Elder Akina

Elder Akina

Monday, April 27, 2015

Week #28 Peanut Butter Jelly's

Hazzit my people,
     This week went by super fast, it is the last week before transfers. It is super hot!  I had to break our door down on Tuesday because I  thought I had lost the keys.  Then like an hour later our land lady came down and was like, "how did you guys get in?"  I was like uughhhh,  and she said, "Oh - - you guys have 2 sets of keys don't you!" I was like, "mmmhhh yah".  It turns out I left the key in the keyhole from the outside - - what a dummy!  So our land lady took them - - ha - - ha!  Missionary problems! I fixed the door - - lol!
Brazilian sunset from our bedroom
      We have a possible baptism for this week.  Martin, he's one of the Haitian dudes we teach.  We're going to set a date with him for tomorrow and hopefully baptize him this Sunday.  He's already been to church with us twice. 
     Dang can't believe Thomas Cochrane comes home already.  I burnt one of my ties the other week when I made 6 months, it's like a thing here.  Fernandez makes one year aqui en tres dias. So that's pretty cool. 
Stop Suffering!
      The one sunset pic is outside our bedroom window.   The other is a church and a sign that says,  "Stop suffering!"  Ha - - ha, the churches have some of the weirdest stuff in the front!  There's this one church that has a picture of their Pastor kissing someone's feet! I'll send a pic of it.

     My birthday request is Peanut Butter and Jelly!  I have already eaten all the peanut butter you sent!  Lol - -  Fernandez had his first peanut butter and jelly sandwich with my supplies!  Never had one before!  Ha - - ha after he took his first bite, I was like, "What do you think?". He said, "It was like it filled a big gap in his childhood and he finally was complete!" Lol!

I love you, pushing through this week with transfers pending. 

Love you Mama.  Elder Akina


Monday, April 20, 2015

Week #27 Pray in Portuguese & 2 Boxes!

Hey Mom, 
     I already got both boxes!  The Nike jacket is sweet!!!  Thank you.  We had multi-zona this past week, which is zone conference in English. I gave Fernandez his birthday shirt, he loved it!  I got the speaker too, it works great. The peanut butter was also super good. 

Multi-Zonas: I am in the front row with Maka ani ani on
     This past week we have had 2 baptisms cancel, it was pretty rough.   Felipe doesn't want to be taught anymore,  he was so close.  We also had Irmao &*%$#@ cancel his date for this Saturday, he feels he is not ready.  He smokes 4 packs a day and cannot quit.  We will continue to work with him, I know he can do it.  

     Vitor continues to come to church.  We get to watch him prepare the sacrament and pass it every Sunday, he's a good kid.  I do get to go into other areas to work, Sumarae and Villa Flora, super cool areas!  When we do divisions.   So this week we will be finding a lot of novos - -  doing a lot of contacts and following up with some people in our area book. 
     My prayers have changed - - I don't say them in English anymore ha - - ha!  Even the ones in my head - - it's all Portuguese!  One time last week one of the members asked me to bless the food, but she wanted me to say the prayer in English.  So I did, but it was so hard, like it was super choppy!  What is going on! It's pretty funny how this all happens!  
    Oh yeah - - I will be able to Skype Mother's Day.  I will probably be in a different area, so I don't know where, but I know I will be able to.  This transfer is only 5 weeks long so May 5 is transfers, Cinco de mayo, lol.

     Love you! Oh yeah I need a yoga mat . . . my tail bone like hurts super bad from doing sit ups and crunches on our floor!  Send a jump rope please.  Thank you!!
     Mom this lady in my ward needs your help.  Her name is Sister Vanessa, she's been super good to us, always feeding us even the days when she didn't have to.  I told her you would try to help her, if you cant it's okay.  She is doing some workshop with the youth, and she needs those little scripture stickers that you mark your scriptures with.  They are like transparent,  you put them over the scripture verse.  They come in sets to mark like all your scriptures, she needs 12 sets.   She said if you could do it to send her the receipt so she can reimburse you. 

Elder Fernandez knocked out after a long day, didn't even take off his tie or anything!  Lol!

