Monday, January 31, 2011

January 31, 2010

Well. It was a pretty good week. I'm not remembering too many details. But I guess some good stuff happened. Last Pday we went to the center of the city and I spent lots of money so that was pretty fun.I got some pretty good stuff though. We go a free hammock from an investigator the other day so in order to increase missionary focus, moral, and productivity we decided that it was pretty important to put it up in the apartment. we tried to find the little wall hook deals but they were pretty expensive so we had to go through a trial and error creative process to figure it out. Luckily we managed. As far as the work goes, it was good this week, but we didnt have too many at church this time unfortunately. You cant win'm all I suppose. We do have a baptism marked this week for Rodrigo though, an 18 year old withsome friends in the church. I'm hoping it goes through and that we can help the rest of our investigators progress towards baptism. This area has been a little rough, but I've been learning a lot and I'm hoping it gets better. Our president is having us all read the Miracle of Forgiveness which is really cool. I'm learning about all kinds of sins and such. Luckily, I'm reading it in portuguese so I dont know what a third of them are. I think that counts as an excuse. Really though, its a pretty awesome book and I'm learning what it means to become better.  I'm glad to hear that things are progressing alright with the babies and cant wait to not be able to see them! Glad to know that you and dad are finding time to have fun, keep it up. Also, tell Aunt Becky that I love her too and thanks for the message. I would like to ask one thing. It's a little hard for me to keep track of so many dates and such so if you could let me know when all of my friend/cousin missionaries are going into the MTC/ went into the MTC since I've been out and just kind of a general update in the missionary situatuation including whose sending papers, whose waiting for a call, contact info etc. Actually, if any of you are reading this, you could just send me an email yourselves telling me whats up, that would be ideal. Well I think that about raps it up for Elder Bangerter, so until next time.

Love Elder Bangerter

P.S. Elder Wagoner told me something cool that you probably need to try. He said that if you iron deficient and you pass a gold ring on your face (at least 14 k)it like leaves a mark for a second. I figured you might think that was cool.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Happy New Year

Well... I saw some monkeys at the park today. Unfortunately that's really about all that comes to mind and the moment about my life. As far as the work, we're just kinda pluggin along down here, we made a goal this week to make it the most obedient week of our missions, so we'll see how that goes. I havent thought of the prize if we do good yet but I suppose you dont really need one. Oh ya I remembered something!. So on like tuesday I woke up and when I looked in the mirror I saw this huge lump on my forehead. I sat trying to think if I'd hit my head on something the day before but nothing came to mind. I even asked my companion if he'd punched me without me noticing but he denied it (ya right). Anyways the next day it was till there so I decided it would probably be good to go the the hospital just to be safe. The climax of the story is, I got to go in the cool donut xray think to get a monagram of my head and I get the pictures next week. You might say I'm pretty exctied about that. Oh also, they found out it was just and infection so dont worry. They gave me medications and it's basically gone right now but it was pretty funny because instead of just staying in the same place, the bumb decided to start moving, so before it left it made it's way down inbetween my eyes and I looked EXACTLY like Avatar for 2 days. Everyone make fun of me. It was hilarious. Unfortunately I couldnt get ahold of any blue paint and it's already gone now but all in all it was a good experience I would say. And I get the X rays tomorrow :) So, sorry that's about all I got this week, I love ya all and hope you have a good one!!!! Oh also I'm pretty excited, my birthday is on Pday next week. Ok it's over now.

ELder Bangerter

Monday, January 3, 2011

January 3, 2010

So today was transfers..... and I stayed!!!!! This is the first time I've ever stayed with the same companion for 2 transfers which is cool. Also, this is his last so I'll probably end up staying two more transfers which equals a whole lot of time. I'm glad though, I like the area and I like my comp so I got nothin to complain about. as far as the week went, it was pretty good until the newyears weekend. As Brazilians tend to do, they continued the party for a few days. It was actually pretty funny, on Saturday we were walking around in our area and we passed this lady who standing in front of her house dancing during the morning hours, then we passed like at night and she was still there standing in the exact same position, doing the exact same dance. I thought it to be quite humorous. As far as our new years festivities, we bought some sparkling cider, missed midnight but shot off the bottle caps anyways as if it were midnight. Then we were drinking them and I started laughing and threw up all over the floor so that was pretty exhilarating. I dont know if you wanted to hear about that... My comp was like ´´what did I tell you!`` and I was like ´´you said not for to drink the drink,´´ and he was like ´´what did you do!`` and I was like ´´I drinked it.`` and he was like ´´why did you do that!`` and then I was like ´´ I dont Knooowww!!!`` It´s the BRAIIIN DAMAGE!! All elders have brain damage. Anywho, I've been planning to schedule out a time to sit down and make some goals of when I'll stop and make some new years resolutions but I havent gotten around to it yet. Maybe I'll get to it near the end of the year. But yea, I hope everyone had a great new years and such and that you'll all take advantage of 2011 since it's the last year before the end of the world I love you all and had a blast talking to you on the phone!

