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Monday, May 28, 2012

Macumba...Black Witchcraft

Wow so Whitney is finally done.... You know what that means. 
You guys are official old as can be.
Viejazo in Spanish

Doughnuts. Yup they were yummy but really fattening, we probably won't be making those again. We invited the whole district, 8 of us in total. So I decided to make a double batch. it used like 2 kilos of flour. almost 4 and a half pounds. And it made a ton! I got sick of making them and baked a bunch as rolls in the oven. It turned out ok, just kinda a sweet roll.

Anyway. Sebastian and his family are doing great. Seba came to church like normal. but this time his mom came with him. She said she might, but we weren't really expecting her to show up. They are a good family, they are just progressing really slow. It's ok though. We have to keep visiting them anyway to teach Sebastian the lessons of Retention. 

We also had Arlene come to church. We are excited about that but she might be leaving to work in Rivera.  It's a city that is on the border with Brazil.  She is a doctor and used to work there for a long time but then she started having problems with anxiety and they made her stop working for a little while. But we will see what happens.

We found a really cool guy this week. He is about 23 ish, his name is Federico. He is really receptive and we have had  two really good lessons with him. The only thing is that he said he would come to church and he didn't. But thats pretty normal. It usually takes most people some time to gain the faith to come to church. I wish it wasn't so hard but hey, es lo que hay.

Anyway other than that everything is going well. Elder Alvey and I get a long just fine. He is a Ute fan but its ok, I believe in the power of repentance. 

I got to do an intercambio with the Brazilian elder in my district, it was really fun, I got to learn a lot of portuguese :) 

Also weird little things happend.

We were walking on this dirt road and we saw some lights in the some tall grass that was on the side of the road. and we were  like, why are there lights right there?  My comp thought it was a fire, it wasn't flickering so I thought they were just some little light bulbs.  Anyway we got a little closer and it was about 8 candles in a circle around some weird looking thing in the middle. We realized it was a sacrafice from one of the weird religions down here, Macumba [black witchcraft practiced in Brazil]. It was dark out so it kinda scared us away but we went back the next day during the day, the sacrafice was a plate covered in uncooked popcorn with a large piece of uncooked meat with a row of tiny baked potatoes and a hard boiled egg cut in half in every corner of the plate, it  was carefully prepared. It was kinda weird.

Anyway thats about all for this week. Hope everything is well.

Elder Carlson

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