Hello Family!! Well just to start off id like to say thank you for everything you do, and its almost may already! whaat? Grandma and Grandpa, i got your letter! thank you very very much, i understand if its hard to write a big letter, you can write just as much as you did in these emails to tell you the truth! but thank you very much :) ill be able to, with this, give you a letter in response that will go through the missionties website after i mail it, and then after your email. thank you! mom, i heard about how mitt romney is going to be it. that is crazy to me! members here are getting sort of sad hearing about how people have come out and said they wont vote for him because hes not a christian, which is of course completely false. but im still excited for it! send out that absentee ballot, and i will do my civic duty haha. birthday backage?? i havent even thought about it yet. hm, oh! well first of all, a member here asked me to ask if you can send in the next package a cd by that artist bruno mars. it can be any package, but she will pay us back, so you can do that if you like. also, i think the only thing that i really want is what i need, which is some new white shirts. i at this point have 5, because i have been giving some to recent converts and such who dont have them, and also its getting colder, so maybe what i would ask for would be long sleeve shirts? all my shirts are a 16 neck still, and seeing as how i havent gained any weight i dont need to change the size. but other than that, maybe some sweets or stuff from home? i would just say to send stuff thats not chocolate, because it gets all melted in the box, and also because they have plenty of that here. so maybe like starbursts? or jellybeans, skittles, just non chocoalte sweets? any other ideas i am sure you will make my birthday, because you are my momma haha. i like what you said about ezekiel, i think one of the best ways of seeing if were active in the gospel and not just in the church is if we are remeberinig him daily, during every moment, good or bad. happy birthday abby!! and also congrats on the tennis, i laughed at that sentance, just because it seemed like something id say too. dad, iit sounds like the blue and white game was awesome, with the weather and penn state winning and all haah. also, the name doug marshall sounds familiar, but i dont remember it too well. was he ´dougy-fresh´? if so, i remember him very well now. i wish i could have talked to him! what is this devils? i am sad to hear that theyre playing like they always do in the playoffs, as long as they improve every year though i am fine with it until i get back haha. also, hearing the penguins lose is just music to my ears. would you even believe that i met a sister here in our mission who is a flyers fan? eesh. thanks for keeping me updated! i had no clue there were alot of brazilians in uniontown, that is sweet! i would be down for giving a talk there, if you were ok with not understanding too much haha. but thats cool that she served in the brazil londrina mission, we actually only got falls de iguaçu in our mission 6 months or so before i got here, but maybe it was bigger. i have not heard too many brazil facts about the church, except for that there is a lot of growth here in the northeast. well there is everywhere, i mean its going well here in the south, but still i hear that things are going well in brazil. the only statistic i have officially heard is that this country has the lowest retention rate of any other, and while that is not one of the happiest stats, i will let you know the good ones i hear in the future.
So lets get to the rest of it all
well first off, i dont know if im getting transfered or not, still. because were all going to londrina (as seen in next pgh) they are going to call everyone who needs to pack theyre bags because theyre leaving on wednesday, and afterwards we´ll know on saturday. SO! i would not worry about m eleaving, since im training and all, i have like a 5 % chance. so send letters and what youd like to send, and then if anything ridiculous happens i will let you know next monday.
so this saturday is an apostle! Quinten L Cook is coming to our mission, and the entire mission is traveling to londrina on saturday to see him and hear him. he will be accompanied by 2 of the presidency of the 70. but i am so excited! i think its going to be a great experience, and i will of course let yo know all about it :)
it has been significantly getting colder this week! its just almost sweater weather, which is my favorite weather, especilly since im in brazil. its getting cold at night, morning, then getting not too hot in the afternoon, so its actually really nice. i am so excited for this! cold, finally... haha
so we are studying the book of mormon as a mission, but after we finish in may i am going to go back to the old testament. i think that even though it is really complicated, it is the word of god for a reason, and i feel like in regards to my life it is a tool that i need to apply and use more. so thats whats next for me! i think im going to take old testament institute when i get back, that will be a biggie haha
we had a baptism this week of a young man named davi (daveee)! he had been going to church and getting taught by the missionaries for one year, but his mom didnt let him get baptized during the whole time. so after the first couple of months, all the new missionaries would pass by and just try to get him baptized to get him baptized after seeing the teaching records in the area book. so we got there 3 weeks ago to see what it was about, and without saying anything she was like im not going to just let you baptize him like all the other missionaries wanted. so than we told her that over the next few weeks wed prepare him to be baptized, (that was her doubt about him, prep) and so we marked tons of scriptures that he read, he was saaying his daily prayers, and after 3 weeks his mom let him get baptized! its just a great lesson to all those missionaries out there who just want to throw people in the water to increase their number of baptisms. that is a problem here in brazil, and this just shows how you need to not just have baptisms, but you need to baptize converts, especially to be retained. but all in all the service was great!
well i have to go now, but i love you all! keep up being the best family, and future wife a missionary could have, and i will keep you guys in my prayers, and talk to you next week! BYE! love you guys!
first photo, baptism! (elder glovers first baptism where he literally baptized)
second, there was a literall horizon to horizon rainbow, and so i thought it was sweet
third, elder glovers family thorugh missionties sent him a cookie cake. i almost cried of joy, my unhappiness in that picture is irony. ok bye!