Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Pictures from Zone Conference

I am in the back and my comp is just right below me.

Tug of War

Who won?! Greg is in the back--
we found him because of his tongue

Monday, September 27, 2010

Baptism This Week!

Well things are going well. There are still some things with the language that I have a hard time with, but for the most part it is good. We did have a baptism on Saturday. His name is Fransisco of Ibaté(a small city outside of São Carlos). Well that was good. Well we did not get home until 10:45 because there were 2 baptisms and it took a long time. Well I could not fall asleep until 12 and had to get up early to go to another ward because there was an open house. Well at 5 I woke up to a huge rain storm and dogs barking. I could not get back to sleep, oh well. Well yesterday it rained all day.

We are teaching a family of 9 (Mom dad, and 6 girls) Well it is going, they finally read the Book of Mormon. Well we are concerned about the dad because he said he did not join the Congregation church because they did not accept baptisms from other churches. Well it was a miracle he and his wife and 1 daughter came to the baptism on Saturday. It was really good to see them. We are helping them gain testimonies and hopefully they will be baptized and stay firm. Well have a good week and I love you so much. If you need anything just let me know. Oh and Wed. we have interviews with president.

Well things are going well. Well this last week I ate cow liver. It was really gross. Well I think I know Sis. Jolley, if it is the one that leads music. Well I hope that things will go well with the changes. Well that is good that you guys talked with the people about Matt. I don’t know what you guys can do. Well just keep praying and fasting and all things will work out. Well I am excited that Saturday and Sunday is Conference. I am really excited, it does not seem like 6 months have almost gone by. Wow time is flying by. I love you and thanks for all that you do. Take care.
Elder Shelley

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hump Day Pictures!!

Hump Day Celebration

Me and Elder Jeppson on our Hump Day

My Companion, Elder Menezes

I know it doesn't look that cool--forgot about polyester--
But what can you do!

It's not Sid...but it will have to do--bird I met at lunch

Monday, September 20, 2010

Um Ano Da Missão

Well that is good that Matt was safe. I really worried about him this last week with ATEC. I don’t know why but I really worry about what they are having him do. I just want him to be safe and protected, well that is good that he is doing better, please keep him safe.

Well on HUMP Day when I hit a year. We went and had pizza with the sisters, it was Me, Menezes(my comp), Jeppson, Liljenquist, Sister Sousa and Lobato. It was really good. Then that night me and Jeppson burned our shirts. Well mine was pretty funny. Well a while ago I received a shirt that was really light, I liked it so one of the missionaries gave it to me. I thought that since it was light and had a hole in it, it would be perfect to burn. Well it ended up melting the shirt because it was made out of plastic. I was kind of upset because I was expecting a cool big fire thing, but that was not what happened, oh well. I had a great time celebrating with all the other missionaries. I have it all on tape it is pretty funny. I look at it after and it is funny, but in the moment it was not.

Well we just finished playing basketball. I really stunk it up but I had a good time. Well we had zone conference this last week also. President is really changing the mission and some rules, but it is going good.

Well it sounds like you guys had a good week. Well have a good one and keep safe. Oh this week I studied in 2 Timothy 4:7. It is small but really powerful. I really liked this.

Well we are starting to find some people to teach. Me and my comp are having to work in 3 areas-Ala 1, Ala 5 and Ibaté. It is kind of stressful but we are starting to do it. Well it is still hot, but the last few days we have had a wind at night that is a little cold.

Well have a good week. I love you and thanks for all that you do to help me. Well take care.

Elder Shelley

Monday, September 13, 2010

Hump Day This Week!!

Well that is good that Busico is doing better. I really miss being with him. I hope that I helped him enough. Well how was the car show, was it good or so-so? Yep they cook with a lot of oil down here, practically everything is deep fried. My body can’t handle all the grease anymore. Well at the beginning of the mission my metabolism was really good and my body would digest the food fast. But here on the mission my metabolism has changed because my body is used to taking a longer time to break down the food. I really can’t eat a lot of food anymore. I can make 2 plates full, but that is it. It is starting to annoy the sisters but I really don’t care. I am trying to eat healthier. It is just really greasy foods down here. I really like Salgados, but they are really greasy.

I hope that things will go well for dad. Hey I still have the brown spots on my white shirts, I don’t know how to get rid of them, if you have any more suggestions let me know. Well Wednesday we have Zone Conference. I hope that it will be good. Well I finally got an email from Freddie. He is doing well, but very busy.

