I have decided to serve a mission for my church - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have been called to serve in the Brazil, Santa Maria Mission, and I am so excited to serve the Lord and the people of Brazil! This blog will contain letters and pictures from my mission.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
I'm the English Teacher
Just a little "horsing around" :)
So this Thursday I will have 4 months on the
mission, that's pretty cool. Anyway, this was our first week with Elder Dos
Santos our new District Leader and he is super chill so things are a little
more relaxed around here, but in a good way. Since I'm the only American in the
house now we started doing language study all together and I teach them
English. I enjoy it because they have some manual that has lessons for learning
English that we go over and we read the Book of Mormon in English together. I help with all the pronunciation and explaining
what words mean and yea, one day we took one hour to read first Nephi chapter
one. Its nice to be the one to know how to say something sometimes haha.
Also every Saturday we have classes of
Libras (Brasilian sign language) and English at our chapel for the ward or
stake to attend which is awesome (when people show up haha) And we always go
but this past week the Libras teacher couldn't come so I taught for a little
bit just reviewing things we had learned in the past weeks which was fun and
then after I always teach the English class. So what we did this week was go
over and learn the alphabet in English, it's interesting though because almost
everyone here has taken or is taking English classes in school but from what I'm
hearing none of the teachers actually speak English with correct pronunciation
or anything. Anyway so after everyone said they knew it I had them spell their
names in English and that was a good laugh.
After we had a conversation in English!... well sort of. What I had them
do was everyone asked someone else a question and I would translate for them so
they would ask the question to the other person in English and then I would
help the other person respond in the same way so little by little learning
little phrases in English that they could actually use (being careful to only
teach nice words in English haha).
Anyway I'm doing good! The work here... well
we just keep pushing forward with faith and just keep doing the little things
to help us on the right path. This transfer is until the first of July so I've
got a good chunk of time to work here in our ward still!
Love you all! and good luck to all those
finishing up school with tests and stuff. BIG hugs and maybe this week there
will be a little bit more to write about haha.
Last day with Elder McCutheon and first with Elder Dos Santos
p.s. A funny thing
about here is that they pronounce my name like Percy as in Percy Jackson which
they know around here so that's interesting