Sunday, August 15, 2010

Letter from Elder C. 8.13.10

hey fam,

alright before i say anything else, i just want to tell you where my next area is. THE ISLAND OF BRAVA!!!!!!!! heck ya baby! ok so brava is a small island a little ways from fogo. it has flowers, fruits, its green i hear its just beautiful. the thing is that it has been closed to missionary work for over TWO years! the work was hard there and so president took the missionaries out and for other reasons i guess too. but anyways he has been thinking and wanting to send missionaries back there for about 3 or 4 months.

well your son, brother and grandchild will be opening this island back up! that is sooooo legit, i cannot even tell you. oh wait....thats not it. did i tell you i am training too!!! oh ya haha i am going to train a cape verdean. i am soo pumped. its gonna be the best experience in the entire world. i never would have thought that something so amazing would happen to me. that's the new news and i am stoked. my new companion, elder fortes, doesnt get back to cape verde from the mtc in brazil until the 19 august so i will have to wait for him. that day we will fly to fogo and then take a boat over to BRAVA, which means WILD!! its gonna be sooo sweet i seriously cant even explain it.

i have been in the office in praia for the past 4 months and i miss being among the people. yesterday was my last day there. i left with a light back. i felt like all this stress and anxiety was just lifted off of me. its was a great feeling. the office is going down to two elders now. elder sargent and elder shelhamer. it def was a crazy transfer. lots of crazy things happened but the coolest and craziest is that i get to train, reopen and serve in the best island in the country....BRAVA!

well because i found this out on tuesday i have just been wanting to leave praia so bad. i am super pumped to just get out there on my island! haha anyways this is about the only thing cool that happened to me this week. you know just still here in cape verde chillin, preachin, and tryin to do my best. its aight. so i have been packin up my bags today. its a bit stressful that we can only take 40 pounds. but i am trying to work it out so i can make it over there.

about my area. still hard as ever, but its ok. i mean we had one kid come to church on sunday. it was his first time so that was really tight. i hope he comes this week too. we are going to pass by his house again. i get to stay with elder owens monday, tuesday and wednesday. man i love that kid, he is soo funny! so that will be sweet too.

i dont really have any cool experiences from this week, but more exciting news....I FINISHED MY FIRST JOURNAL LAST NIGHT!!! man i didnt think i was ever going to finish it. but i am really trying to write every day. aint easy sometimes but i am trying. i like the mission. i am finding seriously a new love for the scriptures. i LOVE reading the Book of Mormon more than anything. i read it for like 2 straight hours the other day. i feel like when we read the the Book of Mormon it really brings a shield around us. it's like our day to day protection from the world of evil. we read it everyday and we cannot fall. so i was reading in the Preach My Gospel book the other day and i found this quote by Elder Faust "you cannot convert people beyond your own conversion" its like we can't just walk around everyday expecting to convert or help anyone if we ourselves are not first converted. i know this is why President Hinkley "raised the bar." we need to prepare from a very young age to be ready for the great and difficult journey of a mission. every young man should serve a mission. there is no doubt of that. we learn so much out here to prepare us for the storms of life. life is the hardest thing. just living is not easy. but as we look at what we learn and the way we grow day by day by living the gospel, we see that it is all worth it. because in the end, if we do what is right, we get the biggest present in the world....ETERNAL LIFE!

i am happy. life is good. dont worry about me. i made sloppy joes today. they were good. there aint nothing else to say. keep it real.

so since i am out on brava in the next coming week, its gonna start getting harder to get my mail and junk but it will be tight still. zone conference in fogo will just be like christmas i guess!!! haha i will get everything at once. cool beans. well i am out. stay sweet


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