Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Blessing In Disguise + Workout and Baptize Part 2

Elder Hunt in his new sweater
Elder Hunt with a yummy mini pie
Hey everyone,         
This week was different. We started off Monday morning going back to the members house who has weights, and we had a great lift and it was a great way to start off the week!
Merry Christmas everyone!

      We got authorization to go to a mall in the São Paulo West mission to buy clothes and things. My biggest interest was to buy a new suit because my other is getting pretty beat up here in Brasil. We went and it was so cool! It was literally just like an American mall, it even had Christmas decorations and everything! :) I went to buy a suit and they only had one in the whole store that would fit my build, but it's a sharp looking suit so its alright. We ended up finding a restaurant called "América" how ironic, Elder Taylor and I thought, how many other opportunities would 2 Americans get to eat American food here in the middle of São Paulo, so we went for it! It was delicious! Burgers, fries, and a sundae to top it off. I told you about this last week but it was really awesome.

Mini pies from a bakery

         Tuesday-We had a zone meeting, where we were told that President Farnes started a new rule saying that we can only have 2 hour of computer time on p day. Also, we got the news that Elder Taylor would be transferred, THAT DAY. He was having some difficulties, so he was transferred to a new area with a new comp that night. We all went with them to make the exchange because he had so many bags, and to help the new companion of Elder Costa. We picked up a new Elder named Elder Lima Netto, a Brazilian from Fort Aleza. He is new and only has 1 week on the mission.
Last photo with Elder Taylor

A gift from Elder Taylor to Elder Hunt.  Elder Hunt will really miss him.

I became really, really sad first because email is one of the things that I look forward to all week, 1st baptisms and 2nd is email. And also my good buddy Elder Taylor was transferred. He was my good pal and kept a good balance in the house with 2 Americans and 2 Brazilians. I was really bummed out.

A typical day in the life of a missionary in Sao Paulo

          Wednesday- Every day we have awesome workouts, so that's  good, much better than before. We marked more baptismal dates and taught spouses Isabel and Robson, a family who were baptized on Saturday.  They are elect, they LOVE the church. They are family of members and every thing we teach them they love more and more.
Elder Hunt teaching in the favelas with little girls, kittens, and a pink room.

A Soccer game at the church

Thursday-We took a ton of our investigators to a soccer game at the church that the members put together. It was a huge success and it helped our investigators become a lot more comfortable with the church and members. 
All the combined supplements and protein of the missionaries in the house.
The mantra continues, 'workout and baptize'

We also went to the supplement store and I bought a delicious maracujá flavored protein powder! Augirres bought a ton more stuff to put on some weight and when we got home Elder Costa and Lima Netto saw what we had bought and went crazy!!! Elder Costa wants to put on muscle so badly, and Lima Netto wants to lose weight. They were so pumped that we went back to the supplement store and they bought a ton of stuff.

The workout plan for the house

After I jacked them up even more with my knowledge of workouts and nutrition, and I wrote up a workout routine for all of us! Everyone is super dedicated and our whole house is super, super jacked up to workout! It's awesome!

Elder Hunt and Elder Gimenez in Pirituba

       Friday-I did a division with Elder Gimenez in Pirituba and it was great ! I love Elder Gimenez, he is super cool and such a good leader and missionary!
Elder Hunt taught a man and he agreed to be baptized.

He will have to give up beer which he REALLY LIKES.

I really stepped up my game with him and marked 2 baptismal dates and persuaded 2 people to let me baptize them. We also almost baptized a guy during the division, but the Bishop wouldn't let us which was a big let down. But overall I had a great experience!
Back in Brasilandia

Baptismal day of Robson and Isabel.  Elder Hunt was able to baptize a FAMILY!

Saturday-We baptized Robson and Isabel! It was so special and great ! A ton of people showed up and we were very happy! They will for sure make a huge impact in our ward.    We are continuing to have problems with our ward leadership which is unfortunate. 

Another family was baptized the same day by Elder Costa

Elder Hunt with his companion Elder Augirres

Also, I will say, it is very difficult at times to live with 3 Brazilians. Their culture is very different than mine and my patience is being tested, but it is helping me become more laid back and not so uptight which is good. 
I am also becoming a lot more patient, this probably is 
a blessing in disguise.

Deborah on her baptism day

       Sunday-We had the baptism of Deborah, the grandchild of Maria who we baptized a few weeks back. 

Kawai and Tawani, with Elder Hunt and Augirres on their baptismal day

Also that night we had 2 more baptisms of Kawai andf Tawani, siblings. We had to call and pay for a taxi to pick up the kids and take them home afterwards because we couldn't find them a ride. But you know, we will do anything to baptize, saving souls is more important than anything else.

New member board at the church that Elder Hunt created to help the members know and encourage fellowshipping of their recent converts.

       Monday-It was a regular day, but I bought an 88 lbs pound adjustable dumbbell so that's awesome to finally have some real weight. I also got a haircut.
Elder Hunt visited Keibler this week.

Keibler's wife made Elder Hunt some key lime pie.

Elder Hunt at the Sao Paulo temple with his 3 housemates and another missionary who jumped in the photo

         Tuesday-Today! Today is our "p day" we went to the temple, and to change it up we went and did baptisms. I baptized Elder Nene and he baptized me because we are the biggest guys.  He's from New Zealand and plays rugby! It was awesome and such a great experience!
On the subway

Elder Hunt's new suit and shoes

               I love you all. Enjoy your Thanksgiving's because mine will not be any different than any other day here.
A delicious dinner from last week made Elder Augirres happy

Selfies at church, stolen camera :)

Elder Hunt's new shoes next to Elder Costas...SWAG

Elder Hunt with numchucks

Lastly, Elder Hunt saw a bar and just couldn't resist

Happy Thanksgiving!

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