This is my very short main email.
We have a golden new investigator! Maria Garcia who is perhaps 30 years, humble, kind, tender, a little sensitive, with a son Maximo who is 8, I believe a husband who she is separated from because he´s bad. The first lesson about the Restoration went great because we have a golden member who was there to help. Maria and Maximo have come to church and we look forward to another lesson tonight
Franco….he´s getting baptized this Saturday!
The ugly dog you see we call Fea which means ugly because it´s an UGLY female dog that just roams around our feet while teaching. She makes me happy.
Juani with Fea.
And pics with the other Elders in our ward.
How far away is the Buenos Aires Temple from Empalme? (not sure I spelled that correctly). I am guessing three hours. What does it take for a family to get there? Is it super expensive for the Saints from your town to prepare and go to the Temple?
What is your daily routine now? What are you eating besides fried food and pop? Yeah, I saw that picture with the Dr. Pepper on the table! Are you able to get good veggies in your town?
What is your apartment like? You will need to take some pics and send them on so we can gasp in amazement at what it looks like. You know what is fun is that is all part of the experience and fun to talk about. Out of the four cities I was in only one apartment was really nice and new. The other three were these little tiny things with interesting bathroom arrangements (in my first city we shared a communal bathroom with everyone on the floor. I always found it a little strange to stand in line with my robe on waiting for my turn to bathe with a man in front of me and a man behind me. I don’t think I ever struck up a conversation with any of those “bath sharing mates”. I think my language was too new and it just seemed a little awkward to discuss gospel related topics staring at the hairy back or the hairy chest!).
You will most likely never have nice living arrangements so we are all ears about the bugs and the cockroaches!
How is the weather?
The BA temple is probs about 3-4 hours away. I don´t think it would be an incredible amount of money but still a little pricey for some people. One member just went to the temple this weekend so i don´t think it´s very rare to go for those that have some funds.
you spelled Empalme right.
Daily routine: Wake up at 6:30 and work out (which is running for 6 minutes every 2 days then doing other things for the rest. My comp doesn´t like running *pahh* and the only other thing avaible to do is push ups, crunches on the bed, bicep curls with chairs, and dips. ha whatevs! Do what we can!)
7-8am get ready for the day..shower..do some dishes..study a tad.
8-9:30 personal study.
12 lunch with a member or at home…we eat with members very often! and its good! Some of it has tomatoes or patatoes of some sort and some days I´ve felt the affects but Doterra helps me!
2-5 comp study…language study…this is during Siesta and very many peeps are sleeping.
5-9:30 or 10 work
10-10:30 get ready for bed
It´s sweet!!! haha I want to work all the time and I love studies!
No weird bugs actually! whoda thunk?? Only seen 1 cockroach so far….1! and not in our apartment. It´s actually really nice and small so it´s perfect. and we keep it clean.
I eat apples and bread and jam and crackers with cheese and food that helps me survive. And then a lot of food that members give us like pizzas that aren´t very tasty like US pizza, pasta, more bread. Honestly it´s not very healthy because the healthy stuff is expensive but I do pretty well. And Im actually staying away from the Jugo becuase it´s just too much!
Weather has been so nice! Not very hot at all! It´s totally chill here :D it gets a little colder in the mornings so the winter time should be fun :D
There ya are!
Elder Holloway and I had our first baptism and confirmation this weekend! Oh what a joy it is to watch someone enter the waters of baptism. Let me tell you about this little man! His name is Juani Pay. 11 years of age. He is fantastic. He´s fun, kind, and a happy goofball. And he reminds me of a chipmunk he´s so great. Love him! Elder Holloway and his previous companion has been working with his fam for a while. His elder brother of 17 is the rock for the Gospel in the family. He is Ismael. And he was baptized 2 months ago and also another brother, Jesus, of 14 years old. Their parents are inactive. But they are cool with them being baptized. But Ismael is SOLID. He is amazing! That´s why those boys can be successful is through Ismael´s steller example.
Juani is the little chipmunk in the middle. (He likes that I call him that so it´s okay). And Ismael…his stud of a brother is in the white with the tie who baptized him.
The mom is in the pink. And Jesus is the plaid shirt. Some other kids from a different family too.
Their home is a very humble abode! They are pretty poor. It´s also kind of a zoo! “Dogs, cats, living together…mass histeria!” It´s true! I look over and cats are breeding in the corner and little kittens running around. Dogs scrounging. and we call this one dog “Fea”! which means ugly because it really is the meaning of ugly! And they’re not even their dogs. They just roam around. There´s a lot of children too! About 8 I believe and another on the way! I love this Pay family. I hope the best for the rest of the children as we continue to visit them and strengthen them to change their lives and actions from that of their parents. To be strong in the Gospel because that is what´s going to make their lives successful. The oldest 3 young men of the family are now baptized and strong! Ismael, Jesus, then Juani.
So yes…it´s an adventure here. The people LOVE their jugo! (“juice”) and oooooh boy I´m starting to like it too! Watch out Mom! ha A lot of food is fried and breaded meats! Pretty good! but there is really no healthy options here besides the fruit and veggies. Everything else is just enjoyable! Jugo and bread with every meal.
A lot of people wear peircings in odd places on their face here. And pretty nasty looking peircings too. They kind of just stick out which isn´t really appealing. The men do a lot of it too. The people are friendly! People kind of just want to enjoy life here. Especially the Empalme people enjoy the tranquility. Once again…they take no thought on being sanitary ha! “Oh you want food? Here´s this plate that I just rinsed solely with water on it.” It´s not everybody. A lot of the people are somewhat sanitary compared to the US. And i´m not sick yet….so WHAT is with all the hoopla in the States of being sanitary huh? Don´t understand haha. I´m sure the Lord is blessing us with good health.
We soley walk around and then ride collectivos or city buses that pass by when we need to travel. I love the factoras here! They are a small pastry. I eat them rarely because I´ve been taught how to eat well but there´s a fun small factory where you can hop in…pay 2 pesos…and you have a delightful pastry of goodness haha.
Once again, animals breed here. They just keep comin everywhere haha. Kind of like ants and San Diego. They make things interesting and fun really!
My title is what I feel would be a good passage for ya´ll to read! It´s the “consider the lilies” one. Don´t fret about the things of tomorrow or the things that don´t matter as much. For God knows all your needs and will provide them to you if you have faith to always look to and follow Him first. I know that when we put him first…everything aligns. Please read D&C 84:81-85 and also Matthew 6:31-34 and pray and ponder its words.
Another thing I´m learning is that a reason I´m here is because of my personality. I will be able to touch certain people with the qualities that God has given me. That´s exciting.
Until next time! Love to you all and my best wishes!