Monday, September 14, 2015

Week 29 Gramoré Natal, Brazil

My life in Natal

So, last P-day, Sister Nóbrega and I walked to some sand dunes that are close to our area and walked around on them looking at the beautiful view. Then last night, Sister Soares called us with the news that she and us and 2 other sets of sisters were going to spend P-day together. And guess where we went? To the sand dunes. But we went on a different side and actually got to see the gorgeous beach here. And she even let us dip our feet and walk around in the water. It was the coolest P-day ever. :)

This week was a little discouraging in some ways, since Andreza told us she doesn´t want to get baptized because her whole family is Catholic and because she doesn´t want to give up drinking at parties, and her brother Pedro is pretty much avoiding us. It´s really heartbreaking when investigators that you care a lot about and had so much hope for decide to stop investigating, but it´s part of mission life. And we did find some wonderful new ladies to teach, Zenaide and Luciana, that we´re excited to keep working with, along with some other new people. Maycon, the 8-year-old son of our investigator Maria José (who wants to get baptized but the man she´s lived with for 18 years doesn´t want to get officially married), decided this week that he wanted to get baptized, and was going to get baptized on Saturday, but his dad didn´t let authorize the baptism yet. We´re going to talk to him this week and we´re really hoping he´ll let Maycon get baptized on Sunday

Every time we offer to help someone here, they refuse. We offer to do the dishes after almoço, but they are super stubborn and won´t let us. But we miraculously managed to do a little service on Saturday. We showed up for almoço at Vital´s house and saw that they were using wheelbarrows to move a gigantic pile of sand to another location. We offered to help, and of course they refused. I was a little insistent (to the point that Vital´s mom lovingly (I think) called me a stubborn American :) and we ended up getting to help them. And then while we were eating almoço afterwards, they gave us two bags full of Avon products to say thank you! People here are way too nice. 

Yesterday, we saw a drunk guy stumbling down the street who fell over two times and then I think he just decided it would be easier to scoot down the road on his butt, because that´s what he did. People here drink a lot, especially on Sunday. And this week we ate a lot of a traditional Northeastern food called galinha, which I´m pretty sure is just an entire chicken thrown into a pot and cooked. It´s not bad, but sometimes you get some funky looking pieces of chicken. But hey, what would a mission be without some weird food? 

Everything is good here, but the area here is just harder overall than Sousa. People are still really receptive, but it´s hard to get people to come to church on Sunday and to help people to progress, so we end up having to look for new people to teach. I feel like we´re working really hard, yet it´s been hard to see any results. But we´re going to keep working as hard as we can and trust in the Lord. And even if we don´t see many results, at least we have the chance to learn patience and become more like the Savior. 

The first two pictures are from the dunes last P-day, and the rest are from today. And yes, camel-riding on the dunes is a thing here. I´ve never had to be careful with where I stepped because of camel poop before today. :)

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