Tuesday, April 23, 2013



whats up family?

Well this week. Not exciting at all and you all are going to hate this letter. This week I was in bed from Monday to Friday. Yeah no work got done.  I was sick with a fever all of those days. And I lost that 12 lbs I gained!

I’m more famous again. That picture went so viral on facebook that the government got involved. They had a meeting with the church and we were really scared that they were going to close us down; because they have done it to a number of churches here. But, everything worked out and we’re fine.

Dad do you know continental outdoor media? They’re all over here. Just wondering if you knew them. Glad things are starting to move in Costa Rica. Yeah dude, that import biz there is like how it is here. There is serious dough in it. Illegal though, half the time.

Yeah Mom, we don’t sleep with nets. idk. (I don’t know why). It’s not like the mosquitos are crazy rampant. Honestly, it would help for the heat if we could open the windows. No we don’t use any repellent. the mosquitoes just are bad. people at the mtc make you feel like if you go outside youll die. when they havent even been here. Yeah, I haven’t been eating that much meat, but I will eat more this week. I don’t like cooking it.  It grosses me out. haha.
 family. where are your accounts for skype and facetime.

have a good week
Elder Tingey
Elder Davis & Me!

The streets where I walk

                                                                    My hommies


                                              Lucas My Man!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

What's Up?! from the hoods of Africa!

April 15, 2013
What’s up everyone!

So just to let you all know, writing emails is the most stressful part of the week!! I’ve got so many to read and answer! I love it but ya'll need to have a little paciencia. I will write you! I try my best. Maybe not every question will be answered. But anyway.... sorry about getting upset right there. I should be counting my blessings this week!!!! It was soo exciting you guys would not believe it!!! NOT. hahaha like one of the most boring weeks of my life! Mainly because poor elder brown was sick for like 3 days straight. Sooo I was in the house a lot. haha, the house that decided not to have energy this week! Man I'm going to miss these times when we got the air conditioning going, the water running, and the lights on and then... Weeoooomm. Nada. It brings almost a joy ;) hahaha anyway... I did write down a few things that happened this week.
The crazy lady.
This lady was drunk and out of her mind! She was like yelling all kinds of stuff and in some native African Lang and wandering back and forth across the street! In the middle of traffic! Like I almost saw her get hit so many times! People were trying to help her but she would just hit them! And then she started beating the cars! hahaha that part was funny! She would just get ticked at a random car, run in front of it, make it stop and then just start wailing on the hood! hahaha but it was sad.... haha .. but kinda funny..
Next, there was fly hunting!!
This is what I did when elder brown was sick. We have this thing that looks like a tennis racket but its electrified. hahaaha Yeah, you know what I”m sayin. Haha Well needless to say, I put my camo and African war paint on and me and the flies in our house went at it! The flies almost won when the biggest fly flew right into my nose and I hit the ground! but obviously since I (like captain moroni) was fighting for my liberty and peace in the house was strengthened by the Lord and I beat the flies. (Notice: fly hunting, in reality, did happen, but the accounts in this story are not necessarily all true. However, the story is trademarked. TM. Yeah, don’t be publishing  this!)
I'm famous in Luanda! But for reals! There is a picture of me and elder walker walking the roads (with our laundry bags haha) on facebook that some random person took! Long story short the picture has 500 likes and counting and 300 plus comments! And we’re getting referrals off of it! Cool huh? Technology is a beautiful thing people.
So the missionary work has been slow this week. Investigators are being lazy Angolans as usual. Faith and patience though! Haha it’s our House Motto.
Umm what else... oh yeah I sinned this week.... like pretty bad. It was the second day elder brown was sick and I was going insane.. So I went into elder chandler’s room and listened to his country music. Yeah..... most pleasurable sin I’ve ever committed. But then I felt really bad, and I knew my area wouldn’t grow if I was doin’ stuff like that so I repented. 2nd principle of the gospel! And thank goodness for it!
Speaking of elder chandler. I freaking love this guy! Haha sooooo funny. He’s 22 and he has the best stories man. He had a rough upbringing and well his stories are the best. We talk a lot. It would be way cool to be comps with him in the future.  He grew up in south Cal like right next to Compton. Yeah.. straight negro man. haha I love him! But I still miss elder davis. My, the friends you make on the mission are priceless! I love it! Well, y’all keep on keeping on. Trust in the Lord with everything! Seriously, everything. The successful missionaries take the principles learned on the mission and apply them to their lives. And if we don’t... it’s our pride stopping us! Guys, I’ve learned that I’m super prideful. I’m constantly working on it. But ya.. fica bem ya?
I love you all! Seriously, everyone who is reading this.. all y’all. Voces!
Com Amor,
Elder Tingey

