Saturday, December 31, 2011

Off to Curitiba!

Olá everyone!

This week has been pretty long, but it marked the second to last week of my first transfer, so that´s pretty exciting! I´m not gonna say it went by too quickly, but everyone says the first transfer is really long, and the rest just fly by.

Christmas was really good, at church we only had sacrament meeting, and because it was Christmas, we had a pretty low number of people, but we had 3 investigators, so it was really good. After that we worked a bit and then did our phone calls, and that was really fun, it was great to talk to everyone, sorry I only had a short time to talk!! Later that night we had Elder Alexandre and Elder Harper over from Irati ( we had a zone meeting the next morning, so they were staying the night), and Elder Alexandre is from North Carolina, so we had North Carolina Barbecue for Christmas dinner, it was pretty good.

Other than that, not too much this week, we are still working with Sidney and her family, and José has been smoking and drinking a lot less since we have been visiting him. I think he actually quit drinking Pinga (Whiskey) completely, but is still working on other stuff. He has a lot of faith, and I know that he can quit. He also can´t read, but Sidney reads out loud so he can hear, and try to understand what we left for them to read. We also started teaching a man named Carlos and his wife. There is something really cool about them, and we are hoping that they continue to pray about our message. We visited him a second time on Monday, and he read everything that we left for him, but didn´t understand all of it, so we went over all of it, and we invited him again to pray about it, we´re visiting him again on Friday, so we´re really hopeful for him. He´s a really nice guy, and he is really open to the Book of Mormon.

Tonight we´re going to Curitiba, for a training conference for new missionaries tomorrow, so I´m pretty excited about that. It´s always really cool going to Curitiba, it´s the coolest city ever, I´ve only been back once since I´ve been out here. I´m also really excited to see all of my MTC friends, I havent seen them in a month, so I´m pretty pumped, we´re kind of like family.

That´s awesome to hear about California and Six Flags, I wish I could be there, that sounds really fun, man I miss all of that stuff, but only 21 months until I´m back in the States again haha.

Anyways, we gotta cut it a little short this week, we gotta go catch our bus to Curitiba, so I´ve gotta go! Talk to you all next week!!! Tchau, até logo!

Love,
Elder Trevisanut

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

It was like a 30 foot belly flop

Ola! Feliz Natal todo mundo!
 
This week has been good on this side of the world, but really, really hot!! Technically, summer starts tomorrow for us, and it has definitely been showing, its been in the high 100 all week, plus like 100% humidity! It´s been so hot, I´m like sweating as I´m writing this haha.
 
This week has been good. We have 6 baptism dates set for the 1st and 7th of January, and some of them are actually looking really hopeful. We found this family of about 8 people and we have been teaching them, it's just a mom, 3 daughters, 3 sons and a drunk uncle. We invited them all to church, and the drunk uncle José, the oldest daughter Sidney, and the youngest daughter, Joselera came. They all really liked it, and they are progressing a lot. José is a really good person, he definitely has some problems with drinking and smoking, but he has a lot of faith, and who knows, he might be able to quit, we are being really faithful that he will. Sidney is really great, she seems to be progressing the most of all of them. She is 17, and the young women in the ward really took her in and she made a lot of friends. When we got to their house later that night, she was sitting in front reading the gospel principles book that someone must´ve given her. She really seems to have a desire to learn more, which is something you don't see too often around here. Joselera is 8 years old, and she loved primary, she´s just a really sweet little girl haha. The rest of the family is nice, their mom Antonia, likes the church, but hasn't really accepted our message yet, but I think through the others she´ll get there. We´re really excited about them. The other three baptism dates are this different family, but they aren't really progressing too much.. But we can only have faith.
 
Not too much else happened this week, we´ve been doing a lot of contacts to try to find some new investigators, and we´ve walked about 50 miles this week, its been pretty intense.
 
It has been really weird being here during Christmas and it being like right in the middle of Summer. It´s not the same as back home. And they don't really have the same Christmas spirit that we have in the states, it´s really weird haha. But I´m sure it´s got a lot to do with the fact that we´re missionaries and we´re always working, even on Christmas Day! But it´s okay.
 
Last night we caught a gecko in our apartment, it was awesome, he was just a little guy, but it was cool. We usually see huge lizards out in the forest, like some that are like a foot long not including the tail. But this morning we decided to let him go, and so we opened the little container that we were keeping him in and took him out to the balcony and turned it on its side, and he just ran off the balcony, from the 3rd floor! And if any of you have seen a gecko, they run fast, so he shot out like 4 feet and just superman´d it all the way down 3 floors onto the cement, it was hilarious. It was like a 30 foot belly flop. But it must´ve been a perfect landing cause he was fine, and just ran away.
 
Other than that, I can't really think of much else that has happened this week. Prudentópolis is a little dull. I did get my first Brazilian haircut this week....... you know how I am with haircuts..so yeah. My companion told me about this guy who is really good, and he only charges $4 for a haircut. Aparently he has never had any formal training, and he learned how to cut hair on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, but yeah.. I guess he did a good enough job considering all of that, but I wasn't too happy for a while haha.
 
Anyways, I am really low on time this week, so I should probably go, but Feliz Natal to everyone!!!! Merry Christmas!!
 
Love,
Elder Trevisanut

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Puts Washington rain to shame!

Opa! Tudo bem!

This week has been good, we have been working hard here in Prudentópolis, but I don't really have a whole lot of time to write today, but I will try to type as much as I can. This week, it has rained quite a bit. And I hate to say this, but Brasil rain, puts Washington rain to shame. It´s crazy here when it rains. I think it was on Saturday, but we were out walking, and out of nowhere it just started pouring like crazy, like just bucketing on us, we were both soaked from head to foot in a matter of seconds, and our umbrellas did nothing, it was like in Forrest Gump, it was seriously raining in every direction. We found a little awning thing to take cover under for like 20 minutes and then it finally slowed down a bit. But there were like rivers in the streets, it was crazy.

The times that it hasn't been raining, it has been hot though. So hot. The humidity here makes a huge difference, but I think it´s been like in the 90´s with like 100% humidity or something, at least that's what it feels like. I wouldn't know cause I can´t read celsius yet haha. This week for lessons has been hard. A lot of our progressing investigators are falling through, and standing us up on lessons and stuff, and we don´t have any likely baptisms this week. But our hopes are high, and we are still continuing to work really hard. The languange is still hard, but I am getting better. Hopefully once I get better at it here in Prudentópolis, I will have a really easy time in my next area, because prudentopolis is definitely the biggest hick town in the mission haha. Not to mention half the people here are of ukranian origin, and so that changes the language a bunch too. But it will come eventually.

On sunday we had a pretty low number at church with only 35 people there, and one of the sisters who  was supposed to give a talk wasnt there, so guess who they called on to bear his testimony for 10 minutes? Haha you guessed it. It wasnt too bad, I just talked about serving others and missionary work. People said that I spoke well, so I´ll just trust them. Haha.

And no, we didnt eat at Irma Eva´s this week, but its coming up next week, we are not looking forward to that.

That´s really funny that you met Elder Harper's mom, did I mention him in one of my last emails? The Curitiba mission has 180 missionaries, and out of the 180 missionaries, he happens to be in my district. We only have two companionships in our district, so that's a huge coincedince, haha. He´s serving in Irati, another city kinda closeby to us, he and his companion are staying the night here with us, so we can all bus down to Ponta Grossa for Zone Conference tomorrow.

