Monday, February 29, 2016

Sunday, February 28, 2016 -- Month #12 - Week #54 - Day #377 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 28, 2016

Church! And a lesson! And Consejo de Rama! And more lessons! Good day, nothing really went to plan, but it was a good day. Calm. And the weather was nice in the afternoon, although it got kinda cold at night. And I got to give a surprise lesson in Relief Society about faith. Yeah! Gotta love those opportunities to teach with 20 min warning. But it went well, Hna Cruz answered some of my questions because nobody else wanted to say anything. I love my companion! Buddy system!

But we found another church: la Iglesia Maranatha (Asamblea de Dios). I don't know if you've noticed yet, but Honduras has a ridiculous amount of churches, and the majority are evangelical. Lots of apostasy. Hmm.

And we're excited for Pday tomorrow! And we'll be starting the 7th week of this extended change, so that will be good to have a normal week without divisions or meetings or anything to work in our area and get some progressing investigators. So we're looking forward to that. And I only have 4 changes left in the mission! That's pretty crazy to think about.  5 and a half months. Trying to finish strong, and help others along the way. Hurrah for Israel!

Saturday, February 27, 2016 -- Month #12 - Week #54 - Day #376 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 27, 2016

More visits in the morning, and we went and washed clothes for an hour for the mom of an investigator. She just had a baby about a month ago, so she needed some help with laundry.  I'm a pro at washing in pila!

And we had lunch with Hna Aide, and she gave us cinnamon tea! It was soooo good. And it's been cold the past few days so it was a very welcome addition to lunch. I love that lady. She's the one that reminds me a little of Meryl Streep, but she's really nice and straightforward. And she always answers our bajillion questions. I feel like a little granddaughter asking about how the world works and she always patiently answers us. I like her a lot.

And then we came back and went looking for a bunch of people that weren't home or didn't want to talk to us, did some contacts, and then got ourselves packed up to go over to the branch of the elderes (10 mins walking) to participate in the Talent Show they were having today. As missionaries we were doing an act about this one guy who wanted to get to heaven, so a whole bunch of different people passed by to help him in different ways. And I was Tinker Bell! So this week I made myself wings from cardboard and aluminum foil, and borrowed a green skirt from Hna Cruz, and put my hair up in a big, poofy bun and danced around, throwing gold confetti. It was awesome. So we did all that fun acting stuff and then came home in the sprinkly rain. Good day.
Tinker Bell!

Tink, tink, tink!
Fairy Wings

Friday, February 26, 2016 -- Month #12 - Week #54 - Day #375 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 26, 2016

Friday! Did some visits in the morning, had lunch, and did some more visits! We visited another less-active hna and while we were there one of her sons brought one of her other sons in the house with his knee all scraped up and bloody (they're both adults) and was limping around. Turned out he was in a motorcycle accident 5 minutes beforehand. So she went and cleaned him up and got bandages and everything in place, and he's fine. Just scraped up his knee real bad. But he'll be alright. Just kinda funny how during our message of being positive in spite of life's problems her sons came rushing in. Yeah, funny how life works.

Thursday, February 25, 2016 -- Month #12 - Week #54 - Day #374 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 25, 2016

We work up early to get Hna Bautista and Hna Mora on the bus and we switched companions, I was happy to see Hna Cruz again! We came home, got Hna Cruz unpacked, and did our Weekly Planning. Got lunch, finished up planning and some paper-worky stuff, and then I was feeling kinda sick so I slept for a little bit. It was cold again today, by the way. And we did some visits and contacting. On the way home we discovered that there was an evangelical vigil thingy happening literally right behind our house, so that made for a fun night. Lots of loud music and jumping and singing and chanting and yelling and preaching and whatnot. It was hard to plan and talk with all the noise.