April 8, 2013

Well Hello everyone!
I hope you all enjoyed conference! I will get to enjoy it in two
weeks! Hahaahaha so thanks for giving me a sneak peak at the good
stuff! Actually, last night we all got together and watched the
Priesthood session and the Reedy’s (an American family here). Can you
say SPRITUAL BEEF?! Oh it was soo awesome! But I’ll talk about that
Sorry peeps that my letters haven’t been that great the past few
weeks. An hour and a half to do internet is stressfull! But I will do
my best for you! First off, I got letters yesterday!  I was so happy!
So, thank you Troy’s family, the Berge family, Stefunny! Emmaline, and
Jayne! And mom thank you for the package. I made biscuits and gravy this
morning with Elder Wilhelm. mmmmm Good! So Stef congrats on the
mission! That’s so awesome but when the heck do you leave? And country
music; yes! I love how everyone is gettting into country music! The
Berges too! hahaha Country music is like the gospel. You share it with
someone and some people feel of its goodness right away but others
will reject it.... but then it works on them and they realize how good
it is and how it will uplift their life! And so they go searching for
it and they find it and they feel the joy! Hahahaahaha like that?! It’s
true though! Speaking of country music, the Lord has provided a way for
me to hear some country music here! hahaha I freaked! Oh I love that
stuff! It’s soooo good. Troy ,your family is sooo darn cute! I love them!
I wrote physical letters to a lot of you who wrote me so hopefully
you’ll get them within a month! ( Mom they’re coming to you first and
the addresses are attached. If you could mail them for me please that
would be awesome!)
Before I forget, I got to give a shout out to Ashley Clifford! What’s up
girl! hahahaha! (dont blush)
Oh and Mother, I really want your CDs. Like, you know the ones you made
with you singing. Yeah, those. Can you send those on like a pin-drive
please????!? Elder Harper has some songs you’ve done and I hear them
and I’m just like.... this would be way better if my mom was singing
Alright, story time.
So this week was literally attack of the girls!! Like for real, idk
what”s going on! I think I just let my hair grow a bit too long and it’s
starting to curl and well.... haha. So me, Elder Brown and Elder Walker
are at the bank getting money from the ATM and all the bank workers
motion for us to come inside. So we go in and they’re all women. Great.
And they’re asking us like who we are and what we do and what not. And
then, it just gets too much like too many questions. So usually what we
do to get people off of us is give them a pass along card and go. So
that’s what I started to do. Except this pass along card that I pulled
out didn’t have our number on it. So I made the mistake saying I’ll
write our number on this card and give it to them. BAD IDEA! I know I’m
stupid! Wham! All of the sudden they are literally, like on me! I kid
you not, there was like 5,s 25 year old girl bam right next to me trying
to see me write the number! And they start touching me and what not
and I’m like oh! NO! My comps just walked outside but I was trapped!
Finally, I’m able to get through the "crowd" and get outside. So I’m
outside waiting for the ATM and the walls are glass and they keep
motioning for me to come inside and I’m just like no! So finally they
call our phone! Oh my gosh! Elder Walker answers it and they’re like,
“send the tall one in!” Elder Walker looks at me “dude they want you to
go in” and I’m like no. And so this goes back and forth a few times
until finally Elder Walker just yells into the phone in Portuguese "He
can’t date you! And he already has a girl friend!" Hahahahaahah sooo
funny! Elder Brown is a wise man, he keeps a pic of his girl and just
flashes that any time something like that happens. But it didn’t stop
there. This kind of stuff just was happening all throughout the
week! Even at church! All the mocas started flirting with me ( oh
sorry, young women) and I’m like trying to be nice but firm and then
they started swarming me standing next to me seeing how tall I was (which is every African girl’s excuse "wow your tall, let me stand next
to you to see how tall you are") Anyway it was bad. Geez!!! Darn
snakes! Hahaha its all good though, entertainment I guess!

