Friday, February 27, 2015

week 33

Working Hard!

What have you done this week?
Well, we went to David for a conference with Elder Kevin Duncan.  He is the Area President. He is from the states. We went and he greeted each of us individually. The ZLs had training with Elder Duncan on one day, then we all had training on the 19th. It was fun, but I didn´t get to email last week because of it.  In our training, I learned that apparently, I am one of the most blessed elders in the mission because of how many less actives that we have in our area.  :-)

Have you done any fun p-day activities?
Not this week.  We might go to the canal next week.
Also, on Saturday we have a youth activity.  Our investigator is a youth.  They want him to go.  He won´t go if we don´t go.  Therefore, I am going to the beach!  We don't get to swim or anything, but if I don´t go above my knees, I can walk around in the water. It will make me think of Slingshot, too. (Slingshot is my brother's place at the beach in NC where we all love to go)

How is the work with Elder Mora?
We have a lot of investigators.  We also have 10 baptism dates scheduled.

We work really hard, and I always come home tired at the end of the day.
We contacted about 100 people in one day and that is 4 times more than president has asked. He wrote a thing in the mission email about our day. It was cool.  We had worked really hard though.  He came and talked to us yesterday.

This was in the letter from President Carmack : Quiero compartir un notable éxito en contactar. El Élder Mora y el Élder Broadhead en Aguadulce hace pocos días fueron a dos calles que no habían visitado antes. En un solo día hicieron 103 contactos y consiguieron 59 investigadores nuevos. Además, pusieron 10 fechas bautismales. Estoy convencido de que los ángeles entraron antes de ellos para prepara la vía, porque el Señor confiaba que ellos seguirían la voz del Espíritu en hacer esos contactos. Sí, lo podemos hacer.
I want to share a remarkable success to contact. Mora Elder and Elder Broadhead in Aguadulce few days ago were two streets that had not visited before. In one day they made 103 contacts and got 59 new investigators. They put 10 baptismal dates. I am convinced that the angels came before them to prepare the way for the Lord hoped that they would follow the spirit's voice in making such contacts. Yes we do.

What do you do at church?
Lately, I have been helping in the Primary. (the 3-11 year olds)  We have one total primary group.  There aren´t divisions.  I don´t teach.  I just have to sit there as another adult.  There are about 15 kids.  It all runs together with lessons and singing time. Church is the normal structure.  Primary isn´t. We had 57 at Sacrament Meeting this week. (regular Church Service) We just need to hit 80 consistently and we can have  a real chapel.

What did you do or see of Carnival?
The inside of my house. I was forbidden to leave the house except for dinner with the woman that lives behind us. Just my zone was told to stay in. Probably because a huge Carnival celebration is in our area. For fun we took a picture and sent it to the ZLs during Carnival telling them that we had a baptism. It was really just a photo of me in my baptism clothes and Mora in the jumpsuit.  Elder Mora works hard and is fun. He is from Mexico and we have a lot of stuff in common. He likes to watch movies.  He says he can play sports, but he is terrible at all of them.

Tell everyone hi for me!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

week 32

No email

No email from Andrew this week. I am guessing it is because of Carnival

Thursday, February 12, 2015

week 31

A New Comp

Tell me about your new companion.
My new comp is Elder Mora.  That translates to Elder Blackberry.  He is from Mexico.  He does not speak English and he has been out for 10 months. 
We have a lot of fun working now.

What kinds of changes happened in your district?

Well.  I still live with everyone and I still have Pocri.  Mora and I are with the Penonome District now.  The Zone Leaders are the leaders of the Hermanas in Las Tablas now.  For new people, we have Mora as a new one in the zone. Our District Leader, Elder Alvagardo is new here and Hermana Gomez is training. Dastrup is still DL in the same area where he was, Chitre.

What have you been teaching this week?
We basically started over.  We are teaching some of the same people and we have 7 baptism dates.

What kind of animals are around? 
There are lots of wild dogs and birds.  The birds are not usually flashy and colorful.  They are just there.  There are lizards.  Mostly, there are wild dogs.  We see some jungle areas, but not much.

Did anything interesting happen this week?
We put 7 baptism dates. Three are the K. family.  It is the dad and his 2 sons.  J. is 43, Jo. is 22, and J. JR is 17.  Jo. and J. JR. like to play baseball so we went to one of their games to visit them. Yep.  It was fun.  They wanted me to play, but I was in my proselyting clothes.

Time to go, Thanks for everyone's support!

Friday, February 6, 2015

week 30

End of a Transfer

What have you done exciting this week?

We have almost committed 3 people to baptism.  We also went and played basketball everyday and I didn`t die.  Changes are coming this week. Elder R is going home, so I will be getting a new companion. I hope I get a good one. I am doing good.  I am fine.  I just am tired and I have to get up for early morning seminary in the morning. Romero will leave at 3 in the morning tomorrow, and Dastrup and Alejandre are the Seminary teachers so I have to go. While I don't have a companion, I will just hang out with Dastrup and Alejandre

Have you eaten/done anything new?
I have eaten what appeared to be enchiladas but in stead of tortillas, it was lasagna noodles.  It was good, but a little strange.

What have you learned from Elder R? or anyone else?
I learned that when you are about to leave for home, you should work all the way to the end. From Dastrup, I have started learning how to play basketball

What is the best thing about Panama?
The fruits and certain others.  Here, we have papaya, mango, fresh bananas, Plantano (only because of patacones) and the pineapple here is sweet, not acidic 

How is your Spanish?
good.  I can talk to everyone and I started thinking in the language.  I tried to translate something to English one day and it made my head hurt. I have given talks at church. I had 2 talks in one month.

Tell me more about where you work 
It is a huge area. It is mostly fields with not many trees. We have no ac, and no hot water.  That`s ok though.  We wouldn`t use the hot water. A cold shower feels good. I work in Pocri, above the Panamerica Highway. The park has a bandstand gazebo kind of thing. That is the Park in the middle of Pocri. There is a chino that we go to a lot right next door to the park. And there is a big church. That is the Catholic church, also in a different park of Pocri. There are some run down buildings, and some beautiful ones. I try to see the beautiful ones.

Pictures from the trip to the waterfall...

Tie Burning on Bump Day
A big fire for just 2 ties
Who knew Panama had Pine Trees!