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



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