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Monday, May 26, 2014

Ponta Pora Brazil Week #74

Hello everybody, I hope everyone is well this week, not much to count this week really at all. We were both kinda sick this week and so we weren't hardly able to work at all, we were able to visit some less actives though and yesterday almost all of them were at church, that made us happy, also we have a baptismal date for a young man name Matheus, we could have baptized him yesterday technically but he said in sacrament meeting that he wanted to get baptized that day, we already had his moms signature and baptismal form filled out but we didn't have the font cleaned or filled, we didn't have our towels he stilled needed to be interviewed and the ward hadn't been advised about the baptism, it would have been way too last minute so we scheduled for next week. The only problem is that we think that it he is going to have alot of temptations and people try to dissuade him from being baptized and going to church, he pretty young and is only 12 but he is a good kid, we have been teaching him and his sister for a little while, they were investigators of the other elders but now that they took a pair of elders out of our ward we took over their area and investigators. Please please pray for Matheus and his sister Jennifer so that they can be baptized this Saturday and that nothing goes wrong, they have been coming to church for a while now but they just weren't sure if they wanted to be baptized or not. But now they have decided that they are ready so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  So yeah this week was pretty chilly and rainy and our entire zone was sick, I think there was only was companionship that didn't have anyone sick so it was rough for everyone, I went to the pharmacy and bought some cold and flu medication because I was really stuffed up but it seems to be getting better now. Oh yeah so funny thing this week we were walking back home through the favela in our area which is just a super poor area where people live in houses made out of trash bags and the road was all muddy and what do you know? I slipped haha luckily i caught myself with my arm and my leg otherwise I would have landed on my back and it would have been a huge mess, but still it got my pants all muddy haha, Elder Piñon couldn't stop laughing, I took some pictures to remember it, the first time I have slipped and fallen on the mission in the mud.Part of it was cause my shoes don't have any grip left on the sole so now they are just super slippery. But yeah so today we played some soccer but I just laid in the grass and slept cause I was just in flip flops, plus I don't really like soccer haha, then I think we will make some pancakes, we had just a little bit of mapeline that someone left in our fridge so I made some maple syrup last night so hopefully it goes well, well we still haven't moved out yet, we are going to try and leave today but I honestly don't know if we will have time cause we would still have to pack everything up but we will see I just want to leave our house. So yeah that's about it I'm pretty tired today but I'm glad its p-day, Thanks for your letters I really enjoy them, Grandma Dale said she also sent me some Easter stuff but I haven't got it yet, its probably still in Cuiabá, and that's 18 hours from  my current area, so its rare that we receive mail on a regular basis. So yeah I love you guys and am grateful for the Holy Ghost that comforts our hearts when they are down and enlightens our minds, may we always be worthy of the companionship of the Holy Spirit. Love you guys!
-Elder Kennington

