March 21 2016
Hey guys! This week has been pretty weird. First of all, I did know Elder Fifita. He was the assistant to the President when I was born (first day on the mission). He was awesome everyone loved him. He was murdered in LA on the way back from a church activity. Super sad. He had been home for like 5 months. They don't know why he was murdered. They think It was just senseless. Also this week an Hermano from the branch died. His daughter didn't tell us until the day of the funeral. So none of the members could go to... So she got real upset and said she was going to stop going to church even though she was inactive in the first place. It's sad really. She let a little thimg get in the way of her salvation. What ever... it's on her.
Anyways this week (besides all of that stuff) was good. We found some really cool people that could be baptized...But we're gonna have to work hard with some of them to get it done. We are going to do it.
Me and my comp are getting along really well. I feel like with Elder Wil... (a Gringo), my Spanish got worse because we would always speak English. But now that I'm back with a Latino comp, it's a lot better. I think Elder Wil... just dulled my senses a little bit. But now I'm back to full swing. Hahaha
Anyways, this week is Semana Santa. It basically is a week of Easters where they eat bread with honey and set off fireworks and remember Jesus... Also they make street art out of colorful dust. It will be awesome. Speaking of Easters my health is good no more diarrhea, but I do have to go to the doctor about my in-grown toenail that came back... And now that you mention it, since I've been up in the mountains, my hearing in my right ear hasn't been 100% But that's a story for another day...
Anyways, I love you guys and miss you
|Street art made of colored sawdust. To be destroyed the next day during a parade of walkers.|
March 28th 2016
Hey guys this week was normal except for that the freaking UNITED STATES lost to the Guatemalans in soccer for the first time in 33 years. Everybody thinks it's really funny and laughs at me hahahah.... Ahhhh it's sad that we lost. Oh also this week was Easters so that would make it a not normal week too. Here they don't call it Easter they call it the Semana Santa. Basically what that means is that nobody works they all go to the beach and get drunk. Thenthey all go to church. Pretty great right? Another thing that they do here is they paint the roads with colored saw dust. It's pretty cool but then the next day they destroy all of it. Hahahh, all that hard work- just gone.
Anyways this week work-wise was really slow because everyone leaves. And, in this area you really need taxis to get out to all the little towns where all the people are and this week none of the taxis where working. So we didn't have as much to do and the week went by really slowly. Aside from the work being slow our investigator, Gio.... that we were going to baptize... Well his grandpa died, so we didn't get to baptize him in March. But that stuff happens I guess.
This week I have seen how hard it is to be a church leader. A lot of stuff went down and we had to deal with it all. It was pretty stressful... So because my comp is the branch president our calling is first for the members and less actives, and second to baptize. But one of our zone leaders doesn't understand this, even though we have explained it a bunch of times. He has been reporting that we haven't been working just because our stats are low because we are competing with our calling of working with the members and the less actives. Anyways some stuff happened there and with the death of the member. Everything has been a little crazy and we have to deal with all of it. I miss just being a regular missionary. But changes are on Wednesday so we will see what happens. I don't think I'lll have changes, but who knows.
Anyways I haven't gotten any packages. I don't know if they are in the office and they just haven't told me anything or if they are lost in cyber space.. How long ago did you send them?
for right now I don't need anything, but thanks. I'll let you know when I do..
The New York trip sounded fun even though I wasn't there. I know you guys can have fun without me and Nathan, it will just be harder... hahaha
love you guys and miss you!