Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hey, Family

Week 2
I have been so busy so forgive me for taking so long to respond. It has been a crazy week like always, so much to do, and never enough time. Also Portuguese is harder than ever.... like all it comes down to is time, I practice so much every day. but still not much progress. It takes the full 6th mouths to learn it, so I will be waiting it out with a lot of hard work. The food here is very good. The only thing is, whenever we go over to lunch, they make us eat like 4-6 plates full..... I am dying, because after you eat you are just so full, and all you want to do is sleep. This week we went and tried to do as many contacts as possible.. so talking to people on the streets. There is no knocking doors, because there are gates everywhere, you have to clap for them to hear you. We talked to over 25 new people every day.... and wow some people are sooo rude, like they walked away, or yelled at us. There were a lot of nice people who will listen and be like "na, I am good with my church". oh and then a lot of people will be like yes I would love to hear and then give you a fake address and number.... haha it happens 90% of the time.. also we walk a ton and in the rain and in the sun. The other day we were walking to lunch and it just dumped water on us.... and everything got wet. but that happens haha. Sadly a lot of lessons fall through because no one is ever home. So a funny story this Sunday we went to church and one of the new members was supposed to give a talk, but they had forgotten. The bishop came up to me and said. Hey Homer can you give a talk....... I couldn't say no, so I gave like a 10 min talk in Portuguese..... it was not great, but I did make the whole ward laugh because every word that I was saying was wrong. and yeah, longest 10 min of my life. This weekend we have one firm for batismo and two talves.... (maybe) so hopefully 3!!! Life here is good, it has been very busy, always moving, and learning so much. I love you guys. I have never had so much fun reading the scriptures and trying to find's full of so much information. Also the 4 missionary books True to the Faith, Jesus the Christ, Our Heritage: A Brief History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Our Search for Hapiness are amazing. Have the boys read them, or maybe in a little bit because they are hard reads. Love you all, keep up the work.

Eu ti ama (I love you)
A little Portuguese for you all
Your son Elder Homer

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I can tell by Spencer's smile he is happy to see someone from home!
Perhaps Dalton is thinking he is far from home....Anyway, it's great to
see he really is there.

Elder Homer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This was in the letter sent by Elder Buhler serving in the same mission as Dalton from our stake. I can imagine being so far from home how nice it is when we can see people we know and a little bit of home. It gives me comfort knowing what quick growth and learning comes to these young men as they are serving the Lord.

"An interesting thing about learning the language is the amount that I know now, I feel like I have always known. I know that I have learned a lot, but I don´t feel like that much has changed. I still feel like I just left the CTM. Speaking of which, I did see and had the opportunity to speak with Elder Homer at the Mission Conference. I felt bad for him because it was an awesome conference and he couldn´t understand hardly any of it. I guess that helps show the contrast of how much I have learned, because I remember that I didn´t understand that much at the Christmas conference that I attended soon after leaving the CTM.

Anyway, it is awesome that Elder Homer got his visa.

His trainer, Elder Hill, was in my zone during my first transfer in the field and is a good missionary. Elder Homer will have a lot of fun with him and learn a lot, too."

March 10, 2014 Week one in brazil.
Well so much has been going on. I will start by saying I am sorry for the spelling, because all the computer wants to do is type in Portuguese, so it doesn't like it at all. This week has been very hot... like 80's and it rained a few days. Mission life is so wired, we get up work out, and then do all of our studying. Then we hit the road, and I mean we hit the road. We are walking like 10 or more miles a day.... or taken busses everywhere. We taught like 6 lessons this week, and this coming Sunday we are going to have 3 batismo, and a wedding.... it is going to be such a cool party. When I first got here, every only talks Portuguese... so yeah I am totally lost.. it is like what I learned in the mtc (missionary training center) was noting. But one of the lessons, I told my testimony and said the fist vision... and wow was the spirit strong. This investigator, has been looking in to the church for a long time, 4 transfers, and right after I said my stuff, she looked at me and said that she wanted to be batismo. Like wow wild card... and super spiritual. We have had some amazing lessons. There is no other place I would rather be. Living here has been very humbling, our house is nasty, it's like living in a third world country. There are cockroaches everywhere in the house... and if you wear bare feet in the house you will get a worm...... nice. We have to do the wash by hand... makes me miss America a lot haha. So one of the days it was raining all day and we still go out and walk.... and I mean we were soaked from head to toe... haha so every day we have lunch, out in brazil, the main meal in lunch so we get feed like every day, which is really nice but all we eat is rice beans meat..... thats it. It's ok I guess. Church was awesome. Everyone want to talk with us, the kids love us, and they all come to us to hang out, the people here love us, and they are sooo nice. That also goes for most of brazil, they are always staring at us. We are white and American... haha it's really funny. I love it here, it will be a long and hard two years but it will be fun. My trainer is so cool, Elder Hill. He is just like me and he keeps me on my toes. He is also super spiritual, just love him... It's great to have him as my first companion.

