Monday, September 26, 2011

Wk 60 - what a week

Area: Parnaíba
Companion: Elder Arrant

119 degrees!!?!

Man the weeks are going pretty fast here.... its speeding up every week.

this week was a good week. as always, tuesday we had district
meeting..... and you say you have a routine!!! Just messin. but its
true... there isnt a whole lot that changes for us. We visited Maria
de Jesus, the deaf lady, and so we have to teach her on a peice of
paper. She gave us some mango juice. Then we went to a recent converts
house, Chagas, and he gave us cevada and cuscuz de arroz and that was
ok... i hated that stuff at first but now its good. We visited
alesandra, who is a random girl we teach... she has a boyfriend that
lives with her, she´s about 20ish and is very pregnant. And we went to
get Vitor to teach with us, he gave us these pancakes that are full of
meat and stuff, then to Prado´s who gave us more juice. It was a great
day, but on top of that a member gave us hamburgers on our way home. i
was stuffed!!! but it was awesome. better than being hungry.

Wednesday we had a very far lunch... that is one thing that is hard is
that the area is divided so we have to walk really far somedays. But
after that we went and helped a member with his english homework....
it was pretty dumb homework. Then we went to visit felipe, the kid i
baptized, and he promised me that this week he would go to church.
Then we did a little split and i went with Elder Larsen to introduce
him to Ciro and Vanessa and that went well. They are a cool fam...
just that they need to get married. And that night we got in the house
and started playing baseball... one person on one end of the house and
throw a little ball and hit it with a cut off broom stick... man i
miss good sports.

Thursday we went in the morning to teach Teresa Cristina. She is an
elect investigator. just understood everything and is an awesome
person. We taught about the book of mormon. After, she invited us to
eat lunch with her... it was awesome. it worked out perfect too cuz
the member that day just pays for a little restaurant thing... so we
got good food at her house. We had a lot of work done this day. we
talked to a member that is struggling. she is about 15 and has a 1
year old kid... i guess she is hanging out with some drug dealers as
well. Anyway, then we taught irmã Maria de Jesus, the deaf woman, and
then a family that is related to a very active member in the branch...
they have already heard the missionaries so it was a little hard... so
we just left them with a thought. We taught a very cool man named
Alan... (some good names just always run with good people... huh dad)
it was a good lesson and he said he would get baptized on the first
visit... that doesnt happen much... just he wasnt at home sunday to go
to church so we´re gonna have to wait another week. then we talked to
alesandra again... she as well didnt go to church with us on
sunday.... darn.

Friday morning we visited joão paulo and nayara again... they are
doing way better now. it was very cool. Lunch was very far again...
but hey, its food right? we ended up coming back and going to bruno´s
for a little. he let us ride his skateboard...i stink but it was
fun... something i would like to practice when i get back. Then we
went to talk to Prado later, a special guy, and he wasnt there so we
talked to Kayque, his son. I guess he stole the book of mormon we gave
to his dad and started reading it... very cool kid and the lesson was
awesome. Explaining from where the book of mormon came.

Saturday was a great day. We talked with Kayque again in the morning
because Prado wanted to talk to us. Prado is very interesting, but
very special. He prayed and said that he knew the book of mormon is
true and asked that one day he could maybe be a teacher or leader in
the mormon church someday... haha pretty strong words. Be careful what
you wish for! just kiddin. We get to lunch and we had, guess what?
fish! and freshly pulled out of water shrimp... they werent all done
up nice and neet like applebee´s, they took them out of water, boiled
them in salt water, then gave them to us to eat... haha pretty
intense! Then we took a van to talk to Teresa Cristina. This was one
of the coolest moments on the mission so far. She told us she has been
thinking a lot about the church and she has a habit of doing this
thing where she prays then opens the bible to a random page and starts
reading. She decided to do it with the Book of Mormon this time... She
did it and opened right to 3 Nephi 30:2. Talks about Repenting,
baptism, and receiving the holy ghost.... basically the gospel of
jesus christ in one huge verse... it was awesome. she told us that she
thinks its a sign that she should get baptized and start a new path in
her life. very cool experience... but too good to be true right? there
was english class and a wedding at the church that night and we met
with a family that has a son that joined the church and served a
mission in provo and is now there and studying.... noone else in his
family is members... pretty amazing.

Sunday was awesome. We got Nayara, joão paulo, almost all of prado´s
family to church, we got kayque, camila, and valda to church but prado
couldnt come, i got felipe to church and Teresa cristina came as well,
it was a good meeting. We had our branch filled with investigators. We
went throughout the day and that night we visited Teresa Cristina
again... it was very cool but she told us her grandma didnt want us to
come back again... so we have to respect that. We were walking home
and we got about 1 football field away when all the sudden we here,
HEY MORMONS, COME HERE! we went back and it was the grandma. She told
us to forget we ever met teresa cristina and never go back. i didnt
say much, but i wish i did! man its gonna be tough.... so it was too
good to be true.

Today we played some soccer and it was fun... im gonna go home, take a
shower and take a nap in my nice new hammock.... aww yeah.

It was good to here from you guys... sounds like everything is as busy
as ever... it looks like you had some questions.... so ill get to
answering those... Thanks for everything. mom and dad, you are

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