Monday, March 10, 2014

10 March 2014

 That sounds reallly cool to be able to go to the Lego Convention.  I remember that they had that Lego Exhibit at the Childrens Mueseum last year and that was pretty cool as well.  Did they hold it in the Convention Center in downtown?  New laptop?  Sounds pretty nice.
  My week has been pretty uneventful.  Monday, p day as normal, nothing really exciting. Tuesday we got to go do service helping people who have been displace by the flooding of the river here.  It was a catholic church and we got to sort out clothes, help make some kits, and lug around some packages of food.  It was pretty nice to be able to help out a little bit.  Wednesday, nothing really happened.  Thursday,Friday and Saturday as well.  Sunday was a little bit more interesting.  For lunch, one of the members asked us if we wanted some ice cream for dessert and we said sure. He asked us if we wanted a little or a lot, so we said a lot.   He came back with two cups absolutely overflowing with ice cream.  It was hard to finish all of it, but we managed. This week we´ve been trying to find new people to teach.  Been knocking on a lot of doors trying to find people who are interested in our message.   Walked a lot this week .Saturday we had a cool experience.  We´d decided to visit a less active family who lived a good distance away, but we decided to make the trip.  When we got there,  we started talking with the mom and dad,  and the dad after a little bit of talking to, told us that he´d been praying for a while that somebody would pass by his house and talk to them and that we were an answer to his prayers.  It was pretty neat to be able to see how the spirit works.   When we were leaving as well and walking back to our house, a man in the street started talking to us in English, asking us where we were from and what are our names.  Found out that he had lived in Boston for 3 years before moving back to Porto Velho and he wanted to find out a little bit more about the church.  Pretty awesome.  We´ve managed to talk to him a little bit since and we´re excited to go on back!  
  I´ll be switching companions this week.  9 Americans will be arriving here and my companion will be training one, so I´m staying here in Porto Velho, but getting a new companion.  A little nervous but excited a the same time.  Found out that 2 members of my MTC district will be coming as well. Super pumped.  One will be in Porto Velho as well!
  I´ll be getting the package hopefully this next Tuesday, not tomorrow.  The packages are taking a little while to get here, but they are trickling in.  Things that I need right now would be socks, arch supports or shoe inserts (Size 11).  The insoles of my shoes are wearing out pretty quickly.  If you want to send games, they need to be games like Uno, small things.  Thats about it, oh and maple syrup.  If you can find the maple extract that you can mix with water to make syrup that works.  That what every missionary in this mission asks for (Americans and Brasilians).  Thanks! Hope you all have a great week! Miss all of you!
Elder Battraw

Two photos
One is after we did service at a catholic church to help out people who were without homes because of the flooding
The other is one that my companion and I saw nearby the chapel, and we just said, Seriously?

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