Monday, May 12, 2014

Ponta Pora Brazil Week #73 Mothers Day Skype

Elder Skyler Kennington Skyping with his Family.
Hello everyone, happy Mothers day again to everyone!!! Hope it was good for all you guys. Not a whole lot to really say today, it was great skyping yesterday I enjoyed alot I didn't want to stop talking to you guys but whatever. That was my last call home so Ill have to wait another 6 months or so haha, not much time it goes by too fast. Well today is May 12th. Today I have 1 year and 5 months on the mission, I still dont feel old yet, maybe after I have a year and 8 months I will start feeling old. I still feel like I just got here on the mission I have plenty of stuff to do still plenty of work to be done. So unfortunately elder Piñon was pretty sick this week we think he got the flu and part of it was from the house we think, we weren't able to hardly work at all, especially since on Friday we had the leadership meeting in Campo Grande, so we left on Thursday at 2 o clock and got to campo grande at a little after 8. we stayed the night at the assistants house, that had a ton of Elders in it, I think we had 10 elders in one house, luckily they had gotten enough mattresses for everyone to sleep on it was kind of wild but the meeting was great and we lot learned alot and we had a lot of changes that we will have to pass to the rest of the missionaries. So we didn't have hardly anyone at church on Sunday all the members were traveling and it looked like our investigators were as well. Hopefully we will able to makeup for lost progress this last week. Its slowly cooling down here in Ponta Porã we are needing to use our jackets usually most every night it was nice our recent convert Gabrieles grandma is always spoiling us and we got to their house this week and she had gotten us sweaters cause my companion did have one, so she got us both some sweet jackets and they got me some hotsauce. We need to do something special for them they treat us too good. Some of the most generous people I have ever met are here in Ponta Porã its definitely been one of my favorite areas for sure, hopefully I can stay here for another 3 months. I leave here with about a year and 8. So I thought it was pretty funny that Jordan sold my car and the jeep and bought a mustang, but I'm pretty proud of him I think that's pretty dang cool and I've been imagining driving around in his mustang today that will be fun taking a spin in it when I get home, I liked the videos that he sent as well it was pretty cool haha. Just tell him not to be dumb and to be careful especially when hes driving with other people he is going to have to use alot of caution cause its going to be a temptation to drive fast and crazy just always be careful and don't speed. So yeah I'm excited for this transfer it will be good and hopefully we have a good week and can find some elects pray for us and thank you for all your prayers and thoughts and letters and tell grandma and grandpa thanks for the money as well, mom had said that she had given me some money. Well I guess that's about it I need to get going I wrote some emails this morning and then we went and played soccer so I came back now to finish up the letter but I love you guys so much and hope you are all well and happy again it was great talking to you guys and then next time we will see each other will be at the airport, but don't think like that though that's trunky thoughts, I miss you guys but there is too much to enjoy here on the mission and I don't want it to go by so fast but that's life I guess always going by faster and faster there's not much we can do about it, but  I love being a missionary and I love being able to serve the Lord and I know that I still have much to do and I hope the Lord will be pleased with me but I am grateful to know that we aren't alone in this work, we have the Help of The Lord every step of the way and we have the support of our families and friends that's something that I am very grateful to have and I know that there are many missionaries who don't have the family support that I have. Thanks again for all your love and letters and prayers I hope you all have a great week and thanks again for everything. Amo Vocês!
-Elder Kennington

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Ponta Pora Brazil Week # 72.

