On P-Day, missionaries have time to do their laundry, go grocery shopping, play soccer with the youth of the ward and take a much needed nap. In this case, Elder Wong and his companions went on a trip to see Fortaleza Santa Catarina.
The weather has changed and it’s been a new experience walking the streets with rain pouring down on them. One of the missionaries celebrated a birthday at a tapiocaria.
In July, Elder Wong’s Mission President and his wife will have been serving for three years and they will be released and a new President has already been announced. This couple acts like a “father” and “mother” to the missionaries while they are in the field.
That’s pretty exciting about the new mission president.
On our last P-day, we went to a fort that they have here in Cabedelo, “Fortaleza Santa Catarina”. It was pretty interesting, and it actually reminded me a lot of Fort Casey, where we did Camp Casey for elementary school, just a little smaller.
This week was productive in terms of the work, but the weather was pretty annoying and interfered a little. For the first couple of days of the week, it was really hot, but at least there were people in the streets. Towards the end of the week, it began to rain, and there were a lot less people in the streets to talk to. There were a couple of times that it rained so hard, it turned the streets into rivers and it was difficult to walk to the train. Luckily, the really hard rain usually stops after a little while, but our clothes are all soaked by the end of it.
On Friday, it was Elder G’s birthday, so we went to a tapiocaria, which is a restaurant that sells tapioca. The tapioca here is very different from the tapioca in the United States. It’s difficult to describe exactly what it is, but it usually has some kind of filling. They make tapioca doce, which has some kind of dessert-type filling, or tapioca salgado, which has some kind of savory filling. I think the fillings are more or less like crepes, but the dough is pretty different.
Yesterday, we had the baptism of A. A lives in Jacaré, and it’s interesting how we found him: we were making contacts in the street, and we talked with a woman named J. She told us where she lived (but a lot of streets don’t have names and a lot of houses don’t have numbers, so it becomes difficult to find them), and we marked an appointment to return. We searched for her house later, but couldn’t find it, so we asked neighbors if they knew J. We knocked on A’s door, and he didn’t know her, but we marked an appointment to visit with him. He didn’t seem all that interested, so I didn’t really think much would come out of it, but we returned anyway. Each time we taught him, he began to feel the Spirit more and that we wanted to help him and his family. After a couple of visits, he accepted baptism. It took a little while because of his work schedule, but he was baptized yesterday. Later, we actually ran into J in the street again, and it turns out that she actually didn’t want to meet with us.
My scripture this week is Alma 32:16. Where we work in Jacaré, there are a lot of people who don’t have much in terms of material things. But, it’s usually easier to work in Jacaré, because the people there are more receptive to the Gospel. When we are humble without having to be humbled by our conditions, we are blessed even more.