This past Sunday I said a prayer, that for my birthday on my mission all I wanted to do was play basketball, at least once this week. I have not played on my mission in the field because no one plays hoop, everyone plays soccer. Well, this past Wednesday we were in the city for a stake meeting,and we were walking back to catch the bus. We passed these courts and there were a bunch of dudes playing! I was like this is my chance.... ha - - ha, then my companion was like do you wanna play? I was like, "yeah!" So my companion walks on to the court and stops the game, which I didn't think he would do; and goes "WHO WANTS TO PLAY WITH THE AMERICAN" and everybody got super excited and so I got in the game. Everyone tried to speak English with me and they got all surprised when they heard me respond in Portuguese! Anyway - - I shut down the court, i dropped like 60 points in like 15 minutes! I had a mini dunk contest with these other two guys that could dunk - - it was super sick!
The day of my birthday I woke up and the three Elders that I live with are tell me, "dude we have a service project to got to!" So I get ready to go do service. Then they call me out to the back and they were like, "Elder Akina did you see this dead rat that was back here?" So, I go around the house to the back area and they were there waiting - - with like 2 dozen eggs and my companion held me down! They destroyed me with the eggs, then they got cake mix, poured it all over me, flour and milk next, and a bunch of stuff! I guess in Brazil thats what they do here - - ha - -ha.
|Elder Akina and Elder Rodriguez|
|Happy Birthday Elder Akina|
|Adding a little Milk to the CAKE!|
Elder Akina's thoughts on if Carlie should serve a mission: Ha - - ha, part of me doesn't want her to go, because I want her to be home when I get back. However - - if the mission affects her even half as much as it has affected me - - I think she needs to serve one! There are things you learn and feel in the mission field that cannot be experienced anywhere else, and I think it would help her a ton.
|Elder Bandeira and Elder Akina off to help a family move.|
Love you guys, Elder Akina
|Happy Birthday Elder Akina & Carlie - - we love you the most! |
Twins 19th Birthday - - first one spent apart!