Heres a riddle for the family. I think that it is going to stump you all and give your noggins a good work out. What has 4 tires, a wind-shield, a steering wheel, seat belts, and red paint. Well i wont give you the answer, im going to let you think about it and get super frustrated in the process. bwahahaha ha.
well ladies and gentle men its true. another week, another month another change and another year have all passed by in the blink of an eye. hard to believe i know. this year has had ups and downs, but at the end of it all i have to say that 2011 treated me well. But i guess now its time to move on. one of my new years resolutions is to get married before 2013. it might not be easy, or even very wise, but goals are supposed to make us stretch. haha bring on another year.
This week was a good one. nothing super exciting. we worked hard and had little successes here and there that helps us keep moving forward. we still dont have any one that is positive for baptism, but something ive seen (maybe i already told you this) is that if we search and work hard, Heavenly Father provides the people, so im not too worried. My comp is on his last change (by the way they already told us about our changes. the only one thats leaving from our district is elder caceres. im going to stay wit Elder Platero and Elder Skousen is going to be a father (hes training) How dope) so i think Elder Platero will have to battle a little bit to not think about his house all of the time. i understand him a little because the day i called you guys i tried to read scriptures before the call and i couldnt focus on anything, so it must be like 100 times harder for him. but he wants to work hard and finish with baptisms, so it will be good.
Here they celebrate new years exactly like you would expect it. they burn a ton of tires in the center of the village and then throw buckets full of dog and pig and chicken legs into the gaping throat of the hungry leaping flames. i dont really know why. i guess they like the way it smells or something. haha just kidding. the big thing here is fireworks. the tradition is that you eat dinner then wait for midnight. at midnight you burn all of your fireworks. and every one gives each other a hug for new years. then alot of families will say a prayer. after that just chat until everyone falls asleep. out of all those things i only participated in dinner. one of the hermanas from our ward invited us and made a special dinner. it was cool to see how happy she was to take us into her house and give us the very best that she had, just because she loved us. it was a happy night for me. we went to bed at like 10 (earlier than usual) because we were all exhausted. i only woke up at 12 because they lit off like 1000 bombs in front of our house, but then i fell asleep again.
before dinner that night we went to visit a less active member named david. we just talked for a while then said a prayer and left. the next day we saw him again and he told us that before we came he was having trouble fighting the temptation to go get drunk ( another new years tradition) but that when we came he had the strength to stay in his house with his family. its not really a huge story, but like i said, little successes that make it worth what we do.
in our building there are 2 wards that attend. its funny because there is kind of a rivalry between the 2 wards. yesterday there was confusion about the time and both wards showed up at 8. ha it was actually pretty cool, because they all know each other. but the funny thing is that i think there was a little bit a competition to see which ward would have more people bear their testimony. so people just kept getting up. sometimes there was a line of about 6 people waiting. haha long story short our 1 hour meeting ended up lasting about 2 and a half hours. but i loved it. i felt the spirit strong. especially when one hermana from our ward talked about having patients to let God answer our prayers in His time. it reminded me alot of the need to wait sometimes for things, even the good things, that we want.
So all in all it was a great week and year. im ready for another. January should be a great month. Still no sign of the package, but i think any time soon it will be here. I love you all have a great week.