Monday, February 23, 2015

White House Branch

     Alright, this past week was pretty great again! We got level 4 on the pattern of excellence. This ward where I am is one of the coolest wards that I've passed through. The members here are down for missionary work. For example, we got 5 member references on Sunday and 10 in the week. And we got 9 last week. We're working a ton and teaching a lot and doing our best.

    I received the call of death last Wednesday, the 18th.... so I'm going to be going home soon. Technically no, but it's weird being one of the missionaries with more time in the mission.

     Also, something that I didn't mention is that in this mission and I think the rest of the missions in Brasil, the missionaries can't go on splits with members and aren't supposed to go on many exchanges with other missionaries.

    I had another allergic reaction 2 wks ago and it wasn't too bad, it was just inconvenient with the scratching, but nothing crazy happened b/c I had just a little bit. Then it was all good, then a few days ago, I got the thought in my head, hmmm I don't really know if it's honey or not that gives me an allergic reaction. So I ate a cookie that's the closest that you can find that tastes like a graham cracker here. Also, this cookie had honey in it. I only ate two of them and then later on that day I started itching again. Now I can say that I'm officially allergic to honey and that it's not just a suspicion.

     Also, I had this weird allergic reaction with the inside of my eyelid and there was a weird blister looking thing on the bottom left eyelid. Then we called a member and he helped us find an eye doctor. Then the eye doctor checked out my eyes and put a anti pain eyedrops into my eyes and then checked out the pressure of my eyes. She had me sit down and put my chin on top of a strap and put my forehead on another. She had a weird machine that she would look through and on the tip had a purple/blue light. Then she moved it around and then touched it to my eye. To me it just seemed that the arm and purple cylindrical thing was really, really, really close to my eye, but it was touching.... and my eye pressure was normal. Yeah, it was pretty cool. My first time at the eye doctor's. Then she gave me some eyedrops to drop into my eye every day. One of them tastes weird because I drop it in and it drains into the nasal canals and into the back of my throat and leaves a nasty taste in the back of my mouth.

So we were walking on the sidewalk and my comp said to me that we just passed a cacau tree which is the tree that makes the nuts that make chocolate. So I got the thing that holds the nuts and opened it up and got this nut. It doesn't taste or appear anything like chocolate. I heard that you're supposed to leave it in the sun for a few days and then do some other things to make it.

Monday, February 16, 2015

White House Branch: BRAZIL

Hey!! So this week was pretty sweet, I worked really hard w/ Elder N. and we had a lot of results. We were out working almost every day until 9:30. Then we went on to reach level 4. So every mission has the pattern of excellence that the mission president made. But our mission president did something different and changed it into a system of levels.

Hey, here's a cool pic. Banana pizza, who would've ever thought of it? Pizza dough with mozzarella cheese and bananas and sugar and cinnamon. It's ridiculously tasty.
Also if you combine chocolate with banana, it get's even better.
yeah, it's Brazil!!

Here's what Guaraná looks like! It's pretty cool looking and looks like beer. I joke around sometimes at lunch (because the members always have Guaraná there) that I'm drinking beer.

Monday, February 9, 2015

White House:Brazil

Alright, so right now I'm in a new area with a new comp. Again... but it's cool b/c this area rocks!

Duck Chips!! (Elder A.)
New Companion Elder N.

- The roads here are a lot better than Anápolis.
- Also maintained better.
- Also we live in a well off looking area. I think it's just because the sidewalks here are way better and the roads are better.

Scenery in Brazil!
- Also, at a local supermarket, I found bugles! Generally I never buy it, but b/c I'm in Brazil and trunky for all American food, I bought it and ate it with zeal!
- hint, hint, I'm really missing Gatorade. It's super expensive here. Powdered Gatorade that's not orange flavor anyone??

Me with a guy that was in the MTC in Provo. It was just him and another guy that were supposed to go to our mission. The other guy's in another zone.

- There are a lot of Espiritas here. They believe in reincarnation and believe in JC and the bible but don't really believe in the bible, so they are hard to teach and contact. It's like knocking doors in the US and encountering Jehova witnesses. And there are Jehova Witnesses here too.
This is the Snowball Church. That's literally the name. It's really strong in the south of Brazil. Weird, right? And there's a whale on top. They're really hipster and hippie like and accept more radical concepts.
- Here is a little cooler than it was in Anápolis. But everyone else said that it gets really hot here so I hope it stays how it was. A month ago here it was 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit)

Everyone at the bus station in Goiânia! We loaded a bus and unloaded the bus of all of this stuff. The impressive thing is that to get it on the bus you have to bring it in, then pass it over a rotating metal thing that counts how many people pass through and lets you go through when you pay. Yeah, cool.

- Also I tried a new idea that I heard about and showed up in the area and bought a huge bar of chocolate for the bishop and wrote him a letter.

Elder N.
My new comp is Elder N., he's pretty cool. He's from São Paulo (the city b/c there's São Paulo State also) He's been a member for 3 years and has the same time on the mish as me. I've already had 2 people as my companions that are going to be going home the same day. He also has a big family. He has 8 siblings, 4 sisters and 4 brothers.

Monday, February 2, 2015

White House Branch

Elder A. and Me
     This past week was pretty cool, also transfers happened again and I'm being transferred again after staying here for 3 months. The longest time I've ever stayed in an area is 4.5 months and that was in Belle Glade, my first area. The area I'm going to is Boa Vista in Uberaba. It's in the state minas gerais. There's known for having really good food. YES! Also, my comp's going to be Elder N. He's from São Paulo.

     After e-mailing last week, I decided to buy a camera because I realized how much that I was missing out on. So here are some pics.

If you can't tell, I ate my first piranha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have officially eaten piranha! It's pretty legit. #perks of serving in Brasil

Me with the bishop of Maracanã
     Also, mango juice is really, really, really good. I had it once in the US during college, but here I have it about once every week, and it's way better because it's all really fresh. Let's just say it's a habit developed that is going to continue for the rest of my life. Also, we had yams yesterday during lunch, they were really good. I think it was my first time eating yams.

Also, there's a store that has a lot of life-size styrofoam models and we were knocking doors near where are made and talked with the owner and he let us come in and take pics there!