Monday, November 4, 2013

Presidente tem uma meta (President has a goal)

Monday, October 21, 2013
To answer some of your questions:
Our English class is held in the church in one of the larger rooms, where they have priesthood meetings.  We really only eat one meal a day, lunch, and the other two are sandwiches or something small.  We write emails in a LAN house close to a supermarket, and it’s a Portuguese keyboard, with all the cool accent marks and everything.

Então, first the spiritual experiences this week and then the everyday ones.  So this week we had a special conference with the whole mission, we are the second smallest mission in Brazil, SP Norte is smaller I think, if not then we are the smallest.  But we have the second most baptisms in Brazil, behind Manaus which is the size of half of Brazil.  Our mission has the best numbers for contacts and obedience and a couple other things, our stats are one of the best, if not the best, in Brazil.  

At this special meeting we had close to 150 missionaries, which will only increase because we gain 30 more and lose only 2.  But it was a meeting from 9 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon.  It was a meeting to plan for December.  Our President has a great plan for baptisms that goes along with the talk that Elder Ballard gave at General Conference.  Our President believes that we can pass up Pedro (Peter) in the number of baptisms that we will have, 3001 in December!  The whole meeting was learning how to make the program work and getting us excited, it was the most amazing thing that I have ever attended.  We are going to involve the members as much as possible.  Yesterday we had 4 investigators in the chapel!  3 of them will be baptized next week I think, or the next.  

And now the other things that happened.  On Saturday we were walking to the church for our class and we have to pass a river.  Someone had placed some kind of soap in the river and there was a HUGE pile of bubbles, probably 20 feet tall, by 30-40 feet wide by 40-50 feet long.  It was so big.  Later that day we were walking in a neighborhood and there was this horse walking down the road without a rider or anything on it.  A couple minutes later a guy in a cowboy hat comes walking down the street with a bridle in his hand, I hope he found the horse.  

We have been making our own deserts, mousse.  It is really good, we take four small boxes of milk cream(I think in Portuguese its creme de leite), one of condensed milk and 2 packets of juice mix and put it all in a blender and then in the freezer.  It is really tasty.  Already half way through the transfer and almost done with my training.  Everything is great here, yesterday we moved our clocks up one hour, so we lost some sleep, and summer is finally starting!

Got a letter from Nate and Sarah, tell them thanks and that I will write a reply, loved the picture that Aiden drew.  It was great to read your letters, I will send ya'll one this week, probably.  Love you all and have a great week!
Elder Anderson

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