Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Samambaia - Week 5

My Halloween was...very fanfare-less. They don't celebrate Halloween here. The only thing is Day of the Dead, which was yesterday, which is why I didn't e-mail yesterday. We had a zone meeting in Vila Sônia and then we spent the whole day at the cemetery there, talking to people about the Plan of Salvation. It was super intimidating, because almost ALL the other churches were there too (giving blessings to people, expulsing demons, etc. normal Igreja Universal stuff), including macumba [black magic]. There was this super big guy from the macumba, with their super sweet white outfits. Pretty freaky, but awesome at the same time. So yeah, it was kind of an interesting day. Just a bunch of churches fighting to have the attention of all the poor people coming to see their loved ones... And then us, trying to leave a message of comfort and teaching the REAL plan of God.  Most of the people were so sick of all the other churches that they didn't give us any attention, but that's how it is here.

We're teaching a pesquisadora [researcher/investigator], Layssa, who's changing a ton of stuff in her life because of what we've taught her, although she's a little afraid of getting baptized. But, she's super cool. Other than that, it's been kinda rough.

And on a side note, I've been speaking a lot of English with Elder Carlos, because he understands super well (he went on an exchange program in the States), and I am having a TON of trouble switching fully to English, I keep adding in a bunch of Portuguese. Which will be pretty funny when I get back/in the Christmas call I think. :)

So yeah, that was pretty much my week! Beijos e abraços! :) [Kisses and hugs!]

Editor's note:  Here is a video that was posted on Facebook - they are saying how great it is to be a missionary.

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