And we found 2 new churches:
- Iglesia Roca de Salvacion
- Iglesia Puerta del Cielo

But we also went to a visit with the Relief Society to a less-active hna of the branch, and we shared about faith. So that was good.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 -- Month #12 - Week #54 - Day #373 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 24, 2016

Today was a little crazy. We did our last divisions of the change with Florida, and I had to manage the Noche de Pelicula. I went with Hna Bautista and we stayed in my area, and Hna Cruz went with Hna Mora in Florida. This next change we're gonna try and bring more hnas to our area and do actual divisions like the elderes. So we're shaking up a lot of things down here in Copan! But we did some good lessons, ran a bunch of errands, and got the movie thing all figured out and the popcorn made. Hna Bautista was coming down with gripe and has to go up to SPS for a doctor's appointment tomorrow so she was glad for the rest during the movie. But we talked a lot and had a good day.

And, good news, I fixed my watch! Found a little place that changed out my battery for less than $3, so I'm pretty happy. I like it when things work like they're supposed to.

Today was really hot. Drank lots of water.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 -- Month #12 - Week #54 - Day #372 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 23, 2016

E Poulson drew E Purcell in District Meeting
District Meeting, lessons, homework help! Keyla was doing her homework when we came by to visit them, and Hna Cruz helped explain interest to her, and I helped with unit conversion in chemistry and then I helped her and her friend with English homework. Busy day! I haven't done any schoolwork in a year, and it felt kinda good to be able to do it again. Like coming back to classes after a LONG summer vacation. Although I don't think I'll be so happy for homework when it's my reality in a little while. And today was pretty hot.

Monday, February 22, 2016 -- Month #12 - Week #53 - Day #371 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 22, 2016

Today we cleaned the mini fridge! And I felt happy inside. Lots of ice and water all over the place, but it's always good to reset something back to zero and go from there. Had a good Pday, went and found some things that Hna Cruz needed. And got ourselves mangoneadas!
Basically a fruit juice Popsicle in a cup with sugar syrup, lime, and toasted ground pumpkin seed on top. And they were delicious because it was quite sunny and warm today. So we enjoyed those and wrote our families and bought food for the week. And then did some visits and came home and planned and I washed clothes. Good day.

Monday, February 29, 2016 -- Month #12 - Week #54 - Day #378 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 29, 2016

Last day of February! And this year is a leap year. That happens every 4 years, right? Anyways, good Pday!

We stayed home, washed some clothes, cleaned, and talked a lot! That's the downside of loving your companion... you talk way too much! But we had a good morning. Got ourselves cleaned up and had some fried fish for lunch! I love fried fish. We always eat it whole here, which was interesting to get used to. But I love it and so does Hna Cruz, so that makes 2 of us always on the hunt for fried fish. I will say it is without a doubt easier to eat fillets of fish, or a boneless, skinless chicken breast, but all the bones and spines and veins and whatnot make the adventure all that more interesting.

Then we hurried over to write our families (hi family!) and President Dester and input our dats and everything. Got that taken care of and then bought some food and got everything put away at home and went and visited another less-active lady. She was in the house of her cousin at the time, and her cousin had 3 kids and a month-old puppy that was the furriest little creature I had ever seen! It was a girl puppy with the tail shortened, but she was so fat that she waddled when she pattered around. And when the littlest girl held her, her feet stuck up straight in the air, very funny. Cute little dog, she's really, really, really soft. And her mom is a big dog, so she'll grow up to be all big as well.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016 -- Month #12 - Week #53 - Day #370 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 21, 2016

Church! And we had lunch, and got ourselves to work. Lessons, contacts, got rejected quite forcefully by this one bitter old guy, so that was fun, and had a pretty good day. Was really hungry all day for some reason.

Saturday, February 20, 2016 -- Month #12 - Week #53 - Day #369 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 20, 2016

We finally got back to La Entrada! It was actually a bit complicated, as we hopped on a bus, and that took us to La Entrada, but then we needed to get to Aide for lunch, and she lives way out in the middle of nowhere, so we had to get another bus and wait half an hour for it to leave, we finally got to Aide, and then we find out she's out of town. So we got back out and waited for a bus to take us back to La Entrada, hauled our suitcases back to our house, and unpacked.

