Wow how I love the mission and being a missionary. Don't get me wrong. It's not always fun and games..It's really hard but soooo awesome! I love learning and growing every day. I love helping people and teaching them how they can find the happiness that they have been missing in their lives. I love seeing them accept the gospel, and I love watching it change their lives.
We started this week with a gang riot in Navarrette. There is a gang leader that lives super close to our house, and he loves to have riots about everything. They throw trash in the streets, set tires on fire and walk about with bombs and guns. Sooo we spent the day in the house. It was a bummer but an interesting start to my time here. (Don't worry mom, they don't want trouble with us, I'm completely safe)
Miercoles I met my new district. They are all super awesome. Later, we stopped by a member's house, Katasha, who is a returned missionary and now has a husband and a cute baby boy. She gave us a pep talk and ideas about contacting. People here get to know their neighbors better than we do. Its super important that we involve members in our work. The church is true.. I know it, and God knows it, and a lot of other people know it. But the thing is not everyone knows it, and not everyone has the blessing that comes from living the gospel. That is why we are here, and that is why we ask for references of family and friends, because everyone should want their friends and family to have this happiness!
That day we found out that our investigator, who had a baptism date, moved.
Jueves was the best Thanksgiving ever! We taught like normal, found more people to teach and then ate sachipapas which are french fries, hotdogs and sauce. hahaha it sounds gross but wow it's so American and I'm thankful for that sometimes. I mean I love rice and all but American food is good too haha.
We have a member, Lizbeth, who helps us with our lessons. She is 14 and super cute and sweet. She originally said that she could help for 2 hours but after every lesson she said that she could teach one more and then one more and then one more and one more ahaha. She was so cute and kept talking about her future mission. (Hey shout out to all the youth! GO OUT WITH THE MISSIONARIES!)
Viernes we contacted a women named Ellie and I'm super excited to teach her more. Not just because her name is Ellie but because she is a cute little mommy and she is super receptive to us. We also met a lady named Socorro who is a cute old lady. She is catholic but said that she was going to pray and if the Holy Ghost tells her to change her religion, "Then of course I'll change my religion! Im not crazy! I'm not going to disobey God!" haha We all need faith like her.
Sabado I took my second cold bucket shower of my mission. I've been lucky because I've only needed to do it twice but its awful. How thankful I will be for warm showers that don't pelt me or barely drip down and that are freezing cold.
Domingo, in between teaching, we ate at two different members houses with the Elders. When we told Elder Cordova about the invitations he said, "The Heavens are opening and I can see a pillar of light!" Haahaha the poor staving Elders ahaha
Navarette is awesome. Its pretty big but not as big as Bonao. There are less cows and chickens but super awesome people. Its about 30 minutes from Santiago. We have two wards. The zone leaders and ourselves are in one ward and the Sister leaders and our District leader and his comp are in the other ward. It rains every day and floods the roads and houses but its also really green! I LOVE Navarette!