Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sobral Wildlife

James has sent home a few photos of the local wildlife. Grande Sopa Parrot My companion chasing dinner. Lizard Lizard

Baptism photos

James is excited about the people they have taught and been able to baptize into the church. The work is progressing very well in Sobral and they are working hard. Tacisio, Zacarias and Me Tacisio, getting rid of his coffee. Katia Herculis

Letter of March 8th.

3/8/2010 Oi Pai E Mae (Hi Father and Mother) Hey, sounds to me like everyone in the family is really super busy. There’s lots of things to do and life gets really crazy. Well to tell you about my week, it has been really good. Yesterday I baptized a kid named Herculis, we are teaching him and his 17 year old brother Raylum. Herculis is only 13. His brother Raylum was supposed to get baptized too, but during the interview he felt like he wasn’t prepared. We were also supposed to have another baptism yesterday of a girl named Erika who is 14 but she too felt like she wasn’t ready so next week we hopefully baptize them. We are also teaching another teen named Felipe He is 17 and will most definitely get baptized this week. He is really cool and really has a desire to know the things that the church has to offer. Yesterday at church there was another kid that we will start teaching this week, he came with his friend, and when we started talking to him and he told us that he was searching for a new church and beliefs. The people here in Sobral are really good. That is really funny what Uncle Ronald said at the Catholic Church and yes there are lots of Catholics down here. Many people really don’t know what they believe and don’t know much about their church just that they were baptized in the Catholic church. This past P day we went paintballing as a district and it was awesome but really hot. We had to wear pads as you will see in the photos. That’s about it for the week, I really look forward each week also to hear what is happening at home and with the family. I love you mom and dad very much thank you for everything. Love Elder Crittenden

Letter of March 2nd.

I am going to combine my letter this week because I don’t have much time to write today. We went paint balling yesterday as a zone and it was awesome, it was hot but very fun. I can’t believe that they had another earthquake, wasn’t there one not to long ago in? I didn’t feel it here at all didn’t even know until your letter. I don’t think that they have a fall here dad it is winter now and it rains about everyday I will ask some of the members and people but I don’t really know much other than it’s hot. My physical health is excellent I haven’t lost too much weight. I think only about 4 or 5 pounds is all, which makes me angry because I wanted to gain some weight while I was here but we will see. The work here is still good I am doing fine the language is really coming along. Everyone compliments me on how well my Portuguese is for only being here for 2 almost 3 months now. Boy its amazing how the time flies. We have 2 for sure, possibly 4 baptisms this week which is very exciting. As I said we went paintballing yesterday for p-day and we are the first district that the president has allowed to go paintballing in the mission. He is very pleased with all the work that we have been doing here.Transfers are the 17th of March so we will see if I am transferred or not. I have surpassed one transfer already and hope to stay here in Sobral a little longer. I don’t know if I have said this but my companion goes home in June and I hope to stay with him until June but I don’t know. That is about all that I can think of for this week, I love and appreciate all that you do mom and dad and I love you both lots.
Love your son
Elder Crittenden