Some times people call me “pimentinha”Written by karraiverson on April 11th, 2011
Date: April 6, 2011
I am doing great health wise. I am actually stronger. I don’t even remember how much I weighed before the mission but I weighed myself this morning and I am 173 pounds. I think I have gained a bit. I am not any fatter though. As for the allergies and stuff I am good. I have had some headaches like a couple months ago but recently, and almost my entire mission, I have been headache free. That is pretty nice. But yeah I am pretty healthy.
I am sunburnt and red but I am healthy. Some times people call me “pimentinha” which means “little pepper” because of my redness. It is pretty funny. I have also been called “saiadin” which would be interpreted as “Super Sayan” from the Dragonball Z show because of my spiky blond hair. Everyone also thinks I am German too, but you can understand why. I am tall with blue eyes and blond hair and I have a blocky man face. Yeah life is pretty funny in Brazil. I have other nicknames too.
Well this last week was good — not great, but good. We watched conference. I watched one session in English and the rest in Portuguese. I wanted to be in the air-conditioned chapel so I had to watch in Portuguese. I understand everything so it really doesn’t make much of a difference. I watched Elder Holland’s last talk in English and I wanted to watch President Monson´s talk in the priesthood session but it wasn’t available.
The talks have more effect in your native language. It is great hearing their voices, way better than hearing their translator. Man, they talked a lot about marriage in their talks. so even though we had conference we still got a lot of work done so it was good. Antonio and Maria weren’t baptized, they are still smoking a bit. We will have to wait a bit longer.
We had an emergency transfer yesterday. We are getting a new missionary in our house. a new American missionary. His name is Elder Darty — or at least I think that is his name. He will arrive today so I am pretty excited to have him in the zone.
So what weird thing happened last week? I hope it wasn’t too devastating. I am sorry that you guys are going through trials and difficulties. I wish I could help in some way. Just think about the trials and how tough they would be if I wasn’t serving a mission. Now that would be terrible.
Yeah these are the times that we get to reflect a bit and we get the chance to change and get better at least that is what I have seen on my mission. During the hard times is when you get to reflect more about how you are doing things. It is a lot easier to see your faults when things are going hard and then you get the glorious opportunity to change things for the better and exercise patience.
I have learned to love trials in the mission. I always come out of the trial a lot stronger. Unfortunately, we can also let our trials destroy us. But everything will work out. Dad will find another teaching and coaching job or whatever he needs to support the family and don’t worry, I am praying for you guys too!
I have not written my Grandmothers recently — I will write them today. I hope I will send them soon too. I write letters sometimes, but then I forget to send them for like a month.
So the weather is good here right now. We will be entering winter so I am pretty excited. It will be a little chilly.
I love you guys and I hope this week is great. I know my week will be because I am happy and I am loving life. Well see you guys later. Tchau!!!