Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The View from Matt's Room

Matt's Room

Matt's Desk

Elder Pellegrini and Elder Spackman

CTM Laundry Room

MIssionaries Going to Vitoria

Elder Pellegrini and Elder Obama

August 31, 2011

Ok, well, the letters this week took 8 days and I have 2 and a half weeks left. I'm so excited to leave, even though I don't know any Portuguese, ha!

Well I need to tell you this before I forget. A missionary from Vitoria with 2 months left is in Sao Paulo this week because he was jumping on a moving train and got his leg cut off. I won't be doing that. I started the BOM when I got here I'm in Helaman right now. I'm not reading very fast, but I'm getting there.

We went to Rodizio's today. It's like Tacano's. IDK, that's what everyone tells me at least. Well this week has been fun. Learning the language is rough, but o well. Our district and Elder Matthew's district sang prelude in devotional last night, it was good. Today we went to the temple.

Our Brazilian roommates are already gone and no, the missionary's who are going to Vitoria already left. They're all Brazilians. Has Matt Blue got his mission call yet? And oh, I thought of something else you could send me. A flash drive when you send my boxes to Vitoria. I got my box this last week. Thank you so much. I loved it. Everyone was jealous. Oh and the companion of the kid who got his leg cut off was a greenie. It was Carl Spencer, the one I knew. But I am happy that everything is going good back home. I love you guys and have a great week!


Elder Pellegini

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Dear Mom,

Okay, so I'm sorry that everyone knows who I am and needs me to write them to feel accomplished in life. Ha,just kidding, that was a joke so I hope I get a letter back. No I don't think Elder Bennion is coming back. He wrote me a letter basically telling me to come home. So I just threw it away.

Our district has 6 people pretty normal size here but they're all kinda cool. Me and 3 others from our district live in a room with 2 Brazilians. They're pretty cool. We went campiens temple? (Mother comment: I believe that is Matt using Portuguese). That's not spelled right. It was so cool, it was huge! I think the temple is so much cooler now that I'm on a mission.

I think it's funny you found two books you also bought me. I kinda laughed. I'm only 3 weeks away from the mission field and I still can't speak the language. Even a little. I am not losing weight. I'm not worried about it, all we do here is sit around in class all day. I'm starting to feel sick. I think I have a cold. Let's hope not. But it gets freezing at night sometimes and freezing during the days at other times. I don't know what it is. Crazy but it's alright. I need a little cold before I go to a place where it won't be cold for 2 years.

Oh so I need to clean my suit before I leave the MTC stay. I need to know how much money I have in my account again. I'm sorry I'm so needy. So next e-mail will you please send me Paul's email address I would love to e-mail him. And second I'm really needy. I hate asking you for things, but will you call Brady Payne and tell him to stop being a bum and write me, or get me his address so i can write him. And also ask him for Rustin's mom's number. Rustin is my friend who is serving a mission in Tokyo Japan right now. I would love to write him, but didn't get his address. Will you send that to me too please.

So this week has been fun. We just study the language. We got a new book to learn Portuguese. It's pretty ridiculous what missionary's get excited about. We thought they were so cool. So I read two really cool talks this week. They were called "A Call to the Rising Generation" by Brent H. Nielson and also "Be Ready" by President Henry B. Eyring. You should look them up and read them. Well what else is there to talk about. The language is really tough. but I know I can do it. I'm not scared. I just don't know if I'll be able to speak when I leave the MTC.

How are things back home? Are Brevin and LE doing good? What about Lecia? How is her school going? Oh, Dear Elder (a letter writing website) takes a long time, like 2 weeks and also Mission Ties is starting to take a little longer. I don't know what's going on. But,I'm not complaining. Well, I love you guys!

Till next week,

Elder Pellegrini

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

August 17th,


OK, so first off Elder Matthew's number is 801 226 2072 and if its that's not it its 220 i can't read his writing, sorry. Ya you should call them and say thanks and write a note to Elder Bennion's mom. Elder Tanner is officially my comp. He is pretty cool, but he is sooo good at Portuguese, way better than me. So it's hard for me to get a word in in our lesson. The language is way hard too. I can't seem to get it even how hard I try. I don't know, I don't think I have been putting enough in to it. I will try harder though and report next week.

So I went to the temple today. I love it so much. The Sao Paulo temple was the first temple in Latin America. I heard a story of members from all around Brazil saved up all their money and gave it to the church for the temple and one guy who had almost nothing gave everything he had and is now filthy rich. Note to self: give all your money to the church.

