Monday, November 28, 2016

Week 5 - Thanksgiving re-cap

This week was crazy, so put down that left over pumpkin pie that that you're eating and listen up. Wednesday started like any other day. We got up at 6:30 and did the normal routine. We went to class for our normal 3 hour blocks of learning and studying but after we finished exercise things started getting crazy. I was just sitting there minding my own business, eating some MTC food that wasn't spectacular when out of no where my district leader handed me a piece of paper. My heart jumped into my throat. It was our travel plans. Our district and all the other non-brazilian portuguese speaking districts are leaving for our missions by next Tuesday. We are the last to leave. We leave on Tuesday. Everyone was so excited that we couldn't concentrate when we got back to the classroom. It was chaos.

If I were you I would stay seated. On Thursday we didn't get to watch football games, instead we had three devotionals. The first was by Neil L Anderson. He talked about being thankful, how appropriate. I sang in the choir, we sang Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. There were enough other missionaries that it sounded beautiful even though I sounded like a dying cow. The second devotional we had was about service. We had a service project afterward where we made meals for children in Utah. Our third devotional of the day was more of a talent show. It was really cool seeing other missionaries bear their testimonies through their talents and music. Thanksgiving lunch was not as delicious as back home. And they only had pumpkin and apple pie. The MTC store black Friday sale did not live up to the hype. Everything was still full price.


This week really picked up when started to debate the nature of sandwhiches. We had a lot of debates about whether hot dogs are sandwiches. Which they are, some people feel very strongly that they are not, even though they clearly are. That's just my unbiased opinion. 

It snowed this morning and it looks like it is going to stick this time. There isn't going to be that much snow in Portugal so it's good that we're getting it now. 

Ether 12:6 is a great scripture I came across this week. It is after the trial of our faith that we find things are true. This has been a very trying time for me, but this has also been the greatest growth of my testimony in my life.
Until Next Week

Monday, November 21, 2016

Pics - Week 4

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks to everyone who wrote letters, they were much appreciated.

It was really cold this week.  It also snowed this week. It happened over night and was gone by the next day, but it happened. I took it as a sign that exercise should be inside from now on. Speaking of exercise I ran, to get some more ice cream in the cafeteria. They have BYU creamery Ice cream on Sundays and on Wednesdays, a true blessing from the lord.

All of our zone leaders who were here when we arrived are leaving tomorrow. None of them got their visas to Brazil so they are going stateside speaking Spanish. It's sad to see them go, they have been such great examples to us. They leave tomorrow morning.

Brother Regehr is still recovering from his ACL surgery so we had a substitute teacher Sister Tilton. She went to Lisbon Portugal on her mission. She got back from her mission in June. She talks with a Portuguese accent instead of a Brazilian one. She loves the Portuguese people so much, I can see it in her eyes when she talks about Portugal.

One time this week elder Angulo and I were teaching one of our investigators Teresa (in Portuguese). We were wrapping up the lesson so we asked if she say the closing prayer. When she was praying I heard Elder Angulo doing something. I opened my eyes to check and I saw that he was laughing. I couldn't contain myself so I started to laugh as well. There we were, two missionaries, laughing at our investigator trying to pray for the first time. We are horrible. Sister Tilton was not happy with us after wards. It would be horrible if it happened only once but it happened again with our investigator Bianca. It was really bad.

My Portuguese is getting better. I can actually understand what the teacher or the investigators are saying now. Responding is trickier but I can get my point across. It’s fun teaching people not lessons. Looking back at how far we have come since the first day is amazing. Now when I ask questions I’m not just staring blanking and freaking out on the inside because I don’t understand, I’m listening and learning.
I have been thinking about something that I heard this past week. Somebody said that you are called to speak in the language that you can communicate best in. That blows my mind not only mostly because I can’t communicate at all in Portuguese. It makes me less stressed about the language and also probably explains why I never did well in English.

We have been learning about the Book of Mormon a lot this week. I have set a goal to finish the Book of Mormon before I leave the MTC. I just finished Alma yesterday. “The Book of Mormon is the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book”. The Book of Mormon is true.
Tchau tchau for now,
Elder Fogg

Monday, November 14, 2016


Week 3 already

I can't believe it's week 3 already. The days here are so long and I feel so tired but the time flies. A day feels like a week and a week feels like a day. I am almost halfway done with the MTC. Brother Regehr ( our second teacher that was our 1st investigator) tore his ACL on Monday playing flag football. On Tuesday he was teaching class and he got a call from the hospital. He had an emergency surgery that he didn't know about so he had to leave class early. Since Tuesday we have had about every teacher that teaches Portuguese at the MTC. It's great having different teachers because it brings so many different perspectives but its also kind of sporadic.

We don't get any news here (so if someone could hit me up with some news regularly that would be great). The only things I know have happened since I left is the Cubs won the World Series in the 10th inning and that Trump won. That's about it. I am also a boss at four square. 

My companion has an identical twin that is also speaking Portuguese. It's hard to tell them apart sometimes. There are also a lot of Portuguese speakers here. There are going to be over 100 Portuguese speakers in our zone next week (there are usually 20-30). There are a lot of missionaries going to Brazil that still haven't gotten their visas. 

Elder Martel was heading to Lisbon the transfer before we arrived but had emergency surgery before he left so he had to stay an extra two weeks in the MTC. It was a blessing having him around because he actually knew how to speak Portuguese. The rest of us would always go to him for help. I can't wait to see him again in Portugal.

We have been studying teaching by the spirit this week. The spirit is such a blessing; it is gift from Heavenly Father. Without it I don't know how to teach because what I'm saying is not Portuguese. We teach people not lessons, and the way we do that is by the spirit.
Elder Fogg

Congrats to the LBXC girls on back to back states. Congrats to the Guys on runner-up.

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