23 December 2013 Monday SKYPING WITH ELDER KYLER
The missionaries in Elder Kyler’s mission were given the choice of talking on the phone on Christmas day or skyping on the 23rd – P-day. Duh…Of course, we chose skyping! We hooked up our computer to our TV and he could see almost the whole living room. We had an amazing 2.5 hours with Elder Kyler – none of us wanted it to end. He looks good and happy!
He was skyping in the LAN house. It was really hard for all of us to end the call and I have to admit that I cried like a baby for most of the rest of the day (miss him!) but I am so happy that he is serving a mission and so happy for the work he is doing and the way he is doing it. We are glad to rejoice in the happiness!
So here are a few things we remembered from our skyping. I was trying to remember everything as we talked but it was too much. I just wanted to enjoy our time with him but I do remember these things:
- This is the first LAN house he has used that has cubicles. Usually there are just computers set up on tables. This is also the nicest LAN house he has been in, which is interesting because he’s in a very remote area. He’s not very far from the city but it’s remote. The LAN houses are everywhere because very few people can afford a PC in their homes.
- Along with a girl that kept staring at us, which cracked me up because it made Kyler laugh so hard and it was amazing to hear his laugh and see his shoulders shake, there was a guy who tried to sell him chocolates!
- His Portuguese was amazing!! Really really good!! Loved hearing it!
- In his last area, there were around 40 people attending church when he got there. When he transferred, there were around 65. Here there are about 120 attending – a much bigger ward!
- On Sunday (Dec. 22nd) the Bishop invited the 4 missionaries to dinner. He speaks fluent English and is planning to come to BYU in 2016. He told them, “I know what will make you trunky.” And he put on some Christmas music! The Elders asked him to turn it off, because it was making them soooo trunky but he left it on! I don’t think he was trying to be mean – they really like him, but I think he was trying to be funny…. But it wasn’t really very funny at all. That was pretty hard on all those young men.
- He heard Blane whisper to Curtis that the Nova’s battery would have to be jumped to start it and got very concerned! He said, “What did you say about the Nova – the battery won’t start—what’s wrong with it…..” We assured him that everything was fine - we just haven‘t been driving it because it’s been snowy and the Nova is horrible in the snow. Then he wanted to know where it was parked – you see, it’s important to know whether it’s stashed in the backyard or up front! It’s up front! Whew – crisis averted!! He doesn’t need to be worrying about the Nova!
- When asked if he’d like to return to Brazil some day, he told us he would not feel safe at all there without his missionary tag!
23 December 2013
I just talked to you guys! We’re finishing up our time here and I just got my letter off to Presidente S____.
Just wanted to say how much I love you guys and how much you all mean to me! :)
Have a wonderful Christmas and I’ll see you for the next one!! ;)