So family seems like you have been keeping busy like always.. so first I brought way to much stuff.... like way too much. Oh well it's also so hot, and so sunny like I am going to burn all day. Keep up all the good work, I love hearing from you guys. miss you a ton. I won't be speaking much I am told until two transfers.... so I have a lot to learn.
Dalton is now in Brazil. It was nice to be able to talk with him during in layover in Atlanta. The real adventure now begins.

Tuesday March 4, 2014
Hey family, how is everything? It's been crazy I am now in Brazil.... and wow its crazy. It's sooo hot. The plane ride was about 10 hours, and wow let me tell you that is way too long to be stuck on the plane. When we got off, let's just say I was so lost, but thank goodness people are nice, and they helped us get to our ride. We then made it the mission home, had meetings an amazing dinner, the food here is amazing..... I love the food. We then got to meet are companheiros.... I love mine, he's super chill, and I know we are going to have a ton of success. I am so glad to get him as my first dad. So today we unpacked then hit the streets..... wow I am so not ready for that, but super fun. It's sooo warm, I will be sweating straight for the next two years. Anyways just wanted to say hello and tell you that I made it. By the way my new P-Day is segunda feita... aka monday. Love you guys so much and miss, you keep me in your prayers.
Elder Homer

Monday, March 3, 2014


Hey, so this is my last email.... it's crazy to think that I am going to be in Brazil, in like a few days.... like 2. I am super calm about going to Brazil...... but when it comes to the Portuguese..... oh crap, I am so not ready. We have been working so hard trying to get so much done...... but it's just not enough of time... I need more time, so about this week, not much happened just class every day, and trying to learn so much. I am so glad I had the teachers I had, they have all been super cool, and so spiritual. Last night we said good bye to one of them... we all traded ties and had our last good byes.... his last words were. (work, Work, WORK) and then he left. He was a super cool guy. We say good bye to our other teacher today.... kinda really sad. So one of the elders in my district got his reassignment, and he is going to the Provo, Utah mission...... he got a letter that says walk your stuff down the street and we will have someone pick you up,.... he will do good there. This week I have been sleeping very weird, its probs just because I am heading to Brazil. Um we have been getting all the last minute stuff done so that we are ready, and today we have to pack all of our stuff.... which is going to be so much haha. We also had are last gym on Thursday, which was super sad, we have met soooo many cool elders and saying good bye is already hard, but hopefully I will see them all after my mission. Friday we had in field orientation, which was super cool. They pretty much told us to work hard, and to talk to everyone and to have fun, by being yourself. So yeah, that is my week and now I head to Brazil!!!

Mom- Hey so I did get the package, the ties are awesome, I love the colors, good thing you let the boys pick them out. It sounds like you guys have been busy. That is cool that you are now having different jobs at work. I can tell you that I am busy 24/7.... they have us on a 16 working hour day..... without breaks its killing me, but I think I can, make it. will see. This first week I already know that I will be crying. We will see how long I last, I love you so much and I am keeping you in my prayers thanks

Dad- hey sounds like work is keeping you busy, we got a chance to see the plans for the 2nd Provo temple... and wow let me tell you how beautiful it is going to be.. when you get a chance I would love to see some pics from your work, and of course of any cool jeeps you see. Sounds like you have the talk all figured out, we as a class talked about that.... and wow Jesus, could have walked off the cross, and no one could have stopped him, he had the power to do anything, but he chose to stay. When we were reading this part stood out to me. it says "he let his spirit go". as in he forced his spirit to be taken away from him, because on the cross he wouldn't have really died because he was a god, but he let his spirit go... he let himself die, just for us. that is more love then any one can show. he let himself die for us. I never knew all this stuff, I keep reading it over and over. He could have said no, but he walked to his death "lamb to the slaughter" he gave up his soul, his spirit. his love for us is eternal. The saddest part was at the last moment before he did, even god left him. he was left alone to die by himself, without any ones help. he is a true "Salvador" which is Savior. makes me cry every time.