It was another difficult and rather strange week. It started out with a wicked case of diarrhea which I probably got from drinking some dirty water. It plagued me all day until a thought popped into my head, "Why haven't I prayed for help yet?" Quickly I got down on my knees and started a fervent prayer. Before I was even done praying I felt the pain and urge "to go" leave my body. It was pretty incredible and in that very same prayer I was already thanking our Heavenly Father for that blessing haha. Truly was a crappy way to start the week.
I met all a lot of strange people during the week. One in particular was this old guy up on the top of our area in Belem Velho. As I was walking and I heard "Elder... Elder!" I looked back to this guy on his roof calling out to us. He provided a tour of his house showing all these scriptures and such he had put up on the walls throughout his house, he even had this little sanctuary he made for Jesus. It was very weird and he was obviously a little drunk. He asked us a bunch of random biblical questions that we didn't know, and Elder Skouson kept on trying to get a lesson started. Turns out the guy knows three languages German, Portuguese, and English. He is actually a really smart guy and is rather well off. Later we found out his whole purpose for calling us into his house was to give us and the church a bunch of money haha. We obviously declined and set up a lesson this week. Hopefully he will be sober when we show up because he could be a great addition to our ward. Just weird things like this happened pretty much the whole week.
We did manage to find a new investigator. Her name is Carmen and is a little on the older side. The problem is that she smokes like a chimney but is really serious on stopping. It will be difficult but this lady has a ton of faith. After one of our lessons I asked Elder Skouson "How are we going to get her to stop smoking" and he replied, "just get her to read the Book of Mormon." It is so true the Book of Mormon works wonders. If someone really has a true testimony of this book they can do anything.
Other things this week... I bought a gigantic chicken heart pizza for Elder Skouson and I. It was my Christmas/birthday present to him. His Birthday was the 23rd of December. And yes Mom the guy who baptized you is a friend of the Skouson family. Pretty cool huh? It truly is a small world. I asked Elder Skouson if any Skousons served in South Africa to find out if that missionary who served with dad is a relative or not. But he doesn't know because his family is huge. He said if the guy who served with dad had a name spelt like Skouson then it definitely is a relative.
I received letters from G'Ma and Oupa this week. I got a sweet picture of Seattle from G'ma and some reals (Brazilian $$$) from Oupa. Oupa said that he had this money from way back when. It was cool because it was a bunch of paper 1$ reals which are pretty rare to find in Brazil anymore since they were converted into coins a while back. Oh some other news is that up in the North of Brazil they are baptizing like crazy. In the Manaus mission they baptized over 200 people in a week! To give you some perspective our mission here in the south averages a little more than 600 baptisms in a year. That is crazy!
Not much else this week. Just trying to stay out and about working, hoping for success here soon. Lots of people are gone for the holidays and we are getting denied by everyone :(. Hopefully we will get some inspiration this week.
p.s I only got about an hour to email including reading and writing emails. mish rules