My week was pretty normal. We meet people and set up appointments and they are not there. Or they are really catholic and don't want to listen. Or they have other reasons. But yesterday we met a man who seemed open and said that he was going to church, but he never showed up. We waited 30 mins for him and he never came. It was really sad, but we will go visit him today. It is really hard to find the elect, but we are going to keep looking.
We did have a weird experience with one of our families. They have been together since they were 16 and are really cute together. Now they are almost 80. We asked them to get baptized, but the husband was always so hesitant. He said things like he didn't know enough and he didn't feel ready. His wife PRAYED EVERY NIGHT that he would be ready the next Sunday because she is ready. She even cried with us because she wants to get baptized with her husband, but he keeps telling her not this Sunday, not this Sunday. Well, then we asked our district leader to give him the interview because we thought he was ready. AND we find out that his wife thinks that he is cheating on her because he leaves the house at weird hours and has no explanation. And we find out that he has another mulher. He has a girlfriend. HE IS ALMOST 80 YEARS OLD! I am not really sure what to do. Elder Cragun set some goals with him and as soon as he leaves his girlfriend he can be baptized. But his wife will not get baptized without him. This is such a weird sticky situation. Sometimes I ask myself am I on my mission or am I in a telenovela?
I was also encountered by a drunk man. And he walked up to me and my companion on the street. HE grabbed my hand and stared at my hand and my ring without saying anything for a long time. Then in REALLY bad slurred Portuguese he asked where I was from. My companion answered for me because of my accent. She said I was from Rio Grande do Sol. Which is actually pretty realistic because they are fair down in Rio Grande do Sol. And this guy just laughed and kept saying ´´não! você não é de esta pais´´ like no you are not from this country. No, you are from somewhere else. I was pretty scared and my companion kept saying I was Brazilian. And he got all creepy and asking me if I was from France, or Germany, or the US. I just shook my head and let my comp answer for me. And he asked me if I had a boyfriend or was married. I HATE BARS SO MUCH! and more than bars I hate drunks. BUT on the positive side I have never in my life had so many people compliment me so much on my hair and eyes. And sometimes I think people compliment me on my skin too, but I am not 100% sure about that one :)
other awesome (sarcastic awesome) thing that happened this week is that we do not have running water right now. yesterday morning we woke us to NO WATER! I want to cry. It has been 2 days since I have washed my hair. And I tried to do a sponge bath kind of thing but it is so hard to wash your hair like that. And today if my day to wash clothes, but our washer has no water either. I miss Las Vegas A WHOLE BUNCH RIGHT NOW! and on top of that no one in my house has money right now either. we don't know where it went, but we have had no money for the last 3 days and have been eating bread and coke for 3 days. I spent my last money last week on fruit so at least every morning I get a healthy smoothie so start off the day. Tomorrow is PAYDAY tho! or whatever we want to call it. But we get money tomorrow! I have definitely learned patience. And I have just enough money for internet today to email YOU GUYS! So that is more important that food any day! haha :) But if this keeps continuing I found what my next house will look like :) (photo)
And I had another weird experience this week with sister Gonçalves. SO WEIRD! We were talking about something I do not remember. But it was right after exchanges and I spent the whole day with her. And we were talking after I think about people who hold grudges. And I didn't understand a whole bunch but all of a sudden she sounded just like Ashley. With all the wisdom and knowledge that Ashley has when it comes to being a loving person (because we all know she is more loving than me) And I just started bawling because for a couple of seconds it was like I was talking to Ashley. I don't think I have really been homesick until that moment. I just broke down in hysterics and poor sister gonçalves had no idea why I was crying. And I tried to explain that she just reminded me of my sister and I was just homesick, but she didn't get any of that. And then she made sister Hernandez come talk to me and not the whole world was worried. But it was fine. Just a little moment of being homesick. But I think now I am home sick more often. AND IT DOSENT HELP THAT ASHLEY DOSENT EMAIL ME! lol, love ya ash! But now every time I talk to sister gonçalves I think of my family and my freaking sister :P can't wait to see you all again! #freakinghomesick
Miss you all a whole bunch!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! When I get home we will have a HUGE birthday for you! SO many fireworks and fun! I can't believe that I will miss 2 4th of Julys! SO SAD!
São João celebratory photos. I dont know why we all had to look hideous, but I guess that is part of the celebration. People also had fire in front of their houses and for the whole month have been setting off fireworks. #brazilianholidaysthatnooneunderstandsnoteventhebrazilians