Monday, May 5, 2014

1st week in México!

Wow this week! A little culture shock, but its going good. After we got off the plane we spent the night at the missions president's house. The next morning we kind of did a run through of the mission rules and stuff. After we went to changes where we got our new companions. I felt like I was in the Hunger Games for a min and was put in the reaping. All of the missionaries lined up on different sides of the chapel then, when they call your name, you step in the middle and then you and your companion hug. That's the person you spend all your time with until you are in the reaping again. My companions name is Hermana Reyes. She is from Guatemala and has 16 months in the mission so I will be her last companion. She is so awesome and so far we get along great. She knows a lot of English actually. We never speak in English but she knows words if I need help so that's really nice. 

After changes we got on a bus and went to our new area. It´s about an hour away from Puebla. It´s called Loma Florida. Every Tuesday night the missionaries put on an activity for the ward. Since it was Tuesday we got to the ward and met the Bishop and a bunch of the other members. Apparently you kind of bump cheeks when you greet people here. At first I thought they were going in for a hug. Man did I look dumb. Just making a fool of my self on awkward cheek kiss. Don't worry I got it down now. 

OKAY for our living situation, haha ha. We live in this little apartment. We actually do have some room but the hard part is the bathroom situation. The bathroom is probably the size of a small coat closet. You could sit on the toilet and take a shower at the same time. The water in the shower is freezing cold but at least we don´t have buckets. I honestly would almost rather have buckets because the buckets have a heating feature. They must be some upscale buckets. We are supposed to get hot water this week so keep your fingers crossed. 

Our investigators are all great people. They are all so happy with the little that they have. Man guys we are so blessed. Here is a little back story on all of our investigators. 

Celia has been meeting with the missionaries for 7 months. She has a problem with WOW. She wants to change and be an example for her daughters but doesn't think that she can. she is supposed to be baptized on saturday but she doesn't feel ready.
The Aragon Family- They are an inactive family. They want to be sealed in the temple but none of them go to church so thats a struggle. They have 3 daughters all with like 5 babies. 
Emanuel is the husband of one of the Aragon family´s daughter. We taught him the first lesson, gave him a Book of Mormon, and told him to pray about it. The next lesson he told us he prayed but didn't read. I asked him to be baptized and he said yes. He still has a long way to go but it was kind of cool.
Stephanie is a 17 year old who is friends with the Bishop's daughter. When she found out that her last missionaries changed areas she started crying. She is warming up to us though. She thinks English is beautiful and asks me to speak in English. 

Ahh Fast Sunday is a whole different deal when you are on your mission. You ALWAYS have someone to fast for. As I sat down for church I looked around and saw none of our investigators. Just as I started to think negative thoughts the WHOLE Aragon family walks in. Oh man, I'm not going to lie, this week has been hard but seeing the whole Aragon family and Emanuel walk in (late) made me smile so big. It made the whole week worth it. Cold shower and all.

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