I’ve always admired Qui-Gon Jinn

So I survived my week of essential quarantine. It was not as bad as I expected, after the initial shock I got over it and just lived life as usual. Got a lot of reading done and had a lot of time to think.

This week we had transfers come in, so President was at home fasting and praying for most of the week. After all the anticipation it was decided I would go to…. (drumroll) Itapecerica da Serra 1A! I will be a Senior Companion to Elder G. Rodrigues. Never met him, but I know he has 3 months in the mission and President is counting on me to help him have some success. I feel like a Jedi Knight now as more and more newer missionaries enter the mission around me. Some of them can be a bit impatient. Quite Anakin Skywalker-ish. I’ve always admired Qui-Gon Jinn… but I digress.

I washed my long coat so it is fresh and clean, ready to face the São Paulo pollution again! The smog was absolutely terrible this week and made it quite difficult at times to breathe. The sign posts showing time, temperature and such have always show green for air quality or “Ar Bom”. Occasionally I have seen yellow “Ar Mod”, but this week for two days straight I saw Orange “Ar Ruim”, for the first time in my mission.

Meanwhile the mission is getting sick. Actually I am quite mild in my sickness, I have no clue why I got stuck in the office but I just follow orders. One Elder is going to need surgery to fix his problem, put my griefs and woes in perspective.

I am really happy to be going back into the field and ready to reignite fogo nos ossos! Well I hope your week has been good all! Until next week! Here’s  my last picture with Elder Martins after we played goal-a-goal.

Goal on Goal


I Went to the Hospital this Week

I went to the hospital this week. Not much to say about that, except I got every test in the book. It all started when I was celebrating becoming rather skinny, then the ‘becoming more skinny’ didn’t stop. And no one knew why. A few days ago I started to have pain and a terrible cough. We had two suspects: tapeworms or appendicitis. Thankfully it was neither of these things. It was only pneumonia. Nevertheless I am not going to be working for a week. I am ordered to rest, stay out of the cold, and take antibiotics

I said goodbye to Elder Martins this week. It was sad!  I had two companions for two days. Now they are dropping me off at the office and returning to take charge of Figueira Grande. My time is up.   I  packed  my bags this morning. The Bishop asked me to wait for him to finish work so he could drive us to the office and say goodbye to me. I was sad to leave the area.
Not much to say. I love you all.

An Honest & Sweaty Greeting

I teach English to a few here every week. Today, when Elder Burnside and I went to the chapel  we found that some primary kids have been trying math. It gave us a chuckle!

Math is Hard

Rainy. Ever since Elder Holland pronounced his Apostolic blessing on Brazil it hasn’t stopped raining. At least here in São Paulo. President Dalton reminded us today that in these past 2 weeks we’ve received more rain than in the past 2 years. Elder Holland literally opened the heavens

We also got permission to play goal-a-goal. Essentially we got permission to shoot goals in football, but President Costa has said quite firmly that while he is President of the Brazil area he will not permit missionaries to play football. So President Dalton said we will leave it at that. Speaking of which I have a funny story. We had interviews with President Dalton. To get there I ran in my suit across our zone. It was quite an athletic feat for me. I was the first to greet President when he entered the Chapel and I gave him a hug. Our conversation was the following:

President: Elder Done how are you?

(awkward pause as I searched for words)

Elder Done: Sweaty.

(awkward pause as President distances himself from my hug)

President: ….okay….

He  told me what he was thinking later in the interview. He said “At least I know Elder Done that you will always be honest with me

A Seventy came to stake conference this week. Too bad, Antonio wasn’t able to come. We actually haven’t seen him all week because he now leaves almost 3am and returns home around 10:30pm since his company transferred him to Zona Norte, which to give you an idea of his commute it would be like working in DC and living in Northern North Carolina. He just wants to get through it so he can collect his retirement fund without losing it. Such a difficult assignment for the poor old guy before he can lock down his retirement fund.  The way he described it,  if he doesn’t work,  all the years and days he signed for he loses most of it. Which is why he doesn’t want to change jobs

At the conference, the Seventy called all the Missionaries to the front and told us to sing Called to Serve. President Dalton was there too. He gave a talk about how important missionary work is. He also made a point to impress upon the minds of  investigators in the audience that they need to listen to our message and accept it. Thankfully we brought at least one there because Stake Conference was far.

President Dalton told the story of when Brigham Young talked with Joseph Smith 3 years after the Martyrdom and the counsel the Prophet gave to President Young: Keep with the Spirit. After 3 years beyond the veil with all the knowledge he would have gained there, his only counsel was to tell the Saints to keep with the Spirit

Elder Martins is leaving the mission. He will finish his mission in the USA so he can see his family after the mission. His visa would expire and he’d need a new visa if he stayed here. I’ll miss him. Well, I got to go. Take care! I love you all!