Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Im Sick!!!!

hey everyone,
I'm not good. I've been sick for like 3 days and have not gotten better. I have a headache, sore throat, my ears hurt, and my body aches. it really stinks. I couldn't even get a good nights sleep but I'm pushing through this thing. So besides the sickness i have been doing good. The week went real good. We are going to have a sweet baptism this Saturday. We are going to baptize a girl who is 20, named Lais. It is gana be intense. I'm way excited. transfers will also end this week and i will hopefully get all my packages here. One of the assistants came down this week and checked out our area, and i made a miracle happen. Me and the assistants companion were way far and we had to catch a bus what was basically impossible to catch,but we cought that bad boy. It was intense and i almost died a couple of times, but i managed to dodge the cars. Luckily it has not rained in a while which makes the days a bit hot here. I also got soom new shoes and bought some yucky medicine for my sickness. i think i got the swine. i feel like i have been going crazy lately but this is sickness for ya. well I'm gonna get some rest and get better hopefully. love everyone
i miss you and need you. my head hurts and I'm so sick. it blows not having someone to take care of you. but i look at your picture and it makes me feel better. my plans for Easter is to watch conference. My area is really good and also has a lot of hills but I'm good here. londrina is in a state called Parana, but in in Sao Paulo now. remember how big my mission map was well now our mission is like a quarter of that, but it is nice. it is like Texas but more green and not as hot.

Sick b

March 24, 2010

hey everyone,

So this week i know my password and what not so I'm happy again. I got my stuff from the support people in Utah so now I'm real good and it is nuts to respond to all these letters. So the week went really well. The thing what popped out to me was that the spirit rocks. Dude me and onofre have been working hard and getting good people like no other. The lord has been seriously hooking us up with some awesome people. So we also marked a lot of people for baptism too. Next month is only going to be water! At least i hope. This morning today we went ahead and played soccer with the Brazilians vs the Americans. it was intense and i managed to get some goals in. it was real fun and good too kick back with no pressure. Oh so elder onofre has a fear of dogs because he was bit and a pitbull chased him on the mission. So whenever we go into a house with a dog i have to protect him, haha jk but it is real funny to see him. One night we went to a family we are working with and the guys boxer attacked his Chihuahua. It sorta sucked but it was also nut's. so I'm in need of some new shoes cause my shoes are dead and my feet kill so send money in my account. But the work is going real good and tonight is gonna be epic!
love, elder Rodriguez
p.s. hey mom
so I'm good as you can tell and that stinks but is good that you can spend more time with Ivan now. I think you should do the same thing as me and get lost in the work. Mom please put a bit more money in my account, my feet kill. I swear when i get back I'm going to the spa and the chiropractor. Well gotta recharge today for the week mom. love you lots, hey did grandma sell her boat i love that thing, well peace out mom.

March 17, 2010

hey everyone,

sorry i did not get your e-mails because i forgot my new address. I had it down but everyone was rushing me to get out of the house to use Internet and next thing you know i forgot my planner in the house so it sorta stinks like the guy who is sitting next to me. So i will write down my new account: so now you know i just need to find out how to get into the dang thing. Well besides now the week went real good. We got some really good lessons down and marked down some people. I also blew a lot of money on magic. There is this one magic guy in this market and he has all these cool magic tricks and me and onofre bought a bunch of them. So now in lessons we show people and there kids mostly our magic skills. It is funny to see there reactions to the tricks and what not. There were also some other days in this week when it poured. it rained unstoppable this week. The other night me and onofre we walking in the rain down this one road and there was like an antenna next to us and a bolt of lightning hit it. PEOPLE! we were close. me and onofre were so scared we ran to each other man. it was also loud as heck. So it rained a lot and we got soaked, i even made a trash bag vest thing what looked legit. We also had interviews this last Sunday with the president and those went good. The pres. said that i will need to learn how to take care of an area, and what that meant is that i will turn into a senior companion soon. I'm pretty nervous but it will be cool. All the other missionaries are fine, so if i haven't told anyone i live in a sweet house with 3 other missionaries making it a grand total of 4 dudes in the same house. Whenever we are in the house we just play pranks on each other. Right now we are all in a prank war so it is nuts. Last night i changed every ones clocks a hour ahead, and in the morning we made a deal if we did not wake up on time that we could splash each other with water, so this morning i got everyone. hahaha so ya it is going good, not sure if we got baptisms coming up, but we will.

love, Jordan

We are up and running!!!

