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DJ and new Companion Elder Craynor

DJ and new Companion Elder Craynor

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Week 67

Slimy Hedgehogs
Monday, April 25, 2011 9:35 AM

Dear family,

I am here and I am well. So, I’m glad you guys had a good Easter.

I wish I had more exciting news to tell you, but I don’t. I’m alive and well, but the area is in sad shape and my comp and I can’t seem to figure out what to do to get it running again. Nobody wants to listen to us. :( But Mom is correct. There are changes on the 3rd, but I hardly doubt I’m leaving.

I`m attaching one pic I took of our huge electrical storm we had on Thursday night...or Friday. I can’t remember.

Congrats to Patrick and his team on winning State Knowledge Bowl. That`s cool. Hard work pays off. :D

Oh by the way, Maria did get baptized last week in my last area so that`s cool. I just wish I knew what was going on with the other couple. They haven`t been baptized yet. Sauce.

Oh I bought myself a world cup jersey last week. It`s super cool. I have been picking up a few souvenirs here and there.

Well, I guess I`ll wrap up this terribly informative and positive email. Have a great last week of April. I love you all. Thanks for everything.

Love Always,
DJ

PS....say hi to everybody for me.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Week 66

Boogboogboog
Monday, April 18, 2011 8:03 AM
OOTS!

Hello dudes and dudettes (to be read loving family members). I am still here in Durazno, so you can rest assured that there was no special change. Life is good (to be read, I love life and hope I live a long time).

Um, well let`s start off by giving a recap of last week. It was decent. We had interviews with President on Tuesday. It went well. Then the rest of the week was good. We`re really fighting to find people to listen to us. It`s difficult. And then we found out yesterday that our most solid investigator has decided that she no longer wants anything to do with us. Who knows why. I was talking with my comp (we get along really well and have a bunch of personality similarities, by the way) and we both agree that as far as teaching and preaching, the mission is absolutely awesome.

There are no pics this week. Slap me when I get home.

Boogity

I got letters 64 and 65 this week, as well as letter from Travis. I won`t be replying to him on a mission because he won`t get it, so I`ll likely send a response to you guys, and you can give it to him in a month. Wow. Thanks.

Answers...I see Elder Dinkel weekly at district meetings. That kid is awesome and I miss working with him. We had one investigator in church yesterday.

PS...I`ve decided that it`s not possible to work everyday like it`s your last. I`ve decided to just work hard everyday without regrets and then when my time comes, BOOM. I told President that I have no regrets about my mission right now. So yeah.

SOY SAUCE

It`s amazing to see how much my testimony has grown out here. If I ever go inactive, I`ll slap myself. :)

So shoes are stupid. You may have to send another pair. Sorry. I`ll keep you posted. Ugh.

It`s finally getting cooler here. I love it. I love jacket weather. Saucesaucesauce.

My thoughts are scattered today.

Our ward is good.

Thanks for the news and updates. Moo moo moo..

Speaking of moos. Cows are stupid, but amazingly funny to watch during the day. I think they have depth perception problems too. Oots.

I love you guys lots. Have a great week. Happy Easter next week. Woo.

Love always,
DJ

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Week 65

Umk.
Monday, April 11, 2011 9:13 AM
Hi Family,

Well, here we are. Thanks for the emails. That`s cool that Patrick has his housing and everything all set up for BYU next Fall. And congrats to Chris on the track meet.

Anyways, life is good. I can`t complain too much. We played soccer again. It was pretty enjoyable and I continue my streak of not getting hurt. Whew.

Our area is cool (I`ve attached pics of the house and the street where we live). Slowly we`re finding people. Elder Polera and I are racking our brains to try to help the work.

So Durazno is bizarre in the sense the animals walk around free all over the place (I`m talking livestock here). We see cows and horses all the time just roaming and diverting traffic and getting into people`s yards and eating their grass and plants. It`s so bizarre. We get a huge kick out of it. We saw some 90 year old man shooing them away very poorly. I giggled.

Hey thanks for sending the talk. I`ll be able to print it off here. Well, I don`t really have a lot that I want to mention. Life pretty much just is flying by. It`s crazy. Ok, let`s answer questions.

I work in Barrio Yi (pronounced like ´she´). We are the only two missionaries in our ward. In the city of Durazno there are four wards. Then there are missionaries in Trinidad, Carmen, Sarandi del Yi, Paso de los Toros, and Charrua. All of these areas comprise the Durazno stake. There are two chapels in the city here, two wards share each. The stake center is the one that is not mine.

Well, hope you enjoy the rather boring pictures. Have a good week. Love you guys lots.

Love always,

DJ

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Week 64

Bowiggity
Monday, April 4, 2011 9:47 AM
Well howdy doody to the fam fam fam.

I`m trying to think of clever (or bizarre) new ways to open my letters. :) First of all, thanks to Dad for sending me that bit about the other missionaries who are there. That was really cool. It`s always nice to know that efforts are not wasted. I`m glad that what we left them is being of use to them. I don`t know if I had told you, but I had left 8 handwritten pages of instructions, directions, and whatever else was important. I`m super happy that things are still going there...which is sadly more than we can say about this area. Sidenote, the Rio Negro that was mentioned in General Conference is a tributary of the Amazon. Um, so yeah. This area is cool, but it is in desperate need of help and my comp and I are racking our brains trying to do something. We`d be happy with just one solid investigator. We have been having some pretty rough days lately so hopefully that means that it`ll be followed by some really good days.

Conference was super good (and super fast) like always. There were some really good talks. It was interesting yesterday and Saturday because we go out and work between conference. It`s so sad that people just downright refuse our message of *joy* and aren`t even aware (nor care) that the prophet of the living God was speaking to the whole world yesterday. In between conference sessions, we just tried to tell as many people as we talked to about the conference, but nobody showed up. Oh well. Their loss.

As far as conference, the only downside was that we had some small issues with transmissions and during the Sunday morning session, the only full talk we caught was the prophet´s (so that was a blessing). Priesthood session was just absolutely great. Word.

Okay, well that`s pretty much all I have for today. My comp and I are getting along well. We`re just trying to help this area.

Have a great week. Thanks for everything. No I don`t need toothbrushes nor money. Toothbrushes were sent to me by Aunt Margaret. Also got letter 62 this week. And I play piano in zone conferences if necessary, but there are a fair number of missionaries who play. Anyways, take care. I love you guys.

Love,
DJ

ps...sorry about the lack of pictures...next week. :)