This week went by fairly fast. Last Monday, we had a Zone P-Day where we all went to this park called Ibirapuera. We had a picnic and then rented bikes to ride around. I’d compare the place to something like Central Park in New York. It’s really beautiful! After we rode the bikes, I strung up my hammock and enjoyed some rest.
Transfer meeting was Tuesday which happens every six weeks. On Sunday nights, you get a phone call letting you know if you’re being transfered to another area or not. I get to stay in mine! I’m happy. I love the ward I’m in, and the people here.
On P-Day, Raulino twisted his ankle pretty badly, so we were a little slower this week. But, we got everything done to meet the Gold Standard in three days!
We had a baptism on Saturday. The boy we baptized is named Eric and he’s the 11-year-old son of a member. We had two more baptisms lined up for Sunday, but we had to bump them back a week!
A little about the two people we’ll be baptizing this week:
- Flavia: She’s 39 years old but looks like she’s 25 and has a 4-month-old baby named Joaquim. He’s adorable! His dad left Flavia before he was born. She was being taught by Elders Raulino and Gold before I got here and Raulino and I finished the teaching. She’s super awesome and ready to be baptized. She just has a problem with coffee that we’ve been trying to kick!
- Elaine: Her husband, Fransisco, was baptized about 4 months ago. She hasn’t been able to come to church because of her job. About 2 or 3 weeks ago she told us, “I want to be baptized too so I can receive all the blessings that Fransicso is getting!” Needless to say, we were excited. She’s been attending a ward in the afternoon and searching for a new job. She should be baptized this week.
Fresh fruit juice is a big thing here. This week, I started to make maracujá juice (passion fruit) every morning with breakfast. You just cut the fruit, put the pulp in a blender with some water and sugar, and then strain it. It’s my FAVORITE! So delicious.
I’m loving my time here SO much! By no means is a mission easy, but it’s worth all the effort. I have a lot to improve personally while I’m here, but I know I’m being assisted in my self-betterment efforts because of my service.
I love you all and I hope you’re doing great!! I miss home like crazy, but I know I’m in the right place.
Elder Chapman Tew