They say it's your Birthday... Well it's my Birthday too, yeah!

Dear Family and Friends,

Thanks for all your lovely emails and the letters which I am sure that I will get.  I am looking forward to those. I am doing really well.  I am in good spirits and my new companion and I get along great in the same city of Santa Rosa.

His name is Elder Griffin. He is from Cache Valley Utah.  Which seems to be a common trend in my time as a missionary.  He is the second companion from Cache Valley I have had. The first was my companion in  the CTM.   I like the guy a lot and he speaks Portuguese like a Brazilian.  The only worry that I have is that we speak English too much.  We have a goal of only talking Portuguese in the mornings and on the streets when we do the work, but as of now we have not been doing so well on that.  It is just so easy to speak English.  I mean I have been doing it for the last 22 years.  Mas agora, vou escrever só no português.  Porque eu preciso melhorar meu português cada dia, dia inteiro.  I can write and think in Portuguese, more or less, but I still am struggling with speaking it.  But it will come with time.

I hope the Winter Olympics are really sweet.  I know they are in Vancouver, which is a pretty great city if I do say so myself.  I want highlights. I have not been able to see the games.  They are not on television here, because Carnaval just got over and no one could care less about the Olympics in Winter.

I laughed to when I heard that Dad bought an air riffle, not to mention that it has a scope and a muzzle velocity of 1700 feet per second.  This air riffle is to shoot woodland creators in our attic and back yard.  That is funny.

Well I am good.  I hope you all are too. I am looking forward to the packages I will receive in the mail coming up in Zone Conference.  (fingers crossed)  I hope you all are doing well and I wish Seth a late happy birthday and Amy a early one.

Com Amor,


Elder Caleb S. Carriere

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