Monday, June 22, 2015
Could it be a Cucaracha?
Well this days marks my 17 month mark here in the mission, and thus the beginning of the end, or the beginning of my last month in the mission. This week was full full full! The last p-day we had we went to Plaza Norte, close to my first area in the mission, and went piddling around buying doodads, and taking pictures with some famous locals that were visiting. We were able to buy food and get prepared for the week. This week we had the opportunity to go to the different zones during their zone meeting to be able to present my new companion, get the new missionaries excited about Historia Familiar and remind them about the program that we have to be able to help their recent converts and rescued members to go to the temple! It’s always an exhausting day using the public transportation here in San Juan to get around town, but we survived! Wednesday we did divisions, permitting my companion help out in a wedding of a family in San Carlos that got married so they could be baptized. She was a witness to the event, she got to sign the official documents saying that the event took place and it was an awesome experience, because this was the first family that she has ever married in the mission! Wednesday in the night was a rush to get everything in place, calling the converts-printing names- trying to find numeros de cedula to get their account working, to go to the temple Thursday.
It was our first trip to the temple this transfer, and boy was it a fiasco. There was a problem and the bus and the priesthood team that were going to help us with the work in the temple… never came. We found this out while we were waiting outside the chapel with our converts at 6 in the morning. So after some tense moments of stress, desperation and fervent prayer we found a solution and made our own way to the temple via train. With some miracles we got there, the temple let us in, the temple workers helped us out and the converts that came were able to enter and do baptism for the dead. We owe a great deal to an awesome convert, Miguel, who helped guide us through the train system and what buses to take, because neither my companion nor I knew how to get to the temple from where we were at. I can say with all certainty that Hermano Miguel was an answer to our desperate prayers that morning.
Friday was a dreary drizzly day, buy nothing that a Peruvian churro can´t fix (the best churros in THE WORLD), and these churros got us through the panic of trying to find keys to the chapel and the family history center. We were informed the morning of that the stake center had gone under a type of bug bomb treatment and that nobody could enter until the afternoon. So we frantically try to call everyone to tell them that were not going to be able to be there. But as we pass by to pick up keys from a nearby house, we see people inside! We ring the doorbell and a custodian comes and lets us in. We ask about the bug bombing and he replies "What bug bombing?". So it was all a big rumor, and we had to cancel everything for nothing. We were realy frustrated and tired of running around to try and find keys for the stake center, however the day ended well with a big group of converts that came to learn about thier Family History and find some names. We have a big list to go to the temple this 02 de Julio and were still 3 weeks out! I hope we can bring a huge group this next time.
This week, we also had an adventure with hot chocolate. My companion brought the swiss miss hot chocolate packets and was pouring my hot water for me, but while she was pouring i noticed something black escape from the pitcher into my glass. By now with the chocolate powered, the water was opaque and so I couldn't see if it was my imagination or not, and with my spoon i was trying to frantically stir and find the object. I couldn't, my companion doubted if i saw anything in the first place, so I started to drink with trepidation. about halfway through the glass, i found it... and it wasn't a cucaracha like I feared, but was just a harmless over-sized raisin that was there. So it was mystery solved, i finished my glass, and my companion and I had a good laugh.
I´m excited to see you all soon and hope that you all stay safe!
Con mucho amor,