Feliz quarto de Julho!!
Well, another week down. It´s crazy how fast the time flies out here, I feel like I was just writing email yesterday, I don´t even know what to write!
This week has been good, we are working really hard out here, and another transfer is winding down in a couple weeks, I cant believe it. This week we have been working a lot with a guy named Pedro and his family. They are really great, they are super receptive to everything, and they like the church a lot, they´ve already gone 2 times. With Jenifer and Marina, there´s good news and bad news. Marina isn't really progressing too much anymore, it´s just not working out well with her mom. She wasn't even at Church yesterday for the first time in months. But the good news is Jenifer is getting baptized this Saturday!! She always wanted to wait for Marina, but she said that it´s just time for her to get baptized, cause Marina´s situation isn't changing. But it´s gonna be awesome, she´s so excited!
We played soccer today with the zone which was sweet. I´m always goalie so I can use my hands haha. Oh yeah, also, we had a really good lesson with a pastor of this tiny church that he pretty much started himself. We´ll see where it goes with him, but if it all goes well, we´re gonna baptize him and his 35 followers! We´ll be legends of the mission. It´s crazy how much your priorities change on the mission. Before it´s just music, sports, girls, money, etc. Now, it´s contacts, letters (none this week again :´( ....) and baptizing entire church congregations, haha. Other than that, this week has been a whole lot of work. Turns out it´s not the easiest thing resurrecting an area, this area was dead when we got here.
In response to the questions, the ward here is..... our problem. We´re having a LOT of trouble with our ward, no one wants to do anything, especially not help the missionaries. It´s gotten to the point where we´re embarrassed bringing investigators to church, cause it´s kind of out of hand. People joking around a bunch, all of the meetings starting late, and everything. The Bishop here is great, he does everything he can to help, but sometimes it´s too much for him. The area itself, is great. It´s more of a poor area, but their are some richer areas. we usually work in the poorer areas, the people are more humble and receptive. We´ve only got one favela (super ghetto area) and it´s really small, so the area isn´t TOO dangerous, there´s one other city in the mission more dangerous than São José dos Pinhais, so don´t worry, I only saw one dead guy last week...haha.. no joke.
But anyways, I gotta go, I´ll talk to you all in 20 minutes ( the weeks seem about that long..)!!! Tchau, até logo.
P.S. 4th of July doesn't exist here... :(