"Well to be honest, the mission is a lot different than I thought.... it isnt always fun and games and its not an easy job... its pretty boring sometimes... but it is what it is.. there are missionaries that dont like to work and it is hard to be excited and leave the house everyday... missionaries aren't perfect people, but it is a great experience. I have learned a lot of dependancy and I am getting to know my abilities. Some days are really hard, others not so much... I kinda knew what was comin in the mission, but you don't fully understand it until you live the mission... and every mission is different.... I can understand why we need to serve though. It is an important part of my life and I will be forever thankful for it."
-Elder Tanner Smoot
I noticed that our mirror was on the sink and was about to fall. so i ran over to catch it, logical, i just reacted and tried to catch it, but it was already partially broken. I caught it by the way, but the edge just sliced my finger right open... it bled a lot. So they decided i should go see if it needed stiches... so i went and he gave me one stich... haha. it was pathetic, but i enjoyed myself.
Dailane´s kid saw the baptismal font and wanted to take a bath... haha
Gessel's baptism wanted to take
a picture with us!
Italo , Adão... Irmão Manuel and maoelzinho
baptism - adão
André leaving on the mission
(he is a member here)
Lunch at Juliana's house
RONE ... just arrested a guy, a bandit,
and everyone was watchin... nothin better to do
Everyone in our house..
took this pic from the display of Bailey´s camera
Area: Teresina-Satélite Companion: Elder Bailey
It was quite the week... we had a lot of elders in our house, lots of people to visit and we got 3 baptisms with a week of busy work... im sure glad its over.
Tuesday we went in the morning with Elder Crittenden to visit Dailane... this because the Zone Leaders went to a meeting and Crittenden was gonna be transfered a little later that day. So we took him and he did the baptismal interview for Dailane. It went well and we had her baptism marked for saturday, but she called us later in the week and said it wasnt going to work because she wasnt feeling well.. Anyway, after the interview, we went to lunch at miguel´s, which we ate Cremosinhos which are always good. After lunch, we went with Crittenden to say his last goodbyes then he left to his area and me and bailey went to work. We visited Jo, a recent convert, who is doin good... he is a really funny guy. Always just way out of what is going on. We went to Italo´s house and finished up his baptismal form and got it filled out... then went to Gleiciane and talked with her and her mom... (gleiciane came to church on sunday, her mom is a less active and her brother is active... she is only 8 though). Then we ended at Paulão´s house teaching english to his wife and daughter.
Wednesday we got a call from Dailane saying that her ex husband came in at midnight, kicked down the front door and took their dvd player somewhere... So we went there in the morning to fix her door... and we did a good job might i say. Then we went to lunch at Juliana´s... it was a very good lunch as you can see in the pics. Then we visited Carla, who is still doing alright... she struggles sometimes with the church, but she is doing good. We are helpin her out. Then we headed up to Manoel and maria´s to talk to adão. We were actually planning on changing his baptism date and pushing it off for a week because he still has a little smoking problem... but he insisted we do it this week.... and he hardly ever talks... so it was a very cool experience. Then we had our last goodbyes with André who is leaving for the mission.. (he is a member here). We came home to about 10 extra elders in our house and it was a horrible nights sleep... i guess president said it was the guests right to steal our fans so we were with out a fan.. and it was an exceptionally hot night... me and bailey took our mattresses outside and slept on the ground in the garage area... Then i was getting eaten by mosquitos, so i drenched myself in reppellent... i dont think i slept till about 2 am. it was a tough night.
Thursday we went out and i ended up doing a split with a missionary that was here for the leadership training named elder vitor (Very interesting but hard worker.... a member offered to buy us a coke and he refused saying we didnt have time... ah man i was thirsty but whatever). and bailey went with Elder Black (very cool guy from centerville ut i think) so we could do some baptism interviews. We talked to a girl named Aline who we used to teach and she accepted to be baptized... but we came back on Friday and she didnt want it anymore...Then we went up to Adão to make sure everything was good to go for the interview tomorow, and at this point i was back with bailey again. And later we met up with Helton to teach Lustosa and Lucimar- his friends. They gave us Hot dogs after so it was worth it.. long and hard day though.
Friday all of the elders finally left our house.. we had a good lunch at socorriha´s and then we went out... We met up at Adão´s to do the baptism interview... which went well. Then we met up with Italo and invited his parents to come to the baptism. We visited Aline, who i said pretty much gave up again... And then to Dailane´s house. At her house basically i have to dirstract her kid while we try to teach... its kinda hard. he is a crazy little kid. But we taught her and we had moved her baptism back another week.
Saturday i was in the shower in the morning and i noticed that our mirror was on the sink and was about to fall. so i ran over to catch it, logical, i just reacted and tried to catch it, but it was already partially broken. I caught it by the way, but the edge just sliced my finger right open... it bled a lot. So they decided i should go see if it needed stiches... so i went and he gave me one stich... haha. it was pathetic, but i enjoyed myself.. We got home and Bailey made me lunch... it was a really good hamburger with rice... very good. Then we went up to talk to Ywério and his mom. Ywério is Italo´s friend and so he went to the baptism afterwards. We went to the baptism, Adão and Italo both showed up, and even Italo´s parents who arent members came... that was really cool. Anyway, very good baptism and that night it rained a ton! First time in about 2 months. Elder gessel comes in just drenched and dirty... i guess he fell into a whole that he couldnt see because he was walking in the street/river and all the sudden he just fell into a whole hahaha. it was funny.
Sunday morning Dailane called and said she wanted her baptism today.... you dont have that happen very much... so anyway we went to church, and italo and adão got confirmed... awesome. We had a good lunch and then went to dailane´s... she did want to do it so we ended up going to Taquari and got our bishop up there and baptized her! Her son saw the font and wanted to jump in haha it was funny. We stayed during the Urugua ward meeting and it was nice. Then we met up with Helton again to visit with Lustosa. She is very cool and we just have to clear up any doubts she has and she´ll be baptized... really solid person to teach. By the end of the night i was ready to sleeeepppp.
So it was quite the busy week. Im glad we made it through and im glad its pday.... good stuff.
Love you and have an awesome week... until next time.