That's exciting to hear about Christmas this year. It is so weird being here during Christmas, they call it Natal here. But there obviously isn't any snow, and its really hot, so it really doesn't feel like Christmas, and we don't have anything planned for that day except work, so yeah, its a little different here. But its all good, and yeah, people do put up lights and stuff, at least in the rich area, most of the places we work don't have money for lights and stuff. But the Catholic chapels have some pretty cool stuff going on, I´ll have to take pictures.

 Anyways, I´m kinda short on time, so I need to finish up, this week has been a little dull, sorry anyone who´s reading this! Hopefully this week will be more exciting!

Anyways, tchau! Até mais!

Love,
Elder Trevisanut

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Week 10 Pictures!











 
I don't know how to put captions on the pictures, but I´ll try to explain them here:
The picture of me, that looks kinda weird with a tree in the background is for Bailey, it´s an Aruacaria tree, its her favorite haha.
The tiny building is the church we go to
The one with the guy sleeping is at the main bus station in Curitiba
There is a huge roman catholic church here in Prudentoplis, and thats what I was taking a picture by.
The cool looking one with the building is in Curitiba, my first night, that area is called Baragui, its where the president lives, its so legit
The can that says Kuat, is guaraná, show that one to uncle mike, tell him that is my favorite kind of guarana
One of them I took in the grocery store, its kinda goofy haha.

Scorpions, oh my!!

Oi, tudo bem!!! Como vocês estão???
This week has been much better than the last, a lot of stuff happened, I´ll try to remember it all! Out here in the field is crazy, how the time passes is really weird. In the MTC, the common phrase was the days are long, and the weeks are short, but out in the field, its like that only times 10. Every day feels pretty long, but it is crazy to think I have been here for 2 weeks already! As much as has happened, it's still a crazy thought. The language is coming along a little better, I think. It is still really hard to understand people, and it is so mentally draining to try to focus all day, but I´m picking things up every day. And every day I get more used to the mission lifestyle. About culture shock... yeah, I would say culture shock definitely happened for a while. Before I had gotten into the field, all I thought about was Curitiba, and the thought didn't really cross my mind about serving outside of the city. Of the 180 missionaries in my mission, I think only 50 or so are outside of Curitiba, so it was pretty rare to be called here. But here in Prudentópolis is very different than Curitiba. In my last email, I think I called it ghetto, but I dont think that was the right word for it, its more just like poverty. The central part of the city is fine, it has a few nice parts, but pretty much everything surrounding the city center, is pretty poverse (I don't know if thats a word). A lot of people live in tiny, tiny cement or brick houses, and they are usually one or two small rooms. It´s not too uncommon to see a family´s couch and bed in the kitchen. It was kinda interesting when I first got here, but I am more used to it now. Every other Monday, we get lunch from a sister in our branch called Irmã Eva. She is a nice lady and all, but to be honest.... the missionaries always dread those Mondays. She is probably the poorest sister in the branch. We always eat two plates though, to be polite. On Monday we ate at her house and she served us Fejão (its just black beans and rice, we have it EVERY single meal, but its usually pretty good) and we had this chicken stuff that tasted really undercooked. It was all kind of cold, and really did not taste very good, but we just smiled and tried to enjoy it. By the time dessert came around, we were all kind of naushious (idk how to spell it anymore) but then she brought out dessert, it´s called arroz dose, which is just rice with sugar milk poured over it. It usually isnt the best dessert, but its usually okay, but with hers.... it... was not. The rest wasn't made well, and the milk was lukewarm, and tasted really, really weird. We have no idea where she got it. We kinda had to muscle it down. I felt kinda sick for the next two days, so hopefully I didnt get a parasite or something haha. But it´s all good.
The people in the branch are great. There are a few really standout people that are just the best. We had about 50 people at church on Sunday, which is a whole bunch, and thats two weeks in a row that we had fifty, so its awesome!! It really seems like the ward is growing. We need an average of 80 people for 3 months to get a chapel, so that's our goal, but its gonna take some hard work. But we will get there eventually.
We still try to get out with Fernanda´s family, its more difficult now cause she got a job. Her parents definitely could get baptised, the only problem is that they smoke, and they aren´t married. In Brazil, getting married is a huge issue. It cost about 250 reais to get married, and that is just too much for some people, so they just don't get married. But Fernanda´s parents have been together for a really long time, they just arent married. But it will happen, we have faith. They love the church, and really want to be baptised.
Thats so awesome to hear about Skyview, I cant believe they made it that far, that's awesome. And with letters, I havent gotten any yet... We were in Ponta Grossa yesterday and we picked up mail from the Zone leaders, but I didn't have any, I was really expecting some, so it was kinda disappointing, but its okay. I just hope people wrote the right address down haha. For money, it finally came in last wednesday, so i have had money this week, it was a huge relief to get it. We get 150 reais every two weeks, I´m not really sure how much that is in american dollars, but I think its sufficient for our needs. We don't pay our rent, so thats all for food and buses and stuff. Its been hard this week because we´ve had to go out of town a bunch, and the buses are expensive.
Hmmm... I´m trying to think of any other cool things that have happened this week. A bunch of stuff happened, but I´m having trouble remembering. I´ll have to write down stuff this week so I can remember next time haha. Yesterday we got to go to Ponta Grossa, which is a big town close to Curitiba, and we stayed at this one companionships apartment, it was so run down. The rumor is, the apartment in Prudentoplis is the best in the mission, to make up for how hard it is here in this area, so we were really shocked when we saw the apartment we stayed in at Ponta Grossa. We had only been there for 3 minutes, and we saw a scorpion walk across the floor, it was crazy. Oh yeah, we also did a divison on Monday, thats when two companionships switch for the day, so I was with an Elder from Irati, another small town close by. His name is Elder Harper, he is really cool. We met a lady who let us into her house, and we taught the first lesson, and she really seemed to accept it, we even invited her to be baptised on the 18th of December, and she said that she would if she recieved an answer of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, it was so cool. It never works out easily like that, so it was really exciting. Hopefully it goes well we will visit her on Saturday.
Anyways, I´m outta time, so I will talk to you next week!!
Até mais!!
Love, Elder Trevisanut

Victor emailed pictures but he took them in super high quality so I will post after resizing them.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

First email from the field, was feeling a little discouraged

Oi, tudo bom!
 
