Monday, October 19, 2015

New Companion!

A lot of the conference talks this year were about looking through heavens eyes (at least that's what I got out of some of them). When we try to change our perspective, everything is put in our path to help us grow. Transfers were great! Elder Souza is my new companion. He's another native Brazilian and got to the mission the transfer after I did. He's lived in Brazil his whole life but speaks English because he learned it from Disney Channel and music. So that's sweet. Elder Naressi helped my proper Portuguese, and now I have a really solid base in that. Elder Souza is helping me to speak more like a native! Slang, accent, songs, everything! It's super fun. I had a really cool experience the other day actually. So my trainer just got transferred out and I just got a new companion. I've been in the field for 3 transfers and him 2 transfers. So that makes me senior companion. So I take the lead on stuff. The weirdest part is that he's native Brazilian. Lived in Manaus his whole life. Anyways, we had a dinner appointment and it was so good. I used some of the slang he taught me, told some jokes I made up. It was great. We were laughing, they were laughing. Just an all-around great time. But then came the message. I wasn't scared to share it because it was in Portuguese. But usually with my old companion I didn't get to talk much. Cause he talked A LOT. Anyways, I shared the lesson, it wasn't too great, I testified at the end and then I looked at Ingrid. And she was bawling. And then I looked at Andrew. And they were bawling. It hit me so hard. Like, a brick wall actually. That I'm actually making a difference. Up until that point I hadn't really realized how far along my Portuguese had come, but even more importantly that I was actually making a difference in the lives of those I was teaching. It made my heart swell with so much gladness it's insane. But I'm doing super well. I don't know what's going to happen in the next transfer, but I love being in this branch and I love the work here. It's starting to pick up a little bit! Change in an area is always good. I'll be sure to attach some recordings too! Love y'all!

Rodizio De Pizza (with Elder Narezzi)
It was so good. I ate 13 pieces....#worthit

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