Happy Monday to you all! I hope that Monday's stay as happy as they are as a missionary when I get back home haha. I doubt it, but I'll always be able to remember looking forward to Mondays. It's been pretty good so far. We went and played basketball this morning, then played cards, made an early lunch of grilled chicken and rice, and now we're here emailing the fans. You're all considered fans. Why? Because after a year and a half of me writing, "walked in the sun, taught some people, then walked in the rain," you're all still here reading this letter. So, you must obviously be my fans =D
Sounds like a good talk about the youth. It's the truth though, they need the testimony, faith, and support of their leaders. We were told by Elder Cook that we need to build the Church in our wards and branches where we serve. He said that the youth should want to serve missions, the members want to be better, and people be baptized because of the example they see in the missionaries. I've seen that a lot lately. People here in areas where the Church has only been established for 10 or even 20 years are still learning and trying to get a foundation firmly planted. They don't have anyone who has grown up in the Church and many are first generation members. It's really cool to see the Lord working through them and very humbling to see the blessings that I've been given in my life.
I've heard about steak and shake out here in the mission haha. From what I've heard, it's supposed to be pretty good. There are a coulple of Elders from Indiana that like to go there. Speaking of things and places in the USA. I taught a guy to say "Roll Tide" down here! Now, every time he sees me, he says it hahaha. He's one of the coolest guys I've met down here in Brazil. His name is José and he is a recent convert to the Church of about 1 year, but was investigating the Church for over 5 before he got baptized!
It also rained A LOT this week. It poured down rain for 5 or 6 of the last 7 days. We got drenched on Friday going to lunch. The family we were supposed to eat with lives about 20-30 minutes away from our house. We were on our way there and could see rain on the horizon and coming fast. So, we started to walk as fast as we could, but to no avail. The rain got to us with so much wind that it was blowing sideways; right into our faces. We took cover under an awning, but it was already noon and we knew that the family had to work and go to school around one-ish. We decided to just run as fast as we could haha. It ended with us getting to their house, looking like we had jumped into the river, and having them tell us that lunch wasn't going to work out that day and had been cancelled the day before. Only problem, nobody told us. So, we ran home as fast as we could, changed clothes, ate a very quick lunch, and went to our appointment at 1:15. It was an adventure, but I hope it doesn't happen again haha.
All in all, the week was pretty good, but I'm hoping to get more work done this week. We are teaching a lot and doing a lot, but I'm still not satisfied with the work. We can do better, so that's going to be the goal this week. We have a family that we are preparing for baptism and hoping that they will get baptized this weekend! Say some prayers for them =) They have family in the Church and we've been working with them since the week of Christmas. I really want to baptize them before I leave this area!
Other than that, the week was pretty normal. Lots of rain, lots of sun, and lots of teaching =) Hope that you guys have a great week!
Love and miss you all!
Here is a picture of ALL of the missionaries serving in the Brazil Manaus Mission. If you look at the sister missionary in the very front center of the picture wearing a green shirt go up from there to the second row from the top and there is Elder Sanderson. :)