Monday, April 26, 2010

All Sisters--Ugh!!!!

Hey Fam,

Hey this week was pretty good. Yesterday Elder Thornley and Elder De Melo left Bebedouro. Elder De Melo left to go home because he finished his mission. Elder Thornley left to go to Araçatuba-Paraiso. Well I am still here in Bebedouro with Elder Almeida. Well it is just us for this transfer. Guess what he is the district leader and our district is all Sisters. And to make it worse I am the only American in the district. Well I hope everything goes well. Well on Wednesday we have Interviews with President.

Hey I looked at the shoes here and I think I want you guys to send me some Rock Ports. They will be more comfortable. I hope that it will be okay to do that. I just don’t like the feel of the shoes and Elder Almeida bought some and they only lasted a transfer. Let me know what you think. Well nothing really cool this week. Well keep praying for me. I really need help right now because I am struggling with the language. Well have a good week and take care of yourselves. Love you tons. Hey tell the kids that the mission is not all fun. For example learning a language, and being the only American among Brazilians. ALL the other joys of a mission. Ask grandpa all about it. Well could you guys print out a new Quadro da missão for me. Well have a good one. Have a good week. Love you guys.

Elder Shelley

Zone Conference

Here is a picture from our last zone conference
I can't believe I've been out 7 months!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Calling all Scriptorians!!

Hey, this is Matt. I need your help. Greg called me a stinker but he is the real stink pot. I need a really good scripture to send back to him because I really didn't like the one he chose for me. Can anyone help me out and find some good ones for me? Let me know what you find.
Elder Shelley--Matt

Short Letter because of a Cheesecake--Hey!!

Hey Guys,

How are things going? Well this morning me and Elder Thornley made pancakes and they were really good. We also made Cheese Cake. After the emailing we are going to eat it. I am so excited.

Well another week has gone by. Guess what I have 7 months here on the mish. Hey guys did you know that the scriptures talk about Matt. Pretty cool. In Ether 14:23

Well I gave my talk yesterday. I did very well. I even had some of the members tell me that I did a good job. I thought that was cool. Well nothing is really new. Same old stuff.

Well last week we had zone conference. It was really good, the only problem was that half way to Ribeirão. I remembered that I left the camera in the house. Luckily Elder Thornley had his and I took some pics. I will get them from him and I will send them to you guys next week. President finally announced that he is going home on June 30th. I really am going to miss him and especially Sister Vieira. Because when ever she sees me she yells Elder Shelley. I am going to really miss that. Well it is the last week of the transfer. Saturday I will know who is transferred.

Oh Mom can you go to the mission blog and get some pics for me and safe them at home. And also print off the thing that tell where everyone is. I want to save these things and keep them safe. I know that you can save them at home. Well have a good one. Love ya all.

Elder Shelley

Hey mom,
Things went very well for the talk. I had some members come up to me and say how good of a job I did. I thought that was cool. It is a little bit different working with about 35 less people each week. I liked it because there were not many people when I did my talk. That is really good that Jani got her camera back. Yep I hope she learned a good lesson from that. Ya it is nice to have a comp that I can connect with. Man I wish I could of seen Bro. Paxman dance. I bet it would of been quite a sight. WOW 23 years, you guys are ancient! lol. That is really cool. Happy Anniversary on the 24th. Nope it is still hot here in Bebedouro, but it is good. Well tell the girls good luck for the Recital. Wow it is starting to get to summer soon. Well have a good one. I love you a whole bunch.

Elder Shelley

Monday, April 12, 2010

101 Contacts!

Hey Fam,

Hey this week was really good. I made 101 contacts this week. It is the most that I have done on the mission so far. Hey guess what I have to give a talk on Sunday. It is out of the teaching of the prophets Harold B. Lee chapter 17. I am really nervous because it is the first talk I will give. I hope I do well, and pray for me.