Bom dia  todos!  preparation day again,  all is well here in Ponta Porã. We had transfers last night lots and lots of changes in the zone except for me and Elder Piñon, we will be staying together another 6 weeks :)  that was good I didn't really want to leave ponta porã, I like this city and the members alot. So every single companionship that had a change are going way up north to Cuiabá in Mato Grosso. I was excited because Elder Payne my "son" was called as a zone leader in Cuiabá, that made me happy to see him moving up already, I sure trained him well haha jk also Elder Geisler one of my old companions from Sorriso will be coming here to the zone that will be fun having him in the zone again. I'm sad to see so many good friends leave, it was a blessing to be able to get to know so many missionaries well and be able to learn together with them. One of the other big switch ups is they closed an area in our ward here. There were 6 missionaries here when I got here, but now it will go back down in 4, there is a shortage of missionaries in the mission again, there are tons of missionaries finishing and going home these last several transfers and not quite enough arriving, so they shut down an area here of our ward so now me and Elder Piñon will be taking over this area which made me happy,  because this new area isn't just a bunch of mansions so hopefully we will be able to have much success this transfer, This week was interesting, Sunday was kinda disappointing as none of our investigators went to church yesterday. Hopefully they are alright though we will be visiting them this week, We worked alot on just trying to find new people to teach this week, it was good, but we didn't have much success, we taught some pretty interesting people and lessons. We just decided to knock some doors cause we didn't have anyone else to teach so, the first door we knocked on we taught a lesson to 2 women pastures, one didn't really say much but the other thought she already knew everything about everything, and so we taught the lesson the spirit was strong and since we have a goal of doing the baptismal invite at every first lesson we made the invite, but they didn't even answer or respond to our invite the one just went off on how it´s only Jesus that saves us and a bunch of other stuff that had nothing to do with nothing, she was trying to tell us that we worship Joseph Smith and that we put him before God and Christ, so we explained how that was the opposite of what we believed and we explained the Book of Mormon, and then they gave us cookies and we left haha, then we knocked some more doors met some more flaky people that didn't want to commit to anything. But this week me and Elder Piñon had a good laugh, we went to a return appointment and the daughter of one of our investigators came out, I think she was about 5 or 6, we asked if her parents were there so she ran back in and then came back out and told us "My mom said that she isn´t here,"  haha so we looked at each other, like what?  then we asked if she could go ask her mom when we could come back, she got a funny look on her face and then she realized what she had said, so she kinda looked at us for a second and then ran back into the house and she came and and said we could come back tomorrow, and then we asked what time so she ran back again and then came back and said 6 o clock, haha we thought it was kinda funny, children our so innocent I wish everyone was as loving and innocent as little children, no wonder the Savior loves them so much. So yeah this week I think I got the trunkiest that I have ever been on the mission, cause these last 3 months I have been watching one of my mission heros Elder W Santos get ready to go home, Saturday afternoon he finally got on the bus to go to cuiabá, he had to leave early so he could go to campo grande and watch sacrament meeting there and then to cuiabá. Its an 18 hour bus ride. I was saddened seeing him go because he was one of my best friends on the mission, he was a valient missionary until the end and worked until his last hour, it made me think a ton of my family and friends and of everything that I left back home, it made me trunky simply, i kinda wished it was me getting on the bus to go back to Cuiabá to then get on a plane. And then he left and that feeling passed pretty quickly haha. Really though not even when I was with Elder Almeida did it effect me very much, because I was his last companion but watching Elder W Santos go was tough, whatever though I got another 7 months so Ill just forget everything else and just work. Weird huh, next week I will have 1 year and 5 months and by the end of this transfer I will already have a year and six months,  strange huh. So I'm pretty sure that I will be staying here in Ponta Porã for 6 months, because I am guessing at the end of this transfer Elder Piñon will be released as a zone leader, because usually president releases zone leaders so they can have the last couple transfers to themselves and not have to worry about all the stresses, elder Piñon will only have one more transfer left after this next transfer so he will probably get transferred and I will probably stay which will put me at 4 transfers here. Who knows though transfers are always a toss up here and no one ever knows exactly what will happen. So yeah they say its supposed to start cooling down pretty soon that will be interesting I'm excited to feel more cold, instead of just face melting sun. but yeah all is well here pray for our investigators especially Bruna, not sure why she didn't go to church yesterday she was excited this entire week to go again. Israel and Gabrielle our super firm and our going to church and activities and our doing well, that makes us happy. Oh yeah so here's a picture of me flossing my teeth I have kinda gotten obsessed with brushing and flossing my teeth on the mission cause I don't want to get any cavities or get nasty teeth, but still I wont be surprised to get home and find that I have some cavities or something haha. SO yeah I just found out Saturday that this Sunday is going to be mothers day already! What so yeah I think we have a family that will let us use our computers, her name is Irmã Cynthia she is great and she is from Paraguay so you guys can speak Spanish with her probably haha, so i will notify you guys during the week for what time we will be able to do skyping, I'm guessing it will be in the afternoon probably around 3 or 4 oclock my time here or later, so I don't know maybe after 2 for you guys, I think we are pretty flexible on the time though but email me when would be the ideal time for you guys and this week I will send you and email to get everything set up, man it seems like just yesterday that I was already talking to you guys, I guess its been only about 4 and a half months, itll be the last skype home to you guys! oh louco!! I hope the brothers have a good last month of school, high school was good but it seems so long ago it almost seems like a dream, but yeah so  i think that's about it for this week, life is good I was reminded again of the importance of praying and how we need to rely on the Lord. I love the Lord and this work, I need to put my trust in him more and acknowledge him in all things, I know the Saviors lives and that he is our Savior.         A Igreja é verdadeira sem dúvida!    com amor  
-Elder Kennington