Wednesday, July 28, 2010

hey mom and dad
it sounds like things are going a little better there at home. just tell everyone to hang in there. is aunt danielle going to be able to walk and everything when she heals up? i have been praying alot for her and you guys too. everything is gonna turn out all right i know it. keep everyone positive there.
thats so crazy that you guys are gonna fly right over me here in a few weeks. i keep giving my companion crap tellin him my parents are gonna be in são paulo before he will haha trunky!!! haha things here are going better. we have been working with those three that we baptized alot and i think we got them back to where they need to be. we will have another baptizm this week. i am way excited for her. haha we are baptizing her mom too next month but have to marry her, and we told her daughter she could wait till then and she was all "NO i will be baptized next week" haha. it was way funny. they are way cool though. they are elites!!! they want to go to the temple so bad they can hardly stand it. but the area is goin good. i know about every road in this place now. haha. you know you have been in an area a long time when you recognize the dogs in the road haha. there is a rumor goin around that i will train a new missionary next transfer. haha i might pee my pants a little if i do haha. i have been out for eight months how crazy is that?! i can hardly beleive it. o it is official, i am terrible at soccer haha. we played all day today and barbequed with the other missionaries in the zone. haha it was funny, but there were other americans so i wasn't the only one that was terrible haha. i got to run though, mom and dad, we got a family night tonight with a really cool family in the ward. i love you mom and dad i am prayin for everyone there. o and dad dont you worry they were just saving you so they can call you to bishop in a little bit haha love you guys

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

hey mom and dad
i am still in glória. neither one of us got transfered. the only thing that changed was my companion turned district leader. rough week at home huh? man when it rains it pours. i am sad to hear about aunt danielle. i cant beleive that happened. i wish i could help more. i bet taylor is torn up pretty bad over it too. let him know that i love him and will pray for them tons. is she gonna make it though mom? after everything that you told me happened it's hard to beleive she is alive. how is riley doin? and uncle bruce too? he has had a rough year. i am sad to hear about aunt elaine too. she was such a sweetheart. i just wish i could have known her better. it was a little rough this week here too. remember those three that we baptized in may? well they were really growing in the church and loving it, but then, one of our members decided it was a good idea to talk about things in the temple, that shouldn't be talked about to anybody, to her and she got really confused and the other churches here jumped on her. i really saw those viscous wolves that the bible talks about take hold of her. it was one of the sadest times in my mission to see three moths of growing and loving them just be destroyed by satan. but, my testimony has grown because of it and i am so glad that i know the truth and that no one, no one will take it away from me. in times like this with all that is going on there and here that we sometimes want to ask why. why does this happen to people. but the book of mormon tells us in alma 34, i think, or 32 that God gives us our weaknesses and our trials that we can grow. God knows us personally, we have proof of this when he called joseph by his name, and he knows if we can handle these trials we have in life. he will be there right by our side crying with us, mourning with us. He commanded us to do that so you can be sure that He is leading by example. the only thing i can think to tell you guys there going through this tough time is to stay close to the lord. dont let trials distance you from our God but bring you to a beautiful peaceful state right next to Him in the arms of his love. i bare my testimony to you that this place exists and our father in heaven wants us there to shower us with blessings. he has a promise that he will. we just need to do our part and not be slow to remember the lord in times of trouble. well mom and dad tell everyone i love them. give taylor a big hug for me, that kid means a lot to me. tell aunt danielle to hang in there and to know my prayers will be for her and our family. i love you guy. i will talk to you next week

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hola mãe e pai
how are you guys doin today? sounds like doug had a wild time getting home haha. that is crazy that he is home though. it went by way fast! and michael is home to, so crazy. where did he serve again? mexico wasnt it? next is cory huh? i bet it has been pretty crazy there. they made it to the semi finals of the cup. it was kind of nice that brazil lost for the teaching reasons, but it was pretty fun seeing how crazy everyone is about soccer here haha. the day they lost we had so many people yelling at us cuz they thought i was from holland haha. but it is all calm now, well as calm as this area can get haha. i am doing good here it is just about to transfers again only two more weeks. i think i will be transfered but who knows haha. can you believe i will have seven months on the mission friday?! things in the area are good, teaching alot and trying to get this one family married. it is a lot of work for us but it is worth it. we have a baptism next week of josêpaulo. he is excited about the baptism he is about sixty years old and loves going to church with us so it will be cool to get him baptized. it is getting even hotter i think here haha. its summer hot here and i am feelin it. it olny rains about twice a week now and its always at night so it gets it nice and humid during the day time with the sun out haha. i am getting pretty dark these days haha but then on p days when i wear shorts everyone sees my real color haha. o i got the pictures you sent me and my letter haha. thank you mom. every body liked the pictures. they said to me, you guys are crazy there in your town haha. i havent got the package yet but i havent been to the mission home in a while so it might be there. i will know prabably next week. i attached the conference we had with elder hollad with this email i think you guys will like it. but i got to go, but i will talk to you guys next week. eu amo vocês!