Cold in Bagé

My new companion is from Minas Gerais (another state in Brazil). She is actually shorter than me and is really quiet but super cute. Living with a completely new person always takes some getting used to, but I can tell that we are going to be really good friends. This week I had the wonderful experience of showing her around the area and everything. I think that my map skills are improving drastically out here on the mission- yeah it’s pretty cool. I wonder if these skills will ever be worth anything when I return home to the world of google maps and cell phones… I don’t think so. 😛

So this week really got a whole lot colder and I came to realize that I did not prepare for the winter of Brazil like I should have. I will have to buy boots, gloves, scarves, tights and a whole lot more to keep me happy during the winter time. Bagé is pretty darn cold. The other night I slept wearing a nightgown, pj bottoms, 2 shirts, 2 socks, and a sweater. haha. Yep it gets cold down here in Brazil. Who’d have thought?

So on Saturday we went knocking door to door, however we weren’t having that much luck. No one was letting us inside which was really letting our hopes up. Then finally a little old lady let us in her home. The second half of a soccer game was starting on television when we entered her house. We found out that there was a Grenal going on (a soccer team against the two rivaling soccer teams in the Rio Grande do Sul). We both thought “Ah..! That explains exactly why everyone was rejecting us.” Brazil and soccer. It’s intense. haha.

So we had a small victory this week. Remember that less active who was having trouble quitting smoking? Well when we visited her this week she had been off cigarettes for three whole days! I just about died of happiness. :) Seriously this is such good news for her because she will undergo a heart surgery soon and her daughter just brought a brand new baby home from the hospital. I’m so happy for her.

Have a good week folks! Thanks for all of the emails. Until next week! I love y’all.

-Sister Jessop