Due to the recent travel, I don't have much time to write this letter, but I wanted to get in a few words quickly. So, the Leadership Council went well in Manaus but was followed by a series of unfortunate events that I'm not going to get into at this time. Since we arrived on Monday and stayed until Wednesday, I was able to do divisions with Elder Nascimento, Elder Carreira, and Elder Wetzker to teach some new people in my old area and also see a few old faces (I'll say more about it next week).
The council was interesting with one of the hot topics being whether or not the missionaries should be allowed to watch the Brasil games in the World Cup. It was funny to see the difference between Brazilian theory and American theory with regards to whether or not we would watch. In past situations, after a long conference and lack of sleep, I would have found myself dragging back to the mission house to take a rest, but now that the mission is coming to an end, you get that second wind that pushes you to go the extra mile.
Sadly, the wedding of João Paulo and Giselle isn't official yet since the paper to make it legal isn't ready due to a massive 20 day delay by the cartório. The important thing is that they are taking steps in the right direction, and in a few weeks, the baptism will be realized (once their union is made official by the law).
Elder Lima and I are getting along well and trying our best to make this district become a Stake with the efforts of our fellow missionaries. Next week, I will once again be traveling to Manaus with the zone to be part of the Tur da Missão, where we will have the opportunity to hear the words of Elder Linhares, the Area Seventy.
By the way, I'd like to wish you an early Happy Mother's Day. I look forward to the call on Sunday when we can discuss more about the work, our plans for your arrival, and the food and films I would like for you guys to stock up on, so I can make up for the 2 year absence (haha). Well, that was my rushed email for the week, and I fear due to similar circumstances, it might be more or less the same situation with my email next week.
Elder Taylor Mackay
P.S.- Jet lag is real