I am in Santa Maria. I am loving every minute of it. My companion and I and with a few people from our zone, and the ward climbed a mountain. Yes I climbed a mountain. There is a mountain in our area and they have radio antennas we climbed to the tip top and took some pictures, I would send you the pictures but my camera started acting up these last couple of days, and I sent it to be repaired, it should be done by next week. All things hoping. But it is a very beuaful climb. We took some pictures from way up high and you could see the entire city from that vantage point. It is very pretty. I will send you the pictures once I copy them from my companion. We are planning on going back up next week, as well with some of the other zone leaders.
I am very happy here. I think I will stay in the city a long time. It has a lot to offer. My companion and I are helping a family of 4 get married. They want to be baptized, but the only real hold back is marriage. This place is difficult to find people who are legally married. Most of the people do not have the money simply to get married and so they just say hey be mine until you get tired of me, and they get together for a while, have a crap ton of children and something eventually will happen and they will split up. It is the sad, but actual truth. This family is great though. They are showing real progress. They will be baptized around thanksgivings day.
I do not know if you guys know, but Brazil just elected a woman president. Dilma. She is Brazil's woman presdinte, and as I am gathering it is pretty mixed feelings about the whole thing, but we will see what will happen to her in the next couple of weeks.
I am great, and healthy, and I will talk to you guys later.
Elder Caleb S. Carriere