This week was full of fun little adventures that a picture and maybe some acting on my part may be necessary for complete comprehension of some of the following happenings -
Doing the Hokie Pokie
- This morning an elder said we were getting off the bus but after I and two other missionaries got off we saw that he had stayed on the bus. At the last instant as the bus was about to pull away he called us back on. One missionary jumped on before me and I hopped in after him, the only problem being that the door started to stop and the last missionary was still outside the bus. Over the last 20 months, page 31 of the Missionary handbook created my now innate instinct of never leaving a missionary alone. In the glimmer of an eye I leaped back down the bus steps as the door began shut on me. Fortunately I managed to bust almost all the way through before the doors shut.... The only appendage that didn't make it was my foot which stayed stuck in the bus door. There was no danger because the bus stopped imidiately but there was a good amount of humiliation as I got back on and everybody laughed at the crazy Mormon missionary that had just thrown himself from the bus for some unexplicable craziness.
This week started off kind of slow on Tuesday afternoon things started to fall through but we decided to go to a referral we had written down from the church's site for referrals for our area. When we got there it turned out to be a less-active member's girlfriend! She expressed her desire to start a new life and is now preparing to be baptized. The next day we met her boyfriend and we found out that his daughter wasn't baptized yet but has already been many times to church in the past. We invited her to be baptized on sunday and yesterday she was baptized! It was a really cool experience and there was a great turnout for her baptism.
Other fun happenings
- While on exchange we saw a man taking a bath in the open sewage drain...
- One of our recent converts has been a little bummed lately because he never has anything to do and stays home all day every day and so we decided to solve the problem taking him out teaching with us nearly every day this week. It was cool because he is still learning a lot of things but we always have him say the prayers and it's always a very simple but sincire prayer for the family we're visiting. It seems like people are even more receptive when we bring him along even though he doesn't say much.
|With Sarah and her family at her baptism this week!|
- My companion went to a sealing on Saturday of a family that he baptized at the beginning of his mission. Our mission president didn't want our area to go a day without us working so he had me stay with a "short-term missionary" that came from another area with the other missionary that went to the sealing. It was cool because I actually had already met him when I was in Itu a few months ago and I know his Dad really well. In fact the world is so small that his dad is moving to Utah and will probably be in Ogden, my family's new home town!
- A few weeks ago we did a dessert competition in the ward to integrate investigators and meet other non-members and less-active members and it was such a success that we did a competition with "salgadinhos" which means any sort of snack. Brazilians know how to make great snacks and so it was a huge hit!
|"25 de Março"|
Yet again another great week. This week is the last week of the transfer so with my luck next week I'll be writing an email about who will by my next companion to keep the streak going haha
- from "25 de Março" - a huge commercial street in São Paulo that we went to for P-Day. As can be seen I had an adventure trying to pass our informations from the week to the Assitants by phone in the middle of that crowd- from the ward activity, last time we had the op-out instead of giving the 1st place reward the
|Ward Activity - competition with "salgadinhos"|