I am sitting next to a Gaúcho (who is watching Power Rangers) in an internet cafe as we speak. That´s a pretty good description of Bagé: Gaúcho. Gauchos have a very unique way of life. It´s like the cowboy of Rio Grande do Sul. They are frequently riding horses on the main roads with all the other cars (often with a cart-like thing being hauled in the rear). And they always seem to have chimarrão handy to share with all. They wear pants like Princess Jasmine tucked into boots along with the type of hat that Frenchmen wear. Needless to say- they´re rather unique. But they are also extremely charming when you get to know them.
Bagé is wonderful. I seriously love it here. This city is relatively small and remote. It is surrounded by greenerie. They call it mato here, which is actually a translation for jungle. The jungle smells really good, compared to the fishy smell in Rio Grande. There are rather a lot of hills (lombas or morros) here which is actually really cool. My new companion is Sister L. She is from São Paulo and she is just a doll. I can tell that we are going to get along really well here in Bagé.
We got a whole bunch of new investigators this week (like 37!) by using the ´prayer contact´. The ´prayer contact´ is a really easy way to get invited into someone´s house. Basically you just offer a prayer to bless the person´s family and then mark a specific day to return and teach the Restoration to them. We´ve had a lot of success with that last week. And this week we will teach them (all 37 new investigators) about the Restoration, invite them to pray about the Book of Mormon, and invite them to follow Jesus Christ´s example to be baptized. This transfer is gonna be the bomb-diggity. I know that if I keep my faith in God and work diligently we will baptize a family here to help this litte ward in Bagé.
So my district leader is an american (Elder P) and he is really into football, AND he is from Seattle. Needless to say, he’s a Seahawks fan. So last night he called in to get all of our numbers from this week and we had a funny conversation. He called around 9 o’clock, which was exactly the time that the football game was starting up in the US (3 o’clock your time). Haha. Poor guy- stuck on the mission when his team is playing in the big leagues.
I hope that all of you are doing fantastic. I love you all to pieces!