February 23, 2011
Man that is pretty sweet that you guys will have a foreign exchange student there in the house. You guys are sure doing a lot to try and fill in that empty space. Not the physical empty space but my empty space. I hope he is a great kid and that he fits in there in the house. I can hardly believe that the craft room is clean. That is pretty unbelievable.
Well, what is going to happen now that basketball is over? I mean that must be a strange feeling. Preston’s last basketball season… I remember that it wasn’t that weird to me but still to him it must be strange. I hope he has the right vision and doesn’t get too sad. Well he will get through it anyways.
Piano. Man the other day I picked up a sax and I had this urge to learn how to play again. I think one of the coolest things in the world is playing the piano or another instrument. I have decided that I will learn how to play the piano or relearn the sax when I get back. I mean sure it will be hard but the feeling is so good. When I picked up the sax it sparked a sleeping desire within me. It was a strange sensation. Really really strange. That is cool that Kloey has got the piano. I hope that she learns well there is nothing better than knowing how to play an instrument well.
You guys got the letters! It only took forever. I knew that they would like the cards. The reason that they are smaller is because they are pirated. They just take the photos from the real cards, shrink them, and place on them their own cards with a Portuguese explanation. It is actually really funny. Everything in Brazil is pirated. It is hilarious.
Well everything is going good here. Our area is difficult but we are seeing some amazing miracles. We got two families that will be baptized this week and in the next — that is pretty cool. They were just contacts on the street but they went to church and loved it. They are reading the Book of Mormon too. The only thing that they got to do is stop smoking. Their names are Antonio and Maria, and also Wesley and his family and also Raphael and his family. They are all great people.
The Lord has blessed a lot these last few weeks. When I arrived we had nothing. But now we have people that want to learn and progress. The missionary miracles are amazing. Really really amazing. I wish I had more time to describe them to you but I don’t unfortunately. I will send you guys a picture of the baptism later.
I have learned a lot this year about progress. This life is a small part and it doesn’t matter in some ways but it really is decisive. I love how God just sent us here and gave us the cheat sheet but so many times we don’t want to follow the answers that He gives us because of pride and shame. It is so easy to make it out of the life without losing eternity. All we have to do is keep the commandments and covenants that we made in the temple and follow the prophets voice with exactness. God sent us here as a test and gave us the answers too. All we have to do is use the cheat sheet.
I really like being a zone leader. I love the responsibility and I am learning a lot — I mean a lot. I have a powerful companion and we are working hard. I mean we are in a hard place because our ward is really weak but it is still going great. Right now our mission is more like dad’s mission. We have 4 APs and 14 zonas. The AP´s have their own area and a junior companion and they care for 3-4 zones each. It is pretty interesting the mission has changed a lot since I have arrived. When I got here they had 2 assistants and 12 zones. Now it is way different but I think it is more effective with small zones and 4 assistants. I don´t have to leave my area very much and I can just work and do zone things. It is great. That way everyone works better.
They don’t have a word for hump day here. They just call it hump day. It was a day like any other.
Man, I am so happy right now, I love you guys so much. I won’t say that I miss you because that would mean that I would be thinking about my house and being trunky and you can’t have a trunky leader. That just doesn’t work out well. But I do love you guys a whole lot and I am really just loving the mission. I have learned so much and I have glimpsed into the future a bit and I know that this is nothing. There is a lot more after the mission to do. This is just another preparation for something bigger. So am happy and I am trying to learn all that I can purifying myself a little bit more everyday. I love you guys so much and I love the mission too.
I will go now. Tell dad and everyone to write separate letters because it is easier to respond to. I like being able to write shorter letters in response than just one big one to you guys both.
I have eaten a lot of sweet fruits these last few days. Elder Russell M. Nelson is coming tomorrow to visit the mission and we are going to baptize. Everything is good.
I love you all and I will write again soon. Tchau!!!