Londrina, Brazil

Londrina, Brazil

Monday, March 20, 2017

5 month mark!

Yeah 3 days ago I hit the 5 month mark! and I am past 150 days as well! Time surely does fly on the mission. The language sure is an issue of the past. The only thing that is difficult with the language is speaking for long durations of time and when people speak new words. But it is all good, people can explain what the word means and then it is all good. But everyone tells me that I am kicking some older American´s tails in Portuguese. Maybe I do speak better than I give myself credit. AJ is number 1???? Sweet!!! I mean, who had any doubts really?... Our family is a bunch of geniusses, and then there is me lol. But lol that is so awesome. And good for AJ quiting track, that was something I never had the guts to do. Everyone would have been mad at me haha. But yeah missing two days a week sure is hard. You have to be extra on top of the ball or else you will fall in a pit of make up work in which you cannot escape. Lol especially for me with economics senior year lol. Remember that? ha ha... Did AJ at least do well in the track meet? I saw that picture of the racket. All you need to do is restring the raquet and put a new strip of gromets on the head and you are ready to go again. Not a big deal. But the only way to do that to a raquet is if you hit it on the ground a lot, and I mean a loooot. I guess that is why coach Word was mad at him for smacking the ground huh? AJ got second place? That is pretty good! I saw that Kountze was there. They are generally pretty good. Natalie is going on a mission?? Wow! That is pretty sweet! A nice warm tropic mission! She probably will be speaking english huh? Or spanish? But that is still way cool. She will get home from her mission shortly after I will. So this week was interesting. We had PDAY downtown with all the elders and played some soccer, basketball, and American Football. That was really fun. Especially teaching them how to play football and basketball. We had my english class on Tuesday, Thursday we had a zone conference with President Pereira and Serranos Spanish class, Friday I had my first ever interview with President Pereira, Saturday we had a family home evening in our investigators house where we cooked them dinner, burritos, and played a brazilian card game called Truco. And sunday we had 7 investigators go to church with us. But there were two real highlights of the week. In my interview with President Pereira he told me that I have a possibility of being a trainer next transfer because I am working really well and he knows I am in the toughest area of the mission and have baptized more than post APs and Zone Leaders that have passed through. But for sure he said that I would be the senior companion next transfer. So I have been working extra hard to perfect everything to be ready for my first leadership position. Wahoo! But you cannot progress if you do not leave your comfort zone. And it is basically 100% out of my comfort zone speaking to people in Portuguese. But I am learning to just live with it and as my Kolbe said I am a person with the ability to adgust so I will be alright. I am really excited to see what I can accomplish as a leader in the mission. The second big news is that our investigator called to tell us that she and her husband got all the paper work done to be married on the 1st of April. The 1st is the second to last day of the transfer too so it was really close to a loss of 1 or 2 baptisms. But it will be awesome. We get to go witness her wedding. A wedding, general conference, and a baptism all in the same day! Sweet! But that is about it for me this week lol. I am doing a lot of cooking now with my companion too lol. I made him pancakes this morning as well lol. But yeah I am doing well. I hope you guys have another great week and that things settled down at work for you guys. I love you all! German Pancakes Stroganoff: Our investigator went and got registered to be married and made us dinner to celebrate.

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