August 18 2008 Letter

Então como esta meu familia muito animado!!

This last week was really great. We worked really hard to finish out the transfer. We had a baptism of Leonardo on Tuesday and then Bruno on Saturday. It was a good week to end the transfer and now I get to wait until we receive the call tonight telling us where we are going. I am sorry I couldn’t write a few things last week. We went to Catimbau. It was probably the coolest experience I have had on a p-day.. Catimbau is small town outside of Bauik and holds a national park that was way exciting. I have tons of photos and movies from the park I will try and get sent to you all soon. So we arrived in Catimbau basically riding in the back of a caravan truck. And we had been talking to a man for nearly the entire trip about our church. He invited us to eat lunch at his home because he wanted to talk more about these things and our missions. It was a blessing to us because all we had planned for lunch that day was bread and guarana!! So we talked to him and his family and learned he is a rancher in Catimbau and has lots of land and has a huge honey farm that his son operates. After lunch we took some pics and shared a message with them. They were very grateful for the message and the invited to attend church that they gave us each a bottle of honey!! YES!! After that, Ceicero, the man’s name, took us on a tour of the national park. We didn’t have to pay because he knew the park ranger. It was a very good day. We received many blessings that day for something we really wanted to do. At the same time we shared something with a family that really will bless their lives. I just hope that he will make the trip to come to church – it is like an hour away. We climbed all the trails and rocks and things and I took lots of pictures. Ceircero sang for us and also my comp played his flute for everyone. I played the only hymn I know now on the harmonica “Come Come Ye Saints” it was a really great p-day!

This week we had a lot of blessings happen with preparing for the upcoming transfer. We received 1 family, marked another family for baptism, then received 5 more other people to teach. In all we received 22 new investigators this week . We will have a great work to do this next transfer which ever one stays (Or if both of us stay.) Also on Friday we were stopped by a Woman who is a member from Atlanta and was visiting family here in brazil. She spoke to us and asked for a blessing for that night. We met up with her later that night and talked to her for a little while and taught her sister who lives here in Arcoverede. She lived in Germany for a while for a job that São Paulo had there for her. She met an American who was serving there for the army and now lives in the U.S. She has three kids. All speak Portuguese and English and her oldest daughter speaks 5 languages because she studied school in Germany for a while and they are crazy studiers over there. We gave her a blessing. I did my best in English. I think I probably should have given it in Portuguese it would have been easier!! Then we left. It was a good experience to have but I kindda wish the subject of Golden Coral and Cici´s pizza didn’t get mentioned( it sort of made me homesick) lol… She was really nice and gave my comp her address in Atlanta to visit and study there if he chooses after the mission!
Saturday was really interesting we had tons of appointments and a baptism. We encountered a lady who was crying on the street. We taught her and invited her to come to church. Hopefully she will take the invite and come this week. I have been studying a lot lately in Alma and trying to understand the work better. Ammon has to be my favorite missionary so far and I try each day to be a missionary like he was. I think I experienced a little difficulty this week with some of my old weaknesses. It funny how much the mission makes a person change weaknesses so fast. I was reading this morning in a quote book the Young Single Adults gave to me by Brigham young I want to share that has made me think about my personal decisions in life.. “I do not like to hear men make excuses, although it is natural, and I put up with it. I wish they could see and understand that they have had advantages above many of their brethren that they have been greatly blessed , and should never complain, but should stand up HERE and exercise themselves according to the best of their ability, and do all the good possible for them to do.”

I love you all I hope the trip to Wyoming is a blast. Tell everyone I love them . I have finally received the letters they sent me and will be writing them soon. I got your letters too and will write you when I get my package I want to get all those things you sent me.. love you hope the road is good!!

Elder Allred

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