Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Week 32 - 25 April 2011

Okay, so...this week was an adventure.  Yeah it was pretty crazy.  So Elder Costa and I had plans to take the boat to Santarém on Thursday night, get there on Friday, and catch the plane to Belém to go to the mission conference with Elder Anderson.  Wednesday night we got a call from the zone leaders informing us that both of us needed to take our bags and stuff because we weren’t going to be returning to Oriximiná, but they didn’t tell us where we will go.  So we got all of our stuff ready, and headed down to the boat Thursday night.  But as we got there, we discovered that there wasn’t a boat going to Santarém!  So we ended up walking the streets and asking people for a way to get to Santarém until like 2:00 in the morning, because we surely weren’t going to miss our chance to see Elder Anderson in Belém.  But we decided to head back home and find another solution the next morning.  So the next day we went back down there early in the morning and found out the boat was only gonna leave at 9:00 at night, and all the other people there wanted to charge us like 500 reais.  So... okay to make a long story short, we took the boat to Santarém, got there about 4:30 in the morning, took a plane to Belém at 7:00, got to the church at 10:00, and barely squeezed in the conference to participate.  We did miss the chance to shake his hand, but at least we made it there right?  Yeah that was hectic and stressful, but it all turned out fine.

But as for the transfer, I’m in Belém right now - in Zone Cabanagem, area Independência.  My new companion is Elder Villela from São Paulo.  Right now we are as a trio with Elder Fogg, from Salt Lake, because he´s heading to the mission home today because he´s going home tomorrow.  But this area seems nice.  Elder Villela only has 3 months in the mission, so I’ll be the one taking charge it seems haha - but he seems like a good missionary.  We already have baptisms planned for Wednesday and Sunday!

But I’m in a hurry today, so that’s about it.  I loved the conference with Elder Anderson though.  It was pretty cool.

Love you guys!!

Elder Andrus

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