The time for me is the same time zone as Sao Paulo. I will call you guys at 3 o'clock my time so that is 2 o'clock your time but just check to make sure.
My companion is named Elder Gee and he goes home in 4 more weeks. He has been in Brazil for almost 2 years and he has a lot of experience so it is fun to learn from him. He is American.
My new area is in the north of Porto Alegre - Rubem-berta. I live in the ghetto. My apartment is less than half the size of the living area of our basement. We have four Elders living in it. We are trying to get another house. Me and my companion and the other set of missionaries have a lot of fun together. My area is awesome though. The church is a lot bigger and we have a lot of members in our ward.
Everyone in my area is black and is very poor. My area, I think, is the poorest in the entire mission. We had a lot of investigators go to church last week and that was awesome. We had one investigator named Daisy, who is married (the people are never married in Brazil) so that is awesome. Being married is a requirement to be baptized. Daisy brought her sister and her sister's two kids. So hopefully they will be baptized this Sunday. That would be way awesome.
My mission is a baptizing mission. This area of my mission apparently just gets a lot of baptisms. It's super neat to see how Heavenly Father prepares different areas and people to hear the gospel. The average missionary here baptizes one or more people a week here. And it's not because the missionaries here work harder or that we're just lucky but it's because a lot of people here are just prepared to receive the gospel. It is great to work on this mission, to see so many people open their hearts and to hear a message from us.
This week I walked into the most ghetto area I could find. I told Elder Gee "let's go on an adventure." We went into an area that was just wooden huts so I did the first normal thing I could think of and thought, "let's find the person that looks like the most unlikely person to teach." So we found this guy with a bunch of jewelry and tattoos and I decided to teach him. So I taught him the third lesson in Preach my Gospel - just the basics about faith, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. He said he wants to go to church, but we'll see what happens. He told me, "wow, no one ever comes here. I've never seen any church person every go anywhere near this place." So on the bright side there are lots of people who have never been taught, and on the other hand it may not be such a good idea to return because a lady started asking us for money when we started to leave. Don't worry, I won't go there at night -haha. But it is fun and humbling to go to different areas and seeing how people live.
Two of my favorite families.
Me and my missionary bros...
Elder Barrus - they pronounce it Bahos here