These are just some fun pictures we´ve taken in centro and things like that, the one of me in front of the statue the statue of The Matte Man. I don´t remember if you remember when Matias told us but EVERYOEN drinks matte here, and they made a statue of what everyone does all day long, and it´s hilarous because it´s perfect. Everyone sits with their little mugs and their matte cup and pass it around while we teach and things. It´s really funny. The boys we baptized: Alejandro is the older boy we baptized, and Julian, the little stud is the one I baptized, the one that calls me Elder Azucar. This family makes me feel really close to all of you, and it makes me really happy. Make sure you attach all these photos so everyone can see them!
To answer the questions, my weekly budget is like 250 dollars ish each month, and we only have to pay for snacks and things so it´s not bad, and it´s just barely enough that I don´t have to go hungry or anything at all so it´s enough. Things here are REALLY cheap, like the common things you have to buy every week are probably almost half compared to utah, a loaf of bread here is like a bunch of rolls, probably double the amount of bread in one bag for about 2 dollars, and I love all the snacks and things. I found out that Monte Carlo where Ben is going is actually pretty close, but he´s not in my zone or anything like that unfoturnately.
This week was excellent. I am starting to really love the people here, and care a lot for them, rather than just try to baptize them to add a baptizm to my name. We had two baptisms!! It was awesome! SO i´ll just explain the entire stories first off.
About 3 weeks ago we received a reference from a member to go to this house where only about half the family are members, so we went over there and found out that they are really really poor. Their house is literally just a big shack and they´ve got 12 people in the family. Their land is just bare with weeds all over and they are all super super dirty. To shower they have a big well and they send down a bucket, and get water, but the water is really dirty already and it´s really nasty, and the little kids always are just filthy.
The first time we went there the little kids had more dirt under their finger nails and on their face than in the whole state of utah, and when we shook all their little hands, afterwards i looked at my hands and mine were about the same color and it was really nasty. But nonetheless we started teaching and trying to figure out the situation and things like that. Anyways we come to find out that about half that there are about 5 baptisms that still needed to be done in the family, the dad, the oldest kids, and two younger kids of 9 and 13.
THe dad is really really really addicted to tobacco and we´re still working with him, and the oldest kids have kids of their own and are trying to get married, but the kids we baptized are the two younger ones. Alejandro 13 and Julian 9. Me and Julian from day one started having so much fun. He´s just got the cutest little voice and he´s hilarious and we are always playing together. About 3 lessons in, he finally gave up on trying to pronounce my name, and from then on started calling me "Elder Azucar" which means sugar, and it´s so funny.
Every time we go, their house is WAY far outside of the edge of our area so we only went about 3 times a week but every time that we went they made "Chipa" which is like a scone type thing, with all hteir dirty little nasty hands and they use the same oil to cook every single time, and the whole situation is just nasty, but the Chipa is really good, and we eat it without saying anything haha.
But about a week ago we started talking about the baptismal service, and how it was going to go, and we asked the boys who they wanted to do the service, and Alejandro chose the bishop, but when We asked Julian, his cute little face looked at me and said, "I want Elder Azucar to do it" and it was a really cool moment for me.
When he said that I just felt so much love for him and this family, becasue we have gotten really close to them over the last few weeks, and we´ve had a lot of funny stories that i´ve been writing in my juornal. When he said that I could just feel how much THe Savior loves him, and how excited I was that he wanted me to do it. So we prepare them, everything works good with them, and Saturday we start preparing the font, and the drain doesn´t work, so all the nasty crap in the bottom wasnt´t draining, adn I had to climb down in it to clean it out and it was a giant mess haha but it was fun and the baptismal serivice went great.
But I just remember climbing into the font, and then I told him to come down, and there were a lot of members that came and are looking at us, and I was pretty nervous because the baptizmal prayer in castellano is a little hard to pronounce some of the parts, so I was a little nervous, but I did it perfectly, put him in the water, and then brought him out of the water, and before he was even standign on his feet as i was bringing him out of hte water, he just said, really really loud, "Que Lindo!!" Which is like saying, how nice, or how lovely, or how great, (somethign like that)!! And everyone started laughing, and it was actually really special for me.
I could feel that he felt clean! Which really really surprised me the feeling I felt when I brought him out of the water and when he said that. I almost started crying because it was so cool! But i love this family so much, and last night we went to visit them and the dad is going to get baptized in two weeks, he´s going to stop chewing and everything he told us that he wants to change because he´s seeing the changes happening in his family, and how they are all loving eachother more and he wants to be apart of it, and wants to be able to go to heaven with them.
This week I got to taste a little bit of why missionaries say this is the best 2 years of their life. I felt the spirit and the love our savior has for people multiple times this week, and I am so happy. It´s a happy feeling that you just can´t explain. I think it´s a feeling of the pure love of Christ, and We´ve got some other baptisms planned for these next few weeks, and it´s just a relief. Becasue we worked SO hard for so long without a baptism, and now that i realize the joy you feel when you bring someone that much closer to Christ, It´s going to give me even more of a drive. THanks for supporting me everyone. This week made me miss you all a lot, but it was a life changing experience. I love you all so much!