Hey everyone! So the most exciting thing that happened this week was proselyting on Friday! We put on our best white shirts (it was tough to choose which one) and headed off to a huge train station slash city square and it was so fun! First, our bus ride took about 30 minutes and everyone was really nervous to even talk to anyone, mind you we had been cooped up in the CTM for 4 weeks before this. One sister in our district was kissed by some random Brazilian guy on the bus! On the cheek but it was more funny than bad or whatever, the first Brazilian i talked to that day was an african american lady who didnt know that much Portuguese either! She knew english and spanish haha it was meant to be! We only talked for a few minutes and i told her we were missionaries training here in São Paulo. Anyways we arrived at this park and walked a couple blocks to this Theatre where i guess they have concerts, plays and other things but there were so many people! Holy cow São Paulo is huge! It was weird to see clothes different from a white shirt and tie haha but anyways the first guy we talked to was Peruvian! He was looking lonely and kinda sad so we just walked up to him intoduced ourselves and asked a little bit about him, he said he was peruvian and so i talked about my mom (Mom youre the bomb!) and a little bit about why were there so after that we talked about our church, asked if he belonged to any church in particular, but eventually we talked about the restorarion and the belief that God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are different personages and he was interested so we gave him a book of mormon and pamphlet about the restoration and then went to talk to some more people! Oh yeah one scary thing was when we were talking to this peruvian a man in a suit holding a bible came up and shook all of our hands and i was scared we were about to have the Bible bash of the century! But he just walked away, miracles do happen!
Later that day we saw the peruvian reading the Book of Mormon!! Next was an old man sitting on a stone wall and he was really happy to see us because he was wondering why we had name tags and we told him then talked a little bit about our church and gave him a book of mormon too. Haha then we walked into this park and talked with some Jehovah´s witnesses quite by accident for awhile but they were nice and we didnt argue or anything. Then next to the cross walks we gave out two more to these nice brazilian fellows and one of them talked alot about the book of revelations (apocolypsia in Portuguese) and so we continued talking when out of no where this super loud and hardcore screamo music just started blaring from the subway grates below and made it harder to talk to him but i know who that was! We kept talking though and could really feel the spirit and he gave us hugs and was very grateful for the book and said he would read it!
Later we gave out a pamphlet out to a man on a bridge and tried to get his contact info for the CTM but he didnt want to, nice guy though! After that we were out of stuff to give to people so we helped another companionship give away their book of mormons! Great times, I am so excited for the field! In only 13 days ill be in Brasilia, a missionary from Brasilia talked to us and said the people there have very hard hearts, its a pretty wealthy city, but after proselyting i came to appreciate this gospel even more and gain some confidence for the field!
What else, conference was awesome! It was probably the first time i actually listened and took notes on every speaker aaha but brother gudoy´s talk was in enlgish for us! I was fine for that, we all heard the talks in english, but today at the temple i turned my translator thing to Portuguese and did the whole session in Portuguese, maybe that makes up for it haha.
Funny things about the CTM: my companion has a camoflauge onsises pajamas haha and everyday the guys in our district have an intelligent conversation about whatever its pretty funny anways the Church is true and really answers so many questions about life! Atê Maís! (Until next time)