Hello Family! Jenny, i think the smarter siblings club is getting along great! also jenny i have met and been able to help many great people out here :) . its getting cold today now that you ask! you are incredibly smart for knowing exactly why the seasons are reversed here and there, and there are monkeys here! i have yet to see one, but i will. There are also other strange animals. Basically there are no american animals here, like squirrels or deer or stuff like that, just brazilian ones. Maja, thank you for sending the package! its true that im staying, so it will all work out okay with that. happy birthday abby! i am jealous of your german chocolate cake, but more happy for you than anything else! fifteen??? are you kidding me? one more year and you will start to date.. but that doesnt matter because i need to meet them first, so really its one year and 3 months. im sorry mom that you are still struggling with the fatigue, have you found out exatly what it is? Dad, thank you for the wonderful news about the devils. i have nothing to say about the flyers, but lets hope it goes well. im just going to throw in a quick comment that the west side of the playoffs looks completely ridiculous. 12 families leaving the ward? holy crap. that is a ton! are they dental students still, or what? i think you will probably get a new calling in the future, that does seem like some time significantly being in the high council. mothers day call! well i dont know exxactly where it will be yet, but i will mark 4:00 for the time as of now for me to recieve the call. make sure michelle is in on the planning too! i will find out the number and send it to you all good next week.
ok now onto everything else!
so ill start out with the highlight of my mission so far, which was seeing an apostle this past saturday, Elder Cook! well let me explain how it all went down. so i woke up at 2:45 am in the morning, to walk 45 minutes to where the bus was going to pick us up. then we all as missionaries got in the bus, and traveled almost a 4 hour bus ride to londrina. we got there at just about 9 after all of it, and the rule was by 9:20 we had to be seated reading scriptures silently, in the chapel. then Elder Cook, Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the presidency of the 70, and 2 other are 70s of brazil entered a little after, and before anythign started, Elder cook requested that we all shake his hand. so i got to shake his and all of their hands! and then so the conference started, and he talked alot about different things about missionary work, and it was really really helpful. i learned about ´real gowth´in the church. one of the interesting things both Elder Cook and Elder Clayton said were that missionary work now needs to be 50% baptizing and 50% reactivation, which is a change to mostly all of the missionaries at least in my mission. then towards the end he gave us 2 ´apostolic blessings´ that seemed like they were pinned right at me.
anyways, so that was basically the more or less of what happened. i can explain it better to yo all outside of email in the future, but as soon as it was done we got sent into the buses and took the 4 hour trip home. and it was totally worth it. it was the highlight of my mission, and a huge testimony builder. i even got to ask him a question and have him respond and everything, it was just a great experience.
so let me go on to the other parts of the week that arent as great, dad, i would like to inform you that i found out the same time i am ending my mission, and you and mom and who else are coming out here to pick me up (if you still do), it will be exactly when the confederates cup happens here in brazil. just wanted to let you know :)
also, in case you havent noticed, i am staying here in palmital! so now i know 100 % that i will be leaving four weeks from tomorrow, but i will be here for the call and that package you sent and everything, so all is well.
i have started a tradition where every week on the mission, while i am here on the web i print out a conference talk from last conference. i think its a great way to keep applying conference to our lives, and i think that keeping conference with us until the next one is something that we all need to do! (see Mosias 5:1-5). but i would suggest it to any of you, its just a nice thing to have.
that picture that i sent is one of my ´trainer´, me, and my trainee at the conference. so, 3 generations if you want to call it that. i got to see all the missionaries that i have ever seen there
well i lvoe you all, and im out of time! but know that youre always in my prayers, and i look forward to next monday, i hope you guys have a great week! i love you!