My name is Diana Martin and I am a not so secret agent for the Lord in beautiful Maceio, Brazil. I am serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 18 months.

Monday, January 13, 2014

A White Christmas?

Dear Family,

Thanks for the photos! oh my goodness snow. I had forgotten what it looks like! And I really can´t imagine what it feels like. The rare times I am even in an air conditioned room I get cold.

The new area is going. I know where I am going and I know the area but it is a little more difficult then areas in the past because really there are only apartments. So you have to rely on members and talking to people in the street which means you teach less which is hard because in my last area we had record numbers of lessons. But I know that it isn´t the number that matters and that I am still doing my very best I can with the circumstances and thats what matters. I just have to change my thought process.

This week was a lot better with Sister Chilson as well. New areas, apartments, and companions are big changes and sometimes require time to adjust. Now we are working better together and learning. Portuguese is a struggle still for her but we have a lot of help in our house! (ainda estamos na mesma casa. [We are still in the same house] Que droga né? [When I put this into google translate it came up as "d&%n right". Not quite sure what she meant.-Kimi]) 

They don´t have a midnight service here at church. Maybe Catholics do actually. But church yesterday was a little weird because Christmas was barely even mentioned and very little said about the birth of Christ so I am still in a state of unbelief that it is Christmas time (and that I am halfway through my mission). The missions conference was cool with a talent show and spiritual thoughts from President and Sister Gonzaga (which is good because we weren´t able to watch the Christmas Devotional so I needed something, right?) It was crazy with the entire mission together. There were so many missionaries in one place! And all the sisters were dressed up and pretty which is cool because normally we are looking pretty rough in the hot sun. I am even more excited about this week. Today we are going to make cookies to take to the members that help us so much and we will sing Christmas hymns for them. Right now it is also really hard to find someone in casa. None of our investigators actually want to talk to us so what we are going to do is take the bus, sing a hymn, and fazer contatos (make contacts) with the people. It will be very interesting. 

The only thing I have heard of for skyping is if I took the last 5 to 10 minutes of my hour of skype to talk to Jenna so I don´t know. And I thought that y´all were only one hour behind us?

I love you all and I am so excited for Christmas and skyping!
Sister Martin 

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