Friday, March 27, 2015

week 37

No Change

How did changes go? Where are you? and who is your comp? 
I am still exactly the same.  So is the rest of my house.  A few people in the zone left so we got some new people here. Elder T from the MTC is in our zone now.

What has been fun this week?
We went on divisions with the ZLs.  They are both going home this change so for part of the night, we just hung out.  That was just 10 minutes of relaxing and talking. We don't do that often.

What did you learn this week?
I learned that things don´t always go as planned.

How are your contacts doing?
 Good.  We got a call from an investigators wife. He wants to get baptized, but they aren't actually legally married, They are something called 'United.' They need to be legally married before he can get baptized since they live together. We will see what happens because she is our 4 o'clock appointment today.

Missionaries are all different and have different strengths. What are your strengths?
I am good at finding personal examples to help the investigators see that everyone faces challenges. I like the people. We are still working hard. We walk a lot and we have to think a lot.

Is there anything you need?
not really.  Just updates about home every week

Friday, March 20, 2015

week 36

Still Working

What has been fun this week?
Well, we went today and played basketball for a couple hours.  I am pretty bad, but it is kind of fun trying to play against a D1 basketball player.  

Did J get baptized? 
J did not get baptized ...  His parents wouldn´t give us permission because they had a bad experience with an inactive... It is amazing the influence people have on those around them. He really wanted to be baptized, maybe someday he will be.

What have you learned this week?
I learned that without the missionaries, Aguadulce would struggle.  We do a lot for the ward here. This week, we brought the bread, did the sacrament, I gave a talk, Elders M and A taught Gospel Principles, and then I taught Elders Quorum. Elder D. plays the piano.

How many miles do you walk in a day?
I think we walk about 8 miles a day. If we are in the other area (Elders D and A) it is mostly paved streets.  If it is our area, it is mostly dirt roads.
I am not good about wearing sunscreen, but on P day I wear a hat and sunglasses.  I only get burnt on P day.  not in Proselyting clothes.  There is very little shade because there aren´t many trees.

Changes are coming this week. do you have any expectations?
We think that I will have another change here.  I would like to stay, but I don´t know for sure. I like it here. The area it is flat and easy to walk.  I would also miss Hna T. She is the one that lives behind us and feeds us a lot.  The people here are really nice, except when the branch president has given me 4 talks in my time here. :-P 
I gave Hma T the cd and she really liked it.

What is the best part of being a missionary?The food.  Jk.  I like that I can make friends with really random people. Le´s just go and say this change has been great.  Apparently, we are leading the mission in numbers and everything, those "miracles" that the missionaries always talk about. We work really hard and teach a lot. We feel it.

That is a juice that I bought here.  It is cantaloupe?  It was pretty good.  I also like pineapple here.  It is sweet, not acidic.

I´m not sure what to call this, but it is hanging up in a members house.The man's dad made it when he was younger.

Friday, March 13, 2015

week 35

8 Months

How are you feeling? With no car, how are your feet? 
My feet are good.  The only problem I am having is blisters, but I can live with that.  Well, that and being sore.  We walk a lot here.  I miss my car.

Who were the people that got baptized after church, that you sent a picture?
They are the Family D.  The parents are members, but don't come too much. Their son is 9 so he was our baptism.  We met with them and the next week he wanted to be baptized so we got everything ready.

Tell me something funny/fun that happened this week.
something funny.  I guess we are not supposed to speak English here. Elder D and I are the only two gringos. My comp doesn't even want me speaking English with Elder D. When anyone else, including our comps, are around, we speak Spanish.  But before Elder D or I say anything in English we wait for them go to the other room and shut the door so we speak English.  The other day we were walking to a dinner appointment and someone came up to me and tried to talk to me in English.  There are not many gringos around, so people aren't sure about me.  She asked me to speak a bit so I did. She looked at me and then she walked away.

Tell me about the building you meet in for church. I think you said it is a house, tell me about it and where you meet.
It is actually 2 small houses.  One is the Chapel, Sunday School, Youth, Bishopric, Priesthood, and Relief Society building and the other is the Primary building.  I am usually in the Priesthood building, but if they need me, I can go to the other one and help with Primary.

Where is your apartment in relation to the Panamerica highway? Is it a quiet area or is there lots going on? Tell me what goes on around you.
I can see the Panamerica Highway from my house.  It is usually quiet here, but they are building a mall about 2 minutes from our house.  And we have a party house behind us.  It was bad during Carnivals, but it is ok now. They just like to have loud, big parties.

Tell me the best thing from this week.
We have another baptism on Friday.  It is J.  I told you about him. I´m doing good.  Just a little tired.  I didn´t really sleep Friday or Saturday.  We left for the temple at 2:00 Saturday morning.  It was hard to sleep in an uncomfortable bus.  I didn´t have room in my bag for a camera. A lot of people were going so the elders all had their own stuff

There has not been any rain in Aguadulce since I came here. It is always hot here. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

week 34

Still Working

The Mission blog had pictures this week. THANK YOU for looking at Sis Carmack's camera! Who are the elders with you? 
Yes.  The other gringo is a new kid.  And all the Latins are in my zone.  The one sitting across from me is Elder Mora.

How was this week?
It was good.  We have appointments for this week with a lot of the contacts from our busy day..

Tell me about your beach trip with the youth. Did J. get to know the other youth? Is it like our beach? .
J. had fun.   We played baseball.  The water was way out when we went. There are not really any waves and it doesn't smell like saltwater, more like a city. There are not that many shells, just enough for hermit crabs.  There is sand and pálm trees.

How are your baptism plans?

We had a baptism after church. J. will get baptized in 2 weeks.  We have some others that will come to church. This is a family I helped teach. 

Well, tell me something fun.
We went and bought mola ties yesterday.  I will get them next month
We went to Colon.   Colon is Elder Mora´s old area. It is 45 min from  the city We were going to visit someone who is in the hospital.  

This is the hammock I had for 3 days. We went to Colon.  We got home, it wasn´t there anymore. When I get another one I will have to keep it inside. 

Time to go, I'll talk to you next week! Have a good week!