Monday, November 4, 2013


Hey Mom,

Sounds like you had a very eventful week. Sixty-degree weather in Provo sounds pretty nice right about now. This week has actually been really nice here too. Sometimes the weather gets really dreary and not chilly, but cooler, and this week has totally been like that. Today its really cloudy and dreary outside but it hasn't been raining. Kind of has the small hint of fall. I really like it. We had a ¨Fall Party¨ last night here in the ward. It was actually pretty funny. We had a pumpkin carving contest, but the only problem is there are no pumpkins here. They have something that is similar that is called ayote, its a small pumpkin-ish looking thing but on the inside it is white and has a way more bitter taste then pumpkin, and the outside skin is basically rock hard. I am not sure how they actually carved them but they turned out really good some of them. Elder Funk´s was my favorite. He just bought an ayote and then put a little pumpkin hat on top of it. Didn't carve it or anything. Everyone was asking us what the origin is in carving the pumpkins, like why we do it. I honestly have no idea. None of the North American Missionaries in the ward did actually. I don't think I have ever heard that story, do you know why? I was thinking it would be cool in December to do an activity with the luminarias. That has to be my favorite New Mexico tradition honestly. Of course we couldn't do it as cool as San Juan but it still would be cool to do some small scale thing. Talk about that tradition and have it be a pretty cool send off thing.

Last week was really good. The sisters had their baptism at night and since they had helped us out with ours earlier in the day we went to that also. They baptized the husband of the girl that was married and then baptized a few weeks ago. It was really awesome actually, that family seems really excited about the church and they are so funny to see in the activities and stuff. They totally just look like little kids going around and seeing the new stuff. We have been teaching the mom and sister of the girl we baptized this week too. We had a lesson with them that went really well. The mom is crazy evangelical so hopefully we can get her to come to church and see if she progresses at all. We have another investigator named Pablo that seems really positive. He is the husband of a less active member and we have been visiting them lately. He also was evangelical before but he no longer is. But the evangelicals usually have really crazy ideas about the church and he definitely has a few of those. He is NOT okay with baptisms for the dead and he made that very clear to us ha-ha. I think it would be really cool to take them up to the temple grounds one day and talk about it. We explained more to him the plan of salvation then actually baptism for the dead and he seemed to understand it a little more. Kind of a hard topic to explain sometimes when you teach someone who believes all you have to do is accept Jesus in your heart to be saved, that baptism is essential for salvation. Regardless of whether or not you are dead or alive. But like I said, a trip to the temple and just having him be up there would be awesome.

We finally have Internet again the office. It was a huge problem not having Internet for a week. We had so many things we had to do and no way to get them done. There are public Internets and all, but all the documents and procedures we have to follow are all on our specific computers. I was dying though, so bored. I was talking to President this week and he said that my replacement will be here on the 5 of November so I can have him trained before I leave. So crazy to think I will finish in a gringo trio ha-ha. I don't know if there had ever been a trio of missionaries here in the mission where they have all been gringos. If not it’s pretty rare. Something to look forward to I guess. I love you guys, I hope you all have a great week.


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