Monday, November 23, 2015

mais 3‏ Mon, 23 Nov 2015

Whats up family!,

Man this week was a blur. I've probably already said this a billion times. But its for real. These weeks are flying by. We worked a bunch and it was good to finaly bring someone to church after all this effort. Her name is Rosa and she is 88 years old! ha But she is great. She is the mother of a lady that we have been working with. Really funny people and yeah pretty humble too. But Rosa is great cause she is a little more reliable. First time we asked her to come to church she said no.. Then a week later she said yes and was actually ready to go and kept her word. You can always rely on the older people who still have moral codes and keep their promises. Looks like this next week will be her baptism too. (I know is pretty fast) Should be good though. She has sufered a lot in her life so this should be something that will really help her feel comfort. haha her daughter is still a work in progress. We also found some cool investigators that wern't able to make it to church but should be cool to work with this week. Really seeing the blessings in my life and getting home exagsted everyday. Maybe I will have a thanksgiving this week witrh Maritza but we will have to wait and see. She is a recent convert who lived in USA and London for 6 years of her life so she still carrys on the american traditions. Should be great!

Family, M&D- nooo email down.. haha but thats all good. I will still be on for another 40 min or so. So if you get this in time just shoot over a message. Glad to hear that the sisters are great and that christmas is coming up already in the house. Dave and Deb were in our house? cool cool. Lambsons- Jen I loved the poem. Thought it was sweet. So true about the RedVines though.. Miss it. Keep on keeping on there in the cold. When does school get out for Conway? W&S&B- Love you guys and I hope the house is great. Kodras- Thanksgiving on strike. haha Black Friday.. man.. i still have nightmares of that stuff. Crazy people. Have a good one and I hope the move is over with this week then.. 

Family.. Still havent bought any of you anything.. haha I know its pretty lazy and procrastination on my part but this next week for SURE. Mark my words. Alright? Very good 

Amor de coração!
Elder Christensen 
we had time to kill before the churrasco last week so we went into Carajás (brazilian home depot)​

Monday, November 16, 2015

Hey there everyone‏ November 16, 2015 at 6:32

Oh my heck this time is just flying. I have never felt so tired. Everyday I get home I just feel dead. But this is good. Gotta work until ya drop right? This week was full of good things and a lot of lessons but we didnt get anyone at church. Less Actives nor investigators. But man yeah its kinda a bummer to not have anyone there but we will work even harder with different people this week. We have a woman named Joseleny that is cool and we gave here a blessing and then visited her later that day and she was tons better. SO now she has a testimony in the power or the priesthood and faith and stuff but now she has to get married.. Lets see if we can help them out in time before I leave. Its a complicated family. Ha We are doing a bunch a FHEs and inviting people who we are working with to go a participate. So that is working and we will continue to do that. 
P-day today was pretty good. Played some soccer at the church. Did I mention to you guys that I live right next to the chapel. So yeah it was pretty good and for lunch we will go to a churrasco (bbq all you can eat meat). For lunch we always just do our own thing and today the money falls on the card so you have to ball out right? Should be good but again we will not have time to buy stuff downtown today. So next week for sure haha. These P-days are growing shorter.. weather here is getting crazy hot. Its so weird to me when you guys say that its cold outside. haha Just burning out here! haha 

Alright family. 
Sorry for the short letter but you know how it is sometimes..

​Our car.. haha jk we took this pic in the morning after soccer. haha ​


Monday, November 9, 2015

éta nos‏ Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2015


Man I feel like I say everytime but this whole thing is moving way too fast. So this week was a pretty simple one with a lot of new investigators and working a lot to reactivate these less actives. So it was been realatively good. Sunday was pretty stressful to see that our members arent really doing their part to help out the recent converts and frustrating that members kinda look to the missionaries to do all of the work here. But hey its all good. Just exhausting. Yesterday I went to a Baptist Church in a trade with a lady that went to our church in the morning. It was pretty cool to be the "investigator" and watch what other churchs do to welcome people and especially when the welcome 2 mormon missionaries. haha But i have to say overall it was a good visit. It also happend to be the Pastors birthday.. so we ate cake and mini pizza things.. haha it was a good day to visit! haha We are working a few families that were baptized be a few of my friends here on the mission and so I will start to reactivate them. Maritza speaks 3 languages fluently and she always trys to speake english with me but I am too nervous about it. haha She keeps on trying to destroy my portuguese by making me speak english. Other than all that this next week should be more of the same so lets get to it. P-day today I wont be going to Centro so you guys will still have to wait for all the goods. I think I should be able to get almost all of what you guys want. As far as packing for home. I dont plan on taking a lot of stuff home so there should be a LOT of space.

Alright I am out. Tired and ready for the end I think but I gotta give till I drop. Love you guys. Until next week

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Batizmos for dayzz.‏ Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2015 12:28

Hey Family.
Glad to hear all about the Halloween festivitys and all the good stories. My week was good and thankgoodness it was filled more with treats than tricks! haha So new area new companion. It has been good and I know that I am learning and growing a lot more than if I had just stayed comfortable in Geisel. So yep. My companions name is Elder Thomas Santos and he is from São Paulo. Pretty funny kid and its fun to work with him and see things through his eyes. I just have to remember that sometimes he really just doesnt know what to do. Have to guide him more than I expect sometimes. Its been great thou. This last friday we had to pleasure to watch and participate in the Baptism of Julia! It was awesome and the whole family was there. I was asked to do the Baptism and everything went by smoothly. I hope that her sister Ana keeps studying with the other Elders but it looks like she already felt a little attacked and shocked about the Baptism that the other missionaries tryed to mark with her...I know problem with brazil. But its all good. I told her to keep chill and just keep visiting the church and taking the discussions. Love that family. So then this sunday we also had a baptism in my area. It was all pretty much set up and should have happened last week but this week was better for the family so I got to help out as well. Arthur is the name of the young man and his Older brother was the one who baptized him. He reactivated himself these past few weeks with the other misisonaries and then recieved the priesthood this sunday and everthing worked out great to be able to baptize his brother. I think its a pretty neat story and fact that the older brother did the baptism should have a more lasting effect I think. Great family as well. We will keep working with them and leave him firm and strong in the gospel.
Funny story of the week that actually happend this morning. Was that we all went to play some soccer and then after to a backery to drink some Coke. We were chillen next to some bar side make shift sketch table cause all the other tabels were taken. I was sitting there talking to the new american missionary in English cause he just got here and I was helping him feel more comfortable when he both sit down on the ledge of this sketch (fake marble) counter top. Gave it 5 seconds before everything broke... haha So we both go tumbling down and everyone in the Bakery stops and is just looking at us... I was already laughing it out but the people there were pretty upset. haha So bottem line we will talk it out with the people cause the whole thing wasnt our fault. Could have happend to anyone so Im glad it was us and not some poor kid just playing on the side. haha Funny as heck though... 
Christmas is your call. Some new clothes would be cool but same size I think. I need to amp up my skinny jean game when I get back. Brazil has raised the bar.. hhaha jkChristmas will be a blast I am amped. Next week I will go Downtown and try to buy abunch of stuff for you guys. I think I got a rough sketch of wat to buy you guys. ITs the most wonderful time of the year!
Tchauuuuu Amor