Monday, October 11, 2010

WK 10 - Parnaiba Week 1

Area: Parnaiba
Companion: Elder Passarin

Alright so lets back it up to where i can hardly remember haha..

Wed: almost two weeks ago when i was in the mtc... We went to the bakery and i dry cleaned my suit

Thurs: Taught the 3rd lesson and was a normal day in the CTM

Fri: Normal Day

Sat: Picked up my suit from dry cleaning and watched conference! conference was super awesome.

Sun: priesthood session in the morning because it was too late on sat. for us. Then ya more conference and i loved it. Took about 15 pages of notes

Mon: a little bit of class and a departure meeting letting me know i was leaving at 4 30 from the ctm. and also a health meeting where we got our filtered water bottles.

Tues: Left the ctm 4 30 AM and it was two flights of about 2 hours. It was sweet. Then we walked in to the little airport and our mission pres and wife were there to pick us up and bought us some really good food at the airport. i was confused the whole time because only the mission pres speaks a little english. Anyway we took taxis to the mission office and talked for a while. Had an interview, and got assigned our companions and areas. I got assigned to Parnaiba with Elder Passarin. He is from Americana, which is close to São Paulo and was a professor in english or something so he knows quite a bit. Anyway that night we slept in the staff house, which is a place where the secretaries sleep and where you sleep when you get transfered through teresina. And Elder Blackham was there so i got to see him and talk to him for a little bit

WED: Training in the morning with our new companions and at about 3 30 we ended and took off to catch our bus. We rode for about 6 hours on a bus to get to Parnaiba. We didnt get there till about 11 at night so i didnt get to bed till about 1.

Thurs: First day out in the field. It was crazy and we taught i think 3 lessons, walked about 300 miles, and when we were going home in the dark, some drunk guy stopped and talked to us... That was interesting, but it happens a lot. Oh and it is hot so i was sweating all day... and all night haha.

Fri: Taught more lessons, walked another 300 miles, and it was hot. Everyday i sweat, but here is actually one of the cooler areas because its windy, and it has to do something with the coastal area.. but we never get to see the beach.. so i wouldnt know if we are close to the ocean or not to be honest.

Sat: Pretty normal day again.. My companion wanted to see my hair cutting stuff so he plugged in the peanut, and i guess it needed a converter because im pretty sure its busted. It sounded like it over heated and fried up because of the electricity. Anyway not a big deal, but i think need to get a converter before i use the other one. And that night again two drunk guys sat us down and were asking questions about catholics and what not i was so confused. And then i didnt understand what he was saying when he asked me a question so he basically said Man you are stupid you cant even speak portuguese! haha well i understood that! :)

SUN: So this morning our power turned off at 5 am so our fan stopped working. And we lock and shut all the doors in the house so the heat just built up in our room. When i woke up because of it, it had to be 110 degrees in the room and i felt like i was drinking my own sweat.. not kidding. It was nasty and so i got up and checked what was going on and opened all the doors and windows to get some airflow and the power turned on a little later. Anyway we went to church which is super close to our house so it was cool, and the main room had AC! it was amazing, but since we have AC we are required to wear our suit coats. I swear i cant catch a break from the heat. So later we went out across the river over this cool bridge and talked to some members and met this old woman. I guess she is a member and loves missionaries, so anyway she gave us big hugs and a kiss on the cheek and i dont think she had teeth. It was slightly gross... But hey whatever she was nice. And on our way back another drunk guy ran up to us and was saying hey you guys the mormons! and we were like.. ya. And anyway he kept talking to us, very slurred because he was drunk, and he asked why the bible was black and a lot of random questions. Anyway we pretty much do the normal day after church.. So much for a day of rest! This is really hard work, on top of a new language, on top of the heat.. man its tough. But once i get used to it i think it will be a little better.

MON: as you see today is P day! I like it so far but it is 10 30 in the morning. So after this im going to go buy a hammock and get some groceries and what not. A hammock is only 20 reais so that will be sweet. There is places all over the house to hang them which i thought was cool.

So i got the package when i arrived on Tues! Muito obrigado! that was awesome. Thanks for all of the new usefull stuff and the peanut butter and candy. I forgot what peanut butter tasted like! it was super good. Anyway i cant think of much else right this second but i will try to send some photos.. not sure if it will work but ill give it a shot! Love you all and make it a great week!

Elder Smoot

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