Monday, October 6, 2014

Something about a goat... Elder Cropper - September 22, 2014

Well this weeks funny headline comment goes out to Elder J who said something funny yesterday that I said I would use for my email but now we have both forgotten it. Anyways....It was something about a goat I think, no joke. 


So this week we had a baptism! I forgot my camera so ill send a picture next week. Luis smoked on monday so we had to wait on the baptism and do it saturday. He asked me to baptize him because he said i was Buena Onda. which literally means Good Wave. Wave in spanish or in chile at least is used to describe someones vibe, good vibe, bad vibe. Its not that ocean wave that, ola, its the wave of a microwave like energy wave. Anyways he said I had a good vibe so he asked me to baptize him, it was a good experience. 


Moving on.


There we go, so this week was the famous fiestas patrias de Chile! Chi Chi Chi Le Le Le VIVA CHILE! Ya so we ate a ton of food, I haven't been hungry since wednesday. Lots of BBQ and lots of meat. At least the members like us. All missionaries know its a slow time for the work so Elder J and I scheduled a ton of service projects, in total we cleaned out a shed, a back yard, painted a house, and sanded a house, and help someone move. Oh and Elder J fixed someones XBox because I guess he did that before the mission. 

For this weeks health scare I wanna give a shout out to Bishop Herera and his palm trees. The Bishop asked us to help him cut his palm trees leaves shorter or whatever. Anyways while doing that a spike on one of the palms stabbed into my head haha. I was fine but they were like Oh my gosh. We went inside so the bishops wife could pull out the spiky thing. It was just a big splinter like the width of my little finger. The width not the length. It didn't bleed which was the interesting. Now Elder J makes fun of me and says were going to be talking one day about childhood memories or something and I will have forgotten everything from when I was 10. 

The zona is doing well. We are in second for the month. This month seems like its going to be a tough one for the mission. Few baptisms. Looks like we are going to end with 8 which was better then last months 6. If we get over 7 im a happy camper because this missions goal every month is to get 100 baptisms. If every zone gets at least 7 we reach that goal so when we get seven or more I'm happy because its like we've done our part. 

The last few sister missionaries of my group who extended their missions go home today. 

Sad thing that happened yesterday in lunch. We were invited to lunch by some cool members who were having a BBQ. There were other adult members there as well. The started talking about some slightly inappropriate things during lunch which was like yeah whatever, but then they started talking about our Stake President and how they don’t like him at all. Many of them said it was hard for them to even sustain him. The new stake president was a counselor in the mission presidency and I know him well, he is a great man. It was frustrating to me to her things like that about leaders. It literally kind of hurt me on the inside, i could feel the spirit leave. Made me think more about how i can try less to gossip, or look like I'm gossiping. 


Well its time to go. Have a great week! love ya!



Elder Cropper

Elder Cropper - October 6, 2014

Well get ready for a good letter because this week was even crazier then last week. No joke.

This week was insane. Where shall I begin.

A lot of it has to do with the Elder who ran away. Tuesday I received a call from the mission president (I had the phone) He asked me Elder Cropper, where are you? i thought that was a silly question because President is in the south and I’m in the north--where does he think I’m at? I’m in my sector you silly goose! I didn’t say all that to him I just said I was in my sector. He said “Elder I need you and your companion to be at the hospital in 20 min.” Ummm yeah ok we will be there right away. So anyways 20 min later in front of the hospital, the president pulls up in his hot Ford with the two assistants and the companion of the Elder who ran away. He got out and said something nice like “Aww--look at these two great Elders.” Anyway, he then told us that he and the assistants would be taking the Elder with them and that we needed to go Monday and clean the apartment of the missionaries (the elder who ran and his companion who was in the car with them right then). So supposedly what happened was that  Elder Runaway left a note for his comp saying “Elder cover for me all you can, I need to get to Arica which is a city in the north.” This all happened last Friday and from Friday till Tuesday president spent a ton of time talking with Elder Runaway’s friends and other members he knew to try to find out where this elder went. Somehow he found out that some members had helped him leave which is why he came up to the north to try to get to the bottom of it. The assistants later told me that when they came north they weren’t planning on taking Elder Runaway’s companion with them. President decided to interview the companion of Elder Runaway and it turned out that there were some things going on with breaking the rules so President decided to send the companion to Elder Runaway home too--pretty sad end to the story. So Wednesday was a pretty normal day of work until the assistants called to inform us that they would be staying with us for the zone conference on Friday and that we would do interchanges on Thursday. At the end of the conversation they also asked us if everything went okay when we cleaned up the bad elders apartment. We were like “Wahh—didn’t the president want us to clean it on Monday (p-day)?” I guess that wasn’t what president wanted so we dropped everything and went to go clean an apartment. Supposedly these 2 missionaries had not been working at all and lying about their numbers (kind of fooled us all really) so they had been in their apartment always and it was terrible. I like cleaning so I decided to take the kitchen and Elder Judd took the study room. The kitchen was by far the worst part of the house--it was disgusting. It was a little frustrating to me because Elder Judd was being kind of slow in his cleaning. He restored his cars before his mish so he used to working slow and getting every little detail. I finished cleaning the kitchen the bathroom and 2 bedrooms before he finished the one study room. He was in there for literally 3 hours. I think he was looking through all of their stuff they had left. We found some pretty cool stuff, which was nice. 

