Additions and Losses

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Oi família!

This week was pretty slow but that was because a lot happened over the weekend and P-Day with our investigators. Out of the ten jovens (young people) we had last week only two survived. Ellen, the teenage mom, Bruno and Adria were lost because Bruno hit Ellen in the head. Ellen called the police and then left to stay at her boyfriend’s house. Their mother has asked that we do not visit there again because I think she thinks all of it was caused by them going to church that morning. Adria can listen to the discussion but only if we are teaching the neighbors and she decides to come listen. We then lost three more because they do not want to think about it or be baptized now, maybe later; they were the younger ones. Then we lost another, even though he was stronger, because he went to stay at his Dad’s house this week that is out of our area. The last, Ieda and João Victor are more solid, with the parents of Ieda wanting to come to church with us this next week. We will have to see how everything goes! 

Funny experiences this past week:

1. There is an investigator we have that has been drunk every time we have gone by her home, except for the first time we taught her. I can never tell who is drunk here or not because people already are pretty loud and vibrant without drinking. Sister Cabral is pretty good at telling the difference. The last time we went by both of us could not tell but when Sister Cabral asked her if she read the Book of Mormon yet, she said, I haven’t stop drinking long enough to do so hahaha. It was funny and kind of sad because we have visited her three times this past week and she is has been drunk every time. She showed good potential the first time we visited so we’ll have to see how this next week goes.

2.  Wallace was our first baptism here but he has not been confirmed. We did not teach him; we just got him with a baptism date and baptized because the old missionaries in the area asked us too. Every time we call to see why he is not coming to church, he does not answer. Every time we pass by his house he has the craziest excuses for not wanting to come out and talk with us. One time he was studying his textbook and another after we asked two different people to ask him to come out (he has a lot of people living in his Mom’s home) he said he was going to go use the bathroom so he could not talk to us. lol I hope one day he will realize the importance of baptism and CONFIRMATION.

So about transfers…I will be staying here in Caçari with Sister Cabral, BUT we are getting Sisters!!! One is the old companion of Sister Cabral, the one right before me, and a member that they refer to as Com Praza. It is a member that takes 6 weeks to live as a missionary without being called or set apart. To me it seems like a long term, split with a member. To our knowledge this member has never been a Com Praza before. President Klein uses them a lot here in Manaus. Life should be exciting for all us, as I had to use my Interior Design skills to make room for two tables in the extra room and move a wardrobe into our room because there has not been two duplas in our apartment for a really long time and that room was more of storage space.

I am excited for this transfer with the investigators we have and the new sisters coming, oh and we will be planning a Halloween Party like we did in Dallas, with all the different youth groups, Relief Society and Elder’s Quorum doing things for it. It is going to get interesting!

Te Amo!

Sister Janis

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About elainejanis

My name is Elaine Janis. I am currently serving as a volunteer representative for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Amazon Jungle of Manaus Brazil. When I complete my mission I will return to Brigham Young University-Idaho where I am a senior in the Interior Design Program. Quotes that inspire me everyday are: "love life and it will love you back" "design is like unto the creation of worlds"

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