#1 week of Feb. 9: "I am in a new area called Cavalhada and its about 25 min from the office and right next to Cristal, my first area. My new companion is so awesome, E. Headley. He's from Phoenix, Arizona and the friggin man, ha ha.. he played baseball in college at eastern arizona and so hes dang stinkin good and so we share our love for baseball and get along great and teach so good together. man, i love workin with him, his testimony is so powerful and he is an amazing missionary and he has already helped me out so much. So the work is going great here! I love this area and workin with Headley and all the members here are so awesome. my first night here we went and visited a family (the Kearns') in the ward of a couple and their 4 girls and they are so nice and awesome and so strong in the church."
#2 - week of Feb. 9: "One guy named Adriano is my favorite, ha, hes so funny. So we were walkin across the street and he was walkin next to us and i started talkin to him and we set up an appointment for sat so sat we went to his house and started teachin him and it couldnt have gone any better. He was so into it and kept asking ?s and during the first vision he kept sayin "really?" and he was so excited and i could just tell he has been searching for the truth and he is just such a nice guy, ya know? Hes a really big guy and reminds me of a Tongan or Hawaiian guy that is always happy and smiling :) ha ha, i love him. and so we taught him and when we gave him the BOM he was like a little kid on Christmas morning and so excited and said he will read the whole thing and was flippin through it and kept askin bout Moroni and the plates and Joseph Smith and lookin at the pics. . ."
#3 week of Feb. 25: "Did i tell ya bout Oreovaldo? Man he is so good and I feel really good about him too :) so found him at home again last week and taught him the importance of the BOM and bout 3 Nephi 11 and it went great and he said he read it and loved it and said he'll pray now to know that its true so i hope he did! "
It has been Carnival this past week and Max said that Cavalhada was pretty much a ghost town, everyone was on vacation or at the beach, so the work was pretty slow going for a couple of days.
THE NOT SO GOOD:
#1 - week of Feb. 17: "So we had a few (investigators)that we were pickin up on Sunday morn and the one lady said she couldn't come cuz her feet hurt from workin all week and the daughter of another investigator said she already left to church so we were excited and hurriedly sped walk to the chapel but she wasnt there and so we waited for a while and no one showed up so we went to a payphone across the street and called everyone again, but nobody answered. So then we're just like, K, this is a joke, lets friggin go pick everysingle one of em up! ha ha.. so we made the rounds and nobody was home so we went back to church with our heads hangin low, ha ha, it sucked and we were so dang bummed, man oh man.. so we are gonna do every stinkin thing we can to help our investigators this week and I feel great about a lot of them!
#2 week of Feb. 25: "so this last sunday was a bummer again cuz we did all we could do get our investigators at church again and guess what?! yup, not a one, man its so frustrating so this week we are tryin new things and gonna have ta switch it up and do somethin different to get our investigators at church and progressing. I hope ta have some great news next monday! :)"
#3 week of Feb. 25: "remember Adriano I told ya bout? He was doin so good and we were on our way to his house and so excited to teach him again and we saw him out front as we were crossin the road and watched him walk inside and we got there and clapped out front the gate and a lady came to the door and said that he wasnt home so we were like what the heck? Why would he have her lie that he wasnt home ya know? and we said we'd stop by later that night so we did and he came to the door but didnt even come to the gate to greet us and just said he didnt have anytime right now and was busy and we asked when we could come back and he said he didnt know and so we left and were just in shock like what the crud happened ya know, it sucked. You can never be too sure with your investigators. So that was last week and we have stopped by everyday since then and called too cuz we have his number and nothin so we're just gonna keep on tryin.. so thats sad huh?"
week of Feb 25: Max woke up to use the bathroom and says "i didnt put my glasses on and i had no idea what time it was but the sun was already startin to come up so i knew it was almost time ta wake up and when i got done i was walkin back into our bedroom and i saw somethin move across the floor in front of me but it was still pretty dark and ya know how bad my eyesight is, ha ha, so i figured it was just a dust bunny gettin blown by the wind but as i got closer it started runnin towards my bed and it was fast! ha ha and i was freakin cuz i thought it was a huge as spider so i flipped the light on and said, "Headley theres somethin on the floor" ha ha, and i moved my suitcase and there was a huge as cockroach and it was fast as crap and ran behind my bed and i couldn't kill it wit my shoe so we spent the next half hour or so tryin to find it and kill it and we finally did! ha ha man it was crazy, ha, anyways so that was an interesting story :)
"My testimony of the restored gospel and the Book of Mormon and our Savior grow every single day i am here and I am SO SO grateful for the opportunity that I have to serve right now. . . I can honestly tell you all that I really do know that this church is the only true church on the earth today and it really is Christ's church, the same church He himself organized and set up when He lived here. We have the fulness of His gospel and how great is that?!"