Monday, April 27, 2015

Vila Sônia - Week 13

I got a chance to weigh myself last P-day, and I weighed 66 kilos! Or something like that. Which is 145 for you Americans. So...nothing's really changed! I guess that's good news, because I always end up eating a ton at lunch. Mostly because Elder S. Reis likes to put a LOT of food on my plate when I ask for just a little more, so then I just end up eating it all. That, and the food is always really good. Yesterday, the daughter-in-law of the branch president made RIBS. That's right. With french fries and rice and salad. It was incredible. So yeah, I'm eating well here. Quality and quantity :) Also, my peanut butter is kinda almost gone, which is a sad thought. I guess I'll just have to start eating straight Nutella sandwiches :) Just kidding, I'll think of something else to have for dinner. Thank you so much for that by the way. It was a huge blessing to have some nice comforting peanut butter sandwiches after some long days. 

One kinda funny thing, I don't know if you know the P!nk song where she's singing that love song with the other guy (something with "we can learn to love again"). Anyways, we were walking one day, and we heard a Brazilian cover of that. I don't know, some Brazilian guy singing it (or singing something to the same tune, I'm not sure. I still haven't managed to understand songs that well) accompanied by Brazilian-sounding instruments. It was hilarious, and a LOT better than the original. Just thought you should know. Probably one of the better songs I've heard here, not counting the non-Brazilian music. 

Another thing, this past week I did the announcing thing on the Ônibus. Just stood in front of everyone and introduced who we were and what we had to share and then said we'd pass by each one of them and ask if they'd like to learn more. I didn't yell, I just talked loud. One of my strong points, you know :) It was pretty cool, I wasn't scared or anything. Just did it. So that was cool. 

Also, we've been teaching English class (really, a Brazilian from the branch teaches, and we just help to teach pronunciation) which has been cool. Also taught seminary again, but this time on zero notice. It was good though.

The other Elder with us two is Elder Ochoa, he's one of our zone leaders/district leaders. He's from Ecuador, and he's kinda short but muscly (sp? not even gonna try on that one) since he boxed a lot I guess. He's really funny.

And another story (not actually mine, but I'll tell it anyways), this week Elder Lindsey was dying some of his PJ's a different color (his scrubs, actually), and so they were sitting in this concrete sink outside where our washing machine also drains. So the sink was full of blue dye-water, and he had also put a load of his whites into the washing machine. ALL of his whites. And so, when the machine needed to drain, the sink was already full, and so I guess it sucked a fair bit of the blue water back into the machine, dying all of his whites a nice light blue :) Which was pretty shocking. Luckily, Irmã Barbara is a miracle worker, and she managed to get all of the whites back to normal. It was incredible. We think she did some magic or something, because they were just back to how they were, maybe even whiter. So that's another blessing that she has been to us, added on to the long list :) 

Also, the Brazilian Elders talked about a candy here called Kryptonita or something, which is apparently super sour and impossible to eat without making a face, blah blah blah :) I can't wait to get some, it'll be awesome. 

On Sunday, we had Rogério come to church, plus Diego and Iago (the son and grandson of Josefa, the "wife" of Gilson. I think I've already talked about them). They're really good kids, especially Iago. He's always talking to us whenever we're over that way, and he offers to get us water/juice from his family's little snack business they have going on. Elder Lindsey gave him a CTR ring, which he was thrilled about :) Just a really good kid. It'll be sad if they don't get baptized, eventually. 

As far as Valéria, we weren't able to give her a blessing. We actually haven't had a real lesson with them for almost two weeks, since they've been gone to São Paulo a lot and stuff. Hopefully that changes tonight, and I hope that it's only because they've been busy and not because they lost interest or anything.

And, last one, Saturday morning when we showed up at English class, on the intersection right by the church there was this burned-out car just sitting in the middle of the road, with a couple cops investigating (did you know they have 4-wheeler cops here?!). Apparently there are some vandals or something. So that's cool. Not too much else happened. And I guess that's the update again, I'm a little low on time here :) Thanks for everything from back home! Everything is going well here. 

Love,
Michael

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