Monday, January 31, 2011

January 25, 2011

“Everything is going great. Elder Driaza got to eat chapulines (grasshoppers) for the first time on Sunday! We were talking about weird food, and the members asked us if we like chapulines, and I said 'yeah', and so she went to her fridge and brought out a bag of big chapulines. I grabbed a few and popped one into my mouth--Elder Driaza was in shock. I put some on his plate, and he just sat there and looked at them, and he said, ‘They're looking at me.’ It was so funny. The members were laughing so hard.”
January 18, 2011

“Hello again! I hear it has been pretty cold on the East Coast (a Nor'easter?). The weather has been like something out of a movie over here in California. The last week has been in the 70s during the day, and in the 60s or upper 50s at night, with the sun shining and not a cloud in the sky. I must admit, I don't envy my roommate in Salt Lake City South--the weather here is perfect for being a missionary (and I definitely don't envy my friend who went to Siberia!). Everything is going great here. We have been working hard to find new investigators to teach, and we have been having great success. We have been talking to everyone we see on the street and trying hard to make good lesson plans, and things have been going well (although one of our investigators couldn't come to church on Sunday because she went to Mexico for Saturday and bought tacos from a street her husband says they were probably dog or cat tacos....I hear that in Mexico there is a taco stand on every corner, and no stray cats or dogs). Our district is doing great, and we are all having lots of fun.”

California sunset

January 11, 2011

“We had stake conference last Sunday. . . . Five minutes before the meeting started, Elder Driaza and I were standing outside the chapel greeting people when the bishop of our ward came up to us and said, "Elders, we are going to need you to translate the meeting." So, we got taken to some reserved seats close to the front and we were given headsets that broadcasted the Spanish translation to people with headphones sitting in the congregation. Translating was so much fun! It took some adjusting to at first, but once you get into the mindset where you just let English go in your ears and let Spanish come out your mouth, it was a lot of fun!”
January 4, 2011

“We found a great family on a miracle this week. We were walking down the street when a little boy passed us on a scooter and said as he was going by, "Hi, brothers!" We didn't recognize him and were left confused as to who he was, so we went and knocked on the apartment that we saw him go in, and we were able to set up an appointment with his family, which turned out to be enormous. There is the mom and dad, 7 sons and daughters, a son-in-law who is married to one of the daughters, and their little girl. They are a lot of fun to teach. Another one of the families that we are teaching have even started asking hypothetical questions like, "So, if we were to get baptized in your Church..." We are so excited for this area. Everything is doing great.”
December 28, 2010

“We are hoping to have the baptism of Angel and Juel this Monday (we got special permission from the stake president to do it, since that is the only day off work that the boys' dad has every week). We were going to have the baptism last Monday, but had to delay it because we taught the Word of Wisdom and found out from the two boys that they drink coffee every morning. The next couple days after we taught it, we asked them if they had any coffee that morning and they said that they had, so we had to delay the baptism a week (they didn’t have any coffee since we delayed it, from what they told us). [Who ever heard of an 8- and 10-year-old having a Word of Wisdom problem?] So fast forward to last night, when we were teaching their parents and we told them the reason for the delay, and they looked really surprised, and the mom said, "But my boys don't drink coffee." And we said, "They told us they drink coffee every morning when they get up." And the mom said, "Oh, they must be talking about hot chocolate!" So we asked the kids to show us what they had been drinking every morning, and it was the hot chocolate. Elder Driaza and I felt pretty dumb. We were all laughing pretty hard (on a positive note: the mom told us after that the last few days her sons had refused to drink hot chocolate, because they said the elders had told them not to!).”

“Christmas Eve was one of my most fun Christmases I have ever had. It's amazing that when everything else like shopping and movies and music and lights (which, of course, aren't bad) get wiped away, you can really focus on Christmas--the Christmas present that God gave us (Jesus) and the present that Jesus gave us (eternal life).”

Brenda, José, Bryan, Yesenia, me, Carolina, Elder Silva

Snow in Oceanside!

Elder Lee, Elder Woodward, Elder Ortega, Elder Snyder, me, and Elder Driaza.