Kyle with his buddies!

Kyle with his buddies!
I made these cookies for family home evening with this family! They were a big hit

Monday, December 17, 2012

December 17, 2012

Hey Mom,
     So I'll update you on this first week I had in my new area.
First off I got the house cleaned part way!  Not sure if you have ever seen a typical missionary house, but it's bad.  Bad as college dorms!  But it's much better now.  
     We are doing good.  My new companion is very quiet and very chill.  I like him a lot.  We have lots of new members in this ward and some of them are slipping and some are power!  We have started to work with a lot of recent converts.  I like this kind of work a lot.  We were teaching with the President of the Quorum, who was baptized 2 years ago.  The lady that we were teaching was being soft and giving a lot of excuses.  Like, "this wasn't the right time for her to change."  And I paused to think for a second and Jairus, the member that was with us, asked her when the SAvior comes what will you say?  I didn't have the courage to ask a question like that.  He then told her that he thought they same way she did for a long time.  He was going to a lot of different churches and stuff but when he found the true church he really began to feel the Spirit and come to know his Savior.  I really felt the spirit strong there.  Unfortunately she still said it wasn't the right time for her so we let it go.  We had already given it a good drilling so who knows.  We will pass by there again this week but I wish she would have had a little bit of courage to change. 
     So far I don't have too may funny stories here.  Except these two old ladies making fun of me.  HAHAHA.  This was pretty funny actually.  So we had stopped to talk with them and they were sitting outside.  Right off the bat I see that they have Bibles out from the Jehovas Witnesses.  We were having a Christmas activity so we invited them and they said that they didn't like Christmas!  I about died!!!  They asked me how old Jesus was, so I said that he was 33 when he had died and they started laughing!  Then she muttered something else about today, I didn't understand her too well but she asked waht about today and I said 2012 years, then they said we don't know he is infinite.  Ah boy too funny!  But they were two old ladies so I couldn't really get into it with them so we walked away chuckling too!
     I had been wanting to buy a motorcycle when I got back because everyone here has them and they are pretty cool.  We helped two people this week who crashed right in front of us.  One guy wasn't too bad, just tore up his leg.  The other guy broke his foot, lost of the tip of a finger and had a bunch of road rash.  So I think I'll just stick with a car from here on out!
     Well I love you guys!  Merry Christmas and I'll talk to you next week!
Com Amore Abraco,
Elder Krause

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I am in Dias D'Avila

This is me with Elder Bassi before we left.  I was transferring and he was going home!

Well I got here about an hour ago, so I don't know the city too well yet!  They have two wards here.  The city looks nice and it's known for the good water.  My comp is another american and seems pretty cool.  He is from Washington.  I am about an hour outside of Salvador.  I stopped by my new apartment for like 20 minutes, it's nice, but needs to be cleaned.

Here is my Thanksgiving "feast"

December 11, 2012

This is the new Bishop and his wife.  They are return missionaries and are the strength of the ward!  And also my very good friend!

This was our family home evening that we had last night with some of our good friends from the ward.  It was hard to say good bye!

This is Mahbean, an 8 year old girl that is very intelligent.  She asked me to baptize her!