Saturday, December 22, 2012

Several weeks of Posts!

We finally bought a house in Arizona and I have been super busy.  I realized today that I'm several weeks behind on Kyle's blog.  I've attached bits and pieces from the past few weeks.  These were weeks with lots of change.  His area was closed down...he was transferred...another new companion.  Always a little stressful for Kyle.  But he loves the area now and is finding success.

So this week the second counselor of the area presidency came to talk to us and picked me to have an interview with him. It was cool to talk to him, hes Brazilian but he lived in New Jersey so he speaks fluent English, it was my first interview in english since I left São Paulo kind of strange.

São Luís is like 8 hours away from Teresina. Its in the same state as Imperatriz just way North, Imperatriz is more in the south. Its super hot here too. Its always hot. There are rumors that our mission is amongst the hottest in the world. I wouldnt doubt it. Its freaking hot. Luckily theres a nice ocean breeze that makes it bearable and not nearly as bad as Teresina. But unfortunately our house doesnt have a washing machine. Ive been hand washing my clothes for 3 weeks now, the washer should be arriving sometime this week hopefully. The new area is good, theres alot of really good members that want to help. I spent all week organizing FHE groups in different parts of the area to help reactivate the large number of less actives and help the members. We work mainly with less actives. Oh yeah when I was in Cohatrac the bishop had a car accident and his wife went into a coma and she died this week after about a month. It was crazy, I had lunch in her house like a month ago and she was like ok and now shes gone. Its crazy how things like that happen, the bishop is pretty upset, hes not doing so well.

Well I love you guys, im excited to talk to you guys next week. Eliana is gonna take us to dinner at some fancy restaurant on Christmas. Shes awesome, the highlight of my mission for sure. And we have 4 baptisms this week. 3 little kids whose parents are members and a guy whose family is active and he just never got baptized. ill see you guys next week byeeeeeeeeee

I spent alot of time thinking back to the beginning of my mission cuz I hit 10 months yesterday and I thought some things were really funny.
I remember my first bus ride here on the bus with no AC It is so crammed full of people that the doors usually close on somebodies arm and all the dirt roads hitting cars that are parked badly and just driving away I remember being terrified like what have I gotten myself into and now its all just normal. part of the mission. Or getting flagged down by drunk girls to talk about the US and how they will go there one day and I have to let them stay at my house is always amusing. It was a good time looking back and seeing how all the crazyness of Brasil is now just normal. I remember wondering why arent these people freaking out and its cuz its just part of the culture here. Its funny, Brasil is a funny place. Im hoping for some better things to come in my new area.

São Luís is awesome. Its an island. My mission is the poorest states in Brasil but where we live is incredible. There are apartments that value over
4 million and they are building massive buildings everywhere. its growing really quick. The only downside is its an island so theres only so much space. My area is the ghetto of the city but the people are really humble and the members want to work. they have been in limbo trying to split the ward and get a chapel for about
10 years. The sent the papers to split and they got denied because out of 34 men in the ward 9 of them arent paying tithing, they missed the cut by 3 men. Crazy how something so small wrecked a ward. So we have to baptize reactivate or motivate 3 people to pay tithing to split the ward. I havent been this excited since I left Imperatriz. I cant take pictures very much cuz of thefts so I dont pack my camera anymore. but I bought a book of pictures from a member to send you guys. Tell Colin and Nathan to keep doing work and tell Rora to stay away from the coyotes. Love you byeeeeeeeeeee

So this week was crazy i got transfered to another part of são luís. but elder leite got transfered too, the zone leader didnt tell us and he almost missed his bus. so i was with elder batista, but later that day elder batista got transfered again and now im with elder G.Silva. hes from my group we arrived on the same day. oh and we live in a mansion. its nothing really just 3 rooms 5 bathrooms a front yard backyard giant living room with 4 couches. its the greatest thing ever. and the area is awesome. oh and its on the beach. if     only i wasnt a missionary..... the problem is the area is massive and doesnt have a chapel so the members have to take 2 buses for almost an hour to get to church so getting people to go is hard. but its awesome what ive seen so far I really like. the members want to work and help the missionaries we already talked to some members and they want to take us to their friends family everybody. the area has alot of potencial. its poor, my run of better off areas ended but i really like the feel of this area. 

