We played volleyball on Monday the 12th of September, it was pretty hot and I got a little bit sunburned but not bad. I don't stay sunburned at all anymore. Maybe I'll get burned for like one day and then the next day I'm fine, which is probably a sign of advanced skin cancer or something like that so I probably shouldn't be bragging about that. :) I got a bunch of lettuce and cucumber and tomato and this one salad dressing that the market had, and I made salad. They didn't have ham and cheese at the grocery store, don't ask me how, they just didn't have it. I'm pretty sure the salad dressing is the rough equivalent of thousand island, which I've never liked, so it's sort of eh... I ate it anyways. I'm craving ranch super bad. Yeah... eating salad this past week has made me crave it like crazy! At the beginning of the week, it was really hot, like hot wind, which is awful, that has not been fun. I think we're into spring officially, maybe.
Wednesday we were walking on the road and saw a market, you know the feira, the market that I've told you guys about? I haven't been to one for awhile but we were walking through one the other day just to see what it had, and they had sushi, because there's a lot of Japanese people here. I thought that was pretty interesting that they had sushi in the market. I didn't get any, but I could have if I wanted to. On Wednesday is was a rapaz-from-the-branch's birthday, Emerson, so we bought some soda and made a cake for him and we took it to his house. Because his family is a bit more...humble, and so we thought it would be good to do that for him. And they have a special kid, he's super cool and funny. At Emerson's house, his dad has this fake pistol that shoots plastic bb's, so we had a little shooting contest. (It reminded me of the Goodman's house, shooting the guns at the little action figures.) We weren't outside or anything, we were in his house shooting at these medals that his kids had earned. Elder Rodriguez is a good shot, and so am I, two for two.
English class went better. I taught a big list of vocab and then we did this game where each person had five seconds to answer, like "Name three jobs." Then they'd have to name three jobs, in English, obviously. Or name three colors, stuff like that, simple stuff. They were all pretty bad at it but at least it got them participating so it was a lot more agreeable. :)
On Thursday, it was planning day. And Elder Rodriguez finished the little penguin sculptures he has made, he painted them. He made a little missionary district of penguins, they're pretty interesting:
I also had piano class on Thursday. I had downloaded the church manual as a PDF then bluetoothed it to her phone, so it was a lot better. The church manual is really good, by the way, if there's anybody that's wanting to learn piano. It's awesome. While we were there, there was this Argentinian gypsy guy, apparently just traveling around without money, so he showed up at the church, walked right in, asked if he could sleep there, so that was awkward. :) Then a bunch of rapazes showed up wanting to play soccer, so we let them. And that was our whole night, we just watched them playing soccer. And also Elder Rodriguez bought pizza because it was his three-month mark, woohoo!
On Friday, we ate a bunch because it was the self-service restaurant that one of the sisters here buys for us, it's all-you-can-eat, so that was great. And Elder Rodriguez made this other Colombian food called arepas, this corn flour thing that you fry, I'm not really sure what it is because apparently it didn't turn out perfect. Maybe he'll do them again sometime. Also on Friday I found out that I was going to talk on Sunday, so that was fun.
On Saturday, it was my one year and nine months mark, which is insane. I had a baptism interview to do at 7:30 in the morning, it's the mom of the girl that's doing piano lessons. It went well. Since we got there early, we sat around at the church and I practiced piano. Then we had a zone conference with President Obata. They had sandwiches and lots of fruit. It was a good conference. One strange thing that happened was that apparently there won't be another conference before the Christmas one I think, so it was technically my last zone conference I guess, so that was strange. So anyways, I had to stand up and give my testimony about the mission and all that stuff, it was crazy, it was a bizarre feeling.
Then we taught English class at the church, which was a lot better. We also did a game where we did a bunch of vocab for describing people, then one person would sit with their back to the chalkboard and then we'd write some sort of character or person on the chalkboard, then the whole class had to describe whatever we wrote on the chalkboard to the person in the chair, and then they had to guess who it was. It went well. Then I did the baptism interview for the girl that's doing piano (so on Sunday, the girl and her mom got baptized). I bought pizza because, you know, one year and nine months. :) And also, Irmão Rosete bought us yakisoba, which is a Japanese noodle thing. So we had yakisoba and pizza, so that was sick.
On Sunday I talked in church about The Music of the Gospel, the old Native American dude that said:
"I can teach you how to dance, but you have to learn to hear the music."
I'm not sure why, but I still get nervous about talking in sacrament meeting, which is strange, but it is what it is. And finally, two rapazes came to church...finally! The first people that we've managed to bring to church in this area, which is crazy! Their names are João and Mateus - João is 13 and Mateus is 17 or 16. So they came to church and they also came to volleyball on Monday, so that was cool. Then after church, Denelsa and her daughter (which is the piano girl) they got baptized. It was really good. Then it rained a ton, the sky turned just about black at 4:00 in the afternoon, which was crazy.
So on Monday morning (yesterday) we had an old oven that we took to Emerson's family and gave it to them. Then we came back and we played volleyball, from 1:30 until 5:00. We played with an investigator of the other elders and her boyfriend, and then João and Mateus, and also Emerson. It was really fun. Elder Carlos is super competitive, so that was not so fun. :) And also the Assistants [to the President] are in town, so they did a surprise division with us Monday night. I don't like it when they're not surprises, let alone when they are...it was alright though. I went with Elder Sharp, he is going home this transfer. We went to visit a bunch of people but nobody was at home, so we ended up just knocking on doors. We found a piano teacher actually which was cool. Then Monday night I was starving because I hadn't eaten anything since lunch and then we played volleyball and walked around a bunch, so I had a big salad for dinner.
I found some more piano songs to learn. One of them is a really good classical one, by Erik Satie - Gymnopédie No.1. Normally I didn't like classical music but I like this one, it's fun.
Anyways, that was my week! I love you guys, thanks for everything. Until next time!