Monday, August 7, 2017
We ate some shrimp fettucini this week which was pretty delicious. We also ate crab and shrimp soup, but like the little crabs that run around on the rocks, and they just throw them in the soup whole, and they dont take the skin off the shrimp so you just eat it whole and it scratches your throat, but it tastes good. I did not understand your question about our journals and the scriptures at all. A bunch of people write me, all my woes. I dont have hams email, but i really really want to hear about why ham punched a kids face, and the events surrounding that occurence. we found a girl this week, shes like 25 and has 3 kids, and before she got all the lessons and she loves the church, but she couldnt get baptized because she was living in union libre and her boyfriend didnt want to get married. but now her boyfriend left so she can super get baptized, and so can her son, so we are teaching them and its really neat. And her son that is 9 prayed that the light bill and the water bill dont come in too expensive, and that he could be smarter and finish his homework fast so that he could help his mom, and he prayed that his mom could sleep good and that shes not too tired, and it pretty much just melted my corazoncito. We also saw fireflies and it was way super cool. Oh ya, also, we made friends with the kids on the street this week so that was fun, we were going to go visit a lady but we were walking and saw her and walked her home and talked and she was coming from the beach and was in her swimsuit and was all wet, so we left so she could shower and stuff, so then it was like and we didnt have any plans, and the kids on the street started talking to us asking us if we have trash because they are poor and gather trash to sell the cans and bottles and whatever we have. So they asked us for our trash and then we were chillin and they were telling us all their nicknames, and my nickname is juevos, because i have an accent and they think its funny when i say juevos, not sure why, and they had trompos so we played trompos for a minute, but then it was almost so we had to go inside and so we go in and we always leave the door open, and we are taking our clothes off and were standing there in our underwear and we hear a scream and the next thing we know there are like 11 kids in our house, and mission rules say not even the bishop is allowed in our house, so we started beating them up and they left, and they grabbed our trompos off the table and start playing with out trompos. that was noteworthy. But now were homies with all the kids on the block.
My interview was good, we just talked, He says hi. he asked me what i would change about the mission and i told him i want to play soccer. they just came out with another slew of rules, I feel like im being suffocated by rules. I feel like a good missionary will be a good missionary regardless of all the rules, and if you put more rules on disobedient missionaries they will just be more disobedient because there are just more rules to break. Its kinda frustrating. We cant play sports, we cant play card games, we cant do pretty much anything. Its fine, Im still being obedient, but every month when the leaders meat with president he sends out 20 more rules, if we keep it up im going to have to ask permission to breath. If you send pants send 32 and i cant tighten them with a belt id say. maybe 31 or something. Most fun was idk, just working is fun. Best experience? we got a less active to come to church. she wants to go on a mission but her mom wont let her, so she got discouraged and stopped coming to church, but we got her coming back to church andf hopefully we can get her on a mission. My week was pretty good, not very much happened this week so my email is going to be pretty lame. Transfers were yesterday and Elder Pacheco and I stay the same so thats neat. Elder Rodriguez our zone leader finished his mission friday so his companion was with us for the weekend so that was fun. There is a dude next to me in the ciber right now who is crazy drugged out and he is singing really loud and crying and speaking gibberish and dancing in his seat. He isnt really saying real words but the noises hes making rhyme so i guess he is alright as a rapper. Its kinda freaking me out though. We had a FHE with a family this week and played perudo and i won so its whatever. We walk a lot and meet with tons of less actives. We are updating all the binders so that pretty much just means we walk around looking for addresses that half the time dont exist. The numbers on the houses here have no logic to them, its like 208, 210, 212, 1400, 7, 8, 214,1401. It is really frustrating sometimes. We watched a dog get hit by a car from like 3 feet away, that was pretty not cool. President didnt ask about my neck so we didnt get in trouble, so that was neat. I had a big rugburn from wrestling with the zone leaders. Hermana Clayton asked what happened and i said "funny story actually" and she asked what happened and i froze and in english (elder pacheco doesnt speak english) elder pacheco says "its fine" and for some weird reason Hermana Clayton took that at face value and moved on, so that was neat. Ummm, President thinks I am really quiet, which is weird because I´m never quiet.
