This was definitely a good week. For starters, we had another baptism and the members are starting to help us out a lot more...since knocking or clapping on doors isn't exactly the most effective way to do things. Our most recent baptism was the son of Telania Palheta Dos Santos, our first baptism. His name is Adriano and he's sixteen. It was really cool to see things come together for this family. Now, we are teaching his cousins, who both have dates set for baptism, and hopefully their families too. Everyone in the family lives close together, so that makes things easier.
Nonetheless, things are not easy...mostly because of the weather. During the middle of the day, of course, it is really hot, and no matter what you do, nobody wants to get off their hammock to come to the door and talk...but I can kind of understand given the circumstances.
The Portuguese continues to get better, especially the understanding part. At first when I arrived here, the words were coming so fast that I couldn't keep up with what was being said, but now it's starting to make sense and I can actually talk back with intelligent answers. It's still a little bit of a disappointment that I can't speak as well as I can in English, but that will come with time.
This morning we were a little bit delayed due to some serious rain. It rained harder than I have ever seen. I don't know how some of these houses remain standing, but they amazingly do. A huge river quickly forms in the middle of the street, which takes anything and everything in its way. There are a lot of snakes and such left on the sidewalks afterward that unfortunately didn't make it to dry ground.
The food here continues to be normal: beans, rice, meat, and some sort of vegetable. The other day someone actually made us fries...it was amazing! All is going well and each day it seems our work here is more and more successful.
Elder Taylor Mackay