hello family! well first off i wont be able to send pictures today, my camera is not with me :( but thats fine because i didnt have any that were like the falls for this week. mom, i feel bad for andy murray as well. but, its just not their luck i guess. i very much liked jennys idea on why cold is better than hot, i am going to use that for all of the people that are saying that heat is better than cold here! it was like going back to normal, to put it normally,with just two of us. but its going to change again! and i will say why down there. yay for passport papers! the more solid the plans get, the more excited i get as well. thats great that you guys got to be able to do sealings! i really would appreciate going to the temple, but theres always our entire lives afterwards. we should go to DC as soon as we get back in the states! i liked your story about that 45 year old man. also, props on the teaching abby and jenny spiritual lessons with that question. i just read that talk from this last conference again this week, about teaching your kids to comprehend the gospel, you are awesome! also, i will try not to get sick :) dad, haha im glad you liked the photos. did the video that i sent work? fourth of july! america. the first one ive ever had out of the states. but i think when i get back it will be on a friday..? i am genuinely sorry about the heat, especially now that i am enjoying the 60s here. but just have the comfort that it will very quickly switch again, and also when you guys come out it will be just about the ´coldest´ brazil ever gets! so you will not have to suffer here as well. it is true! the corintians won the libertadores cup, and everyone here went nuts. the game started at 930, so in my house trying to go bed you just hear tons of firewords and people going nuts in the streets haha. but, you know me, and i fell asleep quickly and never woke up, because i sleep very hard. im sorry to hear about Parise. this is not good news. at least he is happy? but that is just me rationalizing the pain. they just need to sign a #2 man now to go on the second line behind kovylchek (spelling? eesh), and with him during the PP, and ´all is well´. the sons of mosiah were excellent missionaries, and its good that you are giving those types of lessons to help get the young men motivated to serve missions!
also, thank you Alayna for the baby info! i dont know anything, but i think your baby is going to be born on valentines day. also, i know its WAYY early, but any sort of name descisions i want to hear! because hes going to be my first nephew and all, and just because of that. ok great!
onto everything else!
well first off, yes, i am being trasfered. i only spent 6 weeks here in Foz do iguaçu, during which i managed to go to the falls and meet a ton of people. so i am leaving! but to where?
i am going to be a Zone Leader in a City in Maringá now, pronounced ma-ding-gah! it is a huge city 2 hours outside of londrina, so its close to where i started the mission, and my companion is going to be Elder Sena, and i am going to be in an onibus again tomorrow 8 in the morning until 8 at night! woooh. haha. but it will be great! i will have more oppertuinities to learn more. last night, the zone leaders here were telling me that maybe i could be a zone leader this transfer, and last night i dont think i ever had more of a feeling of inadequacy, thinking of the possibility of being one. the lord really does prepare us, because hes prepared me to know that i cannot do it without him. but! it is going to be great, and i already know my companion, and he is really amazing. so yes! i will travel another 2 days to go back up there
i heard earlier in the mission that this city maringá hast the highest percentage of trees within the city than any other city in brazil. are you kidding me? that is going to be sweet! because of just hearing this i have always wanted to go there, so yepp! ok after this news, onto what happened this week
first off, i thought you would all appreciate that i am starting to make fresh real fruit juice here, and its turing both relatively healthy and delicious. healthy because i use minimal sugar, and healthy because its a fruit. but anyways, this week i made some of the most delicious pineapple juice that i have ever tasted. it was delicous! i put both the pineapple and the water i was going to use in the freezer for a little to get super cold, and it was awesome.
next! i was going to ask, but i will wait to give you guys the address until next week, but i am in slight need of another little package. i am completely out of socks that dont have holes. the majourity i have already sown the holes to last longer than they would have without, but the socks here are the material of stockings, and they go through them almost like rubber gloves! so if you would be able to send me some more socks, i would be extremely grateful. also, if you could send me some after hours old spice deorderant, and a thing of gold bond. you dont need to send anything else if you dont want to, because i am just in lots of need for these things! but i will send you an address next week, so dont worry about it for now.
i was going to tell you before i got transfered how much i am getting to know the ward here! everyone is really receptive here, and they were really willing to help us. but that will continue with my companion and his new companion, and also when we come back.
i gave a talk in church on sunday! they asked me to give a talk about missionary work, so i got a little fancy on it, since everyone normally says the same things (which is important, but still). so i started off giving my talk about the 7 baths with Naman in 2 kings 5, and i used that talk with the ´promise of a prophet´ to describe to them how sometimes the prophets ask things very simple of us, and we neglect to do it because we treat them lightly, like how naman wanted some miraculous even to be healed, but he only had to bathe in the river 7 times. and i talked about how we work together as a ward, and missionaries, and some of the promises that prophets in our day have given us if we follow these simple duties, and it turned out really well! i think it could be used for any sort of topic in which you want people to follow the council of prophets. woo!
also, we had a service project this week where we bottled tons and tons of beans and rice, like a food storage for 2 years. all of brazil is doing the same thing, and the 28th there is going to be a big event where everyone donates at the same time. it was sweet! there were about 100 bottles this week that were full of rice and beans, and my job was to seal the closed caps with tape to keep out the air, and there was only one roll of masking tape, so i basically went nuts on it and taped them all! haha
well thats all i got for this week! next week will be interesting, seeing as how ill be in a different place, but i love you guys! and im really so grateful for you being my family, and the love of my life, and im always praying for you guys! have a great week, and talk to you next time!