Wednesday, March 23, 2011

hey mom and dad
i love dads truck! he just needs to put some big tires on it now and it will be set. that reflection of that blue truck is lookin pretty nice too haha. thats awesome that the 350 got the hole shot last week! did you guys send motorcycle magazines in the packeage you sent me? there is a street motorcycle track right behind our house and they have races every saturday and sunday. it is killing me haha. so you guys are getting all ready for mothers day huh? me too i have the web cam now and have my account set up. elder wardle (my last companion) helped me get it all set up before he got transfered, so we are good to go. i am excited for it! it will be the last call home before you guys come here to get me. it will be a lot easier to get things set up now that i am in staff too cuz we buy the tickets home. we just did it for an elder where his mom and dad came and picked him up. it is pretty easy to do. so that is good. things in staff are going good. we had three baptisms on saturday. it was way awesome! we got together with the other missionaries in the other ward that go to the same chapel and did a big baptism together. it was way good! remember the man that i told you about that is way smart? he got baptized and right after he got out of the font he came up and gave me a big hug and told me "thanks, i'm a new man now". it was the greatest feeling! he had lots of stuff he gave up to be baptized. he was a heavy smoker and drinker at one time in his life. he let go drinking but had problems with smoking. he let it all go though. he started smoking when he was twelve and let it go. that is amazing. the other two that were baptized, Rosinilde and Amanda, were elects ( i think thats how you say it in english). they were members just needing to be baptized. they were so happy to get baptized! they have been at all the family home evenings and participating in all the activities. its great. Maybe we have another baptism this weekend, Tiago, but we are not sure cuz he works in a little city about three hours from manaus and just comes home for the weekend. but sometimes he has to stay there, but they have a church there too. and he has gone every week that he couldn't come here. so it will either be this week or the next for his baptism. things got a little stressful here during transfers cuz all the secretaries pretty much don't sleep. we run around picking up missionaries when they fly in and have to buy the new tickets and get the other ones on the planes haha. we have people flying out from noon until two or three in the morning. so it has been crazy here! last night we were beat!!!! we just got up stairs and crashed haha. i dont think i moved all night long. it is nice though cuz president allows us to sleep in after transfers to get caught up on our sleep so we dont get sick. i am feeling pretty good now but my eyes are still showing the efects of transfers haha. we do get out on p days and stuff so thats good. i think we are going to the zoo today to relax a little bit. but i will talk to you later mom and dad. i love you guys!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

hey mom and dad
wow another week gone by! they fly by here in staff! so, you can tell dad he can go ahead and do that with the money, or he can try to find a ford ranger painted blue with a chevy symbol on the front .......wait that won't do, it still would be a ford. so it would still break down haha. so we will be better off just using the money for that stuff. i'm excited to get pictures of his new truck! i bet you are just like a little kid with a new toy dad haha. that's crazy about josh getting out of japan one week before the tsunami. we have been hearing a lot about it. we got to see some videos too, SO CRAZY!!!! we were informed that all the missionaries were safe. it's really a miracle that they are. the lord takes really good care of us! we have some families that are still worried cuz they have family members there and some haven't heard from them yet. so we are praying that everything is alright. that's crazy bruce is going to south africa!!! i hadn't heard about it. when does he leave? that's cool that he gets to speak english too. is aunt mara freaking out yet? haha i remember when i got my call, you and aunt valinda cried cuz i was going to brazil. i could just imagine africa! that is way cool, im excited for him. so dad is workin you to death huh mom haha. its good for you both, you guys will be in better shape than i am by the time i get home haha. things are good here. we have four baptisms this saturday that we are way excited about! we have been working like crazy! all of the people that will be baptised live in the furthest part of our area too ,so we have gotten a good work out this week. it's nice to have carnival over with so we can do stuff. this is the last week of the transfer so i will have a new comp next time i write. crazy how time flys by here. one transfer down four more left till i get to pass this job to someone eles haha. no it's not that bad, just stressful sometimes balancing missionary stuff with office stuff. but way good for me. we get to work right by president, so its way cool getting to know him better. he is super smart! he graduated from byu and harvard in chemistry and was teaching it at byu hawaii. he helps us out a lot with stuff. what ever question we have about the gospel he explains to us. its like having a seventy by your side while you are studying haha. but other than that manaus is good ole manaus. but i got to run mom and dad. i love you guys and will talk to you next week. tell everyone i love them

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What new truck!!!!!!
i had no clue he was planning on getting a new truck. what did he do with his old one? that's way cool though. i might just have to give that a test run when i get home haha. that's crazy that cory is getting married! see that's what the mission and living in utah will do to a kid. that's why i better get up to reno quick hahaha. i can't believe they are engaged only dating for three weeks! but dad your right, i'm safe! that's cool that you got to see kc while you were up there. i need to write him one of these days. that's good that tanner is checking himself out in the mirrors. he deserves it. it is hard work getting buff. i mean look at me, i have been trying for years now and i'm still the same skinny little runt i have always been. how old is he now? i will get home and he will be getting ready to got on his mission. this week has been a pretty crazy/very boring one. this week was carnival here in Brazil. so guess what that means for the missionaries that live right next to the place where they have the parties? you guessed it, locked away like zoo animals. the church is the first building closest to the event center here. it has been crazy! we couldnt even sleep saturday night cuz of all the noise, that was fun sunday during church trying to stay awake haha. tonight is the last night though, so we can start leaving the office. so that explains the facebook haha. but don't worry, i am turning it over to randi to play around on for the next eight months. o we went to pick up an investigator that sunday morning. i have never seen a street so dirty in my life. i seriously almost couldn't stand walking through it. and the smell was worse than any smell i had smelled in my life! even worse than the rotten egg that ian decided to leave in a cooler for about six months after going camping. so thats saying something! but now it will go back to normal here. the transfer is almost over, so i will be on my own with all the finance stuff now. my companion will be getting transfered, he is pretty excited about that cuz he has been in here so long haha. o joy for me!!!! no, it will be good. i already got the first transfer under my belt, only four more to go haha. time flyes here too! and it's one of the top baptizing areas in the mission, so it's still good. we have a bunch of baptisms next week. we have four people marked for that saturday. one lady we taught, then she asked us for a blessing, so we gave her one. and after she pretty much bore testimony that the priesthood is real, and she knows it was restored here on the earth cuz she felt it. it was way awesome. a really big testimony builder for me and my companion and her too. her and her daughter will be baptised next week. the members are way excited too! so that's always a good thing, when you get the members excited. well i better run, but i will talk to you guys later. i love you guys. o and once again i'm glad you bought a new truck for me dad ;) haha

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

hey mom and dad
so this has to be short. yesterday the mission office got struck by lightning and burned all of our internet stuff up. so needless to say i have been running around since four yesterday fixing the problems and dealing with all the people that aren't getting their money on time (you know how fun that is mom). we have been working like crazy and trying to balance all of our appointments with our investigators on top of that. o life of a missionary hahaha. we have got one computer to work with internet so we are running with it haha. but we will have it fix by tomorrow so i will write you tomorrow. i love you guys