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Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Date: June 29, 2011

Well it has been a while…

Last week was crazy and I didn’t have time to write any letters. We went to the temple and we did a session. When we got back the LAN house was closed so I couldn’t write anyone.

This week was even crazier. Today was pretty amazing we went to Atibaia with our president. President Tanner had planned a trip to Atibaia with my new comp. Elder Sousa Santos so today we travelled to atibaia with our beloved president to visit and go up this huge rock that is there. It was way cool! It looked like another world there also we got to spend the entire day talking with our president. President Tanner is a really cool guy. He bought us food and took us everywhere in his hilux. I took a bunch of pictures that turned out pretty cool. The name of the place is called ” Rocha Grande de Atibaia” it was a pretty cool trip. So we got back right now I don’t even have time to write that much.

Well I have been doing pretty great recently, the members here are taking good care of us. The Relief Society with our investigators are supplying a lot of cake for us to eat. I am really happy. The work is going great and we are teaching a lot of people.

We had an emergency transfer a while ago because of a few missionaries that went home early so I received — in two weeks he will return to his hometown and start looking for a wife. I really like him the work is going well and we are working good together.

These last few weeks have been tough to talk to you guys and I will have to cut it short today too. But maybe next week it will be easier to actually respond the letters that you guys have sent me.

So I am glad that school is over that everyone is actively engaged in work and activities. I am extremely happy that you are not feeling anymore pain mom. That is wonderful.

Dad asked last week what colleges I wanted to go to. I want to apply for BYU, BYU Idaho, and WSU. I don’t know what you guys will need or what the process is but you guys can tell me later.

Well our apartment here is pretty nice. It is just a little house with 2 rooms one bathroom and a kitchen. Perfect for missionaries. Up until now I have not seen any rodents.

So I love you all and I hope that you have a good week, sorry for not having more time. But our sweet trip took a lot longer that we thought. It was fun though. I had a great week and I know that this one will be great too. Tomorrow we have a conference with Elder Gadoy.

I love you all and I hope everything works out with dads job. Tchau!

Date: July 13, 2011

When I said WSU I meant UW. You know the college that is in Seattle. I would really prefer BYU Provo though. It would be the best option. I just need a school where I can get the basics down and then transfer to another school to get my other degrees. I don’t even remember how the whole college thing works anymore. I just need to be ready to enter when I get off my mission. I have been thinking a lot recently about being a lawyer. Not a criminal one but a business one. Our mission president is a lawyer that only deals with big businesses it sounds like a pretty cool deal he is extremely rich and he was able to work for the church here in Brasil.

Well this last week has been good. The work here is great we have some wonderful families that are progressing at a good rate and other people who will be baptized this week. I am really liking the area. It is a small area with a small ward but we have obtained the bishop’s confidence and the members are helping a lot. We are bringing people to the temple every week and life is just good. It is a bit tough because my comp doesn’t have much ambition but he is a good teacher and he doesn’t want to just stay inside and do nothing.

So I have taken a bunch of photos so I will try to send you guys some today.

Yeah our trip to Atibaia was great. Our president is really cool. He is an old guy. He is like 63 but he is really a cool guy I would like to know more about him. He served his mission in Brasil and also served in the marines. He went to school at BYU and mastered in law in UCLA. He served as the Lawyer here in Brasil for the church a couple of years ago. He is really an amazing mission president.

So this is my companion’s last week so today we went back to the temple and we went through a session with our mission president. It was pretty cool. 20 Missionaries will be going home this transfer so there will be a lot of changes in the mission. A lot of areas will be closed I am excited to see what happens.

You guys are feeling summer in Washington. It is kind of cold here in Brasil.

So I just tried to send some Photos to you guys but my memory card has got a problem. It was working a little while ago but now it is not reading the memory card. I will send it to you guys so you can restore the card and see what happened. I don’t want to mess with it here because if I do something wrong I will end up losing all my pictures since the beginning of my mission. that would be extremely sad. So I will send it back to you guys so you can do some magic on it. Be extremely careful I don’t want to lose everything. I hope I didn’t already lose them.

As for my return date I don’t know, I won’t ask for a while though. It will be some time in February. I am thinking like the 5-6 something like that. I don’t know. I will only know like 3 months before going home.

So sorry for not writing that much these last few weeks. we have been doing a lot of stuff.

You know working in the city is great. My area is like on the outskirts of the city not in the center so there is nothing that cool here. In Campinas one of the coolest things that they got is this huge flee market called Camelo. You can just get everything there for extremely cheap. Everything is falsified or stolen but it is still pretty cool the stuff you can find there.

So mom I will go now. I love you all and I hope you have a great week. I am doing wonderfully. I am just worried about my pictures right now… Everything will work out though.

I love you all and have a great week.

Tchau!

Date: July 13, 2011

Interesting… Everything changes. But it has to be that way though. I mean imagine if everything just stayed the same… That would be weird. Change is good though it makes life more interesting. Speaking of change my buddy Elder Sousa Santos returned to Fortaleza. Yep on Tuesday he left. It was good though. I liked him a lot. I was also able to visit an area that I passed by. On Monday we visited Rosolem and all the people there. I was able to sell my camera and also I was able to visit some of the people I got to know and baptized. I was there for a very short amount of time but everyone still remembered me and that was great. It is sad when no one remembers you and that happens to some missionaries. Everyone remembered me though and that was awesome!

So I got a new comp. His name is Elder Oliveira. He has 2 months in the mission. He is short and kind of dorky looking. He is from Rio Grande do Sul. He is a pretty cool guy.

So today I went and I bought a suit. It cost 100 reais which would be about 60 dollars. It is a plain gray suit. It is pretty cool looking. I didn’t have a bunch of cash so I just bought the best cheap suit I could find. This suit is inexpensive but it is good looking. I also got a new bag the other day. A missionary that went home gave it to me. It is a really pretty bag one of those hiking bags. It is really nice. It is a brand called Mountain Smith. It is way nice. These days have been pretty nice to me.

Last week was an interesting week. It was disappointing. There was this one girl that was going to be baptized. Her name is Gabriela. She was a member’s reference. It was going wonderfully but some theology guy came in and screwed everything up. She was so golden but then it just didn’t work out. Unfortunately she is running from us now. Dad should know how that goes but everything will work out in the end.

But beyond that we had a cool activity that was really effective to help the members. This Saturday we will have a party at the church. It is called Festa Julina. It is a Brazilian festival that they have every year. Usually it is done in June and I think it is to commerate something to do with the Apostles John and Paul, I don’t really know though.

So I have grown a lot physically this last little bit. I am pretty huge now. I just need to do some weight training after the mission and I will be pretty good looking.

That is pretty interesting about the jobs I hope it works out. I mean if he gets those jobs it will great. A whole lot closer to the family and in a city that is a little bigger than Oroville. It should be wonderful. I will have to fast this Saturday so that everything works out all right.

