"When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses." ~Joyce Brothers.
This blog started out to be a way of reporting on Tom's mission adventure. I soon realized that there's just a lot going on in life that I don't want to forget about. Our lives are busy, happy and full and I hope to capture some of the excitement in this blog.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Week Thirty Two - New Companion and MIA
Tom and Elder Inacio at church.
Elder Inacio, Gabi and Tommy!
I hope everyone had a good week, in spite of the
unfortunate news. My neighbor told me about the shooting, which is
really sad. :( My week was good, and very interesting. I hope I can
remember it all. Friday night, we had a play. The only actors
were Elder Inácio and me. Some people said that all the blood of my
body rushed to my forhead, haha. We filmed what we could with my camera
but someone else filmed all of it and I think he will give a CD that I
can send home, even though its all in Portuguese
except for one word. But it went really well, we had lots of laughs,
but it didn´t start until almost around 8:30, when it was planned for 7.
Every single activity in this area starts late, which is kind of
ridiculous. But anyways, the activity didn´t end
until about 9:45 or maybe almost 10, and we had to take some people
home because we were obligated by their parents, so we didn´t get back
home until almost 11 o´clock, holy moly we are rule breakers here! Our
district leader tried to call us, the zone
leaders tried, and the president even called a few times. When we
finally get close to home, we see our zone leaders walking down our
street from the direction of the church. I was thinking they also had an
activity at the church, until one of them gets his
phone, calls someone, and says "we found them." In that moment I knew
we were in trouble, haha. And this paragraph is long enough, I will
start a new one.
Anyways, Samara told me I have a talent for acting but
that I deserve better and I´m just like "... uh-huh, thanks, sure..."
haha, oh so weird. We invited Gabriela to come, and she really wanted
to, but she didn´t have anyone to go with. She
tried calling us to see if we could take her but we can´t take our
cellphone with us. So yeah, I felt pretty guilty friday night, about
worrying the president and letting Gabí down. For the first time in a
while it took more than an hour to get to sleep.
On Thursday, we were told that our area is changing zones
and would probably be the area of zone leaders, so we have been telling
this to everyone for 2 days, thinking that both of us would be
transferred. Some people were upset, Gabí cried a
teeny-tiny bit, and Saturday night, we learn that only Elder Inacio is
leaving, and I will stay. I also learned that my new companion is Elder
Rocha, and I hear that he is super quiet, but this last transfer he
trained so he might be super talkative now.
I´m not sure what´s going to be more awkward, me doing all the talking
or a new companion that doesn´t know anyone does it all. It´d probably
be better if I do most of the talking, because I need to learn how to
talk...I`m horrible at it, hehe. But my companion
can talk for hours. I don´t think I´ve ever seen anyone who makes
friendships as well as he does. It´s going to be difficult without him. I
think I´m going to have to start acting like him and become the new
So with the news that my companion is leaving, we pretty
much didn´t work last night, just visited some people and had some photo
shoots, I don´t think I´m very camera shy any more. So yeah, that was
all the stuff that matter this week. The rest
is just teaching with the attached recent converts. Haha, my companion
received a letter from one of them, and she basically just spoke about
his future girlfriend/wife and all that jazz. Muito engreçado!
In response to your e-mail, thanks for the new shoes that
I will buy about 6 months from now, and hopefully no sooner. Thanks for
the pictures, even though I look weird, haha, maybe I won´t grow my
hair out again. It makes me very upset to hear
about the shooting, and a little nervous to leave the house when I
return, or to let anyone at home leave the house... Enjoy the Olympics!
It is cool that time is passing fast, sort of. My companion only has 8
more months in the mission and he thinks he´ll
stay in his next area until he finishes. I told him I think its cool he
can see his last area/areas, and he said not really because his mission
is ending already and its passing too fast. He had 6 months in the area
I´m in now, and he says it went by suuuper
fast, which makes me wonder if I have time to learn and grow as much as
I would like, before the mission ends. Vamos ver :l
When you get wet from the rain, how do you dry your clothes off? I don´t, I just suffer
Have you been cooking anything in your apartment? only noodles in the microwave. We don´t have a stove or anything.
Did you like
those things I sent you to flavor your water? If you do like them, I
can send you more. I did but don´t worry about sending more of anything,
because I am well supplied right now. I also
buy water flavors at the store every week, so I don´t need any from
Any packages this past week? infelizmente, não.
How is the
language coming? I notice your e-mails have more and more Portuguese in
them. Is English getting harder? I think i´m progressing still, more
Anyways, Eyes gots 2´s goze nows, I love you all, have a great week, stay safe and healthy. Tchau!