Hey momma, things are pretty wild around here, I am still in mexico selling dictionaries, sales were up this week. One day we got to the house of the person that was supposed to feed us, but she forgot and was in colima, so we were walking and all of a sudden a member is shouting elders! and so we go talk to her and she invites us in to eat because mexicans are super cool like that. It was way awesome because the only thing more enjoyable than walking up hills in this heat is walking up hills in this heat on an empty stomach, but luckily we didnt have to do that because the Lord has our back. it was reall neat. Ya, so thursday we were walking around doing missionary stuff and we get a call that they needed me to go to the mission offices in guadalajara which is (on a good day) 5 hours away. But we had to go to Autlan which is 4 hours away first because we had to do a baptismal interview, so we went to autlan and left autlan for guadalajara at a little before 5, which is supposed to be a 4 hour trip, but there was an accident and we didnt get to guadalajara until like 1 in the morning. So that was pretty much way to long on a bus. After that, we went to the offices and i got to see some people i know, and sined a paper so i dont get deported, and i saw elder Koyle, my companion from the CCM, so that was neat. then we went home friday afternoon. Then saturday we helped an inactive member wash windows in her fonda and it was fun because she was listening to english music and i was singing it and they thought it was really funny. Then saturday we had to go to Barra de navidad to sleep so that we could get to autlan for chruch on sunday, because the elder that does the interview has to be at the baptism, so we got up super early to get to autlan. Autlan is in the middle of everything and close to nothing (thats a saying in spanish) its basically a tiny little town in the middle of nowhere, but we get there and theres a member and she asks where im from, so i tell her the united states, she says where, i say nevada, she says what part, i say north, she says reno, i say around there, she says what town, i say fallon, so her husband opens his phone and he was texting chip rutledge, like what the heck. This dude apparently was 3rd counselor to hoyt skabelund and is good friends with mister rutledge, and they live in tijuanita the trailer park on the reno highway. How crazy is that? Then on the we home from autlan to Barra it was cool because autlan is super high altitude, and we were up above the clouds and you could see the clouds down in all the valleys which was way cool, but then we entered the clouds and couldnt see anything, and quite conveniently, our bus broke down on the side of the mountain. So today we spent half of our pday on a bus coming home because last night we stayed in Barra de Navidad because we didnt have time to get home on time, so this week was mostly traveling and madness, but it was fun. My clothes are getting pretty thrashed, i sweat so much my pants are always soaked, and the sweat gathers at my knees, not sure why, but the it dries and the salt on my knees gets crunchy, its great, and i sweat through my belt so my belt is soaked and then the dye from my belt stains my shirts. Our branches are...ya, in the last year assistence has dropped more than 60 percent, so we spend a lot of time visiting non members, which is frustrating. Everyone has so many problems and i just want to help them all but i just cant, and somehow they think stopping to go to church is going to help, and they all want to go to church but the just cant for some reason or another and its so frustrating. The members are semi helpful, but the references they give us are all less actives. My favorite family is probably the family of the girl we baptized, Clavel. We have interviews with president tomorrow so ill let you know how that goes. Have a good week. I love you.
