Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What missionaries do during the World Cup. . .

Nothing!  Missionaries don't really do much, it sounds like.  I guess that explains the short letter and no personal letter to me this week!

From Elder Darke:
Eu estou muito ben aqui em brazil.  Estou muito feliz, e tam ben eu estou vive :D.  O copa e muito loco, mais e muito bom :D.
    Realmente o copa e que e muito popular agora.  Todos pessoas esta asistendo o copa.  Drante o jogo do brazil Todo mundo e em o casa´s dele assistindo o copa.  E muito loco.  Mais e ben.
    Presidente guardner e ciando o missao este semana.  e nos vai tem um novo presidente em o dia 28 eu ash.  Mais eu tem muito esperanca por essie novo presidnete.  Eu sei coises vou mudar, e tam ben eles vai seu ben :D.  So preseso trababar ben, e diligentemente :D.
    Meu novo companeto e ben de mais.  Ele tem 1 metre e 95 e ash.  Ele e alto de mais.  Mais ele e bom.  Ele mordo em Rio.  Entau issue e sheeky.  :D.
    Realmente nao muito novo aconteceu este semana.  O copa do mundo e o focolizar de todo mundo realmente.  Brazil e fazendo bem em o copa, e e pocino mais dificil para ensinar quando pessoas focolizando em o copa.  Mais nos estamos ajudando todos pessoas este nos podemos :D
-Elder Darke

ENGLISH (sort of)
  I am doing really well here in brazil.  I am really happy and i am also still alive, so that is good :D.  The cup is getting crazy, like really crazy bu i am doing well :D.
    really the world cup is the thing that is most popular here right now.  everyone is watching the cup, like all the time :D.  A lot of people dont have work becuase its like a holiday sort of.  Kids dont have school for a month so they can watch the cup.  its really crazy.  During the brazil games, everyone is in their houses watching it.  No one is in the streets.  then after the games there is party´s and fireworks.  its really werid :D
    President Guardner is leaving the mission this week.  We had his offical fairwell on thursday.  it was sad. but at the same time it was inspiring.  He told us to continue working, that the mission cant slow down for the new president, but that he will just need to hold on until he gets used to it :D.  He was a good mision presidnet, but i am also excited for the next one :D.
    My new companion is really cool.  He is like 1 meter e 95 centimeters tall :D.  He is really cool though.  He lives in Rio.  He has an accent that is a little difficult for me, but i will learn to understand him better :D.
    really nothing new happened this week that i can remember.  everyone is focused on the cup.  Brazil is playing well in the cup, so it also doesnt look like they are going to loose anytime soon :P.  We are helping people the best we can in the circumstances we have been given.  Its good, and it can only get better :D.
-Elder Darke
Well, that's the Short of it!
Melanie (mom)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sobradinho, Work and Maracjuas (pictures!)

Here's a letter from Elder Darke, guess what he got transferred!

From Elder Darke:
    Este semana foi muito ben!  Eu esta muito certeza este eu fou seu transferedo este semana entau eu falo chou para todos o membros eu sabemos, e para ajuda eles meu ultimos ves em eu podge.  Todos membros entengie este eu vou seu transferedo mais eles sentir comfortavel sabemos este meu companeto Elder Beaty vai ficar em estancia.  Eu vou falar que aconteceu em transferencias.
    Mais primedo nos faz um projecto de servico sabado e issue e muito ben!  mais o problema e nos nao sabamos sobre o projecto de servico anties este dia, e nos tem nosso celephone em siolente.  Entao o projecto aconteceu e todos o membros em a projecto estando legando nos.  Depois pocino tempo nos perceberar este pessoas legar nos.  Depois issue nos ir para o projecto :D.  Foi muito ben :D.
    Tao bom, por o transferencia, nos tem um legacao este eu vou seu transferedo.  Eu espectar issue.  Que nos nao espectar e Quando o leaderes falar este meu companeto vou seu transferedo tam ben.  Meu companeto esperar por 10 minutues e depois legar eles dinovo e pergunta em eles esta serdio.  Estes estau, e depois nos ir para transferencias.  4 malas em um onibus e pocino difficial, mais nos ir para transferencias com nao problemas, e todos coises esta ben :D.  
    AGORA eu esto em um area chamando Sobradino.  Brazil tem um estado chamdo Distrito federal.  (tem mias tam ben).  Eu estou em o cidade Sobradino em o DF de Brazil.  E eu perceberar hoje este eu nao falo sobre o Terra aqui em brazil.  Entau eu vou explicar agorda.  Brazillia tem que eu vou chamando pocino montonas.  O coises estrangedo e todo cidade eu ver e constrir em o cabeca de um montana.  Eu nao seu em issue e por que o muito choova aqui, ou que.  Mais e muito interesado.  Em o Mais baixo parte de todos de este poco montanas tem muito avordies.  Como eu imaginar O ´´Rain Forest´´ para aparecer.  Este e muito sheeky.  todos oltro partes de brazillia este eu ver tem avordies, mais normal avordies.  Nao como ´´rain forest´´ avordies :D.
    Hoje eu estau pensado muito sobre trabalio.  Mais nao todo trabalio, mais fazendo todos de nossa trabalio ben.  Eu cai meu area, e meu companeto tem ben.  Entao o Novo elderes vou seu mutio perdido por pocino tempo.  E issue muito dependir em nos, em nos trabalio com muito diligentamente, todos coises vai seu ben.  Em nao, issue vai seu dificial por o novo elderes.  Tam ben Pai celestial tem trabalio por todo mundo.  Um trabalio differente por todo pessoa.  Nos preseso faz nosso parte ben para ajuda o purpositos de o Senhor progredir e preparar para voltar o presensia de deus.  Issue e por que nos estamos em o mundo.  Nos preseso faz nossa parte ben, or nos vou sentir o recomendação de nossa desicaos.
-Elder Darke