This week has been crazy, so I guess I will get started. It has been kind of rough actually, Prudentopolis is an interesting place, its a small town of about 50,000 people, its not too nice, its kinda ghetto, at least the parts that we are in usually. Its nothing like Curitiba. It has been really hard to understand things here, I was doing pretty good in Curitiba, but once I got here, it kinda went downhill. The people here are people of the interior of Brazil, so its really kinda backwoods people, and they speak horrible portugues, just imagine like the deep, deep south U.S., its hard for people who speak fluent english to understand them, so for someone who is still trying to learn how to talk correct portugues, it can be kinda difficult. I feel really comfortable with speaking, but I just have trouble understanding what they say. But its going better. The people here in Prudentoplis are very interesting. Where we usually do our contacting, it is very, very ghetto, a lot of these people we have to explain the concept of God, like some of them don't even understand that, its kind of been something to get used to. They live in pretty much wooden or brick shacks, about the size of one or maybe two rooms in an american house. Its very humbling.  Everyone else... is Catholic. The town is 90% catholic, there are like 3 legitimate cathedrals here, for catholics, and ukranian catholics. But you know how Catholics are, they say they´re catholic, but they only go to church once a year for Christmas or Easter, so it can be kinda of frustrating trying to talk to people about the church.
There is one branch here in Prudentopolis, with about 30-50 members, depending on the day. We have about 60 other inactive people who never come, so me and Elder Buerkle and a few other branch members are coming up with plans to reactivate people, so that we can have a ward and actually get a church building, right now we are in an old elementary school. The problem is, some of the past elders just did whatever they could to get a lot of these people baptized, so a lot of these inactives have no interest in the church anymore, and most of them never really understood a lot of the concepts in the first place. So it's really hard work. This past Sunday, we were really trying to get this girl Jessica to come to church, she is inactive and her cousin Bruna, is not a member, but we really want her to be baptized. This Sunday we walked all the way to her house, to pick her up and when we got there, she just came to the door and said no. It was really dissappointing, we had to walk for an hour up huge hills to get to her house, so we were pretty bummed. But its okay, we are working on a lot of other people too, so things are going good. My favorite family would have to be Fernanda and her parents. Fernanda is a member, she is about 20 or 21, but her parents are not members, but they have been taking lessons for a long time, their only problem is they smoke and they aren't married. But they're just the best, we love them so much. And Fernanda has a 3 year old daughter named Ana Clauda, she is probably the cutest little girl in the world, it's so funny hearing her talk, shes awesome. We usually go to their house at 7 o'clock every couple days, and we all just talk until late. Its not very good, cause we have to walk about 3 miles to get back home, in the dark, but its okay, the town is pretty safe for the most part.
Elder Buerkle is cool, he's a good trainer, but he's pretty tough. He is 23 years old and was in the Marines, but I´m learning a lot from him.
The food is good here, we don't eat very well in Prudentoplis because there aren't many members, so we just don't get that many good meals. But we have lunch with members about 3 days a week. The rest we have to buy ourselves, which is difficult on a missionary budget, not to mention my missionary card hasn't kicked in yet, so I don't have any money. But it should work soon, so maybe I´ll be able to eat. But yeah, Guarana is the best.
Without a suitcase was a challenge, I kept pretty good spirits about it, but it was pretty dificult wearing the same thing for a week, but it was awesome when the Cordons drove up to give it to me. I felt pretty special,I don't know why they did it, Prudentoplis is like a 4 hour drive from Curitiba haha, but I was very thankful.
And yes, it is so humid here, and so hot, we walk about 10 miles a day, up hills and stuff, so it is very hot. And it´s not even the hot time of year yet!! But its okay, that's what being a missionary in Brasil is all about.
Anyways, the past few days have been really great, I was kinda discouraged the first few days, but things are going well now.
One cool story, on Thanksgiving in Curitiba, we had our Pday and we all went to this sweet park and played soccer with the president, but after, we went to the forest area on the side of the parque, we got to see monkeys, like real, wild monkeys, it was the coolest thing ever. We brought banana´s, and after a few minutes a bunch of them just come out of nowhere, and they hang from the trees by their feet, and grab the bananas right out of your hand, it was the coolest thing ever.
Anyways, I´ve got to go, we are really busy today, and I still need to write the president, so tchau, até mais, hope everyone is doing well!
 
Love,
Elder Trevisanut

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Finally in Curitiba!! It is the coolest city ever!

Oi, tudo bem!!

I don't have much time at all to write, but I have a 4 hour bus ride tonight, and I will write an in depth letter about my first few days here, it has been crazy. I'll start with the plane ride, it was pretty good, but very very long. Like 25 hours of travel. It was crazy, I was in Atlanta, during my waiting time for the next plane (I honestly can't think of the English word right now) and I turned around and guess who I saw??? Brad Dial!! It was the best thing ever, turns out he got his visa the same time that I did, so he got to leave his reassignment in Colorado and we got to go to Brazil together!!! It was awesome! It was the coolest experience ever. Like, I'm good friends with my other district members from the MTC, but it was awesome getting to walk off the plane with him. So the first day was crazy. I didn't get any sleep on the plane, so I was dead tired, and the jet lag killed me, it is still effecting me. Oh yeah, the airline left my bag in Atlanta, my main bag with all my clothes, except the ones I'm wearing now. But they should get it to my area tomorrow. President Cordon picked us up from the airport, and we drove in a van to the mission home for lunch, and it was the coolest thing driving through Curitiba. The airport is on the outside of the city, and the mission home is right in the center, so we got to see a lot. It is the coolest city ever, it is so nice, especially for Brazil. After lunch we all met our trainers at the church close by, and we found out what areas we will be serving in. I'm going to be serving in Prudentopolis with my trainer, Elder Buirkle. It's a small town way into the interior of the state, like 4 hours away from Curitiba. The first day he wasn't in town yet, but he got here yesterday, and we're taking a bus up there tonight. So the first day I was with the secretary, Elder Hugo, he's a really good guy, he's Brazilian, but he speaks really good English. He left to be zone leader in Guarapuava, and he left yesterday. So that night we got to visit a bunch of families that he baptized and taught. It was pretty crazy. Curitiba is very nice, but it definitely has it's ghetto parts. We were walking down the street, and we literally walked through a hole in the concrete wall on the side of the road, and we were suddenly in the most ghetto place I had ever seen. It was like extreme poverty. The houses were tiny made out of concrete, most of them had maybe two rooms total. He was just stopping by to say bye to all of them, and it was the coolest thing ever. With every single one, they all just burst into tears, mostly just the mothers. They really loved him ,and he had been serving there in Baragui for 9 months. I didn't really say much, I had trouble understanding them, they all mumbled and they talked with like extreme slang, so I pretty much just bore my testimony for each one, they all had a lot of trouble with my name, almost everyone does, but they all really seemed to like my eyes for some reason. So much more happened, but I have no time. The buss system here is so sweet. On each road there are about 8 lanes. The outside ones are for traffic each way, and then the two in the middle separated by medians (usually trees or something) are just for buses. The buses are huge. Most are usually like three buses in one, all connected by the accordion door looking things. The next day, we picked Elder Buirkle up from the bus station, and the president let us sleep in his house that night. They weren't going to make him get right back on the bus for another 4 hour bus ride. So we're leaving tonight. So last night he kinda showed me around Baragui (Baragui is like the middle of the city, it is really nice, and has TONS of buildings) and we visited with some of his old investigators and baptized members, he served here for 6 months. It was really cool. Oh yeah, tell Bailey that there are tons of those trees that we talked about here. I forgot their name, but they are illegal to cut down. Anyways, I'm out of time. The weather here is good, it's very humid, and pretty hot, but not too bad, like 75 degrees, but it feels worse with the humidity. The food is awesome for the most part. The fruit is the best, and the fruit drinks. The bananas are awesome, in the U.S. there is only one type of banana, but here there are like 50, and they taste so good here, and the mangoes are awesome. The best thing I've had is probably Maracuja (Idk if I spelled it right) It's like a pineapple drink, it tastes SO good. Anyways, I have like 2 minutes left, this place is sweet, the language is coming a lot better than I thought it would, President Cordon and Sister Cordon are awesome, they have been so helpful with my lost suitcase situation. Anyways, time for Thanksgiving dinner at the Cordon's, I have to go!!