So did Preston cut his hair finally? He isn’t that handsome with that hairdo

Yeah beyond the new bag and the new suit I also learned some other tricks. My comp taught me some card tricks so now I am pretty cool. I know card tricks and I am tall and handsome with a new suit!

As for the return date I don’t know. I think it will be the 7th of February. I think that that is my return date I really don’t know though.

Have you already thought in 7 months I will be home starting my life. I will have to get married too. What do you think about me getting married to a Brazilian? Would that be weird?

So I am loving life. I am having success as a missionary. I am working hard I am learning about revelation and how to rely on the Lord. I am being obedient and I am focused on the mission. I can honestly say that this experience has changed my future because of the things that I have learned here I will be a different person. Because of these experiences I will be able to stay strong when the going gets tough and all get through and overcome all my weaknesses. I have grown a lot in 1 year and 5 months. I hope that these last 7 months are even better than the last and I really think that they will be. I have learned how to work and if the Lord continues to bless us like he has been we will have a lot of success this transfer.

Well mother I love you and I hope that you all have a great week. I am praying that Dad gets his job and that you guys can leave as quickly as possible. I wonder if moving will be harder or easier with one less person… That is a good question.

I love you all and I hope that this week goes well.

See you guys later. Tchau!!!

Date: July 20, 2011

So I bought a new suit but I am also needing new shoes. My shoes broke again. I don’t know what I am doing wrong my steps are so heavy that I just eat through this rubber. I mean I buy good shoes but they just don’t work out well.

Next week I would like to buy some new ones on my P-day with a member so if you could put a little extra money in my account that would be wonderful. I don’t know how much they will cost. I think I will buy a little more expensive this time more or less 80 reais ( 50 dollars)

I hate asking for money and stuff but I am seriously needing new shoes. I love you guys and I am extremely grateful for all the things that you are doing to help me. I know you have to sacrifice a lot but I am extremely grateful.

Your son

Elder Isaac Iverson

Tchau!!!

This is me in my new suit. Cool huh!

This is me in my new suit. Cool huh!

Date: July 27, 2011

So this week that went by was another week. Sunday was great because we were able to bring a couple of great people to church. The rest of last week was kind of difficult though. My comp is really different.  I can live with him and all and not fight and argue but it is a bit difficult. I am working on it though.

Well last week was a bit tough but this week is going a lot better. On Monday I preached in an evangelical church. We have this investigator that has this church that she runs every week. It is just a church where she invites various pastors and other religious people to speak. I had never gone to an evangelical church before and I really don’t want to go back. The religious leaders of these churches just teach things to make the people feel good and yell and shout and imitate miracles to take the peoples attention away from the spirit. The church service was held in her household and about 25 people were there. Mainly pastors and other religious leader but it was pretty interesting.

I taught about the restoration and Joseph Smith and told them the first vision. Everyone paid a lot of attention and a very sweet spirit filled the room I invited everyone to pray to God to know the truth and then I turned the time over to a member to bear his testimony that was unnecessarily long. It was good though at least those people know a little bit more about what we believe. I hope that we see fruits in the next few days. It was a cool experience though. I would never have done that before the mission but it was really easy to testify about the divine truths. I have really been converted. I have really had a change of heart. I just hope that I can continue to grow and have more success on my mission.

Yesterday we were able to have a family night with a family that the dad isn’t a member. I think he will be baptized here in a little bit. We then taught another family that the Dad isn’t a member. This man is married to his wife for 16 years. She has been a member since 13 years of age but he has never had much interest in the church. After talking with him he finally is progressing. We will visit the temple with the entire family this Friday. I think he will also be baptized in these next few weeks. They are progressing well and I have had a couple of very spiritual experiences with them that I will share with you all when I get home.

So this week has started out wonderfully. I hope that it continues to go well.

So I was able to take out the money that you sent. Thank you! I got this huge hole in the heel of my shoe I will go and buy new ones after writing you guys emails. Oh and I haven’t gotten any of dad’s emails recently. Has he changed his email address?

So hope you guys take a lot of pictures of your vacation I want to see how Long Beach is considering the fact that I have no recollection of ever being there. I hope you guys can really relax a bit.

Well mother and family I love you all. I am doing wonderfully and I am happy.

Date: August 10, 2011

Well sorry for last week. I was sick so I didn’t write anyone. Well that is wonderful that your vacation is going well. I hope that you all have fun.

These last few days have been rough I have had a tough time with sickness. I am still a little sick. It is just a cold but it won’t go away. It stinks! I have never had trouble with sickness in my mission up until now. I hate it! It hasn’t kept me in the house though. I am able to go and work and like normal so that is the good thing.

So here things are going great. We are teaching, and doing a bunch of cool stuff. The Ward is excited and everything is going pretty wonderfully. I will send some pictures of our last temple trip with this one family that I love. I am loving the work. I have really been able to help this ward grow a bit. I mean it wasn’t me it was God but I am glad that I was an instrument in helping this place grow a bit. I hope I can help a bit more in these next few weeks.

So I also got an email from Andrew and David this week. It was good to here from them. Life has changed a lot for them. Things will be different when I get home.

So I am doing good. My comp is doing good too.

Well as for exciting changes since the last time that I wrote… I really don’t think that there have been any. life is about the same. I can’t think about anything interesting to write.

I do have some questions about the new house. Where is it at? How much does it cost? Where is it located? I need the address and phone number to give to the mission. They have to know when we change addresses. So if you could send me this information as quickly as possible it would be greatly appreciated.

Well I am glad that you are liking the Book of Moses. I also love that book. It helps you understand the temple a lot more. I am grateful for all the things restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I feel bad for those who reject all this wonderful information.

You know what I miss. I was thinking the other day and I am missing hot cheetos. They don’t exist here in Brasil. If you could send some in the next package I would love it.

Well I loved the pictures. I would also like to see a picture of the new house. Have fun on the beach! Man that does look like a lot of fun!

I love you guys and I will talk to you later!

I Iove Brasil and my mission. There really is nothing better. I will tell you though Brazilians love tall white Americans. The people think I am just beautiful. They also think I am filthy rich. I just wanted to let you all know. Haha!

So I will go now have a great week.

Tchau!!!

This is me with Chimarrão a strange tea found in the Sul it isn´t against the Wisdom either. I didn´t drink it but I will try it before finishing my mission.

This is me with Chimarrão a strange tea found in the Sul it isn´t against the Wisdom either. I didn´t drink it but I will try it before finishing my mission.

Date: August 17, 2011

That is pretty interesting that you guys are moving. That is definitely a weird thought. I guess I will never be going home. I will just be going to where I was born. It is weird that you guys are going to the place where the family started out.

So the last time in Oroville. That is kind of a sad thought. I liked that place but I am pretty happy to start completely over again. Weird huh. I will return to a completely different ward with completely different people. so weird!

Sweet that you will be working though. I hope the job is pretty cool.

