October 27, 2014
Well I'm going to start off by saying I feel bad. For two reasons. The first being that my past e-mails have been a bit lackluster. Using what some parents might refer to as "an utterly deplorable amount detail".....hahaha so, starting today I will try to write these e-mails a bit better.
That being said. Here's the second reason I feel bad. NOTHING EVER HAPPENS DOWN HERE!!!
Hahaha honestly!!! So far I really haven't had any super cool, funny, or exciting experiences!
But I'll share what has happened.
This past week was exchanges. Meaning Glassford left and I received a new companion, Elder Villarruel. He's from Argentina and he's got about a year out here. Fortunately for me, he's a native, so I'll have the language down very well by the end of this change.....unfortunately.....everything else about him.
Hahahahaha just kidding!....mostly....haha . He likes to do everything the complete opposite of Glassford. He's very Very VERY by the rules, I suppose that should be commendable....but for whatever reason everyone (even the president) finds that to be an annoying characteristic, who knew!?
But he's a good kid, and I know with a few more weeks we'll get along great!
Other than that, I've started to lead the sector. Villarruel doesn't know the sector at all, so now I have to lead a sector that I know only slightly better than him.......it's the visually impaired leading the blind out here. But everything’s still going great! We've got 10 investigators who could get baptized this change, so we'll see!
Other than that.
The Fabulous Unicorn painting, yea, even that whose glory was unparalleled in all existence, has been stolen.
Haha apparently Elder Farias took it when they came to pick us up for an early morning run (which due to the words "early" and "run" we obviously didn't participate in).....anyway, he gave it to a less active in our ward because his mom absolutely adores unicorns.....anyway.....As Robert Frost once said "Nothing Gold Can Stay"
Anyway. I love you guys!!! Everything's going great down here!
I'm going to leave you with one of my favorite quotes; I'll let you figure out what it means.
"Enlightenment leads to benightedness. Science entails nescience".
The following are questions that Steve asked Dave and his responses.
Steve: What do you do on P-day?
Dave: On P-day with Glassford, we usually went to the center of Lima to buy stuff for Glassford and his family. Other than that we usually just play soccer....it's pretty boring actually.
Steve: What is your apartment like?
Dave: Our apartment is small..... like really small.... probably a little smaller than our family room.
Steve: Are you eating well?
Dave: Hmm....I'm not not eating well.....it really depends on what you mean by eating well. I eat a lot.....I feel full....but it's mostly rice.....eh. I'll be fine.
Steve: Losing or Gaining Weight?
Dave: I have no idea....I would imagine staying the same.... We don't have easy access to a scale...so I don't know.... but most of the other Elders gain weight out here.
Steve: Do you feel healthy?
Dave: Hahaha usually......I was super sick this last week...and I felt miserable....but usually I feel fine!
Steve: Tell us about your investigators.
Dave: Well, right now we have:
Patty and Pierro: They don't have any problems right now....just their own hesitation. But they're progressing very well towards their baptismal date of November 8th.
Juana and Carlos: Their problem is the same as everyone else's down here, they aren't married, and are living together. He's from Puerto Rico, so we're waiting for his papers to come through.
Christian and Angela: Same problem as Carlos and Juana
Victor Barron: He's a 15 year old boy who the other Elders have had a hard time teaching....he knows the church is true, but he doesn't want to get baptized because he doesn't want to serve a mission. He's the investigator we're struggling with the most right now.
Then we have Marco and Consuela: They aren't married yet.....
Ernestina: and she just needs to attend church more.
Steve: What is the biggest challenge to get people to join the church.
Dave: Like I said before....people living together without being married.
Steve: Do you get to do much service?
Dave: Not a ton actually..... so far we have painted a room(essentially a house) and moved a mountain of dirt about 15 feet.
Steve: How is the language?
Dave: The language is great! Right after changes it really picked up.....but I don't want to give credit to my new companion. He's not so great.
Steve: Have you given anyone a CTR ring?
Dave: No. No I have not....but we'll see!
Love you lots.