Monday, March 11, 2013

Faithful Missionaries!

HEYYALL! Good week passed by here in Parnaiba! One BUSY BUSY week though now that we are covering 2 areas! Its the biggest area in the mission now! We went to work for real! Monday night the week started off terrible though! The first time i´ve felt scared in the mission! We were coming home from an appointment that went on forever at about 10 oclock. We have to go through kind of an alley to get home too. Some guy called us from the sidewalk and you cant ignore people as a missionary. So we go over to him and he starts talking really weird of how bad he´s wanted to meet us. He told us to come into his "house" as well. which is one room. One room with skulls and death signs all over the walls and dirty as heck! He continued saying that he saw sister missionaries in the area here 2 months ago but they ignored him and that he´s super angry about it. He went on speaking really strange with a twitch in his eye that creeped me out! Everything he was talking about was really strange and fishy. I was like, i´ve been here for 4 months and elder nakazoni for 6...and there were never sister missionaries here. The guy had 2 nazi tattoos on his arms as well.. Finally we got the heck out of there and marked an appointment with him that we wont be attending.. I´m glad we always have protection as missionaries when we live worthy. I felt scared a little bit, but still had confidence that nothing would happen to me. Wednesday was a so so day for us.. a ton of appointments fell through. The appointments that we did have, were interrupted by screaming kids!! haha! Ive noticed here that brazil loves 3 american bands: red hot chili peppers, adele, and linkin park! The only country ive heard here is lady antebellum. Its so funny the people here put a reggae remix on everything! Look up adele songs that are reggae! Its the funniest thing! I have a favorite food here so far as well! Its called fejuado! Look it up and make it for dinner one night! We got a new buffet in our house thursday becuase the other one broke! The new one is crazy nice (or maybe i just think that anything new is nice being in this area) hahah! Its crazy how my point of view of everything here has changed already! I thought everything was just crap when i got here and now i only see the good! Now that we have a bigger area, we have a rich area now called Reis Veloso! Its the richest neighborhood of Parnaiba and the missionaries before were always scared to even try there. We gave it a try and got rejected by speaker phone about 7 times! hahah these houses are CRAZY huge! Its a different city in this neighborhood! But finally, a lady of about 60 yrs old named Lucia let us in! She´s retired and has 2 kids that live in brasilia. She lives in a HUGE house all by herself! She loved everything we taught and called us her little angels hahah! We taught Vidal again on friday and dang the guy is golden! He found some church clothes for sunday and everything and asked if "brown pants were ok" hahahah! We found an inactive family of a grandma and 3 grandsons! They love the missionaries and enjoyed our visit! Later we knocked a door in the same neighorhood and 3 snakes appeared all flirtsy! After their little flirsty spill though, we were actually able to teach them and they asked sincere questions the entire lesson! Sunday we had 6 investigators in Church!! The work is going good here! This morning we taught Lucia again and invited her to be baptized and she ACCEPTED! This saturday! When she went to church yesterday everyone thought that she was already a member and just visiting from a different area! haha! On our way back to the house it was CRAZY HOT! Just to give you a little idea of how hot it is, out of nowhere when we were walking, a bird just drops dead in mid flight 5 feet in front of us on the sidewalk! Not lying at all! Never saw this in my life! but, i`m still alive thank goodness! 
Paz seja com voces! 
Elder Larsen

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