Wednesday, April 27, 2011
PS, I actually wrote the last part in Portuguese first on accident. Ha. And I might send home a package soon. With pictures hopefully. If not, then Ill send some pictures from the Field.
Some questions: Mom, how did you mark your scriptures again? I'm just wondering. Also is there a way to get a spot out of the silk tie? The one that snuck by us all, its been sitting in my suitcase the whole time.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Oi! Tudo bem? (Everything is good?) I hope so. The weeks really fly by here. Its so crazy, time is pretty distorted. Thanks for Elder Howell´s address, I'm going to send him a letter. Now for the questions: I have no idea if "unicorn milk" is in a box or a can, ha. We just eat it, its in a big pot at the front. But its de-lish-ush! As for Sundays, a missionary from each district gives a talk on Sunday, and so everyone prepares and they randomly select them. Our branch is made of three American districts. Its around 40 total people. As for my shuffle (blue square) its been working great, I get a chance to listen everyonce. I hadn´t heard about Hannah´s mission call to St. Louis, that is super awesome. Im glad our stake is still preparing misssionaries, and singing their hearts out too. Our home stake was trully amazing. And yeah, 50 years seems like a super long time, ha. Congradulations Grandpa & Grandma Newton! As for gym time, everytime so far, I have played volleyball. Its a blast, I love playing with the Brazillians! I have a lot of cool Brazillian Friends. I'm going to try and send pictures home next week if i can get them developed. Its definitally Humid here, ha. Its nothing horrible, but you will be sweating when you try to go to bed. Its hot, but I love it so far. We always crank up our airconditioning in our classroom since it will be the last time we get to for the rest of our missions. We do do our own laundry, but it doesn´t cost at all, which is super nice. (Heather - I got both your letters, and thank you so much, I have enjoyed reading them. As for lasertag, I have been before, it can be a blast.) I started talking to this elder about where he was from, and Shelly Idaho came up, and I asked him if he knew my roomates, he pointed to his nametag, and he is Kallen Wheelers cousin! Crazines! This is a small world. Also ask Tawni if she knows an Elder Batschi, he is in my district now. Also, I bought new ties that are pretty legit. I want you guys to try to get a Portuguese OLDM (Book of Mormon). That´d be way cool. And as for scripture of the week, I havent had a chance to go over them all, but we had a devotional by Elder Holland, well, a DVD devotional by him. And he used this scripture, Helaman 6:36-37. Its amazing that they went to the worst of the worst types of people to convert them, and ´´utterly destroyed´´ them. Its super cool. I love Elder Holland´s Talks. I love you guys so much. Im loving Brazil! Also, you should check out Son #07 on youtube and see if a handball team of Brazil comes up. My instructor played on the national team, and it sounded brutal. I´ve got to go, But I love you all! - Elder Paxman (Amber, whats this rumor about my letters not getting posted? ha. jk, thanks so much for doing this. I have the best family in the world)
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
I love it here! Its so amazing! I was so glad to be able to talk to you at the airport. I´m glad Pepper was able to sing too, she sounded great We originally weren't going to email until next week, but I talked to the President. He said it made sense since we didn't have our p-day yet this week. I have the same companion that I had in provo, and many from my district are here too. I got called as the district leader agian, and that's exciting. We have two Elders that are not from my original district, they were at Provo, and they both leave before the rest of us do. It is so beautiful here. Its so green and ´´jungley´´ ha. The city is huge! We could barely see it flying in because of clouds, but its really big, and we got to drive through part of it. As for pictures, we aren't supposed to take any except in the CTM on P-day, and I have no way to send them home yet. One cool thing about the CTM is that we can go around the building to the surrounding city and I get to see my area. This is indeed in my area. I'm so excited. I'm home! ha.
The Brazilians are so dang awesome. They are really nice and talented. They snap their fingers and do all sorts of cool tricks. I´ve met so many cool people here. Its amazing. I played volleyball with some that couldnt speak english, and it was a blast. We are trying to understand what they are saying. Its awesome, we are getting better at Portuguese by just being here. I have an amazing teacher named Irmão Anderson Melo. He is hilarious and really nice. Our secretary for the president is really awesome too.
As for food, it actually can be pretty good. I will mostly be surviving on rice here. I wish you could send orange sauce but I dunno how well that would send over anyway. The breakfasts are good, and I'm living.
Also, i will send information on mail and packages, but no packages can be sent to the CTM, only to the field, and ill get them later. Mail takes about one to two weeks, and I will send a letter this Wednesday. Also I will try and send the address in a little bit. I will try and get gloves when I can. I love you all!