Hello from Brazil!
In my letter last week, I forgot to mention something. Here in the land of the favella (which makes the ghetto look like a vacation spot), there exists a music called “Funk” pronounced “funkey”. It’s a type of music that only has a beat, no real instruments, and is FULL of horrible words. Imagine the worst song you’ve ever heard and then multiply the awfulness by 10 and you’ll arrive close to this funk. Its wicked messages are sung in the voices of undeveloped children. The funkqueiros buy $10 cars, put a $5,000 sound system in the trunk space, and then play this horrible music at 100dB+ all day long on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays. It makes for a really interesting teaching experience. You can hear the music at full power within the houses of the people we teach. SO lovely!
The sport of soccer here is HUGE. People will literally get frustrated with you if you don’t like the right team. We were on the way to church with an investigator yesterday and his car has a Corinthians (soccer team) flag stretched across the whole front of the it. We got an “Aaaaaaaaahhhhh vai Corinthians!!!!” from everyone that we passed.
This week Claudio R.M. Costa, the President of the Area of Brasil for the church, came to speak to our mission. It was a really cool experience. He had a ton of great and inspiring words for us, all of which I left in my notebook at home…so I apologize.
Yesterday we were talking with people in the street, and we were approached by a drunk. He said, “Thank you guys for your service. Without you here, we would all be in Hell for sure.” After that, he kissed each of our hands (disgusting) and walked away. It was one of those wierd moments I don’t think I’ll forget.
Other than that, nothing super exciting this week! I hope everyone is doing well!! Love y’all!
Elder Chapman Rex Tew
Mom’s note: Pictures taken this week were on another person’s camera. So, he will send those next Monday, hopefully.