Só Os Fortes Servem No Norte Missão Brasil Belém

Só Os Fortes Servem No Norte Missão Brasil Belém
Só Os Fortes Servem No Norte Missão Brasil Belém

Monday, November 29, 2010

Its just straight huts and jungle out there

Let me just start off this email just saying that my sweat is just rolling through my eyes. I just love sweating like a sprinkler here haha. Ahhh Ole El Paso. Thats cool that everyone is talking about me haha. All the experiences im having are coming out of hard work. Ive never worked so hard in my life. Blisters are normal here for missionaries. Because your feet are pretty much always moist and the walking is just indescribable how much we walk everyday. I have lost sooo much weight I know. haha, Im looking so beautiful out here. I work out every morning. I do sets of sit ups pushups and curls. And then walk alllllll day. So when I come back, Im going to look pretty beastly haha. Oh, and my strict diet of rice beans and fruit haha. And yea, its a rule to have baptisms every week here haha. So we try our best. We had 2 more baptisms this week. I baptized the husband of the wife I baptized last week. So now their whole family is baptized! WOOT! They feel like my family now.

And the other baptism was Dora, and she was baptized by her son. It was great.

In Marituba we have 1 church building. its pretty new. The others are all in different areas.
Guarana Tuchua is only of the state of Para! And its flippin amazing! Im going to smuggle some home.

A Liter of Acai
 And Acai! I want to have you guys experiment this stuff so bad! Its my favorite thing to eat here! They eat it similar for how we eat ice cream. you buy it in liters. And we buy 1 liter for each of us at least 1 time a week. I tried to down one liter by myself and I almost died the next day mom. I dont know what I was thinking. This is the most powerful fruit ever... It put me to sleep for like 3 hours of a nap.. but it was cool because we couldnt leave the house anyway because it was raining super hard nonstop for like 5 hours.. I have one pic but it was during like halfway through.

At the end of the storm everything was flooded. Everyones houses just got smoked with water. They just stack all the stuff up on chairs and push the water out at the end like nothing happened. The houses here are big enough for a bedroom kitchen and sitting room. Super small. And no, I still havnt gotten any packages letters or anything. Im just in a different world. Every time I think about home, it just feels like a dream land that I use to live in. If you have a package that you are going to send or the next one that you do send. Put in Peanut Butter! And deodorant. The people here try to mooch stuff off of me that are American. Im just like nooo way guys I need this to live out here. We had an investigator that lives in Taua, which is like an hour away by bus from Marituba. Its just straight huts and jungle out there. I flippin love it! Ohhhh my goodness the sun here is just too powerful. It drains me. Look closely in the pics at my hair color, I swear its turning blonde. And I have a flippin tan line on my body in the shape of my tie!! Its pretty legit. But yea! Marituba!! LOVE IT! Biggest area in the mish! Ghettos! Slang! Membros are great!! Ive got the coolest Para accent in the world. But yea, I dont know what else to say! Probably missed a billion things I should have said! My testimony has grown so much. If I even had one before the mission. But now its super strong!! And only getting stronger. Because ONLY THE STRONG SERVE IN THE NORTH!! BRASIL, BELEM MISSAO!! I love that motto. I love you guys, Have a great week!!

Elder Arroyo

Monday, November 22, 2010

Boa Dia

Good day mom! So transfers were last week! And I got a new comp!! Hes actually helping me! finnally haha. His name is Elder Magnere. Hes from Curitiba. And hes 25 years old. He speaks pretty good english. haha. So yea still in Marituba! Love it here! So yesterday we had 2 baptisms. It was great. 
``Looks like heaven huh``
We made it possible for one family to prepare to get sealed in the temple and the husband of the wife that I baptised yesterday will get baptised next week. I love doing baptisms. So Yesterday, we went to a members house to eat lunch and after lunch shes like Can yall give my mom a blessing shes really sick. So we went into her moms room and she looked awful. And its sooo hot here, that
when your sick its sooo miserable. So I have no idea how to give a blessing in portuguese.. And this is the most powerful spiritual experiance I have ever had in my life. I put my hands on her head, and didnt say anything for like a minute. And then, I just new exactly what to say. It was way cool. Ill never forget it. But im getting use to everything here. Im not getting homesick as often or feeling
miserable anymore. Im feeling great! Today is my 5 month mark! next month I get to burn a tie!! Im getting way to excited for that
``Movin the ole books in style``

