This was a pretty crazy week. We spent one day in a training meeting with Elder Calderon of the Seventy. It was good and then the next day he met with all of the bishoprics in Cochabamba and told them that the wards should be more involved in helping the missionaries. That should help us out a lot to get people to go do visits with us and give us references. Then I spent a day in the hospital, not for me. Another elder had his appendix out and we are taking turns spending the day there. It was actually a really fun day. They brought me Burger King for lunch and the elder who had his appendix out is American so it was easy to chat with him. Marco, Anghi, and Arthur came by to visit too.
We had a surprise baptism this week. Edward who already had all of the lessons in the past called us on Wednesday to say he wanted to be baptized on Thursday. This time I called to the church offices to get them to send us a water truck to fill the font so we would have clean water. It actually made me feel pretty good that I was able to get that all worked out over the phone in Spanish. It means my Spanish has improved significantly.
Today for p-day we played soccer against another zone. I got to see Elder Chavez so that was a lot of fun. We walked for forever to get to the field though. We walked for like an hour and a half down this pretty dirt road. I’ll send a picture.I'm in los Alamos, now. We will truck in water from now on for baptisms. [The Flores family] lives like 20 minutes away from me by taxi or 30 to 35 by trufi. Yes, they pick up and drop off my laundry. I told them they didn't have to. They don't have a car. They came in a trufi.
Mom, could you do me a favor and look into how much it costs to fly between here and Salt Lake City (both ways, starting from both locations)? Also look into what the Flores family would have to do to visit us in the US (only have passport or more?) Also I heard we can send them an invitation of some type that makes it easier to do the paper work to visit.
My companion is a good guy but our personalities don’t really match very well. It’s working out though. I figure I’ll only have him this one cambio because he has been here for 5 months already.
This week I got to thinking about how I’ve lived one of the most blessed lives of anyone. I’ve really never had any major trials or problems and I’ve always been successful in what I want to do. I figure I have the Church to thank for that. There are some people here who are just incredibly lost without the church to guide them. They live a low quality life and don’t know how to change it. I don’t think I ever realized before the extent of temporal blessing we receive for being obedient to God.
|Elder Howlett's buddy, Raul--nephew of his pensionista|
Also time is FLYING. This week I’ll have been here for 6 months! I can´t believe it. It freaks me out that time is going by so quickly and it motivates me to do more every day because I’m afraid that I’ll look back and think I could have done more. I can’t imagine how I’ll feel going into my last 6 months.
I love you all, have an awesome week!
P.S. Alma 36:3