Thursday, April 24, 2014

Brazil is Different

April 21, 2014

Elder Quiros and Elder Clark - Companions

The message and purpose is the same, but everything else... is different. I am in the city suburb of Brasilia called Recanto das Emas. My companion, Elder Quiros is great. Even though he doesn’t speak English, we are able to communicate with each other.  I am still working on clear communication with others. I want to be able to talk with these people so badly. My language is coming, very slowly.

It is very hot here, and all we do is walk... all day. The big meal is lunch here and so we eat a big lunch at about 12ish-1ish. After that we are out working and walking until 9-930 at night. I am always SO exhausted, but it is a good exhaustion from hard work!

We have one woman, named Paloma that we committed to baptism this week. She is very sweet. She is dating a returned missionary and he is so tight. His name is Steve (pronounced sh-tee-vee). They are awesome and help me a lot with my Portuguese.

My mission president is a great man too, but next transfer we will be getting a new president. I will have had 3 presidents in my mission. Crazy.

I miss Scottsdale a lot but this is my mission too. It has been very humbling having to start over. I am doing my best but, it is discouraging having the words to say but not being able to say them! I cannot wait till I can understand the people here. It is going to take a lot of work. But, I will do it!

The book is blue and the church is true.
Love you all

Elder Clark

Remember him?  Elder Porter was Elder Clark's Provo MTC Companion. He has been in Brazil for months!

Sunday, April 13, 2014


April 9, 2014

New Missionaries at the Brazil Missionary Training Center
(Elder Clark is in the back row, center)

Wow, this week has been crazy. I am really sorry too, let everyone know I am not ignoring them. I only have 15 minutes to write and read... but I am doing fine. 

The food is great, the people are great, and the language is kicking my butt. I miss Arizona terribly. My companions name is Elder Hogan from Layton, Utah, he is great. Elder Harris from my MTC district is here too! It was really good to see a friend here! 

I cant believe how fast time is going here. I will be out in the field next time I can email, which I do not know when that will be. Brazil is beautiful. This morning we did a session at the Campinas Temple! Its about 1 hour and a half from here so in between sleeping I got to see beautiful Brazil! 

Campinas Brazil Temple

We have also gotten the opportunity to proselyte in the city. We just go and place copies of the Book of Mormon. This city is CRAZY big. Its so fun to be living in a skyscraper in the middle of the city. Its hot and humid too. And yes mom. I do feel safe.

Well I gotta go now, outta time. LOVE YOU ALL.
My motto (Thanks Dad)- That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not because the nature of the task has changed but our capacity to do so increases.

Elder Clark

Goodbye and Hello

Goodbye Arizona
April 1, 2014

Sister Sweeney, Elder Clark, President Sweeney

Hello Brazil
April 2, 2014

Elder Clark in the Sao Paulo, Brazil MTC

I AM HERE, I HAVE ARRIVED SAFE AND SOUND. Still pretty unbelievable though....