Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I am trying for the pictures again so we will see how that works. Well, it appears no pictures again. The computer I have doesn’t have a DVD drive. I think the idea of swapping memory cards is bad because they always get lost in the mail, then I have nothing. They get lost to often. Eventually I will work it out.

This week went well. I have a minor cold nothing big. We had our first baptism in our new area and hope to have like 7 more, but we only have 3 weeks to do it before the next transfers. Yesterday was my 4 - month mark, which is really crazy! I have been studying the scriptures a lot. I was rather far into the Book of Mormon but decided I wanted to do a more detailed study so I started over and am moving really slowly. Sometimes I read the same chapter more than 10 times. I do not really know how to start thinking in the language, I think it just happens over time. It seems that the more I write or speak in English I think of the same thing in Portuguese, and eventually it will just be like that. The language has progressed a lot with a companion that speaks no English. So I just keep going.

To answer some of the questions I can remember. About the money… We all have a JP Morgan Chase card and we go to a bank on the 10th and 25th of each month and take out money. We get 120 reis which is about 68 US dollars. I know isn’t much, huh?... haha. All of our rent and bills and stuff are paid by the mission office. We give our bills to our Zone Leaders who then take them to the office the following week. We eat lunch at the member’s homes. Sometimes they give us money and we go to a restaurant. We usually only eat lunch, and then just snack on things in the morning and night.

My mission has a washing machine “thingy”. I think not all missions here have them, but I am not 100 percent sure.

I have hopefully some really good mission stories coming up in the next few weeks, but I want to see how they turn out before I start telling them. Because, just like with everything in life, it may not turn out just the way you wanted it. But at this point it looks good.

Tomorrow I am going on my first division. So I get to go with my Zone Leader and spend a day and a half with him which will be neat. It’s good to hear about Cam!!! That’s the exact mission I was always given at EFY for the mission day or whatever it is called. haha. September 8th nice and fast!!!

Just to let you all know the mail system here is really strange. I got a letter from Tristan who is currently serving in Thailand in about 2 weeks which is faster than the majority of letters I get from the US. So I have no real way to give you a time frame for anything! haha. Oh, and an fyi, it looks like someone has really been doing our family history because one or two p-days ago I went to family search and there was a lot of new stuff for our family history!

So what do you all want to know about? I tend to have a problem with thinking of things to write, because as you said, “I am living it”. So what do you want to know???

Well I miss you all, but time just flies, and before you know it, it will be over. I love you all so much! I hope you all are reading your scriptures, and saying family prayer!!! Much love!!!

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