The Very Wet Walk…

Oi Gente!

What a week, What a week!
Foot Update:
-Physical therapy today for Biggie Ben…my uhh big toe.
Soooo we went to physical therapy today for the first time…and it was interesting. Our apointment for the physical therapist is in Manaira and my area is Ipes…long story short it was about an hour walk…that turnned into a 2 hour walk in the rain because we were absolutely and completely totaly lost.
My morning went a little like this…
*8:30: Leave our house…
*8:40: Realize that I forgot my very important doctor paper….start walking back to the house.
(Begin light drizzle of rain)
*9:00: Quick sonho (donut thing) stop at our very favorite and very cheap 1 real ma and pop shop!
*9:30: Our caminho begins on the side of the high way…on a dirt, flooded and muddy road….
(Enter fast passing cars)
*9:45: The first of many passing cars….thinking “Hmmmm those two missionary girls look a little dry…why dont we give them a little something to cure that thirst. AND….like in all good movies, there was no way to avoid it….every car that passed by us…splashed bucket and buckets of water.
*10:30: After passing the physical therapy place 3 times…we finally made it for our 9:30 O’clock appoinment!
I was thinking about the process of the whole foot thing, from the time that I found out about the needle in my foot until now. Im not gonna lie, its been a huge emotional rollercoaster. One minute Im like oh cool I have a needle in my foot and the next Im like oh crap I have a needle in my foot. But looking back at this past week, I honestly havent felt any pain other than the usual soreness of walking 8 hours a day! I just want to thank all yall for the prayers, fasting and thoughts that have gone into my mission!
Favorite quotes:
“The Savior can’t be a Savior if he doesn’t save anyone”
“There’s a difference between believing in Christ and Believing Christ”
-Do we really believe Christ when he says that he can save us? That through the atonement which he already paid, we can make it back to our Heavenly Father.
Area Update:
-This area is pretty great, we have a bunch of hills….(Working off them Hamburgers) so it’s pretty much grandma walk up the hills until I can finally get accustomed to the up and down!
-Ipes is seperated into two parts, the poor and rich. Our part of the area is the poor parts, more at the bottom of the hills. We have ALOT of villas. Which is pretty much like this…you walk up to a house, it looks all normal and stuff. Knock on the door the person opens the door and you realize that there’s a whole community of houses behind that little door. All of these villas are really small and squished together houses pretty much!
Other Stuff:
-SAO JOAO IS COMING UP! AND IM SUPER EXCITED!!!! Its a holiday here (Im pretty sure Catholic…like all other traditions here) and our chapel is the stake center. Anyways we’re going to have a stake party/activity there and Im super excited. It’s a bigger Holiday here in the North East than Carnival!
The traditional dress for Sao Joao are these super colorful and bright obnoxious dresses….I want one! Lol but its been cool to see everyone walking on the streets in these dresses, selling this delicious corn pudding thing.
Uhhhhh what else…
I was teaching a lesson this week, sitting on the street talking to a less active about the atonement. And I was in the middle of my testimony when I go to scratch my shoulder and feel something weird…I look over and its this giant slug thing just chillin. I screamed and did a little dance. It was great, and yeah.
I love you all! Thanks for the prayers, fasting and loooovvveee!
Fico Tranquilo
-Sister Adelman

Change of Area!

Well hello there gente!

TRANSFERS. Happened today and after almost 5 months in Mangabeira I have been transfered! And I was up until 12 packing, then woke up at 5:30 this morning. So Im exhausted but still alive so thats good lol.
1.) New area: Ipes (pronounced E-Pez) Its a more rich area in the mission and closer to the mission office/ hospitals/ shopping! The bishop here is actually the dad of one of the members in Mangabeira that I loved! Sister Ferriera and I are opening a new part of this area so we have no idea where anything is…pray for us lol
2.) Our house is GINORMOUS! (really really big) All of the missionaries that are going home always stay at this house right before they leave SO we have about 7 people sleeping there tonight!
3.) Companion: So my companion is Sister Ferreria! She has two more transfers left until she finished her mission SO I will probably stay with her until she goes home!
This past week was pretty stressful to be honest. It was a weeking of walking and walking and more walking. We marked a lot of lessons and every single house and every single person we went to go teach either wasn’t home, told us to leave, gave an excuse or pretended to be someone else. We knocked on almost every door in our area BUT we found about 3 families that are incredible! Sister Wheatley and her new companion are going to do incredible work there!
Im super tired and probably will spend the rest of P-day sleeping BUT ILOVE YALL and Im so grateful for all the prayers and love!
Alma 26:22!
-Sister Adelman
Ficando tranquilo
Also the computer I used last week deleted a lot of my pictures SO no pictures this week!

I forget that people are actually worried about the thing in my foot lol.
So yeah I still have a needle in my foot. Im pretty sure it hasn’t moved or anything and I honestly have not felt any pain!
BUT cool fact, the foot specialist that I’ve been visiting is in my area now! Blessing 🙂
All is well is footland and I’ll probably just end up leaving the needle there until after the mission! Thank you all for the prayers and fasting!

The Sweet Potato Miracle!

