Monday, August 7, 2017

Week 38

I don´t know why but the weeks here in Pichanal pass by much quicker than the ones I had in Mitre. I can´t believe it is time to write everyone again. Well for this week I ate really well. Almost every day I wrote about food in my journal. My companion worked as a chef in his home so I let him cook whenever we have to cook and it usually turns out well. This week I got to go on splits with the Elders from Colonia and I got to visit Colonia with Elder Brady. He is super awesome but was a little scared to be the one leading his area because he is pretty new, but we had a lot of fun and only got lost a couple of times. We also had our Zone conference this week so all in all I didn't spend a whole lot of time in my area. Also one day we got locked in the church because there are two doors to leave the church and one of them wasn't working and we don´t have a key. But someone let us in and then shut the door behind us because we don´t have that key, but we found out that our key to the other door doesn't work from the inside. We ended up having to call someone to let us out of the church.
Love and miss everyone lots.
Elder Black

Zone Conference



Monday, July 31, 2017

Week 37

This week was super great. It didn't start out super great because my companion, Elder Mora, didn't get in to our bus station until 3:00 in the morning Tuesday. I didn't get much sleep that night. We finally got permission to baptize one of our investigators, so we were able to have a baptism this week. Since my companion left I have to lead the area and that went pretty well I only got lost a couple of times, but I eventually fond my way to the right house. Thursday we had karaoke for our branch activity and there were 25 people that showed up which is great because usually less then that go to church. I had to sing in English but it was super fun. We had a baptism this week but  it almost didn't happen because the font broke while we were filling it. In the morning only 3 hours before the baptism the weight of the water broke the bars holding up the sides of the pool and fulled the church with all the water inside. We had to clean that all up and start filling it up again but we had to use a bunch old parts that didn't work very well. In the end a member had to hold up one side while we preformed the baptism but it all ended well because we were able to baptize him.
Well I love and miss you all lots.
Elder Black​​




Karaoke Night


Baptism

Iron bars that broke on baptismal font

The baptismal font




Monday, July 24, 2017

Week 36

Today was transfers and that went pretty well. My companion is going to another area and I am staying here, but my new companion doesn't arrive until 1200 tonight so the other Elders are staying with me so I am not alone. This week went by super fast. We had an activity at the church where we had a white elephant exchange and that went really well and there were a bunch of people that showed up. We didn't end up having our baptism this week because the mother of our investigator wants for him to learn more before we can baptize him. Also this week there were a lot of people at church for once and it didn't feel as empty.  I forgot my camera today so I don't have any new pictures but I love and miss everyone lots.
Elder Black

Monday, July 17, 2017

Week 35

Another week that flew by and right now I have 8 months in the mission which means I am a third of the way done. That is super crazy because I don´t feel like I have been out here for that long. This week was pretty successful and we have a baptism planned for this next week. This kid has been coming to church with only his 12 year old brother and they are super inspiring. A few strange things happened this week like when we were doing service this week somehow all of the power to the town was cut for about an hour or two, but we were in a super dark neighborhood and it was late so we had to find our way to a place with more light til the power came back. One member made us some really good ribs the other day and he always gives us huge plates and then starts putting more on when we finish. I was so full that day. We also had a family home evening at the church and for this my companion and I did acting of different people from the scriptures. My companion was Ammon and I was Alma the younger. It actually turned out really well and there were quite a few people there. I miss you all so much.
Elder Black​​​​​​

A birthday party that I went to

Some really good food called locro

Our zone after playing soccer all this morning.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Week 34

Well the weeks just keep flying by and I can´t believe I am writing everyone again This week was pretty great even if I didn't do anything for the fourth of July. I tried to get some fireworks but didn't find any. This week I made a bunch of pancakes for our district meeting and then right after our meeting I went on splits in Colonia which is the area right next to mine. There is more mud in that area and I left there super muddy. Then the next day we had some service bringing firewood to a members house but there was a bunch of mosquito things that look exactly like fruit flies but when they bite you they leave a mark like a mosquito but with a little dot of blood in the middle. They also itch way more than a normal bite and my legs had a lot of them. We also had a family home evening in the church that was super awesome because we had a lot of people show up. Then that night right afterwards we traveled to Oran and slept at the zone leaders because we had a zone conference with our new mission president.  Well I actually have a couple of pictures now.
They are of my zone conference and the new mission president. The water I have here in Pichanal, a birthday party I went to and a giant papaya. 
Love and miss you all lots.
Elder Black​​​
 



 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Week 33

Well this was super fast. I feel like I was just writing everyone. This week has been pretty good. There was a bit of rain this week and it hasn't been super hot here. This week it was my companions turn to be sick so that  wasn't the greatest but he is better now. This Sunday all of the town didn't have power because a truck hit the power lines which was bad and we only had the sacrament during church and then everyone went home, but there were even less people at church this week because it was raining a little bit. We officially have a new mission president but I haven´t met the new one yet. I think we are going to have a conference with him this week. This p day we went to Colonia del rosa which is a town 20 minutes down the road to play soccer with the elders there. This week I also ate some strange things. I had these stuffed pepper things that were super good but it actually wasn't a pepper that was stuffed it was just a vegetable that looked sort of like a pepper but its seeds looked like burnt bark chips and that was really weird. I also ate a papaya that was as big as my head and a lemon that was the diameter of a quarter. Well that's all for now I love and miss everyone lots and make sure you launch lots of fireworks for me. Happy 4th of July.
Elder Black

Monday, June 26, 2017

Week 32

I hope everyone is doing well. I love all of the Emails and pictures that I have gotten this week. It has been super hot here, but not as hot as White Salmon, but it doesn't feel at all like winter. This week we had our last conference with our mission president. He leaves this week to go back to his home and a new one will come this week. It was really great though and he talked about the book of Mormon and its importance in the church and the lives of our investigators. We did a lot of walking again but it was all good. This Sunday we had 17 people come to church including the missionaries. This is a really small branch. It was also my companions birthday this Sunday and he got two cakes that were super delicious. This p-day we went to Oran, which is the "big" city close to us to play soccer. That was fun and there were a lot of members that came to play with us which is always great. But yeah that was my week. I forgot to take pictures this week but I will try to take some next week.
Love and miss you all lots.
Elder Black