Monday, July 20, 2015

Rio Branco - Week 8

So, funny story actually...last P-Day they made ANOTHER cake, with actual proper candles (19, and a number 6 because Elder Vasconcelos made 6 months here), so we were able to eat that one too with the rest of the ice cream. Just thought you should know. They actually sang to me this time too, only one day late. But it felt much more like a proper birthday. I tried my hardest to find mint ice cream, but to no avail. Maybe next year, haha.

We go to the office by taking a bus from Rio Branco to Santos, just like normal. It's about...45 minutes by bus. Something like that. And usually we go in the mornings, so it's super crowded on the bus. Sardines. We go there fairly often, to pick up supplies and such. More pamphlets, Livros de Mórmon, letters from my dear mother, etc. All important missionary supplies.

I haven't had corn flavored ice cream yet. I don't think I'm that interested though. Ice cream is really expensive, remember? What we do have is chup-chup, there's this one lady here who is probably sick of us because we buy so much from her. She has this really good one of white chocolate, with bits of chocolate mixed in. That, and lime with milk is also really good.

So, for my week.... We're teaching a really cool family. Djielson is the dad, Silvaneide is the mom, and Merson and Mercon are the 16 and 14 year old kids. Except we found out that Djielson lives in Praia Grande, and only visits there weekends, because they're separated or something awkward. I don't know. So they all went to church yesterday, enjoyed it, and are planning on getting baptized! So we're working with Silvaneide to stop smoking, and they all need to stop drinking coffee. Also, we're teaching Elvis, who seems willing to give up a lot to get baptized. When we taught him the Word of Wisdom, we asked what he had problems with and he was like "Yeah, everything that you just talked about." Wow, okay! That's new. But he doesn't smoke cigarettes a lot, so that's easy, and he says the other stuff isn't addiction, just social or whatever.

Also in big news, I gave a talk in church yesterday! It went really well, no major problems. I overprepared so I got cut off a little, but that's fine. Better than the other way around.

Everyone in the house except for Elder Capeletti is going crazy about the Rubik's cube, which is funny because they try so hard to come close to my records :) Haha. Today, we went to Santos to get some supplies (and also we may have stopped in a "loja americana" to get a real Rubik's cube that doesn't frustrate everyone by getting stuck 24/7), and now we're e-mailing.

Then we'll go home, and I think play War the board game. As far as I can tell, it's Risk. Unless we have War over there in the States, and then it's War. More news on that next week, haha :)

I think that's pretty much it for this week. The one week I don't bring my journal to remind me of what to say and I actually need to use it. Of course...but yeah! I'm doing pretty well, excited for this family, and I'm enjoying life! Also, last Friday I made 7 MONTHS here in Brazil! Woo! Really bizarre, I'm already on my way to 1 year. What the heck? It's so weird to think about. At the end of this transfer I'll have completed 1/3 of my mission! Crazy stuff. Anyways, that's it for me!

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