Monday, November 21, 2016

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

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