Monday, November 28, 2016
Oh WOW! Sounds like it was a good game! I was curious about it all week lol. Well life goes on and the next adventure comes. That would be awesome if AJ got to play mixed doubles with Shelby lol, That is what i tried to do last year haha. They would get to regionals for sure. Coker and lindsey probably will go to state or at least pretty far. Sounds like you will be in for another long tennis season lol. That is pretty awesome he will get to be on two varsity teams as a freshman. Are you getting him a lettermen jacket yet? I cannot believe people are already finding our house! CRAZY! Especially from Alabama. Aubrey must be doing some personal contacting lol. She served her mission in Alabama right? haha. Oh and make sure the new house has our ping pong room! Lol just kididng, but that would be pretty awesome. Well this week has been craaaaaazy. We are now the old people and everyone is starting to say goodbye already. I think I am prepared. I know when I get to the field the learning curve will increase dramatically. Like participating in the temple, and working in the temple. I still probably only know 2% of the langugae but I can hold my own in a conversation and teach all the lessons and pray and bear testimony. Sometimes it is a little hard because the brasileros speak really fast. Women are hard to understand too because they are so dramatic lol. And a few people during proselitismo without any teeth lol. The language is really fun though and very similar to both spanish and english. The gift of tongues and interpretation thereof have been vital in my time here and I am so greatful for those things. However memorizing scriptures is a little difficult for me. The translations are not perfect so it can get confusing. However we were challenged to memorize the first two articles of faith before the next day, and by the gift of tongues, I somehow memorized the first eight in one night! I was pretty stoked, and my professors were so shocked lol. I am ready to spread the gospel and begin the next wonderful adventure in my life. Thank you guys for raising me so well and for teaching me the gospel. It has blessed my life so much, and because of that I get to share that knowledge with others. Thank you so much. I love you guys. Thanksgiving was pretty relaxed here. We had a devotional in the morning, a live broadcast from provo with elder neil L anderson, the apostle. He talked about giving thanks in all things and being optimisitic and hopefull. It was good. We had splits as well and we taught the plan of salvation and it went pretty well. My new splits companion is a district leader. His name is Elder Pereira, quite common here. Me and a Brasilian by ourselves and we go town when teaching, lol it is so fun. We also had our thanksgiving meal for lunch. Lots of turkey and mashed patatoes. Brasileros do not celebrate thanksgiving and i am sure you could understand why lol being an american holiday, but it was very special. They went all out and decorated and everything, and for dinner our dessert was an all you can eat buffet of ice cream lol. AJ would love that. Mountains and mountains of it! It was good. I also read a lot of the book of mormon. I am in the words of mormon reading about king benjamin and it is super powerful. I have a pretty good name i think lol. I cannot wait to get to the end of the book of mormon. Proselitismo went super well! I was not afraid to contact people this time, and the spirit guided me the whole time. I was only rejected twice. once because the woman could not read and the second because i think the guy just needed to see a smile and so the seed was planted. Our companionship goal was to give out all 6 of our copies of the book of momon but did not. WE GAVE OUT 10!!! It was pretty legit. Brasileros love americans lol. Our whole district wanted to give away all 30 of our copies but instead we gave out 41!!! the lords hand was definitely helping us. Oh i met this guy and he is probably like my best friend ever. He is so cool. He is going to BYU after his mission so that will be cool. His name is elder Olivira. well he changed his name to elder guindo now lol. olivera is too popular here so he changed it lol. He plays some intense soccer, ping pong, and volleyball. He is really awesome to talk to and knows a lot of english. We talk for like an hour each night and it is really cool to learn from each other. We both learn each others language and culture and what we both like to do. I hope my first companion is like him. He always asks how i am doing and is smiling and gives knuckle punches. he is just a super cool guy. He is from rio de janeiro and is serving in paraguay. Well my time is up, i hope you guys have a good week and some good adventures. I love you all! Elder Worsley.
