Saturday, May 7, 2016

week 95

Kuna


Tell me about the long congress? 
The long conference starts on the 20th.  It involves all of the San Blas territory.  It is something
like general conference. People from all the islands will come to our island on the 20th.
Every island has their own congress house. But it is like our General Conference.  It is like
how we all have chapels, but we only use one building for a General Conference center.  Even
the ones that live forever away from us come here.  We will probably stay here during the
conference.

The People here are normal again after the last congress.  Some people still drink,
but not as many and we can call them out now because it is just beer, not their tradition.
We actually did that yesterday.  Some guy on the dock was saying that he went fishing
and prayed to catch fish, but God didn´t give him any.  So we called
out to him *Maybe it´s because you´re drinking, and smoking, and you don´t
come to church even though you got baptized.  God wants to bless you,
but you need to show him that it is worth it.

Did you go fishing? 
We are going on Friday.  We will fish out of boats and we only use
line.  No poles or anything.

Have you learned anything new?
I talked to some of my friends and we figured out that we are all a little
nervous to come home.  We don´t know what to expect about the
countries that we return to.

What have you been teaching?
We have been teaching a recent convert.  He doesn´t read the Book of Mormon and
we are trying to get him to do that.  He is the one we are going fishing with on
Friday

What kind of service have you done?
We help people build houses.  We have gotten wood for walls and put up a roof. We go to the mountains to get the wood.
The lady who got hit by a car is doing good.  She has been sitting up and talking to us.  She
isn´t in that much pain anymore.  She still can´t walk though. She was on a sidewalk and someone wasn´t paying attention. They hit her on the sidewalk.

You have mentioned the mountains....where are they? on the island?
No.  We live on an island and when people want to work on the farms,
we go to the main land to work in the mountains.  A few people live on
the mainland.  It is a 15 minute canoe ride to the main land.  Only 5 minutes if
you have a motor.

It is just called the monte.  It is not tied to a single island.  The ports are owned by
my island.  The language on the mainland is older kuna. My island is sort of the head island, even though it is smaller and less of a city than Nargana, because it is closest to the main land.  Just cause its close.  Nargana is the Church District headquarters because that is where the District President lives. (Like the bishop, but of a district not ward.)

We mostly do the same stuff on P day as on other days.  We go to the river to get water.
Someone takes us in their boat. They prefer to paddle, but if they need more than 2 people
they hand me and McGraw paddles too.

Tell me about someone. 
We have a friend named Elio.  He is a teacher on one of the other
islands and he loves playing sports.  He is one of the Taller kunas,
but he is still short.  He is funny and wants to do stuff with us, but
he is always busy.  He was going to go fishing with us one day, but he
had to cancel.

And the Kunas want to know how tall you are.  They think you must be a
giant if I am your son.  And Amber and Lindsay too, because they want to know about
how tall a typical gringa is. I left my pictures in the city.  I will bring them next change to show them..

My Kuna is improving, but I still can understand more than I can say. It is strange. You can hear the letters, but the words form in a strange manner. My companion is helping me. "Hi mom"  is Na Nana. That is just weird to say. The native food is different.  I take my malaria meds.





We ate these!



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