Monday, June 15, 2015

18th Week Out, 12th Week in Arkansas! I'm leaving for Brazil TOMORRORW!

Dear family and friends;

Tomorrow I hop on a plane for Brasil.  Finally… after almost 5 months I will be in Brasil.  It will be about a 2 day flight with all of the layovers, but I am so excited.  This week was filled with many goodbyes.  We did a lot of service this week!  It just seems that this area has a lot of projects people always need help on.

So there is a missionary in our ward who served his mission IN Brazil Fortaleza (small world), and got home this last Wednesday!  I was able to go over to his house for dinner and hear and see pictures of what my mission will be like!

I would like to share a story of a man named Leon.  He is a man in our ward who was involved in a terrible crane accident.  While he was working inside a big crane, it collapsed on him.  He had surgery and had to have a plate put into his head.  He struggles with remembering things to this day.  If you were talking to him and someone yelled something, or came up and started talking, he would forget what you were talking about.  Although this man knows the importance keeping the Sabbath day holy.  Leon lives a little over an hour from church by car, but he doesn't even have a car, just a little scooter (which is broken and doesn't go over 40 mph.  This means he will have to leave over 2 hours before church even starts to make it there on time.  This past Sunday, on his way to church, his scooter broke down on him when he was not even hafway there.  Now... How many of us if we were put into this situation would give up on making it to church that day?  Leon then walked a couple miles to the nearest member's home and asked for a ride to church.  Brothers and sisters nothing should stop us from making it to church on Sunday.  It's the 1 day out of our week that Heavenly Father has asked us not to work, participate in sports, ETC.  We will all have times in our life when things will try to get in the way of us making it to church.  I can tell you that NOTHING (excluding a few circumstances) is more important than going to church on the Sabbath day!  I know this to be true.  I love you all and truly thank you for all of your love and support!

Final Impressions of Greenwood Arkansas

  • If you don't have a GPS, your going to get lost but even with a GPS its easy to get lost out here in the middle of no where.
  • Big Tyson chicken slaughter houses are everywhere out here.
  • Tractors, hay bails, and open fields are a common site.
  • I will not miss TIWI( a system installed into our car so we cant speed)
  • I will also not miss backing out elders especially all those rainy days!
  • there's 1 Walmart out here and its the big store that EVERYONE literally shops at and every time you go there you WILL run into someone you know.

NEW mission address:
Rua Republica da Armenia 765
Agua Fria
60821-760 Fortaleza-CE

(Note: mail in Brazil is regulated as you might have heard, packages and even letters have a high chance of being opened if you do not cover the letter or package in pictures of Jesus and the Catholic Mary.  Shipping takes about a month time sometimes longer.

Putting in a fence post!

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