January 5, 2015
Hola!! It sounds like you guys had a pretty good week!! Relaxing and everything!! I hope you feel better mom! It’s never fun to be sick! It’s too bad you are not feeling well! Wow you guys fell asleep at 11:00 pm on New Year’s Eve?! What the heck! Ha-ha jk, you guys are just getting old..... But it’s okay!!
New Year’s was pretty boring for us missionaries! We didn’t really do anything because we had to be in early and couldn’t leave the pension for safety reasons. It’s just a massive party here and pretty dangerous, with many drunks on the streets!! But we did climb up on the roof on New Year’s Eve and watched the fire works!! It was fun! There was a ton of fireworks going off everywhere!!! Unfortunately, I couldn’t start my year out with a New Year’s Kiss, which was disappointing! Jk!!
You guys aren’t going to believe this, but Jan 1 was “dia de limpeiza” (cleaning day) mission wide!!!!!!! WHAT THE HECK! Karma has it out for me!! I was so happy I was getting out of our crazy Carter cleaning day tradition for 2 years, but I can’t escape it!!! Ha-ha!! So, we spent a good chunk of the morning cleaning out the pension!! It was boring but it wasn’t for too long (at least not as long as it takes us at home)!!
This week we found a couple of scorpions in our bathroom!! I am so annoyed because now I can’t enjoy my time bathroom time anymore! I have to get in and out because I don’t want to get stung and have to go to the” call of duty” hospital here!! So, if I am quick and careful, hopefully no scorpions will bite me!!
I am getting more used to things here! We spent all week getting to know the members and “menos activos “which was good!! I am really looking forward to working with them!!!! The members seem really cool here too!! I think I will like it here a lot!!
This town is right beside a massive river so it is soooooo humid!! Like, crazy humid! It’s tough!! My shirts are always wet!! And we have to do our laundry by hand, which is super hard!! But it’s okay!! I actually don’t mind it that much!!
The branch here is small. We have about 40 people coming to church, but have about 700 members here in San Lorenzo. So that means we have a lot of work to do!! Our focus is more on helping the Ward and branches here. We are instructed not to count how many lessons we teach in the week or any stats like that. We just count attendance at church and the number of investigators at church and the number of people we have re activated! I really like this a lot because if we can re active someone it’s just as important as a baptism! So, we have been working a ton with the “menos activos” and I am happy about that!!
Our area is a lot bigger than my previous area. We have to organize our day and work in one área of the city per day or else we waste a ton of time just walking around! So, we have work Smart! We still need to find a lot more investigators too!
The exciting news is that this week we have 2 baptisms!! It is really sweet!! I haven’t taught them a ton of lessons, but I have taught them a few!! We have one young man named C being baptized on Tuesday, and a 9 year old girl getting baptized on Saturday! So, that is really awesome!! It should be a great week!! I am so excited for them, even though I didn’t work with them a ton!!
Tonight we have zone meeting which should be good! I am pretty pumped for that! And I am thinking we are probably going to get our packages too!!
This is the stuff I most miss (other than you guys) and would be very very nice of you if you could send it to me J
Peanut butter (crunchy kind, I already ate the ones you sent me)
Canada (so a map would be great)
Sptiz sunflower seeds (the orange flavor and bbq)
Skinny ties (only skinny ones)
Reece’s peanut butter cups
Good hair gel (Bentley knows the good ones)
Thanks for everything!
I love you guys!!!!!