Tchau! I'll send a more detailed letter tonight, so much has happened!!

Elder Trevisanut

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

We've only got 6 more days!

Oi!!

This week has been awesome. Along with the visa coming in, it has just been great.
As you know, my visa came in on friday (it was 11/11/11 too so it was perfect), and I'm leaving this Monday (the 21st). I'm soo excited to go!!!!! We got our travel plans and everything. We are flying to Atlanta, and then we have a short layover, and then we leave for a 12-13 hour flight to Sao Paulo, after that it's just like an hour long flight to Curitiba. I'm so ready to go, we've only got 6 more days. Me and Elder Twitchell got ours, and I'm guessing Elder Barkdull will get his this week, so he could fly out with us, but he'll most likely be on a different flight. Sister Patton just got her electronic last week, so she will get reassigned for probably a month or so. I'm way excited to see the rest of my district too. Hopefully we will see them before they get assigned to their areas.

This week, classes have been great. We've learned everything that they can really teach us here, so we just review a bunch. And sometimes we slack off a little bit and talk about Brazil with our teachers. But we are still learnig a bunch. We're all pretty much what we call "MTC fluent." So we feel pretty good. But we all know that we are gonna be shocked when we get out there and realize how little we can speak.
This week we got to leave campus 3 times, it was the coolest thing ever. None of us had left since we have been here, so it was pretty surreal. We had to walk Sister Patton to the BYU health clinic, cause there is something wrong with her wrist, but we still don't really know what is wrong with it, we're going back on friday or saturday so she can get an MRI.

Other than that, everything is the same here at the MTC. On your 8th and 9th weeks here at the MTC, you get to be a host which means you get to stand outside and pick up the new missionaries from the curb where there parents drop them off. For some of them you pretty much have to pull them away from their crying Mom's, but you're supposed to get them going really quick. After that you take them to their residences, then get there books and stuff, and then take them to their classrooms and drop them off. It's really fun. You really learn how much you know about this place, by now we're like mtc pro's. We know all there is to know about this place, along with several theories like the underground city below the MTC haha. But yeah, we do what we can to keep oursleves going here, it gets pretty boring if you don't liven things up. Everyday is pretty much the same, and you pretty much only look forward to meals and gym time. I've really perfected my volleyball skills here haha.

But anyways, I don't really have much time left, I've got a few other emails to send off, and I honestly don't have too much else to say. BUT, next week, my email with be awesome and filled with all kinds of stuff about Brasil haha. Anyways, thanks everyone for reading and writing!!!

Love,

Elder Trevisanut

Monday, November 14, 2011

Another perspective. :)

 Victor's companion received his visa the same day that Victor did, 11-11-11.  His mom sent me the dramatic rendition of the events of the day from his perspective.


FAMILIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So today after lunch, my district mozied over towards 2M to get our mail, like we do almost everyday. It was cold outside and we rushed toward the door. We realized that no one had gotten out their ID card, which we need to enter any building at the MTC. We all rifled through our pockets. We only had thirty seconds, a minute, tops, before we would succumb to the merciless elements.
As Providence would have it, Elder Barkdull procured his card first, and quickly swiped it, and all four of us--Barkdull, Trevisanut, Sister Patton, and I-- tumbled in, panting and marvelling at how close we had come to freezing to death.
We collected ourselves, and proceeded to our mailbox. At this point we were in the depths of hopelessness and despair. Hope of anything good coming our way from the Mailbox had died. The mail area, once a place of good cheer and optimism, had been completely corrupted by pessimism and dashed dreams. So, like a procession of lamentation--with heavy hearts and downcast countenances--we arrived at Mailbox #333.
But lo, what treasures were in store for us there. What happy tidings and good news dwelt within our mailbox. Elder Trevisanut reached into the mailbox, yea, with a sorrowful hand. He felt around and--what's this? Something's here? Immediately, he took courage. His emaciated hand seemed to strengthen, and he pulled out his hand with two papers the color of courageous crimson. He kept one for himself, and handed the other to me. Oh timorous arms, don't fail me now! I reached out for the paper--that courageous crimson paper--trembling slightly from excitement. I took one glance at the top of the paper, and read just two words--two magnificent words, that made the world warm and beautiful again, and the darkness clouding my mind receded entirely--these two words being "TRAVEL ITINERARY."
So yeah, i got my Visa today. Sorry, i'm a little excited, so i decided to dramatize the whole experience. It's really not that cold at all. And we weren't really that negative or downtrodden about anything. I actually thought today was already a good day before i got my Visa.
I'm supposed to tell you all the information about my travel plans, so here i go.
First Flight:
Delta Air Lines, Flight #1912.
Leaving Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) at 11:25 AM, 21 NOV 2011
Arriving in Atlanta, GA (ATL) at 5:06 PM, 21 NOV 2011
Second Flight:
Delta Air Lines, Flight #105
Leaving Atlanta, GA (ATL) at 7:35 PM, 21 NOV 2011
Arriving Sao Paulo, Brazil (GR) at 8:15 AM, 22 NOV 2011
Third Flight:
TAM Meridionais, flight #3157
Leaving Sao Paul, Brazil (GR) at 11:25 AM, 22 NOV 2011
Arriving Curitiba!!!, Brazil (CW) at 12:27 pm, 22 NOV 2011
So, as you may have noticed, i'm not leaving until the 21 of November. That means that i will have spent my whole MTC time here at Provo, which is cool beans. So, instead of going to the CTM in Sao Paul, i'm going straight to the field in Curitiba! Woohoo!!! Hahaha, i'm going to Brazil, i'm not going to have to get reassigned. I feel sooooo blessed right now, this is awesome.
Also, you may have noticed that i have 5 hours of layover, and about 20 hours of travel time. So, in total, 25 hours round trip. I'm going to finish the BOM twice during that time. I'll be so much more spiritual when i step off the plane in Brazil.
Elder Trevisanut is going to be traveling with me, so that will be cool. And Elder Barkdull's Visa should be here any time now, so there could be a possiblity that he will travel with us. Probably not, but i'm hoping.
I don't know if you know this already, but Sister Patton got her Electronic Visa on Wednesday! So, she's definitely going to Brazil. She might get reassigned, but once you get your electron Visa, it's pretty much a sure thing that you're going to get your Visa. So, everyone in our District will be in Brazil! Certainly before Christmas! yeah!
So, if you have any questions, please ask! i'm so excited, and i'm so glad that i get the chance to go to Brazil! Heavenly Father has truly comforted me during this time, and I know that I'm supposed to be in Brazil!
I'll try to check my e-mail later today, so go ahead and send something!
Thanks everyone! I love you lots!
Elder Avram Twitchell

Finally! Visa has arrived, flight scheduled

Oi! Tudo bem!
 
So... good news and bad news.....
I got my visa!!! It was way anticlimactic, for like 99% of the people, they call you on the speaker, and you get to run down to the travel office, and they give you your travel plans. But for me and Twitchell (he got his too) we just went and checked the mail and our travel plans were in there.. It was so anticlimactic, like none of us knew what to say, it was just like, woa, there are our travel plans, but it was awesome too. The bad news, since we have been here for 8 weeks, they're keeping us here until we go to Curitiba. So I leave the 21st of November. So no Sao Paulo MTC, AND I'm not aloud to call you, even though I got my visa. They said since we aren't leaving until November 21st, we have plenty of time to email family, so we don't get to call home. But, I'm still able to call you at the airport and stuff, and I have like 5 hours of layover time, so I'll definitely call. But, I have to go now, I'm not sure if I'm technically aloud to be on here, but I figured it wouldn't be fair to make you wait just to hear that I won't be able to call, anyways.
 
