Monday, January 19, 2015

We also saw a lot of Gringos but they would ignore us when we said hi to them in English

This week was the week of the fair and there were so many people there. They had people dress up in monkey suits and did flips on rope that they tied to the Catholic Church, there were rides ran by broken down tractors, a bunch of fried pl├ítanos, churros, tacos, and tortas, and gambling. They also had bands play in the park and they blasted music and Fireworks in the night. We also saw a lot of Gringos but they would ignore us when we said hi to them in English. We also found a new investigator who we thought lived in San Pedro for the whole time I have been here in San Antonio. It turns out that her friend lives in San Pedro and she lives in San Antonio. We talked to her and she was pretty positive. My companion is kinda mad now because we just found a pretty good person to teach and now he is going to leave (we have changes this week). The president gave us a new rule that now we don’t have an hour to write, but an hour to use the computer to do all out things so my time to write is now much less. We write in a new place so I should be able to send pictures without the technology problema but it takes a lot of time to load and send the pictures, but I will try to send them as much as I can.

Love, Bret



Monday, January 12, 2015

Applause for giving up diet coke Christine! I am really proud of you. addictions are hard, but now you will be home more with the cats. that is were your heart should be... with the cats, not with diet coke.

wasn't in my area much because of divisions and meetings this week. I don’t have to do them, but since my companion is the district leader, he has to do all this stuff and I have to go to someone else’s area until he gets back. We have a fair in San Antonio so there is a bunch of people, but no one is from our area and our investigators don’t want to let us in because family is there. It kind of made being in other areas a good thing because I still got to work like it was a normal day. One day though, one of the elders was sick in the district, so I stayed with him in my area and my companion went on divisions with his companion. At the end of the day he does his journal and in audio recording that he sends home through the internet every Monday. Today for pday we went to see a waterfall. It was like a spa resort because they built a bunch of pools from hot springs (so the water was really hot) and little huts so there were places to eat. No one was there though except the workers and us. They let us go exploring; it was really fun. We had to run back to the road though because the place is kind of in the middle of nowhere and buses don’t come often. One of the missionaries ended up forgetting his camera because we had to leave so quickly. It is nice that it rained in Las Vegas, it doesn’t rain here anymore so I miss it. Sorry I can’t send pictures again. I have much less time than usual today and I don’t have time to play around with the computer to figure out why my camera won’t connect. Applause for giving up diet coke Christine! I am really proud of you. Addictions are hard, but now you will be home more with the cats. That is where your heart should be... with the cats, not with diet coke. 
Love, Bret

Monday, January 5, 2015

If my years of physics have taught me anything it was that I knew this was a bad idea but, I put my trust in Guatemalan technology.

We had a Baptism this week for the bishop’s mom. He did the baptism though because it was his mom. The water takes so long to fill up the pila because of how slow the water comes out. It took us 8 hours to fill it up! No one was at the baptism though, it even the person we were going to baptize until an hour and a half after. They brought something to warm up the water, it was wire connected to a piece of metal that they put in the water. If my years of physics have taught me anything it was that I knew this was a bad idea but, I put my trust in Guatemalan technology. Within a few minutes sparks where flying out and all the power went out in the church. we checked outside and the power lines were smoking and everyone else’s power down the street was out too. I guess that is what we get for using a series circuit. we just baptized her right away because she was old and her only worry about being baptized is that the water would be cold and we didn’t want to wait for people and let the water get cold. As she was about to get in the water, a family came and brought warm water in like we asked them to. The water then got warm for the baptism and we had another family at the baptism.
 For this week, my companion (the district leader) put a goal to go contacting this week and that every companionship will find 20 news this week. The first day we spent the whole day painting a house. We didn’t mean to, it just kinda happened. The next day I was sick (MOM(S) I AM FINE, DO NOT WORRY.) There are these noodles that make me sick and our cook made them for us. It is kinda bad if you don’t eat all of the food given to you when someone gives you food and I didn’t want my cook to think that I don’t like her cooking so I ate them. (MOM(S) I AM FINE, DO NOT WORRY.) (I said that twice to emphasize that I AM FINE and that you DON’T need to panic). Besides that, we spent the rest of the week contacting. I am really starting to grow a love for it, I feel that it teaches a lot about missionary work and a dedication to it.
My companion goes home the 22 of February, it is in-between changes. He has his moments when he just wants to go home and his moments when he just wants to work really hard because he is about to leave. I love you.


Bret