December 31, 2015
It's New Year's Eve! An entire year has gone by again.
|And I made cocoa with peppermint sticks! Thanks, Mom!|
We had Weekly Planning in the morning, then went to lunch and had chicken liver again. Then we went contacting, as we still don't really have any progressing investigators, and explored some more of our area. I think El Dorado is about a third of the size of our area back in Santa Cruz, so I think we've covered just about all the ground now, we're just missing one little neighborhood to go walk around. Then we finally found a sweet little old lady that was willing to have us share a message with her, so we sat ourselves down and talked to her for a while. By the end we knew she wouldn't progress, either, but she is still a good person to visit every once in a while. Then we headed over to Manuel and Carla, who are the Elder's Quorum president and the first counselor in the Relief Society, they're awesome, humble people. I love them. So we visited with them for a while and shared a talk from the Liahona. And then they gave us some cantaloupe! Well, they call it melon here, as there's no honeydew, but it was good and sweet and yummy nonetheless. Very messy to eat, but it was yummy. Sometimes you don't realize how hungry you are until you start eating. Then we had to go home a little earlier than normal due to it being New Year's Eve and all, so we quickly planned and went to bed as we were exhausted. Problem was, it was really hard to sleep since there were all these explosions going off every few seconds. I honestly can't call them fireworks, as they didn't shoot into the sky and explode in beautiful colored lights. It's just firecrackers and bombs and gunpowder explosions going off and shrieking into the night. And then at midnight everything went crazy and all the explosions doubled. So that was fun. And with all the metal roofs and tile floors all the houses are echoey, including ours, so all the reverberations were exaggerated. So that was a hard night.
Funny experience of the day: we went to a pulperia to grab a few things before coming home, and I asked the guy there for a few small bags of chips. Instead of turning and getting the chips, he just sat there and stared, then made the comment, "You speak really good Spanish!" So I can definitely ask for chips very well, apparently.
|And these chips don't even have a full serving (look at the serving size and the servings per container)|
And in our exploring efforts today, we found some churches! I don't think there's quite as many as there were in SC, but we're slowly building our numbers here:
- Catholic church (that's a given here)
- la Iglesia
- la Iglesia de Dios el Jardin de Eden (had Stars of David outside on the sign, but it doesn't sound like a very Jewish church)- el Centro de Vida Emanuel