Monday, May 25, 2015

Week 46

This was one of those fast weeks. We were running around a bit, and had some things that were not part of our normal schedule so it was an eventful week. We had 2 trainings this week, 1 for me as district leader, and the other for me and Elder Green as trainer/trainee. Then on Saturday I got to do a division with Elder Ipsen since he is my zone leader now! We walked in my area so basically it was like a flashback to October-January when we were comps... it was osum! I love that guy.
Last Monday we did a family night with some of our recent converts. When the missionaries come over for family night it's kinda a big deal to them, so they go all out. We brought our little portable dvd player and watched the 20min version of the Restoration and of course they loved it. I can't help but laughing as we are sitting in a mud, stick, dirt, cement mix house with members sitting in plastic lawn chairs and on the floor as we all stare at this nice little dvd player. It's ironic to me, but man do I love it! Afterwards, we ATE. Clara made cakes and fish and fries and all good stuff. Usually we bring a cake too just to help out. I've made a fair amount of cakes now. They aren't great but I know how to make them and they taste good, but this time I kind of procrastinated and was rushed so I pulled it out before it was
ready and it was super doughy in the middle... I got ripped apart by
the members. I will probably never hear the end of how "Elder Hruby doesn't know how to cook hahaha." Ya it sucked a little, but I guess I deserved it for waiting so long.

We got the process opened for Armando e Graca this week!!!! They will be married on June 6 and baptized on the 13th! I'm super stoked about that. Me and Ipsen found them in our first week together back in October! All the rest of our families are progressing really well, just fighting for documents and money. They'll get there soon enough, the goal is 4 more families next transfer!

Me and Elder Green are doing well. He has good energy and desire to work hard so thats nice that I don't have to drag him. It is weird
being a trainer. You notice every little thing that you do wrong and
its a responsibility not to corrupt a young missionary. Im doing my
best though haha.

Well that's all I got this week. I love you all. Have a good week!

Much Love,
Elder Hruby

Friday, May 22, 2015

Week 45

Dear Everyone,

A good week of work! Skype was refreshing and I was a little reenergized by seeing you all so this was a nice week. Last Pday we really didnt do much. I basically just helped Elder Douglas study math since he is taking a placement test for Michigan State. He goes home in 4 weeks. Other than that we just rested at the house.

This week I had a mission leadership training. We went to the Senior couple's house and used GoTo Meeting to video conference with President and all the other District and Zone leaders in the Mission. It was President's last training he said. So he talked for like 3 hours, mostly about working hard, transitioning well with our new Pres, and leaving a legacy. As always, it was a good training. Our new, new Mission Pres will be Joni Koch. He is a younger guy, 50, and is already in the area presidency as a 70 in Brazil. kinda a boss. Don't know a ton about him, but Pres Kretly and the senior couple know him and are really excited to have him, so I think it'll be good.

I was breaking in a new pair of shoes this week since my other ones ripped, that was definitely the worst part of the week. They were Satan's shoes. At one point I had 8 blisters on my feet haha. It's all good now, they are broken in after a good 70 miles of walking. Blisters were worth it though because we had a really successful week. We had 8 FAMILIES at church yesterday with 21 investigators in total! Second most I've had on the mission so far. I'm super stoked about how the area is going!

We have 3 main families that we are focusing on, with 6-7 others that are slowly making their way. The 3 main ones are Armando e Graca, Maitene e Sandra, and Olivio e Francisca. Armando e Graca are basically done with documents, just have to go turn them in and they will be married June 6 and baptized June 13. The other 2 families are running around trying to get documents done in time to get married and baptized on the 13 as well! Possibly another 3 family transfer... that would be insane!

Cool little Africa moment for you... I saw a crocodile this week. Yes, he was alive. he was about 3 feet long, just a little baby. A member fisherman caught him in the river. He said he saw the mama and she was about 5-6 meters long he said! I wanna go back out fishing with him and go crocodile hunting now! I wanted to hold the little guy, but the member said no cause the crocodile was being feisty, kinda bummed, but hey gotta love Africa right?

Well I love you guys, have a good week, talk to you next Monday!

Much Love,
Elder Hruby

Finally some pictures!!! Man we've missed those DIMPLES <3

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Week 44

You guys are the best! It was super nice to see you and hear your voices. I love my family! I basically already told you about my week and whats new in my life, but still wanted to write today. This upcoming week should be another of hard work. We are running the 2 areas now and have some really solid families, and are always finding new ones. Not to mention I am trying to help Elder Green get used to it all and figure out what being a missionary here is like. Its busy, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thanks for being the best family ever! Have a good week. Until next Monday.

