Monday, May 29, 2017

My Week

Finally got an email that was a little bit more than a quick note. The boy is doing well and keeping busy.

So transfers are interesting. Like, sometimes you decide to play a prank on one of your room mates and freeze their missionary name tag in a bottle. Then they find out about it soak a pair of your socks and shove them in the freezer which you discover the next morning. It was hilarious. 

But the week with my new companion was pretty sweet. We were able to help 6 people get to church this week and that was great. It's been a while since I've had that many investigators in there and so it was good to have that. Plus some of them were somewhat surprises as we had some of them who had moved outside of the area but are now back in the area. So that was great to see them. This week we are planning in starting to work in a part of the area that honestly, I've never been to before. Truthfully I don't know if many missionaries have worked in that region, but it's close by to were the temple here in the city will be built. (the land where it's gonna be is inside my area) SO that'll be good to build up a group of people around there to visit always. 

Also I am holding a white rabbit. No it didn't go flying at anyone to rip out their throats or anything like that. But it was rather soft and fluffy. Love you guys

Transfers Which Would Be Why No Email

Much to our disappointment, we didn't really hear from Daniel the past two weeks. We did get to talk to him on Mother's Day. Sort of. The connection was not very good. Spent most of the time trying to reconnect the call. I nearly cried. The last bit (5 minutes) came through clearly enough. He is doing well. He'll be home in November. He is a bit disappointed about not being able to stay until December, but this Momma is not too sad about that. I have some pictures that a member sent me of the last day before transfers. Also included is a picture of Elder Moroni in his new area, which just happens to be Daniel's last area.

Sooo. I wasn't transferred. However I was waiting for people to arrive pretty much the whole day and pretty much didn't get to do almost anything. So they are letting me do so now But my companion, Elder Moroni, was transferred. Now I'm here with Elder Simião. I was actually his district leader for about 3 transfers so I already know the guy. He's pretty awesome. But it's just going to be new experiences. But Like no time. SO this week was cool I love you guys don't die have fun!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Yo Momma

It's Mother's Day. Two things fairly consistently happen in the Monzingo house on Mother's Day. First, breakfast is prepared by Kermit and the kids. In the early years they would try to have it done before I woke up and bring it to me in bed. That just was not practical. Apart from the sketchy logistics of eating in bed, I almost always wake up first. And I really enjoy my early morning quiet before the rest of the tribe comes alive. The earlier wake up gave me time to have a nice long soak in my marvelous tub.

That brings us to the second thing that happens: handmade gifts. I really like the kid constructions. Lots of love in that. I especially like it if there is a note or card attached. Jacob made a foam flower bouquet in Cub Scouts.  It is adorable.

Another popular item is bath and beauty products. Sarah gave me a small jar of vanilla scented bath salts with sprinkles. SPRINKLES. In my bath stuff. When I opened I wasn't sure if I was supposed to eat it or not. Sarah assured me that it was definitely not edible. She also made a lip scrub (what the heck?). It was cinnamon and spice. I was suppose to put it on my lips for 15 minutes. It didn't last. It was tasty. The girl was a little offended that I hadn't used the sugar scrub she made last year.

Let's talk about sugar scrubs. What is the point of a sugar scrub? Who thought of this? Apart from being easy for the average 9-year-old to put together, why do I want it? They smell good, but they feel awful. My teenage daughter informs me that the scrub is to be used to smooth the rough patches. Well, my rough patches don't like it. It feels like I'm trying to wash with sandpaper.

Anyway, back to the present. I used my bath salts with sprinkles. Sprinkles do not reliably dissolve in water. I was bathing with floating things. Not only do they not really dissolve, the ones that do dissolve leave a bit of a mess.

Yeah. I won't be cleaning or even looking at this until tomorrow. It's Mother's Day dang it. Plus I now smell like a cupcake. Kermit threatened to lick me.

So, adult helpers of children creating fantastic items for their mothers. My advice is to skip the sprinkles.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Elder Costa

My favorite thing about this week's mail-lots of pictures. These are the pictures from last week that he promised to send.  Enjoy!

So this week was pretty cool. We had the visit from Elder Claudio R. M. Costa the current Brazilian area president. That was a really cool conference. He taught a lot of stuff. Everytime I think back on the stuff he told us I notice something new. Which is interesting. It's awesome when you can keep learning from your experiences over and over again. 

But there was this family that we started teaching and they were awesome. We found them because they went to church pretty much on their own. It was going great until we found out that it wasn't our area. So we presented them with the other missionaries of their area and left the situation. Which sucked. But I still hope to see them at some later point in time.

Also I found apple juice and ran into someone that plays football here in brazil. He's on a team and everything. That was cool. Also from said person I found out that the patriots won the super bowl.

I love you guys. always take everything you can from your leaders

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Semana e o Mangal

Our missionary requested a chocolate Easter bunny and a Dallas Cowboy t-shirt. I found the chocolate bunny. I even found Cowboy t-shirts. For women. Our local Wal-mart failed us this time. We even scoured some of the other shops in our little town. It is baseball season in Texas and that means Rangers merchandise is available. I don't know if he is disappointed. He said a Rangers shirt was just fine. Anyway, his week sounds like it was fantastic.

the week was awesome! We were able to bring 5 people to church. One of these people in specific is really awesome, we've been meeting with him for about a month. During which he read the entire Book of Mormon and was really excited to go to church. He is very interested in receiving an answer to really know if the church is true. SO this week we're gonna go back and see how he felt. We weren't able to talk much with him when he left. But this week will be awesome. There was also a young woman with a lot of questions that went. See enjoyed it as well and honestly I look forward to the questions, it's better when they're asked. Also today we went to this park place called o Mangal das garças. It's this bird park sort of thing. Garça is heron in english so you can imagine wwhat kind of birds. I would send more pictures cep´t this computer isn't the best and so I only got one in there. Next week I'll try to send out more of our trip. But I love you guys.