Wow that was a lot of reading to do but I still have 20 minutes to write so I think I can still do this.
I am getting through the weeks doing my best to keep the missionary spirit by just smiling. Don´t worry, Elder Sanderson is telling me everyday to smile. Also when we are practicing doing lessons, Elder Kent is reminding me to look at the other persons eyes while I am both talking and listening. It´s a little uncomfortable for me but hopefully I can get used to it.
Elder Brady just got here at the CTM today (Scotty if you haven´t figured it out) [Scott Brady is Kevin Brady's first cousin] and it was good to see him. It´s weird to see him speaking some Portuguese but I guess it´s the same for him to see me doing it.
We only did a short time outside the CTM today, unlike last week, when it was like more than two hours. Today we were only outside for 45 minutes. Last week I sent letters to the family so they should be there sometime by the end of this week. I got a new pen today, since all the pens that I brought exploded, and a cheap pen I got here busted somehow. So I went to the store with a mindset of getting a 20,00 Reais pen, because they don´t have my favorite pen here. I found, though, right next to the 20,00 Reais pen, a Laser pen that was 24,75 Reais; and it writes and it has a laser and it has a flashlight, so I thought it was a good deal. (In American dollars that would only be $16.00.) That was exciting. I´m sure you guys are proud of me. [!!!]
Thanks for all the tips on stress, that helped a lot. It´s good to hear about all of the missionary experiences that are going on back home. It´s a small world. I´m going to be proselyting this Friday (I hope I spelled it right), so wish me luck as I will have my first experience talking to a Brazilian and inviting him to read the Book of Mormon. Elder [Bradley] Craft told me he did it last week, and he said he forgot everything that he learned and he couldn´t say anything. Hopefully I don´t end up like that but I have a feeling I might. My companion on the other hand will be fine since he knows Spanish and learning the language is simple for him. Anyway, I know I´ll be fine, I just have to trust in the Lord and listen to the Spirit, and I will be able to say what I need to to the people.
Can´t think of much else to say except that I really cannot wait to go to Florianópolis to preach the gospel to the people. I know why I got called to Brazil because I am learning not to give up. My teacher here said the same thing; he said that maybe I am here, too, because serving in America would have been too easy for me.
Love you, bye,