Ate mais! Tchau!
 
Elder Victor Trevisanut

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

This week maybe...

Ola!

How is everyone this week?! My week has been good, but pretty long.. We really wanna go to Brasil.
Classes this week have been good. We finished all of our Portugues lessons, so now we're just doing review and trying to perfect the language as much as we can while we're here. But we're far far from perfect, so it's proving to be pretty difficult. The investigators are the same, so we're still teaching 6, but now we have 40 minute lessons on Wednesdays, which are pretty cool, but it's a lot more to prepare. but we've all come really far with the language, so we're doing fine. But yeah, we're all still pretty stir crazy. Every day we're more ready to go, we just wanna leave.

Hmm... with the visa. So we all really wanted ours to come last week.. but they didn't. And then Monday came around, and we really really wanted them, so that we could leave the next day, and I really thought mine was gonna be in. I even said a final goodbye to Bailey, cause i thought I was definitely getting it. But nope. This is the last week that we can get them if we still want to go to the CTM in Brasil. If it comes later than next tuesday, then they will just send us straight to the field. But the good news is, my visa is at the point where I wont get reassigned, they'll just keep me here until it comes in, cause it is still supposed to be in any day now. BUT, not to get your hopes up yet again, there's news today. We heard like 20 guys get called up to get their visas, and I talked to one of my friends who put his electronic in the same day as I did, and the Travel Office lady said that his should be in today or tomorrow, so I'm pretty sure that me and Elder Twitchell's should be in today or tomorrow, so hopefully for the last time, expect a call soon!!

The weather has changed a lot here too, it's really cold now, it's snowed a few times, but it onyl really stuck once, and it was like half an inch, but it's helped a bit with sitting in class all day cause it's not as hot anymore.
It's a good thing that I'm leaving in a week or two, cause these emails are starting to sound really boring, but I'll be outta here soon enough. I'm kinda short on time, so I should go. Tell Rianne Happy Birthday for me, and I hope everyone has a good week! Oh yeah, if Aunt Alyson and Lisa are reading this, thank you for the letter and package, they're the best!
Ate mais! Tchau!
Sincerely,
Elder Trevisanut

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Missionary Antics!

Oi! Tudo bem!!
This week has been a good one. Not much new has been happening, but after everyone left last week, and now there's only four of us in the district, we have gotten really busy. Rather than everyone who left dropping their investigators, we have all taken them, so we are teaching 6 investigators now. So it's pretty much three lessons each day. And extra study time didn't come with each investigator we gained, so it's crazy trying to prepare for 3 lessons a day. But it's been good, and we have been learning so much more. And me and Elder Twitchell are teaching companions, so it's pretty cool. He's definitely the best at the language, so it's helpful sometimes.
In response to your email, that's awesome to know that my visa app is finally being processed, I really hope they finish it soon! I'm not sure how much of Provo I can take, at least the MTC side of it. I'm so ready to go to Brasil.
I got dad's letter, I was gonna send some pictures home in a day or so, so I'll just reply to his through that. I'll probably send it tomorrow or something.
Anyways, sorry for everyone who's reading this, my emails have been so boring lately, but the MTC is hardly ever changing, so I run out of things to say really quickly. Brad Dial got reassigned to Denver this week, and we all saw him off on Sunday night, but I'm sure he'll get his visa soon. There are a lot of missionaries here, but me and him were on the same schedule, so I got to see him like 5 times a day, so I'm really gonna miss him around here. There's no way to explain how great it is to have people from home here, like Bailey and Morgen and Brad, cause any contact to the outside world is the best thing ever, so letters and stuff are seriously the best.
For devotional on Sunday, Robert Swenson spoke. He's the Director of Missionary Work (or something) and he was also once the Mission President for Curitiba Brazil. When they announced that, us three all like freaked out, and we were sitting pretty close to the front, so he saw us and he gave us a shoutout. Afterwards we went up and shook his hand and told him we were going to Curitiba, and he freaked out. he just kept saying, "It's the best! It's just the best!" So that was really exciting. His talk was also really really good. It was probably my favorite one, after Elder Richard G. Scott's.
Well, this letter has been kinda lame, but a couple funny things happened this week. I was doing a 5 minute practice lesson with Elder Twitchell the other day, about attending church. At the end of the lesson I told him that I would call him and remind him about church the next day, I said "Eu vou limpar voce no sabado." He started laughing. I quickly realized that I meant to say ligar, instead of limpar. Ligar means 'to call', limpar means 'to wash.' Haha. I taught I really good lesson, then I kinda ruined it cause I said I will wash you on Saturday. Haha it was pretty funny, you kinda had to be there.
Also the other Sunday, we went on our Temple Walk (we just walk up to the temple for an hour each sunday) and we saw this couple on temple grounds, like 20 yards from the temple, on a blanket, and you guys can probabyl guess what they were doing. To clarify, it wouldn't really be too innapropriate anywhere else, but considering there were like 200 missionaries all around, and they were on temple grounds, it was kinda innapropriate. So we were kinda bugged, so we figured we would do something, we kinda just wanted to go sit next to them and start talking to them, and try to make it too awkward for them to stay there. But then Elder Barkdull and Elder Hobbs decided they were gonna run down the hill and jump over them. So they went up to the top of the hill, ran down and jumped right over them. It was the funniest thing ever. We all booked it. Elder Twitchell got a perfect picture of it, and I got a copy so I'll have to send that one home so you all can see it. Just make sure you don't throw it away haha. We kinda felt bad afterwards, but it was still pretty funny.
Anyways, hopefully those stories helped make this email a little more lively. This week has been kinda lame, so sorry if you guys are falling asleep reading this haha. Anyways, I'm outta time, so I should go. Thanksfor the letters this week those of you who wrote. I'll write back as soon as I can. Letters are the best!!
Tudo bem! Ate mais!

Sincerely,

Elder Trevisanut

Monday, October 31, 2011

Pictures!!




Victor's companion's mom emailed some pictures to me. Thank you Sister Twitchell!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Getting really stir crazy...