La Entrada, Copan
Walked over to the Parque to find something to eat, walked back to our house, discovered we left the keys in the restaurant, walked back over, found them, and walked back home.

Some graffiti we found...

Yeah. Lots of return trips today. But we're ok! Did some visits and contacts, and came home exhausted. It's also sunny now, so it's a little hot sometimes if you're walking in the sun.

Friday, February 19, 2016 -- Month #12 - Week #53 - Day #368 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 19, 2016

Today we did divisions in Dolores, in Santa Rosa de Copan, which is right next door to the area of Santa Rosa. Everything went well, it kept changing from cloudy to sunny and back again, and it was REALLY windy the entire time. And LOTS of ridiculously long and steep hillly mountain dust paths. That was fun. But I had a good time, got to machete a few people into paying attention to my companion of the day, Hna Rodriguez.

Divisions in Dolores -- Hna Rodriguez
I think she was a little surprised, but happy that they weren't so distracted afterwards. It's like swatting an impetuous child on the behind--except they're adults--and you use your words. And they're all shocked because I'm a gringa and can chew them out. Yeah.

Anyways, I loved being with Hna Rodriguez, Hna Cruz went with Hna Lopez, and she still doesn't have her voice, poor baby. She's still got a few days left for whatever this virus thing is to run its course. I'm almost fully recovered voice-wise, still have a weird cough every once in a while throughout the day. But I'm feeling much better. My hips and knees and feet are super tired from all the climbing up and down, but we're doing good.
Hna Lopez, Cruz, Rodriguez, Mower
And we're kinda happy because we only have Florida left to do divisions, and we'll do that on Tuesday, and then we're free for a week, I think, and then we have to go up to SPS again because it's the first Friday of March, and then the next week is changes. But we'll see if they move the Reunion de Liderazgo to the Friday after changes because a lot of the ZLs are finishing their missions this change. Ha saber.
Dolores, in Santa Rosa de Copan

But today we went to this one house for a visit, and there were SO MANY mosquitoes! I have never seen that many flying around all over the place and I saw them land on me. I promptly swatted them off, but I ended up with about 12 bites after being in that house for an hour. Ugh. And I have some on my hands so the skin on my fingers is tight and it hurts. I hate mosquitoes.

But we got pupusas for dinner, and then walked up another blessed hill (this time paved with rocks) to get up to the hna's house. Did our little planning-counseling-Q/A session, and we're getting ready for bed! It's honestly a little hard to sleep in a whole lot of different beds. And these past 2 divisions Hna Cruz and I were sleeping in the same twin sized bed due to the cold. So that's fun. Twin sized beds are small. But we're happy to be warm! We wrapped ourselves up in our blankets and laid there like cocoons.

And we found a few churches:
- Iglesia Centroamericana Renacer
- Iglesia de Cristo

Fun occurrence of the day: we were teaching a lesson and there was this little old grandpa working out back and then he walked in the house carrying a dead rat by the tail. He saw us there on the couch, froze, hid the rat behind his back, then walked back outside. So that kinda made me laugh. That sort of stuff doesn't make me squeamish but I just thought it was funny that he thought is was alright to carry dead rats around, just not if there's sister missionaries. Ah, Honduras. And we saw 2 dogs running around on a roof. That happens a lot, actually. I wanted to take a picture, but there were people around.

