Changes were this week but I stayed the same! I´m still in The Travesía with Elder Edwards and couldn´t be happier to stay!
We had many opportunities to serve this week. One of them was pouring the foundation of the third floor of an apartment building. It was really cool seeing how they do construction work here. It consisted of climbing a rickitty ladder to the second floor then mixing all the cement right there on the floor of the second level and afterwards scooping it into buckets and lifting it up to the third floor to pour into the frames. My job was to stand on a piece of wood going across two walls 20 feet up and lifting the buckets to the thrid floor. We got really dirty with cement and stuff but it was fun! All the guys were smoking, it was funny, but they gave us banana smoothies and bread with mantaquilla so I was content.
Funny service story - Because of changes, our area got a lot bigger and now includes a really poor part of town up in the mountians. A few days ago we were walking to a member´s house that lives up there and along the way we saw a older lady carrying a really big bag. Of course we stopped and offered to help her. We walked with her a bit and she told us her son got baptized in our church. (Later we found out he didn´t.) As we kept walking we asked her where she lived and she said "aqui no más" meaning just right up here. We walked another 10 minutes going higher and higher up the mountian. We stopped to take a break and asked her again and she said "aqui no más" and after 10 more steps pointed to a house WAY up in the mountian. We were just like uhhhhh.. So we kept walking with her and her son all the way up until we got to wire fence that we climbed over and followed a dirt trail with a few switchbacks that went all the way up to their house. The house reminded me of being in the South. It was just a tiny wooden house without electricity and a fire outside for cooking. We didn´t have time to visit with them right then so we made an appointment to come back on Sunday. On Sunday we left from the church and it took us 35 minutes to walk at missionary speed to their house. we finally got there, switchbacks and todo and they weren´t even there! It was pretty funny. I actually said on the way up, "How funny would it be if they weren´t there?" We took a picture knocking on their door with the phone (attached) and enjoyed the view for a second and went back down to visit another member. Kinda funny! We´ll see if we can find them this week!
This week Alejandra got baptized! She´s a 12 year old girl that has been coming to church for a little bit since her mom re'-activated. She´s great and the best part about her baptism is that Alex did the baptizing! Yup, the same Alex that I helped baptize. My convert baptized her! It was a very special baptism for me. It´s actually kinda funny, where she lives the owner is a little...well...mean. I´m not sure what religon he is, but let's just say he certinally isn´t a member. He hates us because we´re white. He says we are just here "gospeling" the people and trying to trick them. His dogs are vicious and hate us (probably his doing) and the other day he actually told us we weren´t welcome to ever come back and visit Denia. She´s not even his family! He´s just the dueño of her house! It´s ridiculous. I want to know if he´s Catholic, because if he is, he doesn´t know anything about his history because the Spañards came over and forced all of the people to be Catholic or they would kill them. I´m pretty sure that´s a lot more "gospeling" than the loving, inviting, work we do. Needless to say Denia is going to move.
Elder Ochoa of the 70 is coming this week so it should be exciting to hear what he says!
Les Quiero, Cuidense mucho,
Knocking on the door of the house at the top of the mountain.
MTC buddies - all are Zone Leaders now.
New haircut: short on the sides, long on top.
Don't worry mom! I didn't drive it!