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.
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!