Thursday, February 18, 2016 -- Month #12 - Week #53 - Day #367 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 18, 2016

Happy One Year to me! Been awhile, huh?
Today we went up to Santa Rosa to do divisions, so we packed up our bags and hopped on the bus for an hour. Not a really fun bus ride, as it was SUPER full, and that's saying something for a bus down here. So Hna Cruz and I had to separate. I went up in the front in one of the little foldy chairs they have so you can fit more people, and she went in the back, with a whole lot of other people. I kept looking back every few minutes to make sure she was alright. And, just so you know you can bring just about anything on a bus. Plasma TVs, live chickens, huge sacks of plantains, hour-old babies, washtubs... and this time I sat by a guy that had brought a cat in a bag. Like, there was a live cat, meowing and moving around in a plastic bag on the floor. I have no idea why he needed to bring it, but it kept making noise the entire bus ride. Gotta love Honduras.
Santa Rosa

So we finally survived the experience of that bus ride, and got ourselves over to the capilla in Santa Rosa, where we did Weekly Planning and played with words in English on the chalkboard. Dropped our stuff off at the house of Hna Phillips and Hna Jimenez and went off to lunch where we had soup (read previous entry for information about soup) and then came back, planned, and got the day started. I went with Hna Phillips, Hna Cruz went with Hna Jimenez.

Hna Mower and Hna Phillips on Divisions in Santa Rosa
And yesterday Hna Cruz lost her voice. Yup! Santa Rosa is a lot cooler than La Entrada, so we had to walk around with sweaters and it is super windy. But, divisions went well, got to meet some interesting people and do some contacting, my watch battery died, we saw a little dead mouse in the street, and found some more churches.
Divisions - Hna Cruz, Jimenez, Phillips, Mower
- Ministerio Evangelico de Integracion Familiar "Linaje Real" their sign out front says, "Nosotros somos un pueblo adquirido por Dios, vive Jehovah de los Ejercitos"

- Iglesia CEFAM (stands for something about the Evangelical ministry and families... didn't quite catch all of it)

- Iglesia PIER (stands for the Primera Iglesia Evangelica Reformada)

That was the first time I'd heard of a church with acronyms. I love Copan... the names just make me laugh, honestly.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 -- Month #11 - Week #53 - Day #366 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 17, 2016

Wednesday! Today was good, got some stuff done in the morning, and had lunch with Olympia like we always do. I will make a comment about the cooking here. VERY rarely is there anything baked. No one has ovens here. So, everything is fried in shortening or oil, or "guisado" which basically turns out to be cooked in some water with abundant cilantro and some tomato paste thrown in. Lovely thing is, I don't like cilantro. Like at all. But you kinda have to eat it because it is literally in just about every dish here: rice, chicken, spaghetti... everything. There's really no any other spices. No cumin, pepper, thyme, rosemary, sage, bay leaves, chili powder, garlic, ginger, meat rubs, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, almond extract, parsley, turmeric, marinades, salad dressings... nada de nada. Which makes me a little sad because I like flavorful food. Here we have a little bit of salt, your yellow rice with a bunch of chopped up beans and carrots, corn tortillas, chicken guisado, and a big glass of Coke. And a generic brand of Tabasco sauce if you want it, but no one likes spicy food here. So if you use it, you just end up with weird-flavored spicy cilantro taste in your mouth. Interesting. But, you can also go and get yourself half a chicken, really deep fried, with bones and spinal column and everything with tajadas (fried strips of green plantain) with a whole bunch of off-brand ketchup and mayonnaise mixed together and drenched over EVERYTHING with a coleslaw type thing on the side with raw cabbage and even more mayonnaise. And you can't forget your Coke. So that's why I really like the baleadas! Flour tortilla, refried beans, scrambled egg, sour cream and some hard cheese. I only like a little bit of the cheese because I don't really like it, but it adds salt to the experience, so that's good. And the Coke. But I think I like baleadas the best of everything. There's this one place in Florida (the area) that makes a really, really good baleada. It's super messy because the cream is really liquidy, but they put a little bit of sausage in with the egg, and it tastes so good. Meat-wise, there are places that sell grilled meat, but it is in NO way, shape or form like the meat back home. I miss Texas BBQ! Or any good barbecue, to be honest. Mostly because the stuff down here is really tough and has no flavorings... just tastes like smoke and charcoal if it gets a little burned. But it is meat, and it is protein, and it doesn't taste that bad. Just makes me miss my food at home sometimes. And soups (this should actually be singular because there is pretty much only 1 kind of soup. Bean soup also exists and so does snail soup or seafood soup. But you just sub in above mentioned protein for the chicken and add coconut if you really want to get crazy. You can never taste the coconut, though. Bean soup means kidney beans, water, salt and a blender. Good for anemia.) But soups down here mean water with some bouillon cube, and then fist-sized chunks of yuca, malanga, half a chicken, and cilantro floating around. With rice and tortillas on the side. And Coke. The only vegetables I have ever been served are cabbage with the mayonnaise dressing thing, carrots and beets soaked in vinegar, green beans that are not at all like the green beans at home covered in margarine, and the occasional tomato or corn in the soup or guisado thing. So I tend to eat a lot of fruits and veggies at home when we're planning and whatnot.

