September 2009 - September 2011

The Journey from Beginning to End

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving in Manaus (Email 11.25.2009)

How are you all? I´m doing just dandy. My feet are just light red but don´t hurt from the sunburn anymore. It's the mosquito bites on my feet that irritate me.

I haven´t seen it rain here yet. I just missed the rainy season.  Going into the dry right now.

Cool thing!! You know how the moon in the US, when it goes from full moon to new moon and stuff how it goes from left to right or whatever? Well, here, it goes from bottom to top, so the crescent moon was on the bottom and it looks like a smiley face!!

We had our "Thanksgiving Feast" today at the house of some other missionaries in my district. Another district came too. We had lots of meat and a big fish. Really good stuff.

We have a baptism this Friday. Her name is Marceleia. She is married to our ward mission leader. She was Baptist, but didn't like something the pastor did, and decided to come to her husband's church. She hasn´t missed a meeting in 6 months now. My first time meeting her, she was selling hotdogs and said we could have some cake. E. Gannon asked cake for what? She said cake for her baptism. E. G,"When?" M,"I don´t know, when do you want?" EG," Next Saturday?" M,"ok, sounds good." Super exciting! Elder Gannon had been teaching her for a long time. I helped teach the last few lessons. Fun Stuff.

By the way, for the whole mission, you mail me at the mission home. I don´t get the letters until zone conferences or transfers. Tough luck, eh. I have a few letters to mail out, but generally I´m just going to be doing email. We have as long as we need to email, but generally keep it to one hour, but I´m not as rushed as I was in the CTM.

So far, I´ve seen one monkey, one pink dolphin, 3 giant, (and I mean GIANT) cockroaches, lots of bugs, and eaten 4 kinds of fish. Yummy! We may try eating monkey sometime this transfer.

Supposedly they scan boxes/packages sometimes and memory cards can get wiped, so I´m going to try to find a place to upload memory cards, but I also have another idea. I´m going to keep the memory cards the whole mission, but every once in a while can you send me a new one and when I come home I´ll just have a whole bunch of memory cards with me. Don´t worry.  I´ll send pictures home. I can upload and print them too and mail those home as well, but I don´t think its safe to send the card with the only file of the pictures I´ve taken. Too risky.

The language is coming along very well. I´m still not able to understand a lot of it, but I understand the general idea of what's being said. The only scary thing is when I´m asked a question and I don´t know what to say back because I don´t know what was asked. Elder Gannon translates for me, and then I feel stupid because I know how to answer most questions in Portuguese.  I just don´t understand when I hear them... I´ll have it in a couple months.

The ward I´m serving in is the Castanhera Ward. It´s pretty cool. We have to wear our suits to sacrament meeting, and the electricity went out this last Sunday. It was so much fun.

I have been deeply humbled by some of the houses.. homes I´ve seen here. Some of them only have one or two old beds, a small stove and dishwasher in a little shack. It´s really sad to see the poverty that a lot of the people here live in. I feel so blessed to have had so much. I took way way way way way too much for granted. Even having as much food as we have is a miracle. Clean water. AIR CONDITIONING. Right now our apartment has 4 fans. Only one works. I enjoy its presence. If we lost it the mosquitos would have a feast. Elder Tenney would be sad.

OOH! I forgot! Something awesome about Manaus! NO SALES TAX! What you see is what you pay! And in Brazil they don´t make the 1 centavo (1 cent) coins anymore, so they just round it to the nearest 5 centavos. I like that better.

Thank you so much for the box! Hopefully I get it at the zone conference next Monday or transfers next month. Doubt it, but I can dream.

Well, I think that´s about it. Have an Awesome Thanksgiving y'all! Love ya!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

FiShiNG in ThE AMaZoN!!! 1st Transfer in Manaus!

HELLO FROM MANAUS!  (I´m soaking wet.)
We flew from São Paulo to Manaus in about 4 hours.  I took so many pictures the last few days. There are places I can upload them and you can see them instead of me mailing them which is highly unreliable.

I am currently serving in the Manaus Leste (East) zone.  It´s the poorer part of town. My 1st companion and trainer is Elder Gannon from West Jordan, Utah. I am his first trainee and this is his last transfer.

Mission Lore: The trainer is called our 'father'.  I was 'born' in the Manaus Leste Zone (My first zone).   My father (Elder Gannon) will 'die' in the Manaus Leste Zone (his last zone) because he goes home after this.  I am his first and only 'son'.  His trainer is my 'grandfather' and so on.  It´s just some fun phraseology for you.  And if I say that I will have a son in the future, it will be me being a trainer.

President Jayme is so awesome!  And Sister Jayme is so nice!

(Elder Gannon is, too!)

So. Today is my first p-day. It's about 2:30 here. This morning I fulfilled one of my dreams. We went fishing in the Amazon river. Yeah, it was cool. I took pictures (lots) and yeah.  So... I´ve stood in the Amazon river. The water was super hot.

This morning we fished for fish.  Tonight we will be fishers of men (which is a lot easier).

I´m soaking wet right now.

Ummm... I don't remember much of the last week.

CTM= Premortal Life

Mission Field= Mortal Life

Home=Celestial Kingdom

We knew each other in the CTM, we live/serve in the field, we 'die' and go home and see our friends from the field again.