Our Christmas tree with the lights you sent!
The Mesa Primary package arrived!  Please tell them  thank you, I loved all their drawings! 
Awe - - good for Tommy Taylor!  (Friend who has moved to Utah, received mission call to serve in Virginia, Chesapeake mission)

Love you, I will work hard this week.  Your Favorite Elder


Monday, April 13, 2015

Week #26 Prompting to Stop

Hazzit Mama,
     This week was alright.  We finally got Felipe's Mom to sign the baptismal form!!   Ha - - ha the crazy part is I was doing a division with one of the other Elders in our zone for the day.  Fernandez was in another area, Anyway we were heading home for the night.  I had this feeling that we neede to pass by Felipe's house, which wasn't in the plans for the day.  I told Elder Maxwell, "Hey man, lets pass by this house real quick!"  So we went by and the Mom came out to the front.  I had this prompting to just ask her if she could sign the paper.  I was thinking, "No I can't do that, she's going to say no, of course!"  Then I thought again - - we have literally tried everything to get this lady to sign this paper, just go for it dude!"  So she came up to the front and I asked her, "Irma, we came by real quick to see if you had a couple seconds to sign the paper for Felipe's baptism."  Ha - -ha,  she said, "I have 30 seconds, if this takes any longer than that I'm leaving!"  She finally signed the dang thing!!  It was sweet.  We marked Felipe's baptism for this past Saturday and this is where the bad news comes, it got canceled!   We are going to mark it for this coming Saturday--again.  His mom grounded him so he couldn't come with us for his baptism!  It's actually a good thing his baptism was cancelled, because it would've just been us 3 at the baptism! We're going to try to get his family to come.  Saturday baptisms are hard because the members have a hard time coming to church on a Saturday.   We shall not give up - - this is going to happen before I am transferred!
Working hard!
      Tell B-Payne (Brandon Payne)  I said what's up!  Dang - - he really  said he stayed in the same area for 9 months - - that's crazy!  What mission was he in? Oh, tell him the p-day de zonas got cancelled in all of Brazil cuz all of the fubecas.   In all of Brazil we can no longer get together for p day.  Like you know how in the states all the Elders get together to play basketball during the week - - we can't do that anymore.  Too much "mingling"!
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     The contents of Carlie's box and the goodies the Stuarts sent lasted 2 days!  Gone - - gone - - gone!  Yes, I am brushing my teeth!
Love you Mama - - sending pics right now.  Elder Akina 
It is beautiful here
Free to roam!
Look carefully, there is a pig in the water by the shoreline!


Monday, April 6, 2015

Week #25 NOT Transfered!

     Ha - - ha I stayed in Portal Bordon - -  with the same companion . . . everybody was super surprised!  Staying with the same companion in the same area for 4 is A LOT, ha - - ha! We're just going to continue to work.
The Dynamic Duo
     Yes, I got to watch conference - - we watched the first session Saturday in the house of one of our investigators, but his internet was suuuper slow so it like froze a lot.  It was kinda hard to understand, I didn't get to watch the second session.  I did watch the Priesthood session, which was sweet!  I did watch all of Sunday's sessions.
     I got Carlie's box and the Stuart's box, thank you so much!  They were sweet - - literally!  No Primary box, but thank you so much. I got all of your letters in Portuguese, ha - - ha I could understand them fine, because if you translate the Portuguese to English it makes sense, but my companion didn't understand some parts.  For example, there was this part you said, "this time has flown".  In Portuguese that doesn't make sense.  But - - translating it for me does because I know what your talking about!  Yeah, I loved everything - - thank you so much Mama!
     We took our Haitian investigators to conference and they got so stoked when they heard about the new temple in Haiti!  When that guy gave the talk and talked about Haiti, it was cool!
     Oh yeah, my companion got  this huge bump on his head this week!  We were on the bus and buses here aren't like ones back home - -  where there are a couple people sitting down.   These buses are packed and when you stand up you hold on to these bars or straps on the ceiling.  But - - like there were too many people in the bus and there wasn't any room for him to hold on!  So the bus was going and it slammed on it's brakes all of a sudden!  My companion and like 2 other people fell into the side of the bus and he hit his head!   We went to the Medico and he's fine!   He just has this huge bump!  
     Love you so much!  Sending pictures now.  Your Elder
(Last week was Elder Akina's 6 month mark - - where has the time gone?!)

Last weeks meal - - it was an experience! Nothing like fish and poi!
The nails off the chicken feet!