Monday, August 12, 2013

Semana de chuva, e lagrimas, e mais chuva

Well, the title basically sums up what happened.... It rained, A LOT, our city doesnt travel by road anymore, we travel by canal....where the roads were.  Everything is soaking wet... HOLEY SMOKES!!!! Just witnessed a car crash in front of my computer....Im sitting by the door and booom!!!! wow.  Well it took about 10 seconds and there is military on the scene...its all taken care of, back to the week.... it rained A TON, and its the beach, so theres no drainage system, the drainage system is "wait until the sand absorbs all of the water...after 2 or 3 days".... yeah.  we were wading this week.  On top of that, it was cold.   About 40 degrees- and LOTS of wind.

These are the physical things that happened this week.... 
- A kitten climbed up my pants while I was teaching a lesson.  (it was surprisingly fast) and when it got up to the upper half of the calf, as I was trying to get it out, it hung on. By its claws.  >:(  that was pretty funny for all of us. Except for the allergic reaction afterwards- Mom, yes, Im still allergic to cats.

We were victims of a Drive-by shooting.  They shot us with rubber bands.  funny.

My companion, who doesn't eat a whole lot of sweets, got a huge packages filled with cookies and wafers, and more cookies, and a ton of ramen.  = HAPPY DAY

I got a blue card (dear John in portuguese) Thanks :) you know who, My companions couldn't stop laughing with the quote: "You know I hate it when you cry."  again, thank you.

We had lunch in a Pasteleria that is owned by some members, (a restaurant of pastels. like closed semi-hard shelled tacos, with whatever you want in it).  They gave us Churrasco e pastels.  I almost died, I ate 2 pastels (the size of my FACE) that were full of strawberries and white chocolate. my mouth is still watering. SO GOOD, afterwards, they told us that we could have anything in the restaurant for free whenever we want.  My companion got some ice-cream and we got some candied coconut.  Its pretty awesome. 

okay, Spiritually: 

Eder, our incredibly elect investigator that I found last week (my contact on the road) was almost baptized yesterday, but he had some problems.  He is super ready to be baptized, but has only 1 problem, everybody has only 1 problem..... He likes to drink.  His parents died 2 years ago, and to evade the pain, he drinks.  A LOT. Well, we visited him, worked with him, he quit for 5 days, super super excited and such, but Friday night was the birthday of one of his friends.  We were going to visit him and make sure that he was still clean for the interview Saturday, but unfortunately Elder R. Santos got really sick, and we had to stay in house and avoid the pouring rain.  He went to the party, and without thinking accepted a beer and began drinking. Well, halfway done with the beer, he realized and remembered, but got so sad that he finished the beer......and 19 others. Went out, found a "woman of the streets" and just goes downhill from there. We remarked for this weekend.  He's still an awesome guy, he's 35 and completely ready.  Just needs some refining and polishing. 

We had some problems with Natalia, Luciano, and Sonia.  They had a really hard time understanding that they can't be sealed to their kids without them being baptized (kids age 15, 13, and 9)  who live with other parents.  Normally this wouldn't be a problem, but then runs the other questions, of hey, they have other fathers and mothers, who would be sealed to who???? with this, coupled with some other things that happened (super-gung-ho home teachers that want them to progress fast and accept all of the deep doctrines of the church, bad gospel principles class, etc....) They ended up being so offended that they decided and told us that they never want to set foot in the church again and that neither us nor anybody from the church is welcome in their house again.  Yeah, this week was rough. 

anyways, I know that the church is true, in any local in the world, it's true.  People are weak, and can be false, but the doctrines are pure and true.  Continue on :)  

Keep your stick on the ice.
Elder Eliason

Quote: Absolute faith is not knowing that God can, but that God Will. (Henry B. Eyring)

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