Monday, August 29, 2011

Wk 56 - Comp sick... decent week

-me and bailey in the center 
--me and bailey... take 2
------pics of the institute

-bailey and i...take 3-mcdonalds
lunch at paulão´s
-paulãos.... bailey, me, helton, paulão, paulinho
-my brasilian family
-paulão´s jordan jersey
big mac combo...yum!
Area: Teresina-Satélite
Companion: Elder Bailey

Well... im still here... same place same comp. Things are still pretty good, but we are loosing our minds in this area. It is tough to be teaching the same people for this long. We have to visit all of our recent converts and all the new investigators... But at least i havent been here suffering. my comp is a good guy and we get along well. This week was a little different because my comp was sick, but finally he is doing good and we are back in business.

Last monday after using the internet, we went to the mall and i bought McDonalds.. it was amazing.. but like 15 reais for a big mac combo... ridiculous. But it was incredible and so worth it.

Tuesday, instead of going to district meeting like normal, we went to the doctor because my comp wasnt feeling so good. The only problem is is that we have to take 2 buses to get there and 2 buses to get back... and every time we take the bus it is 2 reais to ride. But we went and the doctor said that bailey had to do some blood exams the next day. So we went back home and i talked to president and he told me to just stay home and take care of my comp. so i made lunch, hamburgers and rice, then he slept and i washed the dishes and took out the garbage... pretty boring day. BUT, i finished Jesus the Christ... big book but it was awesome... I realized im thinking a lot more about him and really how he is a central part to our lives.. many times we get distracted in life and stuff, but seriously, without him, we would have literally no purpose here on earth. Only through him can we be completely happy.

Wednesday we went back to the hospital to do the exams... they were quick, so we ended up going to lunch after.. Elder Bailey still wasnt feeling too good, so we went home for a bit... we did pass by paulão´s house later because it was his birthday, and we taught Junior, a less active, and his wife rosilda. They are cool, just its gonna be tough to get them to church because they are always working on sunday. that night i tried to do some push ups... but for the last week, when i do pushups i get a headache.... what could be the cause of this?

Thursday we had a special lunch at cassio´s mom´s house... Cassio left on the mission and we started teaching his mom... she offered us lunch so we went. It was a very good lunch and we taught them about the book of mormon... it is interesting to teach this stuff... i start to wonder if i knew these basic things before i left on the mission. For example... what is the purpose of the book of mormon? Why is it called the book of mormon? etc.... The book of mormon has a lot of power... if we can get people to read and sincerely pray about it... they change themselves and we just give them the steps to do it. Its cool that really we do nothing here... just invite people to read and pray. Anyway, after lunch we went to visit a few people that werent home and ended up at Maria das Graças. She helped elder bailey a little because he was still in a little bit of pain, but we did end up teaching her neighbor francisca. on our way back down we visited Manoel and Maria, then went home for a bit again.. Bailey just had some body aches and a little fever so it was hard on him to leave this week. We went to use the internet to send some info to the secretaries then went up to helton´s for a little to see how he was doin.

Friday i had to get up early to go renew my visa. We went to do that with the secretaries, then we went to go pick up the results of bailey´s blood exam... he is normal and is all better now... It took the week to recover though. That took a while and it was already lunch time.. so instead of heading back to our area, we grabbed lunch in the center with helton. He took us out to eat when he got off work... that guy is a stud. After which we went to the ear doctor because Elder Bailey´s ear started hurting again. he cleaned out his ear and he has ear drops to put on now. We finally got back to our area when it was getting dark.. we taught a little, but my comp was still recovering. His body is just giving up on him haha. We have fun though and he is fine now.

Saturday i did a division with Gessel and we went to Campo Maior so he could do an interview. I saw a couple of people that i knew before and then headed straight back to lunch at Naya´s house. Me and Gessel ate and then the others came back and they left. We sat down and talked to the members for a little bit, it was like 3 o clock in the afternoon, and gessel, pimentel, and elder pires came back like 5 min later.... they were robbed again!! They took the cell phones and elder Gessel´s bag haha. That kid has no luck.. but they went and got paulão and he got his bag back. Anyway, me and bailey went to the institute again with Rafael. Institute is really cool and its good for our new converts. After that, mcdonalds was close, so we went and got mcflurrys... they were awesome! I think its funny though. McDonalds is a place where ´the rich people´ will go eat... it was a pretty nice mcdonalds... i enjoyed it. We came back and went to Naya´s to hear about the Gessel´s bag because i guess the bandit dude brought it back to her house after paulão told him to... We got home and i decided to try pushups again.. but my head hurt even worse than before... i can still feel it today. What is going on with my head? its like up in the back of my head and it throbs and just kills... the worst headache ive ever had... and it only happens when i try to do pushups or jump rope... im gonna try running this week to see if it still does it... but if you could do some research as to maybe why im getting this horrible headache in the back of my head when i exercise... that would be great to have some info.

Sunday we had church... and as usual it was pretty loud and crazy. But we made it and we had a great lunch at Paulão´s house. Every last sunday of the month we have lunch at his house. They are a cool family and i enjoy being there. We had a good time, good food, then went to work. We taught benedita, ywério´s mom, about the book of mormon and its purpose... how she needs to know if the book is true so that she can know if the church is true... it was cool. And ywério was there and we talked to him. After that, we headed down to Italo´s to teach his dad. He is a cool guy and understands well what we teach and even reads with his son italo... but he works sooo much and doesnt have time to go to activities or go to church.. its tough. And to end the night we taught Lucimar with Lustosa and Helton. They are an awesome group and it was a good end of the week.

Now its p day and i think we are gonna go to the zoo... should be funish i think. Elder Landeen (i dont know if i already talked about him) but he is from sandy, ut and is leavin tomorow from the mission. Elder Bailey and Crittenden have entered into their last transfer and have 6 weeks to go... pretty cool. Im enjoying brasil and doing my best here...

Love you all and thank you mom for your love and support. The packages are awesome and ill let you know when i get the next one. Have a great week.

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