Wednesday, July 27, 2011

hey mom and dad
wow another week gone by! it has been way crazy around here with transfers and areas opening we have been running around like crazy!!!! it all just seems like one big day. but transfers are done Wednesday so after that it will calm back down. i will be staying here this transfer and not training yet so i will have the one after this to train the get back in the field for another transfer. it will be good though i will be able to get everything planned and set up for when you guys get here. i got to meet elder wardles family today they came to pick him up too. they really like it here. you guys will like it a lot too but we still got a little while before you guys come haha. that's cool that all those guys are headed out on their missions. it makes me feel old haha. i cant believe chauncey and trent are about ready to come home too! so it sounds like pioneer day was fun. you think its hot there mom just wait till you come to manaus haha. it has been getting really hot the last few days here. we are lucky cuz the new house we live in has airconditioning in the bed room. its funny you do all you have to do at night then go take a shower and try to get in to the bedroom as quick as you can so you don't get soaked with sweat haha. things in the ward here are going really good. we just traded bishops. the new bishop is the man who took us out to buy something to wear after the fire haha we told him you see the blessings when you help the elders haha. but things are going good. the man we baptized last month Erivelton is doing really well! he just got his first calling in the ward and is preparing for the Melchizedek priesthood. he was way excited about his calling and this sunday was going around getting every ones names and addresses . i don't know how you call his calling in english haha i think it is the sunday schools first counselor. he is way excited though and that is always good to see. we are trying to get out in the streets more to find more people but between my stuff and elder damascenos stuff it gets really hard sometimes. but we get out still and it is really good. it takes a lot of stress off of us. we are trying to get tooned in with president but it is hard cuz he is still pretty lost but we are working with him and helping him. he is changing lots of stuff but i think it will be good for the mission. but i better run we have to take all the guys going home to the airport and they are still at presidents house haha. tonight is gonna be a long one. flights every two hours until six in the morning haha i love you guys and will talk to you next week.

Monday, July 18, 2011

hey mom and dad.
holy cow another week gone by! it has been going by so fast latley! i think it is because we are always running here. i got my flight plans. i was really excited to see them. it will be so good to get to see st claire too! thats cool you guy are gonna go visit him before too. they will be able to help you get on the right plane coming to here. the gonzaga family is getting excited to see you guys too! still a little over four months left but they are getting anxious haha. but anyways things are going good here. it is getting really hot!!!! today it was 104 degrees! i was melting. we had an emergency transfer this week cuz an american missionary got his visa and came early, so president moved tons of stuff! my companion went to a little city with the new missionary and i'm with elder damacseno. he is the executive secretary. he got here the same time i did in the office. we are still in my old area though. he is ending his mission this transfer, in September, or in october cuz president gave him the choice of staying another transfer cuz he needs him to train a new secretary. it has been comfirmed, i will be in here for another two transfers. so, i'm gonna break a record in the manaus mission for the longest time in the office haha. i will get out for my last transfer, hopefully, and go to a new area. i am gonna ask president if i can finish my mission in gloria cuz i won't have enough time to really get to know the ward and lots of people. so it would be cool to go back there cuz i really liked it there, and i already know the area. but we will see what happens here in three months, haha. if i get sent somewhere esle it will be fine too. transfers are next week. i'm not real excited about that haha. that just means more work for me. we will see how this fist transfer goes with president too. he is starting to get the hang of things, just needs more time. i think we are running him to death haha. he hasn't stopped since he got here. but things will calm down here in a little bit. i am just struggling with getting all the houses in the little cities reformed so the elders have a place to live next week when the areas get opened. it is tough reforming a house in a different city when you don't know any one that lives there haha. i sent a member from here there yesterday to reform three houses by next week haha. his name is Delson, he is really cool. he was in my first area too. he is the one that took us to hunt allegators haha. he helps me out a lot here. you guys will have the chance to meet him and his family when you guys get here. they are really special people. but i better run mom and dad i still have to go pick up a fridge for some elders. i love you guys talk to you next week