But we had a good day, food aside. I took a little nap in the afternoon because we were all weak and tired, and we went contacting, found some new people, and did the Noche de Hermanamiento. Good day, and we're doing divisions over in Santa Rosa tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 -- Month #11 - Week #53 - Day #365 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 16, 2016

Palindrome date! I've discovered that with having the date day-month-year like in Latin America you are guaranteed 12 such dates in a year.

16-1-16, 16-2-16, 16-3-16, 16-4-16, 16-5-16, 16-6-16, 16,-7-16, 16-8-16, 16-9-16, 16-10-16, 16-11-16, 16-12-16. Interesting!

Today was good, we had our Zone Conference, since there's only 1 zone in Copan. But it was different this time because Hna Cruz and I got to do a workshop about finding people to teach. I actually really enjoyed that. We gave a 20 min presentation 3 times, and my voice was still a little scratchy, so that made things a little interesting. But I'm getting better! Except now Hna Cruz has an elevated temperature and we think she's coming down with what I had. Yay.
Zone Conference
Hna Cruz and Hna Mower
But we did that and got to talk to Pres and Hna Dester, they both complimented my Spanish. They're really awesome people and I love being with them. We're expecting our new Mission President, President Bush, to come in June, and then the Desters will finish in July. Things are moving and shaking! But we got to do that and we received this cool temple recommend cover with the Tegucigalpa temple and a scripture in Spanish. I love it! Haven't been able to go to the temple in a year, but I will certainly be using my recommend holder when I get back. So that made everybody's day. And we got brownies that Hna Dester made. Score! Those are SOOOOOO good! When we went up to SPS for the Leadership Meeting with the ZL, DL and HLE we got chocolate chip cookies! I love that lady.

And afterwards we had to return the building keys and print off some stuff and get ourselves back into normal missionary mode and did some visits and contacting. Good day overall.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016 -- Month #11 - Week #52 - Day #364 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 15, 2016

Today was Pday! And we stayed home because we're sick. I still don't have my voice back, and we were both still really tired from doing divisions. So we washed clothes, cleaned the house, went and wrote our families, and bought a little food. Also, fun news, we don't have money. As in, there's no money in the mission accounts to withdraw for our quincenas (the 2000 lemps we take out on the 15th and 30th of every month). So that's gonna be fun to figure out how to travel for divisions or buy food with no money. So of course, we called the financial secretary and he said that there wasn't money in this or the SPS Este mission, but that it should be deposited on Wednesday. So we'll just hang in there until then. I pulled out money from my personal account so I'm fine. It's hard because everything is dealt with in cash here, there's no credit cards. So if you don't have money in your hand, you can't buy anything.

But, we're fine. We also did a visit with a less-active family, and they always give us baleadas for dinner. Really sweet people, I love them. So that made for a fun day. There was finally sun today! So we were happy for that.

Fun comment: you'll remember from pictures of our house that we have 2 metal folding chairs and a blue plastic chair... that one is mine! But I like it because it's not cold, you can lean back comfortably, it's a little higher in the seat (for my REALLY long legs, of course) and (my favorite part) you can rock it forward and balance on the front 2 legs when you sit. So that's always how I sit, balancing like that. I could never do that at home because it would ruin the joints of the chairs, but I don't really think it's gonna hurt a beat up plastic lawn chair. But it's funny because Hna Cruz always looks over and thinks I'm gonna fall!  Hna Mora also made a comment about my balancing habit. And I can balance pretty far forward at well. In Santa Cruz I'd always lean way back in the plastic folding chair and rest my knees on the table, but that's kinda hard to do in my current chair, so I'm leaning forward now. So, that's a little fun fact.

