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,
My Wonderful Fam!!
March 25, 2013
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!