May 2011-May 2013

Kevin has been called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has been assigned to labor in the Brazil Londrina Mission for two years and will be teaching the gospel in the Portuguese language. Kevin will not be using the internet while serving as a missionary. This site will be updated by me, his mom, as I recieve his weekly email letters and pictures. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Whew! It was a super busy week this week that ended up with, you guessed it,


Starting with last Saturday Elder Petersen was having bad stomach pains, so we went in to the doctor and he gave him meds with the instructions to come back if he develops a fever. Sunday night, he started getting a really bad fever so we went back hoping that it wasn’t appendicitis. After staying in the hospital for four nights and doing a ton of tests the doctor finally said that it was probably Dengue and sent us home to rest since his fever went away. As he stayed in the apartment me and Elder R. Silva, our district leader, went crazy doing divisions so that we could make up for the lost time, we even got all the missionaries in the zone to come work in our area for a day. Me and Elder R. Silva visited a family that me and Elder Pineda taught but stopped teaching a while back and we invited the son to be baptized. He was all for it but the mom was really hesitant, but with a lot of work and a marathon of visits on Friday and Saturday it all turned out great and he, Leonardo, entered the waters of baptism on Sunday!! Elder Petersen was well enough to baptize him so he did it! It turned out that Leonardo was really afraid of getting his head under  water, so after a little while of trying he ended up doing the tried and true "sweep the leg" to get him under and everything turned out great!!!

This week we had a lot of visitors in sacrament meeting, so with a little work we should have another baptism soon. Keep praying for us to be able to teach with the spirit and that our investigators will keep their commitments and especially that this new member will stay strong in the gospel even though he’s so young.

That’s it for this week! Until the next!

Love you all!!

-Elder Leete

Monday, February 20, 2012

Companion is Sick

Mon 2/20/2012 3:40 PM

Sorry I couldn't write today, I’m in the hospital with Elder P who has been sick. The doctors have not found out what's wrong but they will do more tests tomorrow. Everything is fine though, he will be right as rain in a few days.      Elder P's mom also found moms blog so she’s keeping up through that so just post good stuff about us!

Tchau! I will try to write again this week but probably won't be until next Monday! 

-Elder Leete

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Importance of Prayer and Scripture Study

Hey everybody!

My pink eyes all cleared up and I’m on antibiotics for the throat and that’s a lot better too. I had to spend a lot of money on drugs so i used my card and will get the reimbursement from the mission in like a month. (yeah it takes forever) Also today I’m gonna have to buy groceries with my card, our mission allowance doesn’t fall until like Wednesday but we only go shopping on P-day so I gotta get food now.

My newbie´s doing real well, he can speak and understand a lot just not very fast.

L hasn’t stopped smoking yet, but she´s getting there so thank you for the prayers.

Hope everybody had fun; sounds like you guys are having a good time. (MORP)
Feliz aniversário Melissa!! Parabéns! I’m starting to feel really old now. . . .

I second everything that Matt had to say, that about describes the mission experience.
(Matt is Kevin’s friend serving in Poland.  He wrote: "I'm doing way good, it's so fun, this is better than anything else I have ever done, ya its hard ha-ha and I'm always tired but you can't describe the feelings, experiences, and miracles. It's unreal.")

In Brasil they don’t celebrate Valentine ’s Day, but in August they have a near equivalent `day of the boy/girlfriends´.

It’s hot here. It just stays at about 30 degrees Celsius all day, every day. Unless it rains in which it cools off a little.

Recently we have been teaching a good amount of families about the importance of prayer and scripture study in the family, something that I’m growing more and more grateful for that we did as a family in my whole life.   Really the secret about living a God-centered life is:

-personal prayer
-personal scripture study
-family prayer
-family scripture study
-ward prayer and ward scripture study (which happens at church)
-stake prayer and scripture study (which happens at stake conference)
-regional prayer and regional scripture study (at regional conference)
-Everybody prayer and scripture study (general conference)

If we do these things we will one day return and live with God, because that is how we get the strength to battle against Satan.

And that’s all I have time for today. I Exhort you all to do these things and Be Saved, it’s just that easy.

Love you,
-Elder Leete

Monday, February 6, 2012

Lots of Pictures!

We received a sd card full of pictures from Kevin this week.  About 400 of them neatly organized into files for each of his areas.  We are in the process of figuring out the best way of sharing them so stay tuned.  For now, here is a picture of Kevin and his companion in their Christmas PJs we sent them.

New Companion, Pray for Luciana

(Dad wants to go thru and edit some of the pictures before I post them for the world to see.)
Hahah what pictures does dad want to edit? My companions are just that ugly?

Just kidding.

Yeah you should definitely print them all up and put them in a scrapbook or something. Haha I know that you probably will love showing everybody that comes to the house how wonderful of a missionary I am.

Sounds like everybody is having fun! I’m jealous that you guys can go to the symphony.

My new companion is Elder P, he´s from Arizona. He´s a really chill, tall, white guy.  He speaks well already but just really slowly so we are working on that.

This week was a little annoying, I got pink eye in both of my eyes so they were all swollen up and my face felt like somebody hit it with a baseball bat. But that’s okay, it’s just now that my throat is really swollen up. ..  I think it’s an allergic reaction to the eye drops I’m taking or something.

But other than that we're going great! We have a woman named L that wants to be baptized this Sunday but she is having a hard time stopping smoking. If you guys could pray for her that would be great.

I’m out of time again! Had to show the newbie how to send in reports and stuff.

até mais!
-Elder Leete

Me and Elder P, one of our investigators named her puppies after us.

Me and Elder P