Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wk 48 - Estou cansado... semana cheia de trabalha... que bom

Beautiful clouds & sunset in Brazil!

"The banana thing was the pudding you sent me...
i made it and it was amazing by the way! thanks."
some Brazilian money

Area: Teresina-Satélite
Companion: Elder Bailey

Well its been quite the week. I am very warn out right now.... but we got a lot done. We have the leadership training this week again and so we´ll have an extra 12 people in our house.... and Crittenden is getting transfered. Man im gonna miss him. He is a really cool person and an awesome missionary. We had some good times, as you can probably see from the fotos and videos. But he is only going to the center here in Teresina so im sure we´ll see him on P day or something.

Well last tuesday we started, as usual, with a district meeting. This one was pretty sweet. Elder Gessel and Elder Crittenden went with us as zone leaders. We had a really good meeting and i had to give the doctrine class is what we call it. Just like a ten minute training on something... so i did it about our pwer and authority of the calling we have. After our district meeting which was over in cidade jardim, we had a good lunch at irmã socorrinha´s, then went to work. We talked to Italo, who is Ywérios friend. He is doing good and we marked for his baptism on the 9th of July. He said the closing prayer and said that he really wanted to get baptized and asked God to let it happen.... that was pretty cool. He´s only 14. Then we talked to Lucélia, who is a lady we met that owns a lan house, and then we taught english at Paulão´s house.

Wednesday we had a morning appointment with Dailane, so we went there and talked to her and her sisters. We started talking about the importance of baptism and the gospel in our lives and she started crying and left the room.... i was trying so hard to focus, but my stomach was killing me... that was a tough lesson to endure... but it went very well. She accepted the baptism date for the 9th as well... Then we had to walk to the other side of town, the opposite end of the other elders area... but it was a good lunch so it was worth it. One day i would really like to ask God how many miles i walked on the mission.... it would be a lot. Then we went back to our area and we taught some recent converts who were having problems. Ana is always yelling and hitting her kids because they dont want to help her and ah man it is so hard to teach in that house. she said that God is everything in her life... but still hasnt been back to church. I believe you show what you truly are by your works. Then we talked to Carla and ended up talking to her sister Roberta. Carla is still good and we started teaching Roberta and she got all mad because she started going to the assembly of God church and doesnt like that we say the church of Jesus Christ is the true church... so she was trying to give us a hard time.... Then we hiked up to Maria das Graças house, who is a sweet lady in our ward. We try to teach her son who is about 28 and went to church once, but he is very hard. Then we talked to Manoel and Maria who are doing awesome. And we are teaching their friend named Adão... he is about 45 and we marked his baptism for the 9th as well.... just that he has a few problems to overcome first. Then we went to Lucélia´s house, and she has a computer so we had her look up some stuff on LDS.org and also Mormon.org. It was pretty cool to see someone here using that stuff... I was excited because dad works closely with that stuff. Then we went to Paulão´s again to help with english... by now they have only learned little frases and stuff... but its a slow process.

Thursday we had lunch at bishops house which was really good. Then we went to Welton´s house and taught him a little.. We actually had a lot of appointements fall through this day... which happens. But we got in with Italo´s parents, because he is young he needs their permission, and it was an awesome lesson. Helton, the member that served in Canada, borrowed us some church movies and it was sweet. We showed one that basically gives an overview of the church. The dad said that in that moment of watching the movie, he even felt the church was true... pretty cool moment and good words to hear as a missionary. So it looks like Italo´s baptism is good to go. Then we talked to Lustosa, who is Helton´s and some other members friend, and we had a good talk with her. And when we teach her, we always teach at a members house and they always give us food after! I love it. Then that night we taught a new person named Edwardo and his wife GG i think. They were awesome people and we had a great lesson... but they didnt come to church like they said they would so i was a little dissappointed... but we´ll talk to them again tonight.

Friday we had president show up to our house at like 9 in the morning... that was interesting. Elder Gessel was very very sick and was laying down... So it was good timing with pres and all. he talked to us for a little then we took off to do a visit and we had a good lunch and went on our way. Actually we went back to the house for a little because my comp wasnt feeling good.. but he layed down for a bit then we went out. We visited Rodrigo, who is a little 10 year old recent convert and his fam. We taught them, but they didnt go to church... Then we talked to Rodrigo, who is a 10 year old and his mom is a less active and we took him to church on sunday.. very cool kid. Then we talked to Lustosa again. she is making good progress and we challenged her to obey all of the commandments for 1 week. Which means she cant drink coffee.... everyone drinks coffee here and majority are addicted to it... so it has been hard for her, but i heard she was doin it! Pretty cool.

Saturday me and Crittenden cleaned the whole house and backyard and got it ready for the training we have this week.. then we went to lunch and Gessel just was dying when we got there... He didnt really eat anything and was in the bathroom of the member most of the time... so My comp took him home after lunch and i went with elder Crittenden. We had some good visits and then later they had a baptism and i went with my comp again. We went to visit Maria and Adão was there and it was sad cause he was drunk... Its gonna be a battle but i think we can still baptize him... we´re going to have to work with him a lot. At like 9 30 at night, crittenden and gessel took off to go to the hospital to help gessel out... it was an expensive taxi trip and they got home around midnight.

Sunday Elder Crittenden and Gessel went to the hospital again in the morning, this time with Sister Dias, and Gessel ended up staying with sister dias so she could take care of him and stuff... so i havent seen him since sunday. But dont worry he is fine, he just has a little thing he is passing through right now... just doesnt allow him to work. But we had a good lunch and i ate a ton.. man i have never eaten so much. I had 3 huge plates of meat, rice, salad, beans... all sorts of stuff... but it seriously took about an hour before i felt like my stomach wasnt going to explode.... it was awesome. That afternoon we went to Taquari with Dailane again and it was really good.... and man i was very tired by sunday night.... ready for p day.

Today was not that exciting.. which is a bummer. We were going to have a party for the 4th, but gessel got sick and we had workers come to our house in the morning to fix some things and we had a good 4 or so people coming to our house today... so it kinda didnt work to have a party... but we´ll try to do something tonight..

Hope you all had a great 4th... you know i´d love to be there... but im doin my best out here in Brasil. Love you all. Have a great week.

Elder Tanner Smoot

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