You guys don’t really need a big house though I mean really right now all the kids are going to be leaving the nest a starting their own lives. I will come back and go to school. Preston will be in the mission. Colton will be preparing to leave on the mission. It must be strange you and Dad are really entering the next stage of life where you get to see if your kids will make it in the world. I bet you guys must be feeling really weird. I sure am.

So as for the mission and my life… Well this last week was pretty good. It was a little disappointing in some ways. I mean the mission is wonderful and all but it gets a bit annoying always having to rely on other people to do what you asked them to do. Rely on members to give people rides. Rely on investigators to do what they said they would do.

I have learned some extremely important lessons about leadership here in the mission. Leadership and planning. You have to gain people’s trust and confidence and you have to follow through with everything that you promised. If you don’t do that no one will do what you ask. The mission has taught me a lot about how to deal with people. I was never much of a people person before the mission but now I have learned how to be the guy that everyone likes and trusts. But in the end, many people are not reliable and that unfortunately brings unhappiness and frustration sometimes in the mission. This week really wasn’t that bad though.

Yeah about those “people” we talked about, it is unfortunate that they are making bad choices. It is really sad that they don’t have that desire to be different. One of the things that Satan uses to take people from the path of righteousness is peer pressure. People worry way too much about what other people think. If you do that you just end up being unhappy and making stupid choices. It is sad but peer pressure and wanting to be accepted keeps a lot of people from the truth. Usually you know you are doing something right when idiots and fools start to criticize you. The weak change their minds and the strong persevere in their decisions to do what is right even though it is almost always hard. I’m sad, but we can’t make decisions for other people. We can only decide for ourselves who we will follow.

You know transfers are coming up. I have no idea what will happen but I am pretty excited.

So this Sunday was Father’s Day in Brasil. So wish a happy Brazilians Father’s Day to dad. I hope this week was good for you guys too.

Thanks for the address. I like it Peach Tree lane. It is a rather pleasant sounding name. It would be cool if there were really peach trees there. I love peaches. So I need to see a picture because I am having a hard time imagining this place where you guys live.

As for the pictures I will do better and I will take more photos and send small amounts in the emails. This week doesn’t work because I am in a division and I don’t have my camera with me. So you will have to wait until next week.

Well I am happy and excited for the move. I hope that everything goes well. Good luck with my stuff. ha-ha. Unfortunately I won’t be there to help.

Well my family I love you all. I am glad that your vacation was cool. Who all went anyways? and how long were you guys there?

Well my family I love you all and I hope you have a great day and week. See you guys later!

That is me and Luiz and his family (Luiz, Roberta, Raul, and Luiz Guilherme) He has been married to Roberta for 16 years and for the first time he has wanted to here the lessons. It is a miracle. This temple trip was pretty special.

That is me and Luiz and his family (Luiz, Roberta, Raul, and Luiz Guilherme) He has been married to Roberta for 16 years and for the first time he has wanted to here the lessons. It is a miracle. This temple trip was pretty special.

Date: August 31, 2011

Still no pictures of the house? That is kind of sad I wanted to see what it is like.

So yeah my comp is way cool. I mean he doesn’t talk much but he is really relaxed and he has a desire to do the work. That is all that matters. He is a new guy but he already has many of the skill necessary to be an effective missionary. It is nice when you got a comp like that — it is really nice.

So the ward here is pretty amazing. Our bishop is a professional pianist and half of the ward plays a certain type of instrument. Everyone is really talented here so it is cool. We had a music-based activity last Saturday that was really well done. I was impressed with the ward there was this one girl that made a song and sang it in English. It was really well done. I heard that this ward was terrible but I am liking it a lot. The members are practically worshipping us because we arrived. They were without missionaries and now that we got here everyone is just loving us. It is nice to feel so wanted and loved. I am happy with the ward and we have our own chapel.

So these last few days have been good. We have gotten to know a lot of members and we have started to find quite a few investigators. Everything is going pretty well missionary work wise.

So this next Tuesday we will be meeting our new president and that will be pretty cool.

I am glad your birthday was great, I forgot to send a birthday card. Hey what letter did you guys get from me? I don’t remember the last time that I wrote and sent a letter.

Hmm… I need to send you guys some photos. I will do that now.

Date: September 7, 2011

That is great that everybody is getting back into the swing of things. That makes me feel pretty happy.

Well this weekend was a little disappointing. My comp is sick, there is nothing more annoying than a sick comp. because you can’t do anything. He has some type of sinus infection and a sore throat. I don’t know what is going on exactly but we already went to the doctor’s office and everything now we just got to buy the meds and hope for the best. Luckily the ward is supportive, they are all praying for him and our bishop visited us the other day so that was pretty nice. We had to stay home both Saturday and Sunday (after church) there is nothing I hate more than staying in the house. Fortunately in my mission I have not had to do that that much. Thank goodness.

So beyond that everything is good. I am happy and I am loving the ward here. It was so easy to gain their confidence and their help in the missionary work. There are some great members here.

So how is the ward like there in Yakima? Is it enormous? Is there a bunch of cool people that go there? what is it like?

Yeah I know how that feels to prepare something and then not be there to reap the rewards. That happens a lot on the mission. It really doesn’t matter in the end but it is always nice when you can reap what you sowed. Sometimes it just doesn’t happen in life but the blessing are the same. I found out the other day that the only family that I was able to help bring to church here in Rio Claro is still active. that was an amazing feeling. I don’t know if you remember José and Lourdes. they still have not been able to sort out the marriage problem but they are still going strong and it has been almost a year now. If they’d been baptized when I was here I could watch them be sealed in a couple months. That would have been really amazing to see. Unfortunately they aren’t married still but they are going strong and one day they will be married and baptized and sealed so that is an amazing thought. I am really happy to know that they are active in the church still.

Well yeah you guys got to help Preston a lot now. It is a really tough time waiting before the mission. He has got to get a job that will help a lot with the depression. It is a tough time and really Satan does attack a lot harder before the mission. Usually with feelings of guilt and inadequacy. He has just got to get into good study habits (scripture wise) and has to get a job. If he does this and becomes very active in the church with the activities and the callings everything will work out right. He should be happy and enjoy this time before the mission. He has to prepare well because the beginning of a mission is tough spiritually. It is a completely different world.

Yeah Andrew wrote me again. It looks like the situation is getting worse. Everyone of my friends is just living their lives like the world want them to. It is sad. I should have done better before the mission in helping them to get to know the church. God’s plan is perfect and it will work out great in the end. I am sure I will be able to help them after the mission. I have changed a lot. They will either change to stay close to me or they will slowly fall away. I hope that they want to change.

So about schooling… I think I just want to do my bachelor’s in BYU Idaho and then transfer to another school. Or just do everything in BYU Provo. Well did you already get that paperwork started?

How is Colton doing has he gotten better? And the rest of the family? Are my Grandmothers fine and still going strong?

Well today is a Brazilian holiday! how wonderful.

