Greetings from Fazenda Rio Grande!
And a big shoutout to everyone in the Doylestown Ward - I love you ALL! You'll be getting a letter soon.
This area is huuuge. Fazenda Rio Grande is a city underneath Curitiba and is still young. It was founded 25 years ago and the center of the city is developed on a grand scale like Curitiba. The area of Rio Iguaçu is completely different than Osternack. Osternack was a tiny town with one principal street and little neighborhoods that branched off. It was super easy to help people get to church because everyone lived near the chapel. Elder Lima Silva told me a couple days ago that we walk about 20 kilometres per day. We hitch rides with members and take a lot of buses. The buses here are organized with the exact system as those in the City of Curitiba. R$2.70 for a ride and the buses are big, orange, and full of people. I'll take a picture next time. The sad part about it is sometimes buses take forever to arrive at the Fazenda Rio Grande Terminal and we wait and wait and wait. But not to worry because there are so many people waiting just like us, so we pass the time making contacts and collecting addresses.
Eu fiz azneira. I did something stupid. It was more embarrassing and funny than stupid but I'll give the account here:
We hitched a ride with a recent convert who has "fogo nos ossos" -- fire in the bones. He's a firm convert and brings the spirit with his simple yet powerful testimony of the Book of Mormon. We arrived at the home that we intended to and entered to teach a man who lives alone. For me I thought he was an investigator. I usually have to rely on the help of Elder Lima to tell me a little biography about the people we teach when we are outside the gate, but I forgot to ask this time. We started to teach about The Book of Mormon and how we gain our testimonies of the book. One passed off to the other, our recent convert bore his testimony like a champ and it came to me to finish the lesson and leave a commitment for him to read the Book of Mormon, or go to church, or join us for a family home evening. But I was thinking he was a investigator. So I went for the baptismal invitation because the spirit was there and it seemed like the perfect thing to do because our "investigator" bore testimony also. "Você seguirá o exemplo de Jesus Crist sendo batizado pelo pessoa que possua autoridade restaurado de Deus". He looked at me with a face of utter confusion and said he already was baptized. Everyone burst into laughter. He was kind enough to to joke with me afterwards saying, "Without problems I will be baptized again!"
So, two Chileanos, a Brasileiro and an American live together. It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke but this is my life right now. It is a great help with the language because each one of them knows how to speak better than I. Whew. My Portuguese has improved drastically and when I speak English I sound like a foreigner. que benção.
Scripture for Obedience Alma 57:20-27
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