Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fátima to Fernando Osório!

Well it looks like once again I'm being transferred. I'll be staying in Pelotas but in the other stake.  My new area is Fernando Osório, an area famous for making the elders fat because they feed us so well :P

Well this week was super fast.

On Tuesday we had a Pancake Party to celebrate a goal that we had made as a district. American pancakes with maple syrup, peanut butter, chocolate, leite condensado, doce de leite, and melted butter. I really enjoyed my district this transfer but I look forward to working with new missionaries and helping them in their progress as a missionary.
  



On Thursday I got to escape from Pelotas for a little and go to Porto Alegre to assist another elder while he worked out his passport. Highlight of the trip was the pizza buffet we went to for lunch, Oca de Savóia. Bahhhh, all you can eat pizza, fries, and soda. (Yeah free refills don't really exist here. It's hard to find a place that does that.)
   


  



I don't have much to say today. Just know that I love all of you and I appreciate the prayers y'all say for me.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Where's the Pepto-Bismol When Ya Need It?

What's uuuuuuuuup? Bah I'm about to pass out because I ate so much for lunch... One of the Zone Leaders called this morning asking if I wanted to do a division with him to go to a steakhouse for lunch because his comp didn't want to and after much convincing I gave into the peer pressure and went to lunch my head off. We lunched at Lobão, the best steakhouse in all of Rio Grande do Sul which is the steak captial of the country, so basically you can say that today I had the best steak in all of Brazil for lunch. My favorite was the "Strawberry" which is filet mignon covered with yogurt, a strawberry sauce, and strawberries on top. I ate way too much... Somebody pass the Pepto-Bismol por favor...
  

  


The week was pretty good. We were able to reach some high goals and get a lot done. I made a goal with the district to do a high number of contacts during the week and everyone achieved it so on Tuesday in District Meeting we're gonna have a breakfast party.

On Thursday we had interviews with President which was my last one with President Castro. It was REALLY good. He says that my progress is soaring and he can see that I'm being a light not only to our investigators and other missionaries but also to all those whom I love back home. I hope he's right! During the training with pres, he showed a video that our future president made for us. Bahhhhh I'm super excited! President and Sister Cruz seem awesome!

So on Saturday night the other elders had a baptism and to celebrate we decided to order a pizza. We ordered it at 9:00 and around 11:00 it still hadn't come. We called the pizza place and found out that the delivery guy had crashed his motorcycle and they were running behind on everything. The pizza came 10 minutes after midnight but it was already Sunday at that point so we explained the importance of the Sabbath Day to the pizza guy and he ended up giving us the pizza for free! :D #ComeThouFountOfEveryBlessing

On Sunday we had a really funny experience... We had practiced "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief" during the week to perform in sacrament meeting. I was on piano and the other three elders sang. For those that aren't familiar with this hymn, it's VERY high so I had to go down a few octaves, however during the real performance I had forgotten to go down on the first verse so the three other elders were giving it their best to sing in falsetto but the poor guys' voices were cracking and were on their toes trying to hit the high notes. One of them gave up and just stood there waiting for me to bring it down a couple of octaves. Hahahahaha it was hilarious.

That's about it for me this week. I hope y'all had and have a wonderful week! Please keep up your prayers for me and the people that I work with here and I'll do the same for you!
Peace, love, and happiness...

Elder Sanok

Monday, May 11, 2015

Caldo Verde Sem Fim :)

HELLOOOOOOOOOO! Long time, no talk?! Wow it sure was good to talk with my family last night on Skype (for the last time!!!). I know I talked a lot about what's new here in Brazil but let me fill everyone else in about this week!

Well this week was pretty crazy. Some pretty sad stuff happened but I'll talk about the good stuff first!

On Monday I went and bought my Whey Protein and some weights so I can start getting into better shape. I've officially cut soda out of my diet and I'm doing good on eating my fruits and veggies every day.

On Wednesday we had a pretty crazy ward activity. We blew up like 100 balloons and threw a little piece of paper in each one with a scripture reference. We divided the ward into three teams: os Lamanitas, o Exército de Helemã, and os Iluminados. On one side of the gym were the teams and they had to send one member hopping to the other side in a potato sack to grab a balloon and when they returned they had to put the balloon on a chair and pop it by sitting on it and then using the scriptures, had to figure out what gospel principle the reference was teaching and then we would confirm it and that is how they gained points. Craziest ward activity I've ever seen. Afterwards, one of the elders made a really good soup, Caldo Verde, for everyone and we had fun chitchatting with the members.

On Friday we had zone conference and the Zone Leaders made the soup again (second time).

On Saturday we had english class and the sisters that help out with the class found out that their lunch got cancelled so we brought them along with us to lunch and to our surprise, Caldo Verde AGAIN (third time).

Saturday night we were supposed to have two baptisms and we were at the chapel with the font full of water, a ton of members waiting, and sitting in white clothes when we got the terrible call from our investigators saying that they didn't want to get baptized anymore. Seriously one of the saddest nights of my life. We still don't know what went wrong but we'll find out soon. Most likely what happened was that when they went around inviting their friends to the baptism (because we made baptismal invites) somebody said something negative about the church. We swung by a member's house afterwards to make some calls to invite people to church and what did the Irmã make us for dinner? CALDO freaking VERDE!!! (fourth time).

On Sunday morning I got a super sad phone call from one of my companions from Águas Claras telling me that one of our recent friends, Fabricio, had passed away that morning. I guess he got a really bad infection and by the time they found out it was too late. Please pray for the members of the Águas Claras ward as well as his dad.

Skype was AWESOME!!!! The time went by way too fast but it was great talking to my family! I had a huge headache afterwards because of the english/portuguese transition. The next time we talk face-to-face will be in the airport!

Love you guys a ton! Please keep up the prayers for me and the people I work with every day! Have a great week! :D

 


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Being Grateful for What You Have

I'd like to start this week's email off by saying HAPPY 17th BIRTHDAY TO MY BABY SISSY, JACKIE!!!!!!! :D I hope your birthday was filled with cake, pizza, cake, and more cake.

Well this week was pretty crazy for us! We were running all over (once again) doing baptismal interviews, Distrito Amigo, District Breakfast, and the regular visits. I'm not gonna lie, I'm starting to like being District Leader because I'm able to help others with their work, progress, and well-being here on the mission.

If there's at least ONE thing I could teach you all this week, it'd be to be grateful for what you have because in a matter of seconds, your shower could explode leaving you to take either a.) freezing cold showers or b.) showers with water warmed up on the stove and splashed on your body with a little metal cup. Yeah, that happened this week. I've been taking showers by warming up a pot of water on the stove and then splashing the water on my body to rinse myself for the past week and as of today we still haven't gotten it fixed (not our fault).

I've been enjoying my study of the Book of Mormon a lot lately as I have been reading in Alma about the missionary experiences that some of my Book of Mormon heroes had. I've also been progressing in the book, Jesus the Christ. Wow-what a book. I've been able to learn about how Jesus was chosen to be our Savior long before the creation of this world and how he came here and lived a perfect life, resisted the worst temptations, was rejected of all men, and suffered and died for us. My love for the Savior has grown a lot here on my mission as I have been able to learn about His life and share His teachings and love with my Gaucho homies all day.

I look forward to our skype call this Sunday!! I can't believe how fast the time is going and that this will be our last time talking face-to-face until the airport!!

As you can see in the pics, last P-Day we met up with some other elders in the zone to play american football! :D 



Lovin' the mission, lovin'
 life, and as always, LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

Elder Sanok