First off, Happy Fathers’ Day Dad! Hope yesterday was great! Was thinking about you yesterday!
It is so much less stressful not being a District Leader, so it is a great enjoyment to be just a trainer this transfer. My companion, and probably the one who will “kill” me is Elder Mariño from Ecuador. So it seems like he had a first transfer quite similar to my first transfer with Elder Neves. He didn’t get too well along with his first trainer (his trainer actually was sent home and the area was closed for a week before I came) and Elder Mariño started off a bit quiet and timid.
We started off the transfer as any good trainer would… with Pizza. And not just any pizza but Pizza Bis which is the best pizzeria in the mission, so widely acclaimed that I’ve been hearing about it for my whole mission. Now I can finally eat it.
This is the view outside of my window, but that isn’t my area. My area is a peninsula surrounded by a beautiful blue lake and there is always a nice breeze blowing in from the lake. It pulled a really nice area to “die” in.
So we started at the work. We have essentially cut most of the investigators that were already there and we are starting from ground zero. I’ve already gotten into the work of re-making everything in my image. In the house, we’ve re-arranged furniture, taken down the paper that was glued on the walls, make our beds daily, and all the like. The first great challenge in the area is that with the passage of time there are some in the ward leadership that have lost faith in the missionaries. Well, that changes now. We came to ward Council yesterday and distributed individual copies of the Progress Report to each member of Ward Council told them they could study it at home but that we would only talk about choice people on the report. We made specific plans and marked appointments with the ward council to go through with our plans. Elder Mariño says I do stuff a bit different than his last companion and that he likes it, we get home really tired but it is fast paced work. Well, this is Elder Done after all…
Yesterday there was very little people at church. I counted 41 people in sacrament meeting. In the absence of people I was called to give the first talk, I was notified right after the sacrament was distributed. Considering the last time this happened it was my first week in the field I think I spoke pretty well. I didn’t even have time to grab my scriptures I just went up and talked. It was pretty cool as I noticed how much I really have mastered Portuguese in this time on the mission.
The Ward Mission Leader is also the landlord of our house and lives in front of us. He has been telling me now he’ll ask President Cordner to let me stay here for 6 more months…. well….
I’ve been talking with Elder Mariño today and we’ll make a push to get me speaking Spanish before I leave. Just imagine it I leave the mission tri-lingual, speaking English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Oh, I am loving the look of my resume. Spanish isn’t actually looking too hard, we watched Meet the Mormons this morning in Spanish and I got it, so I just need to work on speaking and pronouncing.
With this talk of resume I was thinking maybe when I get home, I could apply for a job at Best Buy or another sales job that I’ll get a good commission. I had a dream today of me getting a commission from both Spanish and English Speakers on Black Friday. And then at BYU I still am not sure, maybe I could try RA?
We’re all getting ready for the Mission Tour next month with Elder Costa. It says that he will visit missionary houses (thank goodness my house is clean) and have interviews with some missionaries. I didn’t see this in the last mission tour. Should be interesting.
I hope you’ve all had a great week I hope I catch you online. Love you all so much. Have a great week!