Monday, November 25, 2013

Manaus Week 8

Size 32?  Because I've lost weight.  Actually quite a bit.  That belt I've got...I can pull it to the last hole without really a problem. And I used to have 2 empty holes. I'm skinny again and not fat!  And I'm keeping most of my muscle because I'm working out pretty hard again. I can go into a handstand and do 2 to 3 handstand pushups against the wall. I'm gonna come home looking awesome.  Actually, I'm gonna come home and live at home because I'm still my moms little boy.  I'll magically turn back into a 4 year old. But yea, I'm not worried about any of that.
But so, I love the fact that you guys got to see an apostle. Super cool... especially for Caden.  They just look you in the eyes and they can read you're soul. Super cool. But yea, sorry about the freezingness of the states, but I understand the rain entirely.  Every day!  My planner is destroyed because it has gotten drenched so many times. But the transfer is almost over.  Speaking of which, I have had basically the hardest week I have ever had.  Its just all the worse because I know the language and can speak but I can't because my new comp spoke the whole week every lesson. I literally was basically his personal escort to each of our investigators and he taught while I sat there. It was super hard. I got super frustrated. But I'm over it and we are gonna figure it out. But I'm pretty lucky. I've got the language pretty well now.  People understand me and I understand them.... and it's only gonna keep getting better.  But I'm not frustrated anymore because I can't speak.  I can.  It's crazy, I speak Portuguese!  I took how many years of spanish and can't speak it at all?  And here I am, at basically 3 months of time, and I can speak with anyone.  There is still some stuff  I don't get but I'm getting it.
So yea, that's basically it.  That was my week.  Nothing much else happened.  My comp taught and I said maybe a few words.  We found a new family and we are teaching them.  Hopefully I will be able to talk more. We shall see. But things will get better.  We had a talk.  I get why he's here now.  He talked to the mission president.  His reason to be here is to teach me the language to where I have no doubts and am ready to be a leader in the mission.  I'd much rather just stay a normal missionary and just work.  But yea, that's what my comp told me.  Gonna be a fun one.  So yea it's all portuguese from here on out.  He speaks some english but he basically said he has orders from president to only do portuguese unless english is necessary.  Woohoo!  But yea, I can speak well enough to get by. Which brings me to my missionary tip of the week. 1 Nephi 3:7. No matter what, whether it be language or lack of confidence or no investigators, God's got a plan. He will provide a way. So have confidence.... And the Spirit will speak for you.
Thats it for this week. Thanks to everyone from family and friends, to President Kimball from Dallas East stake. Thank you guys so much. Love you all. Love you mom!

(No pics again this week....he's really trying)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Manaus....Week 7!

(Before the mission)

Allright here we go. The letter for this week. And I'm trying super hard to do capitilization right for you guys. So let's see, what do we have. Well first off, I still haven´t found a computer that allows me to send pics. So i´m sorry mom, but still nothing. I´m working on it, I promise. So let´s recap this past week. We had 2 more baptisms! They are 2 Young men, named Emmerson and Erivielton. Super awesome, way huge miracle. So that´s basically it. We were working super hard with a select group of people to move them towards baptism. So this upcoming week we will be spending most of our time looking for new investigators. With my new comp! So, allow me to shed a little light on the situation. There were some elders that weren´t getting along so they took my comp and one of the elders and switched them. So I now have a new comp from Chile. Goodbye english! Only Portuguese now. This is gonna be a lot of fun. But so yea that basically sums up my week. Not very interesting. I have a new comp who I met last night at around 8:30. So I don't really know him but luckily it´s a p-day so we have plenty of time. But so yea, that´s about all my new news. And since mom hasn´t sent me a big update I have no idea how to respond to how you all are doing. So I will go with what I know. Which is nothing. So I will now give the missionary tip of the week. And this week is have fun. You can get super tired during the week and the work is hard so find a way to keep it fun. Don´t fall into a pattern because then you are giving scripted lessons. And that won´t help people very much. Have fun, otherwise you won´t want to be out on your mission. So that´s all for this week folks. Until next week! Love you all!

