Thursday, May 22, 2014

3rd Week in Planalto!

It's pretty sweet here, I gave a sacrament talk yesterday on how our religion is to save souls, it was pretty sweet, I don't know if people were able to understand me, but it's good. (I read all of the talk).

I don't have much time, but here's a summary of things that popped into my head and things that I saw/observed during the week.

Soo, in this mission there is no soccer allowed and p-days here are really boring. Just e-mailing, shopping, and chilling at the apartment. There isn't really anywhere to do recreational activities either or play b-ball or anything, just chilling.

The music options have opened up, here we can listen to MoTab, EFY, and music

Church here starts at 8:30 and it goes priesthood/relief society_sunday school_sacrament

Clocks here are on a 24 hour system but they use the 12 hour system too. you can say 7 hours of the night and it makes sense to them that it's 19h00

In Brazil, the sister missionaries aren't called irmas or hermanas, just sister (nametag) it's a word that the church made up in Portuguese that works

@ Jackson's ice cream parlor! apparently it's really, really popular!

The line to walk in is usually about 30 people long for the whole night!
Eggs are in cartons of 10

Brazilians have soda at every meal, and whenever I drink guaranĂ¡, I'm always tired, (so I don't drink it now)

Also Brazilians have rice and pinto beans with every single meal here. even if they have pizza, a side of rice and beans.

A vontage (a buffet) cost 9 reais, or about 4.5 bucks.

What direction do the toilets flush up there? On the other side of the equator, they're supposed to go different ways. But here, in Brazil it's a little different. They flush clockwise, counterclockwise, and straight down.

We burned a tie of an elder that finished his mission a while ago that smelled bad.

Here, they don't sell much refrigerated cows milk, it's specially treated so that you don't have to refrigerate it. It's in boxes and the milk that's sold here(at this moment) is good until 8/20/14

Also, there is pretty much no salsa here! Weird, right? Or hotsauce.

~Elder White~

Monday, May 12, 2014

Chilling in Brazil!!

Well, Brazil is a party, it's way sweet here. The missionary work here is wayy, wayy different from the states. We teach the same lessons and doctrine, and we have the same church meetings, but the culture of Brazil is just completely alien. It's very polite and crazy. Also, here's a cool analyzation of the good Samaritan parable. It's very interesting.

Also, I'm pretty sure that if I wasn't a mormon, I'd be an atheist because all of the other religions make some sense, but not enough. It's good.
So the area that I'm in right now is really weird. It's got plateaus, it's got some of the feel of south Fl but an African look with the plateaus and some of the dryness. It also has a bit of a mountainous look because of the plateaus and the cows that are everywhere. Also there are a bunch of cane fields around. Where I am right now is called Uberlandia. It's pretty cool here and I'm in the suburbs of it. (the sisters are generally in the more developed part because it's safer. The area here is less ghetto than my greenie area. It's got a 3rd world country feel here, but it's also really awesome here as well.

In the apartment, a cat used to visit and come in and go through trash and shed all over. Great, because I'm allergic to cats. So The first night I slept, I woke up a little congested and it weakens my immune system too. But all is well. 

Also, it's a little gross here because I was taking a shower, then I look down to see a roach on my leg. I shook it off, and thankfully I was wearing flipflops (we never go barefoot anywhere) and I killed it.

Out of time, have a great week!

-Elder White