And, another interesting thing: I like reading about the Ten Commandments in Spanish, because it's written in the "tu" form of Spanish and it's a more familiar way of speaking than "thee-thou-thy" in English. So the Commandments as found in Mosiah 12 and 13 would be (normal speech translated version)

1. You will not have other gods before me.
2. You will not make any graven image, nor any likeness of something above in the heavens, or on the earth below.
3. You will not take the name of the Lord your God in vain because the Lord will not hold someone innocent if they take His name in vain.
4. Remember the Day of Rest so it may be sanctified...
5. Honor your father and mother, so that your days are prolonged on the earth that the Lord your God gives you.
6. You will not kill.
7. You will not commit adultery.
8. You will not steal.
9. You will not speak false testimony against your neighbor.
10. You will not lust after (covet) the house of your neighbor...

Some of the commandments are a few verses long, so I shortened them. But the point is, that it sounds a lot more like a parent giving instructions to their children when you switch the form to how we speak nowadays. Which is basically what the Ten Commandments are. And they are for our protection. Kinda neat, huh?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016 -- Month #11 - Week #52 - Day #363 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 14, 2016

Today is still cold. But Happy Valentine's Day! Hope it's a good day for everybody.

We only went to the first hour of Church today and  then came home and I slept for like 5 hours because I got sick with some weird throat thing from being cold and tired. And I had twisted my ankle as well in our Ruinas Divisiones. So we just stayed home today. Made some soup and hot chocolate and sat wrapped up in my blanket, talking to Hna Cruz. Fun day. The elderes got all concerned and thought I was dying. But I'll be fine, just need to rest a little bit.

Saturday, February 13, 2016 -- Month #11 - Week #52 - Day #362 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 13, 2016

In the morning we continued in Ruinas to go contacting in the morning, as we could actually do a 24 hour division. So we found some disinterested people in the park and talked to them about the gospel. Good stuff.
Some shots of the house
Closeup of the ivy on the wall
Then we packed up and left and got some baleadas for the road. And had a 3 hour bus ride back to El Dorado. It always takes longer getting back home that going somewhere. Same thing happened in SC as well. So we finally got home, unpacked, and did a few visits. And we had to call Hna Doris who is a nurse to come see the 2 week old baby brother of our investigator because he was sick. So we got to go lifesaving for about an hour. We'll come and actually teach a lesson another day, but we were able to help his family and Mom. So that was good.

The light also went out again, so that was fun. But it came back on about 15 min later. And Hna Cruz and I played with bubbles in our house. We have a good companionship.

Friday, February 12, 2016 -- Month #11 - Week #52 - Day #361 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 12, 2016

Divisions! This time we went to Copan Ruinas, about a 1.5-2 hour bus ride from where we're at. Still cold. But the day went well, I was with Hna Farao from New Zealand with 15 months in the mission, and Hna Cruz went with Hna Poot from Mexico with 6 months.

Divisions with Hna Farao, Hna Mower, Hna Cruz, Hna Poot in Copan Ruinas
Had some good lessons, did some contacting, called some people to repentance, and slept on these really thin foam pads on the floor. Which was really cold.