My teachers are Irmão Mello and we don't know who the other one is right now. We are in between teachers at the moment. I write in my journal every day. It's pretty hard to talk about the MTC not very exciting. I sent pictures home last week so hopefully you get it soon. I also sent Brevin's and Lecia's present. Oh, may I have Paul's e-mail please? Just send it to me through mission ties. And tell dad I love him and I am sending Lecia and Tessa an email right now also. Oh and Jenna's email and one more thing will you have KC write me a letter about how he is doing through mission ties?


Elder Pellegrini

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

August 10th Letter

(Note from Lisa:  Sorry we missed his second letter.  We were in Oregon.  Here is letter #3.  He is doing much better and feeling less homesick.)

Dear Family,

It's been good since last Wednesday. I'm a lot better now.  Elder Sheppard gave me a blessing that night. He and Elder Matthews talked to me mad me feel a lot better. Elder Sheppard is from northern Idaho. Elder Matthews is from Provo.  He went on a mission a year ago and went home then came back out.  I'm so blessed he is here right now. I love him. He is going to Recife and Elder Sheppard is going to Manaus.  They are basically my best friends here and are really good friends with my district.

Things I need:

1.  Pocket reference for missionarys 
2.  The books that are called  "Missionarys Little Book of ..." 
You know,  they're at Deseret Book.  Please send them. I would love to read them.   Thursday was freezing cold all day and the food was terrible.  (Note:  We gave Matt instructions to be descriptive about everything, so there are alot of descriptions of food in this e-mail). We have a pretty cool gym time.  We play a lot of volleyball and run a little. I have the sweetest view, you will see in the pics i sent home today.  I also sent Lecia and Brevin's package.  Mom, will you write me through mission ties and tell me how much money I have right now in my account?

I met someone who knew Henry Sorenson. He teaches at SUU I guess.   Kinda cool, we were pretending to give a lesson on the first meeting and Irmao Anderson, one of our teachers, was pretending to be the investagator and he goes, "So you can't even drink one glass of wine?" and Elder Tanner, my new comp, goes "Well that was a different time." We just all laughed.

Well the food here is terrible! All the Brazilians say it's nothing like the actual Brazilian food. I'm kinda happy about it. Well it's offical,  I miss lecia! I wish I would have taken my time before my mission more seriously. I miss Brevin and LE too. But who doesn't?  You could live right next door and miss them. But I miss everyone alot.  But it's ok. I'm where I'm supposed to be!

So I live on the 7th floor of the MTC.  It sucks, but i'll be looking good soon. So I pray a lot now.  I pray every time for my family to be safe and that they will know I love them! I hope you pray for me too. So on Thursday they had soup in the cafeteria.  It smelled somewhat like Mom's chicken noodle soup, so i got some.  No joke, first bite. I bit a huge wish bone. I was mad. Elder Drake always makes jokes like... "hopefully you don't find a bone in that..." I was like,  "I hate you!"

I bore my testimony on Sunday. Afterwards, all the wives of our leaders came up to me and hugged me and said their glad I'm still here! I told them I am too!  I love those moments when the Spirit flows into you.  I feel like you know you're in the right place.

Elder Bennion went home.  So it's Elder Furrows and Elder Brown.  Now we get 2 new missionarys today from Provo in our district.

Answers to questions from people:
1. What surprised me about the MTC?  How chill it is.  We don't do very much here. It's not bad, but we don't really have a lot of class its weird.

2. The language is definitely harder. It's kind of just annoying everything is either female or male it just gets annoying.

3. The desserts in the food court are quite terrible, except the cake I had yesterday, and choclate ice cream bars. But every night we have snack --  it's chocolate milk-- so good!

4. My favorite part of my mission so far is how much I get to read the scriptures. It's so fun to do by yourself.
5.Travelling was pretty bad,  but ok at the same time.  I accidently watched Rio on the plane. I don't know how it happened.

Tessa:  I got both your letters.  Thank you so much! I love hearing from you.
Jenna:  You can send me a package.  If I had a choice of what the contents would be, I would like dill pickle sunflower seeds, peanut butter and sour patch kids
Paul, Jenna and Lecia:  Thank you for your letters. 
Dad: I sent you a letter today and I sent a letter to the house. It's for Kaden. Please deliver it to him thank you very much.

Mom:  I love you and tell Bishop Holman I'll try to email him next week.  I'm sorry I don't have too much time!


Elder Pellegrini