Monday, January 4, 2016

Ano Nuevo

2016! It´s crazy we are already starting a new year. Looking forward to doing my best and working hard this year. So this week has been really crazy. We haven't taught a lot of lesson because everyone has been busy with the holidays. Also people in Colombia get super drunk during the new year. People will start drinking in the morning and they don't stop for a few days. It is really weird. Also on the 31st it was tough to be in the streets because there were parades of car and buses with people throwing eggs and flour at people on the streets. Luckily Elder Mejia and I never got hit, but the other two missionaries in our area got covered in flour. It was a very dangerous day, i´ll say that much. We had to be in our home at 7 o'clock that day as well, the mission president didn't want the missionaries our late. So instead we stayed home and did lots of grilling. Elder Mejia is a really good chef, and he loves to cook, so he made tons of food for all the missionaries. Lots of grilled meat, fries, and coca cola. Oh thats another thing, Colombia really does have the best coke. And I don't mean Cocaine, haha but Coca Cola. They use real sugar and it is like 1000 times better. We had a super big feast. While we were waiting to eat, we played lots of Jenga. I didn't lose a single game, I was the boss of Jenga. Lots of fun, lots of talk, and lots of food.

I officially weighed myself and I weight 76 kilograms. Which is about 176 pounds. Ive gained about 10 pounds out in the mission. I am getting fat! Well I don't feel super fat yet, maybe I'm just filling out. I pray that that is the reason haha. Because of this I have to buy new pants today haha. Hopefully I don't gain to much more. It is all the rice haha. I use to not like the rice that much, but now that is my favorite part. We eat rice about every day. Im use to it now.

Well not much to report. We had a good week and hopefully we can continue to work hard and be the best missionaries we can be. I love gettin' all of your emails. I hope you all had a good New Years!

Roof Roasts and Dried Up Snakes

This week was not very eventful to say the least. As a missionary it is really hard to have success around the holidays. Most of the people have left out of town, and the people that you can meet with are not interested in listening to the missionaries. We have just done a lot of contacting by knocking on doors hoping that people will listen to us. Oh we also go around singing lots of Christmas hymns. It is a good way to get people to listen to us and hear some cool Christmas music sung by yours truly. Also not to brag but I think I am by far the best sing out of the missionaries. Latinos are terrible singers. Before my mission I hated having to sing. But now I like have to because everyone else is so terrible hahahah.

This Christmas we got together as a zone and we had a cool roast. We all gathered together and then had a big roast on the top of one of the apartments in Armenia. We also had a pitchfork so we got some photos of us by the fire acting like the devil. Weird because it was Christmas eve haha. It was tough to sleep that night because there was music blasting all through the night. Also it was 11 missionaries in a small apartment so we all had to share beds and I was pressed up against the wall. It was a non-stop party all night long. Christmas was rough.

President Calderon gave all of the missionaries personal letters that were from our families. That was probably the best gift I got for Christmas. Also my mom sent me some of the most swag socks. They have llamas on them and surfs up santas haha. Also the american candy was much appreciated. There is just something about Colombia, but all of the candy here is terrible. The only good thing that they have here is chocolate. I think I ate all of the candy in less than an hour haha. It was just too good. So many memories in that box of junior mints haha.

Also the day after Christmas I got to skype with my family. It was probably the best day I have had in the mission so far. It was a lot like a Q&A. My mom had a lot of questions about the mission life here in Colombia. I didn't mind, it was awesome being able to speak with them about what it is like here. I loved catching up with my family. My family is the biggest blessing I have in my life, they have always been there for me and has supported me in everything that I have done. I will always be grateful for all that they have done for me, and has helped me to become better in every aspect of my life. I cant describe how happy I was to talk with them. Next time we skype I look forward to when I can talk more about the mission, and how there is nowhere I would rather be right now than here in Colombia.

I hope everyone had a good Christmas this year. I know that as a missionary, Christmas is not the same. But it was one of the best Christmases I have ever had. I feel blessed knowing that my family is safe, and that they are wanting me to succeed as a missionary and are always thinking about me. They really are the best thing I have in my life.

Also coming up is new years, which I have heard is a lot crazier than Christmas. So we will see how that goes haha. More to come on that next Monday.

I love getting all your emails they mean so much to me. Oh yeah real quick, Elder Mejia saw a small dried up snake in the road and insisted on taking it everywhere with him for the rest of the day. I asked if I could hold it when we were almost done with the day, I took it and snapped it in half with my fingers and then continued walking. He got a little angry. It was super funny, Peruvians are funny when they get angry haha.

December 28, 2015