Monday, April 24, 2017

The First Week

First email from the first week in his new area! Also a few pictures that my Brazilian friends have sent.

So you know how like everyone always tells you to be ready at any minute in your mission because you'll just walk in there before the meeting and they'll ask you to give a talk? Well that just happened with me for the first time. We got there, apparently they already had it on the list that an Elder was giving a talk but which one it was wasn't on there. And so I ended up giving a talk. It went pretty well and then afterwards every told me that my talk was awesome and a bit of a tap on the ear. Which i think was perfect. 

But I met up with pretty much all of the youth from Marambaia at a dance that they went to, I looked in there just to see how it was going and they all saw me at once and the next second I was surrounded. It was really good to see them all. Especially Lucas and Victor. It is great that they are really being integrated with the stake and not just the ward. 

But I got to meet the teaching group this week which was cool. We have a lot of awesome people with some really great potential. But That's for the most part it. I just want to say I love you guys and hope that you have a great week. When you see someone in church you don't know, go talk to them.

This shirt was made by one of the members in Marambaia. This is what she said about it:

Comigo é assim, promessa feita, promessa cumprida, o presente do Elder Monzingo já esta pronta. Hoje mesmo o nosso surpe herói chapolin Colorado estará com sua camisa. Em casa sempre um Elder ganha um apelido carinhoso, e o Elder monzingo é o chapolin Colorado.

Google translate:

With me it is like this, promise made, promise fulfilled, the gift of Elder Monzingo is already ready. Today our survivor chapolin Colorado will be wearing his shirt. At home always an Elder gains an affectionate nickname, and the Elder monzingo is the Colorado chapolin.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Marambaia bye bye

Daniel is in a new area. I think it is not too far from his previous area. At least, that is how it looks on Google Maps. But he is doing well and wanting a chocolate bunny for Easter.

Welp. It happened. Marambaia is now in the past. I got transferred today. Fortunately I was able to run into my new companion rather quickly. His name is Elder Moroni, we will be serving together in the Castanheira ward. It's gonna be interesting this transfer. He's from the same group as my son Elder Kunzel and the 2 are really good freinds. SO I've actually heard quite a bit about him. But it was interesting leaving Marambaia. I said goodbye to some people but not all of the people that I wanted to. Unfortunately time doesn't allow everything. But it was kinda interesting leaving the area. We kinda already knew it was going to happen and so we were able to go throughout the week saying goodbye. So that much was good. But I'm gonna miss that place. It was an awesome area. I really loved to talk and interact with the members our recent converts and our investigators were all going well. I'm pretty happy with how I left the area for the next guy. But new area, new zone. This week we're gonna find out how the whole place works and what's up. 
I love you guys

Monday, April 10, 2017

Two for One

Last week the Monzingo house had the plague. Well. Not the actual plague (which is still a thing). But three kids and one mom all had some fast and furious stomach bug. Hence the lack of letter from our favorite missionary. We may not have actually been dying, but it felt like it. I will now attempt to make amends by including both last week's and this week's correspondence. Enjoy!


So first things first. This is officially the first time I have ever seen any form f peanut butter to be sold since I've gotten in Brazil. (Except for some rare circumstances in which these workout supplement stores sell this version that has no flavor). I wanted to do a price check. I found out that to buy this 
rather small thing of peanut butter it'll cost me R$25. Sooooooo, not worth it. but this week was interesting. We had some days that went well and didn't. They were good because we worked a lot. They were not as good because few people received us. BUT, it's all awesome! We had general conference. (All those who have no idea what that is it's this meeting in which the members of the church have a chance to hear the church leaders and the living prophet speak to us. Link included here)
But I aabsolutely loved it. Any chance that we have to listen to these people is great. I particularly enjoyed the talks of D. Todd Christofferson and Joaquin E. Costa. those 2 were awesome. But that's pretty much it for no. So little time and So much to do. i love you guys


I gotta say I love stir fry. It's the best. It's super simple you can make a lot and a family in the ward made it for our lunch appointment. That was awesome. I ate a lot. And even after all that we all ate there was still this giant pot full of stir fry. That was amazing. But the week went well. A lot of work. Ran into some pretty cool people. One of these people, Samuel, is really a cool guy. he went to church yesterday but only for the first hour. That was awesome. He enjoyed it. He's also starting to read the Book of Mormon and now we just got to get him to pray. We also were gonna help the sisters in our district move but there was a bunch of confusion with when it was going on and we didn't even know it had happened until after the fact and they didn't have any help. Which reminds me. If you need help ask for it.
2 Scriptures that tell us to ask. When we do so and we need help rally our Heavenly Father and those that are around us can and do help. Don't resolve to not ask for help because you think that you might lready know the answer or something like that. Be willing to ask, And then be willing to receive. 
I love you guys
Elder Monzingo