Well everyone, I´ve officially made it through my first transfer! It was so cool! I´ll be staying in Currais Novos for at least one more which I am super excited about! It´s going to be hard to leave when I finally have to though. And I have a feeling that´s how every area will be. I love all of these people here so much! They´re all so great! I´m so glad that I wasn´t transferred right before Christmas too because it´ll already be hard not being home for Christmas but at least now, I´ll be with people that I know and love here :) It´s so weird because it doesn´t feel like Christmas at all here! I see Christmas trees and lights and I´m like, why are these up in July?? And then I´m like... oh yeah haha. It´s December. So our mission has also started the "He Is a Gift". But here it´s "Ele É o Presente" and the video is just as good so if any of you guys feel like you want to watch the video in Portuguese go to natal.mormon.org It´s a great video! Haha so this week was good. To start out, we were at V´s house earlier this week, She is a recent convert and we´ve just been trying to keep her firm in the church.. Anyways we were waiting on her little porch thing waiting for her to finish getting ready and some drunk guy comes hobbling down the road, There are so many drunk guys here and they ALWAYS stop and talk to the missionaries. Anyways he saw us there so he just came and sat down and started talking to us. He took his shirt off and put it back on about 7 times while he was talking to us, which is not easy for a drunk guy so we enjoyed watching him struggle with it. Then he looked at me and was like, are you a Brazilian? and I´m like no I´m American, and then he´s like, but you speak Brazilian! And he was so excited about it. And I´m like, yeah no big deal or anything but a drunk guy thinks I´m fluent in Portuguese ;) Haha then he started crying and was like, Will you guys help me?? He repeated that about ten times and we told him we would every time but he just kept on repeating it. He then continued to express his love for us and we gave him a pamphlet (not sure how to spell that to be honest, this Portuguese is ruining my English) And we sent him on his way haha. It was so funny! The language is coming along but every once in a while I do some pretty stupid things. The other day we were in the street talking to some guy and it was going good and I was understanding quite a bit and then I thought the guy randomly asked me "Você gosta de limãos?" Which means do you like limes, so I´m like haha yeah. Well turns out he said "Você é Alimão?" Which means are you German? So I accidentally told him I was German. Oops. Friday they had a wedding at the church with two members. They always do a ceremony at the church because they don´t have a temple close by and most of the friends aren´t members. And anyways they had tons of cupcakes and stuff and we were leaving and one of the members came up to me with a big platter of cupcakes and said something that I didn´t quite understand but it looked like she was offering me cupcakes so I was like, “Sure! Thanks!” and took one. She then looked at me with a blank stare and walked away... About 5 seconds later it registered in my mind what she said. She said, Did you try these cupcakes and did you like them?” She was taking the plate home to her family. Oops again haha. Oh well I got another cupcake out of it ;) The next day after the wedding was not the best. The wedding had some bad food and all of the elders and sisters woke up sick haha. We were running to the bathroom about every 20 minutes... I felt so bad for the member whose house we ate lunch that day... Poor bathroom... So yeah, needless to say we kept the proselyting pretty close to the house that day because we had to return often haha. We weren´t about to risk an emergency an hours walk away from the house! Haha so this week we had two service projects. I didn´t get pictures of either sadly... The first one, we weeded the dirt soccer field that the church has which was a pain! I ended up breaking three of the hoes... Eventually they were like, “Alright, that´s it. The American can´t hoe anymore!” Haha it was funny, I got some pretty nice blisters too which sucked because here you clap at the front doors/gates of peoples´ houses and it hurt so bad! The other service project we did was painting the front fence of a members house but that was pretty uneventful. Yesterday we had lunch with a member who is super, super sweet. Afterwards, she said she was feeling sick and achy so we offered to give her a blessing so we did, and afterwards she was crying and thanking us and it was just a really cool experience. Another experience that we had yesterday is walking down the street a drunk guy threw a 2 by 4 at us from across the street. It hit the ground right in front of us, We were like, what the heck just happened?? And then we looked and saw some drunk running/hobbling away haha. It was pretty funny too but that was about it for this week. Have a great week all of you! I love you guys! Church is true!
Elder Devin Harris
Picture - This is L. She was wearing my name tag and wanted to take a picture haha. Excuse the sweaty face and the messy hair, it was a long day haha.