Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

Just another week in the Hood.

This last week has been so much harder than the last... Freakin heck you know when you play to many rounds of monopoly it just gets old after a while? Well... Yeah that is how it is right now. I am kinda sick after 2 weeks of trying to act out what I want to tell my companion. I have come very very far in the language but it is not easy at all. All I can really say are simple things and like dinner table small talk. Hahaha but things are going great. Once you get over the fact that you know nothing then things here are not bad at all. Oh!!! I want to quickly tell a story about my experience with the shower in the first week that I forgot to tell last Pday. So... It was my first day in our hour and we have warm showers!! (Well... We did...) And I go into the shower and there are two knobs. One says F and one says C. Clearly anyone with sense would make the assumption that the one that had the C was cold and the one that had the F was just Freakin hot RIght? Hahaha wrong because I forgot that I was in mexico. So the F was freezing and the C was warm. So needless to say that my first shower here in mexico I used the american knowledge that I had and used the knob that I thought was Freakin hot. (F) Yeah... All I have to say is that I learned really fast that Frío es cold (F) and Caliente is hot (C). 

Oh!! as well I would just like to tell everyone that there is a huge spider that lives in our bathroom and me and him have been in a on going war. I try to kill him but he is of the devil and will never die. (like really) I almost want to cast him out in the name of  christ. (Berkeley feel free to edit that out if you think it is sacreligious. Because it was not intendend to be.)  And to make things just that much better... It just had babies like 2 days ago... Hahah so now they are running all around our house... Great.... :D 

And here is another story.. man I am just full of stories this week. Just bear with me. Me and my companion we returning to our house when we stopped by to apologize to the lady that lives below us. And right now here in mexico when I don´t know what is going on and my companion askes me a yes or no question I just say yes right? Isnt that the logical thing to do? Hahah I will answer that for you. NO. Because we are talking to this lady and I am kindof understanding what is going on right?  So so says. I like your last name. I respond. Thank you very much, I like yours as well. As well as she says. I like your tie that you are wearing right now. I respond. Thank you very much. Then she askes me. I want to have your tie and your name tag when you leave this mission. Now I am confused. I respond. Um... Sure... If you want my tie you can have it but I need my name tag. This convorsation continued for about ten minutes with then trying to explain to me what they were trying to say. Finally we left and I asked my companion to explain to me what in the world the lady was talking about. He then explained to me that missionaries will leave a tie and their name tag with a girl promising them that they will return and take their hand in marriage. BAH!!!!!!!!!! Freakin heck!!!! NO!!!!!!!!! SHESH!!!! I need to learn more spanish so I dont blindly get myself into some unwanted marraige with some random mexican girl. Yeah that was really awkward... Because we go down to their house and talk to them all the time and.... Hahahaha.... Yeah... Needless to say... I am not marrying a mexican. Truth. fact. statement. nuff said. They can have my ties but its only a gift. not a promise for anything. Hahah so that was the story that happending to me this week with some lady wanting me to promise to return to marry her daughter. No thanks. 

Things with my companion have been good... I guess... I mean he is a fantastic teacher in showing me the rules of spanish and how I can improve. But when it comes down to teaching lessons and following the rules... Nope. Because Yes it is the truth we teach lessons to people. But the missioin goal is to teach 55 lessons a week. And right now we are sitting around with about 15 lessons a week? Yup thats about right. Its not because we are sitting in our house. Its because we are spending about 3 hours in each lesson and about 2 hours at the house of the member that we eat our meal of the day at. Ok... So here is an example... it is 8 o clock at night and we need to return around nine. And my companion refuses to. Because he is determined to gain that 55 lessons a week. But I explain to him that we can not break other rules like returning at 11 to gain more lessons we just need to make our current lessons shorter. And he responds. You are just lazy and need to work harder... Ok... Thats not what I was getting at but ok:D And then we go into the house of a less active and ask them if they read the chapters that we had given them. They say no and my companion decides to real the whole chapter of alma 5 which is around 60 verses. And before we start to read the family had a relative over and they did not want to read with us because they believed in another faith. And do you know what my companion said? Yupp.. Clearly you would tell that person "Your church is of the apostasy and is wrong, read with us". So.... That is not how I would have tackled that but... ok and so... Great.... And so we read and read and read and he explained after each verse... When we finished it was 9:20 just enough time for us to get back to our house but no....  he then continued to lecture the parents on how they should not be using their phones while we are in their house because we are their on divine inspiration... All of this is happening while I have helped their kids with their english homework. Finally we got home around 10:15 and planned and all the other things we had to do and got to bed yet again... Late. 

The things I say about my companion are not to complain or anything. Honestly I am just telling everyone at home how things are here. I am just stating facts and relating stories. 

Besides for those few small things that my companion has... (or big things) things are honestly going fantastic!!! If I dont mess with his igo or anything then everything is awesome!!! I dont know what I need to learn from him but... Needless to say I am learning 101 ways how not to be a missionary. :D:D:D ;D 

But our investigators are doing awesome!!! well... sorta... My companion has no mercy he does not cherry coat anything if they are sinning he just tell them to read the book of mormon and how they need to repent.. and how they are on the wrong path of life.. So with the one investigator that has had the guts to come to church with us... Things are going awesome!!! He should be getting baptized on the 12 of october. :D:D:D 

But really things are going awesome down here. Like I read in DyC God only gives us hard times that we may learn and grow from them. Well.. Thats not it exactly but thats what I took from it:D:D:D

Thats the events of the last week :D:D I hope to relate more about how our investigators are doing once I can really talk to them more about their needs and stuff. But I have never felt to close to the savior here because right now he is my only friend in many many miles. I am having the time of my life besides the trials and hard times right now... So I love what I am doing and Only hope that things will get better in the near future. 

I hope that no one is offended that I wrote many stories and experiences that were not spiritual this week. Because believe me there are many many many many spiritual experiences that happend this week I just dont have the time to write them. :D 

Until next week. :D

Elder Anderson:D

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