Monday, September 9, 2013

Brasil - Week 19 - New Area: Vareza Grande

Tuesday- We arrived in Cuiabá at like 9ish in the morning. We then went to drop people off at their houses in a big Taxi van, so when Sister Puckett left I was a solo sister. It was odd....I had to stay with the Elders all day. And then we went to this new missionary training where we meet our new companions. BUT Sister Kimball's flight got moved back a day so I was still a solo sister. (This is where that foto of me teaching comes in...) so in this training we role played to see where the new missionaries are and to help get them started. It was good. It always helps to have a older missionary give advice. (The elder in the picture is Elder Marque he is the new assistant to President Reber) And during this Elder Bonaro and Elder Watchman arrived!!! They were in my group in the MTC too!! I was so excited to see them and they were really impressed with my language.....which made me feel good. :) What happened was Elder Marque asked everyone to look up this scripture and he then asked me to read it. So I did and then he asked me to explain it. So I did and that is when Elder Bonaro and Watchman were like woah! I then went to Sister Puckett's house and spent the night there.

Wednesday- So a taxi picked me up and brought me to the church in Cuiabá and there I waited and President and Sister Reber picked Sister Kimball up from the airport. When she walked in we were so excited! It was great to see her!!! Then after she got here the same taxi driver (who is actually a member...) picked us up and took us to our new house!! So this house was an Elder house....and it is next door to a tire repair shop and above a shop....But it is nice. Only problem is that the kitchen sink doesn't have a pipe and drains out into a bucket,there is 2 showers but one only lets out a little bit of water and the other doesn't have a shower head so it is just like a water fall....and our laundry room sink doesn't have a pipe too but it has a drain on the floor BUT the drain is like clogged or something and so water doesn't drain out so actually our washing machine is in the shower.....

Thursday- We had to go back to the mission office after lunch today because Sister Kimball needs training and also because she needed to get registered with Brasil. And with all of that we ended up getting back to our area at like 8. And we went straight to this members house. These members are the BEST!!! The wife, Núbia, has helped us like everyday! She is AWESOME!! She told us she feels like our older sister! :) And her husband, Marcelo, he speaks English fluently and also other languages so he really helps a lot with our language!! BUT yeah so we went to their house to help Marcelo teach English!! And he said that when we help teach he tries to mark a day with the people when we can teach about the gospel. So we went and it was really cool BUT SO HARD!!!! I kept wanting to speak Portuguese!!! Nossa!! Haha!!

Friday- We had a zone meeting and then 2 of the other sisters went with us to lunch (because they live really far 4 hours on a bus away!) and then Sister Kimball and I went back home to study the language and then we got to work!! We did contacts and it was really good!! We met this couple that said they can't go to church this week because they are leaving town that day but they will go next week! They were so great! I really think they will go! We also met this old lady that I really like she is so sweet and we taught her the 1st lesson and turns out that her daughter is a member!! But she is also going out of town this Sunday but if we can get someone to give her a ride she will most likely come next week!! And when we were leaving we met her son and he has already had the lessons and I talked to him and invited him to read the pamphlet we left his mom on the 1st lesson, we'll see if he really did.....

Saturday- So today was different too...President gave us permission to clean our house today because it was really dirty because plumbers came in and put pipes in under the sinks and so Núbia helped us clean up and then after she asked us where lunch was and we told her that it fell through and they gave us money and she told us "oh well keep the money for later and come with me to my house and I will make you lunch!" So after helping us clean the house she made us lunch!!! She really is super!! After lunch we met an investigator of the elders named Adrielli and talked to her about baptism....but she is kind of wishy washy....but the spirit can change all things!!! 

Sunday- We had our first church here!! Woo hoo!! But in this ward we actually have a sister dupla (English translation: duo) and ALSO an elder things are kinda complicated....mostly lunch. Why you ask...its because sisters and elders can't have lunch together so they have to divide the calender into the elders area and the sisters! So our lunch fell through again and Núbia found out and so we had lunch with them again! They also gave us a refferal!!! We then went back home to study and then did contacts!!! In doing contacts we met this old lady who started talking to us about her daughter and how she is worried about her. So we offered to visit with her daughter. Turns out her daughter has already heard a bit about the church but she wasn't allowed to go to church because it was with the Elders and her mom was worried. And I agree. Its 2 young men that they don't really know inviting a young girl to church....BUT now its sisters!! So we will go tuesday night to talk with the daughter!!!

As for my "new" companion....She is really doing great already! She really tried to talk to people and she is picking the language up really well! A lot really hasn't changed since the MTC except the amount of spirituality but we are going to try really hard to make sure we are having personal study everyday. Its really going to be great!! :)
Sister Emma Marion
Emma has given me a new address for letters.  Instead of sending things to the mission home, it now needs to go to the mission office.
Av. Hist. Rubens de Mendonça 1731 Sala 10
Bairro: Consil
Cuiabá- MT Brasil
Tracking the streets of Vareza Grande, Brazil

A street in Vareza Grande, Brazil

7:33 at night and it ONLY 93 degrees!! Welcome to summer in Brazil!

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