A little back and forth....
Mom-How long has your companion been out?  That'll be interesting for you.  I guess it forces you to learn Portuguese.  How do you get your mail?  Do you get it once a month at zone conference?
Elder Link-It's zone conference and he speaks Spanish.  He's been out for about 7 months so we basically came out around the same time.  And yes, I will have to learn Portuguese.
Mom-You crack me up...
Elder Link-I'm glad that I do.
Mom-When are your zone conferences?  Just to make sure that we get your Christmas there in time.
Elder Link-Like once a month.
Mom-I know they're once a month...but when?  Like the first week of the month or the last week?
Elder Link-I don't know, they are mostly random.  They switch.  It just really depends on the month.
Mom-Is there a calendar?
Elder Link-No.  We get told the week before in an email.
Mom-K...Love you son.  Have a great week.
Elder Link-I will definitely try.  Love you mom.
(The Brasil Manaus Temple)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Manaus...Week 6

I really do have limited time to email. We have to pay for our time to use the internet. Totally lame. But since mom hasn't emailed me I will be sending the email to you first. silly mom, not emailing me and such. But so lets see, this week. Had some awesome and then some wierd stuff. So let's start from the top. Tuesday we had district meeting and I taught a little bit in Portuguese. Then we went and taught people. Wednesday was a normal day and we went and taught poeple the gospel. Thursday is where the uh oh happened. It was interviews with the mission presidente. Don't worry, I'm not in trouble, some people would see this as really good but I actually kinda wanted to avoid it. So Presidente was talking to me and he said that next transfer is going to be very challenging and I'm pretty sure he hinted that I will be a leader of some kind. So at the very least I will probably be a sênior companion. Which means I will really have to figure out the área. Which is super hard cause it's so different. So things are gonna be hard... and I am moving up to a leadership probably. I actually hoped to avoid that my entire mission. My goal was to at the highest be sênior comp and I'm probably already gonna be there.  I just wanted to fly under the radar and focus on working and not have to worry about the leadership stuff.  But yea, thats what presidente said.  Then Friday we had an awesome miricle happen. So we had taught these 2 Brothers for weeks and they weren't progressing so we had to drop them. Then we were walking down the street and we passed their house like we do almost every day and they just called out to us and said to mark their dates for the following Saturday and then Sunday they were both at church which hasn't happened before. So they are gonna get baptized Saturday. What? That doesn't happen! But it did! It was way awesome. And then on Sunday we had another baptism. His name is Lucas. He is the cousin of a recente convert. Super sweet. Super awesome. It's awesome to see the change, even though in the pictures I will send none of them are of him smiling. But I've seen it while we are teaching him. Its super sweet. But so yea. Here's another thing about Brasil. They can't really sing. It hurts like every time I listen. And they don't know how to follow the notes on the page. They never hold them like they should, even on the rare occasion they have a piano. So they had me do a special musical number while my comp and Lucas were changing. Now everybody thinks I'm this awesome singer and that I was like in choir and such before I came out. Uh oh. Now all the Brasilians are always talking to me about it and the sad thing is they start talking really fast and I have no idea what they are saying haha. But then they slow down and I get it. So yea, that's about my week. So the hurricane thing, that is aweful. How big was that monster? I hope every one is allright. I will be saying a special prayer tonight. So I finally got moms email so I shall now answer hers as well.  So, I could probably use another pair of shoes just in case because I am really wearing through these ones. But they are supposed to be awesome so im hoping they will keep lasting. Oh, and if you guys could find a special book. It is the soft cover Doctrine and Covenants/Pearl of Great Price combination in english. It's a lot like the soft cover Book of Mormons just it doesn't have the Book of Mórmon. Its only the two. If you could find that, it'd be awesome. I know it exists because I've seen it once before.  That'd be sweet.  But so honestly I think thats it. Just some like good old fashioned American candy and other such snacks. I kinda miss snacks. So that's all I need for that. And I have heard about Shea, he e-mails me almost every week still which is awesome. And the other missionary is Michael crow. super sweet. I'm so happy for them, it's so awesome. And so Logan got his call too?  Thats super sweet. I'm sure he will do well. So, I think that's all I got for this week. So my Family, friends and other random people that look at my moms blog, here is the tip of the week. Do whatever it takes to get along with your companion. If you guys get along you will teach well together and with the spirit and you can really help people. If there is contention in the companionship then you won't have the spirit (because contention is of the devil haha, scripture quote) and it will just be you talking, not teaching and chances are you won't help anyone. So get along with your companion and you will have the spirit which brings conversion and which brings miracles.  So, there you have it!  Love you guys!
(Sorry pics again.  Gotta find a computer that will let me download.)
(So, mom just put a couple of awesome ones up.)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Manaus Week 5!

