Monday, October 21, 2013

week five in camobi!!! whaaaaattttt?? how???

winning hearts of 18 YO elders one chocolate chip cookie at a time at district meeting (in the most appropriate way obviously) #favoritesisters
because we’re the favorites… receiving a 2 pound bag of sweetish fish from an elder who got 4
 others from his mom. 
perfect weather days!!
our missionaries can fly in and out of santa maria now! and the airport is in camobi… my area of santa maria! i probably won’t get to see my provo district when they come, but how cool would that be?
seeing a missionary family here open a letter from their missionary. it was fun but weird to be on the other end of things! hopefully my family gets that excited for my letters :)
got my talk at church over with-- and people said they understood it! it actually wasn’t that bad and the sisters helped me practice a lot. i even made a little joke in the beginning! came up with it all by myself on the spot!
outside my igreja (church)
teaching lessons with members--makes the day go by so much faster! the young women here go out with us for hours and its great!

hearing miley cyrus twice in one week. we won’t stop (or whatever it’s called) it was not good in the states and it’s even worse here. goooo away!
daylight savings- one hour less of sleepL
we were supposed to have a zone volleyball game today but it got rained out. i was sooo excited but it’s probably a blessing because my zone is weeeak. but spiritually so strong J

well ladies and gents... yellow felt accessories might be making a come back! haha i know. but the young women need to fundraiser for efy/youth conference so my companion told them about my the bows i make. to be continued…
yellow felt accessories coming out of retirement to help the Brazilian youth
because of this ^^^i got to show one of the young women my product on yellow felt instagram. it was sooo weird. 
when it’s sister clays bday and she was sooo excited… and then she threw up. poor girl-- haha.
ya... that's chocolate on the left side of the pizza 
there’s no ladylike way to say this-- a fly went down my shirt in a lesson. see details below.
trying to make our contact goals when everyone is watching grenal- the game between the two big soccer teams down here. it was a ghost town. 
trying again to make contacts later... and stopping everyone who was on their way to church. give me something here!!! 

5 letters last week. #myfamilyandfriendsarebetterthanyours
going into this candy/party store. it was no hobby lobby but my creative juices were renewed J 
having a birthday in the apartment-- cake and pizza. and brazilian pizza is DANG good. 
riding in the cart behind the horses!!! details below.
i felt like i was watching the grenal game because the whole town errupted when there was a goal.
my testimony... shared in portuguese with an investigator
where I go to church
the fly story- so were sitting in a lesson with one of my favorite investigators (shhh) and her uncle. things are great but there was this fly… i swatted it away but then it came back-- and flew down my shirt! i couldn’t do anything about it. i just tried to awkwardly move around but i could feel it. ahhhh! it was horrible! i couldn’t even laugh at myself! i had to keep the spirit and what not. finally like 20 minutes later it flew out. then i couldn’t even be happy! i had to keep a straight face (ish) the whole time! oh my goodness. it was horrrrrrible. and i wasn’t quite sure it flew out and that was the longest lesson i think we’ve ever had... so i just sat there for almost 2 hours hoping i was just being paranoid. Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!
 the recent convert to the church on far left provided the horse & "buggy" experience
the horse thing! i don’t know what to call it. It’s a carriage… but not that pretty, slash a buggy slash who knows what??!! but we had told a recent convert we thought they were so cool and wanted to ride one... which we seriously did but we didn’t think she’d take us serious. but then she said she knew someone who had one! so when we went to her house yesterday she took us to her friend’s house… and this cute little man who we don’t even know let us ride in it! after we asked the man he told his grandson to go get the horse. we had actually met his grandson on the street one day. we were talking with the man and then all a sudden there’s the grandson riding the horse bareback! they hitched it up and we only rode it for 3 or 4 minutes but we were laughing and screaming the whole time. we made quite a scene but i don’t even care. YOLO in camobi i guess! it was a little scary at first and i didn’t know how i would tell president i got seriously injured doing that… but it was so fun. and then we taught them a nice little lesson about the book of mormonJ
 first we made friends with the horse

 get ready to go....
so fun...
and then we rode through the streets of camobi
and now the tricky part... getting off in a skirt
this week was a lot of fun. but we really did work hard and taught a ton of lessons. we had to cut some people who aren’t progressing in our teaching poolL we would have two baptisms this week, but one of them couldn’t come to church because her dad was in town and he said she couldn’t go... so she will have to wait until next week to be baptized. i think the other girl will probably be baptized. she is so sweet and has A LOT of potential. it is hard when people don’t keep their commitments. we need to prioritize and remember what’s most important. i would hope our salvation is high on that listJ 
it was sister clay’s birthday so a member made us cake one night and we ordered a pizza and had a little party before bed. also-- this week will be the last week of before transfers! what? where did the time go. pray my companion doesn’t get transferred! haha. kidding. but kinda not…
time for companion prayers...
we are a great team!
anyways... ate mais lovers!
have a good week!
xoxox- sister faldmo

Portions of a Snail Mail letter Received October 16 but written September 30, 2013
We are teaching Lidia and she’s the best teenager I’ve ever met.  She’s super smart, almost done with her personal progress (which makes me feel horrible), reading the Book of Mormon and already in the book of Alma, oh… and she’s not even a member!  She’s so ready to be baptized and she’ll probably be the next General Relief Society President, but her dad is a bum.  He never talks to us, I’ve seen him twice for about 15 seconds total (I’m not be dramatic, serious) and I guess he just keeps doing things to delay her baptism.  The bishop made a visit once and he still didn’t stick around to chat.  He just goes back to his room.  He said she needs to read the Book of Mormon 1st, but now he says after she finishes it he will have to think about it.  I’m so worried she will finish it and he will say no.
Although people don’t have all that we have they are perfectly fine.  I don’t want to say they’re lazy, but they’re content.  The modern conveniences don’t tempt then.  Not having a car doesn’t bug them, but I think sometimes it gives them an excuse for no progression… if that makes  any sense??  They don’t complain about not having things, they just don’t test their limits and hope for more.  I think that’s the difference between home in the states and here.  At home, it makes us more prideful but promotes innovation.  Here, it helps with humility but hurts progression and improvement.

My mission President’s wife … Sister Parella talked for two hours during zone conference about diet and exercise.  She’s REALLY into it!  She suggested that we do our evening planning when we are walking home so that then we can exercise when we get home instead of plan... hmmm.....
Sometimes the members serve us soda!! We're not supposed to drink it according to Sister Parella, but President says if members serve it to us then it's ok:) They feed us lettuce with vinegar stuff, sometimes sliced tomatoes, beans and noodles with meat stuff or rice.  There is not as much straight meat as I was thinking there would be.  The desserts here aren’t good.  I usually don’t even want them.  But I try to eat a little because I don’t want to offend anyone as the American picky eater or whatever.

Our chapel is super NICE!! It has heating, A/C and carpet--- which is way rare here because carpet can get moldy and heating and A/C just doesn’t happen. Oh my goodness, I saw a building being built the other day… they should be praying for no natural disasters!  It’s just so different.  It makes me think a lot of things here are similar to the late 1800s in American.  I’m not saying this in a bratty way… just 100% serious.  But then again, we do have washing machines here (well most people do) so that’s a step up!
I’m going to start reading Jesus the Christ again (I didn’t get to finish it in the Brazil MTC).  Please don’t get of sending letters in the mail.  They make me so happy.  Being unable to talk to my family and friends is the hardest part of the mission for me. 

Eu Amo Voces!!

Sister Faldmo

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