Oi there Gente!
This week was one of miracles anddd SKYPE WITH THE FAM BAM 😀
And as Always because I have like NOOO time please enjoy the following bullet points!
1.) I saw a beetle dragging a trantula (<- where’s my inglês auto correct when I need it). Like literally a médium sized beetle dragging a trantula up a hill. I dont know why this is importante enough to put in the email to yall but I thought it was weird and cool and yes I have pictures.
2.) I sat in the house Reading the Book of Mormon/Bible/Jesus the Christ the first four days of this past week because dun dun dun I could not walk thanks to the needle in my foot and the confusion about how it even got there.
Anyways Thursday was the big hospital trip. I went to na actual foot specialist this time. He looked at my X-ray and said “Welp, you’ve got a piece of metal in your foot.” It looks like a needle about half the size of my pinky finger. Anyways I dont know how it got there, dont really remember any day in specific when I stepped on a needl…and I feel like its something I would have remembered. ANYWAYS because the surgery is a little tricky (he’d have to move inbetween the muscles in my foot) he wants to wait 3 months to take another X-ray to see if the needle moves closer to the boné in my foot.
So in short, the surgery isnt mandatory right now BUTTT if the needle moves any closer I will be getting surgery (oh joy!). So I’m able to walk normally and work normally until my next X-ray which is A BLESSING!
3.) The Patatoe miracle:
So I like to call this experience the Patatoe miracle because…well it involves patatoes! So we have a recente convert/less active in our Ward that we have been visting a lot. And her living conditions are very humbling. Her house is literally one room with a little curtain that seperates the bathroom and the kitchen. (Remember the story about the like 10 cockaroaches and the clothing holder? Same person!). She lost her job (which paid only 100 real each year) and she has absolutely NO food and 5 kids.
I was fasting for her on Friday that she might be able to have food to feed her children and find a job or be given the means to provide for her Family. (Her husband is a drunk and doesnt do anything all day except drink) Anyways we went there to help her clean her house but ended up tirando mato. I think the word in english is like pulling out plants and weeds.
These weeds were about up to my knee and her whole Yard was covered in it. So we start using…a make shift Garden hoe to literally wack the weeds down (I feel like my english is great). Anyways as we are taking out these weeds underneath all of the weeds were TONS of sweet patões! As we are wacking the weeds we just see TONS and TONS of these sweet patatoes and she starts crying and said something that just broke my heart. “I can feed my kids tonight, I can eat today.”
During this process as well she found 10 cents and was the happiest person in the world. So I had an idea. As missionaries we cant give Money to people directly. BUT if they dont know it was us… Anyways I had a bunch of coins in my purse and I got them out of my bag and started placing them in the dirt as I was wacking the weeds. And every 10 or so minutes she’d find them, or I’d “find” one or my companion would “find” one as well. At the end she had about 1 real and 50 cents. And she was SO HAPPY. We took a Picture with her at the end of the Project and I have the cutest Picture of her with just this big smile and patatoes in her hand and coins in the other!
It was a prayer answered and a real strength to my testimony about the power of fasting!
*SIDE NOTE: This sister has two kittens and one of them is now named “Adele”
I think that’s all for this week yall! I had the opportunity to Skype my Family yesterday and it was incredible. Also our room has a Family of cockroaches the size of your hand living behind our dresser. And I think we’re gonna try to kill them with poison this week…so stay tuned!
Fica Tranquillo
Sister Adelman

Tests and Trials…

Oi Gente!!!

These past weeks were pretty interesting….
-Soooo a couple weeks I had surgery on my toe and its been about 3 weeks and I still can’t move it. So Ive been to the hospital pretty much every week (Oh how I love hospitals) Anyways I went to the hospital last week to get an x-ray (they were thinking the doctor could have broken my toe in surgery…oh joy) and it turns out my toe isnt broken…BUT THE X-RAY SHOWED a needle or piece of wood that’s inside my foot..they’re thinking its been there for a while and Ive just never noticed…anyways we concluded that the doctor could have punctured a nerve or something with the..anisthetia (ughhh spelling is hard…let alone in english. The stuff that numbs your foot). Anyways we’re still figuring that all out. And what exactly does this mean for Sister Adelman….
HOUSE ARREST! Or at least that what it feels like. Anyways President and his wife called Sister Wheatley and I on Thursday after seeing my x-ray and told us we had 20 minutes to get to our apartment and that they were picking me up to go to the Hospital (Seriously I should have a VIP room). It just so happened that we chose to visit the end of our area that day and we were literally 50 minutes from our apartment. Anyways so we go to the hospital, Sister Noguiera gets all “mom” on the doctors saying they ruined my feet and he said some medical stuff in Portuguese and she said some sassy stuff in Portuguese andddddd I have an appointment with a foot doctor on Thursday…and until then I have specific orders not to the leave the house.
Im pretty sure none of that first part even really made sense so I’ll try to summarize
Right Foot:
-Cant move my big toe after surgery
-Needle inside my foot
Left Foot:
-Big toe will need surgery because I have an increpado…increvado? Something in english about nail.
Sooo I had my x-ray done last week but didnt know anything for sure soo I continued working (that didnt make President happy…) Anyways this past week we only had about 2 days of good hard work.
-One night it was raining SUPER hard and there was NO ONE on the streets (seriously its like rain is a disease here!) we were praying that we might have a chance to do some contacting and we look to see one lady walking on the street and then she stops under a rain cover…building? So we start talking to her (literally Sister Wheatley started the conversation with “Hi, I broke my umbrella, whats your name?” and when we started talking to her about the gospel she began to cry and man the spirit was so strong! I felt like she was needing D&C 58;3-4 and we read it with her and she began to cry even more. We gave her a pamphlet and wrote the hours of church on the pamphlet and then parted ways.
THEN WE REALIZED Sister Wheatley wrote the wrong time on the pamphlet and we didnt get her address or phone number. Anyways for three days we were thinking about this lady and praying that we might be able to see her again to change the time. AND AFTER 3 DAYS of praying, what do ya know…WE found her! Blessing.
I love you all and I feel like this was alot of information all crammed in one but this church is true and Brazilians are INCREDIBLE. Also I ate quail eggs…which is normal I think because Ive eaten quail in the U.S. but yeah.
Until later
Fica Tranquillo
Sister (has to stay in the house and do nothing until surgery) Adelman 🙂