Sunday, May 28, 2017

I got CAKED!

It’s the 27th of May, 2017.  We are on our way to the chapel, to fill the baptism font for the baptism of Pricilla.  We are super excited; I’m super excited, because it’s going to be a great day.   So, this week was a pretty good week.  It was a whole week of exchanges, I was traveling a lot.  I left on Tuesday and got back this morning at 1:00.  I went and did some divisions with some people.  I got to a lot of new places that I’ve never been.  And I got back at 12:30, and when I got home they had locked the door.  Elder Barbosa thought that he would be funny and he locked the door so I couldn’t get in.  So, I had to climb up the wall on the side and jump through the window.  Then go around, grab the keys, open the door, and grab all my stuff.  Then I just went to bed , and woke up and opened the presents that mom sent me.  Which mom, I already solved the puzzle.  
It took me about 20 minutes, and I got it. (This was suppose to be really hard, and take him a long time to figure out! :( )
But thank you very much for the presents, and thank you for the pictures, it was very uplifting. 

Grandpa and Grandma Munoa

 Matt
 Mandy
 Korbyn, Kayden, Orrin, Anthony
 Fran and Emily
Baby John John
Lauren, Tannis, Kelly
Romona
Jordan and Katie
Genevra
Ryan and Lori....and Josh
Joey
Timberly
Grandpa and Grandma McKee
Josh being a sheep
Ryker
Brett and Becky
Rj/Kaycee and Kids
Hannah
The Bakers
From Mom and Dad

Our family


Then I was sitting there looking at the stuff, and I thought that everyone was waiting, but it was all-good.  Like, I was sitting on my bed, looking at all the stuff I had got.  I also got a tie from Sister Cunha.  She sent it through some elders through a division or something like that.   Then, all the elders in the house told me it was time to get out of my bed.  Then they showed me the eggs that they had.  Mom, remember how you sent me egg dye?  We didn’t end up using it on Easter, so it was sitting on my desk for a long time, and here in Brazil they have a tradition.  When it’s your birthday everyone throws eggs at you.  They smash eggs on your head, and sometimes they throw flour on top of you as well, like they are making a cake on you.  So, when I saw the eggs and that they had dyed them, and put all the sticky faces on them.  
They think they are so funny.  So I had to get out of bed.  They let me put a shirt on, and I grabbed my Taser.  Then it started.  It was 4 against me, because 1 guy was filming it all, which I’ll send the video to you guys.  It worked pretty well.  They got eggs all over my new shoes that I had bought.  Which were like Gaucho sandals, which were made of leather, but they got egg all over it.  But I got caked with eggs and flour.  And I was like, “Alright, calm down.”  I went and took a shower,  which it took me forever to get all the egg out of my hair, all those egg shells.  And then I came out of the shower and it started again.  They started throwing more eggs at me. 
Elder Barbosa and Jake

Elder Costa and Jake


  I didn’t’ get video this time.  But I got some pictures.  And I took another bath.  And tried to clean up the house but it smells like raw eggs, everywhere.  I don’t think that smell is going away.  It was like 15 eggs that they ended up smashing on my head.  But, Yeah, that was my day so far.  We are going to fill the baptismal font, then go to the lan house, and talk to our families. 
            This week I will stay in Santa Maria.  It’s the week of transfers.  My new companion is Elder Pereira Santos.  He’s a great guy. 
            Thank you for everything.  And all the support, and birthday package. 
I love you guys.

Elder McKee
Jake, Alefe, Elder Costa


Elder Marcelino, Elder Robledo, Jake

Elder Rasmussen, Jake


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Baptisms

Jake’s email this week wasn’t very long.  Mostly it was about things he needs and things we need to do when he gets home.  He did send two videos of him getting shocked and falling to the floor.  Ha-ha.  He is very excited about his baptism today and next Saturday, which is his birthday.  We are down to 59 days.  Thank you for supporting and praying for him.  Here’s his very short letter this week.  Mama McKee

Hello family and friends,

          This week was very good. I got to see some old friends, and work in my old areas. It was great! But a lot of time on the bus! I got home about 3 hours ago after a week of traveling. I’m pretty worn out. But today we have a baptism, so it’s all-good!! 
            This next week I’ll be traveling again!  I love you guys!!
Elder McKee

Elder Santos and Jake working hard in the office.
 Elder Santos
 Camera screen broke and now people's heads are cut off.
Elder Benega, Elder Akeo, Elder Cruz, Jake
 



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mother's Day

We got this nice email on Mother's Day from the mission:

We would like to congratulate all the mothers and caregivers for the brave and courageous children who are serving in our beloved mission. We are very happy to have them with us!
 "Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them. (Alma 57:21)"
We know that it’s a very special date, and in the end who received the greatest gift was us, for having them here!

