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Monday, April 21, 2014

only one more week until 6 months...4-21-14

well like the subject of this message says.. only seven more days and i will have 6 months in the mission field! so freaking wierd to think about! feels like yesterday that i was leaving home for the MTC.. so wierd to think that already one fourth of my mission is over! not really sure how to feel about it! hahah

Well News about easter.. nothing! holidays dont exist for missionaries! everyday we work! haha

well this week was an up and down one! this week we had a hard time finding new people to teach because during the week of easter.. everyone has work off... the whole week! so not a lot of people were really interested in hearing what we had to say! haha but we were out working none the less! it was also another week of having our appointments fall through!

we had interviews with President Gonzaga (or Elder Gonzaga... seeing as he was called to be a seventy this last general confernece!) so i have officially been interviewed by a seventy! haha. but it was a good interview! its so weird to think that he will be leaving in June. the change of presidentes will for sure make things interesting! but basically Pres Gonzaga told me while i was hear in Viçosa (without really saying it) hahaha but we talked about how lots of the other missionaries are baptizing more than i am here in viçosa, but that maybe the purpose for me being here is to learn´patience and how to be persistant! it was a really good interview! i have been having some difficulties because i have been talking with some of the people that arrived here in the mission with me, and they have all been baptizing way more than me! its been hard for me because i feel like i have been working so hard and feels like im not seeing any sucess yet.. but i just need to keep chugging on. Carry on!! (thanks Joelle!)

we did have a baptism this week! which was really awesome! we´baptized Manoel this week! we planned the baptism for 3:30 in the afternoon on saturday..... we waited.. and waited.. and waited, tried calling him... nothing! we decided to walk to his house around 6. he lives about 40 minutes away from the church. at this point was pretty stressed and sad! haha.. but we walked to his house.. he wasnt home, on the way back we we saw him on his motor cycle! he stopped and told us about how he went to their farm to take care of the cows there, and his motor died! he was stuck on the farm without cell hone reception! and that he had just got the motor fixed and was driving back! we talked a bit and then all 3 of us headed back to the church to baptize him.. remember when i said that he lives 40 minutes from the church?? we sped walked to the church in 16 minutes... it was crazy how fast we got there! haha but we baptized him and it was super awesome! but the sad News is that he wasnt at church on sunday to get confirmed so im hoping that nothing bad happened and that he will be confirmed next sunday! i feel like nothing normal in Viçosa can happen easy!! haha there Always has to be a complication! hahaha

on sunday morning we had to get on a bus to go to the stake conference in Maceió. the confernece was good, then we missed the bus that goes back to viçosa.... so we ended up having to stay in the house of other missionaries, they live way close to the beach, so i saw the beach for the first time on the mission... to bad it is against the rules to walk on the beach! haaha, but it was fun staying in Maceió except taht i had to sleep on the ground because they didnt have any extra matresses! but that was sunday, and that finishes up the week!

Elder Arraes only has three weeks more on the mission, that is pretry wild. but he is getting pretty ready to go home! trying to keep him excited to work is sometimes a challange, but hoping that we can finish Strong together!

well Viçosa is full of challanging things! but it is teaching me tons! thanks for all the letters and hope that everyone is doing well!

Love Elder Ryan

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