The week went great. I´m with my new comp right now, Elder Bertha from Cali. He´s awesome. It´s pretty funny, people here think that California and Florida are right next to each other, just because the two have beaches. But he´s great, I´m learning a lot from him.
The Zone is happy, my comp and I are getting ready to gie a multi-zone training tomorrow about the new changes in the work here. We´re gonna change how the missionaries work with members, and it´s gonna be great.
For the package, I need a USB drive with a good amout of memory to stroe my photos. If you can send that, you won´t need to worry about the little memory cards. I can just download all the photos off my camera, to the USB, and keep using the same one. Sorry, didn´t think about that last time. And some family photos, and I´ll be good. Thanks so much mom
The world cup is arriving, and everyone´s starting to go nuts. American football crazy doesn´t come close to Brazilian Soccer crazy. When two big teams in São Paulo are playing, and a team scores a goal, people fire guns into the air and throw bombs onto the street. It´s nuts. But it´s pretty cool because there ae about 6 fundamental teams, and everyone has a team. People are always in soccer jerseys of there favorite team, there house painted the team colors, it´s nuts. Mine is Flamengo, a team frm Rio. But before the cup in Brasil, everyone paints there house blue, green, or yellow, and the whole city gets together, and paints the streets yellow too. It´s already started in some places. I´ll see if I can send a picture. But I´m excited. The only problem is that nobody will be on the streets, the members won´t answer their doors, and we won´´t even be able to knock doors, ecause we could get shot. So things´ll be nuts, but I´m pumped. The excited spirit in the air is contagious, and not just because the air smells like alchohol almost always.
But yeah, so I´m pretty stoked. The comp is great, the ward is great, the area is great, the stake is great, and the Zone is great. So everything is great.
Tell Mae I said good luck! And give G a hug for me, but be careful of his arm.
Dad,the week went great. Transfers came and went again, and the Zone Leader area was moved. So now i´m in Jardim Ângela (Angel Garden?) with my new companion, Elder Bertha. He´s from San Fran, really awesome missionary. He´s helping me out a lot. It was sad to seperate with Elder Gillespie, but I´m pumped for this next transfer. Tomorrow, We´re going to get together with the Ranieri zone for an impromptu Zone Conference. We have some great new ideas about working with the members, and we´ve gotta start it. I love working on huge projects like this. The goal is to get the Stake to the point where the members find, we teach, and they baptize. But this will take a long time. So we won´t get to see the fruits of the labor we´re starting here... And I kinda like that. I´don´t care anymore about the numbers. What´s important is that the Lord is accellerating his work, and he´s called me to play a part in it. The change in the work here in Brasil is going to start, and It´s gonna start in our Zone.So we´re working hard. Opening an area as a ZL is difficult, but I think it´s the most fun I´ve had so far. President Pinho gave a great quote:"He who loves his job, never has to work"I love that. I don´t feel like I´m working anymore. The only annoying thing is that there aren´t enough hours in the day. But, I´m excited for the new changes. My new ward is the best I´ve had so far. The members are exctied, and willing to help us. So we´ve decided to just translate the area. I´ll tell you how it goes.But anyway, I´m happy and working. The Zone is happy too, other than one of my good friends Elder Maynard. He´s from Pocatello, and his brother passed away yesterday. He still seems fine, I don´t think it´s hit him yet. We´re gonna keep an eye on him these next few weeks.But other than that, everything is great. Hows work? You don´t tell me about the crazy people that come into the Hospital anymore, I miss those stories.Love ya, give Grant a hug for meElder Smith