Monday, December 19, 2011

Wk 72 - Merry Christmas

--A Christmas tree in Piauí

--me and elder Cunha

--p day with Arthur (elder cunha´s freind from Tianguá)

--livin it up

--Everyone. Elder Olson, Arthur, Me, Elder Cunha, And Elder Pires

--im dreaming of a coke christmas

--my comp... thats the spirit

--fish... just fry them and eat em whole!
Area: Parnaíba
Companion: Elder Cunha

What a week. Each day of the mission seems like it will never end and
that the weeks never pass... but little by little it is all passing
by. Thanks for the emails and what not. i love the pics and the videos
you send... and cant wait to talk to ya on christmas! Its been a good

This week was pretty normal.... just a little more christmas oriented
i guess you could say. There isnt a whole lot of christmas spirit
here, so we are trying to have a little more as we go throughout the
day. Las monday was pretty cool. If you remember joao paulo that we
baptized a month or two ago? his mom made us dinner to take home and
gave me a brasil jersey for Christmas. Their family has opened up a
lot to us and its cool because they live right in front of the church
and have had years of missionaries passing by their house.. but they
finally joined the church and the mom invites us over for lunch and
gives us food all the time... it was a pretty cool miracle i have had
in this area.

Tuesday we had the routine district meeting. This time we focused a
little more on the book of mormon. I talked about how we need to pray
to know the truth and that really noone can know the truth if they
dont pray. My comp talked about how it is the keystone of our religion
and how important that is. If they know this book is true, the rest
falls into place. and he explained how that helped him in his
conversion when he was 14 and learning about the church.. it was cool.
We talked to brendon and barbara and ended up teaching their tutor
rafael. It was a good lesson about the gospel of jesus christ and what
we need to do to return to God one day and be happy. It was a pretty
slow day... but we talked to Ciro and Vanessa (from last year) and
they are doing OK.... not awesome though. They still arent married and
are having a few problems... but i hope we can help them. We taught as
well Viviane and showed her the restauration DVD.. it went very well.

Wednesday we had lunch at James house. He is like 18 years old and
wants to leave on a mission. He is a stud, and his family are not
members.. but they gave us lunch and are really cool people.. We met
up with our new friend Fábio and his friend Wesley.. they are pretty
funny dudes but always seem like they are high on something.. but they
are super funny i dont know how to explain it.. just super chill and
way to relaxed haha. We then talked to Bruno´s mom, (bruno is a member
but the mom is not) and she gave us some cake and it was a cool visit.
She is super willing to give us lunch and stuff.... but not even a
member of the church. We then had a nice long walk across the bridge
to Thiago´s house who is a boyfriend of a member in the area... he
knows the church well, but has never been went well but
we spent most of the time talking to his mom who is catholic.

Thursday we ate lunch at a little restaurant close to our house then
went to Joao paulo´s house to teach his friend Beth. She is like 12
years old. We went to go teach fabio but he wasnt home so we taught
his mom... then we taught joão who was close by, then we went back to
teach fabio and wesley, then wesley (who is about 12 years old)
invited us to teach his mom so we went and talked to her. We passed by
a members house, Ivanez, and she gave us some sanwhiches and we left a
message. We stopped by Irmã Lourdes house to say goodbye to jorge
lucas and joao victor´s house. They left to Brasilia to stay with
their dad for a few months. To end, we went to viviane´s and talked to
her about prayer. on the way home Joao paulo´s mom called me to pass
by and pick up food and she also gave me a new pair of flip flops!
haha she has helped us a lot.

Friday we had lunch at Jacyara´s (joao paulo´s mom)... she wanted to
give us lunch because she was going to fortaleza for christmas. WE
taught brendon and barbara, then we helped a calm and loving member
move her stuff in her house... that was sarcastic, but it was quite
the experience. She had us trade all her light bulbs and lift these
heavy plant pots... haha it was funny. We taught Joelda, Then Ciro and
Vanessa then we had to book it to Branch 4 so my comp could do an
interview for baptism. We got there late and he did the interview and
we ended up sleeping there.

Saturday morning we went back to our house, we had received money for
lunch and so Elder Pires cooked some rice, pork meat, and made french
fries, and it was a decent lunch. We visited Brendon and Barbara´s mom
who had some concerns about the baptism (them being under age have to
have the mom´s permission). she just said that she didnt see the
desire to follow the church yet. When that is there, they can get
baptized.... so thats cool. We taught Fábio again, then had the
english class.. I have made some friends there so its pretty fun. We
then had a little rehearsal with a lady in our branch haha we are
gonna sing on Tuesday for our ward party.. should be fun.

Sunday we had a good turn out of investigators. We had viviane who
brought her sister, and her neighbors who are 10 and 6 years old.
Fábio came with Wesley, then we had a couple of other kids show up.
One that has been playing soccer with us on the new church court and
the other a man that comes to english class... it was cool. It was a
hot day... like more than usual so after lunch at pres rocha´s house,
we went home real quick to take a shower... its normal to take about 3
showers a day here as part of the culture... it helps you keep cool.
But we passed at Vitor´s house real quick then at Ciro and Vanessa´s,
and then we picked up Viviane (well walked her) to the church with her
sister to watch the Christmas Devotional.. but they ended up
cancelling it....... so we practiced the music again and that was
about it.

Today has been good. we still are gonna play soccer later... we had a
cool member that served a short term mission with elder cunha in
tianguá in the state Ceará, he gave us lunch and took us in his car
around parnaíba... it was pretty cool.

Anyway, again its gonna be weird without snow and cold for
christmas.... but then again i dont know what that is!!! Love ya.

Have a Wonderful Christmas.

Elder Smoot

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