Wednesday, June 30, 2010

hey mom and dad
another week gone by almost another month too holy cow! that is so crazy doug is home!!! has he changed at all? i dont know how the missions in the states are but here if you have any weight to lose you will lose it haha. Cory gets home here real soon too huh. so crazy! two years fly by. thats good to hear that zach is doin good. i knew he would. he has a strong testimony. thats way cool that his sister got baptized. i think his mom is starting to see that this is important too. its crazy to see how much missions affect the people at home. there is a missionary here that left for the mission with just him a member and his parents didnt want him to go and were mad that he did, and now one year and six months later, they are both baptized and strong in the church. i hope my mission will help kyla , kc, and brianna. thank you guys for sending the motorcycle magazine. haha me and elder lloyd are goin crazy haha. that is good that riley and adam found a place to live. when i get back baby J wil be big and talking. haha things are pretty wild around here these days. brasil won the other day and it was wild all day long and it was even on a monday, so crazy. the next game is friday and if they win it will be way crazy here. a normal weekend is bad enough but now with a game it will be out of control. we try to work but we usually just go to visit members cuz we are tired of trying to give lessons yelling cuz the music is so loud and tired of fightin off all the drunks. haha i have no clue why they all think they need to talk to us. haha they really do need to talk with us but not while they are drunk haha. i had a way cool experience yesterday. we eat luch with the members and after we leave a little thought and sister ruth chose me to give it and i always give it on what i had studdied that morning and i had studdied about the strippling worriors. so i got it all ready and sister ruth was like wait let me go get my son. he is inactive and is in a rough state of his life. he is 25 and has a nine year old son. he was sitting in the other room so she went to get him but he wouldnt leave the tv and told her he didnt want to come. so she came back and sat down. i gave the part of the story about how the words of their mothers about the word of god were the most important things they used in their war and the best thing that prepared them. and i related it to us and our war against satan and how will need to listen to what our mothers say because those are the things that we will need and protect us in this war. i gave it because there was two little boys there but, i had no idea that it wasn't for them. we looked back and sister ruth's son was sat down in the room on a chair in the back crying. the Lord works in his ways, mom and dad. i know that it wasn't a coincedence that i had studied that that day, but really, it was God working through his istruments here to touch the heart of that man. now i dont know if he will be at church this week, but i do know that the spirit of the Lord touched that young man's heart and maybe later in his life he will remeber those times the Lord touched his heart. i am so glad i have this oportunity to be a missionary mom and dad. i wouldnt trade it for the world. thanks for helping me get here. there is no way i could have done it without you two. i got to go but i will talk to you next week. love you guys

Thursday, June 24, 2010

hey mom and dad
so it sounds like things are crazy around there trying to get ready to go to brazil. that is so crazy you guys will pass right over top of me! so just wave when they say you are over the amazon haha thats way cool. just make sure john is at the air port waiting because there is no english there haha i was lucky cuz i had about ten other missionarys to be lost with me haha. that is way cool though. what part of são paulo will you guys be in my companion wants to know, he is from there. thats way cool to hear that fernanda liked girls camp. remember what the scriptures say "By the small and simple things are the great things brought to pass" i have a testimony of this. i have seen how god works miracles through these kinds of things. so that is way awesome!!! i want to meet her. its gonna be cool to be able to talk in portugues to all my brazilian buddies when i get home haha. i got a letter from neil smith this week. it sounds like he is doing way good too. it still blows my mind to thing about all of us spread out through the world. things are good here. it is way hot as usual haha me and my companion talk about how we are gonna freeze to death when we get home haha. things are going good though. we taught the dad of the family with ten kids and he loved the lesson! and thier uncle went to church with us this week and after he told us that that was the best chuch he has ever attended. so we are way excited about him too. things get pretty wild here during the soccer games of brazil. pretty much you just stay in the houses of the members the rest of the day haha all of us americans in our district had a little party because the usa won today and qualified for the playoff things haha in was funny one elder bought fire works and when we scored we ran in to the street and lit them off. haha all the people were laughing at us haha. but that is about all that is going on here haha. so i got some questions: who won the supercross series?! haha me and elder lloyd have been dying hear. and can you guys send me a motorcycle magazine like motorcross action or something haha we are out of the loop. but i got to run. love you guys send my love to everyone there.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

