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!