January, 2011

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My heart has changed. It started working better…

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

January 19, 2011

Hey everyone!  That is pretty cool that everything is going great there in little ol´ Oroville.

I am doing great this week. I am passing a phase in my mission where everything has gotten easy to do. I just need to find some more elect families to baptize and I would be in paradise. I mean, it is way hot here and I have to wear a shirt and a tie always, but I just am loving it. We work really hard and we are meeting really cool people and the members here are awesome. I am really loving it! Time is flying by too. Can you believe that in a year I will be looking for a wife? That was a strange thought that quickly passed through my mind the other day – it’s so weird how time flies.

We have our difficult times too. There is a lot of persecution of the church here, but it is normal. There is like a church war going on and it is tough sometimes because of the pride of others, but through these difficult times I have grown a lot and I now have a strong and unbreakable faith and testimony. It is so great.

Well that guy Thyago just wants a camera like mine. You can buy it and then just send the camera and the software and the other stuff in the least expensive box. He will be real happy.

This week was also a good week. We are doing a good work here and the members are happy. Today we will bring some investigators to the temple and I will have some photos to send you next week. You should like the temple photos a lot — it is such a pretty place. What I would do to have a chance to visit the Salt Lake temple.

Preston´s court of honor will be pretty sweet. I am happy that he got it. You have to take a lot of photos. I still haven’t received any photos of Christmas.

I didn’t even really want to have a court of honor. I have changed quite a bit. but I’m still basically the same guy. The changes aren’t really exterior in the way that I act. I speak differently and I am a bit more determined and spiritual. I am a lot more confident and strong. But the other changes are a bit more deep. My heart has changed. It started working better. I have a few more feelings and I am a better person. I am more like who I should be. It is a really cool change. I am also really, really red. Not tan, I am red like a lobster. It is really weird.

Kloey… I miss her. I am really glad that she is doing well — following the Spirit and stuff. That must be pretty cool.

Well what else… Oh Carnival. I don’t even know what it celebrates, it is really strange. I think it is just one big party. I will ask someone what it is about.

It has rained a lot this week too. It is pretty cool. I totally destroyed my umbrella yesterday. I mean, it rained so hard that it just broke. Yesterday was a good day. We did a split with our ward mission leader and he helped a lot of investigators so it was pretty cool.

I love you my mother. I have to go clean my house now. It has a strange smell. Next week I will send you guys some photos for sure. At least I hope I will be able to.

I love you all and I hope you finish Alma today.

I hope you have a great week. I know that I will Good-bye. Tchau!!!

This week was one of the greatest weeks in my mission

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

January 12, 2011

Well it is January 12 and I am happy.

Well my mother and family, I just wanted to start off telling you that my new comp is a lot like Preston. It is really weird — more like a generic Preston. You take Preston, take out the quirks, and you get my comp. That isn’t an insult I hope.

This week was one of the greatest weeks in my mission. We just had a lot of success. It all worked out. I am really loving my area. We still don’t have a chapel (it is being remodeled into the stake center) and this makes it a little bit more difficult to do the work but it is going really well here. We are just finding sweet families and teaching a lot and baptizing too. It is all-good in Rosolem. I like Hortolandia; I like a little bigger city with some more members and the church isn’t such an obscure thing here.

Well, beyond just being an awesome week not anything really special happened, I went to a big market here in Brazil where they sell a whole bunch of cheap stolen stuff. It is pretty cool. Well, I don’t think that they are stolen — but they are pirated. You can buy PS3 and XBox games for like 20 reais, which would be like 10 bucks. You have to rig the system to play the pirated games but are still a lot cheaper here. Did you know it cost like 2000 reais for a PS3 and an original game is like 200 reais? It is really crazy here. Really, really crazy. I like that market though because you can find some pretty sweet stuff there.

Well what else… our zone is like all Americans so everyone talks English here. It is really weird and it is the first time in my mission that I have talked in English so much.

Congrats on the scripture reading and on the Eagle Scout. That is pretty awesome. You will have to do a court of honor for me too. Hahah. Well that is pretty awesome! You guys will just have to get Colton’s a little bit sooner. We have to stop the Iverson habit of procrastination.

