Oi from the CTM

I was so sad to see you guys go at the airport, but now that I’m here I just feel bad that you are sad at all because I am having the time of my life here! Oh my goodness gracious this has been the coolest week of my life! I still can’t believe that I am in Brazil. :)

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I might as well spill the beans now… ELDER HOLLAND GAVE A DEVOTIONAL HERE YESTERDAY!! I even shook his hand. More to come about that later.

So on the flight over there were like 10 elders and 5 sisters on the same flight which was really cool. The very first day here we jumped in with the language and I was in love! I love talking to all the Brazilians and impressing them with my language powers (still need much improvement!) It is fantastic to be able to understand them so well. My companion and my roomies are having a bit tougher of a time with the language. I feel really bad about that….

The elders from Cape Verde (Africa) are really hard to understand, as well as the Hispanics. The Hispanics are extremely hard to understand because I never really know if the are speaking Portuguese or Spanish (I feel like they mostly speak Spanish.) It’s alright though cause I can understand Spanish too!

My companion’s name is Sister G. from South Jordan. We sit (or at least try to) with the Brazilians at breakfast lunch and dinner. They are all so happy and excited. Sadly some of our favorite Brazilians left just this last Wednesday(the Brazilians only stay for 2 weeks at the MTC.) The Brazilians are so funny when they try to pronounce English words, or they’ll sing American pop songs (even though they don’t know what they’re saying at all.) One of the Brazilian Elders constantly winks at me and others (it’s a little disconcerting, but funny.) So a lot of the Brazilian Elders fist bump the sisters. One time I tried to show Elder L. the ‘turkey fist bump.’  I did it incorrectly and all the Brazilians laughed their heads off and by the end they didn’t even understand what I had been doing, they just thought it was weird and funny. Fail.

The Elders in my district are hilarious. This week has been really chill as far as workload goes. We have like 4 hours of ‘study time’ a day without an instructor. Needless to say it is very hard to stay on track. We laugh and joke around a lot. Based on what I’ve heard about the Provo MTC, this CTM is way more chill and relaxed. Don’t get me wrong, we still learn Portuguese. In fact my companion and I even have a fake investigator who is scheduled to be baptized tomorrow! We’ve been teaching him lessons everyday since day one. His name is Laecio, but we actually stopped teaching him yesterday (our last day to teach him) because he will actually become one of our instructors.

The food here is absolutely fantastic. Okay so the desserts are mostly disgusting (a lot of custards, odd fruity tasting jellos, marshmallow bowls, and flan [bad flan].) I miss cookies, but it sounds like Andrew is making the family quota of cookies for me. Anyway, the beans and rice are amazing. Seriously, I will never go back to American rice ever again. Wednesday is pizza night. Yay! They have a fantastic banana chocolate pizza.

Activity time is sooooo fun cause we play ‘vellyball’ with all the Hispanics (which means that you can use any body part you want). Super ‘legal’ right! (‘legal’ is Portuguese.) I wreck at heading the ball. All the Latinos are amazed. Hahahahaha!

I went to the Campinhas Temple today! What a neat experience!

Elder Holland truly is a man of God. I have a new dedication to this work. I guess I’ll write you a handwritten letter about Elder Holland because I’m running out of time. I love all of you sooooo much and I couldn’t be happier than to be here. Don’t worry about me! I am well taken care of!