Monday, July 14, 2014

World Cup and American Roomies

Hello my dear family!

Sounds like you´re all doing great! Keep up being awesome and loving each other, whoo! To answer some of your questions, Mom, the lady with lots of kids... she´s doing well! Seeing as how we practically only had two days to work this week between the world cup and meetings and interviews, it was difficult to follow up with our investigators as we would have liked, but I still have faith that she´ll go far. We´re already seeing changes in her. It was crazy here when Brasil was playing but during the last game between Germany and Argentina, it was pretty peaceful. The only thing that happened was we saw a half-naked man leaning out his car window blasting music and waving a giant German flag while speeding down the road. And fireworks. But that´s all pretty normal here. ;) It is interesting living with two other Americans... kind of weird, but it´s also nice having people around who understand, well, American things... but poor Sister Caetano... I love that girl haha. As for Presidente and Sister Gomes, I love them! They are nothing like the Gonzagas, but they´re still great. Presidente Gonzaga focused a lot more on the urgency of baptism and he and Sister Gonzaga were a bit more funny and outgoing. Presidente Gomes is focusing a lot more on the temple and family history work which is super interesting and different. But we have a promise from Elder Nelson that if we do this, we will see more success in our work too.  I´m beginning to realize more and more just how important this other type of missionary work is! There are so many people waiting on the other side of the veil for their baptisms and other ordenances to be done!

All righty... what happened this week... lots of interesting things! I don´t have time to write everything, so after the mission will have to do, but we are teaching a great older lady who has a semi-rebellious son. I honestly thought she wouldn´t be incredibly open to everything, but when we felt inspired to teach the Book of Mormon and give one to her for her granddaughter to read to her, she got so excited! She already recognizes that it is scripture written by prophets of God. I´m excited to return to visit her and see how their reading is going. We met some other elects and have planned to visit them this week. And other than that, the town was basically shut down for the World Cup. But this coming week, we´re going to get to work how we were before, woohoo! I love missionary work and am so grateful to be here. I love you guys and am always praying for you! Thank you for all you do to help me through words and your actions too! Hurrah for Israel!

Com amor,
Sister Ball

P.S. I got birthday cards! Thank you Dad, Mom, Noelle, Cam, Steven, David, Grand Dad, Tina, Shelli, Tiff, Dan, Keaton, Jack and Olivia! I love you all and am extremely grateful for you each in my life!

A shot of my beautiful area

3 Americans after dancing in the rain

Another band album cover... sorry for my awkwardness

Up close and personal with a cool-lookin' spider

In front of the coolest house here in Eduardo Gomes ... too bad Brasil didn't make it as far as we would have liked :(

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