Friday, November 18, 2016
WOW! That sounds like a super fun week! Aj's leg thing sounds like what i did to my leg sophomore year remember? But wow a 40 yarder is pretty good Aj! I remember Cameron Yoe being really good too!! we talked about them last year when we were in the play offs. It will be a good game for sure! Did the Woodville office finally get finished? I leave for the field on the 29th. So 12 more days. Everything settled down the week, so thank you guys for your prayers. We are still killing it here lol. We have English fasts every morning and starting next week we are going to try full day language fasts every day. we have been doing the morning language fast for about 2 weeks now. It is pretty hard, but it is great to see how much of the language you actually know. It also helps with learning new words you would normally use in a sentence. So my investigators are doing pretty good. Renato is loving everything and is very willing to learn the gospel and live by its standards, and Eryksson. lol Eryksson is very interested but he we had to get him to give up coffee, pornography, and probably the hardest one, soccer on Sundays lol. It was interesting to teach keep the Sabbath day holy, because the word for Sabbath is sabado and the word for Saturday is sabado as well lol. We were also asked about why Laban was killed and why he could kill if it was a commandment. Those are just the first two of many questions that we had not been prepared for really that will come but we got everything straightened out and everyone is still on date for baptism this Sunday. I love that quote! That is so good! I will be sure to always remember that! LOL my Brazilian roommates are nuts. They always sing american songs, dance all crazy, speak in girl voices, and many other crazy things. Lol they told me and my district leader that we would get lots of baptisms because of our looks. Also again thank you for the milkshakes! I am excited for the cinnamon rolls! They are huge and look super good lol. You would not believe it but I have gained 15 pounds as of last week! lol I am a little scared to weigh myself this week. But apparently we will not be fed much in the field so that will be fun. AJ I destroy the people here in ping pong lol. It is hard without my paddle. The ones here are like 5$ ones and they are very well used and practically ruined. However the people from Peru are pretty good, and a guy and girl came this week from Londrina that were good. Of course we cannot full loop or anything but it is still fun. It is generally 7 to 2. we cannot play any higher because there are a lot of people and little time, Winners stay so i get to play the whole time generally. Oh and Brazilians play some serious volleyball. It is so fun! We did 50 push ups yesterday for celebrating to much. Oh and I heard we cannot play soccer in the field because it is too competitive, so that is a bummer. But Brazilians are fun and they are all pretty athletic. Good luck with your game and go get a w for me! I Love You Guys so much! Have a good week! Love, Elder Worsley
Friday, November 11, 2016
Wow! Sounds like so exciting times! And I heard about TRUMP LOL. The Brasilians were going nuts. Now i cannot stop hereing about it. lol. They started tennis this early? that is going to awesome!!! I will be sure to make sure i recieve those packages, and if they are not there it will be alright as you said. Also thanks for the shakes that we will get lol apparently they are super good. I had a cookie a few weeks back and it was super good lol. Both my investigators are doing well, they are going to be baptized on the 20th which will be sweet. Oh and splits are great. My brasileiro is so funny. He such a geek it is hilarious. He would like aj lol. He plays all the games aj does haha. Oh i am feeling a whole lot better as of yesterday. I can finally swallow without much pain. It is amazing how you can take swallowing for granted lol. Still a little stuffy, but obedience, faith, and prayer brings mericoles. Thanks for praying for me. I love you guys! We finally got some more elders in the ctm going to londrina. they are from mexico and peru. 11 out of 320 now lol. they play some good ping pong. they are super competitive but they are all nice and we all get along. It seems like the days are weeks at first and now the weeks are becoming days. time is flying so quickly here it amazes me. Portuguese is coming along swiftly. i can bear my testimony more and more and answer questions and just talk to brasileiros it is crazy. the gift of tongues is so real. this week i have been praying a lot for the companionship of the holy ghost and how to better my way in obtaining and retaining it. Yesterday was crazy. Literally on a higher plane. even compared to my district. it was crazy that i could like feel their moods and negativity and sometimes even before they had said anything. Ever sense they heard about trump it has been less spiritual sadly. So maybe you guys could pray for my district to be able to focus a little more? i do not really need anything personal at the moment. My Brasileiro roomates are awesome! we read scriptures everynight and they are super helpful with the pronunciation and the meanings of words. they are also a bunch of nuts lol. Brasileiros are crazy at night lol. I really love our family pictures. i look at them everynight before i go to bed. it is nice to see you guys everyday although it is in picture form lol. We are having two gerneal authorities coming to the ctm next week so pday will be next thursday for me. i Hope you guys all have a good week. Eu amo vocês (I love you all).
Sunday, November 6, 2016
So this week has been a little interesting. You know how i said i thought i had strep throat? well I was right and it almost put me in the hospital with two of my other friends in the district. Now 5 of the 9 are ill in one way or the other lol so if we are making prayer requests i think it would be nice to pray for our health. Concerning my health I am alright. My throat is killer but i live with it. The doctor here is apparently well known in the US but has no license to prescribe meds here so i live on ibuprofen. Amoxil would be sweet but its whatever. I did not go to the hospital like they wanted me to though so that is a plus. This week my companion and I got our two investigators baptismal dates and they agreed to quit smoking and drinking coffee because everyone here drinks coffee it seems like. We are also now going on splits with brazilians which is pretty crazy. we spend half of the day with one. My brasilian companion´s name is elder Leite which is brasilian for milk lol, but he is super cool and super nerdy like most brasilians. they like to talk about videogames all the time lol. But teaching with a brasilian is great because they can speak what i wish i knew how to say. As far as the language goes i think i am doing really well. Every time we talk to brasilians everyone is amazed and i can understand most people. The hardest thing about the language is learning all the verbs and their corresponding conjugations. that is all i really struggle with. I generally translate for the americans when i am close to those who cannot understand what is happening. and my companion is fluent in spanish so portuguese is nothing to him. Almost all the words are the same. being obedient to a tee is very much important in all aspects of a mission but especially with learning a language. i am also grateful for my busy high school for preping me for stress and for learning how to focus. i think that is what sets me apart. i manage stress well, i study my butt off, and i follow every rule. the spirit is also very necessary to have. Oh and tommorow we go out into the real world and proselyte for a few hours. Each companionship gets 6 copies of the BoM. I am pretty stoked for that. I am in district 42b english and have mailbox 19. Also tell aj that they have a ping pong table here and although i do not have my paddle i am smoking everyone. lol it is really fun playing against the brasilians who know how to play a little. they get super into it. I hope everyone has a good week. I love you all!!! also i apologize for mispelled words and bad punctuation and capitilization lol i have to type fast and i have to type in english on a portuguese keyboard so it is a little weird lol.