Monday, June 25, 2012

Got a phone!!! Persistance pays off!

1. Did you get the package from Ma Woods?

No yet. I went to the office this week but there were only a few letters for me and not a package.

2. How is your jaw feeling this week?
Haha it's the same. I'm going to call the specialist this week to get another appointment for my jaw. She is doing a lazer treatment, just to help the pain and when I go to the specialist she will do more. It's really hard to organize everything. I'm learning about planning. I haven't been making a lot of visits because of the lack of time. I don't want to lose the people we have in our teaching group.

3. What kind of medication are you taking for it?
I'm taking the meds from the wisdom teeth surgery. The 800mg Ibuprophen. Haha I thought it would of it been a good idea to bring those from home.

4. Did you and Elder Rasmussen move out and get your own place?

Not yet. We have to call today to see if we got the house we wanted. But I'm pretty sure we will get it! We should be moving out pretty soon.

5. Tell me about the other two missionaries you are rooming with!
Elder Smith and Elder Silva. They are boss. We always talk and have a good time. Haha we sing and do things like that. Elder Silva is from my group, I arrived with him in the field. So we have a good time talking about the CTM and things like that. I give a hard time with Elder Smith with his GF (girl friend). I tell him what happened to me and what not. We always tell stories and what not, it's pretty great!

6. So did any of the 10 people you have set for baptism come to church?
No.... only Alan went to church. He is 12 years old. But he is awesome! He is reading and doing his part, he is crazy to be baptized.

7. Tell me about your “HUMP” Day!
And well... hump day. Haha I burnt a shirt and well we bought pizza. Sara gave me a cake, which was most excellent! It was pretty nice. It's crazy to think that in less than a year I'll be home, the beginning of June because of the visas. It's kinda sad that it's passing by so fast, but it's only the half way mark! So I have time to work still...lots of time :)

8. So does the food vary from area to area or is it sort of the same?

It's the same thing...rice and beans everyday. Haha its pretty nice!

9. How much walking do you do in this area? How many miles?
Not sure. Probably 7 miles everyday. But I'm not sure. But we do a lot of walking because we have to walk into our area and then to our lunch and what not. And then at times, run back home in the middle of the ghetto. Haha its pretty tense.

10. Do you have a cell phone yet?
Yes! We got it on Friday. I think I pestered the office and then gave me one just to get me off of their backs...but hey we got one :) its been helping so much!

11. Does the area have a lot of hills?
Nah, its pretty chill. Embu das Artes has more! Here there are hills but not a ton and ginormous.

12. Do you know if Elder Beron got the package from Ma & I?

I have no clue. I think he will send me something when he gets it.

13. Are there things you need me to send you?

I think I'm good for now.

14. How many people did you teach this week?

A ton. But there aren't very many people progressing. We have to find the people that are ready. It's been kinda tough to find people who want to make the change in their lives.

15. What kind of service did you do this week?

Well we went to a ton of meetings to get the ward organized. So that was good. This week was pretty crazy with meetings. For example. Friday we had interviews with the Mission President; so that pretty much ate up our whole day. And then we went to Interlagos to go to the dentist. And then we went to the office to get the cell phone. We only did one visit and then Sunday we have meetings with the Bishop and with the President of the Elders Quorum.

16. Did you want me to send you out UNO cards?
No I have some. Just a soccer ball would be nice. And some soccer sweats :) It's starting to get pretty cold. Oh and some gel pad things to put into my shoes.

Anyways, from Sara's house I'm thinking it's about 2 hours. Its not really a short drive to get here. So when I saw her I thought I was going crazy. IDK (I don't know) how she found out I was here. But anyways, the cake was most excellent! I heard Danilo was baptized, and Edinaldo. People I started to teach. So that was pretty sweet. I was so happy to hear that they got baptized. The fruits of the work. Haha I feel like I am the one that leave seeds for others to get. But it's all good, we are the same team! :)

This week I was studying about the parables of Jesus Christ. Holy cow they are amazing! The history and everything. The first parable of Jesus Christ is awesome. About the 4 soils. It's in Matthew. IDK(I don't know) what chapter but I loved it. How the soils can be related to members and their testimonies, or people in general, about receiving the gospel. I am loving the parables and learning so much!

Anyways, I love you guys!

Com amor,

Elder Firl

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