Thursday, May 19, 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016 -- Month #14 - Week #65 - Day #453 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

May 14, 2016

I made breakfast!
Did a bunch more lessons in the morning, and went over to Hna Haydee for lunch! And we tried a plant called kilete for the first time. Interesting taste, sort of like chamomile tea with lots of honey. Except it's a fuzzy leaf that's really juicy and it had a sort of bitter taste to it as well. Anyways, that was interesting. We drank Coke, like normal, and had rice and beans and tuna noodles (the 2nd time in my life I've eaten tuna) and talked about life and everything. I love that lady.

And we ran by some more people to visit them, but they didn't want to, so we went and helped set up for the last of these activities and participated in that. And practiced piano again. And that was our day.

But we got to play with Monse! She's the little 3 year-old daughter of Waldina, the one that calls us the gemelas (twins). And she was telling us all about this guy that lives in a tree and eats seeds, and how butterflies sing. She's probably my favorite child in all of El Dorado. She always dances around and gives us lots of hugs and sits and talks to us. Little cutie.
Hna Cruz hanging out with Monse (our favorite little friend!)
But, missionary-wise, we've been struggling with people not praying lately. Like, more than usual. Which is annoying because you know who messes up things like that, darn it.
Anyways, we heard the new excuse that someone couldn't pray because they didn't have a Bible in their house. I don't really see the connection between not having a Bible in your possession and not having the ability to pray. But apparently that was an issue with someone and they refused to pray. Other common reasons:

- they don't go to church
- they only know the Lord's Prayer
- we pray differently
- the missionaries should always pray because we have the Word of God
- they're embarrassed (I get that one)
- they only pray in silence (also get, but there's a time and place for everything)
- the gringa should pray because they want to hear me speak Spanish (very common)
- the new companion should pray because they're new (that always happens the first half of     a change in a new area)
- they don't know anything about God
- they don't feel like it
- they want to have really long prayers
- they want to have really short prayers
- they don't know how to pray
- they only pray in school
- they have to go grocery shopping
- they just don't feel like it

Those are just some common things that people say. And we've come up with a response to every one of them, believe me, but we still have a battle of wills every single time we teach someone.

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