Wednesday, January 20, 2010

"...the people are really nice and always help."

Yoooo I'm soooo glad the memory card came!!!  SUUUUper sick!  Well I hope you enjoy the videos and photos, I don't even remember what is on that card any more!!  But all good.  This week was good and bad.  Some of our really good investigators, Noemia, Emerson, Ana Paula, and Renata, decided that they don't want to change religion despite the testimonies they received.  Genivaldo is too lazy to keep going, so we had to cut him.  The really crappy part of the week is that on Sunday, we went to Vilma´s house (the lady who asked if we could come teach her and asked if she could be baptized and went to church) and she sent her daughter to tell us that Vilma didn't want to continue learning or going to church and to give the Book of Mormon back to us.  Naturally we didn't accept it and we will try to get her back on track and figure out what went wrong.  I really hope she will overcome whatever it is she ran into and get baptized and accept the gospel!
The best part of the week was the lesson we had with Vinicius, Eloisa, Bianca, and Vinicius.  It was super spiritual and they said that they are almost ready to accept a baptismal date.  They are going to church on Sunday, and I think they will be ready after that!!  That family is really, really cool, and it would be such a blessing for them and for us if we could baptise them!!!  (I always spell baptize wrong, it's the Portuguese. sorry)
Right after that lesson as we were heading home we got the transfers.  Elder Thrapp was called to be the Zone Leader here in Tiradentes, so that's exciting (actually he is not stoked)  My new comp here in Cambé is from Hawaii!!  Well, he was born in Hawaii and grew up there, but moved to Pleasant Grove in High School.  I'm pretty sure he lives dang close to the Johnson's, he said in the hills above Discovery Park.  I think they are probably in the same stake, so that's pretty cool.  He is an ambitious dude, a scuba diver, so we can probably get a lot of good stuff done in this transfer!!  Geez, it seems like yesterday I wrote the email introducing Thrapp, that transfer went by sooo fast!!!  I guess this ward really didn't like Filadelfia, last night we passed by the chapel to pick up Thrapp's jacket and bishop was there.  We told him about the transfers and he was like "Oh the chato (no direct translation, means like boring, annoying, or lame) Elder stays for six months and the good one leaves after one?!"  That was kinda bold ("Cara de Pau, or wood-faced, as they would say here) and pretty messed up but also funny to see how weird the bishop here is!!  He is the man, but he always rips about how lazy the members here are when they seem good to me.  He says it's one of the most boring wards he has seen, and I think "Your the dang leader of the ward, where do you think it all starts!?"  
But really I like this ward a ton, the people are really nice and always help.  
This member, Manuel, was nice enough to take all of Elder´s bags in his car to our house, in the middle of his work day.  He is a baller, and all of the members are like that.  Basically this ward is really cool and I'm really starting to settle in and become friends with the members!!  Well that's about all I have to say. Love you all and good luck in your ventures!
<3  Joey

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