Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Week 33

Howdy All!!

I am happy to report that I am finally over my week and a half long struggle with food poisoning! On Tuesday we had our Zone Conference, at that time I was still suffering from stomach pains and many visits to fire an AK-47 with my Uncle John (painful toilet visits). I had a break on Wednesday from all sickness and thought that my trouble was over. Well towards the end of the day my head really started hurting and I got really lightheaded. That evening I took my temperature and found that my good friend "Mr. Fever" was back. It was only 99.3. Thursday it climbed to a nice 100.5, and Friday I hit 101.8! Saturday I came back down to 99.3 and on Sunday I was well enough to go to church. 

  I am very grateful for the members of the church in this area. Upon hearing that we both were sick and then later that I was having a harder time recovering, many members came to our aid and did their best to help us out and make us comfortable. Friday and Saturday were very crazy days for us. Suddenly Tons of members started coming to the house and asking how we were and wanting to help us. With each member that came over (most of the ward I think. Due to the fact that they can´t help but love the missionaries in their ward right now 😎) they brought a ton of food!! Some members brought bags of food they had just bought!!! Such a blessing!!

 We have been running very low on food since we had to use all our money on a few taxies to the doctor. We had since been praying for ways to find enough money or food to last until June 15th, the day that we receive more money. The thing is, now we have so much food in the house that we have no more room in the fridge and all the cupboards and tables are full of food. We are so very grateful.

  Here in Brasil it is just starting to get cold.Winter is finally kicking in. I never thought it could get this cold here. At this moment my hands are cramping and stiff from the cold. It has been really cold at night. If you look up pictures of Londrina Brasil you will see that all the buildings (both ugly and pretty) are built out of this red clay brick. That red clay brick is the only thing between the outside cold and what warmth you are able to gather under the blanket with wool socks and jacket.

 Don´t worry I will live. I am not about to wimp out after all the crazy adventures I have been on with my family over the years. I mean I have had times in my life where my fingers are so frozen that it is almost impossible to untie my snow boots!

  In the past few weeks as I have been studying, one key word keeps popping up.
 Fé or Faith. To tell the Truth, Faith has always been one of my favorite gospel topics and principle. As I have been studying I have found myself in the direction of studying Faith. In the past few weeks I have been receiving emails and letters and in one way or another, they all mention or teach of Faith! I notice more and more how much the scriptures talk about faith and I have started marking the word faith every time I come across it in my studies.

 One of the key truths that I keep coming across is that "Faith is Power', and that it is only by Faith that we can do or learn anything. As many of you know one of my favorite scriptures and the scripture that is on my mission plaque is Alma 26:12. The part of that scripture that I love the most is where it says that "By the strength of the Lord we can do all things". 

To me what that scripture now means is "By the strength of the Lord, and our faith, We can do all things".  Remember, Faith is an Action word! And that it is only after all that we can do that the Lord will step in and fill the rest. It opens my eyes more to how I can go forward in more of God's strength. 

I love you all! Thank you all for your prayers! Remember that it is by Faith in the Lord Jesus Cristo, and his Strength that you can do all things!!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Week 32

Howdy All!!

2 main things have happened to me this past week.

1. I made a visit to a clinic and found that (according to the doctor) I have an unusually high arch in both my feet. This here arch problem is only received genetically and may be the cause of all my foot pain. After the exam the doctor sent us over to the hospital where I received a few x-rays. We sat in the hospital forever waiting because the people at the hospital had to adjust the x-ray stuff so that I could receive the x-rays standing up like the doctor had asked. I thought that was kind of cool. 

 Just after leaving the hosp. it was just after 2pm. We were starving and the members had given us some money to buy our lunch. As we came out of the hosp. we saw just across the street and the only place selling food. Subway! Aw yeah!! I hadn´t been there since I had been in the states and it had also been a very long time since he had been there. We both got the Wednesday deal. Chicken Ranch!!! DUN, DUN, DUUUUUUN!!!! Very good to have a 30cm whole wheat bun loaded with rarely eaten veggies and chicken and ranch.

After that awesome meal, we got a ride home by Taxi. The driver turned out to be a member!

Ok, now the 2nd part of my week. It started on Thursday with really bad Hershey squirts that are still in effect today! The next day it turned into hot and fiery squirts with really bad chills!! Saturday, I had a fever of a steady 100.4 all day. That evening my comp. called in to sister Pereira to ask how to take care of me. She said she wanted me to go into the hosp. so they could pump me full of fluids and other stuff to clean me out, and to check for Dengue. I was having one symptom the past few days that could have suggested that it was dengue. I was having really bad burning in my eyes. I am not sure how to explain it other than it felt like I had a combination of salt, hand sanitizer and shampoo in my eyes. weird. Anyway we went in and after receiving a ton of tests that I probably didn´t need, receiving an IV(yikes!), and receiving a few meds for a throat infection(that you can see if you use a flashlight and a stick) we finally got home at almost 2 am by President and his wife. President and his wife sent us home with some soup and a few bags of very needed food. They are so Awesome!!

I encourage you all to read one of my new favorite chapters in the Book of Mormon. Jãcob 4. This is a really cool chapter. The verse that stuck out to me is verse 13. It talks about how the spirit testifies only of truth. It is by the spirit that we can be guided and we can trust that he is leading us the right direction.

Love you all. As always, thanks for the prayers and fasting. They are needed and felt.

The Subway that later tried to kill us both.  (My hair sucks)
Meds, meds, oh how I love my meds! (For food poisoning)

My district leader is on the far right, his comp is in the middle, and my comp on the left.

The best picture of all titled "The Clown and the Savage"

Oh yeah, brothers!

Sofa we made out of 5 extra mattresses

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Week 31

Howdy all!

I have great news for everyone! Other than the fact that I am still recovering from my pineapple consumption 8 days ago (one thing led to another and I currently am suffering from a cold). I am great! I have had a good week this week. 

A few points from this week:
I got a new haircut!!
I am sleeping very well!! (thanks only to prayers and fasting)
I am feeling happy and full of new energy!!!
I am preparing to give a training at District meeting tomorrow!!!
I have a few photos for you today!!!

My comp Elder Ostlund
Me and my new haircut


Love you all, have a good week. I promise that next weeks message will be more Salty!

Week 30

Stay Away from Brazilian Pineapple!!!!

It tastes awesome but it is deadly!! About a week n a half ago I made some awesome pineapple, mango, banana, with lime smoothie that my comp and I drank. I loved the thing but he hated it because the acid was so strong it somehow burned his throat and I was somehow able to drink it and be perfectly fine. I should have taken the hint that maybe if I were to eat it by itself I might turn out like my comp. who had a sore throat and a hoarse cough for the next week and a half.

On this last Sunday we had an awesome lunch with some members after stake conference. After a very good meal the sister brought out some freshly cut, ripe pineapple. I said "Pineapple is my favorite fruit!!" and I received a massive wonderful plate full.

As you can probably imagine, I was overjoyed and I dug in. Bad choice! In the moment when I was eating it I loved every bite. It was juicy and had more flavor than I had ever remembered a pineapple having. Everyone who eats a ton of pineapple knows that after a while your tongue will get a little sore from the acid. But this pineapple was more than a little strong on the acidy side.

 It has been less than 24hrs and I croak like a frog, everything on the inside of my mouth and throat kills.  I am starting to get a cough and I think all this is triggering one of my many ear infections that I am prone to.

  Well that is my current state of life. I have some good news for you all. Thanks to fasting prayers and a lot of faith I am doing a lot better with past problems. for example, I slept every night this past week!!! I am feeling a lot better with more energy but am still a little on the sickly side.
Love you all!!