Love retregnaB redlE
1well you can´t tell butt we're dripping wet.
2. Our christmas celebration 

Monday, December 13, 2010

American Companion

Opa!!! so it turns out, my companion was involved in a mini transfer so I'm have a new companion now, Elder Wagoner, an american with exactly one more year than me. It's kinda weird to walk around with an american all day I won´t lie. I'm still not sure about this speakin english business. Anywho, he's basically the MAN and we get along really well. Also, he reminds me alot of Jeff( as in cousin Jeff) which is cool. Our area is going pretty well now that were doin that work thing where you actually leave the house, we had a ward integration activity on friday which went about as well as the last one I did in Jordão. Which means we had a million children uncontrollably screaming and running around while we tried to tie their legs together to do a three legged race and organize other such activities. It was good though I think everybody made it out alive. As far as other interesting facts, today I went paintballing which was quite the Pday activity. I only won one of the games but I guess I just wasn't a born fighter. I suppose chistmas is around the bend, or at least that's the word on the street, but I'm having a hard time believing it based on current cliate conditions. Excited nonettheless. Well I dont really have much Pday left plus my hair is looking pretty shaggy so I'd better run take care of that but a good week to all.

Elder BAngerter

Monday, December 6, 2010

December 6, 2010

Well, we made it through the weekand it looks like my companions alive, but I'll have to verify that just to be sure. It was a pretty eventful week if you know what I mean. I didn´t quite finish my BOM goal but at least I got to about page ten. I actually ended up doing divisions and working in the office inputing baptismal forms into the computer though. I guess President wanted me to keep working or something, but I haven´t quite nailed down why yet. It was actually kinda funny though, the other two missionaries in the apartment got sick too. I think they started wondering why there was just one missionary free of disease. Luckily I'm pretty sure they never realized I was poisoning their food so I think I'm good. I found out that lady in my last area who had a dream as a response to her prayer got baptized yesterday so I'm pretty happy about that. It was a pretty neat experience. Anyways, I'm outta time but thanks so much for the emails, Dan it´s good to hear from you, I'll try to get a letter out soon. Have a good week!
ELder Bangerter

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November 30, 2010

Alrighty, so I guess it´s been a while since we had a quality email from Elder Bangerter. then again maybe we´ve never had a quality email from Elder Bangerter but I suppose we´ve just got to live with what we´ve got right? Anywho, just to update the situation, last week I was transferred from Jordão to Campo Grande which is more or less in the center of the city so basically I'm livin high class now. This is probably the best house I've had so far on the mission. It´s got a roof and everything! But ya, my new companion is Elder Antonio from Minas and he´s pretty awesome because, well let´s face it, you put anyone next to Elder Bangerter and he looks good if you know what I mean. We worked alot this week and by worked alot I mean walked around alot pretending to be efficient. It´s always a little rough opening an area though so I'm not to worried and luckily my companion got sick and can´t work for a week so it´s just uphill from here. P-DAY EVERY DAY!!! Just kidding, I'll probably go crazy. I think I'm going to try to read the BOM cover to cover. Anyways, I'm happy and content as always, I still like being a missionary, and I'm still learning tons of good things every day. I suppose that happens when you don´t know too much but really though, I love the refining process of a mission. I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving, I still havent figured out why they dont have thanksgiving here? I suppose they've got plenty of other holidays to make up for it. Cant wait for Christmas, I've got a really good feeling about this one:) Anyways, keep praying for me and for my area. Let me know whats going on in your lives even if I'm not very good at letting you know what´s going on in mine. Any mission calls or marriages that I missed? By the way, I'm pretty excited that David's gonna be speaking my lingua, we're basically gonna have a party when he gets home.

Love, Elder Bangerter

Monday, November 22, 2010

November 22, 2010

Hey sorry my computer messed up so I didnt get to write a full email but Im alive and I got transfered to the center of the city. MINHA NOSSA DAVID VAI FALAR PORTUGUESE!!!!!! Com certeza vai ser errado mas é portuguese ainda né?