AHHHH SNAP!! So the other day!!! Ohhhhh the other day haha. We get home and were exhausted and I walk in the house and turn on the light, and walk to my desk, and then I throw my pen on my desk and BOOM! A jungle wanderer ran off my desk and onto the wall! I never screamed soo loud in my life.. these are the fastest spiders here. They are brown with suuuuper long legs. and they have a glowing eye. So it was just chillin on the wall for like 2 minutes and we were just staring at it. and I got my camera and gave it to my comp and I was like dude, Im going to get this thing out of here, if I die, give this video to my parents. So we didnt have a flame thrower so I had to use my broom. And I batted that thing out the door and it ran down the sidewalk! AHHH!! I hate those things!! another story. We were in benevides and waiting for a bus back to marituba, (I did tell yall I cover 3 cities right?) And I was like dude, I need to use to bathroom. And hes like just go over there off the road. So Its pitch black, and im afraid of everything in the world out here and I walk like 5 feet off the road, and SLASH! I fell in a hole full of water!! Ohh my comp couldnt stop laughing.. hahaha. My whole leg was soaked.. Sooo much stuff happens out here that I just want to tell you, But Just dont have enough time. Ill just say, Im having the time of my life. I really do feel like a new person. And having this tag on me just makes it a hundered times better. We get soo much respect out here. When people see us for if we ask to come in there home they dont hesitate to give us everything we need. They have such a different view on life than the people in the US. 
``Another day,
another amazing breakfast``
I would love to move back here after the mish. But its just to different of a lifestyle. My portuguese is getting even better. I can understand people, and talk with them. Just need to expand my vocab more. Hows El Paso? I totally forgot about Thanksgiving... Hows all the fam? Well got to send you some pics! Love you all!
Elder Arroyo

Monday, November 15, 2010


Another week another baptism! I feel like all our hard work and prayers are rewarded with baptisms. Yesterday we baptized Jay Anderson. It was another great experience.
Elder Arroyo, Jay Anderson and Elder Silva Da Santos
 He has a lot of friends in the church, so I dont think hes going to have a problem with activity. But we have been praying to find families to teach. And this week..All we found were families.. haha. I love this!! So we have baptisms planned every week of this year of families haha. But it takes a lot of work to get them all together for the lessons and round them up for church! Cant wait to just get them in the water!! haha. Ok, so the state of Para is VERY different compared to other parts of Brasil. They just do their own thing here. Their language is different and their lifestyle. Im still getting used to Shushing all my words. ``um doush tresh quartro cinco sesh haha. You just got to shush everything for the people to understand you. One thing that is awkward is during every single one of our lessons with a family the Senhora or Women of the house, will breast feed her child out of nowhere. Everything is just soo open here. Nothing is awkward to anyone. Thats what I love the most!! Ahh, The other day it was like 8:50 at night and we were on our way home, and it just started to pouuuurrrr!! But we are like no, we gotta be home by nine! so we just booked it and got soaked! It was crazy! And it rained like all night. It was pretty cold that night. Well, I dont even remember what cold is, so it wasnt as hot haha. 
My feet
I took it this morning. its starting to calice up. but it use to be huge! 
The members here are my family now. When I eat at there houses, theyre like PODE COMER MIAS ELDER haha. So basically they love it when I eat all there food. Ahhh, my favorite drink here is definitely Guarana! this stuff is amazing! My fridge has to have this in it at all times. We get 50 reals a week. And thats pretty hard to live on in Marituba. Because our area covers 3 cities and we have to use the bus. I still havent gotten that package that you sent. They say it takes about a transfer to get a package. soooo if you send my Christmas one! Send it quick! ha. But load it with goodies! 2nd time with no email from parents.!! lame! This is like my favorite thing to do! It keeps me from going nuts. So if you can, even just write a sentence. Well, im going to attempt to send some more pics! I love you guys! Keep it real! Pray for me and my life. 
Tchau, Elder Arroyo
My Hedge
im def sleepin in that when I get home.
yall should try it.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Did I tell you I sleep in a hedge?

Bom Dia mai!! ha, My feet! They look like rocks haha. Yesterday I just wore my flipflops instead of my shoes haha, it looked pretty legit. Everyone loved it. MY stomach, My stomach is doing better. Ive adjusted to the food here I think, Cause I eat a lot now haha. I love it!! But the fruit is what will get ya! haha. Theres soo much, and for my innocent stomach some fruits can do some damage haha. But Im feeling a lot better. Ummmm, I dont think the time changed here. I dont know. I dont even use my watch. I know exactly what time it is by just looking at the sun. Ahhh I got a huge sunburn like 3 days ago, cause I forgot to put on my sunscreen.. It hurt soo bad. But I woke up the next day, and I had a beautiful tan.

 Oh yea! SO we moved on saturday! Our new house is sooo sweet! And its right next to the church! Were going to finish moving all the big stuff today!

