Esta semana passado fui muito loco! Well its been really hot here, and it has rained every day. And when it rains here, it POURS! The streets turn into rivers. its pretty crazy. But it has been a really really good week for us!
We have been teaching a lot of people and we had some of our investigators come to church in Sunday! It was awesome. So we have been teaching a family that lives in our area, Auvira and her granddaughter Jessica. they all live together and Jessica has 3 little girls all under the age of 3. Anyways, we had arranged for a ride to pick them up on Sunday with us. The plan was he was to pick us up first, then swing by our investigators house to pick them up before church. But he never showed and he wouldn't answer his phone, so it was kinda crazy, because we didn't have our investigators phone number. so we were really worried that things would turn out really bad. After like half an hour of waiting for the guy to pick us up (church had already started by this time) we called a taxi, which took another 20 minutes to come get us. But we were able to pick up our investigators and all 7 of us were able to cram into the taxi. We got to the church an hour late, but our investigators said they loved it! Luckily Sacrament meeting is the last hour of church, so They were able to go to gospel principles class and sacrament meeting. Also, we went to visit them later Sunday evening to talk to them about baptism, and Jessica told us something crazy. She said that about a month ago she had a dream that two men who weren´t from Brazil came to her house to talk to her about God and Jesus. Then she said that she thinks it was a sign that this is the true church, because she said the exact same thing she dreamed about came true in real life. It is so crazy to hear that! I am very excited for this family, Auvira´s husband passed away about 2 months ago, and she is really interested in learning about eternal families and temple work. They are on date to be baptized this Saturday so hopefully things will work out! We also had another investigator at church named Erica, she has almost 12 years and she is really cool.
Unfortunately, Sonaira wasn't able to attend church. Her mom wont let her be baptized or come to church anymore until she is 18 and has responsibility. it is suuuuper frustrating because she knows the church is true and she wants to be baptized. But we will keep working and praying that things will work out with her!
We have worked really hard this transfer and we are finally starting to see the fruits of our labors here in Ponta Porã. we have taught a lot of lessons and talked to lots of people so I'm really excited for this area! We have a great ward and the people here are awesome to help us out with missionary work. They feed us really well too! ;)
This week was kinda strange as far as missionary work goes, we met some weird people and had some weird experiences. But we had some miracles as well. Normally the rain hinders the work really bad, but we have been trying to use the rain to our advantage. So we start walking when it looks like its about to rain, and once it starts raining we hurry and run to a persons house and ask to stand under their cabana and wait for the rain to stop. And while we are waiting we talk with the people and we have taught a few lessons that way. Its been pretty fun!
Oh also, me and elder Vecchio play a game when we are out making contacts with people. We choose 3 words that the other person has to say in the next contact. So for example, Elder Vecchio would choose the words Watch, Shoes, and Tree, and I would have to fit those words in the next conversation I have with somebody. Its tough to fit random words in a conversation sometimes haha but people here are really chill and they still let us talk to them about religion haha.
We played American Football as a zone today, it was awesome! We had the whole zone there plus like 6 nonmembers, it was pretty crazy. Not everybody here knows the rules to American football, so it was pretty funny to watch what some people did! but we taught everybody and it was really fun.
Oh also, we will be moving into a new house at the beginning of next month! The house we live in right now is pretty small and we have 4 missionaries living there. it only has one bedroom and bathroom so it has been pretty hectic. But our new house is pretty sweet, it has 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms and a Churrascoria so I'm really excited!
My Portuguese is coming along better, I am understand a lot more now and I can speak better, but it is still hard sometimes. I just have to keep studying every day. But the whole language-learning process is really weird! I pretty much think in Portuguese throughout the day and some of my dreams are in Portuguese. Its really weird when I talk to other Americans in English, I feel really weird when I talk in English, like I am pronouncing things wrong. also sentences are structured differently in Latin languages, so when I speak English I feel like it just comes out really weird! haha but its all good.
Tonight we have family home evening at a members house and hopefully our investigators will be able to make it. We will see.
Anyways, I love you all and I am so grateful for you! Have a great week, stay warm up there! ;)
Love you much,
Elder Kyle Payne