I can get just about any food you can get in teh states, but not sour cream, that doesnt exist here, i am a little weary of cooking meat, but ive done it, i just waqnt recipes that dont require lots of seasonings and spices becasue i dont have much of that and its expensive. Meat and fresh produce is really cheap here. I killed my pet parasites and am feeling better now. Just be patient, or something, tell fabiola and rhett that would be awesome. Fish eyes arent that great, the brains taste fine though. My allergies are fine, but i fell down a hill one day and my allergies were acting up. my feet havent stopped hurting for 6 months, but thats life. Tell dad he needs to move more. does he still play basketball? Miracle this week was getting a ton of new people to teach, i am excited. Our area is ginormous so that makes it hard to go see everyone, from one side to the other is about an hour or more direct. It is so hard to cover it all. I am doing good, probly safety is definitely the best prayer topic haha. Your week sounds way rad? On sunday we fasted and then this week we had more new investigators at put more baptismal dates then we did in the whole month of may and june combined (may doesnt really count because we didnt do anything last transfer) I think i am going to stqart fasting every day because it works like magic. I bought a hammock and made arroz con leche and sit in my hammock and i feel super mexican, i Kinda love mexico. I am not sure if im getting more mature or less patient, but when people email me and tell me about their first world problems they just sound like children and i am half amused half irritated. People have no idea what its like to have problems in their lives, america is like a freaking bubble. Also, in spanish they say "vete a la goma" which means go to hell, but more mild, people say it all the time, but elder pacheco alays tells me "go to hell man" in english when i mess with him, and it sounds a lot harsher in english so i think its so funny. Another saying here is amor apache, which means apache love, which means the more he hits me the more he loves me. So this week we had probably the worst lesson of my whole mission, talking to a less active, her husband is active. us "why did you get baptized"
her"i have no idea honestly"
us"did you read the book of mormon"
us "why did you let the missionaries in"
Her "my husband brought them"
us "why do you love your husband"
her "i dont"
us "why did you get married"
us "do you want to be with your daughters forever"
her "these arent my daughters, theyre his from another woman"
us "do you think the gospel changed your husband"
her "he doesnt hit me as much as he used to"
There was more flow to the lesson, those were just a summary of all the dead ends we hit with her, it was so funny. I am taking video journals with elder pacheco, you wont understand them, but you will still like them i think.
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Answers to your questions...Best food, we had some fried fish that were good, Elder pacheco taught me how to suck their eyes and brains out. I made arroz con leche this morning, i used 3 liters of milk, which is a lot, but it was delicious. If you sent me recipes that dont need that many ingredients, or an oven, that would be really neat. We said a prayer before we went into the abandoned building to ask if it was a good idea, and we decided it would be fine, and it was. Its really hard for the members here to get to church because it is so far away, they used to have a house of prayer, but they closed it because the church is trying to consolidate its buildings, but our attendance is a 3rd of what it used to be because people cant afford a bus to get to the church. And the bus prices this week went up 2 pesos, which is a lot. That definitely isnt going to help our attendance. We had zone conference this week and i learned a ton of awesome stuff about how we can have more faith and how we need to push ourselves harder, do more. You probably didnt listen to the right birthday song, because the one we listened to was hecka festive. This week it started to rain. A lot. Instead of being really hot, I get the pleasure of being really wet, and still really hot. Haha so this week we contacted this guy and he was outside this house up in the hills and he mentioned like 5 times that this was his house, and if we liked his house and stuff, then he invited us in, but he had a stick that was like 8 feet long and says "this is my key" he stuck it in the window to open the back door, then he runs around and lets us in, so we go in and hes telling us hes not religious, never belonged to any church or anything. but the house had santitos and the virgen all over, and we asked if he believed in the virgin, and he said no, then looked around and got flustered and said "theyre my nephews". Then we finished the lesson and left and I say, " i dont think thats his house" and elder pacheco says "not a chance". It was way funny, so then later it was night and we see a guy climbing a balcony by our house, and we get closer and see he is cutting through the bars on the window with a hacksaw, and elder pacheco says "thats his key" in reference to the first guy we met. It was so funny. Not much happened this week, we are teaching a family of 5 and thats really cool. We had a good lesson with the 18 year old daughter, she is way smart and all scientific and isnt really sure if she believes in anything, but we taught her about prayer and it was pretty powerful. We are still working on carpetas and walking a ton, we havent found anyone new to teach in a quick minute. I love you, take care, thanks for the email. I havent gotten any packages or letters yet.
