I~ll be honest. I don~t know what the weather is here in Goiania, but I categorize the weather into three groups. Hot, Hotter, and Hell. When I was in the Sao Paulo Airport, there was this brazilian and when i told him I was going to goiania, he was like.... it~s really hot there. except he couldn~t say hot, it was more like... ...hotch.... it~s so funny the way people pronounce things here in English. I showed one of our investigators a dollar bill, and she was like....OHNEE DOE-LAWR-EEE! and everyone says FACEEEBOOKEEE. Its actually kind of really funny.
My portugues is getting better. I~m able to teach a little bit of the lessons. I practice the lessons a lot while I~m walking.. It keeps my mind of the pain in my feet. This week, my feet didn~t hurt too bad. I~m actually borrowing a pair of shoes from one of the sisters in my district, but i~m buying shoes today!
Serving in brazil is hard physically and mentally. But I am very blessed because so far, Ive been so healthy. Theres a sister who came out the same time that i did. She was in the hospital for 2 weeks, because she got deinge and pnemonia. 2 sisters in my zone are in the hospital right now tambem. So this week, the funniest thing happened. I swear, every brazilian return missionary always has an evangelical story.
I got one this week. Sister Melo e eu were knock doors. We get to this door, I clap, and this shirtless really old man with a lazy eye appears out of the dark from behind his gate. I tell him that we~re missionaries and that we wanted to share a message with him. He told us he belonged to Assembleia. Everyone I swear goes to Assembleia here. There are more evangelicals than catholics in this area. So we go in, and his bible is wide open on the couch, and theres a sign right above his tv, which says, A FAMILIA DE DEUS MORAM AQUI, which means the family of god lives here. I was like... YES. SOMETHING CRAZY IS GOING TO HAPPEN WHILE WE´RE HERE!!! So this old man comes into the living room and his old old old wife comes in too. We introduce ourselves, and then he says, are you sure you guys are missionaries? and we say yes, we~re from the church of jesus christ of latter day saints. and then he told us that we worship idols because my companion was wearing earrings. it was so funny. he went on for a solid twenty minutes just yelling at us telling us that we worship idols,, meanwhile his old wife is singing assembleia hymns on the couch. it was a lot of noise and i had to try so hard not to laugh. So after we listen to him yell at us, we were like... who would you like to pray, and he said he wanted me to pray because i wasnt wearing earrings so God would listen to me. So I start praying, and the old lady is whisperring, ``deus e amor, deus e o melhor, adora deus, deus criou o mundo, amamos deus e o filho.....`` and throughout the prayer she gets louder and louder and louder, until the point where she is literally flailing around the living room screaming and crying ``GOD IS LOVE. GOD IS PEACE. I LOVE GOD.`` and then after i said Amen, the husband started yelling at us again, saying we love idols. it was so funny. i had to try so hard not to laugh. I love brazilians. theyre nuts.
I~m trying to think of anything else funny that happened this week, but that one takes the cake.
We had a baptism this week. This man named Oripedes. Sister Melo e eu found him about 3 weeks ago, and he loves church, he~s pretty legit. His mom, Divina, is interesting.... she doesnt really like us because shes evangelical tambem. But he~s super cool. anywhooooo.....
This was my week!
Love Sister Marshall