Thursday we did interchanges with the assistants. Elder Sa and I were together and it was a blast. We took out the trash. Gave out 4 books in the space of a couple hours. We also set a baptismal date with someone named Paula. She came to conference yesterday. She’s awesome and totally getting ready to be baptized. I hope I stay her to see her baptized. Elder S and Elder J taught a lesson in the church building and President happened to be there doing interviews to find a new mission counselor (president had gotten there a day early before the conference with our zone). While Elder S and Elder J were waiting for the lady they were going to teach they saw the Elder Runaway walk out of an interview with President. The Elder was in street clothes and actually probably no longer an Elder. They shook hands and the ex-missionary walked out of the chapel. I figured all along he was still in the city. 

Friday was the big zone conference and it was awesome. President talked about Faith, Bravery, being assertive and many other things. My favorite part was about faith. It’s from a talk by Kevin W Pearson. In Spanish its called Fe en el señor Jesu Cristo. So in english, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. IT IS GREAT. Basically says that faith is increased by our obedience. Faith is a gift from god. I’ve always wondered how to increase my faith and there’s the answer right there, be more obedient. The being brave thing really helped me too. It was a great conference. We gave a training class for our zone, which I think, went great. The wife of president who stayed for almost the whole presentation for our zone (even though they should really poke their head in all of them) said we did an awesome job. 

After the conference, the assistants drove us home. We said goodbye and they went off to Viña. The rest of our work night was pretty normal. 

General conference was great--I loved it. The first session there were some issues with the cable at the church so we hooked up a computer and watched it on there. For the other sessions we were able to watch in on a TV which was much better. During the Spanish talks we switched it over to Spanish so we could hear the talk in the native language of the speaker. We also understood much of the Portuguese talk they are very similar in some aspects.

A new level has been reached for Elder Cropper because this time I finally remembered my conference notes so I can give a full report of what I liked.

My conference questions had to do much with decision making and how to be a good Dad. I have 4 months in my mission left and all of my “how to continue being a good missionary” questions were answered in my interchange or in the zone conference so the only questions left were the marriage and family ones for conference. 

The talks I enjoyed: 

Richard G Scott- Just how to have a great family what you need to do and such, How to have a good life spiritually.

Elder Kacher- I liked the story he told

Elder Utchdorf- I loved to star reference he made

Elder Godoy- about you P blessing.

Elder Bednar- about missinary work.

Elder what’s his name- the Russian guy that cut everyone in half with his talk.

Elder Eyring- when he talked about his mom and revelation. 


I’m sure there were more but those were the main ones. There was another talked about decision making that I liked. Elder Scott was my favorite. I think a lot of apostles are going to die before the next conference, I say that with as much love humanly possible. 


Well gotta go love ya all. We have changes tomorrow so we will see what happens. 

Love


Elder Cropper

Elder Cropper - September 29, 2014

IM SO EXCITED FOR GC I CANT EVEN STAND IT!!! So good week. Ummmm well it was actually pretty normal and then it got crazy in the end. I'll just give a little overview to get you guys excited...

Almost getting punched, missionaries running away from companions in the middle of the night, Zone baptizing 8 people, people getting sustained for the wrong calling in church, BIG BLUE OCEAN BOOK, Elder J's first confirmation, Getting interviewed for some thing at a college, and thats it actually. Did I mention that a missionary ran away its a good story. 