ANWAYS! The people accept me. There are some people that see me and just think *american, he just thinks hes better than us* but then I talk to them and joke around and theyre like ahhh this guy is one of us haha. You have to have a sense of humor with the people here. Cause in Marituba its just straight ghettos.
First Baptism- Anderson

I sing everywhere I go. I found my voice. The people love the way I sing in portuguese. I sang in a duet with a lady in our word for our baptism last week, and it was legit. My piano skills are going off the wall! Thanks Sister Burton! I love just playing random stuff and singing with the people. Even though I dont understand what im singing half the time haha. Or vice versa. And yea the kids sing the same songs of course in portuguese. The kids loooove *Elder Ahoys* haha its what the kids call me. Its easier for them. They get food in the first class, and they know that elder Ahoyo has a snack tax haha. We have a lot of baptisms coming up. We have a bunch of investigators preparing to be baptized on the same day so our goal for this month is 14. so we have 3 days to baptize 14 people. Its going to be very fun!
First Baptism- Anderson

And I pray sooooo much here. I feel like I walk with the Lord everyday, and he is just holding my hand. But hes also tearing me apart. Hes turning me into a humble piece of poop! haha and it hurts!! After he tears me apart hes going to rebuild me into a man. I cant wait. Oh, Did I tell you I sleep in a hedge? Or a hammock. Its pretty legit haha. And comfortable, its my comps old one. So I didnt have to buy one. Ill get a picture of me in it for you. Hows work going for everyone? Are yall still partyin with the burtons? Hows Reo and Mark? And has Preston left yet?
Oh, And I dont know our address. But we live in Marituba. And if you go to google maps and look. Look for a Big Statue of Jesus. It almost looks like a doll. And youll be able to find our church from that and we live in an apartment building next to the church. But our area is huge.

2nd Baptism- Aline
Oh, and for my natal package. Just a couple Ideas for what I want haha are. A small cheapo MP3 player with a lot of EFY and church songs on it. Ask Melody to help with that. She has good taste! And small speakers. And Crocs!! I would love me a pair of crocs!! And cheese in a can! And whatever little goodies you want to send. But thats what I would really love to have here. Sorry this email was lame. Its hard for me to remember everything that I did during the week when I email home. I just get too excited and forget everything. Anyways I love you guys! And Im going to attempt to send some pics home now! Wish me luck haha! Tchau!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Talking in portuguese just feels as normal as talking in english now

Happy Birthday mom!!! Yes of course I remembered haha. I LOVE IT HERE!!! Its taking a while to get use to, but im hanging in there. Yea, remember last week when i said my stomach was starting to get upset? well, Ive been sick now for 4 days. But ive never stayed home! Ive been working everyday. Ive just had to use random peoples houses to use the bathroom... I want to say soo much, but have soo little time!! My stomach is getting better. So dont worry. One of our investigators that lives out in the forest (takes us like 40 minutes to walk to her house) Gave me some piece of a tree, and I thinks its helping a lot. Their house is just a hut made out of sticks and they have 3 kids. They all love me haha. They want to help me so much because i know nothing out here except the gospel. So they took us around their house and gave us a bunch of fruit from their trees! Sooooo much fruit!! I played a stick game with their kids, and its hard to explain, but it hurts if they get you. and it ended up being 3 on 1 haha. So I got bruised up. its kind of like sword fighting, but your on a dead ACAI tree and balancing. theyre amazing haha. So we had another baptism!! WOO! It went great! I love baptisms!
I have some kind of gel that keeps the bugs off of me. one of our members made it for me. it works really good. My feet are awful, I dont even want to think about them. But theyre starting to calice up. So thats good. And no, I havnt gotten your package yet. Its prolly at the mission office. thats where we get our stuff. And I wont be getting transferred for a while, Lets just say, I already know my comp is leaving this transfer and Im getting a new comp in my area. So I have to learn everything really fast. Our house is junk. So while I was talking to president about my comp. He told me to go buy a better house!! YEA! So we found a better one and are prolly moving in this week. WOO!
Oh, Last week Elder Grown talked to us from the 70. It was great. I got to see half the members in the mission. We got there by bus. It took about an hour. I love our ward, could use some work, but I love them. The members feed us everyday for lunch and I just love it!! Most of the time. But they love to feed my different things for an experience haha. And I love all of them! I wish I could tell you what they are giving me but I have no idea what it is, it just tastes amazing. and its wayyyyyy too hard to explain.
Ahh! We have a bakery next to our house, so for breakfast I buy 2 loafs of this bread that is sweet and amazing! And I eat that for breakfast and for snack. And every once in a while we will stop for food when we see a vendor, cause theyre everywhere.
My portuguese is getting a lot better. And im really starting to catch what the people are saying. Talking in portuguese just feels as normal as talking in english now, its soo weird. Its still flippin hot haha. That will never change. And still raining everyday. Half the time we just walk through it and get soaked, cause it feels sooooo good haha. My shirts are turning yellow. But I dont even care, cause people dont even wear shirts here.
Well! Theres sooo much I wanted to say but couldnt! Dont have enough time! sorry! I love you family!! Tchau!! Im going to try to send some pics now!! Wish me luck haha! Thcua!

Elder Arroyo
Also mom, If anyone is commenting on anything about my mission email those to me. Theyre always great. If you send me a package. I would love to have any kind of american snack! Cheese in a can please! haha and american candy. but nothing that can easily melt, cause im in an oven haha. Defintly cheese in a can though haha. And koolaid packets maybe. And ill probably need more pepmobimal haha. For realz... not fun.. Love you!! Bye!
Well, pics didnt work. I dont think the USB port on this comp works. Sorry. Guess I have to wait another week.