So my new area..... needs work. So we’re gonna be doing some serious
work! It’s basically like were opening the area up. There is nothing
going. And we had to remark some baptisms from my old area because of
some complications with commandments in the past. But they’ll still
happen. Don’t worry, Rita’s family will be baptized! If it’s the last
thing I do! I saw them at church yesterday and they’re like, “we already
miss you!” And man, my heart just like broke! ahh!
So Elder Brown. He’s a stud from Cali bra. But yeah, he is super cool.
hahaah So funny our first weekly planning session, at the end we have
comp inventory and he just looks at me and goes ..." so basically, I
have no clue what I’m doing so we’re gonna learn together.." HA! I
busted up laughing! Soo funny! It’s his first time being senior comp.
I’m really glad I’m with him because we’re pretty close in language
skills so I get to practice a lot. My language skills are being tested and
it’s awesome! Oh I live with elder brown (cali) elder walker (utah)
elder chandler (cali, and the funniest guy ever who knows everything
about engines and what not and is gonna hook me up with a lift on my
truck that dad’s going to buy me after the missh ;) and he loves
country music! and well.... haha... haha.. I’m not breaking any rules, I
swear! I just live in the house!) elder wilhelm (az, st johns) and
elder harper (cali but his family is moving to montana).

So, no mom, I haven’t lost any weight, I’ve actually gained 12 pounds....
Things happen when you don’t eat right and bread is a lot of your
meals.... haha, but I like gaining weight. Makes me look better ;)

No mom, I don’t need money. I’m learning to live like dad. Speaking of
which, Dad, I got your emails this week. Thanks!  I wish I could be with
you! Sounds like a blast!

So, Darin, you are a freaking stud man! Dude Priesthood session of General Conference was all about you bro! like I couldn’t stop thinking about you!
Keep preparing yourself well. The priesthood is amazing. At home, a lot of
people have it so it’s difficult to really see how amazing it is. But
out here, the pickin’s are slim. Acting in the name of GOD, the one all
powerful and ruler of all; You are his son! Like wow! And He can
perform miracles through you! You have the power of God! like holy
cow! Us missionaries talk about super powers a lot, but we already
have the best one. The powers of all powers is at your disposal. Wow!
Sorry, I’m just fascinated by the Priesthood this past week.

Babes, wow, I’m so proud of you for doing that service. That is so
nice! Doesn’t it just make you feel so good! And just think you can do
little things all the time and always have that feeling! Uplifting
comments are some of the best service projects ever! They work
miracles. Elder Davis did it to me and I love that man.

Marissa, keep on keepin on! The mission is amazing at how it prepares
you for so much. With me its really preparing me for Fatherhood. It’s
amazing. Wish I would have started before the mission learning these

Hannah, you little cute girl! I can’t wait to talk to you on Mother’s
day! I just want to hug you! I can just imagine you and Travis playing
amongst the African kids sometimes. Haha I love it.

My time is short. Sorry this letter was pretty short, but I gotta email
President! Keepin’ the rules; you know how I do. Entao, eu amo voces!
perseveram ate o fim!

Elder Tingey

Monday, April 8, 2013

Praise to the Man!! Well, the Elder! Elder Davis!

Praise to the Man! Oh my favorite Elder Davis left for home today.
that guy is a stud! Seriously, I learned soo much from him about all
aspects of the mission and life. He cared so much about people and his
love just shined through him! Not gonna lie, I was pretty upset when he
left. I was dreading his last day. He left at night and I gave him
one last hug before he took off to the airport. Man, Dude I was on the
verge of tears! But I held it together! I went and took a shower after
that  and I still held it together. I got out of the shower, dressed
and then went to my desk. What I found on my desk was just a simple
thing that Elder Davis had done, but it had a powerful and very personal
effect. After I saw that, I lost it. I was a wreck for about an hour.
Ah! Soo hard to see him leave! But for real, he was and still is a
champ! Ah love that man!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Last two letters- Happy Easter/My Wonderful Fam!

