Ru. She is still going strong. She is in a battle with Coffee right now. She says she drinks it only in the morning and can stop whenever. We have challenged her over and over but its not working. We have tried replacing it with something else similar to coffee. Its just not working. She has recieved all the lessons, has a testimony but just cant stop drinking. She wants to get baptized but its kinda been a struggle with her. We are still working diligently with her though. She is a really sweet lady and has a good heart!
V. He is a boy that is full of energy. He is 11 years old and has a dad that doesnt want anything to do with the church. He was raised a little weird and now has some habits that we have fixed. 1 of them was not respecting his mom. We have drilled that into his head now. He is doing a lot better and now likes to go to church with his family (minus the dad). His mom is always saying how much he has changed from our lessons.
G. The little sister of V. She is really imaginative and is a funny little girl. The only problem is that the Jehova Witnesses got to her first and filled her mind with crap. We are now trying to clean that up so she can get baptized too. She still goes to church with us and its always good to talk to her and play a little too.
An is the mom of those 2. She is a less active but has started coming to church more. Her husband is a little crazy... he likes to go out on the town and do who knows what. She never knows where he is and when he is home there is a case of domestic abuse. Its really sad and we are just trying to help her through it. Bishop is also working with her and trying to strengthen her and her faith. Worse comes to worse they will end up separating. :(
Our House is a joke. We just recieved a HUGE dresser and it takes up half of our study room. We have a sleeping room. with 2 other dressers and 2 bunk beds. a study room. with 4 tables and this huge dresser, and a kitchen with 2 tables 2 fridges and a shelf and try to put 4 missionaries there too. Its kinda a mess. I feel like the mom here. Everyone likes to sleep in and not do the dishes and not clean anything. I ended up doing all of that today. by myself. Its kinda a struggle right now but im trying to talk to them and get them knowing that i dont like to do it too but it has to be done. Also to top it all off we all were sick this week. Still recovering, but its been a mess and a really bad joke. haha
One thing ive learned in the mission is how to ration food. I am running out a little faster than i would like so now I'm down to the last bits. Im just trying to make it til the 15 and all will be good! Sometimes I think that the money they give us isnt sufficient but we survive somehow :)
So a day in the life of a missionary: (for you mom)
get up and shower, eat breakfast, get ready for the day.
study the book of mormon, preach my gospel and other resources that will help your investigators. then study this again with your companion but more in depth for each one for the day.
then i study portuguese for an hour from some books i got at the mtc. i also found a really good one here in the house that i am working out of.
then lunch! its usually at a members house and they make something yummy (most of the time) and we eat and leave a message and go to work.
We plan the night before or during comp study for what we are going to do for the day. We pass by houses and see if we cant teach them a lesson. some people have lied about their address and we cry a little but move on to the next house. We try to plan a route so that the houses we visit are close together and we can get a lot of visits in in one day. We Then come home at about 9 and plan and eat and write in the journal and go to sleep until the next day.
Thats about it! I thank you all for your prayers and your love and your support! Its getting a little easier being out here but i still miss the states! Enjoy your peanut butter and Dr. Pepper! ;)
Elder Kyson Sullivan