2012_12_17As follows, some information about my current whereabouts.
I am going to be transferred today from Biguaçu to a city calledConcordia, which is located far in the West of the Mission, about 270kilometers from here, if I gauged correctly from the tiny little mapthat I was given at the beginning of the mission. This will mean thatI will no longer be serving with Elder Fraga, and will instead beserving with an Elder Romero from São Paulo, whom I have already hadthe chance to get to know briefly. I am excited to be heading outthere, even though it is apparently even hotter out there as there isno ocean breeze to cool things down every once in a while. ElderRomero seems to be a likeable fellow and I am excited to be seeing adifferent part of the state, which is quite close to Argentina. Also,it is the area of a big meat factory and producer and so all themembers serve there is meat. Also, there are hills, which is adeparture from the flatland that I´ve been in so far.I unfortunately took some time to get packed. Quite fortunately, allmy things fit into my IKEA backpack monstrosity, my one suitcase andMom´s dilapidated travel bag, whose zipper broke right as I closed thebag. I hope that it will last the night. I missed the bus that wasrecommended for me to take at 12:30 and so will be taking a night busat 20:30. With a 10 hour ride, I will be arriving in the wee hour ofthe morning at 5:30, which means that I won´t see the countryside as Ithought I would, but I am able to write to you, which is a just recompense.On an aside, I managed to get out two Christmas letters that I wrotelast week but I still hope to write some more letters to more of you.I don´t know if there is much of an expectation to receive cooltrinkets or profound advice from me in the form of tear-drippedletters written in herzblut, but in reality, I haven´t been able toget my time together enough in order to do so nor do I have anyyounger siblings that need my strengthening from an older, encouragingbrother.Are Grossmutti and Grandma able to hear anything from me? I know thatthey are the people that really need to hear from me more than anybodyelse. I wonder if it is a realization that the things that I´m doingright now are not particularly creative that prevents me from sendinganything particularly interesting.I think I realized a long time ago that the emailing process is also avent for the missionary to feel like he´s being listened to in thelarge and empty void that we call space. I do enjoy emailing very muchthough, however, so I will continue doing so.I´ve wondered if 2013 is going to be my challenging year, as I realizethat there is never going to be a ´moment´ of feeling like you´vearrived at a ´real´ point of being a missionary. In two weeks, I´ll beone year and a bit before returning. Ponder that for a moment and read on.On the topic of the blog. I have thought about starting to send youphotos based on subject matter, for example, the different types ofdogs encountered, Floripa Flora and Fauna, Architectural Mishaps and others.
Having found out on Saturday that I would be leaving, I said goodbyeto the members. I grew to love some of them and will miss all of thethem in different ways. I think that by the end, a majority finallyknew my name. My time with the bizarre Biguaçu Branch has finally cometo an end. Furthermore, my time with Elder Fraga, who is really a goodmissionary that tries hard, has also come to an end. You end upspending so much time with one person that their absence is strange.Though I believe that is also because this is only the first time thatI am switching companions in the mission field, while nearly everybodyelse from my district that arrived at the same time switchedcompanions several times or even areas.I am going to wrap up now and going to try to compose my thoughts(which are various) in my journal for the next few hours, as it isstill 4 hours till my departure.I hope that I can talk to more than just mom and dad this next week,but they are the most important people for me to talk to in themeantime.Topics to think about: that we need a balance between takingeverything too seriously and taking things not seriously enough.In reality, life is good and I have a testimony, despite not havinghad a baptism in my first area.All the best,Love,Elder Luschin