This week I I came to know what a jungle spider really is. I always associated Brazil with jungle, monkeys, snakes and spiders. However I never experienced this association until this week. We were teaching about the Plan of Salvation to a family when I spotted out of the corner of my eye an absolutely gigantic spider creeping up ever so slowly on the mom’s chair. I released a large gasp and the mom ever so calmly grabbed her flip flop and killed the spider in one swipe. Wow. It was the first spider of that size that I had ever seen outside of the zoo. While it scared me, I lived to tell the tale.
We had the baptism of Valter this week. He is so absolutely adorable and sweet. He’s like 60 something years old (so that makes it okay to have a little old man crush on him). He had this really big desire to be baptized and he really feels the Spirit when we visit him. The only difficult thing with respect to him is that he has a lot of difficulty with reading. He cannot read very well (almost nothing). I think his eyesight is the problem because he has a hard time deciphering pictures as well. We will have to read the Book of Mormon and the pamphlets more with him to help reinforce his testimony even more after the baptism. We (as missionaries) continue teaching the recent converts for 3-4 months after they have been baptized.
The Zone Conference was really great. It is always a pleasure to here from President and Sister Castro. President Castro is so very kind and loving. He demonstrates his love while motivating us to do our very best without sounding like he is mandating us to do anything. He is absolutely wonderful. It is an honor to have him as my mission president.
I wish you all a wonderful week. I love you all!