Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I'm On A Rock...

…and you better believe it.

Well this week sure was an interesting one.  This week we had an integration activity at the church.  You don't really have these in the states, but they have them down here.  It's where you have someone give a spiritual message, and then afterwards, you have games and snacks.  The purpose is to have people bring investigators, get the members to be your friends, and what not.  This last week we were in charge of the games and I knew exactly what kind of game to play.  So here's the game.  You have two teams and they send a representative up to the chalkboard.  We give them something to draw like a dog, cat, or the mascot for the world cup, and they have to draw it.  While drawing, the teams must guess what they're drawing, whichever team guesses correctly first gets a point, and the game goes on for a few rounds until the missionaries have to go home.  Whoever has the most points wins.  Pretty simple game right?  Everyone should be pretty calm right?


People down here are soooooo competitive.  The second we said go everyone just starts screaming at the top of their longs trying to guess what João and Maria are trying to draw.  Everyone just gets way into it.  It was absolute chaos, everyone was weeping, wailing, and gnashing much teeth.  Everyone from the Primary to the Elders Quorum President. Naturally it was a total success and they want us to do it again this week.

I saw this decal on the back of a car that said "Oh Gloria Jesus é bom!"  The thing was as big as the window and I have no idea how this guy was able to look out of his rear view window.

We did have a baptism this week.  It was the grandson of a recent convert and he got to do the baptizing!!  It was super cool; the whole primary was there.  I swear! (Not really, Mormons don’t swear.) Every time it's a primary baptism there are always a ton of people there, but whenever it's someone else getting baptized it's rather difficult to get a good amount of people there.  It was really cute, the primary sang a song and the baptism went over well.  We had to fill the font up with buckets to get it filled on time, but it all went over well.

I also got to go on divisions this week.  While on the division in my area, we climbed up this red rock that we have in our area.  I've always wanted to climb up it, and so we did!  Usually there a lot of religious people up there praying/screaming and singing hymns and stuff.  We decided to take pictures!!! 

 They've got this cross up there that the Catholics put up and you could see the whole city!

  It was a good stress reliever.  We took some pics and got back to chugging along.

Anywho, that's it for this week.  We have Zone Conference this week so I'll get to see Elder Rutledge; it's been a while. Next week we also enter into the month of June, which means it's Festas Juninas/São João, so I'm pretty scared.  I'll try not to get blown up.  Anyways love you all and have a great week!

-Élder Johnson

P.S.  I finally bought a hammock!  I got it for 35 Reais too, which I feel is a bargain!

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