ENGLISH!  (sort of :D)
    This week was really amazing!  During the week I was sure i was going to get transfered and my companion was going to stay, so i said my goodbyes to everyone and tried to help everyone as much as i could for the little time i thought i had left.  The members understood eu was leaving (becuase they all thought i was going to leave as well) but they found comfort in the fact my companion was staying.  We were all just speculating on what was going to happen :D.
    Before I talk about that though i want to talk about a service project we did this week that was really fun! :D.  The only problem was we though the project of service was going to be on another day so we didnt show up on time.  All the members started calling us to make sure we were alive, but we had also put our phone on silent on accident.  After a while we noticed someone had called and we called them back.  So we eneded up going to the project and helping out.  It was really fun actually, and only a few members made a little fun of us for showing up late :D.
    Ok, now i will talk about the transfer.  So i already talked about what i thought what would happen.  What actually happened was our leaders called us and said i was going to be transfered (i saw that comming).  They also said my companion was going to be transfered (didnt see that comming).  My companion waited for 10 minites and called them again and asked if they were serious.  they said yes.  :D.  having 4 large things of luggage on an bus is hard to control.  However we made it to transferes, we didnt die, and everything went well.
    I am now serving in a city called Sobradino.  Brazil has a lot of states, and one of them is called the federal district.  This is a state with all the goverment buildings and things.  So i am in a city called Sobradino, in the Federal District of Brazil :D.  Its really pretty here :D.  On saying that though i realize i have never really talked much about the terrain here.  Very well, Brazillia is mainly made up of ´´rolling hills´´.  It doesnt have mountains, and it isnt very flat.  The weird thing is all the cities here are built on the side of these hills.  I dont know if its becuse of the rain, or it was just easier that way or what.  but all the cities ive seen are built on the side of the hills.
    At the bottom of the hills, where all the water runs after rain falls, there is a dense collection of trees.  Its like little forrests at the bottom of all the hills :D.  Like Rain forest collection of trees.  All over the hills (where people havnt cut them down) there are other, not quite as rain foresty trees.  but its kindof cool :D.
    Today i havnt been thinking a lot obout work.  but not all kinds of work, but doing our work well.  I left my area with my companion.  There will be new elders in our place that dont have our experience about the area.  It will probably be difficult at first.  How difficult really depends on us.  If we worked hard, and did everything we were suppost to (belive me, we tried to :D).  It will be less difficult for the new elders.  If we didnt do our work, it will be really hard for the new elders.  When i think of this i think of how our heavenly father has a plan for each one of us.  He has things that he needs us to do.  It is unique for everybody, however we need to do our part well.  For ´´whatever thou art, act well thy part´´.  If we do this we will be preparing ourselves to return to the presense of our Heavenly Father.  This is why we are here, and if we work well we will one day receive the reward for our actions :D.
-Elder Darke

These pictures are of a bird in a member's home.  It broke it's wing and she keeps it as a pet.  Below is a fruit that if you drink it's juice it makes you fall asleep. Mr Fruit, Ninja missionary of course would like this.  The last picture is of some banana bread that Elder Darke made with the slices of a smiley face cut out of it.

That all folks,
Love, Melanie (mom)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Fantaulisticly, Free Will and Soccer!

