Nas favelas de Sião ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬

I think the Corinthians won last night… We have started divining the football game results from the favelas behind our house. I made a parody of “In Our Lovely Deseret” in Portuguese “Nas Montanhas de Sião” into “Nas favelas de Sião“. Our house flooded again! Our sink was awful, it turned itself on during the night. It was a big clean up again. We’ve gotten good with cleaning after rainstorm around here, since it feels like it’s always flooded.


What’s new at home? Doc Martins still show little wear, Brazilians laugh at us Americans for buying expensive shoes but they buy new shoes every 2 months. I think I saw an Elder once who wore through his shoes and he was tired of taking them to the cobbler so he found an old tire in the road and spent a P-Day making them fit his shoes. It was back in Capão so I don’t remember his name, met a ton of people in Capão I don’t remember. Have you guys received any news about Dia das Mães? What’s new at home? By the way Dad, everyone here says you look like Bruce Willis, just saying.


I’m looking forward to Mother’s Day. I was told that we will use Skype. That is…if I am understanding correctly; very little is spoken about it at this stage because President Dalton doesn’t want us getting trunky. He only wrote about it today because Sister Dalton has been telling him to do it for two weeks now..  I will call the day before to confirm with you

Here’s pictures of us and Brazilian style pizzas. It is the best pizza I’ve ever eaten and it is only $10 USD. Picture a crust as thick as my arm filled with chocolate. Next picture a filling about an inch and a half deep with chicken, bacon, olives, corn, cheese, etc. We order MasIsa Grossa, so the bread is far from flat, it is a really good bread! Somedays we like the crust more than the pizza. So you eat your piece which is dinner, then the border which is dessert

Brazilian Pizza

General Conference weekend was better than this past sunday where none of our investigators showed up and we had someone who was high on something strong wandering throughout the church scaring everyone. We think he was doing whatever drug of his in the bathroom because the smell there was horrible.

Mean Dog

I’m prepping so that I can send back my memory chip with photos. Have some videos too. Yes, Mom I see the photos you send. This computer is so slow. I see the small pictures, but it takes forever to open the larger view.

I miss our fast internet connection in U.S!  Here is a photo I took with Antonio in his house Tuesday night. He’s funny. We found out he has no idea what a map looks like. He was asking where the USA and Cabo Verde was, and in the process we taught him the geographical concepts of North, South, East, and West.



Brazilian Civil War or Futbol Game?

So the elephant in the room, Brazil apparently did not go into a civil war. I still do not know if Dilma was impeached or not because I do not watch the news.  I want to take a picture this week of the incinerated bus that is in the sisters’ area this week if it is still there, but I left the camera at home, we kept getting news of riots and police randomly arresting people without documents. But here’s what I do know, whatever happened it caused less commotion than a São Paulo or Corinthians game. So…. apparently not much impact in my part of the woods?

In other news, Sister Dalton commented that I’ve lost some weight. I’m now at a point where I want to gain because well, my clothes don’t fit.

Elder Burnside, the other American, has a passion for Star Wars comparable to me, but he has missed a ton of info, so P-Day is him asking questions like what is the name of the Rebel Agent who stole the Death Star Plans? It’s a nice break from our work.

Found tons of families to teach, but all of which have some sort of opposition or another. Spouse won’t allow visits to church, parents won’t allow Word of Wisdom, but we keep working.

I organized a ward activity for this week and hopefully it will work, Noite da Integração. It is actually a three ward activity and the missionaries will run it first then the wards will take over. It was fun, but stressful

Antonio is continuing to be a bit stubborn, but I am being stubborn too and refuse to give up on him. One day I think he will thank me for it. Went to the Temple this past week, it was good. My companion being the District Leader means I run all over creation with him as he makes interviews for baptism. It will be really funny to see my English decay when I get back though these letters.

Love you all. Tell Audrey not to be too discouraged. Share with her the Wisdom of Mr. Ball, “Done, when you are as successful as me people will hate you, but hey that’s how you know you are successful.“ Haha…. Love you!


A Week When the Elders Almost Went to Jail

It is so hot here! I am literally cooking alive.

Continuing to teach, lots of people got interested at the barbecue last week. Some pastors brought their congregations, mistake on their part. We got invited for the next one beginning of May. President Dalton (editor: smart President) will go with us this time. It will be exciting to watch.

Yeah, it was hot, but we didn’t get any thunderstorms in my area. Actually I have not seen a cloud in the sky ever since Elder Martins arrived, something we lament…..

Elder Martins of Capo Verde is my new companion. He is practically American, he was essentially the last member of his family in Capo Verde, the rest are in Boston now. He will go to the USA after the mission and study law at BYU. He has the exact same personality as Brandon Agre. It is awesome because he speaks english pretty well and has a desire to learn. The only problem is I am not used to speaking English here.  I had the hardest time trying to give a prayer in English the other day and then gave up and switched to Portuguese.

I am glad the alarm to the chapel is not silent, otherwise we would’ve forgotten we had it. Although we got all the way to the second alarm being tripped before we were able to get the security code out of Elder Bradler through the phone.

Please tell Bishop Padilla I found the word “stuff” in the Bible, 1 Samuel 10:22.

Love you all be safe!

Descending the Mountain

First off a question for you:

How much would this coat cost in the USA and how much did I pay for it? It also shows I have dropped 6 suit sizes since arriving in Brazil.
JacketSo Conference was incredible. I really loved Elder Holland’s talk, who didn’t. It was surreal leaving the chapel, which is on top of a giant hill overlooking a crazy busy part of town. We really were descending a mountain. I hope we all realize what a blessing it is to have Priesthood leadership to guide us in our lives.

Transfer news. I am staying (for once). Elder R. Santos will be a District Leader on the southern reaches of the mission, Elder Burnside’s companion is getting sent north. Elder Burnside will stay. I am now senior companion in this area. No pressure….
Antonio stopped meeting with us. Broke my heart. We met Kaigue and Alanna, brother and sister. Alanna is the more interested of the two, was a member of the Adventist church but left when no one could answer her questions. Her questions were “Which church is true and how can I know?” “Why did God stop calling prophets?” “Why do we worship on Saturday if the Apostle Paul said we worship on Sunday because it was the day the Lord was resurrected?” She likes our visits, only reason she didn’t watch conference is it was in Jardim Angela which can be quite a walk.
This is a crazy world we live in, but everything will be certain in the end. All things in Christ end well, and that was my lesson this week.
Love you all!