And also I forgot to tell you I am living in a house with 4 missionaries again. It is way cool. There is one missionary that likes to cook so there is always good food to eat. I already know all the guys that are here so it is way easy to live with everyone. It is nice to live with 3 other missionaries. There is never a quiet moment and P-day is a lot more enjoyable. The other companionship consists of Elder Almeida and Elder Santana. They both have a good amount of time in the mission. Elder Almeida 1 year and 1 month and Elder Santana 1 year and 8 months.

Well tell everyone in the ward and family that I said “Ola”

I am really liking this time in the mission. The end is looking more real but I can clearly see that this is the time that I can have the most success as a missionary. I can take one of two paths: I can work hard and try     hard to help the wards where I serve and teach and help a lot of people, or I can just pass my last few (5) months passing the time away doing nothing memorable.

I have recognized that exists these 2 choices and I chose the first. I will serve faithfully until the end. I feel great about everything that I have done in my mission up until now. I just want to baptize more people. Unfortunately I don’t have complete control over that decision.

I love you all. I am loving my mission and my choice to serve it really has been the best choice I have ever made.

Until next week tchau!!!

Busy, Busy, Busy….

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Handsome guy!

Handsome guy!

Date: June 1, 2011

Yeah I will send a picture today just to satisfy your guys’ curiosity. So the fainting girl — her name is Flavia. She should send some pictures of our temple trip with her family.

So I got some news. I was transferred… My comp was too. It really stunk. We had a couple of people to be baptized, but I guess it happens. I was released as a zone leader. President put a couple of zones together so we have less zones and zone leaders. He said he wants me to learn some things so I am a district leader in Campinas.

My comp. is Elder Shumway from Texas. He is a cool guy. I am not too excited because I never wanted to work in Campinas. I am working in ward called Vila União it is a very tiny area with a very tiny ward of 50-60 people. I don’t know why, but I am here and I am ready to work. Sometimes things just don’t go your way. Sometimes you just got to do what God wants you to do. Really all the time. I am not really unhappy. I am happy as usual. and I am excited for new challenges and new growth. It will be an interesting opportunity.

So I am in Campinas. I am close to the temple!!!

Date: June 8, 2011

So I sent a photo of my roommates and me, and also Elder Schroeder and me on our last day together. I am pretty good looking huh!   :-)

So this last week that went by was amazing. It was one of the best weeks of my mission — work-wise it was. It was just the week that we worked the hardest. it was a good week.

Graduation. I cannot wait to see the pictures. It should be great! It is hard to believe it has been so long. I mean 2 years has already gone by since that day. I cannot even believe that. I mean 2 years. 2 years in high school takes forever, 2 years after high school is nothing. It is funny how your perception of time changes as life goes on.

I hope everyone can make it to the party all right. I hope that Marla’s sis is good too.

So here in Campinas I really don’t know what the weather will be like. But yeah in Americana the weather was way good these last few days. I am going to miss that place but I did take a couple of pictures and I got some email addresses and my bishop gave me a sweet tie so it should be pretty easy to remember the good times.

So this pic was of us at our district meeting.

I feel great knowing that JT´s mom is really active. I just feel horrible for never telling my friends about the gospel. Or inviting them to an activity or anything. I will have to do better about that when I get back. Just imagine how cool it would be to see Bryce or randy or Andrew on the mission. It would be amazing.

So I will write a letter to Eric today, you guys can then send it to him.

Well, my family, I am sorry for cutting it short today. Think I will just go buy some stuff and then rest. I need to organize my items and also let my comp. rest. He is feeling a little sick. I sure hope I don’t catch it.

I love you guys a lot. I hope you know that even though this next little while will be tough, I am happy. I trust that God is leading this mission and I am here to learn. I love the talk that an apostle gave in conference about repentance and correction. It has helped me a lot these last few days, you should read it too.

So I hope you guys find a place soon. I hope that graduation goes well, take a bunch of pictures and let me know how it was. Tell Preston congrats one more time for me.

I love you all and I am loving life. Have a great week and enjoy the pictures!!!”

That was my last week’s letter. I don’t know why it did not get sent last week. I sent it in three parts with 3 photos. that is too bad that nothing got there.

Love your son,

Elder Isaac Iverson

Date: June 8, 2011

So this last week was pretty interesting. Got to know a couple of crazy people and also we had a huge storm yesterday.

So we got back from our district meeting and, well, we made lunch and went back out to work. As we were talking with people we started teaching this old guy. So we went in and we taught the lesson, He did not understand anything, and when we got done we said a prayer and as we prayed it just starts pouring rain. Like a lot of rain. And then the wind comes in and the guy´s roof starts to come off.

We are just sitting there and then it starts lightning and thundering and then the power goes down. We waited till the rain stopped a bit and then we left. To our great surprise the power went down in our entire proselyting area. It was just a black dot on the map of Campinas.

We ran to the only open supermarket to buy candles and then we returned home. The wind destroyed billboards and also roofs and knocked over a couple of power poles. It was crazy. They said that in the school it looked like a tornado passed by. Our house which is actually the part of 3 houses was all right. We didn’t have electricity until 2 in the morning but still nothing was broken.

Our neighbor’s roof was destroyed and also their satellite antenna. It was crazy. I felt like I was in the movie War of the Worlds because of the panic. We got soaked but it was fun though. It stunk because we had to go home early. It didn’t work to do proselyting because there were no lights in the city. We sat at home and ate Doritos by candlelight – it was weird. We are all right though!

So what else happened… You know not much. Everyday is an adventure here with Elder Shumway the Texan. He actually looks pretty tan. He reminds a bit of JT but Mormon. He is kind of strange but it is entertaining being his companion and we are doing a good work here. We should have a lot of success this transfer.

So I saw the pics. Thanks for taking them, but Preston’s hair is horribly girly. Why does he have that hair? I mean his hair is horribly long and girly. That is just annoying the heck out of me…

But anyways, that is great that the party was good and that a bunch of people came. I bet it is pretty interesting to see your kids growing up and changing — that must be weird.

I cannot believe it has been two years since my graduation. I remember my party it was at the Wise´s home. It was pretty cool. I really love that family. I will have to send Randy a chastising letter. He can’t just waste his time doing nothing. I feel horrible when I had to sit around last night because of the thunderstorm. It is different though when you don’t have goals or anything.

So I sent 3 photos last week One of Elder Schroeder and I together on our last day, one of all of us doing funny poses, and one when we are in suits. They are all great and really my face and body has changed a lot. I look a lot older don’t I? It is really strange what the mission can do to you. I think I am pretty good looking now.

So I haven’t heard from dad in a while. How is he doing? Is the job search going good? I hope it is going well.

Well I am doing great. I am loving the mission and all that I am doing. I am a different person because of the wonderful things that I am doing here. It is amazing how much you can change if you really want to. I will send a letter to you guys and Eric today – it’s a good one.

I love you guys and I hope you have a wonderful day and week

Your son,

Elder Isaac Iverson

Letters for May

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Date: May 4, 2011

Yeah actually I don’t know if I will be able to use Skype. But if we do I will be able to talk with you guys face to face and that would be pretty cool, but if I can’t that is alright I will just talk with you guys on the phone that will be pretty cool too.