Here's a great email from Elder Darke.  By the way, he asks that if you'd like to hear more from him to give me your email and I can forward it on.  He'd really like his friends that'll be gone when he gets backs emails.  Hint, Hint, Bryan, Thayne, Erin and Dylan!

From Elder Darke:
Este semana e muito ben!  Eu gosto muito! :D
    Primedo nos ir para agreja e nos tem um membro convite um amego dele para agreja!  Nos ensinar este amigo muito tempo antes, mais o pai dele nao gosto agreja muito.  Nos pensamos este nos nao vou ver ele dinovo.  Mais este e cinco semanas anties.  E ele ir a igreja!  Eu estou muito feliz por que issue acenteceu :D.
    Nos tem um actividade de zona hoje!  e muito ben e nos jogar footiball e comomos muito carne e frango e pão :D.  Eu estou muito consado agorda, mais e muito muito ben :D.  depois pocino tempo o oltro elderes tem coises de agua, e comecar ajuda todos pessoas seu mulhado.  issue e interesado :D.
    Oltro de issue nos tem muito pessoas nos estamos ajudando.  Em veses e muito triste por que este pessoas e nao fazendo coises para ajuda eles sabemos este igreja e verdedeiro.  Mais tem ben e feliz por que oltro pessoas esta fazendo o coises para ajuda eles sabemos igreja e verdedeiro.  E eu gosto o felizidade muito mais de o tristesa :P.
    Tam ben nos ir para o area de o sisters para faz um intervista babtismal!  Este e muito ben!  O area do o sisteres e longe, mais para faz um intervista babtismal e muito ben :D.  meu companeto faz o intervesta e eu ajuda todos pessoas seu feliz quando eu faz brincadedas em o piano :D. e ben :D
    Eu estau lendo o livro de mormon e eu esta markardo todos o coises este falo sobre o evangelho de Jesus cristo como fé, arrependimento, babtismal, O Dom do espirito Santo, e preseverar até o fim.  E quando eu fazendo issue eu pensar muito sobre o ultimo coises.  Preseverar ate o fim.  Nossa vida e muito corto.  Mais o tempo nos tem e para ajuda nos preparar ate o fim.  Este e muito importante.  Nos preseso faz todos, e depois continuar fazendo este coises.  E não para.  Em nos faz issue, nos podemos ir para o reino celestial.  Este e muito importante.  Este e mias importante de todos oltro coises.  Vida Eterna.  Não tem um melhor dom de deus de issue.
-Elder Darke

ENGLISH!  (sort of :D)
      This week was super fantaulisticly amazing!  I really liked it!
  First i need to tell you that when we went to church sunday, one of the members invited his friend to church.  This friend has not come to church in 5 weeks becuase his dad wanted him to be catholic when we were teaching him, but apparently he is not worried about it anymore!  Its soo cool!  I never expected to see him again!  but he came to church!  I was so happy sunday!  it was such an amazing suprise :D.
    Also today we had an activity of our zone.  It was super fun!  we played soccer!  and ate meat! and bread!  and played more soccer!  So right now i am really tired!  but it was totally worth it!  :D.  About half way through the activity some of the elders decided that intergrating water into it would be fun :D.  So they started filling up water balloons,  When that didnt work they just started dragging people over to an area with a hose and drenched them :D.  It was fun :D.  
    Other then this we just have a lot of people that we are trying to help right now :D.  At times it is a little sad becuse these people that you start to love just arnt doing the right things.  Its soo sad becuase we know what will help them be happy, we know what will help them have a better life.  However on the flip side, we also have a lot of people that are doing these things to have a better life and be happy.  They are reading the book of mormon, they are praying and going to church.  These people help me be really really happy :D.  And i like being happy a lot more then i like being sad :D.
    Oh!  also we went to the area of the sisters in our district.  Its a little far away but while we were there we did a babtism interveiw!  it was totally worth it :D.  My companion did the interveiws, and I was entertaining people by playing around on the piano.  It was an electric one, so it have a bunch of different sound options, so i was playing with it :D.
    As i am reading the book of mormon this time i am trying to mark all the times it talkes about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Faith, Repentence, Babtism, The Gift of the holy ghost, and continuing strongth until the end.  As i have been doing this i have been thinking a lot about the last step.  Continueing strong until the end.  Our life is really short, in the eternal sceme of things.  However what happens in this life effects what will happen for ever after.  We need to be strong for this small period of time so we may receive the eternal reward that we all desperatly want :D.  If we do this we will be able to go to the celestial kingdom,  This is really important.  Actually its more important then anything else.  Eternal life, and doing what we need to to gain this gift.  There is not a greater gift of God then this :D
-Elder Darke

Hopefully next week we'll get some awesome pictures and stuff!
Love, Melanie (Mom)

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Mall, Eternal Marriage and Bricks

Here's from Elder Darke:
   Este semana e muito ben!  Mais tem ben muito interesante! 

