Hi Family! If this email makes it to you it will be a miracle. Right now it is storming in Guará and the internet was out all morning and when we returned this afternoon it died right after we got on. We waited an hour for it to come back on and here we are. I am semi confident I can get this sent, so we will give it a whirl!I My letter last week was definitely lacking in content and for that I apologize. I have a few things to note this week that hopefully will keep you all interested in my life.
This week we met with our district. Our new elder is another Brazilian... Elder
Spironeli I think that is how it is spelled. He is a pretty cool fellow. He
likes to speak English and he will be returning to BYU the same time I will be.
It looks like I will have a friend still in school after all when I get back!
Birthday news. Sister Victorio´s was a success I think. We woke up and she took
a shower first and I decorated her desk with balloons and a made a banner out
of postits that said happy birthday. I also bought her a jumprope that she has
been wanting. It was a real feat buying it without her seeing it but I did it.
I will attach photos either today or next week if I dont have time. I also made
brownies and cookies. She really likes cookies. The elders in our district made
mousse and bought her a cake and then later in the night we went to the bishops
house and his wife prepared a surpise party with more cake and food. It was
awesome. Basically, on the mission if your companion has a birthday it is like
you are having a birthday because we are stuck together. Wonderful. I bit much
on the sugar part I think though.
One funny story. My ability to converse it improving, not super rapidly, but it
is happening. The other day we had lunch at the house of a member who´s husband
is not a member. He is a super intelligent man and I think he just refuses to
pray about the Book of Mormon because he is a afraid of the responsibilty he
will have after he knows for a fact it is true. He is a non practicing catholic
and was explaining ´´their book´´ and I was confused becasue I was pretty sure
he was talking about the bible which we also have. So I decided I wanted to
know for sure if he was talking about the bible or not so I asked him if he was
talking about the bible and he said yes and I followed up saying essencially,
just this? It was funny. They all laughed. Reading this now it is not very
funny. But, it was really funny so pretend you were there and laugh.
Another funny story. We are teaching a woman named Rossy. Her two kids are
awesome and are also already members of the church. We had a family home
evening with them and we played a game where one person writes a sentence and
you pass the paper and the next person has to draw the sentence. Someone wrote
´´A girl dreaming about the United States´´ (it wasn´t me I swear) Anyway Rossy
drew a girl with a dreamcloud of... the Eiffel Tower. Ha ha ha. It was really
funny. In other news I think that she will be baptized here soon which is great
Finally, one spiritualish story. We run into this fellow Joilton all over the
place when we are walking. He is a pretty nice fellow. We were walking to the
chapel the other day to meet a member and we saw him. We stopped and talked for
a minute and I asked him if he wanted to see the inside of the church. He did
and it was awesome. I think that he really enjoyed seeing the inside and next
week he said he will come to church with us. Awesome.
Anyway, this is all for now. I love you all. Tomorrow we will be getting our
mail so I will let you all know if I got your letters or not next week!
PS My address is:
Sister Kristen Hoopes
Missão Brasil Brasília
Shin-CA 05 Lote B1
CEP 71503-505-Brasília DF Brasil