No one will get the reference I am making in this subject line, because nobody remembers random facts about literature from AP American History.
Okay so just as the subject line says I am yet again being transferred for my third area in less than two months in the field. I have not yet travelled to my new area, that is tomorrow, but I know my new area is Figueira Grande in the Guarapiranga zone. Elder Neves and I said good-bye today he flies home tomorrow. No baptism again this week. Got tough on us, but we found some really cool people who we could teach, and I now pass them on to Elder Malca who will take over our area. Roberto and his wife Ivone were a reference from a member, and they are really cool. They accepted the Book of Mormon quite readily. They don’t have a specific religion that they follow but they believe in a lot of things that normal investigators don’t understand yet. Roberto is pretty deep into Freemasonry, so it was odd talking with him.
All better and my appetite is back. Although my appetite is still not acceptable to my companion who tells everyone that I do not eat enough. I eat at least 2 helpings! Then I am full. Sigh. Oh well at least I’m not becoming fat. Walking a lot helps with that. Walking everywhere actually helps with that.
I have started my personal record of my mission money, now that the money system here is easy to remember for me as to the value of things. I forgot to say last week the most important thing you can buy with R$1, Salgados. Salgados are like meat and cheese pasties, and one coxinha (spelling?) usually murders my hunger sufficiently. They are also a great measure of the economic status of an area. The average price around São Paulo, or at least the areas I’ve worked in is R$1, but in Parque Luiza they were R$0.50 and in Santo Amaro, by the office they go for R$3. Excellent gauge of economic conditions. I have resolved to not buy any over R$1 because I can walk a few blocks in any direction and get into an area for R$1, it is actually one of the ways I help mentally map out areas.
I was essentially senior companion this past week because my companion was out a lot for preparing to leave, interviews, temple, etc. So I had a member with me during the day and I had to plan out our entire day and navigate the area. It was hard, because for the past few weeks when I asked how we did something the usual response was, “you don’t need to worry about that, I’ll take care of it”. Well I learn exceptionally well on the fly. It was kind of like when they told me at Sears that I would be manning the entire department alone on my second day in tools.
Always take an umbrella has been my lesson this week. It is the best way to make certain that it will not rain that day. Reading Portuguese easily now without problems, in the middle of Helaman right now in the Book of Mormon, and I can carry a conversation easily in Portuguese, so long as they don’t use slang. The problem is everyone uses slang.
The coolest thing I encountered is Book of Mormon names are common here in Brazil among non-members. For example, Elder Oliveira is a convert to the church, he joined the church when he was 18 and his parents did not know the church. His first name is Pahoran. When he read the Book of Mormon he asked his father where they got his name, they told him it was an indian name. Super cool.
Hope all is well at home. Love you all!