Things are rolling along here. They are getting more difficult with my companion as he gets nearer and nearer to the end (going home). I am not looking very much forward to the next three weeks but I will do my best and the Lord will help me. This week was a difficult one, not many people have been accepting us, we have had very few new investigators. Beyond this I am doing quite well I think...
A few people have asked me a few times about my thoughts about Brazil and how my Portuguese is progressing and all that so I will give you an update. Brazil feels very normal to me now, I remember how new and different it felt when I first arrived but now it feels quite normal, different then the United States, but normal. My Portuguese is fine, I understand just about everything and I am speaking well with only a few difficulties here and there. The language doesn’t stand in the way much anymore, only when people are talking about very complicated things. I speak constant Portuguese now. I only speak English about once a week, and even then, it is only a little bit. I am thinking in Portuguese now, it is usually easier than thinking in English. I am also pretty well adjusted to mission life now. I have hard days now and again where I miss home and the mission seems much more difficult, but they are getting further and fewer between.
I started telling you a little bit about an investigator last week, and I will continue on now. She is progressing well, slowly but constantly. The branch has taken quite a liking to her and they are helping her and us quite a bit. She knows the Church is true, she hasn’t fully admitted it to herself yet, but she knows it. She wants to be baptized but she is afraid, but I know that eventually she will be baptized, hopefully sooner than later. I will try to tell you more about her and our other investigators in the weeks to come. I bear you my testimony that the Church is true, I know that the church is the only living church, directed by a true prophet and apostles. I know that God directs this church and that he directs the missionary work. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, it testifies of everything we believe in, but most importantly, it testifies of Christ. I know that Christ lives, he loves us, and He is at the head of this church. I know that the words of the prophets and apostles are precious things; we are so very blessed to hear from them every six months. I am so excited for general conference I can’t even tell you! I love you all immensely and I hope you have a great week!"
Now, that's a good e-mail. It's interesting that his Portuguese is improving so much. Once you get to the point where you are thinking in your mission language, you become a very good communicator. That didn't really happen for me until I was half way through my mission so he is doing really well. I also remember that I would dream in my mission language. That's how you know it's deep down in your brain. Consequently, as your mission language improves, your English grammar deteriorates.
He sounds good. I am glad that he has adjusted to the country and that it seems normal to him. I remember what a shock it was for me to come home and how everything seemed so amazing to me for the first few days when I came home. It's funny how people can adapt to most any situation.
We miss Ian but we know his service is important. E-mails do my heart good. :)