Lots of fun stuff.

I have sunburns on the top of my feet from this morning and it kinda hurts to wear socks and shoes over it.  Arms, too, but thankfully no long sleeve shirt.

Muito quente aqui no manaus.

My apartment is similar to what the people I'm around live in.  It has a kitchen, a bathroom, and two other rooms.  Pretty nice.  I like the walls. They are painted green.

33 degrees celsius before I went to bed last night. Right now, I don´t know, but it's around 40 I think.
Manaus Brazil Temple Construction Site
17 November 2009

We went to the temple construction site yesterday. A picture is in the mission newsletter I got emailed that you can check.  (Editor's Note:  This must be at the Manaus temple construction site yesterday.  Elder Tenney is in the back row, 1st elder on the right!  Our first picture of him since he left home! Yea!  President Jayme is in the center front row. Click on photo for larger view).

That's all for now.

Love you all.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Elder Tenney's Last Week in the CTM (11.10.09)

First off, WOW!! Nick is going to Russia?!! Lucky lucky lucky lucky lucky lucky lucky!!! Tell him good luck in learning the language! That is definately going to be a fun one to learn! When does he leave? and can you get me his mailing address for his mission home?

Today was our last day to go to the temple for 2 years. (about) it was very sad. I picked one of the red flowers on the grounds (there were many) and I think I´ll try to dry it in a notebook or something. Unless it gets so humid that nothing drys. :P

Well, last week one of the elders in my district went to the field (Sao paulo south mission) and elder owens and i got elder johns as a 3rd companion. It has made everything a little different, but its really fun having him with us.

I got a letter from eddie this week! :D  Thanks, Eddie! (Mom10-E:)

We went proselyting last friday. It was soooo much fun. I´m super excited for the next two years now. People are practically just waiting for you to talk to them. Everyone is receptive and has a Christian background in some way or another.

We were proselyting in the Central São Paulo. There were so many people! If you want to look up the location, look up the Sé Cathedral. It is the center of sao paulo and there is a pedestal in the courtyard that we all got to touch which is the "marker" for the city center. Super cool. Look it up.

We also went up a road that looked exactly like Diagon Alley from Harry Potter, and there was a massive National Bank at the top of the road (Gringotts Wizarding Bank). There was a huge chandelier in the bank that was about 2 stories tall. IT was HUGE! and very beautiful.

As fun as São paulo is, I´m ready to go to Manaus. I really really need a change of scenery. And breakfast foods. Ham and cheese sandwhiches for 60 days for breakfast is starting to take its toll on me.

Did i mention I ate chicken hearts last week at a rodizio grill? I forget..

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Address Change!

Since Elder Tenney will be departing in less than 2 weeks from the CTM for the mission field, please send all of his letters and packages to the mission home address listed on this blog until further notice.   That way he will hopefully keep getting his mail in a timely manner and he won't have to worry about whether or not his mail is being forwarded.   Thanks!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

11.03.2009 Email from the CTM

Oh how i love P-days! They are just so amazing! We went to the temple again this morning, and I think that makes our district one of the record holders for most trips to the temple at the CTM with 6 times. We may even go next week too! We have only had one p day when we didnt go and (not saying the temple is a bad thing) it has an extra 6 hours to do stuff and nap etc instead of going to the temple, but the temple is super fun!

So, Good News or Bad News first? Bad? ok. Well, we get new bedsheets and stuff every wednesday, and this last week we didnt get pillowcases on accident. So I used the blanket they provide for us as a pillow. This same blanket is the one that a few weeks ago when i was super sick i was coughing into a whole bunch. see where this is going? Yup, i got sick again. It´s always elder 10e. On saturday night I finally opened my advil because i had a killer headache. I took my temp too and i had a fever of 102.8 Fahrenheit. Yes, i kind of wanted to die. It´s not fun being sick in a foreign country. I´m better now, just a cough now and then. I should be back to 100% in a couple of days. Oh, by the way, I´m down to 2 advil pills left, so could you send that big bottle I was going to bring? I have a feeling that since i get sick every other week I might need that. :P

Good News: ... I forgot. I got so into the bad news I forgot what I was going to say... oh well..

Our departure is set for the 17 of Nov i think. the week of anyway. I have one p day left and leave (2 weeks from today?)

So, for lunch today we went to a Rodizio restaurant with our teacher Irmão Diniz. It was just like Made in Brazil in St. George, but 10X better! Guess what I ate: Chicken hearts! They are super good! Taste just like chicken!

Tell Brother & Sister Christensen thank you for their letter! I got it the other day. It really cheered me up.  Shout out to Brother & Sis. Christensen!  Thanks for writing to Elder Tenney!  Also thanks to the Ences for the same!  He loves getting those letters in his mailbox....and hearing from everyone at home....

In the box I sent there is no memory card. I haven´t used my camera enough to have it be worth sending yet. There really arent that many pictures. I think there is a place that I can upload them somewhere nearby. I´ll try next week If i have more time.

We haven´t got letters the past few days because they don´t run the postal service on Saturday and Sunday and Monday was a Holiday- Dia do Morte (Day of the Dead), so hopefully I might get something today!