Hey Hey Hey!
I don't know about all of you but I have had an awesome week! We have seen a lot of progression with those that we are teaching and we have added more solid people to our pool which is even better. So...I have some questions to answer so here we go! :
Did Ben get baptized?
-Last I heard Ben from Skowhegan is doing great! The missionaries lost contact with him but they got back in touch and he is on track to getting baptized if he hasn't already! I'm going to try to get pictures of his baptism if I can.
Is the 13 year old girl still on track for baptism? What is her name?
-Yes! We taught her yesterday and she is super solid. I told a joke during the lesson and she laughed so hard that she cried so that was pretty funny. Her name is Lorreny btw. She's right on track for her baptismal date Oct 7 in between conference sessions!
Are your other baptisms looking good?
-Fa sho! The other two are for Oct 28, they are brothers of a LA and their names are Elias and Melvin. They're dominican and super cool and funny. Elias is very spiritual because of a stint he did in jail and Melvin isn't super religious but now he's turning a leaf and understands everything we teach him.
What is the best thing church members can do to help the missionaries in their area?
-3 things, study Preach my gospel everyday, give the missionaries referrals(and go teach the people you refer with the missionaries!), and FELLOWSHIP! If you see someone new at church, go talk to them! They're probably an investigator or a less active member. Oh and feeding the missionaries is good too haha.
Have you had any physical confrontations?
Ya, some Guatemalan guy punched me in the eye, that's why it was swollen. Other than that we haven't had anything. You only get trouble when you look for it or look like it. So even though we're the only white guys in the whole city, we don't get messed with. Honestly, white people are the ones who mess with you most so I like it here haha. It might help that we're both over 6'2" but whatever.
What food do you make well now?
I honestly eat fruit and yogurt and occasionally some beans. Then whatever other people make so my cooking skills are pretty bad...My diet is pretty boring, that's why I feast on the scriptures!
Do you keep your apartment clean?
Do you ever get to drive?
No. We don't have a car here. Plus only the senior comp drives so in Manchester and Skowhegan I didn't drive either.
Do you ride bikes anymore?
Yes...I'm actually starting to kind of like bikes. Except that you get crazy sweaty after 10 minutes cuz all of NE is a giant hill. Plus our bikes are in terrible shape and mine was made for a woman. Other than that they're alright.
Do you get to see ward members (like the Demers) when you go back to New Hampshire for meetings?
No, unless they're at the meetings. But I think I'll go back to Manchvegas one day.
Are you loving the fall colors?
Um....they haven't really started yet so I can't say much on that. Plus being in a city might kill some of the fall fun but I'll take some pics when I can!
Thanks for all the questions! Keep them coming, it gives me some structure to my ramblings. Oh and Happy Birthday Uncle Ric! And congrats to Didge! Peru is going to be super sweet man! I'm excited for you! Cohen get ready for New Mexico!
So...the big highlight this week. INTERNATIONAL NIGHT!!!!! It was so sweet! It was seriously the coolest ward party ever! They had food from countries like the DR(Dominican Republic), Puerto Rico, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and America! Elder Kinyon and I set up the America room. At first we just had a flag and some animal crackers but people kept donating stuff to us that by the end we had jell-o, fish, mac and cheese, and popcorn. It was great! We also had a talent show that was hilarious! Everyone had a great time and we had a lot of investigators and LA's in attendance. I'll be sure to send some pics and vids next time! The funniest part was when Mexico was performing a dance and song because the old Branch Prez Hermano Lembert from the DR was sitting next to us and he was going crazy. He was yelling and singing along and jumping up and down and waving his arms in the air. It was so funny, we started singing along and getting into it with him. It was so funny, people liked it too cuz they didn't want to see some lame gringos sitting there all bored. It was such a sweet night!
More questions! :
So, tell me, what is your area like?
-A city. We walk everywhere and have a great time. We are always busy teaching someone or walking to our next appointment. It's the most fruitful spot in the mission!
Do you drive or have bikes or walk?
-Walk most days but bike when we need to.
Is it like here where there are big shopping centers or is it a bunch of little shops and stuff?
-Mainly Bodegas. But there are big stores in Methuen so we go to those on Pdays.
Where do you get your groceries?
-Market basket or walmart. Depends on what we feel like doing.
Who feeds you?
-EVERYONE. Strangers on the street give us food. One lady walked past us and just handed me some corn and told me to eat it. So I did. Thankfully I haven't died yet so I think it was clean.
Do you get enough to eat?
-Yes! We eat too much if anything. We have member meals most nights of the week. The members are awesome!
Do you like the food?
-I love it! The best thing is queso frito! You need to try it if you haven't. Also, platanos are super delish!
How are your companions?
-Great! I get along with all of them. Right now there's only Elder Kinyon and I in Lawrence but I have liked all of my comps so far.
How is your Spanish?
-A lot better. I still have a long ways to go but if I stay here for a while I'll definitely get it down pretty good. Oh, and if any of you want to send me supplies to help, I won't complain haha. I'm looking for a dictionary right now and a verb book. I left mine in skowhegan so I can't get them back for now.
Well, I love ALL of you! Keep up the missionary work and keep the commandments! Oh, and stay classy.