Well it is really hot but good. Last week my comp went to Ribeirao for a training. It was Tuesday-Friday. I worked in another area. It was hard because people we just not home. It was just a really weird week. Well this week will hopefully be better. Well I hope you guys have a good day and week. I love you and if you need anything just let me know.
Elder Shelley

Well how are things going at work? Mom said that they are thinking of moving the office down to American Fork, I hope that happens. Well it sounds like you guys had a pretty crazy week. Well on Wednesday we have zone conference. Well how was the car show this year? Well this week was okay, my comp went to Ribeirao for 4 days for a training for the district and zone leaders. I worked in another area but it was hard because there was almost no one at home. It was a tough week. Well this next one should be better. Well have a good one. Well that is funny that Jani liked the Corvettes. I really miss seeing cool cars. Well did you like the Salgados? Well I can’t believe that in three days I will hit HUMP DAY. There are 2 other elders in my group in the area so I am really excited to celebrate with them. Man time is sure flying by. Well I got an email from Busico and it sounds like he is doing better. I really miss being with him, but I am glad that he will get really good treatment.

Well there was a funny experience that happened on Saturday. Our lunch fell so we ate at a restaurant that a member owns. Well we went to the sisters’ area to do interviews. Then it was night time and we waited for the bus, and the sisters asked me how I would propose to a girl to marry me, man was that awkward. Then we got the bus and went home. When we got home, my comp left the keys at the member’s house, so we had to jump over this wall and open the windows to get into the house, it was pretty funny. This was the first time I have had to do that.
Elder Shelley

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Brownies instead of Basketball?!

Well we are not playing basketball because the sisters bailed on us. They decided to make brownies at this lady's house so that is what we are going to do. They are the ones that have a court and a ball so what do you do. I am really mad at the sisters right now because I was looking forward to it because I have not played basketball for like 9 months. Well things are going good. I am really liking my comp Elder Menezes. He is really cool. Well nothing really has happened this week. That is too bad about dad having to work. Well I hope that you guys have a good week and a good labor day.

We are not teaching much right now because the other Elders that were here worked in a small town, but since they don’t have a branch there the area 70 said that we are not allowed to go there. All of the addresses were from there. The city is called Ibate. Well we have done a few contacts but nothing really good. We are going to work quite a bit with the members. The brownies better taste good because my basketball time got cancelled because of the sisters. I am really mad at them, you know. Well Elder Jeppson from my group is a District Leader so I will be with his comp for 4 days and I am really excited. Elder Jeppson and my comp are going to Ribierao for 4 days for a training.

Hey here is Cida's address. If you would not mind sometime could you send her a small package that has M&Ms in it, I will pay for. I just think that it would be very good. Thanks

Well I hope you have a good day. Have a good time at the bees game.
Elder Shelley

Thursday, September 2, 2010

We heard from Greg--Finally!! Transferred to São Carlos

Greg has a new address. Please contact his parents if you would like it.
Well we found out that the lady, Lourdes, had some coffee so she could not get baptized this week, but hopefully she will this Sunday. I got the package. Well I got transferred today to São Carlos. I am with a Brazilian Elder Menezes. He is from the north. Elder Busico is going home today at 4. Sorry about not emailing on Monday. There was not much time. President had me and him staying in Ribeirao but a city that is pretty far away and is not very safe, so Busico decided to just go home. Well he told me that he will email me some of the photos and I will give them to you guys. It was very hard for me to leave that Area. It felt a little like leaving home to come here to Brazil. I really got attached to Cida and her family. They helped me and Busico a lot. Well I told them that I am coming back in 2014 to watch the Cup. I am definitely coming back. Cida’s sister wants you and dad to come pick me up, But I don’t know.

Well things are going really good. The language is really starting to come, there are some things that I am having a hard time with but it is going very well. Well I did catch the flu Elder Busico had. I am doing better. Well I hope you have a good week and sorry for the short email. I had sushi with him and Dinah on Monday and we were just really busy helping Cida and Bob. Well hope you guys have a good week.

I don’t know much of the area because I just got here but what I have seen I really like it. I think my comp will be a combo between Almeida and Barbosa. I don’t know. I am in a district with an Elder in my group Elder Wiggins. I am really excited. I wish I could have celebrated a year with Busico but I think it will be good. The house was a little messy but we are starting to clean it up. It will be a great place. Busico was telling me before that all the missionaries want to pass in this city and he served in the area that I am going to Ala 5 (5th Ward). Well I hope things go well. Just make sure that people know about the new office address change. I love you. If there is anything you need let me know.

I will probably celebrate on the 16th for my 1 year, I not really sure. Well I hope things work out for him. Yeah I was thinking that it is probably the best he went home because his dad especially worried, and it did not help that he is a non member. I was thinking that he needs to get home and start to get some weight and train because he wants to play baseball for the U. He will go to Salt Lake Community College to finish generals and then transfer to the U. Well I just hope things go well for him. You know he did not seem like a friend but he felt like a member of the family. Saying bye to him was just like saying bye to Matt. I really miss him but I know that he is in a good place. He said he will return in a month to visit and pick up the rest of his stuff. I am having him email me the photos from his camera and some from Cida’s so it may take a little time. We really did not have much time to get ready, it was kind of a surprise transfer, but I know it will be very good.

Elder Shelley