Sunday, March 24, 2013

3/18/13 - MANAUS!!!

[sorry about all the oriental symbols, i guess the keyboard is different where he's at?]

Alright so I磛e been living in Manaus for about a week. My first night when we got off the plane and were walking down a dark crazy alley that smelledI realized I am in South America. I磎 living in the city Manaus and am with a Brazilian trainer. I actually can understand about 70-80% of what he says because he is from Sao Paulo. People from Sao Paulo speak clearly. People in Manaus talk crazy. They prounounce Esta Esssshhhhtaaaaaa. We are with the zone leaders a lot who are also Brazilian. I get along with them great and they tell me I磎 way cool. There磗 groups in this mission. There磗 some annoying americans who seriously make up rules and then try to enforce them for other missionaries. There is some disobedience. Let磗 just say I磎 up showering and getting ready alone. I创m going to be obedient.. It磗 really not that hot. I sweat but it rains a ton. It is pretty hot, but it磗 bearable. During september and october it will get very hot. I prepared myself very well mentally for some things. One thing I wasn磘 prepared for is how filthy this city is. There磗 garbage everywhere and it smells horrible sometimes. I see tons of rats and roaches and big ones too. The brazilian elders told me the rats I saw which I thought were good sized are small for here. I haven磘 seen one spider or monkey. Manaus doesn磘 really have that. It磗 other more jungly areas like Rio Branco. I want to be in Rio Branco during August September and October. It磗 an area that all missionaries love and it磗 way far from Manaus. It磗 next to Bolivia and about 4 hours away from Macchu Pichu. It磗 a jungly area and is more clean. It has tons of monkeys snakes and spiders. The missionaries say that they磛e never had one crawl across them during the night. My room I sleep in has airconditioning and it feels great. This city has a lot of sin. People are crazy they play brazilian funk music which has the worst message imaginable. A lot of the people act like they don磘 care about anything they just play brazilian music, break the law of chastity, and sleep during the day. One thing that is really hard for me to see is the animal problem. This city has tons of cats and dogs. And they die all the time. People run them over and it磗 way sad. I saw one dog get hit by a car my first day, but it ran off limping. I磛e seen atleast 3 cats that had been ran over and one dog. It磗 sad to see that. The kids here are great. They are really kind. They always come and try to talk english with me. One day it was raining and a dog was shivering and I saw some kids trying to put boxes over it and help it. I feel comfortable when we磖e in our apartment, but when we磖e out walking I磎 in shock a little still. The Sao Paulo Elders say this isn磘 a great city. They were even in shock when they arrived. There is one really nice rich area of the city and it磗 really pretty. That磗 where the temple is. From what I磛e heard this is the highest baptizing mission in the world. Some missionaries literally get 100磗. This is crazy for me and I磎 not going to lie this has been one of the hardest and craziest weeks of my life, but I do feel like this is where I should be and this is the mission for me. I love you all and hope to here from you.

Elder Hales (North Carolina) 
Elder Lalli (North Carolina)
 
Elder Steenson (North Carolina) 
Elder Risenmay (North Carolina) 
Manaus temple
 Kason's apartment in Manaus


 Kason's Brazil companion
 outside the apartment
 the city

 his first day there- pouring rain
 view from the mission home
Kason's mission president and president's wife



3/4/13 - in north carolina


We actually got this email on 3/11, the day kason flew out to brazil!!

Hello everyone,
 
This has been a crazy week. I'm sorry about the calling situation mom. They made it sound like the card had a lot of minutes and it didn't. I will get to skype on mother's day. My trainer's names are Elder Hales and Elder Steenson. They are zone leaders and I really like being around them. The first night we flew in we stayed at the mission home. I really like President Craven, and his wife Sister Craven. He is strict, but he is very professional. They stressed with the Assistant's the importance of being confident, and dignified as we are representing the savior. They do this technique called harvesting here that is really good. We knock on a door and tell them we are representatives of Jesus Christ and we would like to come in and bless their home. If they let us we leave the Savior's peace and blessing on them and try to set up a return appointment. I can't believe I've only been here a week. There are some amazing new convert families. Most the people we teach are black, but most of the members are white. This one family the Bowie's who I really love, are bringing a lot of people into the gospel. I really am loving it here. I'm doing my best to be diligent and obedient. We do get to listen to music as long as it's uplifting and in line with our purpose. We listen a lot to the Nasvhille Missionary Tribute Band. Haha I've never liked country, but when it's one of the few things you can listen to it starts to sound good. So my very first night as we were knocking we came in contact with a potential investigator who's nickname is Tree. He's about 6 foot 8 and 300 pounds. We were talking about religion and he was getting excited and yelling about truth. " I told him every religion has some truth, but this is the full truth." It was really crazy. It's really important to be bold here. You need to be loving, but it's important to tell investigators what they need to hear, especially when they aren't keeping commitments. A lof of the people we teach are very humble, but they aren't the most stable of people. I feel really comfortable teaching already. One day we knocked on a door and tried to bless the home. It was this old couple, but instead they had us come in and sing with them. He played a banjo and we sang " How Great Thou Art." I have had some really crazy experiences here already. This one day we went and checked up on an old investigator and taught her. At the end of the lesson she started crying and said " I'm really stressed out, and if you hadn't come today I don't know if I would be here tomorrow." She had a daughter there. It was really kind of sad. I'm glad we were doing what we were supposed to. We aren't supposed to email friends in this mission so can you forward my emails. The members here are great and we have a dinner appointment every single night. I still think about home a lot, but it's not as much about missing it. It's more motivation to work, so I can feel good about my mission when I come back. One quote I really like that President Craven said was " You only have 2 years to serve a mission and an eternity to think about it." I saw a cockroach today in the bathroom. It's pretty humid here. I think I'll be here into the summer, which is alright. It gets really hot here in the summer. I'm good with that because I need to get used to heat with humidity as much as I can. Elder Dan Fisher is in my apartment. He went to Bountiful High and was in my seminary class twice. It's kind of frustrating here. Almost everyone has faith in Jesus Christ, but they think they can go to their Non-Denominational Church and do whatever they want and they will still be saved. People don't realize faith without works is dead. I'm feeling the spirit a lot and I think I'm becoming the kind of man I want to be. I make my companions laugh a lot, and I've realized I can be way funny even without Pierre. Elder Hales is getting transfered tomorrow. He is probably my favorite in the apartment. Alright well I love you all and hope to here from you soon. Send me a letter, because I need mail to get a free library card. If not I have to pay 2 dollars every time. My address is
 
6300 1-A Cameron Forest Lane
Charlotte, NC 28210
 
Kandis I've heard about Dan Lalli a lot since I'm also from Bountiful. I've heard he is a really good missionary. My trainers have told me is very bold and confident when he teaches. I also talked to Alyssa Eyring at the MTC she is really nice.
 
-Elder Kendall

Thursday, March 7, 2013

North Carolina to Brazil!

i was able to talk to kason on the phone before he flew to North Carolina! for some reason he wasn't able to email much on his p-day, but the stake president just got his itinery and....he's going to brazil!!! on monday! i don't know any of the details but in he meantime here's some pictures from the mtc and north carolina:

elder kendall and elder murdock

some elders from the mtc district

elder kendall and elder everett

"madness in north carolina"

his trainers in north carolina

elder haddock, elder parry, and elder kendall

elder kendall and elder worthen

elder kendall and elder woolstenhulme

elder nielson and elder worthen - two of kason's favorites

i miss my brother like crazy but i am so excited for his next adventure!