Hey tell Austin Rich that I say congrats on the mission call. Wow all the way to Africa. Well we did not have a baptism, but I think we will this week because we finally had investigators go to church. Yesterday we had one man, so we will work with him this week and hopefully baptism this next week.

That is way cool about the Candy Factory. Hey what outlet store did you guys go to? Well I really love my new comp Elder Almeida. He is just really awesome. I can’t believe that a this transfer ends in two weeks, and then only one more transfer with President Viera. I am excited and not to get a new president. Well nothing really had happened this week, same old stuff, over and over and over again. I figured that the mission is like the Energizer bunny keeps going and going and going. Well Wednesday we have Zone Conference. I am so excited. Well in about four days I will have been on the mish for 7 months. Well time is really flying by. Well I hope everything is going well for you guys back in Utah. Well at least it will start to get warmer there, here it is starting to get colder. The mornings are freezing, it feels like 40 degrees, but it is all good. Well have a good week. Keep working and playing hard. Oh one more thing Mom I saw a little girl with Head Gear on. It reminded me of when you said when you were little you had that, boy did it not look fun. You have my sympathy. Well love you guys.

Elder Shelley

Monday, April 5, 2010

Homemade Rootbeer, Scones and Conference

Sent: Mon, Apr 05, 2010 10:45 AM
Hey mom,
Hey guess what on Saturday night we made homemade rootbeer and scones. It was really good. I missed the Priesthood session because we had to be in the house at 9:30. And the session stared at 9. Well it was really strange not hearing the words in English. I heard the first part of the talks, like first 3 words in English. I have to tell you something funny that happened. The translator for Elder Christofferson´s talk and Uchtdorfs on Sunday finished early before they were done. It was really funny. I could tell that Elder Holland was burning the people, but the translator had no expression. It really bugged me. I really took hearing conference for granted in English. But it was really good. I missed the first half of the 2nd session on Sunday because me and my comp were making contacts. Hey I did not take any money out yet. Hey have a good one.

Hey Fam,
Hey conference was sure great. Guess what Elder Scott and Anderson gave their talks in Portuguese. Hey there was something that bugged me was not being able to hear how the felt. For example Elder Holland I could tell he was buring the people, but the translator had no emotion. It also bugged me not hearing their voices. Hey I have to tell you something funny on both Elder Christorffersons and Uchtdorfs Sunday talk the translator finished early. It was really funny. Hey I saw Mrs. McMurry and Ruth.

Hey for shoes I think I will email you guys when I need you to send me a new pair.
Hey on Saturday night we had a couple guys over from the Branch and we made rootbeer and scones. It was really good. Today me and Elder Thornley are going to make brownies. I am so excited. Things are going great, it has been really rainy the past few days. It is a lot cooler here than in Araçatuba. Hey Jani is lucky to go to San Francisco. Tell her to be careful. Nothing really has happened besides conference. It was a pretty good week. Well have a good Spring Break. Take care.

Hey I got a letter from Kyler and he GOT HIS CALL. He is going to Charlotte, North Carolina. He leaves May 19 to the MTC. Guess what my dad Elder Laxton is from Charlotte. Elder Laxton goes home the first part of June so Kyler will probably see my dad. I think that that is cool. Hey I got an email from Aaron. He is doing good. Guess what, I am in a Branch. Well I loved conference. It was stinky to watch it with a translator, but at least I was able to watch it. I really liked the talks especially the one Eyring on Saturday morning. I also liked the one who talked about Kyle and I forgot the other name. It was hard seeing their expressions and not being able to hear them in that expression, if that makes sense. Well that is good that Easter was good.

Hey my blisters are gone, they went away after like 2 days. I don´t know much more. I just know that he leaves June 30. Elder Laxton is coming to our area this week, I will ask him if he knows more info. YES DUKE ALL THE WAY. Oh one of the guys in the Branch has it. A missionary gave it to him. That is why we had rootbeer. Have a good one. Hey did Matt tell you that Kyler got his call?

Elder Shelley