Much Love,
Elder Hruby

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Week 43

No rest for the weary! But hey who can complain when the Lord just is throwing out blessings?! WE GOT IT! We got all three families married and baptized! 10 people in total. It was probably one of the most rewarding feelings I've had. Especially because all 3 of those families were mine. I am so pumped. Needless to say this week was pretty freakin OSUM.

Transfers came today.... drumroll please.... I'm staying in Chingassura, again haha. I am actually super stoked, though. I got a good house and a great ward, plus the goal is 2 more families married and baptized this transfer. I got a new companion, Elder Green. It is his first transfer, so I am his trainer. Means I have to start being a good missionary and be an example haha. Kind of nervous because I have no idea how to train, but we will get by. Also, I was called as district leader, so I'll be doing that as well. It really just means I get stats at the end of the week and pay the bills haha. Im excited about this transfer.

I sent a ton of pics on dropbox so you can see all the weddings and baptisms. The weddings were great. We literally had 10 people in Bishop's office, sang a hymn, prayed, spiritual thought, signed the wedding papers, hymn, closing prayer, then they were baptized! I love simple weddings. I baptized 7 of the 10. They were Vasco, Josefina, Alexandre, Bete, Saide, Melita, and Adelia! It was a super nice experience. Alexandre e Bete also got interviewed by Bishop on Sunday for callings already!

Other news, Elder Abel and Richardson went home on Friday night. That was kind of weird, being there as they finish their missions. You could tell it was just totally surreal to them. It made it seem even more surreal for me. Good news is I'm closing in on that big 12 month mark!

All of your weeks sounded like a good ole time. Glad Hawaii treated you right Mama, and the whole family survived without ya! The wedding also looked like a blast... but I still think my 3 weddings were cooler;) For skype next week Im gonna be at 1845 our time, so 645pm here you guys can figure out what time it is there right? Cool. Well I love you guys and can't wait to see your faces!!!!!

Much love,
Elder Hruby

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Week 42

Dear Everyone,

No rest for the weary. Another FULL week running around like chickens with our heads cut off. Speaking of which I watched a chicken get its head cut off this week, but thats not that rare.

Lots of good news from this week. We got Alexandre e Bete married this morning and Saide e Melita will be married tomorrow morning! That means its looking like all 3 families with their kids and 2 other solteiros will be baptized this upcoming Saturday. It will be 11 investigators in total! It really is a crazy blessing. This place is osum. Nowhere else in the world can people accept the Gospel and act on it like they do here. I'll be sure to take some pics and send them to you next week.

Zone Conference was this past Friday. It was by far my favorite one I've had. Pres basically just refocused the mission on what we do and why we do it. He gave a really good training on the Atonement and we watched the talk "His Grace is Sufficient" by Brad Wilcox. That talk made my top 5 list. It is super nice. He talks about what Grace really is and what its role is in our lives. Essentially what I took from it is its purpose is to change us. We arent perfect and never will be in this life. God knows that, but He sure expects us to try. So we are expected to change, and improve and try to fix the little things over time. I liked it.

General Conference was Saturday and Sunday. We watched 4 hours each day. We didnt get to watch Priesthood, though so Ill have to read those ones. Wont lie, General Conference in Portuguese just doesnt do it for me. I get a lot more out of it in English so Im waiting for the Liahonas to get here so I can read all the talks. There was one quote I snagged from Elder Runland's talk. It was obviously in Portuguese but I think it translates roughly like, "God cares more about who we are and who we are becoming, than who we used to be." It tied perfectly back into what I heard in Zone Conference. So I guess for me this week I learned that change is a good thing. Its expected.

Again, no real down time this we with all the running around so no good stories for ya. Today is Elder Abel's last P-Day. He goes down to Maputo on Friday and I will walk with The Hutch again for the last 3 days of the transfer. Next email Ill let you all know where Ill be serving. I wouldnt be surprised if I stayed one more, though. Well I love you all and hope you have a good week. Enjoy the beautiful weather. It's been getting pretty nice here too as it cools down.

Much Love,
Elder Hruby

PS Happy late BDay to Murph. Give him a kiss for me.

PPS I got you package you sent me for Xmas!!!! It was actually here since Xmas, but got hidden away in a side room in the Chapel downtown. I already ate all the Jerkey and Swedish fish. Dig the socks and the tie clips. Thank you!

PPPS Also I forgot to tell you. Pres let us watch Meet the Mormons after Zone Conference... freaking osum! Obviously my favorite was Coach Ken! The football highlights they showed made me super anxious to play. Bjack fits in there perfectly;)