What a week. Each day gets hotter, better, and more difficult. Itauna is finally starting to feel like home as I learn where everything is, and get to know the members here better. I am now at the very awkward point where I can neither speak english or portguese, its quite funny sometimes, but I really just want to speak portuguese. I understand more every day, but holy gucamole the verbs are so annoying. English is a weird complicated languages but at least there arent a million verbs and every word doesnt have a gender. Whew! So, forgive me if my grammar and spelling and terrible. The computers here get angry with me for not typing portuguese words!
Fun fact about portuguese, Alma in portuguese means soul. I thought that that was rather neat!
I am learning more and more everyday and I always feel the spirit and the presence of guardian angels when I testify, which really is the best part of the mission, well, besides seeing that spirit in others. People have a really hard time keeping commitments here, going to church, reading(some people cant read), but really we all have trouble doing the basics. Missions are dang hard but I know that there are special lessons I am learning here that I can only learn here. There was a quote in conference something like Heavenly Father designed our earthly lives so that we might individually learn the lessons required.
So, I GOT SUNBURNED! Yes, this is exciting, because as we all know, I am whiter than white, and boy do the Brazilians know it too. I get made fun of and stared at. A lot. But. I got burned! This is progress! Maybe one day I will look normal...
Our best investigators, Edil and Marina, 40 year old and his mother. Well. I wish I could say more than I am. Edil is, well, a large person and has a fear of water, which obviously poses problems for baptism, and Marina, bless her soul, had coffee one day this week -_-. Needless to say, they need some extra oompf. The amazing inactive family we have been visiting came to church sunday which was awesome!
Being with my companion has helped me learn how important is it to validate others. And really listen to what they need and what they think. I really think that a persons greatest need is to be validated, which is why the gospel has such a pull! We are eternally validated.
Finally, some funny news. After lunch the other day, we ran into this adorable 12 year old boy with a bird on his shoulder and we all got to hold it! Okay well it sat on our shoulders and walked on our arms and kind of talked! I have the best pictures! But this silly computer lab today doesnt like my camera. So pictures next week. I promise. Anyways, while sitting on Sister Fjords shoulder, it, left a cocoa, in the words of the brazilians on her shirt! Hilarious. But a handy dandy Tide Pen saved the day and all is well.
I am slowly, very slowly losing my personal bubble. I am not a touchy person, I hardly hug/kiss my own family and here everybody kisses everybody all the time. Needless to say it is a trial in some form but I am learning.
Finally, we taught these two older men who were awesome. One had some learning or mental disabilities, he couldnt speak or think very well but everytime we mentioned Jesus or God he immediately put a thumbs up. That ruled. He knows what is important.
So, love from South America and thumbs up to God!