Friday, March 9, 2012

February 14, 2012

It's crazy how fast time goes here! It's weird to think I've been away from home for 7 weeks already. I'm almost 1/12 of the way through my mission! The language is good! Yesterday we got to teach a non-member about prayer (in Portuguese), and it was way awesome. I can't wait to be out in Brazil teaching people like that all the time.
The mission shoes are actually really good. And come with the best guarantee possible for shoes on the mission. 2 years replacement for free? Definitely the best deal. They don't look like the best quality, but they are super grippy, even in snow (we've been getting some this week), and the tread has barely worn at all. The tops get scuffed up pretty easily, and you can't make them look good again, but for the purposes of walking around all day in them, they're great. Also, they're waterproof. Which is awesome. Definitely worth it.

This week was another pretty uneventful week other than teaching the non-member. His name was Fillipe, by the way. We had our oldest district leave this morning. They're all going to Cape Verde off the West coast of Africa. They have soemthing like 39 hours of flight time total, along with a couple of two hour layovers and a 5 hour layover in Portugal. Pretty rough travel plans. One of them that left was Elder Clayton, who was our zone leader. Our new zone leaders are Elder Edwards and Haile. Elder Haile is the first missionary ever from Ethiopia to come to this MTC, and was the first member ever to recieve his Duty to God in Ethiopia and he was baptized when he was 17. He's an awesome guy and I'm really glad I got to meet him.

Well... I should probably go find where my companions went. They kind of disappear a lot. It's a bit frustrating, but I'm trying to work with them on being better with that. Oh, and I'm now the district leader. Which doesn't mean a whole lot since we only have a district of 3, but still.

Hope you have a good week and everything is good! Love you all!

-Elder Hopper

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