Happy Easter!
April 1, 2013

Hello family! Wow k so those pics for easter?!! Oh my gosh, my family is beautiful!!! Holy cow Mom, Marissa, Babes, and Hannah, You guys are gorgeous!!! Darin Bro you just look like a stud!! Dad, missed you and your email! You must be having too much fun in Costa Rica.
Xan sorry i missed your farewell, sounded like it was good! hahaha mom you’re hilarious! I miss those times when we all just talk and laugh and love each other as a family. That’s what were doing when I get home! "Can you feel the love tonight!" Darin, bro, good on you man for reading your scriptures! Aren’t they awesome?! Seriously, I love them so much it’s just like when I’m reading about Alma or something and bam! He just lays down some spiritual beef! And your like, oh dang!!! oh dang!!! hahaha Love it! But yeah, march madness man! That pic (of pro basketball injury) was gross! We had a little march madness of our own, haha we made brackets for transfers. Speaking of transfers, I’ve been transferred to Benfica B. Same house, Same branch (so I’ll still get to see my investigators!), Different area. And my new comp is Elder Brown. He’s super cool and super chill. haha I missed being Elder Davis’ comp by one transfer! One stinking transfer! Dang it! Oh well, I love that man. He is so awesome. He goes home on Wednesday and I swear I’m gonna cry. Like, for real man, he is so legit! Poor guy, is having a tough time accepting that he is done. I assume that’s how I will be. But man, we had some great times! We went on a division on Thursday and Friday. Oh my, sooo legit! We had some awesome lessons and then we were walking home and we got a ride from a guy on a motorcycle (it’s like a truck motorcycle, it has a bed) and he was soo drunk but it was so fun! Such a thrill! We’re just sitting in the back going 50 an hour on the highway at night just laughing at this drunk guy who was driving us! Oh such a thrill, most fun I’ve had here probably. hahah I felt like dad the whole time. Dang it the power went out! Now it’s back. Anyway....
It’s been a good week. Things are moving in our area. Quite honestly, I’m sad to leave the area because it was going so well. But, oh well, got lots of work to do in this new one cause it’s got nothing going for it, honestly.
Freak man I love my investigators! They are champs! Seriously we have like 8 baptisms within the next month! Hmm what else happened this week? Oh, we had zone conference that was good. I’m excited about this next transfer. My language is going to improve so much just because I’ll have more confidence and I’ll be forced to speak it! Wahoo! 

Oh family! I love you guys so much. You are champs! Keep sticking together and to the gospel. I love you guys! Babes and Hannah, you are growing up way to fast. Babes, you’re like a teenager already! Like for real; you just look gorgeous! There is a scripture about long hair for women and how it’s good for them hahaaha. It’s in 1 corinthians. Idk where exactly, but hahaa it’s good. And if anyone ever feels fat there’s a scripture for that too. It means you are just full of God’s knowledge. Heck, look at Pres Monson. Living proof! Well, I love you guys so much! Keep choosing the right. Read your scriptures daily! You will feel a difference, I promise! Be good members! Focus on the basics: faith and repentance and enduring to the end. But remember, you’ve got to endure it well; not just endure, but endure it well. Oh my goodness! I want to give you hugs! I love you so much!
With Love Angolano,

