Monday, January 26, 2015

White House Branch

It's great to have a great companion. It's a lot easier then having more difficult ones. But having the more difficult ones makes you appreciate the okay and great ones a lot more. 

Also, there were some new firsts that happened this week too! They were pretty cool.

     So, I still haven't used the roll on deodorant that is sold here because I still have stick deodorant that I brought with me. But I bought some roll on chapstick. I'm pretty sure that it and the deodorant have got the same exact things in it as the more solid kind. It's just has less of the substance that solidifies the liquid. But yeah, liquid chapstick that rolls on. Check it out in pics on google or something. It's a really cool contraption.

     Fasting here is also really intense. I'm pretty sure it's the same in all of the walking missions like this one b/c an elder here from Colombia said it's the same but it's harder there b/c there it is hot too, but also super humid. Anyways it's 24 hrs without water and food. And walking all day, you loose a lot of fluids. So you have to plan in advance and buy powerade and coconut water and get stuff to get hydrated. The last time I fasted, I lost 5 kilograms. Not healthy, but it's going to be fun to say it to people in the future. And it's cool to see how much the human body can take and still go strong.

     I ate this thing called ameixa. Pronounced amaysha. It's different. But good. So the people from this state and especially minas gerais are very well known for liking cheese. Kinda like how some places in north are well known for liking cheese. But the thing about it is that cheddar cheese almost doesn't exist here and there are some really different types of cheese here. Anyways, they make balls of cheese, fry the cheese and put it into this syrupy solution and let it soak and after a day, it's good. It's surprisingly good.

Also, we went to a shácara on Saturday to talk to this guy that's returning to the church. A shácara is a minature farm. It was pretty far away, but it was really cool because here doesn't have anything close to a forest in the cities and we were technically in the city, but not. But we went there and it was really cool. They had water coming in from a spring that they did some cool things with. Their property is on a big hill, so the water comes in from the top going down and they had a bunch of different pools for fishes and for messing around and for looking cool. I need to buy a new camera, because I need to take some pics of these things. But it was great, my first forest/woods in Brazil! But it was with banana trees! We went out with a machete and cut some bananas and cut down one of the trees to see how it was. Something cool about bananas is that when they harvest bananas they take down the whole tree. Then the new banana tree grows up in the place that it's cut down. These banana trees were really tall too. They ranged from about 10 feet to 30ish.
Also the mom of the guy was there and we went and talked to them and it turns out that it had been 3 years since she gave lunch to the missionaries because of a really disobedient missionary that passed through and out of nowhere she said - I will start giving y´all lunch now. It was really cool and she also gave us ice cream. score!

Also, Brazil has the tooth fairy. Which is cool. And in that conversation I heard that in most Hispanic and European countries it's a rat. crazy, right?

Wow, this e-mail is long. But cool things happened and here are some things from last p-day

In our house we were using this metal frame for our clothes that go on hangers and we had a dresser/closet thing sitting in a box that wasn't mounted. And the previous missionaries had just left it there. I'm pretty sure it had been sitting there for 4-5 months. Usually they send someone to set it up, but the mission home has to have a receipt to give us a reimbursement and no one would do it and give us a receipt. So we set it up last p-day and the house is looking a lot better. Also, we had a really cool multi-zone conference! It was all of the zones in Goiânia and our zone. We were able to go there and have a really cool training and watch MEET THE MORMONS!!!! in Portuguese. It was soooo cool! And in the song at the end, it had David Archuleta singing in Portuguese. Legit. He sang with a strong Spanish accent, but he sings really well.

Well, good week to all and a happy last week in January!

Monday, January 19, 2015

White House Branch

This past week was pretty chill, but... I don't have much time, so til next week!

