05/14/2008 Letter

Hey Family!!  I will be writing you all letters soon.  You will probably be getting them within the next few weeks or so. I sort of have to write a lot more next week because a lot more is supposed to happen.  Luckily, we aren’t going anywhere next week. Thank goodness. Mom I promise I will get more pictures soon as soon as I can find a good picture developing place.  I will try. Unfortunately, there really isn’t any around this area that I can rely on that won’t accidentally wipe out my memory card.  I guess that has happened before. But, I will try to get to one soon and then I will send you all the pics. It was really great to talk to all of you and thanks so much for the recipes. I probably sounded really choked up.  I promise next time it won’t get too emotional.  I will be used to missionary life!! So this week has been really good so far! We asked Edijani and Edicleno to be baptized once again and they both declined but we are still going to teach them. Also we have a good amount of pesquisadores ready to accept baptism.  We are still pushing hard though to teach them that they already want to be baptized they just don’t know it yet. Here is a scripture section I read on missionary work or that can be about missionary work.  It is section 6 of the Doctrine & Covenants.  I really like it a lot. So, also we are really trying to get a lot of people to church but it is sort of difficult at times because the area is so spread out, but that is where we let their faith take them to where they want to go. I find it so interesting how people find out that faith is what carries them to do all they do. They just don’t recognize that it is faith. As far as the members here they are so great. Everyone is so willing to help with the work. I am just beginning to understand why this area needed to be my training grounds. I am learning so much about how to work with members it isn’t even funny. It is such a growing experience. The bishop baptized at least 1000 on his mission so we really like to have his help in locating people. He always wants to help the effort.  For someone who is so busy all the time, he is so willing to help.  I can see how he baptized 1000 people at least. I think I am so blessed. This is one of the best areas according to my trainer. So it will be a good start to prepare me for the tough ones. I’ve always been someone who likes to start things off really sort of nice and good.  Well not so much easy but good, and then finish it off really tough. So maybe my areas will get tougher and tougher as I go and I will be well equipped for each area. It just goes to prove how much the Lord knows us. But we will see what happens I think the transfers are very unpredictable around here. So yeah, I am really enjoying the area here. It has rained so much though. I remember getting soaked so bad one time coming down through Muribeca Rua.  It was bad and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. It kind of reminds me of Wyoming weather. I’ve tried tons of new things around here. I had a graviola fruit and pinha fruit; both are so crazy!! The fruits here are nothing like they are up in America they are so crazy, but way good. The food is way good too. But they have this thing called sharky!!! Which is basically mule and I think we had some the other day in our beans but I didn’t know until after the meal cause, well it was sort of tough eating!! But yeah anyways it is good though. Well thanks so much for the package and thanks you also for everything that you have sent me so far. I loved the shirt and the Frisbee. Oh well I thought of some things for the next one but whenever you can send them that is great I won’t need them for a while I just thought I would make it known now so that you have an idea next time you send me one!! Razor blades for the Gillette fusion I don’t need many just enough for a few months. Toothpaste -crest!! They don’t have good tooth paste here bummer!!! And maybe some more peanut butter!! Because I am addicted to it!! Thanks so much again for everything, I love you guys so much and look forward to the next call. I will get all your letters written soon and then sent out to you with in the next week to 2 weeks. The post office is really far from here I am really sorry. Thanks again I love you all!!!

 Elder Allred

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