2 Nephi 22: 2,3

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also has become my salvation. Therefore, with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

April 18, 2011 Castelinho

Hey World,

To start, I realize that my email last week was a little weird. However, it was the truth. Don´t worry, I not self hating or anything, I just had a pretty reflective week last week. I kind of thought stuff back home wasn´t going to change on my mission but boy was I wrong. Jackson moved to Colorado, Kenzie moved out (again), Maggie and Ryan are trying to start and family, and mom and dad are heading off to Paris for the week. Yep things change! haha but that´s part of life I suppose and I guess that is kind of what I was trying to say last week.

Anyway, I´m super happy right now. My area is great! Last week my comp and I had to talk some stuff out but now we are super strong. This week was the transfer but we´re staying together one more so I´m excited.

Last Monday we had a great time with some of the elders in our zone. We went to a restaurant called Habib´s. It´s like McDonald´s but they make middle eastern food. I bought their version of a big mac (they use velveta cheese sauce instead of thousand island). It was so fun. This transfer I made some really good friend here in Guarapiranga, like Elder Hickenlooper, who just got transferred. It was nice to spend the day with the awesome elders of our zone.

Tuesday we had district meeting and I then we went into an exchange with Jardin Angela. I stayed with Elder M. Melo in Aracati. It was great. He corrected my Portuguese every few minutes and then got embarrassed. I still need to learn so it was good.

Wednesday I did and exchange with Elder Amauri in our area again. It was good. He is the oldest missionary here in Sao Paulo Interlagos. He is 27 and pretty bald. We got out to work earlier than we thought we would so we went to Castelinho for a little bit. Castelinho is an abandoned mansion on the lake. It is so cool. There are tons of stories about it. One guy told us that it was a drug lord´s home and the police killed everyone that lived there and that their spirits haunt the place now. Others say it was just an old rich guy that died and no one took care of it anymore. The point is it´s creepy and full of brasilian graffiti (see photos).

Friday I went on exchange with Elder Beron in Chacara Santana. He is one of the first Argentinos to serve in Brasil. Brasil and Argentina are huge rivals so people always say funny stuff to him. I did my first baptismal interviews during the exchange. It was awesome! It´s a lot of pressure to think that you´re the one who decides if these people will be baptized or not but it really is a spiritual experience that I enjoyed and hope to do a lot more.

Saturday some of our investigators got married! Sergio and Cristina! They have been way busy the last few weeks so we haven´t been able to talk to them a lot but they invited us to the reception and it was so fun. Cristina looked so beautiful and Sergio introduced us to everyone and gave us a lot of attention. Now we just need to get them to accept a baptismal date.

I got pretty sick this week too so I´ve been running on empty. I feel like I´m getting a little better everyday so I should be back to normal soon. Irmá Eurotides (arrow-ti-gees) made me an herbal remedy of ground up garlic, lime juice, and honey that makes you want to throw up but does the trick.

Anyway, that´s the week for you! I love this work and I love all of you! Fica Cique!

Elder Taggart

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