Monday, April 13, 2015

White House Branch

This past week was pretty great! We worked really hard this week too.
After baptism of I.!

Baptismal font behind the BIG house that's the church!
I. was baptized! The other guy wasn't baptized b/c of pressure in his family and he got a new job working 7 days a week.
I.'s got a cool story, so just over 3 weeks ago, on the 19th he did a contact with us on the road. We were walking by a park and he walked up to us, coming out of the bar saying that he wanted to change and do stuff like that. I. went to church that Sunday, and loved it! He even wanted to do visits with us. So we went out with him on Thursday to visit a family that's part member and he testified and everything. So that Sunday he went to church and we taught him about the Book of Mormon and to read and pray about it. He had already watched the 20 minute JS film a few times, so he knew what was going on. So that night he had a dream about the Book of Mormon! He dreamed that he was sitting down talking with a guy. And the guy offered him a book and said to take it. I. said to him that he already had a book from the missionaries. Then the guy told him that it's the same book and that it's true. Long story short, he was baptized a few weeks later.

So in the US, there's a tradition with the easter bunny leaving eggs and candy with people. In Brazil, there's another sweet tradition of buying HUGE chocolate eggs and giving them to people you like. A member gave us half of an egg easter morning when we ate there. It was pretty legit. They are really expensive, so I just took some pictures with them. This egg is an egg that's 350 grams, it's made out of white chocolate (obvious) and is about 35 reais. or 11.5ish dollars. But it's more money in real than it is in dollars b/c the dollar's been doing well against the real for the last little bit. There are even eggs at the store that are 750 grams or 1.5ish pounds of chocolate.


There's also a cool candy called pa├žoca. or pa-so-cuh. A cylindrical thing 1-2 inches tall made out of toasted peanuts, sugar, and a little bit of salt and it's all mixed together. It's really good with apples because it tastes kind of like peanut butter.
And mayo in a package? super cool!
Hellmans Ketchup, different, right?

I had a new food this past week! Actually it's juice. Graviola Juice. It's really viscous in a slimy way, not a sticky way and has a good taste. I would say it's the closest you could get to eating a drink. Super weird, but good.

Also this is a clothes washer that doesn't spin the water out like with the normal clothes washer. It works by spinning the water and the water circulates with the soap and with the clothes. I think that you can't put a lot of clothes in there at the same time, but it's good for a medium load.


Peeps to pray for:
- D. to not flake out for her baptizm this week and so that the member that lives with her can read to her.
- R. so that he can be more healthy and receive an answer and be baptized too!
- Va. so that she can continue going strong! (She's already read past 2 Nephi 2 and went to church yesterday) and so that her mom can go to church Sunday to be able to support Va.
- V. so that he can keep his new resolve to keep the commandments.

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