Sorry I have not written recently, since we got in in the middle of the week last week they figured we did not need a P-Day, so this is our first P-Day.
Where to begin. The language is difficult but somewhat familiar. My companion, Elder Neerings as it turns out is a workout fanatic, so he has been making me run laps each morning… love it…. The food is exactly as expected, rice and beans with some really good fruits. They feed us so often here at the CTM, like once every two hours it feels like, apparently we need to fatten up because some missionaries tell us we only really get one meal once we are in the field.
I wish I could send pictures but I cannot right now, CTM rules, I will have to wait until I am in the field. I am the District Leader for my District and it has been a humbling experience. At first I thought I was the cool guy on the block, but then I realized how many mistakes I was making. The first week I was responsible for our District being late to most of our meetings since they are always closing down hallways for renovations here and we were getting lost quite a bit, but I think we got it down now.
I have also made quite a few language mistakes with our “Investigators” in which I accidentally admitting fault for the death of our Investigator’s wife by saying “Desculpe” instead of the phrase “Sinto Muito”. Because of all these mistakes I was rather discouraged the first week but recently I was reading in Isaiah in personal study and I came across Isaiah 6:5-8 which gave me some comfort. My P-Days are Fridays and we go to the temple in the mornings on P-Day. We took a trip into the countryside to the Campinas Brazil Temple. Everything is so cheap out here, we’ll be heading into the city today after I write this email, really just as far as two blocks away from the CTM but it’ll be cool to get outside these gates with my District. I got to go out when Elder Neerings needed shots and then spent a while in the waiting room trying to translate some pamphlets on how to not get malaria. I got most of it. I think.
It takes about 2-3 weeks to receive mail here however I cannot get packages. Please don’t try sending packages it’s like with Elder Cooper. Speaking of which my Cooper Brothers Tie has gotten some attention here, some Elders are apparently writing home to have their parents order them some. President Swensen, the CTM President likes it even. I also met my Mission President when we went to the Federal Police to finish our Processing into the country, he was there reviewing his visa, but his assistant had told him I would be there so he found me and introduced himself. Super cool guy.
I’m rooming with Elders Bastos and Santana, native Brazillians, but Elder Bastos is half German. He was sharing his life story with us last night. His great-grandmother came to Brazil, and he was born when his dad was 21. Such a cool guy. I also met a Brazillian on my floor about my age, Elder Silva, who’s been supporting himself for the past 5 years. Crazy, made me think of what President Dionne said when I was getting set apart.
You’ve never heard such loud typing than a computer lab full of missionaries.
Hope all’s well at home, no group email this week. Can’t get wordpress in the CTM. Love you all!
Brazil Sao Paulo Interlagos Mission Dec 2015- Dec 2017