you might ask yourselves: what do fanny packs, surfing and missionary work have in common? sore hip bones. So this week I bought a fanny back - among the best decisions i have made on my mission. Its fantastic. (but SO ridiculous looking - oh well, its brazil) But its funny because when i walk, the straps are like right on the hip bone. After I wore it for the first day straight, the next morning i realized that my hip bones were a little bit hurty from the strap... anyways, its just like the day after surfing all week long. because we all know that I was not blessed with the snappy little pop up that dear little cocoa maria has, and so when I used to surf a bunch my hips would get sore. anyways, it made me REALLY happy to have that sensation that I could relate to the beach. on top of that, I've decided to start using sunscreen because Brazil decided to turn into full summer heat and sun. And so now i have the BEST smell ever - coppertone sunscreen. love it - its intoxicating.
the other slightly beach related thing that happened this week is a little embarrassing. so we are teaching this golden family, and they have a little 4 year old girl who kinda reminda me of Jill Collins except she's brazilian. and the mom was telling the little girl to stop eating because she was going to turn into a little fat whale. and i started laughing (i think i was just happy because i knew the vocab word for whale because i had just seen it in the dictionary like that same morning). but i was laughing a little bit too hard, and i feel bad because i think she was semi offended. ah welp, my apologies little whale.
Other fun vocab words i learned this week - We were in the car with Barbara last P day after she took us to buy the fanny pack (love her) and we're cruising along this huge main road, and all the sudden we hit a bump and she shouts "alguém sabe trocar pneu?!" "Does anyone know how to change a tire?!" She hit a gnarly pot hole and blew up the tire, so we were stranded on the side of the road for like an hour until her friend could come and bail us out. Dont worry, i had my christmas calender with me so i made her look at all the family píctures and i made her listen to stories describing each of you. :)
other good news: WE ARE FINALLY going to baptize Lucio. there is this guy who we've been teaching FOREVER. and i kept going through fases where i thought we should just cut him because he knows so much and wasnt getting baptized, but he keeps going to church and keeping commitments, and it just never felt right to completely cut him. Its like the longest 2 month drama, but the point is, we finally had a throw down (obviously not like WWF but like the spiritual throw down) and he finally prayed again to get an answer if he should get baptized, aaaaand he got the answer and is preparing for this Saturday. SO HAPPY. he is a great guy and knows SO much about the gospel. his questions are way intellectual, so it just makes me nervous that he was going to let his intellect get in the way of the answer from the spirit that you cant deny! so its good. real good. And the other good news is this girl named Sara - elect. she wanted to get baptized from the get go, but her mom and family told her crazy lies about the church and scared her away for a week or two. but then she watched a baptizm that the elders had last week, and she called me afterwards - this is her on the cell phone, "Sister, I've been thinking, and I want to get baptized. Can we do it this week?" my response: pure joy. yes. so happy, so glad the work is going well. so glad that heavenly father answers prayers.
i'm also SO happy he blessed me with you family in my life. I got letters from you guys this week, and i just love love love you. AND someone please tell Sister Auton thank you SO much for the chirstmas message that she sent me from President Eyering. I was balling.
k thas all