Monday, March 19, 2012

Wk 85 - Hey

me leaving the airport... welcome to teresina! 

 a quick pic of the coke factory that is in the buenos aires area... 

vid of me doing backflip... with elder almeida

Area: buenos aires
Companion: Elder Lima

Seems like you guys had quite the week... i get tired just thinking
about all the runnin around you do. Im thinking your life at home is
similar in one aspect. The days last forever, but the night passes by
so fast. I feel like i lay down and before i know it i have to get
back up! what a life. But it was good to hear about jenna and all,
congrats on the award thing that you got and happy birthday! JAde
sounds like you are playin well, thats my boy. Tayton.... you keep
doin what your doin man.

my week was pretty basic... as always ya know. There are always little
things that happen that are different, but everyday is the same
mission. Tuesday we had our district meeting over in cidade jardim
again... this time the zone leaders came... one zone leader has like 2
months on the mission and is..... a sweet spirit.... but really gets
on your nerves type of a guy. So the meeting went well for the most
part. Im just glad elder martinez is there cuz he´s a good guy. After
lunch we spent a good amount of time lookin for addresses. I swear the
people pass the wrong address... it is a legit road and all but
somehow they always seem to pick the one number of a house that doesnt
exist.... so we didnt have much success with that. WE tried visiting a
few people... noone home. But we did get to talk to guilbert... who
was a contact in the road from last week. We had some good lessons
with him and we invited him to church on sunday... and he actually
came! i think he has a strong desire to change, we just gotta work on
one thing... he drinks and smokes. so its gonna be a battle cuz he
already has 55 or so years and he is pretty addicted... so it will be
a lot of prayer and work to help him.

Wednesday in the morning, i dont know if ive told you this already,
but we play hoops in the morning some days as our exercises. There is
an army base really close to our house that has a basketball hoop and
some pull up bars there, so we like to go in the morning... thats a
good part of this area. later we went to mateus and fabricio who are
some guys that know the church well. Fabricio is a son of a member,
but his mom is living in another state for some reason and he lives
here... but he stayed in the primary a couple of years it looks like
cuz he´s 11 and knows a lot about the church. Anyway we marked them to
be baptized on the 31st... but again it will take a lot of work cuz
they have marked many baptismal dates before... but this week fabricio
came to church with us so that was good progress. WE also talked to
josé eduardo (who was in the motorcycle accident) and he is healing
quickly. He also came to church on sunday... in a suit and tie! he has
a strong desire to change. His accident was caused because of drinking
and driving so he now thinks of it as God giving him a chance to
change. It was a slow day after that, but at least it had some good
progress with some investigators.

Thursday we had the weekly planning which means we study and plan till
noon... lunch was super far so we had to grab a bus... its killing us
cuz we have been walking a ton to get to lunch and back to our area...
it eats up a lot of time and makes us really really tired. But this
day we passed by the airport on the way home and picked up our money
from an electronic box... or atm thing. We talked to ana virginia
again... she always complains about her neighbors throwing rocks at
her house (on the roof.... the roof is made of a hard clay type thing
so when they throw rocks it puts holes in the roof and leaks water in
the house when it rains) and is always upset about this.... so we are
trying to help her find a way to stay calm and not get angry at her
neighbors. We did some street contacts and met felipe who looked like
a solid guy about 16 years old... but when we came back he was super
flaky and didnt want much anymore. Later it started raining hard, so
we ran into a bakery and bought some bread till it stopped, but it
just slowed down, so we walked home in the rain... didnt get too wet

Friday was jenna´s b day right? dang i cant believe you are 18! I also
think that marks 2 years since i got my call?? anyway, jenna wait for
me to get home to protect you. Just stay far from the guys, especially
RM´s, and i will protect you. aight? Today we did some other visits...
mychely we taught her a little more about the priesthood and
missionary work... it was a pretty long day, but we made it. We
visited fátima and all to see how she was doin. she was pretty tired
from working the graveyard shift the night before so we just talked
quick then headed home. Man im getting really exhausted lately and my
body is startin to get a little achy! i dont know if its cuz im gettin
old or if its just time on the mission! but im hangin on and hangin on
tight so dont worry.

Saturday was st patrick´s day right? i called all the americans i
knew and told them to pinch themselves if they werent wearing green...
ahha mom thanks for the calendar, it reminds me of all the american
holidays that they dont have here. Today we had some appointments fall
through, a decent lunch, we tried to teach felipe, the street contact,
but he turned flaky on us.. so we did some more contacting! i just
know that every day i get home nice and tired which makes for a good
nights sleep.

Sunday used to be a day of rest.. here its just chaos. We had a little
roundup of people to go to church. we got fabricio and his cousin
gabriel and also guilbert. WE had a bunch of others that said they
were going to go, but the only one that actually went was jose
eduardo... It was a good meeting and then after we had lunch. I met a
guy named frank in the ward, maybe i talked about him last week cause
he did visits with us last sunday, but he served a mission in japan
and it looks like next week he is going to study at lds business
college or something... pretty cool i thought. ill probably see him
when i go home in july. We visited josé eduardo later at home with our
friend/member domingos cuz he lives close by. We talked about this
change that the gospel brings and he said he wants to get baptized
next month with his little cousin that will turn 8. sounds like it
will be a cool day and an awesome baptism. josé eduardo is 20 years
old. We also went and visited a contact we made the other night.. her
name was tasmânia.... like the place tasmania or like taz the
tasmainian devil... anyway she accepted very easily the message...
just that she was visiting and was planning on going back to her city
that is called oeiras or something here in piaui.. anyway it was a
good end to the week.

today we woke up with elder SMith, elder Iverson, and elder Embree in
our house... they got here early this morning to renew their visas. It
is kinda fun to live in the staff cuz you see everyone come in and out
and i see them more than i would if i didnt live here.... make sense?
anyway they are good guys and elder smith and embree are in my group
to go home.

WEll hope you have a good week... ill try to send some pics... we´ll
see if it works.. i will get my cards this week! love yall

Elder smoot

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