I am excited, I got your guys’ package. Now I just got to talk with the Tiago Brazil so we can do the trade. Unfortunately, it is really hard to talk with people outside your area on the mission, but I am almost positive that it will work out one day. I am excited to get a new suit.

I got the memory card though. I can only take a couple (159) fotos with that 512 MB memory card, it is kind of tiny so maybe I will have to buy a bigger one.

I am excited to get a package from Aunt Shanna too! I love getting packages. It is like Christmas. The only problem is that living with 4 there is a lot more people that want to eat your stuff and Brazilians are notorious mooches. That is terrible.

Hey I got an email from Bryce today — it was sweet. He is happy and will be going to WSU this next semester. I haven’t thought much about college but I want a plan when I get back so I was thinking University of Washington, BYU Idaho, or BYU Provo. So if you want to start looking stuff up, go for it. I don’t want to have to worry about much stuff when I get back from the mission. I want everything to go smoothly. Yeah I am pretty sure that that is not even possible, you know for something to go easy after the mission but if we do our part who knows.

Man I cannot even believe that Eric will serve a mission. It seems like a little while ago he was in our house learning about the church. That is way cool. I will have to write him some stuff that he should know before going. That would be cool. That is pretty exciting!

So this week was great. That guy that uses crack is doing good he went to church and he is reading the Book of Mormon. We found some other families too. The work is going good It needs to be better but I’ve got to be patient, this zone was always known as the worst zone in the mission but it is improving a lot.

Our area is difficult but God sent us here to have success so we are working hard with our brains and with the members and I know that it will work out well. I have learned a lot here in Americana. You really can have success in any place if you receive revelation and work hard. The key is the members loving and working with them.

So yeah I am happy. I liked the new articles that you guys sent. And I also liked the candies. Man, I wanted more Cadberry eggs — one little package was not enough but I am very grateful for that package. I know that it wasn’t cheap for you guys and that it required a little bit of sacrifice. I just want you guys to know that I am very grateful for the packages and letters that you send. I love them a lot.

Well, I love you guys a lot and I will talk to you guys more on Sunday. We are limited to a 40 minute time period like always so we have to do it quickly. I will let you all know what will happen. I forgot your guys’ numbers though.

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

Your son,

Elder Iverson

Date: May 11, 2011

Well it was also pretty sweet to talk to you guys too. It was kind of weird but it was nice. I just wish we had a little bit more time. That is alright though, in another 7 months we will talk again. Ha it is pretty funny in the mission you only get to talk with your family for a total of 160 minutes. That is pretty short for 2 years.

So not much has changed these last few days I mean some of the families that we have taught have had a bunch of progress and we are finding a lot of cool people to teach. It is going pretty good. We are also talking with the schools about doing church meetings there. Here in Brazil there isn’t a division between schools and religion so you can have religious meeting at the school. I think it will work out and we will be able to baptize a lot more people having meetings in the schoolhouse.

So about that one girl that fainted. Her name is Flavia and she has been taught for a while now. Her and her dad have been visiting the church for a couple months. Her dad is crazy but she loves the church. She was at church Sunday and after the sacrament meeting she was waiting for her dad to pick her up when she fainted. it was kind of a shock because she just fell over and hit her head.

We gave her a priesthood blessing (Elder Shroed and I) and then we ran to the hospital. She ended up staying out of it for like 5 hours and then woke up with amnesia. She couldn’t remember anyone. It wore off over time though. She was alright until yesterday when she was at school and the same thing happened again. I haven’t called them back since then so I don’t know if she is any better. This was the family that we took to the temple. It is kind of sad. I really don’t know what I need to do to help.

I can imagine that it isn’t a good situation for her head though. Stopping and starting a lot. Luckily in the church she was still breathing and had a pulse so it wasn’t a crisis situation. It is sad though. I will call in a little bit to see how the family is doing because I do like the family a lot.

So we had a district meeting the other day. My comp and I did the meeting in baptismal clothes. He used white pants and also a white tie. I used the baptismal jumper suit. It was way cool. I will get the pictures and send them to you guys.

I am good and healthy and in this area I am learning how to cook really well. We have our lunch at our home almost everyday (except Sunday) it is pretty cool. I made fried chicken a couple of times and it was delicious. The other day though, I grabbed a bad piece of chicken and it turned out horrible. But people love it when I make the chicken!

Did I really have an accent? I thought that I was speaking English pretty well. Kloey couldn’t even understand what I was saying over the phone though. I couldn’t even hear Andre. He seems like the type of person that doesn’t even talk that much. I think he forgot Spanish though. What was up with that?

So I am doing great. Tell Preston that the secret to success is Obedience, Work, Revelation and Creativity. Attitude is also important. But that is how you do it. Obedience and Work working hard until you can’t do more. When your work isn’t going good — get creative and seek revelation from God and throughout it all you’ve got to be happy and excited and joyful. This is how you do it.

Well I am so grateful for the stuff that is happening here. It is a little slower than I want it to be but we have great investigators. One of them will cut our hair today at 12:30. I am way excited.

So I love you all. See ya later. I hope everything goes good with you guys this week. Tchau!!!

Date: May 18, 2011

Well this week was great. I am loving life. My companion and I are working our tails off and it is really going pretty well here. I am happy and excited about the work that is going on here. I hope I can stay here one more transfer with Elder Shroeder. It would be cool to watch him go home and to work with him for one more transfer.

Well, right now in Brazil it is way cold. It feels like autumn. I mean I walk outside and I have to use a sweater. If I don’t, it gets really cold and with a breeze at night it is terrible.

Oh yeah we know the reason why the girl fainted. It was because of some really strong medication she was taking. I don’t why she was taking really strong medicine but I guess that is the reason that she was having so many problems. Weird huh?

May Day… I remember those times. Actually I can’t really remember that much. I don’t even remember what I did with my friends on May Day. Because I usually didn’t do much… Huh I don’t even remember much about May Day. I just remember that it was pretty cool. I was never one that took part in that type of stuff but it is pretty cool that Preston had such a big part in everything. Oroville will really miss the Iverson Family

So a jewelry site. I will have to check it out — maybe an investigator can look it up for me. I will have to do that. Is it ready now or will it only be ready a little later?

So I am taking more pictures now. I actually have a few with my comp. Elder Schroeder and the people that live with us. I’ve got to copy some more though because we took a few with his camera and not with mine. So I guess I will have to do my best to send the pictures to you guys as fast as I can. I only need to make copies on a disk or something just in case the card gets lost in the process of being sent to the U.S. I don’t want to chance losing all of my memories on the mission. I still need to take more pictures though. I have been slacking a bit. The problem is that I usually don’t carry my camera around with me

Mission fireside. I bet it was a good one wasn’t it? Our mission president is amazing I imagine that these guys are too. It is pretty cool that they came and talked to the people in the little old town of Oroville. How many people are in the ward now. Hey how is JT´s mom doing is she still going to church? I hope so. has the ward grown at all?

