And todo mundo too, I guess.
Whattta week man. The Portuguese is plodding along. I gained four pounds in a week and a half of eating here. The chocolate milk station is infinite, as is my craving for it. I ran into this lady I knew from Centerville during lunch - but it was tough addressing each other because we only knew each others first names and didn't want to admit that we didn't know our last names so we we're just on an "Elder" and "Sister" basis. But anyway, for the land of Clovis I already bumped into Elder Scandalin (BRET LOOK UP HOW TO SPELL THAT NAME SO I DON'T DESTROY THE PRIDE OF THE SAMOAN PEOPLE) (*editor's note: he slaughtered that name so badly that Facebook couldn't even recognize a portion of it. Therefore, destroyed pride. Sorry buddo.*) in the cafeteria. It was the first time I had seen him without the whole human of hair on his head but he pulled off the missionary cut well. Good for him.
Time doesn't flow right in the MTC. It's kinda annoying because everyone thinks it's so deep when they describe it as "The days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days." But it is an apt description. I suppose since we're working sixteen hour days it's all melting together in our heads.
To alleviate the time obstacle, I've been trying to keep each day fresh for our district.
Namely I hid under Elder Van Leuven's bed and scared the poop out of him.
Anyway, I feel really blessed to be here. It's weird testifying through email about these kinds of things, but I want you guys to know that this whole experience has already been so uplifting and special. The ground we're walking on is concentrated, and the Espirito Santos is muito powerful. There is something sacred about addressing Pai Celestial and Jesus Cristo in another language. The prayers in Portuguese have a special feeling to them, with their simplicity and whatnot. They also feel a little more earnest because you have to really think about what you're saying. I might even prefer praying in Portuguese.
We work so hard here. I've never been so exhausted in my life - but I've also never been so satisfied. I hope everyone is alright.
Also I couldn't figure out how to upload my own photos so I chose the next best thing.