I had a pretty good week. Portuguese
is still hard, but I´d say that I understand about half of what is going on.
I´m speaking better and I actually got to teach a part of a lesson this week.
It was pretty cool because I usually just give my testimony. I struggled a bit,
but our investigator totally understood what I was saying. So neat! I feel bad
though because Sister Lopes pretty much does all the talking. But nevertheless,
I keep trying, haha. I´m excited for this week because I started reading and
marking up a Livro de Mormon. It´s actually been super helpful, so that´s
another neat thing.
I love Brasil. The people are
amazing, the country is beautiful, and I get to be a missionary here. So
amazing. To put my love for these people into perspective, I willing took and
ate tomatoes for a member during lunch. They were disgusting and awful, but I
love these people so much that I didn´t care. I LOVE BRASIL!!!
Aside from tomatoes, the food here
is amazing too. Food of the week was definitely this pudding stuff. I have no
clue what the name is, but it tastes like if someone took a bunch of hostess
snowballs and made them into a pudding. I was in heaven! Also, the meat here is
pretty dang good too. Needless to say, I don´t go hungry.
The work here is going pretty well
too. We have a couple of investigators that are preparing for baptism, so that
is pretty exciting! Talking with people here is super easy because they love to
talk. Even if they´re not interested in the gospel they will still talk with us
about it. It´s pretty cool.
My favorite thing though, is talking
with the members. They think it is hilarious when I speak Portuguese so they
make me talk a lot. I really love them too, because they help me with my
pronunciation and learning new words. And when I do mess up, they think it´s
even funnier. Like the other day we were having lunch with a member after
church. I was helping 2 of the ladies with the dishes and they asked if I was
going to get married after my mission (Utah Mormons would do really well here because
it´s the usual to get married at 18, yuck). I was like, in Portuguese, No, I’m
afraid of marriage, which I thought was a good response. Unfortunately, I said
something along lines of No, I don´t give a `swear word’ about marriage. They
almost died they were laughing so hard. Oh, gosh.Obviously I am still
Well, I love you all and I hope that
you have a fantastic week! Peace and Blessings!
Minha Companhera! Sister Lopes
(Notice the graffiti as well as the spiral barbed-wire on top of that wall!)
(Looks like Lauren gets the baby bed! Good to see a fan in there cuz its H.O.T.!)
The Bathroom (totally leaves something to be desired).
The front room where we study and plan.
(She has lost a bunch of weight and someone needs to help her with that hair! Can't wipe that smile off however! Just what a Mom needs to see!)