In the sewage water, there weren't any "floaters," but there's always little land mines on all the roads, laid by dogs. So maybe we just couldn't see them and we were stepping on them, or maybe they had already dissolved in the sewage water. That's another thing that's going to be strange about the States, the lack of dogs on the roads, strays. Also the lack of speed bumps, because here, unless it's a major highway, there are speed bumps on every single road about every 100 feet, it's super annoying!
Last p-day, it was normal. Elder Hoskisson, our district leader, asked me to give the training on Tuesday. We taught Alesandra, and her daughter Alexia wanted to know if I could help her with some math questions. I was like, "Yeah, I got this." Then it was about logarithms and I did not remember anything. So that didn't happen... pretty bad. I hope that's not the first thing they talk about in my college math class. It kinda made me not super excited for the whole college thing.
On Tuesday we had the district meeting in Rio Branco, so we walked there. We went back and had lunch and we taught Bianca. At night when we went to talk to Alesandra, her other daughter, Lohana, she wanted me to help her with her math. Her math question was much easier, it was about adding money. I was fine with that, I have not fallen that far. :) Oh, one funny thing that happened at the meeting... To start every meeting there's a hymn and a prayer and we say our purpose and then we say Doctrine & Covenants 20:37. Then it's acompanhamento: we put the names of all our investigators on the chalkboard, the ones that have a date, and the ones that need help. Under the column of the ones with a date, I put "Michael, 11/15." Even though during the meeting I laughed and erased it and said I was kidding, Elder Hoskisson continued thinking it was a real investigator, and when he called me to see how our day was, he asked how "Michael" was doing. That was pretty funny. :) I had to explain the joke.
Friday, Bianca had her baby, Diego. That's pretty crazy. Lunch was also take-out. It felt cold, seriously cold. It felt like a Florida winter to me. But then I looked at my thermometer and it had 74 degrees. So yeah.... :) No lie though, it felt like winter. I guess it's been too long. Coat shopping will be a necessity. :) We got a call from the Samaritá elders that they were going to have a baptism on Saturday and they wanted us to figure out the water heater thing, because it was going to be an old guy, so cold water doesn't work. We figured out the heater hadn't worked in the past because there was no gas, so we talked to the Bishop and he called a guy and we let him into the church to put in more gas or however you say it... gás. Not much else interesting happened.
Saturday, we had take-out again, three days in row. We ate in the church and we got ready for English class. Some people actually showed up, so that was good, a bunch of youth really. Then we stayed to fill up the font and heat it up. We stayed to help with the baptism as well, because we had to be the witnesses. It took the two elders and their bishop to baptize him, because they sat him in a chair and lowered him very gently into the water. So that was good.
Today, it was nice because I actually got to sing hymns, because we had a hymnbook and I wasn't playing piano or anything, so that was fun. Lunch was awesome, stroganoff. The irmão, Samuel, that gave us lunch, served in Salvador, but it was like 10 years ago, so he didn't meet Austin [Michael's cousin]. Bianca came back from the hospital with her newborn baby, so we visited her. And that was very strange, seeing her transition to motherhood. It's interesting what having a kid will do for your maturity level. That was pretty strange. I was watching Diego, one of those strange/reflective moments, and because babies are fun to watch. We taught some people, but nothing special. And tomorrow is p-day, thank goodness. Not much else. It's the penúltima [second-to-last] week. It's crazy stuff.
That is it for me. I hope you guys have a great week! I love you guys. Até mais!
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