Thank you so much.
Kind regards.
ELDER PRATA
Secretário de Referências/Registro
Missão Brasil Santa Maria

Jake had told us he was calling at 6 his time, 2 our time.  We were waiting, and waiting, and waiting.  And finally looked it up and he is only 3 hours ahead of us, so it would be 3 our time.  About 3:10, the call came.  He looks so good.  And is so happy.  We were able to talk to his mission president and wife, President and Sister Louza.  And we got to meet his companion, Elder Santos.   Jake has a cute little accent, and kept forgetting words.  It was fun to have Joci there to translate for us and to listen to the two of them talk in Portuguese.  We asked Jake what he wanted to do when he gets home and he said Sky Dive.  And I asked him what the second thing was and he said, "beijo" and Joci blushed.  haha.  
Jake is doing great.  He is staying strong for the next 65 days.  He didn't want to talk about how short the time is left.  He bore his testimony to us in Portuguese at the end, and even though we couldn't understand a word, we could feel his strength and testimony.  We are so proud of him, and know he'll finish his mission the same way he has been for the last two years...Doing his very best to serve the Lord.  


The Bakers, minus Mark who was at church. Zac leaves two weeks before Jake gets home.  He is going to Japan.  They made plans for Jake to meet him at the temple.
 
 Braxton, Timberly, Ryker, Great Grandma Silcox, Grandma and Grandpa Mckee



Man of Faith

May 13, 2017

Alright, this week was actually a really, really good week.  We had a lot of good stuff happen.  Let’s see…Monday we were just in the office.  Tuesday was really the only day we had to work in our area.  Elder Santos was in another city in a division, so I was here with another Elder.  It was an awesome day.   We had a ton of stuff that we did, visited a bunch of people.  Giovanni, who is going to be baptized in a week, is fantastic.  He’s doing great.  Pricilla is going to get baptized in two weeks.   And she is doing even better because she is going to give us lunch today.  But yeah, everything is going great. 
            My eye is swollen up, swelled up; I don’t know how to say it.  You can still kind of see it.   It’s been annoying, but it’s getting a lot better and it’s going down.  I’m a man of faith and I said a few prayers. 



            Wednesday, I worked with Elder Martins, who I trained, and the missionary that he is training right now.  So, I worked with my son, and my grandson, which is really cool.  They are really good missionaries. 
            On Thursday I worked with the other missionaries that are in this house.  Elder Santos was still traveling. 
            Friday, which was yesterday, I worked in Salgado Filho, which was my 1st area.  It was cool, I got to see a few people that I met there, but I didn’t get to see many of the people I worked with they are working in another area, another neighborhood, where these people don’t live.  
It was a good day, I learned a lot.
            Then today, Saturday, I’m going to go to the computer house in a little bit.  At noon we’re going to go to Pricilla’s house and eat lunch there with her and her family.  That will be good.  
I’m going to take some pictures. 
            This week I’ll be in the office Monday, I’ll go to Cruz Alta Tuesday, Santo Angelo Wednesday, São Luiz Gonzaga Thursday, Santiago Friday, and Saturday morning ill come back to Santa Maria for my next p-day! Ha-ha-ha I’ll visit ALL of the areas I’ve passed in on my whole mission. Just doing splits and training and helping and seeing how we can improve the mission.
            To answer your question, snake is a girl who likes the missionaries more than is appropriate to like Elders. Usually young women, sometimes other sisters. We call them snakes.     
            Tomorrow I will call at 6pm my time, so about 2 your time.  Can’t wait to talk to everyone. 
            And that was my week.  I love you guys.

Elder McKee
 
Elder Davis, Jake, Elder Soares