First of all, Grandma and Grandpa need to be informed about the whole mission ties thing, because they seem to be unsure of what to do. Longdale sounds sweet! im not going to lie, one of the first things ill want to do whenever i get back is take a nice family trip out to Idaho to see you guys, i would think that would be great! i remember going to a rodeo once as well, but i cant even remember much of it, so that would also be sweet!!
Mom, thats good to hear that you got to sing in the choir for easter! i made sure to listen especially to christ centered hymns yesterday, its especially good on easter. i was thinking about our tradition for hiding the baskets as a tradition, and i really missed that this year! but that is ok. i think thats going to be a tradition im going to want to do with michelle when our kids are a little grown up, although competing eachother for eggs was a good experience as well :). ok so misssion ties sweet!!! ask michelle if she would like the other service for letters better, with me sending it there, because i will do either one! just ask her if she wants to do it, it will be alot faster, but just ask her and let me know! also, she can send me videos or pictures through you, like how i can still and will send them through you as well. so that is still allowed, its just this thing about letters that is the new rule. grandma and grandpa need to send it through mission ties, and joseph and alayna could email, but ill be able to respond to him better through mission ties during the day, since im all pressed for time here on the computer. i completely understand about how dad is not beating around the bush with some of his messages, but that is the way it has to be. we need to tell them the cold hard facts, that will only lessen in harshness when we follow the gospel of christ, so even though it does seem initially a little blunt, it is for the better for the souls that he is home teaching, or anyone for that matter. as teachers, we have to give them agency as much as possible, and how can we do that to the fullest when after our visits they dont know the eternal consequences of their actions? that girls camp idea sounds really good! i just hope theres garlic bread there... i love that stuff and am now very much missing it haha.
dad, do we have a new mission president now? i think that missions can bless entire families in ways we dont see, sometimes ways we do.but no matter what, we have the lords promise that we will be blessed, so its not a question of if, but how or when. i really like the scripture you sent me, i also very much enjoy 2 nephi 9 for the atonement, and alma 40,41,42 for the ressurection that his ressurection provided for us. the devils seem to be in a good spot if you ask me. i havent watched this season, but based on past years florida seems like the team thats going to make it well into the playoffs for the first time in a while, only to get out in the first round and turn right to next year. also, bruins and capitals , as well as flyers and penguins, are going to be both bloodbaths, and both will end in 2 worn out teams. if NJ can end their series quick, get some rest, but more importantly not give the winner of either of those series time to rest, they will be in a good spot! ps, the rangers? what the heck! i totally want a stationary bike when me and michelle are all settled in in life and such, i think its a great way to exercise.
ok! so onto the family letter!
well first big news, THERES GENERAL AUTHORITIES COMING TO OUR MISSION! APRIL 28th!!! Who will it be? ITs going to be 3. First, Elder Costa of the 70, second Elder Clayton of the Presidency of the 70, and also last but not least, Elder Quinten L Cook!! AN APOSTLE! ahh im sooo excited. and all of our mission will travel down to Londrina to see them. im so excited to meet an apostle!! i dont even know how to describe it haha.
ok let me try to tell you what all else happened this week, in chronilogical order
first of all, monday i went to mcdonalds for the first time in most obviously a long while hhah. i was never all for mcdonalds, it being usually gross and all, but i figure once every half a year fast food isnt too bad! i literally walked in and it felt like america haha, but it was just a nice little taste of the good ol USA.
just on a side note, i dropped alot on the bank card one time this week, and just know that i had to buy things for our ward easter activity. so it seems like a dent, but i am going to get reimburced fully, and then use that money as a reserve before i use the card, so its like i didnt actually spend that!
anyways, so remember how i said it got cold in the mornings for a couple of days? well not only did that go away, but i later learned that that ´cold´that i felt was like 70 or 72 degrees. and i was in a jacket and all, i thought it was freezing! hahahah what the heck?
MOM, i got the package!!!!! thank you SOO MUCH for everything. first of all, all of the easter candy is gone already (clearly, being me and easte) but thank you very much! the jelly beans were amazing, its like every one is something else that i miss from home. next package (doestn matter when) definitely needs to have a big bin of jelly beans like abby would buy haha. next!! thank you for the jacket, it wil be well used, and i am already learning a TON With that book of mormon manual that you gave me! thank you so much, i am able to feast on the word more well, mom i am learning so freaking much on the mission, it is ridiculous!
so i ate something called feijoado, which is beans and rice, like normal, but the beans are black, and for the meat they LITERALLY USE EVERY PART OF THE PIG. the nose, ears, all of it. and there was hair still on the ´meat´. the first day, at the easter activity we had, i made it out alive, but the day after the ward just sent the leftovers to us for lunch, which is apparently a huge no no with feijoado, and who got sick? i did. it only lasted a day, but it was absolutely disgusting. that is one brazilian signature dish i will NOT cook for you, michelle, when were married hahah ;).
so easter was good! everyone was visiting people. so what did we do? we literally visited every address on our ward list for our half of the ward boundaries ( or our area) and it worked out really well! we just gave an easter message, met alot of less actives that we will help more in the future, found houses where members had died or moved withouth the ward knowing, and through that got new investigators! so now i know exactly what i will do in all my areas on holidays now haha.
also, i opened my next present from michelle!! thank you very much for this delicious smelling hand sanitizer! i lvoe it, i love you ;D i very much need it, and it reminds me of you which is the best part.
so i have to go now, but i love all of you! i hope you have another great week. michelle, with mission ties you can now also write me whenever or as often as youd like under the limits,. same fo family. so once you get it set up shoot out a letter to my address so i can see if it worked! you can send a letter, a conference talk, anything! also, tell joseph to shoot me one there too.
i love you guys! i hope you have a fantastic week, and i love you all. were all going to be a family together for eternity. until next week!
ps, i sent photos this week, just of me at mcdonalds was all i took! ok love you!