You know I remember this time of year in the U.S. ?  It is always the best except for the fact that I get sick when school and sports are winding down life is good. Preston has to enjoy this time because in a little while he won’t have time to do this type of stuff.

So when you guys send your next package I have a request. Can you send an English hymnbook? One big one and one small one? That is the only thing that I want for right now.

So our investigators are progressing well. We have a couple of good families that are receiving the lessons. They all have problems but it is really nice to help them improve and get better. It is tough with some of the problems that we face but you learn a lot.

We have one guy that uses crack. He tries to stop and after about a month he goes crazy and disappears for a couple days until he comes back to his senses and then goes home. He is a normal guy with a job and a good family. He is 22 so he still doesn’t have kids. It is sad to see people do this but it does strengthen your testimony about the power of repentance. It is amazing how much problems we handle as missionaries.

So today I will go and play ping pong with the zone. It will be awesome. I love you all and I wish that you have a good week and that Colton get better.

Don’t worry though it wasn’t too hard hearing your guys’ voices it was just a little weird.

I love you all and I hope you have a great week!

Tchau!!!

Date: May 25, 2011

So this week was great.

Well on Friday we had interviews with our beloved President Tanner. Yeah that was pretty interesting. All I can say is that he loves me a lot and there will be some changes next transfer with the zones. I guess we will just see what will happen.

Wow that is pretty amazing that Preston is doing awesomely in track. That is pretty amazing that he is just running awesomely. Is he just showing up and running or is he training pretty hard? Either way it is extremely cool that he is doing so well! Tell him good luck for me!

Thanks for my friend’s pictures. They look pretty much the same. Randy just has a big man’s beard. Bryce and David look exactly like they used too. I think I have changed quite a bit though. I have taken a lot of pictures. I will be sending the card in a little bit. I don’t know when if not today or tomorrow, next week.

So here in Brazil life is going good. I mean it is great here. I am happy and I am loving life in this house. My companion and I are just working hard and doing our best. Despite our challenges in the ward we are teaching a lot of amazing people. I am extremely happy with the things that are happening here.

What is going to happen at Preston’s grad party? Is it going to be big? Is there going to be a lot of food and Pop? I am excited make sure to take a lot of pictures. I want to see how the party was and also how graduation was.

You know having a comp is a lot like marriage. It is just too bad that your comp is a man. Usually your comp is a lot more annoying than a girl though.

As for the weather here it is pretty cool. I am loving it. I got a sweet Tommy Hilfiger sweater from a new missionary the other day so I use that now. It keeps me nice and toasty. But really these winter climates are pretty nice here. It is usually pretty sunny during the day and also at night is cool. it is pretty nice. I like the winter climate of Brazil.

That is great to hear that JT´s mom is strong and active. It is too bad that she is going to be divorced. I mean I never talked to him. How many people are going to church now?

It is amazing how things area always changing. Have you guys decided where you are going to move to? I hope you guys find a cool place.

When your jewelry site is all done send me the address and I will have someone check it out for me. You should also be receiving some photos from our temple trip from the fainting girl here in a bit.

So.. I will go now. I love you all. I am sorry I just don’t have much to write today. I think this p-day I will write letters and sleep. I am feeling pretty tired.

I love you all and I hope you guys have a great week. And that Preston does well in track.

See ya tchau!!!

I had a strange thought the other day… I have 14 months in the mission

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Date: April 20, 2011

Well, first of all I did write you guys last week so I will start out this letter resending last week letter:

This last week was a bit difficult but we had a great meeting on Tuesday. I am pretty pumped up. I am happy and we are finding a bunch of people to teach. Life is going good here I love this area. It is definitely the best area that I have passed by. Next week we have transfers though so that should be pretty interesting. I am pretty excited to find out what will happen. I hope I stay. I think a lot of missionaries will stay because we had a bunch of emergency transfers recently because a bunch of new Americans got here.

Yeah, unfortunately the whole thing with addiction is that it some times requires a lot more patience than you want to give. Now they are having other problems and their family doesn’t want them to be baptized. So that kind of stinks. I think it will all work out in the end though. We are finding a lot of other families too so life is good.

Well today we had a zone activity. It was cool. We played soccer and cards and also we ate Feijuada, a delicious Brazilian dish that was made up a long time ago. The Brazilian slaves received the scraps that their masters gave them so they started putting all these scraps together in a soup with beans. The tradition continues in our days. They just throw in all the parts of the pig with beans and then cook it. It is actually pretty delicious.

Well, that stinks that dad is facing a bunch of problems I hope it isn’t too bad. It has been a while since he has written me. Everything will work out all right though. Just make sure you guys are doing all the little things so that there is nothing that keeps you guys from receiving God’s blessings.

Well I am doing well. I need to go and write some letters and so I hope you guys have a great day. My day will be pretty simple, I will just have a meeting with the stake president about the missionary work at 7 and afterwards I will do a division and help a member to learn English. So it will be a pretty relaxed day.

Well my family, I don’t have much to say today. I am doing great and I am growing a lot. I hope Preston and Colton are all right. I also hope they are not affected by the school problems. I know that everything will work out. Dad will find a job in the right place and at the right time.

I love you all and I wish you all an excellent week.

Your son,
Elder Isaac Iverson

So now you have last weeks letter and this weeks letter. I hope they are able to be sent.

Well after receiving the blessing of our great great great grandfather Keinman I spent the rest of p-day translating it. I deciphered everything except 2 words that I couldn’t understand. Man, that blessing is short but amazingly powerful. It was cool to hear about the mighty people that would come out from his family. It was awesome. I just need to know those two words. Maybe I will do it when I have time today.

So we had our transfers. I remained in American 2. I am really happy. I got a new comp though. His name is Elder Schroeder. He is from Ogden, Utah. He is kind of short, has red hair, and is a pretty cool guy. He has a bit of time in the mission. He is going home in July. So yeah, now I just have old comps. But this one is pretty excited and really cool.

So this week was good. I mean, we are running into the same problems here. It is tough here. I will not lie. Did you know in my mission I have never passed by an area that has a their own chapel? I love this place but I am tired of not having a chapel to go to. We have to catch a bus every Sunday to get there and it is tough sometimes to get our investigators to the church. Well it is easy when they are elect but you know those people who are more or less interested it is tough at times. We will find a way to work it out though.

So what else… Surprisingly, since the last time that I wrote you guys it has been going good — nothing terribly interesting has happened.

What cool stories can I share with you guys… I don’t even know so much has happened these last transfers that I don’t even know where to start. I will share a story about family that we found the other day. The guy’s name is Jefferson and he uses crack. He wasn’t using for 2 weeks when he had a feeling that someone would visit him. I did a contact with him that night and we entered and taught them. It was pretty cool. They are really elect but they have Word of Wisdom problems and they have been travelling a lot these days so we haven’t kept in much contact this last week.

