Monday, November 30, 2015

What Once Was Two Years is Now TWO WEEKS

WHOA. Two weeks. WHAT?! Has it hit y'all that it's all coming to an end? For me I have random moments that I realize that I'm coming home soon but for the most part it hasn't hit me yet. I'm still going strong! This morning we had to miss choir practice because we had a wedding for a young couple that we've been teaching! They're relatives of a member family that has been helping us a lot and we're excited to see them taking big steps such as marriage and baptism this week! After the wedding at the courthouse we headed to a park and took pictures.

It's really been heating up here and I can't wait to head back to winter! How is it at home? Everyone thinks that because I'm from the US it snows where I live and I have to explain that it gets really cold but fortunately doesn't snow! The hills here have also been killing me. I'm so ready to not have to walk like the pioneers all day every day but roll around in a car instead when I wanna go somewhere. Kinda scared to drive again though to be honest. 

Today we had lunch at Subway and I scored a sweet Star Wars poster for buying a combo meal. I stoked to see that movie! Actually I'm really anxious to go to the cinema again. It's the little things that I miss like cinema popcorn or going to the grocery store in flip flops or having a phone to entertain me.

We had Zone Conference this week which was kinda boring for me because all we really talked about was plans and goals for 2016 so I was kinda zoned out. I thought I was gonna give my going-away-testimony but apparently we're going to have a Christmas Conference on the DAY that I'm peacing out of here so I'll be giving a sweet going-away-testimony like 2 hours before getting on my plane. 

Hope all is well back home! 
Love you guys! 

Elder Sanok

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The One Month Range

We are officially in the ONE MONTH RANGE! 30 days... can't believe it! This past week flew by like lightning! I'm getting along great with my new comp and everyone in the district is really good friends so you can say that I'm dying happily. I don't feel any stress (except for when I think about what I wanna do with my future) and overall my health is pretty well. My comp has been helping me train so that I can come home in good shape. It's getting pretty warm but the thought of heading back to winter in four weeks helps me push through the hot and sunny days. I spent the whole week showing my comp around the area and introducing him to the members, recent converts, and investigators. I wasn't suuuuuper thrilled when I found out I'd be finishing my mission in Porto Alegre but I can honestly say that I'm dying in an awesome area! To sum everything up in a few words, I'm feelin' good!
Love you guys!
Elder Sanok

ps - sorry for not taking any pics this week. Next week y'all will see some cool pics as we already have our P-Day planned out ;)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Last Transfer!!!

Once again, a week flown by! I am happy and a bit freaked out to say that this is OFFICIALLY my LAST TRANSFER! FIVE WEEKS BABY!!! Bah, it's kinda crazy to think that in a little over a month I'll be home. But I can assure all of you that I'm happy being here and I'm givin it my all! My new (and last) companion is from Rio and is already a friend of mine so I'll be dying happily. This week was insanely busy as we were running around trying to marry a couple, bring a family to the see the temple, take care of the 12 families we have in our teaching pool, and prepare for transfers! You'll have to forgive me for the short update this week but know that I love you all and I'm doing great!

Elder Sanok
 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Right Around the Corner!!

Helloooooooo! So yesterday was some random holiday here meaning that yesterday was a work day and today is my Pday! The keyboard that I'm using is having problems so my email today is gonna be super short...

This week was INTENSE! So we've been working hard with this couple that we met at the beginning of the transfer and this week was their baptism. We worked HARD with them because they were pretty hesitant at first but it all worked out in the end! On Tuesday we practiced the baptismal interview with them and suggested that President Cruz would come to do their interview. Their best friend who has been helping us a lot is from Rio and has been inactive for many years but has been returning as they have been starting this journey. When he heard the name "Cruz" from Rio his jaw dropped and he started asking a bunch of questions about pres like his name, wife's name, etc. Once he got all that info he got very emotional and told us that he was his bishop in Rio many years ago and that they were great friends! We called pres right away to let him know and he couldn't believe it! When he came to do the interviews they had an awesome reunion. It was so cool to see how Heavenly Father looks out for all his children, even those lost sheep, and provides a way for them to come back. They had their interviews and the baptism was a success. President LOVES this family and grabbed their number and started planning family nights with them and everything. He then suggested an awesome idea that we take them to the temple this week to give a tour of the gardens and teach about the temple! So that's what we're gonna do today...take our recent convert family to the temple for the first time!! :D

Just wanna let y'all know that even though I'm only 43 days away, I'm working like I've never worked before!
Love you guys!

p.s. I'll be coming home NEXT MONTH!!!
Elder Sanok