Dear Family and Friends,
As my title suggests, and only Brazilians would understand, my new comp is from Rio de Janeiro. It’s the Carioca version (version from Rio) of saying "Whoa, dude!" For example, in São Paulo, you would say "Nossa, Veyy" or in Ceará, "Nossa, Vete!" Here in Rio Grande do sul, they say "Bah, Tchê!" Well, in Rio, it’s "Caraca!" My Companion is named Elder Sales, He’s probably about 5 feet tall, maybe less, and has got a very thick accent. He’s super cool, and really humble. We're already really good friends.
Elder Alvarenga’s new companion, Elder José Silva, seems pretty cool. He's from Recife, up north.
Sisters Porter and Da Silva’s investigator, Israel, was baptized and the meeting was very special. It made me super excited to hold a baptism this Saturday for Alexandra and Juliandra :) My new comp and I also went ahead and marked another baptismal date for the 28th - Maria and Patrique. We're super excited. It should be a good time. :) It’s also good to be showing the members that the work is progressing in the branch, because this makes them more confident in us, and more willing to serve with us. Baptisms three weeks in a row might just do the trick. Can we pull 4 weeks, ladies and gentlemen? Let’s see... because other than the baptisms realized and marked, Missionaries in Ramo Vila Rica have hit a slump. Nevertheless, we will keep working hard. So I think 3 weeks in a row is all we're gonna get right now.
The first few days in the mission for my comp have been interesting. We ran into a lot of unique people this week. Among these are:
A guy who was drinking pineapple vodka in front of us as we were teaching. He offered us some "juice." We said we were fasting.
A guy who stopped us in the street, spit in our face, and yelled "The King of the Cross is Resurrected!" We walked away in a quick fashion. He dropped to the floor and started crying.
A man who asked us if we had a map of Mecca. I said that we didn’t have one with us. So he "predicted" a massive terrorist attack in our city. He gave us 20 reais. We gave it back, telling him that it would be priest craft if we accepted it.
That’s all the time I’ve got. Love yall.
Com Amor, Elder Wassom