Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Week #5: Nawmsayin?!

Hey Hey Hey
   Tudo bem?  well thats about 1/10 billion things i´ve learned here.... Wow I love the CTM. I am learning so much!  It seems like the days are meshing up so lately I´ve been writing in my planner about how the days are different....  "nawmsayn?" -brady parks

   So the scriptures.... Everyone.  You neeeeeeed to read them.  They are UH-MAZING!  I love reading them!  I would rather read and study them than eat!.... oh wait..... hahahah I really do love them though.  Everything from them is just fantastic.  I have been blessed more with the spirit because when I read them I understand them and I am picking up on subtle spiritual messages! 

The other day someone asked me "if your scriptures are holy then why do you mark them up?"  I highlight scriptures that mean something special to me.  In a sense I personalize my scriptures to my needs. 

I love praying.  It helps me be comforted.  it helps me be strengthen.  It helps me focus on the work.  I know with all my heart I can kneel down and pray to Heavenly Father for support.  HE WILL provide.  

So lemme tell u about my experiences.   Today (PDAY) we went to the temple.  Its so pretty, even when acid rain is falling from the purple sky lol.  k the sky is gray not purple.  I went to the Distribution Center with my comp and I bought an oil vial, scripture case, and a primary song book in portuguese.  Imma be playing some primary songs with my uke now :)   que mais?  sei là..... OH YA today we went to a all u can eat buffet.  R$30... i ate all i could.... my buttons are busting at the seams... haha but ya i ate so much meat.  so much loving.... ahhhh ya!  
The other day I taught my instructor how to say "nawmsayn" it was so funny.  too bad shes moving back to Recife.  Its all good though.  She was a great teacher.  Well other than that I dont have anything else to say.   except one more thing.... eu sei que esta obra que eu estou trabalhando em é a obra de Deus.  Eu sei que  esta Igreja é a Igreja de Jesus Cristo. Ele é nosso Pai Celestial e ele quer o que é melhor por nos.  Eu sou grato por esta oportunidade para sevir-Ele.  Eu digo estas coisas em nome de Jesus Cristo.  amém.
Thanks for reading this whole thing.  hehe love you guys and continue being good.  #tchau #churchistrue #studyponderpray
    Elder Elan Maynez

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Week 4? Definitely Not Week 23

ay ohhh.... i think this is email 4.... maybe 3. definitely not 23... i know that for a fact...

     soooohooooo my thoughts are super scattered.... i just got back from walking around São Paulo with Elder Mayo.  Its crazy... the drivers are insane.  People are j-walking left and right.  ya.... the upside is that i get to walk around (my legs are basically atrophied) and see new faces and test my portuguese!  i dont like being trapped in the CTM.  I prayed for help to study harder and the Lord has answered that prayer.  I have learned so much.  I love the scriptures.  I have learned so much from them.  I am picking up on so many little insights Im like whoa!!!! whered that even come from?! nawmsayn?  Just moments like that I love.  Those moments keep me going. 

     So more about São Paulo.  Elder Mayo and I explored every single store today.  We were only gone for maybe 1.5 hours but within that time we found all sorts of stuff.  ITs so cool over here.  EVery store played some crazy american music.  One had "Low" bumpin another had some good ole michael jackson.  Ya,....  cool.  I bought some hot dog flavored chips.  just cuz ... no need to explain.  i bought a 1.5 litre water bottle cuz a man can get thirsty down here!  what else.... oh im starting to reap the benefits of being a missionary.  for example... my facial hair is starting to grow faster!  wha wha whats up!  hahaha speaking of hair... tomorrow im getting my first haircut... my hair is getting long... so ya... time to chop it off.  im going to take a before and after picture. haha

     So yesterday Elder Mayo and I woke up and ran a little bit here at the CTM because our legs are so atrophied.... so we´re running on the track and a giant beetle jumped us. i tried to fight it buuuuut it had a mean bob and weave so it was able to escape unscathed.  I could have literally punched it in the face it was that big.  highlight of my week.

    Ahhh this morning my brazilian roommates left!  Elder Mayo, Elder Sly, Elder Crowther and I woke up this morning at 4 am to bid them farewell.... They were some of the coolest people I´ve met.  They both had cool background stories and its neat to meet people who didnt grow up in the church.  its neat to also know that the church is so true that it makes people not only convert but to drop everything to go and serve a mission.  IT was like lehi and the tree of life.  He tasted of the fruit and desired to share it. 

     I love what i do.. i am learning more about the gospel.  I gotta obtain the gospel before I can declare it.  When im outta the CTM i can~t wait to start teaching real people.  I know the Lord has got my back.  I know that with Him miracles can happen. .. .. well i wanan say more but im being kicked off,,,, ahhh man.  I am a slow typist?  well ya just know that as I learn more about the gospel I want to share it with those who werent fortunate to have it their whole life.... good bye I love you guys.  Tahnks for ur support and excuse the typos lol.... #Godspeed #Churchistrue #Aigrejaéverdadeira #atêmaís