Monday, March 3, 2014

Yet another week in the HUGE city of Itapetininga! 3/314

Haha so that subject line did have a little sarcasm, the missionaries here always talk about life here in the Grande Cidade de Itapetininga! Haha because it´s small... yep we are super funny. Anyways, it was a really really good week! We are just working our tails off here! And it is showing as well! We had more lessons this last week than I have had yet in Itapetininga and a lot of them were with members and some great ones with less active members of the church! We are also really working hard and being obedient in inviting people to be baptized as fast as possible, it is great because they know right away that our purpose there is not to just talk or hang out with them but to help them receive saving ordinances that they need to one day live for eternity with their families and our Heavenly Father. So it´s great because things go a lot more smoothly and our purpose is clear and we have more direction! We had some really great new families accept baptism this last week but now we have to return and really teach them, or rather, help the Spirit teach them! I am loving it here, there were some difficulties with the Elders here this last week, sometimes people get a little tired and cranky... haha but now it is all good! That family, Marta and Alfonso are doing well, the problem is they are so incredibly busy! Like they have zero time at all to even see each other, least of all be there together to meet with us. It is disappointing because they are just so busy that they don't have time for the Gospel, but we are going to see and keep on trying to meet with them, especially Matheus because of the huge desires he has to learn more. This weekend and today and tomorrow are also Carnival! My first Carnival in Brasil! Basically I have tried asking a bunch of people what the history or story behind Carnival is and all they have said is it is basically just a reason to party for four days straight! And there are some crazy costumes that these people use, I cant even imagine how crazy it is in parts of Rio and São Paulo. Haha here it is just in this huge plaza that is near the church building and so we just avoid going past that plaza for this weekend and the rest of the city is basically dead silent because everyone is either partying or traveling. It makes it hard to teach when people go on vacations, but that is ok, we were still able to find some people to teach! 
Oh funny story, we were walking past these two older ladies and we said good night to them and one of them said "é muito lindo quando os moços comprementar a gente. Coisa de Deus.", haha so she said "it is so beautiful when the young men greet us. Thing of God." I don't know why but I thought it was super funny. Also the other day someone on a bike yelled "Gigantão!!!" to get my attention, haha he said "really big giant!" The people here really aren't even very small, it is really mixed like the USA, so it was funny. 
Also yesterday we were able to give a blessing to this women who was having a ton of stomach pain and she just cried and we were so grateful to help her out. 
Basically this week was really good, of course always difficult, but really good! I hope that you all are doing well, mom no I don't need anything else, and no I haven't gotten the Jesus stickers box yet, maybe I will get it for next Christmas! Haha love you all! AND BOOBOO IS A STUD WHO GOT INTO BYU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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