So

Almost got punched:

We were walking in the street saturday in the middle of the day. Some people like to drink at midday which is obviously all right with me ya know because I'm like that (not) anyways we were walking past a bar with all these fat chilenos out front. As we were walking one guy started walking towards us so as we walked past him. I smiled and said hi, well actually I said Hola. Anyways he screamed no me saludí! and then a bunch of bad words. No me saludí means don't say hi to me. Anyways as he said that he swung his hand at me to slap me and almost hit me. I could feel his fingernail slightly brush across my face. It was either his fingernail or air. nevertheless he was really close to hitting me. It was cool thought because we just kept walking and I didn't even flinch. Elder J afterwards was like "woah man you didn't even flinch." I told him it was thanks to all the times we've wrestled in our house (Elder J wrestled before the mission so he's been showing some moves).

Zone Baptizing 8:

Well I could see if from like 3 weeks ago the zone ended with 8. I was happy because the success was pretty spread out in all 3 districts and in all sectors. There wasn't one district or one companionship that just killed it. We didn't win the month though. My old zone La Serena ended with 9. One of the sectors in La Serena baptized 7 people because someone they were teaching got married and then the whole family got baptized. What a cool miracle. 

Sustaining in church:

So some recent converts got some callings this last sunday. they got some callings mixed up and some names wrong so a recent convert was really nervous because he has gotten sustained in sacrament meeting as the 2nd counselor in the YM but hadn't ever been called. I literally got up in the middle of the meeting to tell the 1st counselor who was doing the sacrament meeting (alone! because our bishop was in a training meeting from the stake with other bishops. Note: dont ever schedule training meetings on sunday during church meeting just because you're lazy and don't want to do it after church. Bishops should be directing their sunday meetings like their calling says). Anyways I just whispered to him that it was a different person who he had sustained and that the paper they had was wrong. I felt bad for him because he's new and was messing up on some stuff. For example my comp had to give a talk because they didn't have one. Anyways felt bad for him but the convert was all confused because he didn't know why he had been called to do that calling or why he needed to stand up and put his arm to the square. (this wasn't the guy who we baptized a week ago.)

Elder J's first confirmation:

Elder Judd confirmed his first person yesterday. He did a good job. The guy has a gift for giving blessings. 

BIG BLUE OCEAN BOOK:

Well that same convert who was wrongly sustained for a calling that wasn't his is a really chill guy from Honduras name José. He's here getting his Masters Degree in ocean studies or something. He's really rich. So whenever we visit him I always show interest in his thesis and what he's studying, I like to ask him questions and such. Well the other day he gave us both BIG BLUE OCEAN BOOKS that he bought for us. They are like those huge books you see about space or WW2 in bookstores. I'm sure it cost a ton but he's rich so its ok. He's got the craziest cool apartment ever, i'll take a picture the next time we are there.

Interview:

We got interviews by some college girl for some report she's doing. She's doing a report on religion, young people, and chile. She asked questions about the mormon religion and talked with a bunch of kids from the ward. We basically taught her a lesson during our interview. We gave her a BOM in the end it was cool.

Elder who ran away:

So this story is by far the craziest and saddest one of the week. An Elder in our zone abandoned his comp and ran away. It happened on saturday morning while I was on and interchange with an Elder in my sector. President called during Personal study and explained to me the situation. He just said that the comp of the missionary who ran is with his ward mission leader and he wants him to meet up with his DL and stay there with him. Supposedly stole 130 mil pesos which is like 260 bucks from his comp. They think he had help from a member family because the stake got involved. We went and searched the bus terminal but he wasn't there. I think he was long gone in the morning, Saturday. Elder J kept scaring me by making me think he would hiding at our house waiting to kill us. Hahahaha. The Elder was going down hill. I felt good because the night before I felt out of the blue that I needed to call and talk with him. I almost didn't do it but I did call him and we talked for about 4 min. He seemed normal to me, we just talked about his day and how he was doing. He's a good actor.


This week will be fun because we have zone conference and general conference. Sweet!!!!!!!

Nos vemos!


Love ya guys,

Elder Cropper

PS oh read this its one of my favorite parts in the Book of Mormon. Nephi was such a bro.

 Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou hast not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments.
 And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will.
 Behold, thou art Nephi, and I am God. Behold, I declare it unto thee in the presence of mine angels, that ye shall have power over this people, and shall smite the earth with famine, and with pestilence, and destruction, according to the wickedness of this people.
 Behold, I give unto you power, that whatsoever ye shall seal on earth shall be sealed in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven; and thus shall ye have power among this people.
 And thus, if ye shall say unto this temple it shall be rent in twain, it shall be done.
 And if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou cast down and become smooth, it shall be done.
 10 And behold, if ye shall say that God shall smite this people, it shall come to pass.
 11 And now behold, I command you, that ye shall go and declare unto this people, that thus saith the Lord God, who is the Almighty: Except ye repent ye shall be smitten, even untodestruction.

Post from September 15, 2014 - Elder Cropper

So everything is just churning along here in the Coquimbo. Did you guys know that whenever a latin wants to act like the are speaking english they just add ation to a word. They get it from many actual english words like Play station, hospilitization (don't know if thats a real one but they say it all the time) Anyways so they will use spanish words like Agua and then put ation at then end and its english. Aguation, well its sounds more like aguetion.

So this week was pretty good. We were going to have a baptism this sunday but we felt it would be better to wait. We are going to have it tomorrow. I haven't baptized in 3 months so I'm happy that we're baptizing again. We set up 3 other baptismal dates this last week. They didn't come to church though which was frustrating.

The ward had their big 18 de September party saturday it was pretty fun. Not that many people came so there was a ton of food for everyone. It was a little frustrating to me because activities in the church should be used for missionary work, not just for having the members get to together and have an awesome party on the churches dime. They actually cautioned the members to not invite so many non members because they were worried about not having enough food. Whatever crazy ward leaders.

Moving on.

So felt the love of Heavenly Father again this week. It was mainly through Elder J. I was kind of having a tough time this last week and Elder Judd really helped me work it out. 

Anyways, feeling good. I realized that I'm entering a new level of my mission so i have to like reconfigure myself. Its something I had to do when i went from having a small amount of time in the mission to a larger amount. Like from 4 to 7 months to 8 to one year. 

Elder J is doing well. He seems a lot happier. You can tell his happiness from his hair. If his hair is long and crappy then he sad, if its up a gelled its because he's a happy camper.

So Chiles independence day is here. Like I said before they all go and campout in this like carnival plays called the pampilla. There are just a lot of BBQs and drunk people. They don't do fireworks. Lots of people dance the traditional dance the cueca. I really like cueca music. I'm going to buy some after the mission. By the way I can roll my tongue. It took me a long time to get it but I finally did.  

So this week there wasn't a health scare (sorry everyone) but there was a funny story. I got a haircut and the lady gave me a classic gangster haircut. Super buzzed on the sides and still pretty long on top. its called the sopipilla its a food from chile. Anyways I had her cut off a little more so it looked a little better but it still didn't look missionary standard. Anyways we just left because we had to go. All of the gangster kids in the street were like pointing at me and saying I had a sopipilla. So we went back a different day to a different place and she fixed, that's why my hair is so short in those pictures from the activity.

                          

By the way thats one of the guys I trained Elder Osuna. He's a ZL now. What a boss. 


Anyways thats all I got people. Elder J joked with me this week that now that Mary is home my family is just going to forget me haha. Please don't do that! I promise you will be blessed for your diligence. 

Oh spiritual thought.

Go read Eter 2. oh sorry Ether 2. I posted the scriptures below. I love how there are 3 problems that the brother of jared has. God answers the 3 problems in different ways. 

1.Light
2.Where do we go
3. Air

1.You figure it out
2.Ill handle it 
3. Go do this thing (The brother of Jared had to do it but he was told how) 

God either tells us that he will just take care of it, tells us what we need to do and then we just do it, or tells us to figure it out looking in the scriptures. I think the brother of Jared looked in the scriptures for the glowing rocks thing because in genesis when the Lord commands noah to build an ark and make a window in it for light there is a footnote that says many rabbis believe that the window was actually a stone that glowed. Maybe thats where the brother of Jared got his idea. Especially because it had just happened a little earlier (the flood with noah). 

