This week was pretty normal for a week opening an área! Sorry, there will probably be a few spelling erros be cause this keyboard is trying to correct all of my words to become words in portuguese. And also my gramar is starting to become a little wierd again. When I was with Sister Cutler and Kadri, we spoke english pretty frequently so it was normal speak in English. But I~m in an área with only brazilians now and so my english is becoming a kind of funny.
This week, Sister De Lima and I did a lot of walking, we also did a lot of visiting less active members of the church and did a little bit of knocking doors. When you open an área, its pretty rough in the beginning, because we literally have nothing to use. For the first week, we didn~t have a list of members, we still don~t have phone numbers of members, or lunch, or what not. This Ward is really small, and we want to help in whatever manner we can. We~ve passed a lot of members this week, and we~re hoping to teach some families where some people are members and others aren~t.
This week, while knocking doors, we found a few cool people, and oh my goodness! Halleluja! They~re legally married! Here in Brasil, everyone is ´´married´´ but when you say, oh awesome, where did you get married, they~re like.... oh... well.... we~re not actually married. Thats literally like...everyone. But we found to couples while knocking doors, and both of them were very receptive to the messages! They~re going to be a lot of work, but I know that the Lord is helping us. Theres no way its possible that He isn~t helping us.
So this week, I had this random memory of when I was serving in Detroit, we were watching a ´´safe driving´´ vídeo, and one missionary was Reading a map while the other was driving, and ALL OF THE MISSIONARIES laughed because one missionary was Reading a map. It was funny because in Detroit, every group of missionaries has a GPS thing. And then I remembered when I got here, sheer horror when I realized that I had to use a map here. And opening an área, I~ve been using the map A LOT. And I realized, oh my gosh, i can read a map!!!! Woo Best day ever!
Another fun thing that happéned this week.
It~s like a Brasilian Dance Party with lots of food, and everyone dresses up like cowboys. All of the little boys have mustaches and all of the girls where these legit dresses and braids. I~ll show you pics. And the food was so gooooood. One of them is called Canjica, I dõnt know how to spell it, but thats how you would say it. Its super similar to some filipino thing that mom makes. that thick, drink with muchi. ya know? its super good. and they have this candy called paçoca, which is like peanut butter. don~t worry, i~ll bring some home.
Wooo! Today is PDAY ALL DAY! because of world cup! Wooo!
And yes, i~m very aware of the serial killer here in these parts. but don~t worry about it, my área is relatively safe. We~re also praying a lot and avoiding all people on black motorcycles. I remember thinking... I hope my parentes dont look up whats happening here in goiania, because yes. a lot of weird stuff is happening, but hey... weird stuff happens everywhere. we just have to be careful :) and just remember, the lord is on our side, and when we~re doing whats right, he~ll be protecting us. I got a blessing at the beginning of my mission that said i would be safe as i went about work. So as long as I~m keeping my promises with God, he~s got my back :) so don~t worry, we~re fine :)
In other News, I don~~t have any other News.
But love you guys, stay safe!
Love Sister Marshall