Monday, January 12, 2015

White House Branch

I had a lot of firsts this past week!
     So, you know how last week I was talking about being really itchy? It turns out that it was an allergic reaction and we called the mission president's wife about it (she's the person in charge of the medical stuff of the mish) directly after e-mailing last p-day and she said to go to the hospital. That was a fun experience. We took the bus to downtown and went to the hospital there, started everything up and then we found out that the hospital didn't accept the health plan of the mission. There was a cool dude that was catholic to the side and he offered us a ride(because we probably would've walked there) to another hospital place, saying that the same thing happened to his friend was rejected too but that the other place should accept the plan. But he dropped us off there and they said that they don't treat people that are having allergic reactions. Joy. Then we got out and started going to this place called UPA (unidade de pronto atendimento), pronounced like it is in english -- which is like a free doctor's office. We went there and there was a really really long line in front of us to get treated. So we waited for about 4 hrs, and by that time my hands had gotten really swollen and my ankles too--(I have no idea why). Then I got a shot of 100 ml of hydrocortizone and another shot and things immediately started getting better. Then we returned to the house about 8:00pm. Needless to say, i'm never going to forget that.

     I'm pretty sure that the thing that caused the allergic reaction was this honey that I bought that I bought at the supermarket. Thinking about it, it was a sketchy bottle of honey b/c it was in a small soda bottle with the top changed. Not the best buy, but hey, it means that I got used to Brasil.

     I also saw my first toucan! (that's outside of the zoo) It was cool how it flew because it was a little off balance because the beak was soo big. It was flying straight, but it's body was angled as if it would be flying steeply up just because of the way a toucan is weighted.

     1st armadillo! I ate my first armadillo meat on Saturday, the 10th of jan. It was in farofa. I don't know how to describe it, but try to imagine imagine turkey stuffing, but ground a lot finer and that's dry. I also don't know if it's legal to kill an armadillo in Brasil....

Quick overview of firsts
-allergic reaction
-hospital in Brasil
-the other shot
-having an extended p-day
-being turned down at two hospitals
-first free medical treatment
-first upa
and other weird things. For example, we ate a jello made out of cow hooves. it's called mocotó. It's actually surprisingly good.

Yeah, we worked a lot this past week and met a lot of really cool people. We met a couple and they have some huge problems with the word of wisdom and they already cut coffee out! They just have to stop with the other stuff. But it's great to be going around helping tons of people.

We all started as a mission reading in the Book of Mormon and marking the references when it talks about JC. It's really cool seeing how much the Book of Mormon references him and testifies of JC. 

     A cool new word I learned in Portuguese is couvê. Cabbage.. but couvê-flor means cauliflower. Portuguese blows my mind every time that I learn more about it.

Monday, January 5, 2015

White House Branch

This past week was reeeeaaally slow, but something cool did happen. I got a new comp! Elder Av. was emergency transferred to another area and my comp now is E. A. Sorry, no pics.. my camera broke.. But he seems really cool and he's from the south! I'm excited for the upcoming weeks because he seems like he's a hard worker.

Elder A. received the call Friday around 7:30 and then he left Saturday morning at 8. Elder A. showed up at 7 pm. then we went to work!

Also there were some cool people that came to church. I think I already talked about them, we found them a few weeks ago, but they were always out of town. And last week the came to church, just that they went to the wrong church. They went to the Church of Christ which is on the other side of the park we talk about to describe where the church is. They showed up there with the Book of Mormon, all dressed up and then they found they were in the wrong church. Then the wife said: Aww man, we're in the wrong church, I don't want to be here!! really loud and a lot of people heard her and then she asked where the church was to the people there. Then they left and were frustrated and went straight home. But they came to church yesterday and liked it, so we'll see where it goes. The wife's aunt is a member, so I hope it goes well.

Also, yesterday I think I ate something weird yesterday because last night I started having an allergic reaction and my skin started itching all over my body. Then I went to bed and woke up at the normal hour, I slept well, but I still had it. So I'm still itching like crazy but now it's just my hands that are really itchy.

Also, I had a peanut butter and honey sandwich and it was sooooo good. It's a while since I had it. 

But have a great week and have fun!