Monday, December 26, 2011

Wk 73 - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

--Fabio´s baptism

-me and elder Cunha

Christmas Eve

-milk duds and popcorn. THanks!

-singing at the ward party

-me with a couple of members and Fabio drinking
Area: Parnaíba
Companion: Elder Cunha

Hey Fam! man its been a while... so lets catch up. Anything cool
happen last night? just messin. But thanks for the call, it was a lot
of fun to see everyone and talk to ya. It is weird to see home.... I
am used to a different life style here and its just funny to talk to
you guys who are in a whole different swing of things! But it was
awesome. i love you so much and wish i could be there, but i wouldnt
have been so thankful if i hadnt left on a mission. So thanks mom and
dad for being good examples to me and helping me my whole life prepare
for a mission. It is the best thing i´ve done in my life.

Ill tell you real quick about the week...It was a pretty normal week
here... not a whole lot changes here like at home... the stores and
the market were even open on sunday morning as usual.. so there isnt
much that really changes here! But this tuesday we had district
meeting as we usually do. Elder Cunha gave a training on listening to
the whisperings of the holy ghost... it was a good training and really
plays a big role in what we do. We had a good lunch at Luziano´s
little restaurant thing then we walked to the other end of town to
Fábio´s house. We marked his baptism for saturday, so we passed by
every day to see that he was progressing and ready to get baptized.
This day he told us a little about his past and how he was a druggie,
a drunk, been in some knife fights, and how he never wants it again.
and he is 18 years old. He is a humorous dude and i love visiting him
cuz its really funny. At night we went to a church activity, the
branch christmas party, and had fabio and some of his friends there,
we sang Noite Feliz for everyone, then had a good feast... it was a
good activity. We also had viviane and her sister Ana Carine there. We
walked them home and they gave us a basket of chocolate for
christmas... i started eating it when i got home and there were these
little chocolates in the shape of a bottle... the flavor said mint on
it so i threw it in my mouth and as soon as i chewed..... it was an
outburst of some cough medicine liquid that came flowing into my
mouth.... i chocked it down then read the front at the ingredients and
it had some sort of licor in it! woops.... but seriously it was the
nastiest thing ever... but the rest of the chocolate was awesome and
it wasnt their fault either.. they bought the basket already made and
so it came in the package.... funny story though.

Wednesday we met with Fabio again and this time we met his dad. His
dad is pretty cool but is more of a talker than a listener haha but
his parents are very supportive of him joining the church so its good.
Fábio then took us to his friend wesley´s house to teach him. Those
two are really funny together cuz they have a little gangster attitude
to them and its just hillarious. We ran into an old investigator named
Lester in the road and he is kinda lost... he said that the true
church of christ is in us and that our church isnt true cuz God hasnt
shown him a sign yet... it was an interesting conversation. We met a
new investigator named Laís who talked to the missionaries a little in
the other area... she is kind of an air head but a good investigator
because she reads a lot and listens well... She has a good possibility
to get baptized, but she used to be a jehovas witness so she is having
difficulty believing in some things.. but its alrigtht. Viviane
introduced a neighbor to us named Cleo with two little girls. We
taught all of them and it was good. She said that she had a friend
that passed away about 4 months ago so it set us up well for the plan
of salvation and she said she felt better after the lesson.

Thursday we taught Fábio the law of chastity, and we taught Wesley´s
whole family. Wesley is Fábio´s friend but is like 13. He lives with
his brother and his parents and we taught them all together. We talked
about family prayer and it was cool. We also taught Viviane and Ana
Carine about asking in faith to know the church is true. i think they
pretty much know by now.. .but are scared to follow the church or are
kind of lazy i dont know.. kind of like that song that you mentioned
on sunday.... Do you have room? I think that is basically what we do
on a mission... we spend the day asking people if they have time for
Christ... Majority will say they have faith in him... but few will
actually make time for him. Kinda cool.

Friday was decent. We had fábio´s interview for baptism which he
passed. He had a bunch of porn movies that he gave to his mom to throw
away... His mom said that she has waited a long time to do that...His
example is blessing his family as well. We taught Laís about the
restoration of the gospel... My comp bought a Suit to go home with.. i
guess someone stole his suit in São Luís! haha had to buy a new one to
look good going home. At night we did a quick division and i went with
elder olson to his area... we tried to visit someone who was out of
town, so we stopped at a sushi bar. (dad i thought that was funny that
you asked about it! I havent seen sushi in over a year and finally i
saw it here cuz elder olson wanted some. but we can go for sure when i
get home! i didnt like it all that much the first time, but i think i
would really like it now! My taste buds are completely different) And
i grabbed some dessert.. it was Açaí na tigela. Just a blend of Açai
with some granola on top.. pretty good!

Saturday was Christmas eve and we had a crazy day! we had lunch way
out at Jame´s house. He is a good guy getting ready to leave on a
mission and his family is awesome. But after that we had to go way to
the other end of the city and talk to Laís, then to Fábio´s to walk
with him to the baptism.. The problem was that we didnt know if anyone
was gonna go to the baptism! but luckily there were a few people that
showed up.. it was a miracle. We had the baptism after the headache of
getting it all together and at night we went with presdent rocha to
have a christmas supper. He took us home then me and elder cunha had
to visit viviane who invited us for dinner as well. ( i just about
died of eating so much) Then to antonio and osailde. It took me
forever to get everything working with the computer and dad, do you
remember how the DsL or something was down? I finally realized a cord
had fallen out of place and just wasnt plugged in... so yeah that was
dumb. Anyway we got set up and ready for christmas.

Sunday we had Church at 9 to 10ish... We walked down and brought Fábio
and wesley with us... At church Fabio was confirmed. After church we
went to viviane´s real quick, then out to lunch at irmã gorete´s
house. It was good, just really far, out by james house. It was a
super hot day so we headed home, took a shower, then went to antonio
and osailde´s house to set up skype and my comp talked first then i
talked to you! It was a good time and i love that family that let us
in during christmas. They are good people and gave us lasagna after as
well haha.

It was a good week and i love the feelings of Christmas. I cant wait
for next year cause its gonna be a good one! the best present i was
ever given was my family. I am so thankful for everything you do for
me and the sacrifice you pay so that i can be on a mission. We are
very blessed to know the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and it is
really incredible to see the change it makes in people´s lives.

Love ya. Talk to ya next year!

Elder Smoot

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