Monday, November 30, 2015

Oh Brasil, and CRAZY!!!

From 11/23/15

Family, Friends, and my various other relations, this week we almost lost contact with Elder Joel Smith. But he's still alive, so no one panic.

This past week of work with Elder Grabski has been an adventure to say the least, and I've come to appreciate the help that he's been giving me. To start, I almost got sick this past Wednesday, almost got lost on a bus, and almost caught a cold due to the rain. But in the end I lived. So we're all good.

Fun stories of the week started segunda feira (Friday). We found a crazy lady. It was raining lightly, and we were in a hurry to get to lunch, which is far more important than dinner here, when she called us from under an overhang. That's all well and good. She turned out to be the aunt of a missionary of the branch, was a catholic missionary, and wanted to help us, so we all walked to the nearest bus stop (I had to escort her). Then after we got on the bus she wouldn't stop talking, she yelled (yes, yelled) from the front of the bus when we got on the back that there was space in front to sit, and then we finally got to lunch. But it doesn't end there:  we found her street and she just had to say hello. SUPER AWKWARD!!!! Then she gave me a cup of water that came out of a hole in the ground, it was pure, but the day was so hot that I still had a dehydration spell. We blamed it on the water from the crazy lady. 

On the other hand of adventures, this rain has been a blast. We are still trying to get around the whole ordeal of getting wet. But faith is more powerful than rain. So we get wet, [but we are] happy. And people let us in!

Other than the normal teaching experiences, I have nothing to tell you all other than my Ponderize scripture of the week. Isaías 45:22-23

Have a good week!

Elder Joel A. Smith

Guarapuava from Xarquinho

we found this random macina - Elder Grabski


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