Dearest most marvelous family,
Oi tudo bom? So this week was pretty ok. Today we had transfers (yeah on a friday) and I got a new companheiro. He´s Brasillian. His name is elder Denalles or something like that. I dunno it´s been like one hour with him and I don´t want to return the awkward neck crane to look at his name tag like he did to me a few minutes ago, so will update you for sure next wednesday. So yeah Elder Allgaier of Lehi went away and now I won´t be able to speak as much english, but my portuguese will more than likely improve a whole heckuva lot. Surely I will miss that guy.
Anywho I got to give my little older brother Rhett a big FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS for turning 30 whopping years old. Holy cow, that is truly waxing old with age ha ha. JK (but for real) I will always see you as that 16 year old menace waiting on the stairs to grab my legs as I walk down the hall.
What else? The work is going along. I think now is the time where I will truly be put through the trial by fire as far as doing missionary work goes, because my new comp only has like 3 months on the mission. "There´s no comfort in the growth zone." But yeah we´re still teaching that moçinha and she marked her baptism for May 10 which is a tuesday. That should be good.
OHHH k, so this week me and elder Allgaier had a few experiences. We taught this man who is part of some apostate bible church and set up a return appointment for the next day. Well when we got there there were three men in dark dress shirts, one in an all black suit and maroon tie just sitting on the couch. So my spider senses were going a little crazy but we asked, "So are you guys family or something?" and they were like "Yeah... we´re......family." anywho. Turns out they were NOT family, but pastors of this same apostate church! Nossa it was so horrible. We started out saying how we taught their "brother" about the restored gospel and how we were there to see if he had prayed and asked God about it. Then they were like "That is a good. We should pray. BUT if we´re going to have a correct lesson, we got to start with a correct prayer."....uhh rohkay. It was in that moment that this pastor/brother breaks out some prayer cloth he had rolled up in his pocket for occassions such as these, the women grabbed their veils (yeah it´s one of those churches of the apostacy) and whoever didn´t have their own shared and they all started to pray....AT THE SAME TIME!! So as if this 26 minute prayer, which consisted mostly of screaming ALLELUIA! GLORIA JESUS! and stuff like that mixed with quoting chapters from Revelations, wasn´t bad enough they started straight into how they knew that their church was so right because everything comes straight from the bible (hmmm where have I heard that before?) and basically to make a 2 hour story short: Apparently I was baptized the wrong way, we should be kissing eachother on the cheeks when we greet at church BUT only man with man and woman with woman, and yeah. It was terrible.... Something else crazy happened this week too, but I forgot what..
Mom/Dad- I sent a box home with a bunch of extra stuff I didn´t want to lug around... It had a flag, some garment bottoms... did you ever get that?
Al- Thanks for the emails and recipes
Rhett- Mollie? what happened to Megan Ruth?!?
Jor- Was the congregação cristã a big problem in São paulo? That is awesome that Ashley Bryant was in town when you got that letter! I will be glad to receive her letter. Yeah who is Libby´s fiancée?
Nat- Those pictures of Avery didn´t work... either time :(
Can- MOTHERS DAY VACATION?!?!? What were you thinking?!?
Michael- 7:1 in one night! I had 2:1 once and I thought that sucked.
Nick- I hear of all this cool stuff happening in your life, but none of it comes from you.... Hmmm something wrong here.
Well that´s pretty much it. Surely I will email you again wednesday, but before I let you, and all my folks listening in on Oldies 94.1 go I feel like I should share something my president told me.
This mother´s day I can use skype to talk to all yall.
My skype name is mattgagon. I don´t know very well how it works if you have to add friends like on facebook or what, but that´s what we´ve got wednesday for... I am super stoked. Maybe we can coordinate a 5 way call between Utah, Miami, New York, Belo Horizonte, and Curitiba..... Just a thought.
Elder Matthew Wright Gegs "the big dog" Gagon I of Curitiba