|Elder Bean and Elder Santos|
2) Brazilians don’t have/know about the candy Pop-Rocks, and it is so funny to watch them try it! They like it too!
3) I have run into another friend/person I’ve known pre-mission here at the CTM: Elder Fletcher Harrison! We were in the same group at BYU’s FOL [Foundations of Leadership] last summer just before entering the Y! J Legal!
4) I love helping out/giving my little bit of advice to the new “blue dots” every week. I remember how lost I felt my first week, so it’s easy for me to reach out.
6) The Elders and the Sisters here prepared and performed a musical number for the devotional on Sunday. We elders sang “Rise Up O Men of God,” and I was asked to conduct! J So cool—good memories: Timpview Band, I love you! The sisters then sang this really pretty song about helping the people around you. It was very well done and very spiritual. I couldn’t help thinking how cool it is that they are all serving. Thank you, Mom, for your example in serving the Lord! J
7) We are all progressing in the language; light bulbs are beginning to turn on! One of our teachers, Irmao Viana, always brings “The Tie of Shame!” for those that speak English during class. It’s this nasty, dirty, pink tie that’s falling apart. SO funny. We learned from Irmao Ricardo how to sing “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes” in Portuguese. And it was Irmao Viana’s Birthday yesterday, so before he arrived, we spread candy around (including Pop-Rocks, so hilarious!), and wrote Birthday stuff on the white board. I logged onto the computer in our classroom, brought up the “Birthday Celebration” for President Monson, and cued it so that when Irmao Viana walked in, the MoTab Choir was blasting super loud, singing Happy Birthday! So awesome. We made his day. J
8) Lastly, we had two fasts this week: regular Sunday fast, and an English fast. Fast Sunday was so meaningful ’cause if anyone has stuff to fast for, it’s me, and our English fast helped all of us a lot. It also taught me that even if I don’t (yet), the Holy Ghost speaks Portuguese! J
Life is great, I love you all. Write me! Thank you to all of you who have sent letters recently: my familia, Maren Young, Rosemary Merrill, Rachel Peterson, and Miriam Blaser. Thanks for writing.