Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Brain Splurge (more than usual) - Dec 12, 2016


  It is always the same temperature here--at least 75 degrees with 100% humidity. The good thing is that I live by the ocean so we get a nice breeze and occasional rainfall.

Brad asked ...In the last month:

   1.  Best thing you made to eat:  Black Bean Smoothie (black beans boiled with cinnamon, sweet cloves, and a bit of nutmeg, thrown into a blender with evaporated canned milk and sugar. Can be served hot or cold.)
  2. Favorite food/meal eaten:  Sancocho (everything stew--too many ingredients to list here. Served over white rice)
  3. One thing you wish you had not eaten:  Mondongo (diced sautéed cow stomach with sauce served over white rice)
  4.  Largest family seen under one roof(give approx number):  15, in a house the size of the upstairs living room there in WA
  5. Most interesting member of your ward/branch:  M****, a recent convert who always tells us to "not drink too much rum or party too much without inviting him." He is 20, and he has become a total bro. Whenever he's not working he accompanies us to lessons wherever we need.
  6. Happiest moment:  When we got a 7 km ride home for free after helping a guy start his truck by pushing it, when we had no money and were going to miss ward council for having to walk the whole way. That day we had already seen A TON of tender mercies (we had found 2 new investigators who were über interested), but that took it over the top.
  7. Most memorable teaching experience:  An agnostic came up to us in the middle of a lesson and started ripping on us for being too focused on religion and not enough on God; we somehow managed to save the spirit of the lesson when he walked away.
  8. Craziest companion "antic":  My companion is peaceful. In the house, though... ELder O***** came running from one room to another shouting something while I was doing my DL call and slipped into a full splits on the floor that was slick from an AXE spray war he'd started just minutes before.
  9. Funniest thing your heard someone say:  It's a joke that is better told in person. It is WAY too long and loses its effect when written.
  10. Grossest thing seen(I'm asking for Elijah's benefit):  A pile of day-old chicken-butchering leftovers so covered in maggots it looked like the feet were still twitching
  11. Most spiritual moment:  When we invited a couple of long-time investigators to be baptized this dec. 23 in a huge stake-wide baptismal service and they both accepted with excitement and started making plans to do so.

  Transfers indeed came, and...everything stayed the same! One of the other elders in our house (Elder C*****) got sent away and we got Elder G***** (Elder "G") in the house now. Energy, excitement, and positivity are as high as ever!

OSKAY. Now I can relax a bit.

Not too much is new in the work here. Oh, except that on Thursday there was announced a White Night (stake-wide baptismal service) for December 23. And the 40-day process of purification (as far as exact obedience goes) we started as a zone on Sunday. And the super-prepared family who are going to be baptized that day (they have been investigators for months but haven't been baptized for a number of reasons, all of which have since been cleared up). Not to mention the new half-american family Elder C**** and I found on Saturday who already knew the missionaries and who asked at the end of the lesson if we could start making weekly visits and teaching them together with their kids. And that's not counting the other new investigator who contacted us asking for English practice but ended up being more interested in the Restoration than in English, and who has been reading the Book of Mormon like crazy. All in all, a pretty sick week.

That is all that's on my mind at the moment--my brain is mush today for some reason. I love you guys and miss you. Hope everything goes well this week, and enjoy the cold (oh, how I miss it)!

Élder Rowe

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