Monday, April 13, 2015


What do most folks around there do for work?  The girls here work sewing. Everyone one has at least one sewing machine in their house and what they do is get a bunch of shirts and pants and stuff and sew them together to make a shirt and stuff. you need like 4 different types of sewing machines to make a shirt. Its actually pretty sweet. The men here do what they can.  If you went to school you can be pretty much whatever. If you didnt go to school you can work at Bramil (supermarket) or really do pretty much whatever. You can earn a decent living working at grocery stores or opening your own bakery. 
Where do you do your laundry?   We do laundry in our house with a washing machine that kinda dirties your clothes the first time. so you have to run it twice. then hang them up to dry. Its chill
Do you have air conditioning?  No. But some people do but its expencive and its one of those things you stick in the window.
What about hot water for showers? Oh you´ve done it now. You opened a can of worms. Its freakin 10 degrees when we wake up at 6h30 and the correct thing to do is to take a shower at 7;30ish and get prepared for the day before you do personal study. That has not happened for the past week cause our shower water is slightly warmer than body temperature... Do you have any idea how much of a tease that is? And the window leads to a room in our house that doesnt have a roof cause we dry our clothes there. And the bathroom door hasn't been on the hinges for 3 months now because the hinges broke. So we're talking breezey 20 degree (C) weather with water slightly warmer than your body. So we bought alcohol in jell and now we're squirting in on the concrete floor and lighting it on fire just to get a little heat going in our house. Hahaha and that stuff heats up the whole house pretty quick. 
Yeah its cold here now. Im sleeping with 3 blankets and the fan..... still turned on ;) hahah but im doin that thing where I get out of bed and untill like 8:30 im walking around with a blanket around me like I used to do with the peach blanket. haha our floors are more clean now!

But yeah this week was good. nothing really big. We worked our butts off goodness gracious. We were trying to get all of our goals and we almost got all of them... But yeah
We started going to Bela Vista. This area that's kinda like the ghetto. we walked across this bridge that looked 5 years past its last safety inspection and entered this little town that's on top of a mountain beside a huge waterfall. Its such a beautiful sight, but there are so many drugs and poverty there too. Its pretty sad. But we now know like 50 kids there and promised that one time this week we would go over there and fly a kite with them. 

Its pretty cool being a misionary because we´re not meant to fit in. We wear white shits and ties every day to stand out. when kids see us they treat us differently, kinda like outcasts. But once you get talking to them they realize that we´re just 19, 20 year old guys trying to help people. And pretty soon you got like 10 kids following you around asking questions, joking around with you. Its freakin awesome when your climbing up a staircase and people on both sides of the staircase are calling you out. But no one can pronunce my name right so it sounds like elder am! am! Haha you just gotta love them. Im doing good and I have so many people here who love us its so nice. be it that they're not members they are still super nice people and always call us to come eat something or just to talk.  

haha so theres a type of music here called funk. and the closing prayer of the last session of General Conference was given by Brother Funk so in the middle of the prayer the feed cut off so everyone is silent for like a minute and me and Elder H are dying so I keep my head down and say "in the name of jesus christ Amen."(but in portuguese) hahaha everyone laughs and then we have a real closing prayer.  

This week we entered a super sketchy part of Bela Vista and there was a cement soccer court with like 20 kids flying kites so I walk over there and start talking to one of them. His name is T hes 10 and were just talking about kites and stuff and one of his buddies shouts Policia! Policia! and points at us. Im like "PO! SE MALUCO!? Nos não somos policial! Caraca vou tomar um tiro em este bagulho" which means like, "Wow you crazy!? we´re not police! geeze we´re gonna get shot in this place." and they like started to laugh so we explained who we are and what we're doing and they were super cool about it and, well, the ones who had parents invited us to talk with them. It was super cool
But yeah things are going well here. We´re teaching a lot. but yeah I miss you guys!! Love you all so much!
Elder hamm

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