My new area is pretty sweet, the ward is super small - - maybe 25 or 30 people. Yesterday I gave a talk, the counselor came up to me 5 minutes before Sacrament meeting asking me to speak. I was the first slot, the 5 minute one - - so I wasn't stressing too hard. I talked about the Priesthood. After church we attended a funeral, the wife was a less active member and the husband was not a member. My companion dedicated the grave and I left the message. I literally almost died of heat at the burial, it was so dang hot and the strongest sun I've felt in a while. I am not up north anymore! We got 2 new investigators at the funeral. The funeral was a really spiritual experience.
We helped paint a house like all day long Saturday, and since I'm always the tallest - - ha - - ha, I do the ceilings, because I don't need a ladder! My neck and shoulders are still sore from that day - - it was a long project. The family we did it for is super cool - - so we were happy to help. We have an intergration night Wednesday at the church, so we need to plan that.
Elder Andrade is from Natal, Brasil. He's short and I am tall - - ha - - ha, but he has one of the most powerful testimonies I have seen on my mission. He teaches really well and is very well organized. In my new area the food here is pretty much the same rice, beans, chicken and juice. The area we work is much larger than my assignment in Aracy. Excited to see it all and work! This week we are about to destroy with contacts and finding new people to teach! Please keep praying that we can find others in this area - - we are working hard. I miss Elysse too, that dude was the man ;/ A bunch of my stuff is still in Piracicaba. I miss my Bible and my livro de mormon ;/ It's not the same teaching people with someone elses books - - like i got really used to mine - - the texture of the pages, the size of the letters, the text, it's just not the same :/ I need my bag back! I don't recommend packing in the dark for a transfer - -ha - -ha! I am still not be able to send pictures this week, no one has a card reader!
Thank you for everything. I love you lots and miss everyone. Elder Akina