Aaaaaand found a WHOLE bunch of churches:

- Iglesia Radio Manos de "Jesus" (it's a radio station that's also a church... interesting concept)
- Iglesia de Vida Abundante
- Iglesia Lineage Escogido (had a menora painted on the front)
- Templo Evangelico Amigos Restaurados
- Iglesia Bautista "Roca Eterna"

And apparently ducks make a panting sound. I did not know that previous to today.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 -- Month #11 - Week #52 - Day #360 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 11, 2016

Weekly Planning! Lunch! Went to Santa Luz and visited some people there, then were trying to walk back to La Entrada and we ended up going the COMPLETE opposite direction... but now we know where Quebrada Seca is.
Us being lost on the way to Quebrada Seca

And some weird insects sucking prickly pear juice...
We were walking for about an hour and a half in the cold, but, a nice dog decided to accompany us for the ENTIRE time, so that was interesting. Just kinda walked by our side, or ran ahead and waited for us, or walked behind us, smelling stuff. Interesting dog. We figured that after walking with us for 20 minutes he probably wasn't going to bite us, so we just went along the rock road together. Weird.

In our trek to nowhere we found 2 other churches:
- Iglesia La Luz del Mundo (sounds like one I found in SC)
- Templo Fuente de Vida "Asamblea de Dios" (also one that sounds familiar)

So we finally got back safely to La Entrada, and went and visited Keyla and Alexandra, got some doughnuts from Wilmer, and did a lesson with an investigator family that makes tajadas and sells them. And that was pretty much it. Oh, I did see a lady on TV that had mouth cancer and had her upper palate, part of her cheeks and nose, and all her teeth removed. Made it kinda hard for her to talk.

And Hna Cruz celebrated our 1 Year in the mission! We picked today because we were in divisions the 4th when Hna Cruz would have celebrated, and we'll be in divisions when I celebrate the 18th. So the 11th is in the middle of those 2 dates. We had hot chocolate and played with funny hats.
Happy One Year!  Hna Cruz

Celebrating 12 months on the mission!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 -- Month #11 - Week #52 - Day #359 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 10, 2016

Today my friend (Reina Trejo) starts her mission! Whooo! She'll be serving in the Sofia, Bulgaria Mission.

We passed by some people that weren't there in the morning, and then had to go buy a few things (like more blankets... it's really cold!) that we needed and we didn't get to on Monday. Then went and visited some more inactives, and had Coordinacion Misional with Wilmer and the Noche de Hermanamiento.
Bought some yellow rose of Texas earrings!
In news of my life lately, today I sewed up my backpack straps that were falling apart a little, so I feel much more secure now. The binding on the edges was coming loose for about an inch, so I hand sewed that back together. Other than that, my backpack is still in perfect (albeit a bit dirty) condition. Thanks again, Dad! I love my backpack.

This morning was a TON of Testigos de Jehova (Jehovah's Witnesses) out and about as we were trying to find our people. So that was interesting. Friendly enough, just feels kinda weird when you meet up in the street and then contact the house they were just at. Yup.

Also found 2 new churches:
- Iglesia de Dios de la Profecia
- Iglesia de Dios de la Creacion de Pactos

I'm honestly very impressed with the creativity of names people come up with for their churches. I think I'm almost to 50 churches on my list now... the majority are Evangelical.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016 -- Month #11 - Week #52 - Day #358 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 9, 2016

District Meeting! Always fun. I made a version of Cinnamon Apples in the morning for breakfast and we decided to bring the pot of them over to the meeting for the elderes to enjoy, as it's still cold.
Wearing my leather jacket... It's freezy!!!!

Some cocoa to warm us up!
They were VERY pleased to have that treat. Had our meeting and went out to lunch again.

Working-wise we went and visited a bunch of members that are less-active, and did some contacting.

Monday, February 08, 2016 -- Month #11 - Week #51 - Day #357 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

February 8, 2016

This morning we went and played sports with the elderes and we combined with the district of Florida (the area, not the state), so that was fun. Was really cold, but I did play some basketball. I am in no way good at that sport, but E Purcell said I have perfect form. Can't get the ball in, though, so I don't really know how perfect it is.

Anyways, we had to give the building keys back and whatnot, and we went out to eat lunch.
A nice guacamaya wall painting
Went out to eat with Hna Cruz!

And then wrote our families! Went shopping for some food and whatnot and did 2 FHE in the night. Good day!