Monday, January 20, 2014

Letter dated 20 January 2014--Danielson's baptism and a little monkey business

Olá família e amigos!

Well, its been another hot week on my little known desert island. But it was a great week! First of all, yesterday was transfers and after going and saying goodbye to all of our recent converts, we waited for the call that may or may not come. The other Elders in the house received theirs but that was it. So, it looks like I will be spending my 6th transfer with Elder Conduanhe (3 transfers straight! Wahoo!) in Achada Grande. To be honest, we were really expecting for one of us to be leaving so it was kind of a surprise. But it will be an awesome transfer and we will work our area hard! 
Cute little girl who insisted that I take her picture
In other news, last week we had a baptism! His name is Danielson and he is 16 years old. A less active member helped us find him and I can remember our very first day with him; he told us that he was really interested in the Church and wanted to change his life with the new year. So we started talking to him, and he came to Church. Soon after that, the youth of the branch really helped him and he became really good friends with all of them. They invited him to go to seminary every night with them, and it was exactly after he started going to seminary that his testimony and desire to be baptized grew rapidly. At his baptism, he had a lot of friends (members, less actives, and investigators) come. Even his father showed up and saw the actual ordinance. It was super special and now we are going to try and teach the whole family. That family is so nice. They keep trying to feed us food! Elder Conduanhe had the pleasure to perform the baptism too. Oh, and for your information, the kid that is in the picture with Danielson and us is Xandy. We have been talking with his parents and they might let him be baptized soon (like this or next week). Certainly hope so!
 Okay, to answer some questions. Yes, it is hot and humid here practically year round. There are 2 areas where is actually gets cold though, one on Fogo and the other are areas near Mindelo where it gets cool because of winds. There is even a town in Fogo that is so high on the volcano that they get snow during the night but it completely melts away quickly. I never got to see it because missionaries can't go there. Praia is really hot and the only time you actually feel a temperature change is when  the sun goes down. Then it can get a little chilly but nothing like when I wore flip flops and shorts in the snow of Utah at BYU. 
Yum, lunch!
And ice cream for dessert!
Great to hear about all the missionaries from Placentia and also other friends. I am always thinking about those who are serving.
 Well, thanks for your love and prayers and I will talk to you all next week!!!

Elder Dorff

P.S. Thank you everyone for your part of my Christmas Present!


  1. Dear Dorffs,
    This is Duane Jarvis, dad of Elder Jarvis that is sharing an apartment with Elder Dorff. We sat by Dale and Shirley Stoa in our ward yesterday and made the Cape Verde connection. The Stoa's daughter Kelly is in our ward (wonderful young family), we've met Dale and Shirley lots of times. Kelly said "Bishop Dorff" was her bishop when I was growing up. Small world, it was fun to make the connection. I wasn't sure how to contact you other than this comment.
    Elder Jarvis has a blog too,

    1. Well, hi! It certainly is a small world in the church, isn't it? The Stoa's are wonderful people. Kelly is a sweet girl. She and my daughter were friends when they were little and still keep in touch some. Looking forward to looking at your son's blog. It's so interesting to hear about life there and their experiences. How long has your son been out?