Hey everyone! I hope your guys' Christmas was as good as mine was! But anyways, I guess I'll try to start at the beginning. So earlier this week, R. and his family (members from the ward here) stopped by to drop off a little early Christmas present because they were going out of town and won’t be back until I’m pretty sure after I'm transferred to another area. It was kinda sad because I love the crap out of them haha. But it was all good. We've been working a lot this week. G. from last week is still progressing really well! We talked to his parents, the ones who had heard a bunch of Mormon rumors, and they really opened up to us and to make a long story short Gabriel will get baptized tomorrow!
We've also been working with an elderly couple that we found a little while ago. The wife has agreed to be baptized; now we just have to work with the husband but it will all work out. They came to church with us last Sunday and loved it. The only problem is that some people found out that they were coming to the Mormon Church and went and talked a bunch of nonsense to them. But our investigators didn't really seem to mind. But we're gonna have to do everything we can to keep them progressing.
So anyways, on Christmas Eve we decided to celebrate by going out to eat at McDonald's (here that is really nice food) but it's usually really expensive so we don't go a whole lot but they were having some good deals. So we asked president to give us a ride to McD's and on the way there he pulled out 50 Reais from his pocket and was like, milkshakes are on me today. So we and a bunch of other missionaries went to McDonald's to eat. Then that night we went to some members’ house to eat dinner. They prepared such a good meal for us and we shared a really good spiritual message about Christmas.
Then Christmas morning came and turns out Santa Claus found our house! He brought a few presents for us all haha. Then Sister Soares invited us to eat lunch with her, the President, and their family. It was really nice, we ate well, and as I'm sure you guys all know by now, we had a beautiful view during all of it :) It was fun there because we got to know all of the family of President and Sister Soares. Even President's mom was there haha. They started talking about all of the stories of when President's kids (who are all grown now) were kids and all the stuff they did and even stories of when Presidente was a kid haha. So it was fun to see that side of them for a change haha. Then we came back to the office and skyped. It was so good to see the family! You guys all looked so good and it looks like Trey and Tagg are as humble as ever ;) I can't believe that that was already my 3rd skype call on the mission! The time is flying by!
So cool story for you guys. I don't think I've told you yet but we've had this bat living in our house for a couple of weeks now and every time we got home at night we had to pretty much turn on the light and duck and cover because he started flying around us. Then he always flew out of the window before we could get him haha. But not last night.... last night we were prepared haha. We all grabbed our little weapons and I grabbed a broom haha. I was waiting for him in the doorway when all of a sudden he flew right over my head! Then I saw him turn and come back and the next thing you know... WHAM!!!! I drilled that punk with my broom haha. Anyways, we're pretty much professional bat hunters haha. It took me back to the days when the high school vocational building was bat infested and we went in killing them with racquetball racquets haha.
But that just about sums it up for this week. I love you all! Have a great week! Thanks for everything! A igreja é verdadeiro! (as Colton pronounces it "halabrado" or something like that haha) ;)
Pic 1 - McD's!