Premera nos tocar nossa P-Day para um oltro dia  para ajuda nos ir para um Muito grande Mercada para comprar coises para ajuda nos lembrar Brazil, e oltro sheeky coises! :D.  O problema e este nao aconteceu por que nos tem reunuaos e em o die nos quer faz issue nos ir para um oltro area para faz um interveista babtismal!  o Oltro area e muito longe entao nos usar todo Sexta feida come O invertiesta.  Mais Este semana nos tem um oltro planno para ir para o Marcada coises!  Nos vou ver que aconteceu! :D. 
          Nos tem 4 de nossa pescesadors em agreja!  Todos preseso casar mais Nos estando trabalo comeles ara ajuda eles faz issue :D.  Eu muito gosto o pessoas aqui, este e muito especial para ajuda pessoas quando eles presesar ajuda.  E muito muito pessoas preseso ajuda. :D    Quando eu falo sobre ajuda eu vou falar sobre um projecto de service nos faz este semana!  Um Irma em nossa Ramo presesar ajuda Mudar 3500 cheejolos.  Nos tem 9 Homens trabalio em issue, e nos preseso muito tempo para faz.  nao muito muito, mias muito tempo :D.  Depois nos terminando, todos pessoas esta consado ate o poe.  E muito difficial :D.  Mais Nos estamos ben agorda!  Por o Cheejolos.  Ela tem em um pilio em um shao, e nos tem todos em um Carrao, e depois nos dividir para um oltro lugar e tem todos em o shao dinovo.  E defficial, mais muito ben.  Depois, o Irma nos faz servico por falo com nos e ela e muito grateous por nossa ajuda.  Eu sentir muito ben quando eu ver ele e muito feliz por ok nos faz.
    Oltro de issue este semane e normal realmente.  Mais e muito bom semana.  Eu dar um Bencao para ajuda um irma aqui.  O Sacerdocio e muito ben.  Em veses eu nao sei ok eu esto fazendo, mais para ver pai celestial ajuda pessoas e muito muito bom.  Eu estou aprendendo nos preseso nao tem medio sobre o Sacerdocio.  Nos realmente preseso seu digno para usar em qualquer momento, e obril o portas de ceu por bencoas para ir para o pessoas este preseso :D.
-Elder Darke
The week was really amazing!  It was also really interesting!
  Well first we switched our P-dajy to another day so we could go to a really big mall thing here in brazil to buy suviners and other cool things :D.  The only problem was we had a lot of things that popped up during the week.  We had a few meetings with our Zone and district to help us be better missionaries.  Also we had a babtism interview that we had the oportunity to do :D.  It was in another city and it took forver to get there.  HOwever it was really good and we all had a great time! :D.  We have a plan and permission to go to the mall thing this week though, so we will see what happens :D.  That is also why i emailed a little later last week, becuase we switched our p-day :D.
    We had 4 of our pescesadors em agreja!  they all need to get married but we are working with them to help them have the desire and the strength to actually do it :D.  its really cool to be able to help people that really need it though :D.  We have a lot of people here that need help, and need a lot of it :D.  Its really fun :D.
    Talking about fun, we did a service project this week!  its was great!  So in brazil they use cement and this weird clay brick things to build houses and stuff.  The weird clay brick things are about the size of 3 normal american bricks stacked on top of eachother.  They are not as heavey though :D.  So we had a Member in a branch that needed help moving 3500 of these brick things.  So we did it.  We had 9 men working on moving all of these, and it took us Hours to move them all :D.  We loaded them all onto a truck, and then we unloaded them :D.  After we finished everyone was so tired!  it was really kindof fun though :D.  Also When the member talked to us later, she was really grateful for what we had done in helping her :D.  So that made it totally worth it :D.
    Other then that this week was really pretty normal.  I was able to give a blessing to a member that needed one.  It was really good :D.  To be able to open the window for the blessings of heaven to rain down :D.  As i am learning more and more about how to use the preestood, the more impressed i am with it.  Its really the power of god on the earth to help his children :D.  We Preestood holders need to not be afraid of useing the preestood.  We need to live worthily so we can use the preestood at any moment, and bless the lives of those that need help :D.
-Elder Darke

Hopefully everyone got that!  He loves all of the letters and stuff he is receiving, KEEP IT UP!!
Love, Melanie (mom)