Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Soccer, Pancakes & Cheap Marriages

January 27, 2014

Well this week has been pretty good. We talked with Carmen and Osvaldo and they said that they want to get married this week, so we´ll be working hard to help them get married. We found a guy in Cartagena that can marry people fast and cheap so we´re trying to get everything in order with that.
 We´ve also been contacting a lot, trying to find some new people to teach. We´ve found a couple of families and are really excited to teach them this week. This week has been super hot so we try to use that to help us get into the houses. We figure if we look like we´re dying someone will give us a chair so that we can sit down and rest. 
Typical Breakfast

Things are going great with my new comp (Elder Ariza) with studying, teaching, and contacting. It´s fun to train. 

On Friday we had interviews with the president and as always they were running late. We lost a lot of time that day, but the interview was good - Well we mostly just talked about how my comp was doing and he always asks how my best convert is (aka myself). President tells me that he has a lot of confidence in me so that makes me feel really good. We talk about the family sometimes, studies...a little bit of everything.  We also talked more about the end of the mission more than anything this time. I also mentioned Kurt too, so hopefully we can be in the same district or zone. 

This morning we played soccer again with some young men and the first consejero (still can´t spell that), it was really fun. I miss playing soccer a lot! :(. 

Fútbol Gang
Hey,  I´m kinda realizing that my letters are getting shorter, so this next week I´ll write down everything that has been happening so that my letters are more interesting. 

Apartment "Art"
Today during p-day we didn´t do much.We just hit up the streets of Turbaco seeing what it has to offer. I bought some little Dragon balls figures for a buck so that was a complete score.  I also bought this artwork for our apartment.  Each poster was 50 cents! I think that next Monday we´re going to do a big district pday and go to the Popa (fingers crossed for that). 
More "Art"

Hey! I love you all!                                                         Abrazos y besos!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Call Me Papi!! New Companion

January 20, 2014

My New Son - Elder Ariza from Bogota, Colombia
What is up everyone?! This week has been pretty great. It started Monday night when I called to verify with the zone leaders and they told me that I needed to go to Barranquilla on Tuesday because I needed to pick up my new comp to train! 

We left in the morning and I got in a van crammed in the back seat with Elder Anderson (Arizona) and Elder White. We arrived in Barranquilla, ate lunch, listened to the assistants and the president, then we got our new companions. 
How we Roll!

My new comp is Elder Ariza. He is from Bogota and is 18 years old. We´ve only had a few days together, but it´s been good working with him. I´m happy to be training and glad that he wants to work. 

After we left Barranquilla we arrived in Cartagena late so we had to sleep on the floor of some other missionaries, then leave early in the morning Wednesday to get back to Turbaco. I don´t like sleeping on floors. The rest of the week we've  been contacting, introducing Elder Ariza to the members and investigators. 

This week we´ve also been working a lot with Carmen and Osvaldo so that they can get married. Turns out that she needs to go get a copy of her divorce paper. She´s going to get that today so they can get married.  Osvaldo´s son just came to live with them so now we´re teaching him too. Hopefully everything works out well so that we can baptize the rest of the family! 
Soccer with some members and investigators

This morning we went to the church and played soccer with some young men and investigators. That was super fun, but I´m really tired. I haven´t done that much running for a while. 

Today for p-day, we´re not going to do much. My comp knows how to cook so he wants to cook lunch... I´m glad he likes to cook because I´m getting tired of fried / scrambled eggs and pancakes.  That´s kinda sums it up for this past week. 

I love you soo much! Shout out to Jon Lemaire for getting baptized! Abrazos y Besos!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Working for a Living!

January 13, 2014

Hey everyone! This week has been pretty good! We´ve been working hard to find new people to teach and work more with the members. Yesterday we had 4 investigators that came to church and two of them were new this week so we´re really happy with that. 
We have bikes now?? Just kidding

We have also been working a lot with Carmen (Investigator) and Osvaldo (Less Active) so that they can get married and Carmen can be baptized. They have already sent their papers to get processed in the system, now they just have to wait and see how much it costs for the marriage. They should find out this week so we are anxious to get things going with them. 

Elder Gallardo, Otteson, Me, Centon in a little Moto car

This week I also had two baptismal interviews, they both went really well, and the missionaries are working hard to help them get baptized. Also, yesterday we had a Rescue for a ward in Cartagena. Basically it was visiting less active members so that they can come back to church. It went pretty well we were able to talk to a young man and another´s dad about going to church. 
SIMBA!!! Carlos´ dog!

Today for pday we had a service project. We helped Carlos, an investigator of the elders, move to his new house which is super sweet. So we were moving stuff all afternoon, but it was fun working with the other missionaries. After they bought us lunch so that was awesome :) . 
Elder Gallardo, I, and some dude driving the truck

Tomorrow we will receive transfers, I am thinking that my comp will be leaving because he has about 7 months here, so we´ll see what happens. That is kind of it for this week. I love you all! Abrazos y besos!

Say Hello, to my Little Friend!

Cat Rescue!

Little Mufasa.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Feliz Año Nuevo!

January 7, 2014

What is up everyone?? Happy New year!! I can´t believe it´s 2014 already! Makes me sad because it means my mission is coming to an end this year.  :( 

Elder Anderson with his Bat Friend.
This week has been pretty interesting. There has been something going on called La Corraleja, basically bull fighting in the wooden stadium, and anyone can go inside with the bulls. Almost everyone in Turbaco goes there to watch and party, so it has been a little difficult to find people in their houses. 
Mr. Bat

We have had some good lessons, especially with Carmen. We´ve been working hard with her so that she can get married. This week she put in the papers to be  processed so that they (she and Osvaldo (soon to


be husband) can get married. Which means that Carmen and her son can get baptized! Super pumped for that.  Also, all three of them came to church yesterday. 

We´re also working with some other people  trying to have them come to church, but it´s kinda hard with holidays and what not. We are being persistent! 

Today we went to a less active member's house for lunch. He made us fried fish, patacones, and of course rice. It was really good. I love the fish here. Then after lunch we just bought some stuff at the store, cut our hair and chilled in the house. 

It´s a festival today so there aren´t a lot of places open and there isn´t much to do. That is pretty much it for this week. Really slow with all the parties and stuff like that. 

Thanks for all the support. I love you all!
Abrazos y besos