Monday, February 23, 2015

Carnaval, Colatina, e Bebidos

Oi!!! So this week has been insane and I'm emailing late because the Lan House was closed on Monday because of Carnaval this week and yesterday we had a zone conference in Colatina. So I'm pretty exhausted right now because we had to wake up at 12:45am yesterday to catch our first onibus and we had like 20 hours of traveling and waiting before and after the conference since we live so far away from Colatina and there were a bunch of delays because of Carnaval...But it's all good and I'm ready to finally work again today!

So last week, both pairs of Elderes in the ward had baptisms. Haha one of the people they baptized was named Jesus! And the other was Jefferson haha

So we only had Luiz Fernando at church. He's the one who has been investigating the church and coming on Sundays on and off for about 6 years, but he has a mental health problem so he doesn't have to be baptized. He doesn't want to be baptized anyways so yeah we didn't have much to work with on Sunday...We decided to try and work in Guriri and Liberdade a little this week since we had a lot of references and old investigators in those places, but we weren't able to really find anyone that we were looking for. This week was basically nothing...Everyone was traveling because of Carnaval...or they were just working or partying. We talked to a lot of drunks. We get hit on by a lot of drunk men...It's great. 

We did meet one cool guy named Luciano and he lives really close to the church, but we had to reschedule 3 times this week because things kept coming up or he just wasn't at home. It was a bummer because we made plans with Benedito (recent convert) so he could come teach with us, but they all fell through.

We've been trying to do more finding activities and we're trying to get as many addresses as we can, but nothing is working and nobody is listening or when they are, they're just not keeping commitments. 

I finsihed 2 Nephi this week in the Livro de Mórmon! My goal is to finish in Portuguese by the end of the transfer. Not sure if it's gonna happen, but it's a nice goal and I'm learning a lot :)

Eu amo vocês!

Com amor,
Sister Alia Yun Earls

Oh and Happy Belated Valentine's Day!
This is our church! It's on top of a gym called Academia Corpo e Mente. I think in one of my earlier emails I accidentally said it was on top of a school. Nope, it's on top of a gym that plays really loud music haha

Karla's baptism! She's awesome and she's already set a goal for when she'll serve a mission :) Love her!

We finally passed the beach in Guriri!!

 This is Jeorge, Venicius, e Franciele. They're a little crazy and they practice macumba (dark magic stuff? I dunno) and we've pretty much cut them but they're really funny haha

It finally rained!!! This was last Sunday morning while we were walking in Porto and trying to invite people to come to church. Sister Wootan's umbrella broke so she was killin it in her poncho ;)


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