Friday, July 31, 2015

Casa Branca:Brasil

So, I have 3 minutes to write. This past week was chill, we worked a lot and also 5 people came to church! Mar. and N. came again! (2nd time for Mar.) pray for them to be able to marry. Also W. and M. went to church. They're married and are really interested in the Book of Mormon. Pray for them to gain a testimony and go to church. The other guy is an eternal investigator that needs to marry. Have a good week!

Monday, July 20, 2015

White House Branch

     Our mission president cut language study for the mission 2 transfers ago and we've been working a lot these past transfers. Usually it's about 65 hours of proselyting work a week for our companionship. If we're productive at church, it counts and lunch also counts if we ask for member references. It's a looot of work. Also we study in the morning. A lot of the time we show up at home 9:30. But it's good to work a lot. It stinks not working.

     Elder T. (James in English) is pretty cool. He's from Pernambuco (a state in the north-east of Brazil) and has lived in São Paulo the last 3 years. He has 21 years and fought capoeira for 12 years, he has also served 1 year in the army and has 4 years as a member. This past week was pretty cool with him and it's going well. Something cool about the northern Brazilian culture is that they all know how to share really well. I've already thought of a few ideas of how I can apply it in my life after the mish. 
     The elders quorum has started to do a cool thing to make the branch stronger with us. Sundays are usually slow for us, so it works well for us too. There are two companionships of missionaries in the area. We do splits and have four companionships that go around and do hometeaching visits from 5-7pm every Sunday. It's been going for two weeks and is pretty cool. The branch has a lot of people that are baptized but a lot of them go once a month, once every other week. So it'll be good for the branch. We're trying to help the branch construct a solid base because it has 20 years as a branch and has a frequency of 50ish people.

     No one went to church for the past two weeks so we dropped our old investigators and are starting anew.     

     Not a super new food, but a food that I learned to like and that I like is goiabada. It's made from goiabá. It has a cool texture and is red and really good.

Monday, July 13, 2015

White House Branch

     Don't send me any more packages from now on, I won't receive them because I'm in Barra do Garças and here is closed from everything. I'll just receive it right before I enter the airplane to go home, so it isn't worth it. Just wait til when I come home for stuff.

     I'm going to be traning this transfer! His name is Elder Tiago! (that means James) He's from São Paulo and shows up here Wednesday night. I'm going to stay w/ E. Lima Costa until then and then he'll go to the other area in Barra.

     There were some cool things that happened this past week,

     One day I killed 16 cockroaches in our house. Just call me roach bane. It's actually not too bad, maybe I'm used to it but it's fun hunting them every day after showing up at home.

     Saturday we had a festa julina or festa caipira. Or in English red-neck party. It was cool, I went in the goiás flag tie that mom gave me. The missionaries and a few other guys went around serving everyone yucca cheese cake, popcorn, soda, and other things. There's a food in Brazil called pamonha. It's really good. They get the corn kernels from the corn, shred/grind them, then clump it together and put a few other things in, form it into a small rectangle thing, put the corn husks around it and boil it. It's reaallly good. I'm pretty sure that it would make a huge hit in the south.

     Also I ate cheese ice cream. 

     There was also a guy in the branch that was the young men's president that's a recent convert of 6 months. He was released from his calling and yesterday was called as 2nd councilor in the bishopbric, branch secretary, and already had the calling of family history consultant. Crazy. But he's way cool and we're talking with his mom and she's in 2N 19. She said that she would stop taking coffee yesterday. So she's progressing! She's espirita, they normally take more time to baptize, but she's a dry Mormon and will help the branch a lot in the future.

Monday, July 6, 2015

White House Branch

This past week was pretty chill. We were working a lot in a small city called Pontal. We found a lot of cool people, but not one of them went to church this past week. But the mother and brother of a recent convert came to church today and are progressing. His mother is already in 2 Nephi. She's been reading for about a month now. They're progressing slowly, but well. Also another eternal investigator came to church. She's going to fast this week to see if she should baptize this Saturday.

There isn't much time but this next week's going to be good too.