It is just one more little proof that God is always preparing people and you really have to talk with everyone on the mission. This Jefferson guy doesn’t look like a druggy. He is clean and has a great job. But the situation is pretty sad. Fortunately, we can help them find the strength to overcome any addiction.

So I am happy. I am loving life. You know I had a strange thought the other day. I have 14 months in the mission. That means I only have 10 more months that was a strange though and motivated me to work harder — time is running out and I feel like I have accomplished nothing. I have to learn a lot and work a lot harder. A lot harder.

Well I love you all and I hope you guys have a great week!

So how is dad doing I haven’t heard from him in a while. And James, what is he going to do in Washington? Did he find a place to work? I hope everything goes good for him.

Well see ya until next week!!! Tchau!!!

Some times people call me “pimentinha”

Monday, 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!!!

I have never eaten so much pizza in my life

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Date: March 30, 2011

Wow, it’s weird… I am here thousands of miles away and life still keeps on going there. That is pretty weird. I cannot even imagine David with a girl friend. that is so weird! And if their relationship is serious… That is just weird.

I am doing great this week. My comp is all good and we are working hard. It is tough being with an older missionary at times because they are usually a lot more tired and trunky but you can learn a lot with them and you usually have success because you got to experienced missionaries in one area. It is great at times!

Well I don’t think I have taken pictures of our house yet. We live in a house with 4 missionaries. I am the only American in the house. It is really funny. Man I have never had so many laughs in my life (or at least my missionary life) it is great I am living with Elder Opazo, Elder Ferreira, and Elder Feitosa, my companion.

I have never eaten so much pizza in my life. The pizza that we have here is cheap and good tasting. I love it. Pepperoni is pretty expensive but calebresa (a sausage) is pretty cheap and it tastes good.

Well this last week was a good one. It was a normal week but I just am so happy when our investigators are progressing. You know it is so weird at times to think that people of every age decide to change their lives just because we ask them. Imagine, I am teaching people who are 50 years old to change their lives, habits and beliefs after 50 years of living. I am trying to help people fix their marriages when I haven’t ever been married. This is a miracle to me.

Well these last few weeks I have been eating a lot of barbecue. It has been pretty good. Brazilian barbecue is a lot better than American.

I am pretty excited for conference too. Man, I love this time of the year. I wonder if they will set up a separate room so I can hear it in English. Conference in English is way better than in Portuguese.

It is good that Preston and Colton are liking the spring sports. I always loved spring. I love tennis too. Man, I really want to play tennis when I get back.

Yesterday and today I am with assistant Elder Hansen again. It is great working with the assistant. But this time we are in my area. The mission has destroyed his body — his was actually pretty good looking before the mission. He was 6´5″ 190 lbs. now he’s is 6′5″ 160 lbs. He is looking pretty weak, I hope I don’t get to that point. He says “hi”.

Well what else is going on here in Americana… Not much we are doing a good work here. Everyone in the zone is happy and working really hard. I am pretty happy with how everything is going. I am really happy in the mission. If I could change one thing it would be lunch It is difficult eating a big delicious lunch and then leaving to work afterwards in the hot sun. I love the mission but Sundays after lunch are the toughest hours in the mission. Especially in Brazil. Luckily where I have served up until now has been pretty mild. Not mild like spring but not 40-50°C.

So what position is Preston playing? Is Colton playing singles or doubles? Where is David going to school?

Well, what else do I have for you guys… I will take some pictures of the families we are teaching so you guys can see them. You will like it.

Well, my family I love you guys. I wish you all a good week and lots of health. Congrats on reading the Book of Mormon and all. Just got to do family home evenings now. I am praying for you guys too. Until next week my beloved family Tchau!!!

Right now we are entering autumn and the weather is quite pleasant

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Date: March 23, 2011

Well this week was great! We are just having a party here in Americana 2. We are finding families and baptizing people. We are really being blessed by the Lord. This is the first area in my mission that I have really loved. It is great here with all the cool members and amazing families that we are teaching. When I got here I wanted to be transferred to another area as quickly as possible, but now I just want to stay and work here. I love it.

I really liked Rosolem but I didn’t have that connection with the members. The other areas I passed by I just remember how difficult was to work. I really liked and am grateful for the other areas but I love this one.

We are quite a long way from Campinas.  Well I will be going there tomorrow to renew my vista so maybe I can see how much they cost and take out money so I can buy one when I get the chance. It is weird I will have to renew my vista. Really weird.

Well this last week was a bit tough too. My comp. decided he needed to stay in the house for two days because of a swollen eye. I did a division one day so I worked but the other day I was in the house from 5 until the end of the day. It was terrible. I have never stayed in the house in my mission up until now. I don’t know why he had to stay home but his excuse was a pretty weak one. Saturday was his birthday and we ate pizza. One sweet pizza and one bacon pizza. It was pretty sweet.

We baptized two friends of a member this week. It was pretty amazing. I have never seen two young men so prepared. It was amazing. Their mom will be baptized this week or the next. She has a few more problems to work out. Their names are Wesley, Wellington, and Elizangela. They were referrals from a member.

Antonio and Maria, that couple that I told you about, are doing well and will be baptized conference weekend if they have stopped smoking by then.

We had another miracle happen. It has been six months that this family has been going to church and their daughter finally decided to pray about the Book of Mormon. She got an answer in a dream and will also be baptized. We still have not decided a date. Their names are Aparecido, Lourdes, his wife, Flavia, his daughter, and there is one more kid that doesn’t want to go to church called Fernanda. They are a pretty special family.

I think this p-day I will just relax. I will read some scriptures and sleep. I will also write some letters to some other missionaries in Cuiabá.

You know what — there is a new American that arrived in the mission. His name is Elder Powell and he is from Dayton, Washington. He will be in my zone. He will probably know a little about Oroville.

Yeah I am a lot better now. I got two shots. One was a medicine for the flu and the other was a vitamin C shot. I am doing a lot better now though. It is good that dad is doing better too. I also drank a lot of orange juice. It was kind of expensive but it worked out in the end.

Yeah the zoo was cool. I don’t think they had any animals that were really weird. I took pictures of all of them so you can have a look when you get them. I literally took a picture of all the animals.  It was pretty cool. I didn’t eat tuna though. I just ate some mini pizzas afterwards at an Arabian restaurant called Habib´s. It really was not that good but it was good to try it out.

You know it is a little weird that there it is spring. Right now we are entering autumn and the weather is quite pleasant. The sun has cooled down bit and it rains a bit more. Here in a bit it will be winter.

Soccer, baseball, and tennis. Those were good times. Here they just have soccer.

We are all a bit creative. I have lost a bit here in the mission and I will have to cultivate some of those skills again after the mission. I hope he makes it out all right.

It is amazing that Kloey is playing the piano. I sure wish I would have learned. She will have to teach me when I get back.

Well I am happy and life is going good there. I sure hope you guys have a great week. I think my week will be great!!!

