So there is less to report this week as the schedule is settling down into a more predictable pattern, which you could say is a good thing since the days now seem much shorter.
Last Tuesday (1/28) we had a General Authority devotional from Elder Martino about working with members in our mission and creating lasting relationships for those investigating the Church. It was great, but the most helpful part was that I listened to the Portuguese translation (with some fancy wireless headsets!), and have begun to do that for all the talks. It really helps my comprehension and I am seeing a lot of progress.
Most of that progress is seen in the “lessons” I am teaching with Elder Dustin to our teachers acting as investigators from their missions. We now have two teachers Irma Connell (who we are teaching as Guilarmenia) and Irmao Roberts (who was Pedro, now Lucas). Every day I am getting more and more fluent, and I am using less and less notes and learning how to put my will in the Lord’s hands for even small things like this, as well as be able to say his words and recognize the promptings of the Spirit.
We had another teacher come speak to us this week who just came back from Mozambique a few months ago. (All of the teachers so far have served in Brazil, and the accent/grammar is a bit different). He told us a lot of things about the country that make me so excited to get there in just a few weeks!
Most importantly he told us that the internet and power can be unreliable, so there may be weeks where I am unable to email over there.
So with a consistent schedule, a typical day is as follows:
- Wake up at 6:30 am
- Breakfast at 7:45 am
- Class or study time 8:15- lunch
- Lunch at 12:30 pm
- Class or study time 1:15- dinner
- Dinner at 5:30
- Class or study time from 6:15-9:30
The day will include language lessons, missionary lessons, devotionals on Sundays and Tuesdays, 50 minutes of gym in the afternoon or evening and sometimes other meetings. Needless to say, we spend a TON of time in room 511, our classroom.
Note: Additional photos to follow later this evening.