Sunday, July 13, 2014

   Tudo bem familia!! Haha Elder Star Wars! His name really is easy for all the Brazilians. None of them can get my name right and I just tell them that it is all good because noe one can get it right back in the states either. It sounds like you have a whole lot of fun planned for the 4th of July though, especially with Sarah coming home. Yea she sounds like she worked really hard and had some good success so I bet she really will feel lack of something when she gets home. Well since I live with 4 Americans we will probably have a little party on the 4th of July and order some esphias ( mini pizza things).
    Brazil won their last game in the cup so now they will play again this Friday. It was really intense game. They won with the last penalty kicks. Ha I never thought that soccer was this exciting but here it is a way of life. I think the states play tomorrow so hopefully they can win and have another game too. Everyone here talks smack on the US with futebol. I just tell them because all of our athletes are playing futebol americano or basketball. You should here this place though when someone makes a goal. The whole area just explodes. 
     The good news is that the World Cup isnt really hindering the work here. Our family that we found came to church this Sunday and loved it!!!! Ha Joalzinho( the kid Greg reactivated) taught the first class of church about fasting and basically taught all about how you can fast to get an answer that the church is true. He is a really funny guy and is always full of energy. After church though they came up to me and asked me when we were coming by so that is always a good sign when your investigators are asking when our next appointment is. So we will go back and see them this Tuesday. We are still working with this guy named Edgvoldo who is trying his best to quit smoking. I know for sure that he will overcome it. He is the most sincere guy I have met here. During out lessons and church he is always paying attention and just eating everything up that is being taught. Next week he should be off cigarettes for good and then we just have to get him married to his partner. We also had this teenage girl come that was actually working with the sister missionaries but I think she likes us better ha, because she was not progressing at all with the Sisters. She was the one that we brought to watch the first Brazil game so that we could have permission to watch it. After we just recommitted her to read and to come to church and she did it. She has almost read the whole first book of Nephi. So we´ll see what happens with her. Her mom is really against the church so we´re going to have to work around that somehow.
       Our new Mission President arrived a couple of days ago and now President Tanner is off to take care of his responsibilites as a General Authority. So the name of my 4th mission President is President Broadbent. He was living in Boise Idaho before he came here but I cant remember where he is actually from. We had a mission conference with him and he and his wife seem like really great people. President has a good way to go to get his Portuguese back to being good, but he will recieve a lot of help from the Lord. He just wrote a talk in portuguese and read it to us. It´ll be really good though. I think we have interviews some time here in the next couple of weeks.
       So yea a lot of our baptismal dates did fall through but I think that is because we set dates with a lot of shaky people. Ha our date that we have the family on is the championship game for the world cup, so hopefully it doesnt mess with anything. Everything is going great though and we really are having a lot of fun doing the Lord´s work. I know that this really is His work and that it has truely blessed the lives of all those who embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The new Liahona showed the growth of the church in Brazil and it truely is amazing how the church has grown here. Thank you for your love and support. I love you all so much. Have a great week!!
Love Elder Polatis

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