Sorry to those that follow Elder Rodriguez's blog but the editor has been busy and with no computer but we have fixed that problem! So back to the good stuff!!

March 10, 2010 - Letter received this day also, check bottom of this e-mail.

ok ok Hi everyone,So yeah got transferred. I´m in Presidente Prudente, and the ward here is great. The people here are great, it is just good here. The house what we live in is even great. We live with 4 missionaries in the same house so it is always fun. We always have something to mess around and goof off. Haha. Don’t even get me started with the showers. They feel so good and hit hard, it is way nice. So it is confirmed that elder Onofre is my new companion again which is good cause man do we throw out power lessons. We are both like lez's here (Zone leaders) in our area so it gives us a butt load of responsibility to make sure that all the other young bucks are doing everything right and well. We have to set a good example too, which we have been doing. So we have some real good investigators here too, which only need the step to either marry or stop smoking. I only wish that everyone was like my one baptism of Israel, and they could just stop everything in one day, but it does not work like that.

So the past days have been real hot, and I forgot to mention our area has a butt load of hills too but it is ok, cause my legs are like crazy strong now. The members are cool and we made friends real quick with them. They are all pretty cool. Today we had lunch with some investigators and have family home evening with them too. So the rest of the week shall go smooth. We have a lot of people progressing, and it looks like there will be quite a few baptisms on the way. So keep us in your prayers. Oh ya our area has a lot of pigeons and one pooped on Onofre’s back during a lesson. You gotta watch out these days. haha We will have stake conference this Sunday so I might get a package or a letter or something, I hope. haha Well that was about what happened this week. loveElder Rodriguez p,.s. hey grandma)onofre is a good guy and we work good together b)me and Hyte did the prank together c) did not get the camera yet d) my p-days are still on Wednesdays. love ya grandma keep you guys in my prayers for good. love , Jordan

The following is a letter dated February 18, 2010 – thought it was good and wanted to share it with everyone:

Hey Grandma and Grandpa,
Well, got your letters and the Valentine package. It was good but kind of messy (chocolate does not send good). Well, I’m writing you during study right now cause I can. I have to ask you “how have you been blessed by obeying a specific commandment (for example, tithing)?” So in your next letter answer that. I wish we had more study time activities like this but that won’t happen. Through this one at least I could send some out. I’m going to send some of my friends letters, especially Bishop Wold.
Well, as you might learn my arm is doing well. We also marked a baptism and we reactivated an old investigator. Me and my companion are really confident and wanna get baptisms like crazy now. We got this desire after Conference here, which was two days ago. Conference was really good and we learned a lot. I feel like it recharges a missionary and makes them want to work like no other, sorta how I feel now. Over this last week, I learned how wonderful the mission truly is.
A missionary named Elder Paulsen (from El Paso), told a personal experience about how he and his companion prayed on the front of a street, to run into a person who could be baptized. The second house they hit, they baptized. This story as you might know is real similar on how the missionaries met with Great-Grandma Wilton in New Zealand. I stopped and thought about how the gospel has blessed my life. It all started with God and our creation, then he sent prophets to save people, then Jesus Christ here to start the church. Imagine if none of this happened, I wouldn’t be here on the mission. I wouldn’t be here if those two missionaries had not knocked on my Grandma’s door in New Zealand. And now because of those two missionaries, my children, my children’s children, my children’s children’s children will serve missions and save nations to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. A missionary has to power to save millions. As they say “A butterfly’s flutter, can cause a typhoon half way across the world.” – Chaos theory.
Well, it is not a theory to me cause it will happen. Well we also baptized a kid named William which was good too and that he went to Aaronic Priesthood camp. He is really doing good. His mom is a recent convert too, but I did not baptize her.This last P-day was good. We ate at McDonalds then went bowling afterwards. It was real fun. We were in Centro and got a couple of pictures. I’ll send some more next P=day. Well, got to run, hope this letter was good for you. Love you and everyone there. Love Jordan. PS Happy Valentine’s Day to you too.