Sunday, July 2, 2017
AHHHH PREGUNTAS. my first birthday in mexico was just about the same as every other day in mexico. I never got grams letters, maybe tomorrow. Things are good, im loving it, my companion is awesome. The area books will take the rest of this transfer and then some to clean up, we have to consolidate the area books from what used to be 5 areas into 1 binder. Our zone only has 2 elders the same since last transfer, so we are being way obedient and its awesome. I am reading the book of mormon, with studying wherever i am led mixed in, read some new testament and doctrine and covenants and stuff. We havent taught the girl from the restaurant yet, we go back friday so hopefully we can teach her then. We are out til 9 again which is way awesome. Elder pacheco is a machine, i am learning so much from him. For service this week, HA! we got a call that an hermana needed help moving some stuff, so we plan it like a service project, we thought she was moving houses or something, we carried a walmart bag with some tomatoes and a piece of chicken like 6 blocks, but they called us they night before and were all worried so we thought it was going to be an actual service project, that was funny i guess. What worries me most? I think you should be careful not to ask questions you dont want to know the answer to momma :) Today we hiked in the rain, We hiked this mountain and explored some abandoned buildings and it was way fun. Elder Pacheco is awesome, this transfer is going to be great with him. I have had parasites for a little while, which isnt the greatest, but they started getting worse, so me and elder pacheco took parasite medicine, its like draino, but for your body, so we slept at the church because our house only has one bathroom. That was fun because the church has air conditioning. We can stay out til 9 now, which is nice, the days we had to be in early i mostly just slept cuz i was pretty sick. But our house is so hot it was hard to sleep. Elder Pacheco is teaching me how to bailar trompo, google trompo, theyre these mexican tops but you do tricks and have wars with them, theyre way cool. I pretty much forgot it was my birthday, which was okay. We made an AC unit this week, we got a styrofoam cooler and cut i hole in the top and stuck a fan in the whole, then we cut another hole and stuck some pvc in it, then filled the cooler with ice and stuck our faces on the pvc and felt joy, that was pretty neat. Elder pacheco is a super good missionary, he asks crazy good soul searching questions and the investigators pretty much just teach themselves the gospel, its really sweet. We had a family home evening with some investigators this week, and i sang some taylor swift with their 9 year old daughter, i think were going to baptize her, and hopefully the mom too. Elder pacheco sang in portuguese which was sweet. Here people say "working like negros" and apparently its not racist, but it cracks me up when the members say it. Elder pacheco is teaching me slang in spanish so i am teaching him slang in english and its way fun, here they dont really have slang words, jsut phrases that rhyme and are funny. Elder Pacheco is also teaching me how to make peruvian food which is neat. Yesterday we went to a family home evening and they made pizza and it was so good, it was almost like i was in america, the best pizza ive had since i got to mexico, Then as we were leaving elder pacheco told them it was my birthday and they put on the birthday song, which is pretty sweet here, its called mananitas. And that was my week. Elder pacheco is way awesome, he always says stuff in english at the best times and its so funny. This week we got super duper lost, like climbing a hill in the jungle lost, nd he says "i testify with all my heart this is not the way that the hermana told us to get to her house". peruvians have this accent where they go down in stead of up at the end of the sentence and it makes it sound gangster, Its like marcus speaking spanish honestly. ill take a video of him talking. We walked a freaking ton this week, we are cleaning out the area books and walking around looking for people that half the time the address doesnt exist. Lots of walking, and its really hot, but lots of fun.
Hey momma, things are good around here. I didnt have time to read my journal today so this email might be a little lame, but elder pacheco is way cool and is teaching me all the slang in spanish, i use it with the members and they think its really funny, to get people laughing i tell them im from yucatan and when they dont believe me i tell them im more mexican than napal, they like it. Take care of yourself. This week was good, really hot. a bunch of dumbness happened, so we have a code thing in the mission for in case someone kidnaps you or something like that, and tuesday we had district class and the district leader from the other district didnt show up. so we were all a little worried, then we get a text that says come to the house, its urgent, so we call and he answers and doesnt do his end of the code, and he says ïm locked in my room, and dont know what happened to my companion" so we get the district president and go to his house and hes hiding is his room and out the window he tells us his companion is trying to kill him, so the district president made me go in first because apparently im the biggest. i thought they were getting killed but it was all for mongol. I almost killed them both. Then we had divisions because all the leaders went to guadalajara for a training so all their compaanions and i were together and i got some parasite and was dying and the were imposing all their mexican weird beliefs about health and i wanted to kill them all. thats about it, take care momma. thanks for the email. i love you. me and elder pacheco are working a lot in the area books which i like a lot, cleaning out old stuff. and we went to a fonda which is like a restaurant, but, mexican, and you sit with strangers, its hard to explaqin, but we sat with this 17 year old girl and she prayed on the food with us and was asking us doctrine questions and were going to go visit her at her house and teach her, its going to be awesome. That was neat, idk what else.