Monday, December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014

 hello!!!!!!!! today is not pday but they gave us permision to write
 the family and tell you guys that we will be skyping on thursday!!!! I
 want to skype here at like 3 or 4 and we have a bout an hour to skype!
 wowowow i cannot wait you dont know how excited i am right now! i am
trying to set up skype right now on the computer so hopefully it
 works!!! Be ready because I may get ancy and it may be earlier!!!

Pictures for the week! Merry Christmas everyone!!

Looks like he got his Christmas package!! Yeah!! I got this pic from his good friend Elder Nielsens blog!!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014

Hello!!!!!!!! I loved your emails thank you sooo much for the love and
I really cannot wait to see you guys in a week and a half!!!!!! It
will be the best day ever for me!!! We will see how you think my
English is!!! I don’t think it is bad but we will see!! hahaha this
week was a great week!!! We worked sooooooo hard this week trying to
find other people to teach and inviting and getting better known
here!! We had 30 other lessons this week!! Kyle and scot should know
that that is a ton!!! We found 16 new people and have 5 baptismal
dates!!! It was a great week!!! I am trying to take control and really
show the people here who we are! I am also showing my companion how to
be nice and very happy with the people and be very excited to talk to
them! There is no greater work than that which we are doing right now
so we should be happy! I always think of Jesus when we leave and how
happy he was and nice he was with the people! He was the best example
for us and if we try to be like him we will progress! We have been
preparing Rumi and her boyfriend for their marriage and she will have
her document to be able to be married in about 13 days so we are
preparing her and her family for marriage and baptism! We are also
teaching the Brazilian and he has been to church 3 times now! He
smokes a lot but he really likes the church and I think within time he
will be baptized! This week I was working on how to be friendlier
and how to have animo always with the people because we get tired and
sometimes it is hard to always be animated and work at a high level.
Another thing that happened this week was one of our future
missionaries is going to Chile Antofagasta!!! I was sooo pumped! I
told him about Kyle and how he loved it there and how much of a beast
he was there and how he will meet people that Kyle taught and
baptized! The other future missionary is going to Peru! I was so happy
for them and their decisions! My comp and I gave a talk in church on
Sunday and I congratulated them again and I talked about baptism! I
linked a lot of scriptures into my talk and how baptism is important
if Jesus told his disciples "go ye therefore to all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of The Holy Ghost"
so it must be pretty important! Also when Peter talked to the people
about how baptism is for the remission of our sins, so that means when
people have sins they need to be baptized to be cleansed by the
atonement of Jesus Christ!! So that means children do not need to be
baptized because Jesus himself said come to me children and said they
are like the Kingdom my Father! They are innocent! Sorry I am going
off right now about baptism haha but it is important! Also this
Christmas we should be spending time with the family and remember the
birth of our Savior and remember everything he did for us! I love
everyone and I really can’t tell you how excited i am to see you guys
it has been super long I really haven’t seen you in over half of a
year! That is crazy!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU MORE THAN ANYTHING!!!! Have an
amazing week!!

It is SUPER HOT here!! But we have a nice air conditioner that keeps us cool in the night! We have a Christmas devotional thing this week and I am going  to sing with other missionaries in front of like 50 missionaries!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December 9, 2014 (Holiday yesterday in Paraguay, so P-day today))

Hello everybody!!!!! I am always happy to hear how everyone is
doing!!! It is the holiday season and Christmas is around the
corner!!!! You really don’t know how excited I am to finally see your
faces and to be able to talk to everyone!!!! Families are the most
important thing in life!! I think I forgot to tell everyone that we
had transfers and my comp and I will stay for 6 more weeks here!!!
That is exciting!! We have a new sister missionary here and she is
from Guatemala and now we have 2 sister missionaries who are super
super small lol!! This week was a good week for us! I gotta say this
week we had a lot of the same questions asked to us! A lot of people
asked if we believed in Jesus Christ or if we believe in God! First i
told them that the church is called the Church of JESUS CHRIST and
they were like ohh.. And then they said that we only believe in Joseph
Smith as our God and we told them no he was only a prophet who was an
instrument in the hands of God. We had those questions asked to us I
think in every lesson! It is amazing how many people talk bad about
the church and say things and believe things that they don’t really
even know. This week we worked with a future missionary in our ward
and he helped a ton! We studied with him to help him know what the
mission is like and we were studying Preach My Gospel and helping him
with any questions. We are working now to get the documents of Rumi our
investigator so that she can be married so now we need to wait like 20
more days. We had 5 investigators at church and the Brazilian guy came
again and he loves the church!! It is soo amazing here, the people
will be having a conversation in Spanish, then the Brazilian will talk
in Portuguese and then everyone talks to him in Portuguese, and then
someone will talk in GuaranĂ­ and then the people will start talking
all in GuaranĂ­! That is how church is here lol there are a lot of
languages! It is weird that it is almost Christmas I have been
thinking about ways that I can serve others and make others have a
great holiday season! We talked this week about the greatest gift we
can receive on Christmas. When we read John 3:16 it says, “God sent his
only begotten son”, and that is true! God sent his son to earth and he
died for us and atoned for our sins. Now as we are in the holiday
season we should enjoy time with the family and think about our
redeemer Jesus Christ. We also should share this message with others
so that they can remember Jesus. I really cannot wait to see you
guys!!!! You really don’t know how much I love you and my love grows
everyday!!! I hope that everyone has a spectacular week and please be

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1, 2014

Hello everybody!!! This week was a good week for us here!!! It was a
little crazy!! We set up a marriage date for our investigator! 
They will be married on Wednesday!!!!! Also we will be baptizing 
 her after the wedding!!! Then the next week we should be 
baptizing her sons and then we will hopefully get her husband too when he stops
smoking and drinking! There are a lot of people who drink here and
this one guy called us over to his house and was amazed that I am from
the United States and was telling his family that I am from the US and
he was so drunk, he kissed our hands before we left haha! Sometimes it
is a little scary when they follow you around but it is all good!
Things are very chill here! Church was amazing yesterday!!! We had
been teaching a Brazilian guy, he only speaks Portuguese and he
came to church and so did our investigating family AND a less active!
Some came from the sister missionaries too! We also had the
assistant with us because his companion finishes his mission tomorrow
so things were a little crazy! We have a new assistant and he is from
San Diego! He looks Latino but he is from there! It was cool being
with the assistant for a day and to see how he works! We are now trying
to work on little things in the ward like how they pass the sacrament and
also home teaching and some activities for the youth! We had a talent
show this week and I dribbled my basketball!! I was trying to send my
video but it wouldn’t let me send it! :( I still got some moves!!! It is
really fun here and we are trying to make the ward more unified and
also we are trying to be more unified as companions! Little by
little!!! I love you guys sooo much and I hope everyone will be
safe!!! I cannot wait to hear from you next week!!!! I LOVE YOU!!

I am staying here with my companion for the next 6 weeks!
Christmas is coming, be getting the skype ready!! I hope to find a big 
computer to see you guys!! Its weird that the year
 is almost over!! I will have 8 months in the mission soon!! 
I really like it, it is not easy, but I like it!! Also, I have found some new 
ways to lift weights, I am going to get very fit again!

This is funny cause nobody understands English hahahahha!!!!