Well there ya go

Sigan no mas Familias Cropper y Johnsan. Sacen la mugre! o algo así, no sé

Elder Cropper


Ether 2: 19-25

 19 And behold, O Lord, in them there is no light; whither shall we steer? And also we shall perish, for in them we cannot breathe, save it is the air which is in them; therefore we shall perish.
 20 And the Lord said unto the brother of Jared: Behold, thou shalt make a hole in the top, and also in the bottom; and when thou shalt suffer for air thou shalt unstop the hole and receive air. And if it be so that the water come in upon thee, behold, ye shall stop the hole, that ye may not perish in the flood.
 21 And it came to pass that the brother of Jared did so, according as the Lord had commanded.
 22 And he cried again unto the Lord saying: O Lord, behold I have done even as thou hast commanded me; and I have prepared the vessels for my people, and behold there is no light in them. Behold, O Lord, wilt thou suffer that we shall cross this great water in darkness?
 23 And the Lord said unto the brother of Jared: What will ye that I should do that ye may have light in your vessels? For behold, ye cannot have windows, for they will be dashed in pieces; neither shall ye take fire with you, for ye shall not go by the light of fire.
 24 For behold, ye shall be as a whale in the midst of the sea; for the mountain waves shall dash upon you. Nevertheless, I will bring you up again out of the depths of the sea; for the winds have gone forth out of my mouth, and also the rains and the floods have I sent forth.
 25 And behold, I prepare you against these things; for ye cannot cross this great deep save I prepare you against the waves of the sea, and the winds which have gone forth, and the floods which shall come. Therefore what will ye that I should prepare for you that ye may have light when ye are swallowed up in the depths of the sea?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sister Cropper - August 25 (Next week will be her last email from Brazil)

Ugh, this week was good but also long. Lots of stuff happened. 

First we started off the week well and then got a call from the Assitants that we were going to the temple on Wednesday morning!!! So mom and dad! When you were at the temple, so was I!!! 

It was a great session. Really good. Sister Monteiro, (in the celestial room) kept crying! We had the largest group of sisters going home. There are ten sisters going home and only four elders. Kind of cool, huh. 

Plus Wednesday morning, me and my comp got there early for the session and were the first missionaries. President was there and he decided to do my last interview. IT WAS ALL ABOUT MARRIAGE! ARG!! So Michael, be happy. Maybe you will get a new brother-in-law sooner than you thought! 

He first told me how I was an excellent missionary and how my parents must be very proud of me. He said that I have done an excellent work and that he doesn´t give the same speech to every single missionary. 

He told me three key indicators that if a young man has these three things, I will not suffer in my marriage. 

1. A strong testimony that is shown through church service. He said to ask him what calling he has, if he doesn´t have one, then ask what families he visits in mestre familiar. Ask if he visited all of them, who they are, what are their needs, etc. Very interesting...
2. If he is a hard worker. 
3. Has the spirit of leadership. 

Then his own counsel was about the Book of Mormon. Always have the Book of Mornon in reach. He said that I need to read with my family, the Book of Mormon, every day. He said that his family reads before they leave the house (which is at 6:30 in the morning). Sometimes it is very busy in the morning and he said they at least sing a hymn, read a verse or two and pray together. They have done that since their children were babies. 

Very interesting the counsel he gave. I enjoyed the interview. 


So this last week was good but hard. Very tiring. We are just trying to find the right people and it isn´t happening!! The Lord is testing my patience! WE pray for guidance during the day but we haven´t felt anything. But we will continue!! We will make this week even better. 

Grateful for the letters!!! 


Mom- Loved hearing about the state fair! Loved it!! Wish I could´ve been there because it sounded great and really fun. Next year, first in line for sure! Edu week sounded great as well. How cool. hm Also I gave my going home talk yesterday in this ward! It was funny.

Dad- Loved hearing about the fair as well. Loved the spiritual thought! Wow cool stuff! I want to be sancitified!!! 

Sam- You rock, keep rocking it! 

Anne and Michael- Thanks for the letter!! Knew you were pregnant!! Knew it!! 


Sorry, I am running out of time! Love you all and hope this week will be great! 

Love, 

Sister Cropper 

Sister Cropper Comes Home on September 9, 2014









Curitiba, August 27, 2014



Dear Brother and Sister Cropper,      

We would like to inform you that Sister Cropper will be departing from our mission.  A copy of Sister Cropper´s Flight Itinerary is included.