Elder Tingey

My Wonderful Fam!!
March 25, 2013

Hey everybody!
Haha you guys are awesome, you know that? I write one letter about an off week and my family comes rushing to the rescue in support! I love you guys!
First off, sorry dad about last week that was my fault, I was just frustrated. Trust me, y’all I’m learning some serious patience out here. I better come home soo patient with people. It’s hard because I’m always like a business let’s get ‘er done kind of guy. But seriously, patience and long suffering... Ah! It’s truly a Godly quality. If God didn’t have patience we’d all be dead. Ha! The wrath of God would be upon us. Speaking of the wrath of God... well, I’ll save it for later. But let’s answer some questions. No I don’t recognize the pictures Dad... sorry. And well.. my Portuguese.... it changes everyday. I’m probably a lot better than I think I am. I’d say.... a 6. Nao sei. If I wanted to write you a letter in Portuguese, I could. Speaking is a little harder because you gotta go fast. But I can understand pretty dang good. It just depends on the topic. I suck at rolling my ‘r’ s here. I’m not even trying. Just the old people roll them. It’s the old Portuguese that’s more like Spanish. The correct Portuguese way now is a hard H with a gutteral sound ( haha best two years). Yes, my shoes are super dirty. It’s cause I walk in dirt and mud and sewage all day! Oh I’m so grateful for these shoes you have no idea! So comfy. But freaking ugly. I’m going to get a nice Portuguese pair here before I come home. Yes, I’m receiving your emails each week and thank you for writing me. I love you DAD!
Now mom’s turn: Umm, no the weather is the same, except for this week it has been pretty rainy, which I love. Typical day... get up breakfast, studies, lunch, peace out to the area. We are there till about 7:30 if we don’t have an appointment scheduled for later, and then we come home an hour for dinner and then plan for the next day and work out. But let’s be honest, I’m so tired and lazy for working out. I need to keep a good schedule for that. Whatever, I’ll work on it and the other million things I’m working on. I fix every meal for myself except, on Sundays, we have lunch at a member’s house. Yes, the spices helped thank you. But you don’t have to send any more cause I have to pay for the packages sometimes.  My meals vary. I eat a lot of potatoes though. Haha I fry them. I love my French fries. Yes... I’m taking my meds... okay that’s a lie. I didn’t at all this week. I’m sorry! I’ll do better! Yes, the elders in the mugging are fine. I’d say when we’re out of the house it’s about 75 Portuguese 25 English. Lots of people like to try to speak English with us. And at home it’s straight English. We don’t speak any other languages, but if I were to learn another language out here it would be French. Lots of people speak it here. There are tribal langs but everyone speaks Portuguese too. Unless you’re a 100 year old granny that I say hi to in the street and you say some weird thing in a tribal language. (happened). We have to be home by 9. My area really isn’t that dangerous. Haha, although one night we were walking home and Leo ( like the only member in our area) messed with us and lifted my backpack up from behind me. ( I didn’t know it was him at first) and bam I had my fist cocked and I turned around so fast ready to take this guy out! Good thing I realized it was Leo!
Okay, now for the week. Man I gotta write fast! So, a couple things. I  made a commitment for when I get rich and super loaded; I’m going to come help out some kids here in Angola. Man, met an orphan kid the other night. He didn’t beg or anything, but he literally had nothing and my heart just broke. I cried that night. We gave him a dollar (totally breaking the rules) for a taxi to the city he was trying to get to. Then the next day, I see these kids playing Futbol in front of this wall, and this wall is just straight covered in porn. Like, it was horrible! My heart just hurt and I got angry for the circumstances here. These kids just grow up with it in their face! FOGO! I hate it! I hate it! I hate it! Then they succumb to it and their life just gets screwed over! PEOPLE stay away from porn. Every single form! Ugh! Anyway. So on Saturday we’re in a lesson and these massive clouds just rolled in and bam! African storm baby! It was nuts. My umbrella did squat. I was like screw it and just put it in my pack. We were soaked for the rest of the day and it rained the rest of the day! Lightning was everywhere and the thunder was so nuts; it literally shook the earth. Like seriously, it was like the wrath of God! I felt like I was Alma the younger when the angel appears to him and the angel is just like what? Can’t you feel the power of my voice?! Doth not my voice shaketh the earth?! Hahaha I love that part! Anyway, we get out of the lesson and oh buddy, I thought I was going to become a true missionary that day because I had to find a bathroom. Like, something was going to happen to my pants! So luckily, there was this part that was African wilderness. So Elder Walker and I hop the fence and we’re in this jungle. ..mind you, it’s pouring rain. BOOM! Yeah, well needless to say, always carry TP with you! haha That was a day for the journal! hahahaha. Then yesterday, we had 7 investigators show up to church! 7! It was awesome. Of course Rita and Telma came. They’re are champs. Then these two women we met on the street the day before (ha! soaked in the rain) actually came. We were stunned. I took the woman’s little boy to nursery and he got these huge tears (as grandpa would say in telling a story about me, he got this big old crocodile tears) and he wanted his mommy. haha That cute kid. I love African kids man! And Evandro and his family came! Like, what the heck?! They never come! They are the family that I first sent pics of. Oh, and then this guy in our area came, we don’t know him and he’s never seen the missionaries and he’s like, I just felt I was supposed to come here. BOYA! What up! The Lord must love us, or something. 
Anyway, that’s my week. Haha, love the emails guys! Darin... haha Bro, I freaking love you. You’re great. Just don’t let it get to your head. Read the definition of humility in PMG (Preach My Gospel.) It’s sick! You can still be bold and confident. It’s just all about how you are with the Lord. It’s awesome. Babes, hahahaah I’m lovin’ the rebellion! No homework!!!!!! Hahaahaha, except that’s basically all I do half the day. Study! Study! Study! What does this person need?  What can help this person in they’re life? Except, homework is so much better when you actually love the people you are doing it for. That’s how Hometeaching should be. Ask yourself, what message can help this family in they’re life? What do they need to here? That’s something I wish I would have done. I’m going to be such a baller hometeacher when I get home! Marissa, ha! It looks like you are just having a good time! I’m glad. I love you a ton. I got your pictures up in my room and I look at one everyday. Hannah, you are soooo darn cute! haha I miss your smarty pants personality that is so cute you just have to laugh! Matt, hahahaha nice bro! way to be! Austin, I swear I’ll wait 3 months. Trust me. I SWEAR!!! That’s going to be fun when we all get back from our missions. Xan, good luck girl! Entao, tenho que ir! Mas ate proximo vez! Eu amo voces! Mutio mutio mutio!

You are my rockstars!
Elder Tingey