We are eating Cojolles, it’s like this fruit in cinnamon and sugar that you suck on for about half an hour. You don’t eat it. It’s a fruit that is too hard to eat so you just suck on it. Kind of was gross too, I just thought it was funny because the member that gave it to us literally told us it was illegal contraband from Mexico, like they are illegal here or something ha-ha, thought that was great
Conference was sick, definitely the best weekend of the mission. We all referred to it as the NBA finals, not gen conf ha-ha. We just went on divisions the whole time so the nortes could watch it in English. So I was on divisions with our new dl the whole time, and we just slept at the zls and stuff, it was awesome.
We stole all the couches from the stake center and put them in the kitchen of the church. Soooo nice. I have forgotten what it was like just to sit on a couch for a few hours, or just to sit on a couch ha-ha. They don’t really exist here. We just sit on pool chairs and little plastic stools usually all day everyday. The talks were all pretty good, kind of thought it was a little strange that there was not a single missionary talk, bummer, waited 19 years to be a missionary and for the first time ever there was not a single talk given on missionary work ha-ha. Even Jeffrey and David let me down; they usually rock the missionary world, but not this time. I made a list of my conference gems for you guys though;
1) Perry Webb getting released, that made my ears perk up a little, getting a little hometown shout out.
2) Come Thou Fount is now a Hymn again, also I will do anything humanly possible to get the Sunday morning mo-tab singing that on my iPod.
3) David F. Evans commanding the Church to send more handwritten letters, not just emails, to people far away from you, cough cough.
4) Jeffery R. Holland ending his talk with ¨Repent. It’s getting late. Amen. ¨
5) The MTC choir Saturday afternoon, with the cameras focused in on an Elder Archuleta, first row, front and center. Guess the rumors are true, Darchie is serving his mission; wonder if he is really going to Chile or what.
Other than that it was good, I learned that I really need to save my family, and the fathers of the church are really struggling. They absolutely got blasted talk after talk. Sorry Dad ha-ha, hopefully you paid attention. No, all of gen conf I was just sitting there thinking man, I am so glad my dad is not a loser, is not one of the people the prophet and apostles have been blasting for the last hour. Your the best pops, keep on keeping on.
Thanks for the trip to baggy town pops ha-ha, homo. I would kill to just have some St. Geezy time. I loved going to that condo, definitely doing that when I get home. Might as well just make a reservation right now please. I am super baggy pops, probably because I have been on divisions for like a week. My DLs comp´s grandma died so he went to the funeral so the DL wants to do divisions with another gringo, so yeah, not working for like a week plus G conf has been fun. But I need to hit the streets ha-ha, I hate being with old missionaries because they just talk about how much time they have and how little time I have, its super fun. Our DL is actually really cool, I just hate being the zone baby, I am the only one under a year, and most have like 20 months, so in a few changes this whole zone is going to be cleaned out.
Other than that, I am just trucking along; I bought a guitar so that has been cool, learning some new songs and stuff. I don't know what it has been this last week, I have just been really bugged like the whole time. I basically bullied a 50-year-old woman into a baptismal commitment. I have been feeling super bold lately, maybe it’s because I can kind of actually speak Spanish now. But it was this lady we have been teaching since before I have came to this area, and I challenged her to baptism and she was like hmmmm on my birthday I want to. So I said, ok great, when is that? So she said May 28. I just lost all patience ha-ha. I pulled some dirty moves on he. I just said no to her. Told her that we had to do it earlier. She was kind of hesitant so I just said, look if you want me to be here for your baptism, we have to do it soon, because I will have changes before then (probs not) and also my old comp, Conte, if she wanted him to come she had to do it before he goes home from his mission ha-ha. And she just goes hmmm idk. So I just said all right, so next Saturday works then, right? And she sits there for a minute and just goes.... ok, sure. Why not? Boom, bullied her to baptism, felt pretty bad about it, I repented ha-ha.
The only other thing really worth mentioning is we got absolutely soaked after Saturday afternoon conference, just waiting for p-hood. We decided to go get some taco mansion to eat. Yeah, I am terrified of restaurants here, but I was starving so I obliged. It was actually really really good, after I pulled all the long black hairs out of my gringas (kind of like tacos...don’t really know how to describe it), but yeah really good. Then the second we go to leave it just starts pouring pouring rain, like I think the rainy season might be coming a little bit early. I have gotten soaked every day for a week straight. But we were about half an hour away from the church and we had to go back. And conference was starting in like 40 minutes, so we just went for it. So yeah, absolutely soaked from head to toe for all of p-hood session. Even still, it was pretty sweet. It is so crazy the rain here, I don’t get why it is so brown and there are no plants around here ha-ha, like the streets just look like brown rivers, absolutely pours rain. Its cooold too. The water is freezing, everyone just tells me its not even that bad too, it only gets worse as the months go on, so that is something to look forward too ha-ha.
It’s either super hot or, its pouring rain, so pick your poison.
Oh also I got Heather and Jims package; tell them thank you sooo much. Nothing like having a giant bag of peanut butter m&ms and mini Reeses for conference. Perfect timing Heather, thanks for the letter too.
Anyways, I got some mail off to some people today, hopefully it gets there, I found out a way finally to send some letters, so let me know how that goes. I am prepping a pretty sweet b-day package for Alex and Wendy too. Figure if I get it off this week or the next they should hopefully get it before the end of May ha-ha.
Thanks for the emails and photos. My two favorite quotes for you are:
¨You can often gauge the ambition of a man by whether he hates his alarm clock or considers it his best friend. ¨ Thomas Edison
¨Things that we persist in doing become easier not because the thing is easy, but because we increase in doing. ¨ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Also, how is your BoM challenge coming? I just finished again, like two weeks ago. I felt like a ton of conf was focused on the bible so I started with the New Test this morning. My goal is to have it done by the end of this change, so five more weeks and I will let you know. I really want to be a scriptorian before my mission is over.
Anyways, I got to go, les quiero.