Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Oh the weather outside is frightful. It's like a FIRE and it ain't delightful​!!

Well this week went super fast! Kinda like this transfer... kinda like his year.  They say that time flies when you're having fun. However, when you're workin' hard, time ZOOMS!

This week was filled with scorching heat, a trip to the temple, churrasco, attempting to catch a rat, and my area's version of "cirque du soleil".

I started listening to Christmas music this week to get into the Christmas spirit, but, due to the heat, I changed the lyrics to the song "Let It Snow" to "Oh the weather outside is frightful. It's like a FIRE and it ain't delightful!" Yep, another week of walkin', sweatin', and dyin' in Brazil's summer sun.

Wednesday we had the opportunity to visit the temple which was awesome as usual - not only because of the cool air conditioning but because of the amazing spirit felt inside the House of the Lord. 

We scored two churrascos this week! It's a good thing if we get one a week but we lucked out with two this week. Leila's family spoiled us as usual :D and our ward mission leader threw us a little party to give us a break from the heat and intense work us 4 elders have been throwing down here in Montanha. 

Yep, it's true, my worst nightmare came to life this week. We have a rat in our house.  I'm not sure if it's a little house rat or more of a cat/rat.  It knocked over the trash can and pulled out all the garbage, pushed a pan off the stove and ate part of the cake we made, and ripped open my bread and ate a corner. We bought some killer rat traps but he's a clever little demon and hasn't fallen for em yet. 

Haha, so we were walking the other day and found some circus tent thing set up and I started joking like "hey, cirque du soleil came to Brazil!" since you guys got to go a few weeks ago. It's not as fancy as the one y'all had ;)

But yeah, that's about it for my week! One more month till Christmas! Not gonna lie, I'm missing the cold weather, Christmas lights everywhere, and repeated songs on the radio for a month straight; however, I know that what I'm doing is a good thing and that I'll be able to enjoy a good ole American Christmas next year! 

TCHAU! Love you guys. Have a great week. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Welcome to The Twilight Zone, Elder

Hey guys, sorry for the delay - we were eating lasagna with one of our awesome friends!!

"There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call THE TWILIGHT ZONE." Why am I quoting The Twiglight Zone you may ask? Because now that I've reached double digits, I have entered a time period on the mission in which another elder and I nicknamed, "The Twilight Zone". I now have a good amount of time on the mission - I'm officially old! However, I still have a loooooong time to go. The twilight zone lasts from having 10 months on the mission to only having 10 months left.

Well, the two newbies arrived this week. It's a greenie training another greenie. One has 3 months and the other has 3 weeks. I'm the oldest in the house! Kinda weird. But it's fun having 4 elders in the house. Pizza and pranks!

This week was a rather eventful week. Full of work, rain (YES!), walking, work, more walking, migraines and puking because of the heat, and cow tongue.

Aside from me getting trunky due to the fact that my bro Jason (former Elder Miller) finished his mission in Mexico (CONGRATS!!!), I had a sad realization this week when our only investigator in church on Sunday was some drunk guy that decided that it'd be cool to check out what goes on in the big Mormon church. It just makes me sad that no matter how hard I work, how much time I dedicate to someone, or amount of hours each week are spent kneeling in prayer, people have their free agency and decide they don't want to be helped. Two years away from home in a foreign country speaking a language that isn't mine is just part of a huge sacrifice us missionaries make. Please keep me in your prayers as well as all those that we teach. We're all needing a little strength.

But aside from that, I'm doing good! Hills and heat all day, every day. Big hug to everyone back home comin at ya from Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil!

Elder Sanok

Thursday, November 13, 2014

"well you're a long walk down the street, and I'm DYIN IN THIS SUMMER HEAT"

Olá peeps! Closed another transfer this week! I can officially count how many transfers I have left on both hands. Looks like I'll be staying another here in Montanha. We're pretty excited because we'll be getting two more elders here to help us with our monster sized area. We'll also be able to order more pizza.

Ended the transfer great with one more baptism! I've seen the power and importance of working with members this transfer. This one is the son-in-law of a member who has known about the church for 9 years and finally decided to accept the gospel and follow the Savior by entering the waters of baptism!

As All Time Low sings it, I'm DYIN IN THIS SUMMER HEAT. Literally. Had to beat the heat by hiding in the house some this week because I was getting super light headed and suffering some bad migraines. It's so weird being in November and it getting hotter each and every day.

Well, honestly not too much happened this week. Just pushing on. As hard as it can be, I'm super grateful for the opportunity I have right now to be serving the Lord 24/7. Not only do I have a front row seat watching the lives of others change because of the gospel of Jesus Christ but I am also seeing my life changing every day for the better. It's a marvelous thing. I love you all and am constantly praying for you.

Com amor,
Elder Sanok

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Never Have I Ever...Got​ten Kicked Out of a Cemetery (until this week)

Wow, November already?! This week wasn't too eventful, aside from pizza night and getting kicked out of a cemetery...

So on Tuesday, to celebrate the baptisms of Yuri and Angelica, my companion and I headed over to Leila's house and ordered 2 super família size pizzas and we all pigged out!  The rest of the week was just filled with regular visits and what not.

Halloween in Brazil is just another day.   On Sunday, it was Day of the Dead, a holiday here where everyone goes to the cemeteries to remember their loved ones that have passed away.  President decided that it would be cool for everyone to go to a local cemetery and try teaching the Plan of Salvation. We went to a super fancy one that's close to here with another set of elders. As we showed up, we saw a huge group of people from another church outside the gates passing stuff out and we were like, "psh, let's go in and pass stuff out!" so we followed a group of people in and saw a good couple hundred people.  The other elders covered the entrance and we headed towards the center near a giant stage and set up camp. For a good 30 minutes or so we were making good progress talking to people until a huge choir came walking in followed by some people dressed up as angels with giant wings and paper white skin. It maybe lasted another 2 or 3 minutes until security came over to escort us out of the place, hahaha getting kicked out of a cemetery for talking about Jesus...that's a new one!

One more week of the transfer to go. We have some big plans for this last week!

Love you all! :D

ps - got my Christmas package a little early... mmm, buttermilk biscuits for breakfast is perfeitíssimo!