You should be very proud of your missionary for the excellent work Sister Cropper has accomplished in the Brazil Curitiba Mission. We have come to love and appreciate her and will miss her very much. We join with many people in Brazil in thanking Sister Cropper for the selfless service that she has rendered them. 

We want you to know that we are grateful to have served with Sister Cropper.  We feel like she is part of our family.

Sister Cropper has been instructed to report to her stake president as soon as she arrives home in order to be officially released from her mission. May the Lord bless you as you once again enjoy her back in your presence.


Warmest Regards,


President Anderson Machado Monteiro



Enc:  Flight Itinerary                                      










Elder Cropper - August 25th


SO good week we have two people with baptismal dates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ugh long time, anyways so a lot happened this week I’ll go through days.

Monday: We had a zone activity it went really well. I got my haircut, which is always an annoying thing to have to do in Chile. I’ve never received a good haircut while being here. 

Tuesday: Normal day

Wednesday: District meeting which was chill. The last district meeting for 2 sisters in our district. Lots of food, which was cool. President called us in the middle of the meeting because he wanted to talk about doing limits to a sector in the zone.(Changing the boundaries of a sector). Neither of us knew the sector very well so we rushed to a computer and figured it out from Google maps. We had splits Wednesday I was with a new missionary named Elder R from California. He’s a nice guy and seems like he’s going to be a good missionary. I always feel so blessed on splits because I feel this huge pressure to like rock the day and accomplish a ton to show the missionary that it’s possible to have success on the mission, and even though its an unsure thing if we are going to have success or not that day on the split we always do (hand of God)

Thursday: Ended the split and started to work like a normal day. The district leaders in our zone went south to Viña for a training meeting so at the end of the day we bought them some food (because they stayed at our house because its the closest to the bus station) and we made them some nummy delicious (nummy delicious is not a real food its just a describing word). It was fun to stay up late and make sure they got on their bus. We played UNO. 

Friday: Crazy day. Elder J wanted to go do that display stand in the morning (the stand is that sign thing that we use that has cool questions and we set it up and people come talk to us.) Well I was feeling that we needed to just go and work like a normal day in our sector and be sure to invite people to the ward activity that we were going to have in the night. Elder J felt strongly about doing the stand so we did it. Well the first crazy thing that happened is that it started tor rain which doesn’t happen much in Chile. Then a dog came over and started urinating on our sign haha that was pretty stupid, I was just like “come on!” Then while we were taking down the stand one of the plastic poles fee\ll from Elder J’s grasp and feel into a city vent in the sidewalk (the pole was lost to man forever) so now we can’t even use the stand, and then afterword’s there was this crazy guy trying to make money who was dressed up as the predator from Alien versus the Predator (its a movie) and he was screaming things like “where is my wife!” It was pretty funny. Anyway he clearly was doing it to make money because he had a bowl thing that he was shaking and people were giving him money. He would stop cars and scare the people--it was pretty crazy. Anyway Elder J leaned over to me and said he probably lost a bet so I started laughing at that and these two people next to us started getting made at us because they thought we were judging the man. They were thinking “you guys are Mormon and your laughing at that man!’ I was thinking to myself “yeah and so is everyone else, he’s doing this to get money.” Well in the end I didn’t say anything back to them they just looked at us angry and we walked away. We shouldn’t have used the display stand that morning haha. 

That night we had the ward activity, it was a talent activity. Elder J and I had not planned anything but then in the last minute we decided to do one of those sound effects acts like they do from “Whos Line Is It Anyways?” Elder J did the noises from of the stage and I acted. We showed the day in the life of a missionary, and everyone loved it. Like they really loved it--it was kinda crazy! That night we stayed up again with the companions of the district leaders while they waited for their companions to come back from Viña in the night. We played cards and had a nerf gunfight. I’ll take an excuse to stay up later then usual any day (we obviously had permission to stay up later from the assistants)

Saturday: We were pretty tired but we just had a normal day of work.

Sunday: Normal day as well. 

Anyway so there’s my week. I’m doing well. We have changes this week but I don’t think I’ll go or at least I hope not because I haven’t baptized in this sector yet. I’d like to stay with Elder J still because he’s my best friend and even though its hard working with your best friend I’d like to perfect our companionship a little more. 

Thanks for all of the letters. Love you guys.

Elder Cropper