Monday, February 6, 2012
Alright, so we had a change of plans. I did not leave Ji-parana because my companion arrived before Elder Santana left, which was nice because we could keep working. I do miss Elder Santana a ton. He was a great companion. My new companion is Elder Ivo. He was assistant to the president for 2 weeks and then got sent to Ji-parana because I think that he missed something up. Anyways, he is good and excited to work, although he is just a temporary companion because in a few days we will receive 2 more missionaries. An American who is just arriving and Elder Alves who will be my companion. He has a year and 8 months and I think that this will be his first as a senior companion. I here that he is going through a hard part in the mission, kind of destroyed and tired. I was kind of hoping to be a senior, but I am finding that a large part of my mission is helping the future leaders of the church in Brasil, my companions. I will serve in whatever position and place the Lord wants. I know that I am where he wants me to be. So, I am excited to get to work. This Sunday we marked a baptism for this next Sunday of an 18 year old guy named Adailton. He is great. He came to church with Artur, a young man that I reactivated, so I marked an appointment to teach him yesterday and he accepted our invitation of baptism. It was awesome. Also, we are teaching a woman named Sicera who came to church and wants to baptize but is not married legally and the husband is in Rio, so it is complicated. I will try to teach her 18 and 15 year old daughters. José is still progressing, but he is wanted more time so I will help him through the process and into the waters of baptism. He is an awesome guy, but it is a little complicated because of his ex-wife. Anyways, all is well and it is going to get better. I also did a service project for Val today killing her chicken. It was crazy. I broke its neck and then cut its head of and blood went everywhere and the chicken started running around crazy without its head spraying blood all over me. I am washing my shorts and shirt right now hoping that the blood comes out. It was cool though. It made a great video. I will try to send it but I cannot today because I forgot my cable to my camera. Yeah, I helped clean it. You put it in boiling water and it cleans pretty easy and then you cut out the meat, heart, neck, etc. Good stuff to know, huh? So, there you have my week.
I’m sorry Joshua’s hamster died. I cannot believe that it has already been three years. It seems like yesterday that we bought them. I still remember the conference when I ran over to big r to buy a shot for the hamster before. Time flies. In Ji-parana there are birds and monkeys but I have not seen a monkey yet because I stay in the city. Also, the river is full of alligator, although I have not explored a lot. We are basically in amazon. This is the area furthest north in our mission. It is pretty cool. I sure like it here, although it is hot and the rain is crazy. The water is literally hot when it rains. It is crazy.
On p-days we spend the day with Val helping her out. Today I killed the chicken and trimmed her mango tree. We also go to a park that is close by to play some soccer. Tony sounds like the busy man. That is good. It is good that he is going out with missionaries. He will be an awesome missionary. Well, I love you all!!!