Tuesday, October 28, 2014

There Can Be Miracles, When You Believe!

Well this week FLEW by. It was a really good week, complete with churrasco and baptisms! 

So apparently Monday's churrasco wasn't sufficient because we had 2 more this week. Once we received word that our friend finally quit smoking for good and wanted to get baptized this week, we ran by his mom's to share the exciting news and what was only supposed to be a quick visit turned into a churrasco! :D I've really grown close to this family during my time here in Montanha and it has been a huge blessing to work hand in hand with them, helping to share the peace and happiness that comes from the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

We worked hard this week trying to reach the standard again but fell short just by a few numbers. Oh well, it doesn't matter because we were able to lead THREE people into the waters of baptism on Saturday! As the Prince of Egypt sings it, "there can be miracles, when you believe!"  

All in all it was a great week! We celebrated with a churrasco today! mmmmm. :)

Yeah, you're probably wondering why the heck I have socks on my hands and I'm kneeling at a chair in that picture. We have a sister missionary in our ward that just got off her mission and she did a family night for our friends, and we played a game that is pretty hard to explain but super fun. Basically, you have to roll a dice and if it lands on 6, you have to put socks on your hands and using only spoons you have to open a piece of chocolate and eat it a certain way using the spoons. You have to eat as many as you can before someone else rolls a 6. I tied in first place!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Elder Sanok, O Mestre de Churrasco!

Olá! If you're wondering why I'm emailing so late, it's because Churrasco is a delicate art and I am a master artist. That's right, made my first Churrasco for lunch! But why, you may ask? To celebrate our awesome week of knockin' out the standard and breaking records! WOO! :D

So the first thing to know about this week is that it literally poured rain ALL day EVERY day (except for today). But as you already know, I enjoy walking in the rain on the mission because it allows me to rake in wife points.

This week was filled with tons of miracles. Unfortunately, miracles are not free and it costs knocking door after door, street contacts, and asking for references. However, Heavenly Father recognized our efforts and blessed us with success. Weeks like this are much needed because they give me that push to continue on. The mission is like a roller coaster - extreme ups and downs. Our lives are too. I think the downs are necessary because they help us realize the good things that are happening in our lives. If every single day and every single moment of our lives were filled with good things and absolutely no problems, how would we ever learn or grow? For this reason, I am grateful for trials. They suck but I am grateful.

I don't have too many interesting stories to share this week such as dogs eating dogs or aliens in the sky or choppin' off chicken heads. Just a normal, chill, busy week!

Com MUITO amor,
Elder Sanok

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It's a Dog-Eat-Do​g kind of world!

The title of my email this week isn't referring to the well-known phrase, "dog-eat-dog", meaning high competition, but in the literal sense; I saw a dog eating another dog. Yep, this week was an eventful one.

So Wednesday we had the opportunity to go to the Porto Alegre Temple! I was able to witness God's helping hand on Wednesday. We had no idea how to get to the temple but using our faith, we just went. I've never met a nicer bus driver who went off his course to drop us off on a road super close to the temple. When we got off, a random woman came up and gave us clear and precise walking directions to the temple. As we were arriving, we both realized that we had forgotten our temple recommends. We ran in to explain our situation and the temple workers told us, "fortunately for you guys, those little black name tags y'all wear work as recommends!" They gave a quick call to the mission pres. just to be sure though. Anyways, we got in and had an awesome experience! As we were getting ready to leave, the temple president came up to us and told us that they needed two more people to help.  That was way cool. The temple president was telling us "in just a few short years, you'll be sitting in a room like this in some temple in the world with your fiancé." I was like, "HECK YEAH I WILL!" It was cool to see how Heavenly Father led us to the temple and helped us with everything because He knew that they would be needing two more people to help with the work. We got pizza for dinner.

On Thursday, us and another set of elders went and painted a house in the morning and scored churrasco for lunch! That was a good day.

Friday I did divisions with Elder Philippelli (our district leader that I lived with in Águas Claras) and we were able to teach some awesome lessons. As we were walking from one appointment to another, we saw a dog eating a dead dog on the side of the road. Left me a little uncomfortable.  One of our awesome investigators sent us free Xis (like a hamburger but way bigger and loaded with all kinds of stuff).

Saturday we went to some place in the middle of nowhere for an activity with our zone and another zone to talk about how we can divide the stake. It was fun chasing sheep. We got churrasco that day too.

Overall, it was an eventful and super fast week! I hope you all had a good one too!

Monday, October 6, 2014


General Conference: 2 down, 2 to go! Woo! What a great weekend of having my spiritual battery SUPER CHARGED! It's crazy to think of how fast these past 6 months passed. I was watching conference in the same exact chapel 6 months ago, barely understanding a thing they were saying. It's cool to see how fast my progress with the language is going. I thought it was awesome that a Brazilian gave his talk in Portuguese! You all got a taste of how I felt at the beginning of my mission, although I didn't have subtitles to read the whole time and he actually spoke at a pretty slow speed compared to how the people in the south speak.

This week flew by. I honestly can't remember much of what happened because in comparison with conference, my week was just the usual. Oh, I came down with a cold this week. It was strange because along with a super runny nose and constant sneezing, my right ear clogged up and I was more or less deaf in that ear for like 3 days. But it's all good because I got some awesome medicine that you put little drops in your ear and it literally dissolves the earwax and you can hear it eating away at the wax the whole time - cool stuff.

Enjoy some pics of me keeping mine and Dad's tradition alive by getting burgers and ice cream at conference. It's a tradition that we've done for as long as I can remember.  I've been going to the priesthood session with Dad wayyyyy before I was 12 and we would always go get Cold Stone after! Recently, he and I added the burger part before conference. 

For my P-Day lunch today, I made ghetto nachos using ground beef, Taco Bell taco seasoning, and Doritos!

Love you all! I hope everyone else got a good charge out of conference like I did!