So first off I, (Ashley) have to tell you a funny story.....when McKay arrived to Brazil and he unpacked he couldn't find his suit coat. That's why he is without one in all the pictures. His mission doesn't require one but we sent him with one anyways. When he unpacked he noticed his vacuumed sealed bags had been opened and gone through. There was a sticker inside that read "official inspection". Needless to say McKay figured his suit coat was stolen. Well this week I received a picture with him wearing his suit coat! When I asked him where he found it, this was his reply......"it was in my shorts drawer!!!! i was so surprised and a ´´funny angry´´ when i found it. it was folded up in my drawer just how i took it out. i thought they were my eddie bauer shorts because i have shorts the exact same material and the exacyt same color. yeterday night for sports i was changing and decided to wear my ´´eddie bauer shorts´´ cause i havent worn them once yet. i pick it up and said´´´ are you kidding me?!?`` this whole time for 5 1/2 weeks i had them in my dresser and i didnt know it:?!?!?! i had another typical Mckay moment. hahahaha. elder mafi and elder lloyd thought it was hilarious. but at least i had my jacket for my last temple trip!" I am so happy he found it even though he will never wear it again when he gets to Salvador on Tuesday! Haha. Yes, Mckay is still an airhead and we can all chuckle at this! Here is his email this week:
My time here is almost up. Only 3 more days then tuesday morning i head out to to Salvador. I cant wait to leave the CTM after being here for 6 weeks! The days felt like weeks and the weeks felt like days. My experience has been great. ive learned a lot, made lots of new awesome friends, and have grown closer to the Savior while here. I cannot wait to help Heavenly Gathers children see their divine potential. Ive truly come to know that jesus christ loves his people and suffered for each one of his people individually. ive seen Gods hand bless my life in abundance throughout my life and i cant wait to share those blessings with the people in Salvador. I know that God has prepared specific people that only I can share his Gospel with, and i know that as i open my mouth and trust in God he will manifest himself through the Holy Ghost and will pierce the hearts of those i share the Gospel with. I know that i have been called of god, through a prophet to bear witness of His divine plan, which is to live with him again.
I know that through my sweat, extra sweat, and more sweat ( cuz its hotter than where Satan lives... <---- inspired words by Elder Mafi), and hopefully not too much blood and tears, i will help the people of Salvador hear the Savior´s call to ´´Come follow me``. I know that as they hear the Savior´s call, their lives will change as they hearken unto his call. I know that this is true because ive followed Christs footsteps and have had to rely on Him.
Salvador here i come!!
some quick cool things about my mission in salvador south.. i met an elder whose father was the mission president a few years back. he said Salvador south is less poor than Salvador north mission. he also said, there are thugs!! but there are rarely problems because the thugs are friends with the missionarites because they respect missionaries!! i thought that was cool. he also said ill see mostly´´preto povo´´ (black people) and they are suupper nice!