I liked my area though. It was an area that got split to make 2 and shouldnt have been split. There wasnt enough work or anything and only the other area here was having real success. But I met some really cool people here that I love. There was on guy named James. I dont know what I did but that man loves me. He doesnt talk to my comp just me. He calls me over and talks about his life and everything and how hes going to get 4 million reals in the next year and when he does hes going to visit the US and that I have to be his translator. Hes a good guy I really liked him. But im out of time so ill talk to you guys next week and its only a few weeks til Christmas and we will be able to talk then! byeeeeee

But anyways, we are getting taken out of the area. The President is closing the area. Its dumb cuz I really dont want to be transfered again and leave Elder Leite but I have no desire to stay here so its kinda weird. But last night I Bible Bashed with this lady. We stopped to help her with some yard stuff and we started talking to her about the church and she kept saying stuff like we dont need prophets and there doesnt exist any churches cuz we are the church and that only the Bible exists. So I tore her apart using the Bible and she still didnt accept anything. She started it....

Monday, November 12, 2012

Rough Week

Rough week...this area he is in is tough.  I'm excited they finally found someone to work with!

So this week was rather boring, a lot of walking and all that good
stuff. Luckily São Luís isn't as hot as Teresina. The same old stuff,
the area is tough. There was a giant rally for another church and I
just don't understand the people here. The pastor was screaming into
the microphone that he received revelation from God that whoever gives
R$500-1000 in tithing to him right now would receive blessings and the
people eat it up as he drives away in his brand new Camaro whilst the
people are starving and struggling to live but they throw money at
this guy. And we are the crazy ones that nobody wants to listen to.
But we met an incredible family this week. It was the lady that we
helped pack her groceries last week. We taught her and her daughter
who is pregnant and her daughters husband. He told us that since he's
having a kid now its really the time to change his life and get it
together. They are awesome and happen to be the only thing we have
going for us. Its been a rough transfer and I'm pretty sure my comp is
getting transferred which stinks cuz I really like him. We get along
great and we work really well together. That's all I have for you guys
this week. Ruv you guys byeeeee

Monday, November 5, 2012

He ate what...!!!???

This is obviously a hard area to be in.  I'm proud of him for working his way through it all!

So this week was rather interesting.

It started with this contact we made in the street. Our area still has
a few problems and we are trying to find people to teach so we talk to
everybody. So theres this guy sitting in front of his house blasting
music from his car, and we walk up to find out that hes drinking, hes
not drunk, but hes well on his way. We start talking to him about his
religion and hes like as you can see by my music selection Im
extremely evangelical....he was listening to careless whisper by
George Michaels, followed by Neil Diamond. I almost died laughing.

The other was lunch the other day. So theres a meal here called
mocoto, its pretty much like cow intestines and what not just mixed
together in a pot with water and some seasonings. I refused to eat it
cuz it looked/smelled horrible. And they were like its ok not
everybody likes it thats why we made some meat and stuff. So I load up
on rice and meat and everybody is looking at me really funny while im
eating and ask me are you enjoying the food. (I hadnt eaten anything
yet) So I take a bite and realize that this was not normal meat, but
it wasnt liver. And they're all making fun of me saying its very
important to the cow and I was thinking it was heart. And asked
everybody and they were like we'll tell you after. oh no. So I muscle
it down and ask them and it was tongue. I ate cow tongue. Its not that
it tasted was just a super weird texture and that thing was
huge. They cut it way back in the throat and it was massive and super
gross. So i pick up, they call it pancakes its like pancake bread with
meat and cheese and other things and it was filled with corn, the only
vegetable I havent been able to conquer yet. It was the worst lunch on
the mission. I looked at my comp (who speaks a little english) and
said I hate my life and he laughed. It was awful.

But a really cool experience. So this area is really hard and weve
been trying everything for three weeks. We marked a visit with a
member for 7 30 and we called him at 7 20 and he was like sorry I
already left I have other things to do, and then we lost our best
investigator. And I sat down on the sidewalk and gave up. My comp was
like hey lets go talk to an ex investigator. So as we are walking and
im pissed off we pass this lady packing groceries that I didnt even
see her, but my comp stops her and asks if she wanted some help. She
was like of course, I was just hoping somebody would help me. She was
super awesome and nice and we helped her pack her things back to her
house. When we got there she was like can you guys come back another
day and talk to me and my family. When we went back she was the only
one home and she was like oh im so sorry but my daughter went into
labor can you guys come back another day, I want you guys to meet my
grandson. She is the nicest old lady ever.

And then last night we found a guy who studied the church in depth and
is going to read the book of mormon cover to cover by wednesday. It
was a rough week but there was alot of good things. Im just glad its P
Day. love you guys byeeee

> he would get it to the mission office so it could get delivered that way.