Monday, April 13, 2015

Vila Sônia - Week 11

Unfortunately, I don't have a ton of time for an update. But this week was good, I did divisions with Elder Zenger yesterday which was super fun (he's awesome).

Valéria's family didn't make it to church, so they'll have to wait until next week, but Rogério (a 17-year old, really intelligent kid we're teaching) did come to sacrament! So he'll probably get baptized this Saturday, unless something ridiculous happens and he can't. He's progressing well. Who knows, he could even serve a mission still! And Valéria's family is progressing nicely too, they ask a ton of questions and are always interested to know more. So it's actually fun to teach them, haha. Not that teaching other people isn't fun...but sometimes, it just isn't :)

We're contacting a lot of new people and so we're trying to find the time to go visit them all. We did 152 contacts this past week, with the little Easter pass-along cards advertising the video. And 56 new addresses out of that, so that should give you some idea of the state we're in. Even though those numbers aren't really that big.

It's always pretty easy to talk to people about Jesus here, haha. Everybody loves that. And then as soon as you pull out a commitment on them, they usually say they'll do it and then never do it (the appropriate word for that would be "mentira!"), or they get cold feet and cite their other religion or whatever. It's always fun here in Brazil, that's for sure! :)

As for cow stomach, she told us the other day that she'd make it one day, but I didn't really recognize it when we had it, only when she told us afterward. It literally just tasted like fat though. Just imagine saving up a ton of the parts you cut off of your guys' steaks, and then having another meal where you just have rice and the pieces of fat :) There was a sauce with it too, but not much.

I didn't share my M&M's during conference, we had other chocolate. I shared some with Elder Lindsey the other day during weekly planning, but I still probably have half the bag left. I've gotten very miser-y with American candy :)

It wasn't actually our baptism last week, it was one from the zone leaders, in a place called Cidade Ocian. We were just there, I forget why. Vicente's baptism, and Eduarda's, was just in this big concrete box just inside the gates of the church :) It's pretty ghetto, so it felt a lot better having a baptism in an actual chapel, with nice stuff. We haven't baptized anyone since Eduarda, but we should have at least one this next week, and then another before April ends. Although, the transfer happens before then, so who knows if I'll even be here to see it? I'm kinda dreading transfer day, I really don't want to leave here.

No, I haven't dry-cleaned my suits yet. I've been super careful to take care of them, because you can definitely tell the difference with the missionaries that have been out here a while. I don't even know if there's a dry-cleaning place around here, though. Or how to say dry-cleaning in Portuguese, hahaha :) They still look good though.

Anyways, that's pretty much it. until next week. Love you!
Elder Bratsman

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