So... I’m not writing this email from Bon Sucesso!!! I was transferred, and I’m now in Almirante Tamandaré! It’s pretty cool... it’s an entire city and on the outskirts of Curitiba! I just got here like 2 hours ago though, so I don’t really know much. ha. My comp is Elder Reeves, from Utah. I already knew him because he was in my zone in Ponta Grossa, and he’s way cool. He’s been out for a year and 6 months, and he’s a way good missionary! I am super excited to work with him!
I’m a little bummed to leave Bom Sucesso. I loved that place and the people. It really is the best area in the mission ha... We baptized a lot there... which reminds me, we baptized this Sunday!!!!! R.! He’s 12... and he lives with his mom and older brother... who are going to be baptized this next Sunday.... We marked baptismal dates with them about a month ago… for March 24th.... but there was one Sunday when the mom, I., and the older brother Rh. didn’t go, so they had to wait one more Sunday... But we asked R. if he wanted to wait and be baptized with his family and he said that he wanted to be baptized this Sunday! It was awesome! His whole family went and a few of his friends that live on the same street..... It was an awesome last Sunday... but I was robbed ha! I want to baptize his mom and brother too! But they will for sure be getting baptized this Sunday, and I’m still counting them as mine because we taught them everything!!!!! Ha
Also, I gave a talk in sacrament meeting (for 15 minutes) about strengthening the missionary work in the ward. It went super well. I was a little nervous to talk for 15 min in another language ha, but it went super smooth and I talked really well. It was funny, I wrote a lot of notes to use, but when I started talking I didn’t look at them once, so I talked a lot about things I didn’t plan ha.
So Ryan, your solo sounds sick. I want a video!!! To answer your questions. I had sardines the other day (big ones) that were fried with the heads on, and you just eat the eyes and everything ha. It was a little weird. Also, the mission is way different than I imagined it. I am loving it! It’s hard work... some days are super hard, but it’s always rewarding and I know the lord is helping me.
I can’t believe I have been out for 6 months... going on 7 now. It’s going by fast. Not super-fast... but it’s getting faster every day ha. It feels like I just left the CTM last week!
Oh!!! So my [debit] card stopped working... Brother P. let me call on his phone (It was collect so it didn’t cost him anything.) and when they asked me my security questioned I answered wrong ha. I had to call back and try again.... the problem was that I still had the Morgan Wieland address as my place of residence. But I got it on the second try. But they told me that they thought my card was stolen so they cancelled it... and sent another one on Feb 21... to the Morgan Wieland address. So I explained it all to them, and they canceled that card and sent another one to the right address! It should get there today or tomorrow. Please send it off to me with lots of letters as soon as you can ha! I’m a little mad they didn’t call to ask! They just canceled it and sent another card to an old address ha. Stupid bank.
Mom I’m glad you got the letter [B-day letter], and that it made you cry!! Remi, I’m so excited for you that you get to spend the 2 weeks with Ryan!! That will be so fun for you, buddy!
But anyway that’s all for now. It’s been a crazy week, and I am super excited to get to know my new area.
I love and miss you all.
R's family at his Baptism, March 24, 2013.
Good bye Elder A. Silva!