Ola! Feliz Natal todo mundo!
This week has been good on this side of the world, but really, really hot!! Technically, summer starts tomorrow for us, and it has definitely been showing, its been in the high 100 all week, plus like 100% humidity! It´s been so hot, I´m like sweating as I´m writing this haha.
This week has been good. We have 6 baptism dates set for the 1st and 7th of January, and some of them are actually looking really hopeful. We found this family of about 8 people and we have been teaching them, it's just a mom, 3 daughters, 3 sons and a drunk uncle. We invited them all to church, and the drunk uncle José, the oldest daughter Sidney, and the youngest daughter, Joselera came. They all really liked it, and they are progressing a lot. José is a really good person, he definitely has some problems with drinking and smoking, but he has a lot of faith, and who knows, he might be able to quit, we are being really faithful that he will. Sidney is really great, she seems to be progressing the most of all of them. She is 17, and the young women in the ward really took her in and she made a lot of friends. When we got to their house later that night, she was sitting in front reading the gospel principles book that someone must´ve given her. She really seems to have a desire to learn more, which is something you don't see too often around here. Joselera is 8 years old, and she loved primary, she´s just a really sweet little girl haha. The rest of the family is nice, their mom Antonia, likes the church, but hasn't really accepted our message yet, but I think through the others she´ll get there. We´re really excited about them. The other three baptism dates are this different family, but they aren't really progressing too much.. But we can only have faith.
Not too much else happened this week, we´ve been doing a lot of contacts to try to find some new investigators, and we´ve walked about 50 miles this week, its been pretty intense.
It has been really weird being here during Christmas and it being like right in the middle of Summer. It´s not the same as back home. And they don't really have the same Christmas spirit that we have in the states, it´s really weird haha. But I´m sure it´s got a lot to do with the fact that we´re missionaries and we´re always working, even on Christmas Day! But it´s okay.
Last night we caught a gecko in our apartment, it was awesome, he was just a little guy, but it was cool. We usually see huge lizards out in the forest, like some that are like a foot long not including the tail. But this morning we decided to let him go, and so we opened the little container that we were keeping him in and took him out to the balcony and turned it on its side, and he just ran off the balcony, from the 3rd floor! And if any of you have seen a gecko, they run fast, so he shot out like 4 feet and just superman´d it all the way down 3 floors onto the cement, it was hilarious. It was like a 30 foot belly flop. But it must´ve been a perfect landing cause he was fine, and just ran away.
Other than that, I can't really think of much else that has happened this week. Prudentópolis is a little dull. I did get my first Brazilian haircut this week....... you know how I am with haircuts..so yeah. My companion told me about this guy who is really good, and he only charges $4 for a haircut. Aparently he has never had any formal training, and he learned how to cut hair on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, but yeah.. I guess he did a good enough job considering all of that, but I wasn't too happy for a while haha.
Anyways, I am really low on time this week, so I should probably go, but Feliz Natal to everyone!!!! Merry Christmas!!