Sent more pictures...
Evan got a note from Connor saying he may be heading to Brazil next week???? This is an unconfirmed rumor.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Hey mom! I got your package today! I shared the cracker candy with my district and they love it! Big success!
I just wanted to tell you I really enjoyed that longer letter you sent me. made me think of home. Can you believe I've already been here for a month? Whaaaaat. Weird. Hows the blog?
Polly wrote me a couple letters/emails, so its nice to hear from them. Dakota emails me once a week, and it sounds like MTV is sending a crew over to Minnesota to film a thing. If that goes well, then they're in the clear!
How are Rowan's ice balls?
I got the funniest letter(s) from uncle ned and his kids last week. I don't know if I'm just around terrible humor all the time or if uncle ned is secretly a comedy genius, but man I was laughing so hard reading his letter. The millers also sent letters, also very funny.
I really hope my visa comes in. I've been working so hard to get this portuguese and I don't want to just lose it. I'll go where the Lord wants me to go, but it would just be very hard to have to relearn what I worked extremely hard to get.
So i guess zach got bit by a dog. Thats pretty funny. What mission is zach in?
Well I'll be able to email you on wednesday, so look forward to something then! I love you mom.
Friday, December 20, 2013
Oi Familia! Tudo bem?Today marks 1 month of me being in the MTC! This mission is just flying by. It honestly feels like I got here last week, but I know how to navigate the MTC.
I had a heart to heart interview with one of my teachers, Irmao Barlow, and it was truly uplifting. He told me that at first, he was worried because Elder Schuman and I were at a severe disadvantage due to our lack of spanish/portuguese (below ground zero is what he said). But he told us that he is so impressed with how far we've come in that. He said some other things which were great to hear, but I won't write them here. Truly an awesome teacher.
|Trying to keep life in balance|
Yesterday was kind of an off day too. Not as bad as wednesday, but I was just kind of feeling down. We got one of our investigators to be baptized, which is great! But at the same time we have another one who is going to take a lot of work, and It makes me sad/frusterated that I can't communicate with him as well as I can to help him out. Near the end of the day, me and elder schuman were both feeling discouraged. 5 minutes before we were supposed to go back to the residence hall, a sister in our district asked for a blessing because she was sick. Elder Schuman and I went into a storage closet for 6 or 7 minutes and prayed, that we would be able to feel uplifted and ready to give the blessing. I annointed, and he sealed, and it was an incredible experience, and an awesome way to end a not so good day.
So after a week full of ups and downs, I looked in the mirror this morning and saw I had another mark on my forehead. I looked closer, and kinda laughed. On my fore head, I have a tiny little smiley face. I'm sure this is just coincidence/me hitting my head on my bed, but it's pretty funny that after such a weird week I have a smile on me. I think that's a great lesson to remember, especially when things get way worse. I love you all, and thank you for all the support! Com amor, Elder Stallings
|Smily Face Scab|
Saturday, December 7, 2013
This week went by pretty fast. The days are long, but the weeks are fast. Learning Portuguese is pretty tough. I'm definitely making progress in it though. I'm to the point where when our teacher is speaking fast, i can usually pick out 1 or 2 key words to let me know at least what the sentence is about. Not super impressive, but progress is success. So thats fun.
It snowed a lot! I'm not sure how much but its making me regret not bringing enough warm clothing. I'm going to Brazil though. C'mon.
This week we are teaching a lesson to 2 different investigators; 1 each day. So Elder Schuman and I are constantly planning and learning as fast as we can. Yesterday we taught the plan of salvation to an investigator. I was pretty nervous to teach it, because even when taught in english, it can be kind of a difficult subject to grasp. So when having to teach it in Portuguese, I was just nervous. My companion, Elder Schuman, made notecards with pictures of each step of the plan of salvation. I thought that was a good idea, but I still wasn't super confident with it. I think i was worried I wouldnt feel the spirit, because of how hard I had to focus on other things. See, I have a slightly better grasp on Portuguese than elder schuman, so usually our lessons consist of me helping him translate his sentences into portuguese, comprehending/answering questions the investigator has, and trying to remember what to say or where to go with the lesson. But our lesson had a good mixture of laughing & getting to know the investigator, and also feeling the spirit. When the spirit was helping us, it made itself known just enough. I wouldnt have been able to do it without the spirit.
An Elder in my district got his visa on wednesday, and another Sister from my home ward, Sister Roberts, also recieved her visa. I really want to be in Brazil, but I trust things will work out. I still have a lot of learning to do, portuguese wise! Not sure how Elder Brogan survived the Brazillian CTM!
I want to let you all know I miss you all very much, but I think I thought about home and the things that are happening back there only once or twice this week, which is incredible. I'm trying to hard to stay focused on the work, because the second I get distracted it will be hard to grow and progress. I need to go, but i love you all! Thank you for all the letters and support!
Thank YOU for the letters you have sent me. They help so much. I'm one of the lucky elders in my district that gets letters almost every/every other day.