Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"But of course, there are those phenomenal exceptions."

Elder Miranda and I

The Portuguese translation of Barack Obama

The Tavares' and I

Well as you can all tell from the subject of this email, I was transferred today/yesterday. I grabbed a bus out of Foz at 9:40 last night and got to Londrina at about 6 this morning. I am now working in the Semíramis ward which is in the poorest part of Londrina (YESSSSSSS) so that's pretty cool.
The new comp is named Elder Miranda. He is from the amazon rain forest. That is actually not true, but he is from the state Amazon. He has been on the mission for about 5 months, so that's pretty cool. I'm excited to get to know him, he seems like a pretty chill dude.
Basically it looks like they stopped doing work here for the last little while so we will have to resurrect this area. But it's cool. Elder Proulx stayed in Medianeira and will receive Elder Madrid. I don't know why we switched spots, but whatever.
Well in the last week we brought Marinalva to church with three of her children. That is pretty cool, but the problem is that when people go to church in Medianeira they are not well received and feel really awkward. It normally ends their interest in the church, normally.
But of course, there are those phenomenal exceptions. One of these exceptions would be Ivonete. She went to church last week, and was a little shocked by the lack of people there. But we blitzed her yesterday with a lot of baptism talk. It is still a long way away (she isn't married to her spouse) but she is progressing really well. She knows without a doubt that the Book of Mormon is the truth. We invited her to prepare to be baptized, which she accepted after learning the importance and existence of priesthood authority. So I am stoked about her progress. I hope she gets married and baptized soon.
This was not the longest email, but it's about all I have for now. Oh yeah, one last story from the zone conference. So we go in the church, and there is this opossum in the gym. I messed with it with a broom a little, but it was aggressive, so i ditched it.
They called the bishop, who came in with a big broom. He was like "We have to kill it, there is no other option". So he got this stick and just started beating it on the head and back until it died. It was really gruesome, it was like bleeding out of its ears and stuff. But I guess it's just a part of the job as bishop.
Love you all
The Animal

"But look how they treat us
Make us believers
We fight their battles
Then they deceive us
Tried to control us
They couldn't hold us
Cause we just move forward
Like Buffalo Soldiers"

1 comment:

  1. Long time reader (and fan), first time commenter here. I have really enjoyed reading Elder burt's blog, read the whole thing. Still reading it, even though he and my son are no longer companions. I really enjoyed the second perspective on the weekly events, Elder Burt is a great letter writer. Thanks Doree and Elder Burt. I am disappointed that they transferred him, but, tell him thanks for breaking my son in on the mission really nicely. I think that from all five son's missions, Ben and one other son, the only ones who had a great trainer and one that they liked. I understand from Ben that Elder Burt he a hard worker and he set an enviable example!