Monday, October 25, 2010

3 Baptisms!

October 25, 2010
Yesterday was Stake Conference here. It was really good. The stake president said that all the talks were what the person wanted, the theme was open. Well it ended up that many of the talks talked about missionary work. Our mission president and sister talked also. It was a very good meeting. Well things are going well. We did have our baptisms, it was a really good experience.

Well I hope that they also send TJ out and give him a boot in the pants. Well that is what I have noticed about the missionaries too. There are some that are like dad and just dig in and do it and do a good job, and there are others that are really slackers. Well things are going good with my comp. We are teaching and doing well.

Dang now I can’t make faces at Juli anymore, oh well. That is funny and I was excited when I did my last Primary Program. Well hopefully things will go better this week. Yep I really do miss snow. I even miss rain too, but it stinks when it rains because after it gets really hot. That is one thing that I miss especially when it is really hot. Well thanks for all that you do for me. Well things are going good. Time is just flying by so fast now. It seems like yesterday that I emailed you guys. I really like this stake. We had a good meeting with the Stake President. Well there is one problem with the area that I am in. The members just don’t want to help the missionaries. It is hard to do lessons with members. We tried having people sign up and that failed. Well we talked with the stake president. Well I really hope that this area closes soon so that the members can get a little boot in the pants and “Wise up”. Well president said that by the end of the year he will have to close 12 areas. I also heard that each stake in Brazil needs to receive 5 missionaries, if not some of the missions are going to shut down. There is a big shortage. And our mission is not doing very well right now. I hope that they can get the missionaries that they need because I would hate for the missions to close. I don't want to think about that but all over there is a missing of missionaries.
Well I love you and thanks for all that you do for me. Well have a good week.
Um grande abraço mãe.

Elder Shelley

Monday, October 18, 2010

Still in São Carlos!

(We were slackers and didn't get a letter posted last week because we were out of town. Here is most recent letter and then a little note he sent last week.)

Well this week was okay. Well it is hard because the members really don’t want to help the missionaries. When we need their help they just give excuses. It is kind of disappointing. Oh well. We will have 3 baptisms on Wednesday. I am hoping it will be good. They are 3 girls we are teaching Bruna, Cliesa, and Lilia.

Well yesterday morning my comp laughed and said we are going to speak in sacrament meeting. Well I thought he was joking. Well we got there and right before the sacrament the 1st counselor called my comp up and said that we both had 5 minutes to speak. Well I got really nervous because I had nothing prepared. Well I spoke on D&C 18:43 about keeping the commandments. Well it went well. Then after we went to Ibaté(a small city outside of São Carlos) and had a small sacrament meeting and Gospel Principles class. Well the bishop of the 1st ward in Sao Carlos said that he was missing speakers. Well yep you guessed it he called on us again right on the spot. Well this one I was not as nervous because I found a scripture on 3 Nephi 12:16 when it talks about letting you light shine before men, something like that. Well then it was over and I felt better.

Well it was funny this last week I saw a guy that looked exactly like Frank on Everybody loves Raymond. And I saw a guy that looked like Kevin from the Backstreet Boys. It is funny looking at people and seeing look a likes down here.

Hey I have a question. I have about 40 ish pages left in my journal and then it will be filled. Should I just use a notebook down here or have you send me a journal in a package? If you send me a journal could you make sure it is the hard back and not with the clip things like I have. There is no more room for paper.

Well I have made a year and a month on the mish. Well time is flying by. I can’t wait to get home and tell you guys all about my adventures and experiences. Well hope you have a good week. I love you and thanks for everything. That is too bad about Matt and the free throw contest. Well maybe the next cruise. Well I love you and if you need anything just let me know. Oh and have the kids start thinking about things they want for Christmas so I can start looking.

Um Grande Abraço e Beijo
Elder Shelley

October 11, 2010
I am still here. I did not turn senior yet. Well things are going good. I am excited to stay. Well I hope that things go well with Jani. Well that is funny about Juli getting into the Harry Potter books. Well I hope that you guys have a good trip.

Well I hope that things go well with dad in DC next week. Well I hope the best for Matt. To be totally honest I really don’t see any value in ATEC, to me it is a waste of time. Well I hope that you guys will come across something for him. Well nothing really has happened this week. Well yesterday 2 baptisms fell, oh well what can you do. Well I am excited because on of the sisters that my comp talks on the phone with is going home! Well there are still sisters and the one that is coming, he really likes too, so I hope it goes well. If he does what he did this last transfer I will tell Pres. Well have a good week.

Well nothing really is new. I am just doing my best. I can’t believe that here in 11 months I will be home, wow time is flying by. Well I love you and thanks for everything.

Elder Shelley

Monday, October 4, 2010

Conference was Awesome!

Well this week was kind of a bummer. Almost all of our appointments fell and it was really tough. Well Conference was awesome. I really loved President Monson’s about Gratitude also. I really liked Elder Uchtdorf’s talk yesterday. I loved Elder Eyrings yesterday. I really liked all the talks. I was able to watch the sessions in English. There was a room for English. Well that is funny about Cade, he really talking really well.

Well that is good that Dad got a buck. That is a true beauty. I can’t wait until next year. It sounds like Trek will be busy. Well I was not able to go to the Priesthood Session. We had appointments Saturday night, they had a retransmission Sunday morning, but the bus took forever and it was too late. I was really disappointed. I am listening to it right now as I am emailing.

We had interviews with President this past week. I think that I am going to turn Senior. He kind of hinted to me. Well whatever happens I will do my best. President said to just learn to be a leader, just keep doing the best that you are doing. I really love this President. He asked me if I had to turn Senior tomorrow if I would be able to do it, I told him I think so. I will accept what ever he wants me to do. Well I hope you guys have a good week and good time in Mexico. Well I wish I could be there but you know I love it down here too.

Thanks Dad for the advice. I will do the best that I can. Well something funny happened this past week. I had a dream that I finished my mission and I was telling you guys about my stories. Well I had a hard time not saying the things in Portugese. It made me laugh that I had a hard time explaining in English. I have had some dream recently in Portugese. Well have a good one at work. I love you and thanks for all you do for me.

I just love Conference. I love the spirit that is felt. I love hearing the words of the prophet and the apostles. Well I hope you guys have a good week. Well hopefully you guys have a good safe week and good trip.

Hey I just got done listening to the Priesthood Session on the computer, it is really good. When you guys have time I encourage you guys to listen or watch it. I really liked Nelson, Uchtdorf’s, Eyring’s and Monson’s talks especially. They all were really good, but these I really liked them. I love conference so much. It is such a blessing that we have to be able to hear the words and especially hear the voices and expressions of the Apostles. Well have a good week and I love you and thanks for all that you do for me.
Um grande abraço.
Elder Shelley