o mother
you worry too much about these girl haha. but thank you for sending the letter on to me. i think it is from the mtc haha but any who... thats crazy that riley is moving to ely. i think it will be good for her too. its crazy that some of the kids my age are getting married SCARY!!! haha i will have to stay away from utah when i get back, RMs go like hot cakes there haha. speakin about that are kyla or brianna gettin maried yet? haha i am pretty sure i know the answer to that but there is hope mom. haha just sick the missionaries on um haha. another week has gone by how crazy! this week was wild here. the world cup started and brazialians are crazy about soccer including my companion haha. brasil played yesterday. the whole city shut down for the game! they won and so it was a giant party the rest of the night but the thing is, it ended at four in the after noon haha. it was a crazy day. it was really hard to teach anyone! i cant imagine what it will be like if brasil wins the world cup. i think we will have to stay in our house if they do haha. the teachings are going good. we are teaching a family of 10 kids! they are way cool they asked us if they could be baptized yes! haha it is pretty wild teaching then though tryin to rangle all the little ones together and teach the older ones at the same time haha. and i have no clue why but the two little boys think i am a jungle gym so its real interesting when i teach and have one hanging from my arm and the other jumping from the back of the couch and clinging to my head haha. but we are getting it done and they are liking us and our lessons so that is all that matters haha. i am doing good though. i havent lost weight and i am not sick at the moment so things are good. we have our rough days here but who doesnt right. but i am glad to hear everything is going good there. i love you guys. i got to run, talk to ya next week.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

patabéms mãe!!!!!
i knew you could do it! that is so awesome you made it the whole way and in 7 hours that is awesome!!! mom i think you are in better shape than i am. i told the people i am teaching that you were racing your bike. they couldnt hardly believe it. no one here would do that they said haha. that is way cool though mom. so my birthday was good. it was funny i felt old on my birthday. haha i think i slept wrong and my back was sore the whole day haha i thought to myself yep i am officially an old fart now haha. it was good though we worked all day and ate our pizza at night. o i did get all of your guyses letters the week before so that was cool, all the birthday cards. this week was a good one though that family that we are working with went to church sunday and loved it. they have pretty much adopted us haha so now they have ten kids instead of eight haha. we are working with them a lot thought. i think they are gonna decide to be baptized. sunday during testimony meeting the lady Neusa that we baptized last week got up and bore her testimony. it was so awesome!!! we visit them a lot still, their one little girl writes new music and then sings it to us. haha she is really good. i will sent a video of her next week. we have been working hard this week. o and i didnt get transfered and my companion didnt either. i think this will be my last here though but who knows haha. but things are great, hot!!!! but great. i am healthy and workin hard. i got to run though mom and dad love you guys.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

hey mom and dad
sounds like you guys have been way busy. that is cool that saint clairs sister made it there and had a good time. did you tell her i was in manaus? and what did she say? sometimes i dont even believe i am here haha. alot is going on there this time of year. i cant beleive it has been two years since i graduated. i heard from colton and randi that they all had a good time there. colton is crazy haha i love that kid. so i am way excited for your bike ride you have to be sure to tell me how it was. and dont wory mom you are gonna do fine. so i am real close to being officially old haha twenty on friday i cant beleive it. we are gonna buy two large pizzas friday night and just pig out haha. i went to the center today and bought my self a birthday present a new tie haha you would be proud though it is black and dark pink it is way cool though. this week was good though. our three baptisms went really good and they are so exited about being a member of the church. when you guys come here i am bringing you two to hear this little girl sing. she makes all of her own songs and they are really good. we have been working our butts off this week. we have found some really cool families. we are teaching this family with eight kids! it is a weird situation, the parents are separated but live in the same house just one gets the top floor and the other gets the first floor cuz they live in this old like appartment place. so your son is now a marrige counselor haha. but this family is so cool the only problem is the separated parents. we found another family too this week they are very humble. just to give you an idea the husband and wife work from 6 in the morning to 8 at night in a store and make about 6 dollars a day each. they are way cool though they want something more in their lives so they asked for sundays off so they can start going to church. i am way excited about them and know this is what they need. we have been teaching a lot of people and are helping a young man that is addicted to cocaine so we are really busy. this week is the last week of the transfer so who knows i could be in a different place next week but i think both of us will stay here for one more transfer. this area is tough to live in but i want to stay here at least one more transfer. the city is having problems so or house only has water early in the morning and late at night so we have been struggling with that but it is all working out. we have lots of drnking water so thats all we need. but i got to run i will talk to you guys next week and will be praying for ya on you bike ride mom. you will do great love you guys