Monday, October 6, 2014

A Missionary In the Making

October 6, 2014

So this week kind of flew by! but it was also quite the busy one.

On monday we always have a family night with some members of the ward. It is always awesome and good to get a family together and talk about thigs that will bring us closer to God. 

Then the next day we had a Mission Conference! It was super awesome. The whole mission was there. We all got to listen to a lot of talks and recieve a lot of revelations for our areas. I love having inspired leaders. There was something that stood out to me that I need to be an Elder Strong. No matter where I am at or if I am a new missionary here. I need to be strong and not act like I am new. If I act like I am new I will recieve treatment as if I was new. I want to get out there and just work. A nother thing that I realized that day is that I dont really have any friends here. but I will make them eventually. things like that come with time. 

Then the next day was the only normal day of the whole week where we had the whole day to work. So we worked hard and didnt teach as much as we could have. This week was full of a lot of finding people to teach... who were not living in our area. It seriously must have been like 15 people in one day that we could not come bacck to again. IT was alright though. Our area is really suffering. We basically have no investigators. THe little number of people we had dropped us this week. but its all good that just means we need to find more :)

Then we had to go to Fortaleza again for me to verify my VISA. So that took a big chunk of time. it is about a 2 hour bus ride to fortaleza from MAracanau. So that was fun because I got to speak english with one of the secrataries that is from the US and another missionary that arrived with me. It feels good to speak english for a bit. I am getting better at portuguese, but honestly I am not trying to stress out about it. 

It is hard for me to be myself here. A lot of the things that make me me are the things that I say. Well In portuguese I Dont really know how to say them haha. So taht makes it difficult. SO I cant be funny here. AS Elder Brase said in the US it doesnt amtter because you arent funny in english anyways. Good times haha. 

SO since we dont have any investigators we are both pretty bummed, but it made me realize that I just need to enjoy the little things, because most of the time thats what ends up truly being what matters. So I will continue to try to enjoy the little things.a

General conference is an amazing opportunity to hear the inspired apostles and prophets of the church... if you understand it.. Turns out we didnt have english so I had to watch it in portuguese. IT is jsut not the same. half of what makes conference so good is hearing the voices and their emotion. In portuguese there is none of that... saadly.

So something random happened. I baptized a kid I had met 20 minutes prior.. the sisters needed someone to baptize him... So I did it. My first baptism where I did the baptism and I didnt even know him at all.. It was still a cool feeling. I dont think that he really understood what he was doing though. 

Conference was still good... what I understood of it.

This week was pretty good. THe week before I ate like nothing; NOw I am eating Like EVERYTHING. I am super hungry all the time here. And people are giving us more food. I love it haha. Cake here is so much better than in america. less sugar and just more awesome I guess haha.

While we were walking one day I almost died from a bus It literally hit the back of my hair on my head. if I would have been like 2 inches clsoer to the bus I probably would be dead. IT was going fast and it scared me a lot haha. 

PEople found out I can sing. I told one youth who always comes out with us and he told everyone about my youtube page. Now like all the youth think I am amazing and always say when you get famous dont forget that we are here in brazil. It was a good week.

I miss and love you all daily. I aam sorry if I dont respond to emails sometimes. It is hard. Also sometimes they dont show up. So If you really want me to respond write me an email seperatley. 



Our church building

A big statue of Jesus

I think these sandals are done 

 chocolate pizza! super good. Cheese and chocolate. who would have thought. 

lunch at a fast food place called habbibs.

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