5 September 2012
So this first week in the MTC was a lot of fun. The MTC here in Sao Paulo is very laid back compared to the Provo MTC from what other elders have told me. Everything is on our own honor. My district and I wake up at 6.30am and have language/personal study until the afternoon. Then we get a teacher that teaches us the basics of Portuguese. We already have to teach fake investigators in Portuguese! It is really hard because we have to figure everything out ourselves.
I’m in a trio of missionaries, Elder Russell and Elder Tapp. The first elder is from Oregon and the second is from Idaho.
The first few days it felt like a dream being here, I didn’t think it was really happening. Our district must have looked so lost when we got to the MTC because we couldn’t believe we were actually on mission now and in Brazil. Sao Paulo is a gigantic city. When you look outside all you see is buildings for miles, apparently there are 20 million people living here. The food is good but a little strange.
Today is p-day so we got to go to the Sao Paulo temple which was really nice. It is a beautiful temple. Then we got to leave the MTC and check out the city within a certain boundary of course. I bought some sweet Brazilian flip-flops! I want to buy a bunch of watches and ties here cause they are so cheap haha but they look super nice.
There are a bunch of my friends from budge hall here. It is like the good old days when we talk about the things that happened while we were at college. A good friend of mine for BYU just finished his 9th week and left yesterday. Its nuts he was speaking fluent Portuguese. These missionaries here learn so fast I just hope that I can learn as quickly as they do. We might get some Brazilian roommates which should help a lot. Brazilians are the nicest people on Earth. They just want to know all about you and be your friend. No wonder the Church is so strong in this part of the world.
There are about six missionaries in my district going to Porto Alegre. Apparently the church is growing quickly down there. I can’t wait to get there, it sounds like the crown jewel of all of Brazil. The older Brazilians think it is funny that a Texan is going to Porto Alegre because both places have a lot of pride for their state.
One last thing, sign up for this mission ties thing you will be getting through your email. It makes sending things to Brazil a lot easier, and it is run by this church member here in the MTC.
Got to go,
I love you guys more than anything in the whole world
Love, Elder Miller