Maringa February 6, 2012

Hello! Once again the week has been crazy demais! So, starting with your news, Thank you novamente for the letter! It is always so darn good to hear from ya´ll. (that got my Utah out for a little while.) That’s too bad that winter has been mild. Summer here has NOT been mild! I´m redder than a tomato dipped in red paint at a Utes football game eating nachos and hot sauce!
Actually I have been hearing quite a bit about Mitt Romney. Here in Brazil everybody is talking about it. One of the most famous magazines in Brasil even published huge articles about the church and the MTC and the missionaries. It was surprisingly about 85% correct and not overly critical. It has brought lots of exposure to the church here as well. Tell Bro. Madsen hello for me and that Londrina is doing great! There isn´t very much red dirt here in Maringá, but in Londrina there sure is. That great that my friends have been doing well too! I´m glad Nils is getting released as secretary. Maybe he liked it, but it’s a rough job! What with getting bossed around by all of those annoying assistants and stuff....!
So this week has been wild! On Monday we had transfers and like I said I stayed with Elder Proulx. This is his very last transfer and so we are pretty excited to work a lot! Monday night we had a family night with all of the young men of the ward. Elder Proulx made home style chili and we taught the young men how to say the first vision to their friends. The YM leader Israel had a rock band and we even got to jam it up a little bit! Ya´know, clearly all gospel stuff like ´´U2´´ are going to get baptized and lets clean “the Beatles” out of the baptismal font.... hehehe. Tuesday all of the new Elders arrived in the zone and since we had three areas closed and opening again we basically just had to sit in the bus station the entire day to receive people. We made some contacts and found a lady who already knew the church and agreed to be baptized in a few weeks. Who hoo! After everybody got there a member came to get us and we jammed 6 Elders and 10 suitcases in a tiny little truck even smaller than my s-10. It was pretty awesome. We got to the house of the Elders and it was totally trashed and so we had to spend the rest of the night cleaning up. We got a brand new Elder in the Zone, Elder Halpin from Salt Lake that arrived in the mission this week. Sweet! After that, we worked pretty normal. As you can see from the pictures, E. Proulx had a little shoe problem and we had to run with Admilson to the shoe store. That what you get for working hard. Then we had a huge miracle and the daughters of Michelle agreed to be baptized. They were both baptized Saturday and are really happy. Sunday night we had dinner at Michelle´s house to celebrate and watch the Joseph Smith movie. Good Good Food! Michelle´s Dad is a pastor for another church, but he absolutely loves us and started using the Gospel Principles book and the Family proclamation in his sermons! He is way funny. Maybe we can baptize him and his whole church. That would be cool! haha! In church we had another miracle. Remember Alex that we started teaching a little while ago? So in Elders quorum Peterson, Lucas and Marco who we baptized all received the Aaronic Priesthood. Alex who has 17 years asked how you get it. The baptismal font had a problem with the drain after the baptism of Mirieli and Mileni and so we couldn´t drain it. We took Alex over to the font and said ´´well you get baptized and then a few Sundays after you get the priesthood.´´ He just said ´´ Cool! And so... can I be baptized tomorrow? ´´ we said How about Saturday? And so Alex will be baptized Saturday and his family will be complete! They are going to start preparing to go to the temple next year! Hurrah for Israel!
The only reason we don’t baptize him today is because we have to go to Londrina this week for leadership training. We leave this afternoon and it should be pretty great.
So that’s about it! Thanks for the love and support. I love you so very much! You are a wonderful and great Mom. I know that this is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that families are forever. I know we have a living Prophet in our days to lead and guide us. My advice: Read the Book of Mormon, Follow what the prophet says, pray a lot and go to church. Do this and things should turn out pretty good!
Love ya!
-Elder Iron Man

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