(We received a postcard form Elder Link letting us know he got there safe and sound....mailed October 5th, 2013.)

Well, this past week was pretty good. Teaching some new families, and we got one of our boys baptized. Not our goal of 6, but we at least had one. And guess who did the baptizing? That would be your own, Elder link.  So quick side note, capitalizing takes way too much time and that is something i am limited on here. Have to pay for it and such. So i will continue my not capitilizing and people will just kinda have to deal with it. sorry poeple. still love you and all. but Yea, back to the baptism. I wanted a member to do it but he couldnt so I went into the font and baptized him. His name is Guilherme pastel Martins. Not pronounced at all like you would think. But it was pretty sweet though. We had 2 more who were going to be baptized but when we went to go get them to bring them to the church they weren't home. Apperantly they went out with their mom. totally lame. but next week. But seriously, they had already had their interviews and everything. They were ready to go. Oh well... next week. But so yea, teaching pool is great but there are some people here who are serpentes. The chickas. They be flirtin. They be hittin on my comp and I. Totally freaky. We teach and then we are out. Haha, we joke about it a lot though. Its pretty funny honestly. Cause we know what they are doing and we are just too smart. Haha, but yea, its honestly pretty funny. But yea, thats basically my week. Daily schedule is Wake up, exercise, get ready, study, go eat lunch, come home do lang study, then go out and teach people then come home and go to bed. Pretty rythmic honestly but im getting it. the language is getting better as Always now. I can speak and dont need translations. My comp doesn't have to go back over what I said anymore. Things are looking bright. Except the weather. Its the rainy season now. Literally every day just about it rains. Today its already been raining for 5 or 6 hours and its still going. Just might go all day. Who knows. And my comp and I were gonna ball it up today. Go play some bball. Oh well, we still have ping pong. Of the which people down here are not only good at futebol, they are good at ping pong too. Way crazy. They are way good. Give me a run for my Money. I still usually win. I've only lost to one guy. But I still can go on a run for my Money. Even like 12 year olds will take me for a while. Super intense. But honestly thats about all my week. Glad to know everyone is doing well and that they are all cute. Just do me a favor. Teach Beckett to take his ´`anger`` and use it to play football. Throw a ball, tackle someone. He's big enough. Let him do work! Haha but yea glad to know everyone is doing good. Hopefully the house situation starts to look up. Which it will. So, things i could need. Ties. People here love my ties but i'm not giving them away cause they are super nice and I have a limited supply. So a bunch of ties that aren't that great but that I can give away would be appreciated. And I would love some American candy. Smarties, runts. that'd be awesome. And a jump rope. That'd be sweet. But the people here are super great. Honestly, i dont know if they need anything because every single one of them give to help others. So for the brazilians all I can think of is like some little toys for kids. I'm sure they would love that. But yea the people here are way nice. It can actually be one of our door approaches while tracting to ask for water as a starter. People do that. Just random starangers can walk up and ask for water and they'll go get a glass and their water. People here are awesome. Love em to death. So yea, that's about all i got. I'll send some pics of the baptism. I gotta say I think I'm looking better. Losing some weight and getting more toned. So tip of the week. Have a plan, and then be ready to abandon that plan. Many times while we have been teaching, both here in Brasil and in the states, we have gone in with a plan to teach a certain principle, then gotten a new piece of information and taught something completely different. Know your stuff so that when the time comes that someone is ready to hear a certain message, you can teach it, not just what you had prepared because they need something else. PMG was developed for a reason. Be loose, be open, be ready to teach any topic of the church. And that is the tip of the week. So, ate a próxima semana minhas pessoas. eu lhes-amo. so, until next week my people. Love you all. Love you mom.

So apparently they just changed the way these computers work at this lab and I can't attach pics. So, I guess we will have to wait until next week. Seriously though. No consistency with emailing here....sorry mom.