Friday, July 8, 2011

hey mom and dad
well your luck two times in one week getting a letter from me haha. alright so i will answer your questions first mom.
1 i can get garments from são paulo but i managed to save about 5 pair (they were out drying)
2 i had my bank card with me so i still have it.
3 i had my camera down stairs in my office so thats good.
4 yes i still have preach my gospel in Portuguese
5 i still have my scriptures in Portuguese too my english set was in the fire
6 it was a weird feeling haha i felt like a homeless person.
ya so the crazyness is starting to calm down a little bit now. we have moved to a house here close and are just trying to get things all sorted out. we were wearing some pretty sweet clothes for a few days that all the missionaries that have already went home left behind haha but monday a member in our ward was really good to us. he took us to eat in the mall then he bought each of us four white shirts and two pair of pants. he was really good to us! we are very greatfull for what he did for us. those clothes that the missionaries left behind arent the greatest looking cloths and even more trying to find the very few that fit me haha. but we are getting back in the swing of things. president is doing good he is just lost on things haha he is doing really good though he will be a great president. he is visiting the missionaries in the other states in the mission right now with his family so that gives us a little bit of time to get everything organized here in the office. it has looked like a bomb went off in here the last few days (i dont even want to mention our house haha). we went and played some soccer today on a nice field to relax a little bit and feel normal again. it was a lot of fun! i made three goals haha vanna better be practicing. we have a busy week coming up though that we are all just waiting for. we will receive a missionary from the states and it will be when president starts to change some things and get in tune with us and the work we do in the office. o that reminds me. pday will be on mondays now. they made that change yesterday so that will be interesting. they were talking about moving ours to saturday here in staff cuz monday in the busiest day for us but we will see. i thing i am about done in here though. i have three more weeks in this transfer then i will train the next financial secretary. it went by way quick! by the end of it all i will have been in here for seven and a half months crazy! we will see what president does though. o i wanted to tell you guy that you have to start reading D&C backwards starting on the 13th this month and read a section everyday cuz thats how many days i will be missing to come home. pretty crazy huh? but i better run i think we are gonna go play soccer with the ward too i am gonna be dead tonight haha. i love you guys sorry for the scare mom haha talk to you next monday.

Hey mom and dad
well you guys get a suprise email this week hahaha. the new president is here and is doing very good a little lost but good. but the reason i am writing you guys is that president thought it would be good that you were imformed that our apartment here above the office had a fire. there was an electrical problem and our bedroon caught fire. everyone is fine we were out working when it happened so we were safe. but my stuff wasnt so lucky haha. everything that was in the room was burned including some of my importants stuff like my birth certificate that was locked in my suit case under my bed and ll those documents. my passport is safe it was in presidents safe. but my vacsine card all that was in that little pouch thing is gone. the only thing that was left was my drivers licence that was wraped in my temple recomend i will send you a picture its actually pretty amazing. all my cloths burned up but president came to the rescue and brought two big boxes of clothes from missionaries that had gone home and left a bunch of cloths. you guys dont need to worry about anything we are getting it handled here president just wanted you guys to be aware of what is going on so you dont here a rumer that a missionaries house caught on fire in manaus and burned down half the amazon jungle and the all the people in the city haha. but i will keep you guys up to date on everything that happens. we are living in a house close by. it is the mission house we are just tryin to get everything moved there today. imagine how it is for president get here and one the third day he has to deal with this haha. but they are helping a lot! he was with us clear until we went to the other house to sleep, helping us get beds and making sure we had cloths to sleep in and sheets and pillows. they did really good and are doing really well just had a little scare haha. i was a little sad about all my stuff but the important thing is that no one was hurt. i am using my trainers shirt today haha he left it in the box when he left. im not sure what they are gonna do about our stuff yet but we will figure it out. i will just have to look like a dround rat for a little bit cuz you know how fun it is finding clothes that fit me haha. i just wanted to let you guys know im fine, everyone is fine and let you know about the documents. i dont need any of them here to get home or anything but you guys will need to ask for a second copy (i think thats how you say it in english) of my birth certificate so we have it there. mom you dont need to worry i know how you have a tendency to do that once in a while ;) everything is gonna be ok we are gonna get it all figures out here. but i better run i need to go help clean and move our fridge and washing machine to the new house. i love you guys. if you need to know anything else about the documents and if i need to do anything from here.