Current Mission Address

Elder Dane Edward Eskildsen
Brazil Santa Maria Mission
Caixa Postal 0339

Centro Quarai-RS 97560-000

(updated 1/13)

Monday, November 21, 2011

November 21 Uruguaiana

Hey everyone!

I think todays post is going to be pretty short. This past week has been pretty good, and it only exceeded 100 degrees for two days or so!  I am having a great time here in Uruguaiana, and have spent a lot of time in the Ipiranga area searching for people to teach! The members dont give us a lot of
referrals so we are subjected to roaming the streets finding those willing to hear our message. It´s not too bad though because I like street contacts and  knocking doors. (Or at least I do at the moment. Give
it a few months and that may change.) But as for now I am loving the missionary work. This week
has been anything but fruitful though. We lost a few investigators and baptismal dates. Notwithstanding that, I have high hopes for the coming week. I  honestly think that things will go swimmingly this week. (More on that later)

Whoever said that I wouldnt be eating a lot of meat on my mission was telling a bold
faced lie. Either that or they werent familiar with the Santa Maria mission and thus were lying in ignorance. But what I am essentially saying is that I have enjoyed my fair share of meat in the past week. It has been splendid. The people here really know how to cook. They also know how to force second and third helpings on me, no matter how hard I plead to the contrary.  I may have trouble staying ´´skinny´´ on this mission. But its all good because I have been running with Elder Bott the past few days to help him get back into shape for his track scholorship, and to keep me
from becoming twice the Dane I was when I enteredBrazil.

Theres a lot more to say, but not too much more time.  Also I grow weary of typing. I hope the best for
everyone, and if you have questions, comments, or concerns please send all letters to the following
address, and I will get back to you in a (relatively)timely manner:

Caixa Postal 0339
Santa Maira - RS
97001 - 976

-Elder Eskildsen

Monday, November 14, 2011

Uruguaina 1st area by border of Argentina

Made it to Brazil!!

Bom dia todo mundo!
Ou seja, boa tarde.

I am now officially in Brazil. Crazy stuff
took place last week (me recieving my VISA
and such) so I wasn´t able to write a post. I was
really sad to have to leave Prairie Grove, but now
I am in a better place: Uruguaiana! Yea I am chillin´
here in Uruguaiana with my new companion Elder
de Souza who hails from São Paulo. It´s legitimate.
He is pretty much fluent in english, so with our
languages combined we are able to communicate
very well.

I absolutely love it here! We got into Brasil at
around 8 in the morning Wednesday, and guess
who I encountered there?! Elder Lipps from my
district in the MTC, and Elder Josephsen from the
district that entered the MTC with us! I was and remain
to be stoked. We all spent the first few days in Santa
Maria doing introductory missionary stuff. (Like going
to the police station so we dont get deported).

I met my companion on Friday and that day we did
street contacts with another Elder who is one of the
secretaries in Santa Maria. It was awesome. We didnt
get to Uruguaiana until 6 in the morning on Saturday, but
we still had to wake up at 6:30 to get straight down to
business. We have taught a lot of lessons so far, and
I made sense of some of it. I have no trouble understanding
certain people, but at times the brazilians are very hard to
understand. Luckily I do fine communicating with most
people and only sound incoherent an average of half the
time. I still have got quite a bit to learn.

It hasn´t been (incredibly) hot here yet, but I have
been told that the worst is forthcoming. I don´t know how
I feel about that. Our apartment is pretty ghetto, but I
love it all the same. The people here have been really
great. (Or at least I assume they have, based on how
much I have understood thus far). They are really open to
hear the gospel, and we have a lot of glorious work ahead
of us. Things are quite different here, but I love it. I don´t
know much else to say, notwithstanding the fact that
there is bound to be so much more to say.

If you have written me a letter in the past few weeks
I probably received it in Arkansas or havent received it
yet. So do not fret if I dont reply in a timely fasion. I wasn´t
able to send anything from Arkansas, so if you wrote me
it may take a while to receive a reply. Disregarding all this,
I still would love to hear from all of you! Also we only are
given mail once ever transfer (which is like 1 time per 6 weeks)
So that will make the ´´mailing my friends and loved ones so
that they know I still acknowledge the fact that they exist´´
cycle a little bit slower.

That said, I hope that everyone is doing very well, and I wish
you all the best!
Até Mais!
-Elder Eskildsen