Monday, March 16, 2015

16 March 2015

That sounds like a lot of fun! A trivai competition!  Where is it held? Thats super cool though.  I want to go there now!  Thats no fun for Matt to have lost his teeth!  Is he losing a lot now on a regular basis?  Wow it was Pi day and I didn´t even remember it!  Thats cool that its starting to warmup now though!  Its sounds like its been super cold there for a long time.  I can´t even imagine what it will be like when I get home! I did get the birthday box that you sent.  We actually used some of the stuff to hold a small party for one of the Elders in my district 2 weeks ago.  Thanks so much! I still haven´t opened the present though!  My date to return I think is July 1st, but it hasn´t been officially confirmed yet by the mission.  It sounds like I leave from Manaus, head to São Paulo, then to Atlanta and then go to Indianapolis if I follow the same pattern as other elders, I would leave the 30th and get to Indy the 1st about noonish.  something like that.  Thanks for the email from BYU! 
  This week was pretty cool here in Manacapuru.Monday was pday of course and we got up early and played basketball and ate roasted chicken for lunch.  Pretty laid back pday.  Went to a Family home evening that night with a family  in the Ward with one of our investigators and that was really cool.  Our investigators name is Ezekiel in english and he is super cool.  He is pretty intrested in learning about the gospel and is super cool.  he is always at the chapel playing soccer.   Pretty cool kid.  Tuesday was normal.  We got to start teaching Diane that day and it was super cool.  Her brother was baptized a few months ago and now she is living with a member family and is interested in the church.  Fun to teach, she is reading the Book of Mormon and is liking it! We are super pumped for her! We´ve been trying to teach Paulo Henique this week as well.  He came up to us in the street outside of his house this past week and told us that he wanted to be baptized, and so we are getting him ready for that date.  He just needs to get permission from his parents for him to be baptized!  Wednesday was pretty normal.  Nothing super exciting happened.  Thursday we got to wake up at 4:15 and catch the bus to Manaus for the Tri-Zone Conference in Alvorada.  It was super cool.  We got there at about 7:30ish and the conference went until 3:00.  Pres.Castro talked a lot about the importance of exact obedience and how we need to always keep ourselves worthy of the Holy Ghost. It was a really good conference.  It was weird to see all the people who would be leaving!  After that we headed on back to Manacapuru.  We had to take 2 boxes of Book of Mormons with us to the Bus statioin and that was hard.  They each weigh about 30 pounds!  Got back to Manacapuru and got to see a missionary farewell of one of the Young men in the Ward.  He is going to Campinas!  We  are all super excited for him! Friday was normal! Saturday was the baptism of Lara.  it was super cool to see her baptism and there was a really special spirit there during the whole baptism.  Really awesome.  Sunday I get to play the piano alot as I helped out playing for the choir, make some recording of hymns for the choir  and then playing for the devotional.  Tiring.  My fingers are still a little tired from that.  This week will be the church open house! Excited!
  I hope that everything is going great back home! I miss you all!
Elder Battraw

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