So this is whats up. Honestly, I don~t really know what to write about, but lets seeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.....
This week past by SO FAST. Seriously, I don~t know what happened. Monday after I finished emailing you, we went to the ´´shopping: passeio das aguas´´ with Kadri. We ate, we looked at things, but really didn~t buy anything because the shoppings here are so expensive. I, personally, like the feiras. Feiras here are the Swap Meet of Brasil. And they are once or twice a week in these parts. I like to buy fruits from them because its literally 2 or 3 reais for 14 GIANT tangerines. lets do the math... thats like... 1 dollar. and theres this other fruit. i don~t know what its called. i think its called Coqui, but it looks like a tomato and has the texture of tomato but is super sweet and almost the texture of lychee in the middle. and for 5 reais i bought ten the other day. fruit here, is so cheap, so i~m eating A TON. And jambo, we just pick it off the trees when we~re walking. YUM.
So this weeeeeeeeeeeeeek. We had transfers. Sad day, Elder Olsen was transferred to another zone, so I wont see him every week now. But how freaking awesome was that, that I served with him here in Brazil? What the crazy random happenstance! And in a week or two, I think we~ll be having another transfer in the middle of transfers, and so there is a possibility that we may be transferred, also because of the cup. Did you know that the kids here get out of school on days of the games here? I thought, what the heck? but then i realized that they like... stay in school for forever. to be honest, i don~t even think they get a summer break. if they do, i don~t know when. but to be fair, they get a lot of days off. like the week of carnaval, the saints week, i don~t know but its a lot.
Hmmmmmm..... this week, Sister Cutler and I were contacting a lot of people that we talked to on the streets. Unfortunately I don~t think anyone was in their house, so it was a lot of walking, a lot of talking, a lot of knocking, and a lot of SUN. Also, we did a lot of service this week. We helped clean the church on Saturday with all of the members, and then there was a huge delicious lunch. It was like.. chicken fried rice and soda. Brazilians drink a lot of soda. Seriously, I wouldnt be suprised if i had diabetes already, because at every lunch, they just have soda.
But we had a blessing this week. One day, we woke up and it was SO COLD. I had to wear a light sweater the whole day, I was freezing. I don~t even think it was that cold. I think it was 12 or 13 degrees celsius. And i dont know what that is in Ferenheit, but everyone was using several jackets... and short shorts because brazilians love to show off their legs (and their leg hairs that they bleach blonde... its like a style here. sick right?).
We~re working really hard with A______ and her son, L______. They~ll be getting baptized aqui a pouco. A____ needs to quit smoking, but she is super firm in the church, goes to church every week. Knows its true. We~re praying every day several times a day that she~ll have the strength to quit. Also our ward is trying to split, and if our ward splits, then our stake splits. So we~re working hard to teach new people find new people, and help those who found the church but then dissappeared come back and remember why they came here in the first place. Its been a lot of work for us, but I know that we~re getting a lot of help from God. I know the Church is true, for several reasons, but one reason I know is because he lets 18 year olds teach his gospel, and the church continues to grow. Seriously, I know 18 year olds. I know myself. If we didn~t get help from God, there is NO WAY that this would be possible.
But yeah, here next week, the Cup starts. Woooooooooo!!!! I love drunk people. Its actually funny. I think every area I~ve served, theres been like a batrillion drunk people. Downtown detroit, college campus, brazil during world cup. Another thing I have a testimony about. The word of wisdom. Oh my gosh. I know it~s true. I just see all of these people who are addicted to substances, and it makes me think... wow. I am so glad I~m not addicted to that. I~m so glad that I learned growing up that these things aren~t good for me, because here on the mission, I~ve seen a lot of results of drugs, a lot of consequences of not keeping the commandments.
Keep the commandments, don~t do drugs. Life will be umpteen billion times better.
Love Sister Marshall