Dear Family, and Friends
This week was pretty good. I was on splits for most of it. I was with my new zone leader Elder Monteiro. It was a good time away from my actual companion. Although he is kind of a robot. He uses the phrase "a gente" in place of eu or nos. Which is like saying one can do this or one will visit your house. It is weird to say the very least.
The good news is, Tere, the woman with TB was baptized, and so was her son Maicon, and another guy who has skipped out on his baptism 3 other times before. It was a good week, to say the very least, and I did not get my leg victimized by a dog like last week.
Her baptism was somewhat strange because half her body has paralyzed and she cannot stand up or move, for that matter, so my companion, being the big and strong guy that he is, carried her into the font where he had a chair waiting for her to sit on and then said the baptismal prayer. After the prayer, he and a member removed the chair and they dipped her in the water. It was a little unorthodox, but the situation was a bit different.
I will be getting a new companion soon. An American also, which is a bit of a godsend because I have been going a little crazy, because I am speaking better and better every day, but it is still difficult to completely relate to someone who does not know completely what your culture is like and visa versa. So I am looking forward to that. My only worry is that we will spend more time speaking English to one another and our Portuguese will worsen, but I doubt that will happen.
I want to say, Happy Late Birthday Mom, and Happy Birthday to Seth, and Amy. I send you my love. Also Seth your birthday is the last day of Carnival. You learned something new. Congrats.
Elder Caleb S. Carriere