Oi! Tudo Bem!
This week has been interesting. In response to your email, the weather has been okay, it cooled down a bit, but it's still pretty hot.
Sorry if this letter is brief, I pretty much had to fight to get this computer, and like 10 minutes in, my whole message deleted, it's retarded. And I'm not in the mood to type it all again. The MTC has thinned out a little bit, but you cant really tell, there are 2800 missionaries here, and there are only 3 or 400 Brazilian missionaries, so you can hardly tell.
This wednesday was pretty crazy. Here in Provo alone, we got 75 visas. Elder Glenn, Johnson, Reeves and Hobbs got their visas. So now our district is down to 4 including me, it started at 11. And yes, I have new companions yet again. This is my 4th companionship, I'm with Elder Barkdull and Twitchell now, they're awesome, so it's all good. Sister Patton is also still here. Other than Elder Twitchell, who put his visa papers in a week before me, everyone in my district did their visa stuff after me, and they have all gotten to go to Brazil, so it's super lame, and pretty frustrating. None of us want to be here,and we're all getting really stir crazy every day. None of us ever thought we would have to go to Provo at all, so it doesn't even seem like we are even on our missions, it just seems like we've been here for an eternity. The outside world doesn't really exist to us any more haha. It still trips us out when we see the cars drive by when we go to the outside gates. And no, I don't know Elder Wardrop, like I said before, there are like 3 or 400 Brazil missionaries here, so we don't know them all. I know a bunch who have been reassigned though, a good friend of mine just got reassigned to Salt Lake, he was pretty bummed. And yeah, I got the package, it was great, the food was all awesome, and healthy, it was perfect. I get letter pretty often, I get like 3 or 4 a week, so it's not too bad. Letters are the best, they literally are one of the only things keeping us going here, so they are really important to us. One week I didnt get any, but some weeks I get one every day, so it's all in all pretty good. If any one wants to write though, feel free to! Or dear elder, dear elder is free for the MTC and it is same day delivery, so they are awesome too! Letters are the best, hands down.
This week I got called to be District Leader, which is pretty sweet. I could kinda tell I was going to get it, the Branch President really likes me. But then everyone got their visas, and now my district is only 4 people, so it's not as cool, but oh well, it's good to have the extra responsibility. At the MTC, being District Leader isn't a huge deal, but you get a little bit more responsibility. You technically have authority over the whole district, but all you really do is have like 2 extra hours of meetings on Sundays, you have to ask people to give prayers and stuff every day, and you have to report to your Branch President every week about your district. At the MTC, the Branch President is pretty much your mission president. The best part about being district leader is you get to be the one to get the mail every day, so that's awesome.
Also, I forgot to tell you, I had to give the talk in sacrament meeting last week. The way it works in my branch is, you are supposed to prepare a talk every week, and then during Sacrament meeting, the Branch President calls someone up, but they don't tell you who it is. So you don't have any time to get ready, you get about a 30 second warning till you have to go up and talk, so you better have a good talk prepared. And it's all in Portugues. But it was weird, i don't remember it at all, it was almost like an out of body experience, but everyone told me I did a really good job. Maybe that's why they called me as District Leader haha. It was good though.
Morgen Glessing also came in this week, we're on the same schedule, and we live in the same building, so I see him pretty often. He seems to be doing good, it's awesome having him here. I still see Brad Dial like 10 times a day too, so it's awesome.
Oh yeah, Richard G. Scott came for Devotional last week, it was pretty awesome, it was like the coolest thing ever.
Anyways, that's about it, every day is pretty much the same here. We all just really want to go to Brazil haha. But I should probably go, anyways, hopefully you get a call from me this week and hope everything is going good back home! Ate mais!

Elder Trevisanut

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

We all just want to go to Brazil really badly!

Oi!
How's it going? This week has been okay, a lot has happened, and it has been pretty long, but it's been good.
In response to your email, the language is coming along pretty good, it's continually growing every day. I don't really know how to explain my progress, but I can speak it pretty much, like my district does stuff like Portugues Lunches, where we only speak Portuges during lunch, and we can all pretty much say what we want to. Most of us are at the point where we know how to say most things, but we still have to think a little bit to translate it in our heads, but it's coming along. As I'm writing this, I keep making mistakes and writing stuff in Portugues instead of english, so that's a good sign I think. But this week has been pretty long. For some reason, they put the coat wearing rule back on, so we have to wear our suits EVERY DAY. It's pretty lame. It was cold for like 3 days, but then it went right back to hot every day, and they didnt take the rule off. So it's been SO hot in the classrooms every day, like 80 degrees. So that has made it so much harder to stay focused and study 10 hours a day. Not to mention the fact that we are all getting really stir crazy here. We all just want to go to Brazil really badly. But it's good, we'll all be outta here real soon.
This week my companion, Elder Frahm, had some issues, he has been struggling so much with the language, and I have been doing all I can to keep him going, but he kinda snapped one day and was about to just go home, and he went to the District President to talk about about it, and he was in there for about 3 or 4 hours, but when he came out, he had a completely different attitude, it was like night and day. And the very next day, he got his visa! It's funny how that worked out, haha.
Speaking of visa's, this week has been crazy. The rumor about the 100 visas coming in was completely true, the middle of this week, people were getting called in left and right getting their visa's. 40 or so from the MTC got their visa's ( including Elder Frahm and Sister Horkely from my district) and the rest were for people that have already been reassigned. But they aren't anticipating it will slow down any time soon. The lady at the travel office told me that if they had a REALLY lucky week, they would usually get 2 or 3 visas, so getting 100 in one week is like unheard of. She told me that she thinks all of the Brazil missionaries will be out of here within the month, and that's including the Elders who have come in after me. And it's completely random how they do it in Brazil, they don't send them based on how long they have been in, so who knows when mine will come in, it could be any day now. So keep the phone ready, cause when the visa comes in, I get to call home for 5 minutes, so be ready haha. It'll most likely be night time.
And this just in: word on the street this week is there are 85 more that came in, so a bunch more of us will find out in the next couple days. It's like the biggest news down here, so sorry if I seem super excited haha.
Not too much else is new this week though, just same old same old.i can't remember what I told you guys last week, but I have two ongoing investigators, Leo and Ronaldo, things were going good with them, but since Elder Frahm is leaving, my new companions are Elder Glenn and Elder Johnson, and I'll be teaching with their investigators now. Glenn and Johnson are awesome, so I don't mind. Here at the MTC, your whoel district is pretty much your companions, so it's not a big change for me, just no more Elder Frahm.
Anyways, I should probably hurry up and get off, I have a few more emails to send, but it was nice to hear from you, if anyone has questions or something just let me know haha. Or they can write or dear Elder me, those are always the best to get. The first two or three weeks I got at least one letter every day, but this week I only got one, so yeah, it definitely has a big effect on your mood, at least here at the MTC. Everyday is pretty much always the same, so any change for us is like gold. Liek the other day, there was a hot air balloon like a mile up in the sky, and we stared at it for like 10 minutes, cause it was like the biggest change we had seen for days haha.
Anyways, great to hear from you guys, and I'll talk to you next week!!

Sincerely,
Elder Trevisanut

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

VISAS are coming even faster now!

Oi! Tudo bem!!
 
Everything is going well this week, just another week at the MTC. I don't have as much time to write today, but I'll try to fill everyone in...
So this week we got two new investigators, so we're teaching them every other day pretty much, it's pretty stressful. Also on Wednesdays, we go to the TRC or Training Resource Center and teach a totally random person, like right on the spot, without any notes, all in Portugues. It's really hard sometimes. But everything else is fine, the language is coming good, I'm learning more every day. It's pretty awesome here, but at the same time it's pretty much the same thing every day, the days seem to just blend together. It kinda seems like we're on a different planet, it kinda blows my mind every time I go near the outside gates and see the cars pass by and I realize that the world is going on outside haha. But it's good.
 
I got the Dear Elder, that was great to hear. Elder Twitchell is a really great guy, we get along really well.
 
So I heard some pretty exciting news today. So word on the street is that 100 visas came into Salt Lake today, so they should be here in Provo within the next couple days. Probably not mine, but things are coming in faster and faster. If you guys couldn't tell, the visa situation is huge here, whenever someone gets there visa, it is seriously better than Christmas morning, it's just so rare. But if the story about 100 visas is true, it's gonna be a party here, and my district is probably gonna shrink a bunch.
 
