Monday, August 22, 2011

Wk 55 - Another week come and gone


Baptism--me and Bailey


Mission Office
Area: Teresina-Satélite
Companion: Elder Bailey

Well.... like about every week in the mission, this week was pretty long and stressful haha. We did get a kid named Rafael who is 20 yrs. old baptized.. that was about the highlight of the week.

It started off as usual... on tuesday we went to the church in Cidade Jardim to have district meeting. We had a good meeting and i enjoy it actually... the guys are all pretty chill and its fun to leave your own area every once in a while... just it stinks because we have to walk a ways and pay for the bus. But when we were there a guy sold me a couple of d&c scriptures to give to our recent converts.. and i bought another little bible, its smaller than the one i have, to carry around that was like 3 reais. We rode the bus back to our area and had lunch at miguels... i like lunch there because we eat cremosinhos. After that we met with Rafael at our church... he lives pretty far away and up a huge hill so he came down to the church to meet with us.... i guess he has a lot of problems with the law of chastity and it is always tempting him so we had to meet with him a lot this week... After our visit at the chapel he actually came with us to do a visit to a man named Damião... he has like half of a leg. Anyway, we stopped at the bakery later and bailey started teaching the attendant lady... her name is lily and it was kind of funny. We made friends with some people that work at the bakery and they give us huge discounts and sometimes free food...We met with maria das graças again and then to naya´s to visit real quick because she is helping a bit with dailane and then we went up to Helton´s... Helton bought us a Subway sandwhich! What a cool guy. I´ve made some good friends here.

Wednesday we had lunch at this sister branca´s house... which is kinda funny because it´s pretty much calling her sister white... because of her skin color. Anyway, lunch was good, then we had to go home to give Elder Crittenden some book of mormons and he asked to have a haircut so i cut his hair real quick. Afterward we went and got a coke and the bakery.... going out to drink coke is a pretty common thing here. And my comp had doctors orders to stay off his feet for like 5 days.... thats kind of impossible but this day he soaked his feet and i read another chapter of jesus the christ...Which i am now on the last chapter and going to finish tomorow i think. And we went out at night to teach a little and we received arroz doce, which is sweet rice and is pretty good.... i think im getting more allergies to stuff though... i have been sneezing and stuff a lot lately when im by cats and stuff... im so mad! Allergies are so dumb and i never had a problem with it before... ugh.

Thursday i woke up and my head was super congested... But luckily we went out to teach and after lunch we visited Cássio´s mom, cassio just left on a mission recently, and she gave me some medicine that helped a bunch. We taught some others and met with Lediane who went to church on sunday... She´s pretty cool. Pretty basic day.

Friday i got up and went back to what we do every day... this day was a little different in that i had to go with elder pimentel on a division to go to the center while bailey went with another elder to do an interview for Rafael... anyway, we were about to get on the bus, but he forgot the camera, so we had to go back and get that. we get on the bus to the center and i told him that i thought it was a certain bus stop, because i had already done a wedding with manoel and maria, but we kept going... we met with the family a little further down in the center and i was right. we went way to far.... So pimentel grabbed a taxi and payed for them and we had to walk the whole way back... awesome. We had the wedding and when they were doing it, the couple that was getting married, their kid lost his tooth. so we had to take him back and wash out his mouth. anyway we finally got back to our area and had lunch. then i had to go again with pimentel to the center to get another elder that was coming in... elder pires... so now we have 5 elders in the house.... anyway, finally we traded back, i was with bailey and we visited lediane again with her husband idelande and after we met a cool less active family... the dad loves sports and when we said we were from utah he talked about the jazz and the bulls in the finals years ago and it was super cool.

Saturday we had to get up early again because rafael had to have an interview with the mission president... so it was at 7 30, we had the interview, and he said that we had to take him to institute before the baptism that night... so we had lunch then met back up with rafael to go to institute.... it was cool. We saw crittenden there that was teaching english and the building was a big house that was very nice. they had ping pong, pool, and fooseball. good stuff. we got back late because it took about an hour to get the bus back, then we stuck with rafael until the baptism.. we finally got there, rafael was having second thoughts, but he got baptized... it was a long day.

Sunday we had an early meeting with a less active named dina.... she is also a recent convert, but is having a tough time and doesnt want to go to church anymore... so we talked with her then went to church. Rafael came to church and got confirmed so that was another miracle... these baptisms and confirmations are never easy. After church we went to lunch and what not.... it was very far from our area and from where we needed to be, but we went, then came back to teach cassio´s mom and friends again then we headed up to taquari to meet up with lediane... Lediane went with her 7 year old son and it was good. she liked the church and all... and to end the night we taught lucimar with lustosa and helton... good way to end the week, they are some cool people. It was a crazy week and a crazy sunday when my comp really needed to rest.... he isnt feeling to good and he is just getting warn out here on the mission... it is crazy to see all the missionaries, what we say, they are dying on the mission...crittenden, bailey and their group.... time just keeps movin forward.

Well it was a long and stressful week, but as usual, i made it and im still alive.... Well hope your week was a good one... have fun starting school! 

Elder Smoot

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