First of all, I love you so much. My new companion is Elder Kozlowski. He is a big burly football player from Boise, Idaho. He´s been here for 8 months and is fluent in Portuguese, which is a blessing and a curse. You know how I compare myself to others. He has a strong testimony, teachers with power, and we work, work ,work! I am very tired. I hated not doing work with elder Galdino, but now I hate ´´working´´ because it keeps showing me how inadequate I am, sitting through lessons and not understanding anything. Seriously, I am not able to explain even the simplest parts. Kozlowski always gives me time to talk but whatever I say people don’t understand and he just has to go back and re-explain everything to them. I was hopeful with transfers, and my new companion things would definitely be better, but I expected everything to just instantly start improving yet I am struggling with all the same problems. I still don’t have a grasp at all on the language, I am struggling to remember experiences I have had in the past that has helped me find strength and feel the love of the Lord. I still think about Grandma often, she gave me a tie with her classic ´´XXGGOO´´ that I will cherish the rest of my life and I see it every morning when I get dressed. I hope next week will be a bit better.
This week we had a fast as a companionship, and that day found 4 families to teach. One of the fathers had the PERFECT thoughts and feelings about many igrejas (I thought this word was a typo but just in case, I put it into google translate. Guess what igrejas means….CHURCHES! I think he is so worried about not being fluent that he isn’t even recognizing the progress he is making.) in our world today. This was the perfect opportunity to teach about the restoration. They were all open to the gospel, we baptized one of the kids named Enrique, but then Sunday NO ONE showed up to church! Now it’s impossible to get in with them. That’s SO frustrating.
I had my first run in with a Brazilian bumble bee, and that thing was FAT. It flew right up in my face. You know how I feel about normal bees... this guy was about 3 times the size. Scared me SO BAD; I took off down the street faster than I eat feijao e arroz! (There’s more Portuguese! beans and rice) Elder Kozlowski was laughing pretty hard.
Elder Kozlowski likes to exercise. Some mornings we wake up early and run to a little park a ways from our house. They have a pull up bar and we do some exercises there, so that’s nice. In my new apartment I get my own bathroom which is awesome!
|Not the bumble bee but possibly another Brazilian native wanting to share his private bathroom!|
Another thing, no one in the ward here plays the piano. The Bishop says they haven’t had an Elder that plays piano for 2 years so even though I can’t speak for crap, I am able to play piano for them. Though this Sunday there was a draft that kept turning the pages during the rest hymn and it totally screwed me up. I was super embarrassed. Hopefully next week will be better!
Love, Elder Sork