What kind of food do I eat here??.... Well... it's like the worst food possible. Most of it tastes fine, but it is just SO unhealthy. I think I've gained like 3 pounds in three weeks, and I'm eating super healthy compared to pretty much everyone here. They serve random cafateria type food, depending on the day, they always have burgers and fries, tons and tons of desserts, and they have a salad bar. They also have every type of Juice imaginable, and really good chocolate milk. I usually have salad for two of my three meals a day, and something healthy for breakfast. But even the salads are really bad. they cover them with really good tasting dressing, but it's pretty much just sugar sauce. So it's no bom.
When it comes to working out, I do it as much as I can. The 50 minutes a day we get for gym is the best part of the day usually haha, it's the time we all get to unwind and get a rest from the classroom, so sometimes I get tempted to play volleyball instead of working out. Volleyball is just so fun to play, and I'm pretty good at it here (if you guys are reading this, that's a shoutout to all my FHE friends!!) But for working out, they have an indoor track, and this "weight room" but it's just like girl machines. There aren't any free weights or anything. So it's lame. But I work out with that workout program at nights and stuff. I work pretty hard at it, and weve gotten a bunch of other guys from the district to join in sometimes on ab days haha. Its fun.
The rest of Pday is just laundry, the temple, and just free time to do whatever. It's a really good day, but it's still crazy busy, and it still goes by really really fast.
 
And yeah me and my companion get along fine. he is still having a REALLY hard time with the language, and pretty much everything else, but i'm keeping him here. He goes to the counselor every few days or so. It's just hard sometimes to have to take care of myself AND him, cause we're all kind of in the same boat here, and during the lessons, it's all on me, cause he still doesn't speak very well at all. The lessons are usually 30 minutes or so, and he says one or two lines, and the rest of the time, me and the investigator are talking. And yeah, I see Bailey 3 times a week, we get to talk for a few minutes each time, it's so great to see her every other day, and she sent me a package, it was really nice of her.Oh yeah and the room, is kinda small, we've got 4 elders in there and its kinda like the dorms at BYU-I. So probably like 15X30 or something.. Idk, Im not very good at dimensions, and we dont spend much time in there.
 
 
Anyways, my time is up! I gotta go. thanks for the email, if anyone wants to write, feel free to send letter!  They are literally the best thing in the world!
 
Ate mais!!! Tchau!
 
Elder Victor Trevisanut

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Post from Mom, this week's email is right below this, don't miss it!

Thought I would add some cool information that I received from one of the moms in a Missionary Mom email group that I belong to:


Heather

I wrote my son to tell him that we were friends through the Mission Mom group.  Here is his responce.  I thought you might enjoy it.

**** Just real quick, yes I know Elder Trevisanut. He is a boss! He is one of the coolest guys I have ever met, and he is really solid with the Language and the Gospel. I feel really lucky to have him in my District. His Name IS a little hard, but we all still love him anyway.  Our Portuguese teachers have fun with his name too, pronouncing it as Treh-vuh-zeh-nootch, because that's how a Brazillian would pronounce it. That's really cool that you are friends with his mom. He was telling me earlier today that you two were friends. He's a good guy!

I thought that was pretty fun.  I'm excited that your son got his electronic visa.  Avram was called into the travel office on Monday and also filled out his electronic visa.  Maybe they will be traveling companions.  I have heard once you get the electronic visa in it takes 2 weeks - 2 months, lets pray it goes fast.  I just sat and cried, I guess I didn't realize the stress it was causing me.  I'm excited for them to go to Brazil.  Keep me posted and I will do the same.  I love this group, I have gotten so much good advise.  I'm now busy trying to get a package together of things everyone has suggested that he should take with him. 

Have a great day
Klaudia
MM Elder Avram Twitchell
Curitiba 09/11 - 09/13 (in MTC)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Electronic VISA came today! Getting closer to Brazil!

Oi!
 
Yes, I am keeping very busy here at the MTC. Things are crazy here. This week was pretty good. The language is coming along very well, it's crazy, sometimes I catch myself thinking in Portugues,
and I've only been here for two weeks! It's crazy, but I guess that's what happens when you study a language for 9 hours a day. That's funny that you talked to Elder Twitchell and sister Pattons aunt, they both laughed when I told them that. Elder twitchell is a great guy, and Sister Patton is awesome, we get along really well together.
General Conference was pretty awesome here at the MTC, I've never watched so much of it. We watched every session, so I was sitting on hard bleachers for 10 hours during those two days. It was worth it though, the spirit is so strong here, it was a totally different experience than the usual conference weekend. I really liked Elder Holland's talk, but I also really liked the Relief Society President's talk about fathers, it was a really good one that I'll remember for a long time. But the spirit here is so strong, I wonder how it will be once I leave the MTC, I know I'll definitely be able to feel the difference.
So something awesome happened this week. So on the second day I was here, we got our first investigator, his name is Chico, and we were told to teach him an entire lesson in Portugues..on the second day! It was crazy, but we managed. Anyways, I didn't always talk too much cause Elder Holland is really really good at the language, so I could hardly keep up. But once Elder Holland left, and I was paired up with Elder Frahm, it was kinda all on my shoulders, cause Elder Frahm is not really good at the language at all.. Anyways, we have lessons every other day or so, teaching Chico and getting to know him, and this week was our last lesson, so the pressure was on to get a baptism commitment. So we had a really good prayer beforehand and went in to the lesson.. And we got a baptismal committment!! It was crazy, I swear I was saying things that I didn't know. The "investigators" are really just teachers that we don't know, but they are like highly trained and they act really well. And at that moment, he wasn't a fake investigator, it seemed completely real to me. It was an awesome experience.
My schedule here? It's crazy, I'm busy all day, with very little breaks. It starts out at 6:15 when we wake up, we prepare for the day, and do personal study and companionship study for two hours. Then there's breakfast. After that, we have another hour of personal or language study, then we go to Portugues class. That last about 3 hours until lunch, and then 3 hours after lunch. Then we have an hour of language study with just our companions, and then it's back to the residences to get ready for bed. It's different depending on the day of the week, but that's the jist of it. We also have gym every day somewhere in that craziness, and we have service at 6:00 in the morning on Thursday's. P-Day is sweet, we get to do laundry and emails and really whatever else we want. We also get to go to the Temple every P-Day, I've already been twice since I got here. The schedule is crazy, but once you make it to your first Sunday, everything get's better and you get completely used to the schedule (That's what everyone says, but it's so true). By now it's just an average day. It's crazy, everyone I've talked to agrees with me, but it honestly feels like we've been here for months, but it's only been two weeks, it seriously seems like 2 months ago that I was packing and getting ready to leave.
The visa situation is a very popular subject here at the MTC. So essentially what happened was right about the time the we turned in my visa papers in May, Brazil changed the requirements for the visa's. So they sent ALL the papers back to Salt Lake, and Salt Lake had to redo them, and send them all the way back to Brazil. But everyone who turned in their visa papers the beginning of June or later, knew about the new requirements. So there are TONS of people who got their mission calls in like May and June who already have their elevtronic visa's and are getting shipped out ot Brazil. Like Elder Holland turned in his stuff after me. But everyone in my district (except me, Elder Barkdull, Elder Twitchell, and Sister Patton) have already gotten their electronic visa's. The situation with the electronic visa's is COMPLETELY random. Some people get their visa's a week after they submit their electronic visa, and some people get it 3 months after they submit it, it's completly random, but recently , more and more people are getting their visa's, so things are looking up. And on that note, Me and Elder Twitchell both got our electronic visa's today!!!! We get to fill them out tomorrow!! So now we get to wait for our Visa's, so I'll most likely be going to Brazil in 3-6 weeks, but who knows, it could be only one week. Whatever happens, I'm fine with. They say you learn portugues  way faster here in Provo, because in Brazil, the teachers and students all really want to practice their English, where here in Provo, it's ALL Portugues. But the upside of the Brazil MTC is that you get to proselyte once a week, out in the field and you get to leave the MTC on P-Day's. But whatever happens, happens.
Elder Frahm is a great guy. He is from Ontario, Oregon, and he is going to Belem, Brazil. We get along really well, and we have a lot in common. he really struggles with the language though, and it really discourages him a lot. but it's okay, we are helping each other along, we'll be fine.
Well, I'm way out of time, sorry if I left anything out, if I did, just remind me next time. Tell Cam and Regan thanks for the messages, and tell Rianne that I don't have time to reply this week, but I'll try try really hard next week, (or I may just respond through a letter) Also tell Mike that I'm gonna try to reply to his email right after this, but if I can't then, I'll try to reply next week!
Okay gotta go!! Tchau!
 