I love you all and I am learning a lot. I am growing everyday and wow — I cannot even describe my feelings about the Church and gospel now. It will be sufficient to say that I know that the Church is true and the Joseph Smith Jr. was a prophet of God. I know these things because God testified them to me.

Have a great week and send everyone my love especially Kloey! Tchau!!!

I bought a working shoe. It is ugly and tough — like a man should be!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Date: March 16, 2011

I know how that is - I was sick all last week with a fever and many other symptoms. I didn’t stop working though. I finally got two shots on Friday. After that I was feeling pretty good.

Well today we went to the Zoo that was sweet. I took a bunch of pictures. You guys should like them. Everybody in the zone went with us it was an awesome activity! The zone got some new missionaries that is the only thing that changed.

Well about São Paulo. It is a tropical climate. It varies a lot. It is not like the Amazon and it is way different than a desert. Lets just call it tropical. Americana has a population of 200,000 people. It is not that big but it is a nicely developed city. They also filmed a novela here. and the city has two soccer clubs. It is a pretty cool place.

There are 3 wards in the city. Our ward is awesome. Our bishop keeps us busy. But just him. Unfortunately the other members don’t help much. There are a couple of amazing families that I love here. I will never forget them. I have learned a lot in the mission about the work that the members have to do. We always have to share the gospel.

We also have to feed the missionaries. Unfortunately we only eat in like 5 different houses during the month. The food is great and the members who give it are the good ones. It is pretty sweet. The rest of the time we eat in our house or in a restaurant. but don’t worry I am never hungry because every Sunday the Relief Society brings us goodies.

Well my shoes are not that comfortable or pretty but they will last a long time. I bought a working shoe. It is ugly and tough — like a man should be! When I polish it up it can almost pass as a dress shoe.

Oh about the suit, I will try to buy one soon. Maybe next week I will go and buy one in Campinas. they have some pretty good suit stores.

Tell everyone thanks for the letters. Especially Kloey. I hope she can teach me math when I get back because I have forgotten just about everything. I hope it comes back quickly.

I am happy that the all-star game was sweet. I hope Preston gets some sweet chances to play after the mission that would be amazing.

Well this last week was good. I got sick but we saw some more miracles in our area so it was pretty good.

Well, my mother, I love you and I hope you guys have a great week. I am ready to have a sweet one.

I love you all and I am really having a great time. I have really loved the mission for the study habits that I have now. Everything about the gospel has become more real it is amazing.

I love you all and I wish you all a good week see ya!!!

Elder Russell M. Nelson spoke to our mission on Thursday

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Date: March 2, 2011

Well this last week was pretty difficult for us. I mean it was a great week in some ways but a difficult week in others. I shook Elder Russell M. Nelson’s hand and he talked to our mission on Thursday — that was pretty amazing. It was just a simple talk about the gathering of Israel but I liked it a lot. It was weird seeing a general authority in person he really is an amazing man. I liked being able to see what type of man an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ is like. I learned a lot that day. A lot.

The hard part of the week was that our investigators decided to travel and couldn’t be baptized this weekend. I don’t know when they will get back either. This was the difficult part. Other investigators got sick and we just didn’t have much time to find new ones this week. So it was a bit difficult. But I feel pretty good now.

Oh yeah I really don’t need a new suit now. I wanted the new one for our mission conference with Elder Nelson. I ended up just washing my other suit and it is in good condition still so I will just buy some new shoes today. I am pretty excited — new shoes!!! I will buy a new suit later in the mission. It isn’t a necessity right now.

Thanks for sending the Perry’s the letter and also for getting the camera. That member will be pretty happy. I will have to talk to him soon. I am not in that area anymore but it will all work out.

Yesterday I found a giant piece of rose quartz. I know how you love it so I took a minute and broke it up in a few pieces so that I can give it to you when I get back home. I got a pretty good size chunk. It is really pretty.

I read a really cool talk about the spirit world today. It was extremely sweet. It was by Heber Q. Hales. Maybe you should look it up it is really, really cool.

Man it has been raining for 3 days straight now. I feel like I am in Seattle. It is cold. Really cold. but I kind of like it.

What else has been going on… Not much, I mean the members here are awesome and our bishop has a sweet mustache. I am doing great and growing a lot. It is crazy. I cannot wait to see the reaction when I get back.

We are going to have a zone barbeque right now. So I will go. I am praying for you guys and I love you a lot. I will add that to my fast too. Just remember when we do our part everything works out right. I know it will be all right in the end.

I love you all. t has been a while since I have heard from Preston and the family. Can you remind them to write? Thanks family I love you all!!!

When Elder Nelson shook my hand he said he was proud of me — that was pretty cool.

This last week we had a miracle happen

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Date: March 9, 2011

Well that is great that dad’s surgery went well. Why did he have to have surgery?

This time of the year is always horrible. I also caught a little bug. But I am all right.

Well the transfer ended. I stayed in Americana. My comp. was transferred he asked the president if he could stay one more transfer but president didn’t let him. I am pretty excited because we have a bunch of families to baptize this transfer. We have a couple of really special families that we were able to find.

This last week we had a miracle happen. A kid named Jonny was baptized. He is the brother of a recent convert and he had already been invited and everything. He was actually going to be baptized a while ago but he started to use drugs so he freaked out and didn’t want anymore. He was invited to an anti-drug course by our bishop and went to church the next day. He started to read the Book of Mormon and had an answer to his prayers and was baptized. It was an amazing experience to see that change happen. A real miracle. Because all the times that I had talked to him before I thought he was a lost cause.

I could see the power of the Book of Mormon in action. I had already seen this in my mission but it was good to see it one more time. One more experience to strengthen my own testimony. It shows that God can do anything He wants. I am pretty sure that in 3 years Jonny will serve a mission. That is an amazing thought.

My new comp is called Elder Feitosa. He is from the Bahia, which is the northeast part of Brazil. It is a really pretty place. A lot different than São Paulo. A lot different. São Paulo is like the ugliest place in Brazil. The real Brazilian experience is up there in the north. That is where they got beaches and monkeys and the Amazon. São Paulo is just a place like the U.S. we don’t even eat weird food here. He is a pretty cool missionary. We are both sick right now. He is pretty tall and he is a pretty cool Elder. I think I will like serving with him.

Well on Saturday we had an activity with our ward. It was just a potluck but I ate cow tail. It was actually pretty delicious.

Well we had a couple changes in the zone and I think a lot of stuff will happen this transfer. I am pretty excited.

So I bought new shoes. They should last a long time. They are a shoe made for working. They are strong and a little bit ugly but I mean they work. They really weren’t that expensive either just 49 R$ (it is like 30 dollars in American) Everything is really cheaper here. It just seems more expensive because we receive very little money.

So now I will just go buy some food and read and sleep. I’ve got to get feeling better so I can work well tonight.

Well, my Family I love you all and I hope you guys write me again soon.
Tchau!!!