Hey how much does a good, but cheap digital camera cost there? There is this member here that really wants one. He would like to pay to have someone send him one from the U.S. because it is so much cheaper there. If you could check it out this week and tell me next week maybe we can work something out to help him. He is a pretty cool member. His name is Thyago Brazil and he served his mission in Campinas and then moved here with his wife.

What else… Oh yeah, in February we are going to have three general authorities visit our mission. Elder Anderson, Elder Snow, and Elder Costa. It will be pretty sweet to here from them.

Bryce sent me a Christmas package. It was pretty cool. He sent me some chocolate covered macadamia nuts. They were really delicious. I’ve got to remember to buy them something before heading back.

Well, my dear family, I love you all. I am having a great time here. I am loving this work and this time to serve and learn, you will have to tell everyone that I am doing great that they won’t recognize me when I get back too. I am going to be a bit different. I am all burned and I will have a funny accent, but they will also feel way different around me. That should be pretty interesting.

Carnival begins in February. Here in Campinas it doesn’t get as crazy as the north. I think that everything will stop but I don’t think it will be too bad for the work. I won’t have to stay inside to avoid horrible situations and images. It doesn’t get that crazy here in Campinas and especially in Hortolandia.

You will have to send me those pictures of dad I really want to see them. It would be nice to see some Christmas pics too. I will try to send some pictures as fast as I can.

I hope your sickness gets better fast, I know that it will.

Don’t forget family home evening and always read those scriptures. I know that is the way to never leave the path that leads to eternal life. Preach the gospel too.

I love you all and I wish you all a great week. Tchau!!!

Your son,

Elder Isaac Iverson

The best part about the Brazilian summer is all the rain

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Well that is pretty cool that Kloey´s baptism went well. I am glad that it was really spiritual too.

Well my mother, this past week was also a good week. New Year’s week. Here in Brazil the city stops on New Year´s eve and on New Year’s. It was really strange. Everything was closed and well, it was just weird. Everyone was drunk and having a good ol´ time here. I am glad that it is over or now. I mean carnival should be a bit interesting, but I don’t think that it will turn out to be that bad.

New Years… Well, we didn’t do anything. We planned on going to an investigator’s house but they forgot about us and left. But it was all right, I mean we just slept. We can’t stay up on the mission to light off fireworks unfortunately. I actually think that it is against the rules to touch fireworks but I really don’t remember right now. So our New Year’s party was pretty lame.

Well my comp is cool. He is a farm boy from Utah that likes Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus. He likes to play basketball and he doesn’t like BYU but Utah State. I hope that gives you an idea of what he is like. He is a good comp. I forgot to mention Marla and Darlal. My comps full name is David Boudrero.

Well as for the New Year goals, I wrote down a few in my Christmas/New Year’s letter. I actually forgot what I wrote right now, I will have to think about that when I get home today. I think I just wanted to strengthen my testimony and learn how to do everything because of the love that I have for the Savior. I still need to think of ways that I will complete these goals. I mean everything has got to have a plan.

As for Preston’s birthday, I still haven’t sent him an email saying happy birthday. I will have to do that today. I will send a card to you guys today or tomorrow.

The best part about the Brazilian summer is all the rain. It rains daily here. It is really funny. I like the rain but it really doesn’t help the work all that much. I think it will get a little bit better as the time goes. I’ve just got to be patient. And when it rains here in Brazil it really rains. I just get soaked some times.

One time in Cordeiro it rained really, really hard and well, we didn’t have our umbrellas. The rain caused a river to form in the road and we were getting ready to wade through the river and then a man in a jeep ran by and gave us a ride through the river. We just hopped on the top and went through — it was pretty fun. I was soaked that day, but it was a great day in the end.

Well, what else has been going on here? Today we had a sweet zone activity where we just played games and ate food with everyone. It was a pretty sweet day. Here in Rosolem (neighborhood) in Hortolandia (city) we are finding a lot of great people to teach and we have some great families too. It is pretty cool.

Well my mother and dear family, I want you all to know that I am alive and I am loving my mission. I am learning a LOT and I am loving it. It is hard but not that hard. I can’t even imagine the way that time flies. My comp will have one year tomorrow and I will have a year next month. It is weird to think that it has already been a year that I am here. It actually feels like a joke saying that. Time flies by so FAST and I hate it. I am learning how to work now and I wish I could go back in time a bit.

I love you all and I hope that you all have a wonderful week. Tchau!

Your son,

Elder Iverson!!!