Connor's Rio Address

Here is the mission home address for letters and packages:
Elder Connor Keetch Ottosen
Brazil Rio de Janeiro Mission
Dois de Dezembro 78
Salas 703/704 Flamengo
Rio de Janeiro RJ 22220-040
You can also e-mail him at
He can get e-mails AND now he can e-mail family and friends back!!!!!
THANKS for the letters! He says they are like gold!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Visit from the presidente

Hey Family! Hope you guys had a wonderful thanksgiving!
Things have been going all right here in Tijuca. Estela finally went to church yesterday! She liked it tons, and we are going to return tonight to confirm her baptismal date of this Sunday. She is loving our visits, but I am a bit afraid that she is more impressed by what we do as missionaries, than of the Gospel. Joana, the woman that showed up in church, we weren´t able to contact her his week. She had tons of things going on, but said she would go yesterday. She didn´t show up, doesn´t answer her phone, and wasn´t home, I wonder if something happened. Anyways this week we are going to do some serious searching for new investigators. We have very few people to teach, and those that we have are never home. I think we are going to continue to visit members and start working out of the area book. It was cool cause on thanksgiving we got a call during personal study. Presidente was outside our house. Lucky that we cleaned. haha He had comp study with us and I learned a ton. He is really such an inspired man, and I felt a huge desire to work my hardest to baptize families here. 
So we didn´t do anything cool on thanksgiving, but we are going out to eat today at a really good pizza buffet, man I am excited. haha
So I am glad to hear you all had a wonderful time on Thanksgiving and last week. Man I won´t lie I am pretty jealous, but it´s all good, haha my time will arrive soon enough, probably faster that I want actually. It is so weird to think about snow and the cold, it seems so foreign to me now. haha So was the new Twilight movie really big there? I ask because there are Twilight posters on literally every bus and bus stop and everything. I have never seen a movie so popular here. haha
Man Kory is home and Tyler soon after. Man that is crazy. Tell them hi for me. haha
Anyways things are going great here. I am excited for the opportunities I am having, even if it is a bit difficult. It helps so much knowing I have you guys behind me. Helping me in everything. I am so grateful for my mission, my family, and my Savior. You guys should watch the church movie on Christmas, in Portuguese it is mundo feliz, maybe Joy to the World? It is really good and I felt the spirit really really strong while watching it. I love you all so much. Hope the spirit of Christmas and Christ are with you all. 
Love, Elder Ottosen

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The power of a blog

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Haha I know it is a bit early but yeah. 
So my comp is Elder Mademann, another comp from the Brazilian North East. He is really cool. So this week there were a few holidays in Brazil, the Day of the Republic or something like that. A bunch of people traveled, so we didn´t find anyone home. But we did have a miracle happen yesterday. We got to church and there was a woman waiting for us. Her name is Joana, and she has some friends in Idaho that have a blog. In their blog there are always talking about the church. She got interested, and researched it, and went to church all by herself. The miracles of technology! haha We are going to start teaching her on Wednesday so wish us luck. Estela is still going well, but she didn't go to church again. We are going to teach her with some members, and try to have members take her to church next week. 
I think that was about it this week. It was cool cause all the new trainers spent the day together Tuesday. My comp of the MTC Elder Stanger is training, as well as my first child, Elder J Lima. I´m already a Grandpa! haha

Ugh Thanksgiving dinner. That is one thing I will miss alot. Haha I hope you guys have a great time though!! Thank you guys so much for everything. You guys keep telling me thanks, but have to remember. I am only here because of the wonderful example that first my parents, and after my other family members and friends gave me. I love you guys tons. Have a wonderful week!
Love, Elder Ottosen

Monday, November 12, 2012

training again!

Hey Family!!
So..... I am training again!! haha I will meet my new comp on Wednesday so I don´t know anything about him yet. But I am excited, I really liked the opportunity to train the first time and I am excited to train again. I will stay here in Tijuca for at least 3 more months now. Anyways this week was good but a bit slow. I am glad to have a new transfer to get all energized and excited. Alda decided to not be baptized yet because she is still attending other church. She says she believes in the Book of Mormon, but I think she doesn´t have a strong testimony yet, so we are going to continue working with her. Estela is still awesome. She couldn´t make it to church yesterday, but will go this week. She is so impressed by our church and us missionaries. Yesterday she said she wanted her daughter to marry one of us missionaries. Haha I had a good laugh at that. Anyways things were pretty normal this week. I also visited the dentist and the ortho this week. President didn´t have any recommendations so I asked some members. I went into the ortho to fix my retainer and left with a permanent retainer on my bottom teeth somehow. haha I didn´t really understand what she was doing until after, ask Dr. Brown if that is okay. It looks pretty sturdy and normal to me. 
So yeah unfortunately I heard about Mitt Romney. haha I am glad to hear that Grandma is getting better. And snow!!?? Man I am jealous. haha I am glad to hear about it though. And yeah I could look at going out to eat on Thanksgiving, because sometimes we don´t have lunch with a member. Also no Christ the Redeemer is really close, but not in my area. And I won´t be able to visit until the very last day of the mission. I also have not heard anything about missions being extended of shortened. Sounds like the ward is going well in Utah, lots of good talks! 
Sounds like things are going well.
Anyways I am loving the mission. Things are a bit slow here, but I am sure these next two transfers will be full of miracles, and lots of work. I love you guys so much
Love, Elder Connor Ottosen

Monday, November 5, 2012

One more door!

Oi Family!
So Happy Halloween!!! How was it? Halloween here was just a normal day. Almost. So we have these members in our ward, the woman is Brazilian and the husband is from Arizona, a complete farmer that doesn´t speak an ounce of Portuguese. They are just visiting until February. They gave us lunch and decided to take us to Outback Steakhouse! haha it was so delicious, one of my favorite meals yet. haha. Anyways this week was a lot better. We had two investigators go to church yesterday, Alda, a woman of 32 years, and her cousin Anderson. They are both way cool and open. Alda has a baptismal date marked for next Sunday if she receives an answer. We found them while just doing street contacts. We also got a great reference yesterday. Estela is super prepared. She was contacted during that pass along card activity. She wants to visit the church and has a date marked for the 18th to be baptized. She loved the message, and understood better than tons of others. These two people came at a good time cause it is the end of the transfer already, and it sometimes gets hard to be excited when nothing is working. haha but It really shows how the Lord blesses us when we do everything we can do. 
It was funny cause last Friday we were knocking doors and absolutely no one wanted anything. We got kicked out of a street and my comp got frustrated and said "We are just wasting time here" I kinda felt the same way but decided to try a few more housed, finally I did a silent prayer and surprise, haha the next door opened to have a woman happily accept our message (a super rarity) and be really excited to learn more about the church. 
I have learned so much on the mission about how God really gives the good blessings only after we put all of our trust in my and do everything we can, then the miracles come.
Anyways I love you guys. Getting excited for Thanksgiving? It is absolutely crazy how fast time goes in the mission. Anyways have a wonderful week!
Love, Elder Ottosen