited to get to that part in Jesus the Christ! i am reading it right now, rather slowly because i only can in my spare time, and thus i am about to start the chapter on the sermon on the mount. That book is one of (if not the) closest book thats not scripture that makes me feel the spirit. and i just love reading it! Also, that song is one of my favorites! i remember in the ctm we sang it for a devotional, and i copied down the lyrics in my study journal because they are great lyrics. theyre right there with the spiritual thoughts, with quotes, haha i think we felt the same way about it. i didnt even think about how you wont have a crazy tax season with this new job! that is just great, like you said especially for conference. To the saddest of all, i am sorry the tarheels ended up losing in the elite eight. i dont have any other info, so dont laugh if i dont know how the season went for these teams, but how was butler this year? theres always going to be next year for UNC, because no matter what they always have good players, even that black guy who never played, and just stood there pointing angrily at the other bench the other year. do you remember him?
ok so onto errethang that happened this week!
Well for starters for joseph, i would like you clear up that i have nothing to do with the ab ripper cd not being there ahah. i did not bring it to brazil, nor did i move it out of its place. the last time i used ab ripper was when i borrowed it from one of my friends in rexburg, so i hope you find it!
o something has been bothering me since i have been here in the mission. here, there is absolutely no sort of guideline or rule for caffiene. and there, many people go caffiene free. here coffee and black tea are still in the word of wisdom, but im talking more of the caffeine sort of thing. so why is it different in 2 parts of the world when its the same church? maybe people in america just choose not to drink caffiene? but i am just confused, and would maybe appreciate your input on why this is the case
So training has been going really well, we are improving every day and thus week in how we work and all, its going great! Elder glover still is having alot of language problems, but thats the way it always is for americans in the beginning. But one thing that is awesome about him is that i have literally never seen a missionary who has as big of a love towards our investigators, or even just anyone, like he does. Its almost unbelievable! he is helping me so much develop that christ like kind of love because with him i feel that love he has for our investigators, or more crazily anyone, and it helps me to develop that. but he is great. also, i sent a picture of me and him in another email, so thats elder glover!
General conference this week!! WOO!! so we get a letter from the president every week, and as soon as i opened it to copy it to a word document and print it out, i saw that he said that we can watch all of the sessions of conference. SO i will be able to! i am way excited, and also it will be in english. i could have understood it in portuguese, but its just better in english, its nice to have that taste of home. i have been preparing this past week, and now this one, to be ready for all the talks, so i sure am really excited.itll be crazy to think how the last general conference was just my first week on the mission. i am going to do the same thing, watch it and think of how you guys, my family and future wife, are watching the exact same thing at the exact same time! i am so excited, i hope that you guys are too
one thing that has been going on this week is that i have rarely had the amount of spiritual experiences that i have had this week with Elder GLover. WE have had so many lessons that are just so spirutual, it has been great to see that this week. we have found alot of new investigators, many of whom were at church last week, so we are going to try everything we can to get them all to general conference this week! we may even have a baptism in between sessions.
another fun thing that happened this week was that we got to 2nd hour, and there was no one to teach gospel principles, so i ended up just teaching on the fly! i really enjoyed teaching sunday school, and i hope its something that im able to do when i get back, it went really well in portuguese, and i think that as of now it could even be better in english, so i hope i maybe get that sort of calling in the future.
i love all of you guys! it sounds like things are waming up there, right as things are getting cold here. i eagerly await your package mom and dad, but thank you all for the letters and videos and emails! i am going to keep praying, and doing my best. when i think of this time apart from michelle as each day to prepare better for my marriage, it makes every day that much more meaningful.
i love all of you! have a wonderful week, and i will try to take more photos, and i will talk to you next week! bye!! i llvoe you all!