Archive for July 2009

07/15/2009 Letter

July 18, 2009

Hey família
So, a funny thing happened today. I was done writing one e-mail and unfortunately the computer Guy turned off my computer because of confusion with my Portuguese. I lost my letter to you and being that we worked a little early today in our p-day I have some time to write you again. I love you all and thank you for the letters you wrote me.
This week went by really fast. I was surprised to find that it was already the end of the transfer and that I was getting so close to the call day. Well call day is tomorrow. Fun stuff I guess. Anyways we had a few set backs with the investigators. Turns out that the baptism we planned wasn’t approved by the young man’s dad. His parents are separated and he didn’t want his boy baptized. So on Saturday when we arrived to our surprise he was in another town nearby with his father for the weekend. But everything is fine. Maybe now is not his time.

I learned that we need to smile at these times and give others things to smile about.
Our investigators are mainly a family that we are working with. I see that many times they have trials in their lives. It was a great learning experience for me. I learned that I need to stop thinking of myself. I am usually hot from the sun, I get tired and have very little to smile about right? Wrong. I learned that in all honesty I have everything to smile about. My testimony of the truth helps me know that I can be happy with my family for eternity. I know that I have a Father in Heaven that loves me and a Savior that paid the price for my sins. I see that I have everything in the world to smile about and more. Sometimes the simple things can make big problems seem like nothing. In learning this I learned to arrive with my testimony on my face. After that I learned to be happy. My happiness in turn helps others feel happy. My love for them helps them love me. So I learned that the mission really is to share the happiness I have with others. I do that by sharing my testimony and help them come to church and to feel the spirit I AM blessed to feel each Day. This family has taught me that we need to be happy because any time I have seen them they always have huge smiles on their faces from seeing us. I must admit at first I was my normal self. You know, the way I am during times of stress and in the morning when I wake up. (jk) But in seeing how much this family makes of each moment we come, I have learned that we need to be happy in the most difficult of times. That happiness is contagious and is abiding. Just thought I would share with you the lesson I finally learned in smiling and happiness. I probably learn a new aspect about it each transfer on the mission. I agree in the Lord’s words when He gave his sermon on the mount. He said that where our treasure is, our hearts will be there also. He taught to treasure the things in heaven where neither moth, nor rust, nor thieves can get to them. I see how much we need to treasure the gospel and the truth in our lives and also our families and the love we enjoy. When we do this our hearts will be there and our true happiness will last because these things will last. It’s funny how I’ve been here three weeks and these last few days of the week I’ve discovered this.

Transfers are going to be Wednesday. My comp will be a sênior so one of us will be transferred. Who knows what could happen. I know we have p-day on Wednesday. So today was split p-day until about 2 o clock and then Wednesday will be p-day starting after the transfer meeting until 6 o’clock because of transfers to give the missionaries more hours to work. Because usually transfers mean unpacking and the idea was to allow us to work today and also give us a break without worry or stress on transfers and provide means by which our work didn’t get interrupted. I really liked the idea. So for now until a new change or my coming home the last weeks p-day will be like this. so if I don’t have time on a Monday to e-mail, know that its probably because of transfers and I can write on Wednesday (so for the future) I am writing now because of our 1 hour dinner break we have and that we started a little earlier working. If I do get transferred I will write next Monday letting you all know what happened. I love you all. Tyler I wish you a happy 16th birthday stud!!! And Sam also I wish you a happy 16th birthday. Megan have fun with the teeth. I want pics taken when you are passed out like you guys did to me. haha. I am miles away but still have Tyler to get ya!! That way I can laugh later. Haha.. A video of her talking would be hilarious!!!! Just don’t watch any comedies those are killers when you get teeth taken out. Ask Austin and Nick about that when we went to Rush Hour 3. Haha.. Mom and Dad thanks for everything you do each day for me and have done for me. I Love you all I hope things are going well. I am praying for you.
Love Elder allred

07/06/2009 Letter

July 6, 2009

Hey familia!! Well things are going well here in UR-7. We are teaching and trying our best to find new people. We marked a baptism but it fell through because his dad picked him up for the weekend. But this week we will help him and everything happens for a reason so I am not worried. His mother is still trying to get an answer, maybe this week she will receive it. We have a new program here on the mission. In 24 months which is a missionary’s normal time, he will open up a new ward. We have the numbers to open up and divide the mission. I am thinking this will really help the mission grow and I think we could see this mission split in 2-3 years!!!! I am really excited to get this new program underway. We have been working more this week trying to find people to teach. We grabbed the ward list and began visiting people who are attending church regularly to see if they have references. Also I have been getting to know more members. On Tuesday, we had our zone conference. It went well and we learned a lot more about what we should be doing. I met Elder Broadhead from Uncle Kevin’s ward. He is a neat guy and found out we did some of the same things before the mission. If it works out I will see about playing a game of tennis against him before I leave. On Wednesday we went to Camaragibe and had our Zone dinner. That was a blast and then we didn’t have lunch on Saturday so I made pizza for me my comp and the ward mission leader, Maxi, and also Bruno our ward missionary. We discussed the mission here and made plans for future activities that will bring more excitement and more investigators to the church. I also had a good challenge making brownies for our Family Home evening. We planned for more than 5 investigators there but only two showed up. Luckily though they have been to church and accepted a visit so we will work this week with them. So I had a good time cooking this week. Now for the funny part, I have always thought that our apartment was a little creepy. My comp and Bruno won’t stop talking about werewolves and what not. So yeah it puts crazy stuff in the mind when trying to sleep. I was trying to get to sleep Saturday night and there was a crash in the other room and I heard what sounded like someone walking or rather sliding on the floor. I woke up my comp and we inspected everything. Needless to say I wasn’t exactly happy because it’s creepy. Well I closed the door and we didn’t have more problems that night. Last night I said a good prayer and it happened again except this time I decided not to worry about it. My comp said he was hearing it also and so that was about all I could take. We inspected the apartment again and still the same thing. Well it happened the third time and the sound entered the room. The funny thing was I didn’t freak out I just got really mad because I wanted some sleep. So my comp broke down and showed me the trick he was playing on me. It was really genius I give him that and pretty funny afterwards because of course I knew what it really was. He put a string on a book and things on top of the book. When pulling the string, all the stuff fell making the crashing sound and then he would pull the book across the floor making the sliding sound. He did this all while in his bed. Of course I being on the other side of the room and it being dark never expected anything of him. I am glad it was just that and nothing like the stories I’ve been hearing on the mission. I guess some missionaries have seen some crazy things here. Oh well. It at least taught me to put more faith in the protection of our apartment. Haha… if I was a good prankster I would think of a good way to get him back… haha… Well I am glad you will get to travel. I can’t wait to do some good traveling when I get back. At least you will be able to make some good laughs and memories while you are in Des Moines. I will pray for your activities and travels and health. I hope you take the time to enjoy the memories you will make and I know it will be a little stressful but at times we need the stressful time to keep us on our toes for the bigger things that could happen. I hope you will be able to find a cool site to see or new things to do while you’re out. I feel this will bless you a lot in one way or another. Especially when the Lord said it will be fine to do. I love you all. I hope everything will work out just fine. I am praying for you each day. I am proud of each of you and your hard work in your callings and for your love. I love you. Have a great week. Elder Allred