Sincerely,
Elder Trevisanut (Pronounced " Trev-is-an-ooch" in Portugues)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A little bit more

I didn't realize that he had sent a second email that he wanted posted also.  Here it is:

"I saw bailey twice since I've been here, it was so great to see her! The first time I saw her I was pretty tired, but I was mostly so happy to see her that I couldn't even think of anything to say. i was just really happy to see her."

His first letter is here!

Oi! Tudo Bem!
 
This past week has been crazy! Sorry if you guys got worried when my email didn't come on Monday, my P-Day is actually on Tuesday here in the MTC.
But I'll just try to fill you in on what has been happening the past week. It is crazy here. It's only been 6 days, and it honestly has felt like a month. Not necessarily in a bad way though. When I first got off the plane, I met some other missionaries who were going to the MTC, so we all introduced, and got acquainted and such (and Mom, everything was fine, no problems with the flight, the luggage or finding the shuttle), I met an Elder named elder Kim( I think) And he told me he was from Rancho Cordova, so i asked him if he knew the Wallaces, and he replied, '"Like Bishop Wallace?" And I knew Grandpa was a Bishop so I said Yeah. Turns out he's from Grandma & Grandpa's ward, and he was telling me that he was mad that 'Bishop Wallace' couldn;t make it to his farewell because he was "at some other missionaries farewell." I told him that he was at mine, so we had a pretty good laugh.
After suffering through a 45 minute shuttle ride to the MTC (there were 6 missionaries in a 7 seater mini van PLUS all the luggage, so it was pretty uncomfortable), we got there and did orientation and stuff. It was so surreal actually being in the MTC, it took a while to sink in. But we did orientation, got our name tags, and did all the usual stuff, and then went straight to classes. I don't have too much time to write, so I'll condense this first day... long story short, it was the longest day of my life(mainly because only having got 4 our of sleep over the past 48 hours). we got right into classes, learning Portugues, and everything you can think of. There was no time to even stop and breathe, it was just go go go. But I've gotten used to it, that's how it is every day here, and it's been pretty great. Every day we have 6-8 hours of class time, 2-3 hours of study, and the rest of the time is eating and getting ready and stuff.
The portugues is coming along pretty good, it's so crazy how fast you learn stuff here. Like I said before, I've only been here 6 days, and I've learned so much. I can already do basic conversation, pray, bear testimony, and I already have a pretty good vocab ( tell Mike if he wants to send me something in Portugues, that would be sweet). the way they teach here is they do every in Portugues, my teacher, Irma Gonzalez, never speaks English...EVER. As in, I've never heard her say a single word in english yet, and we spend about 45 hours a week in her class. It's super fun though, and I love the language.
My companion's name was Elder Holland, he's from Raymond, Washington and he's going to Brasilia, Brazil. He's a language genius. By now, he's already on the verge of being fluent he's just so good at it. We've taught 3 lessons with an investigator (named Chico) and Holland just talks and talks and talks, and I can hardly keep up. The lessons went well though. On a different note, to be honest he really bugged me (I won't get into that) , BUT he got his visa 3 days ago and he left for Brazil this morning, so it was kinda nice, even though I feel kinda bad about it. my new companion is Elder Frahm, he's going to Belem, Brazil, he's a guy from my district, he's pretty cool. The other Elders and sisters in my district are awesome. Elder Barkdull, Twitchell, Hobbs and Reeves are all going to Curitiba, they're awesome, but I'm almost out of time, so I'll tell you about them later. Sister Patton and Sister Horkley (her family owns Horkley's in rexburg, Rianne will enjoy that) are awesome, they're really fun to talk to. the other Elders are Elder Johnson and Glenn (going to Belem and Bel Horizonte).
I've got like two minutes left, so I gotta hurry. I see Brad Dial every day( Sam, if you read this, I gave him a HUGE hug for you ;)), it's great to see him, we talk a bunch. I've also seen Chase and Taylor Mcdonnell once, it was nice to catch up with them.
I'm am out of time, so I've gotta go!
 
Love Elder Trevisanut

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It's Finally Here!

Well everyone, it's for real now, it's finally here. I leave tomorrow for Provo to spend two months in the MTC, before I head out to Brazil. I am so excited to go!!! Starting to feel the anxiety coming in though!! Make sure to check back on this blog every week to see how I'm doing on my mission!! Below are some pictures from my farewell and my last week home! (If you scroll down lower, on the right side of the page, there is a "join this site" button, click that to follow this blog)




Saturday, September 10, 2011

11 Days Away!!!! Check out my Blog!!

This is just another quick test post (I'm showing my mom how all of this stuff works)

Anyways, it's getting closer, I leave in 11 days, don't forget to check back on this site weekly if you want to see my weekly email!

Monday, August 8, 2011

43 Days Away!!!! (Test Post)

Hey everyone! As most of you know, I will be leaving for my mission to Brazil pretty soon and if you would like to see how I'm doing throughout my mission, this is where you should look. I will still write personal letters to any of you who want to write me, but my mom will be posting all of my emails, letters, pictures, etc.

So this is kind of a test post, to see how everything looks on this page, so I'm just posting some pictures I found online of Brazil and Curitiba, they're kinda cool.
Also, this page is for all of you guys, so if you have any ideas on things I should add to make it better/cooler/easier for you guys, let me know!

Sao Paulo CTM (MTC)
I'll be here for two months for language training and more in-depth gospel study

This is the Temple in Curitiba, Brazil. It's brand new, just built in 2008

Here's a map of Brazil, Curitiba's down there in the Southeast, it's the closest big city to Sao Paulo, so the plane ride after I leave the MTC shouldn't be too long

City of Curitiba.
Nothing like Sao Paulo, but it still looks pretty big if you ask me

Okay, so this should work for a test post, thanks for checking this out, I leave in just over a month, so new posts will be coming soon! If you want to follow this page, just click "Join this Site" on the bottom right hand of the page. See ya in a month or so!