Sunday, January 13, 2013

December 17, 2012 (Week 18)

December 17, 2012

Buenas tardes familia!   Yeah the Garcia incident was nuts, but he's gone and it's over. Finally. But yeah. Something about being a Mortensen that just doesn't let me get rolled by that kind of attitude. Mom gave me some good advice.
View of the Apartment

I might go buy a new camera, there are some sweet deals and it sounds like everyone's putting money on my card to buy something nice, so I might do that. There is a 16.1 megapixel with 5 times zoom that's about 6 years ahead of my camera on sale at the mega, but I'll wait for next week. You didn't send a camera right? It's hard to return things here haha. Instead of so many flashdrives, do you think you could help me with a new SD card? I'm sure we just have one floating around at the house. I'd like that. I don't know. This camera has taken a few too many falls and it glitches and blurs the photos. Or maybe its my hands. But I completely blurred a few of the familia Guatzozon at the baptism and I'm very thankful E. Castaneda has them. No idea. Let me know!

No, I didn't give garcia my scripture covers. I was thinking about giving him the one for my bible but he asked about 7000 times and I really didn't want to after that. But yeah. Elder Castaneda has already looked at 30 stores for a shoe shine kit, and the brushes are non existent. That's why its a big no no to touch it haha.

But the Virgin de Guadalupe was pretty weird. People standing at houses and in front of little concrete boxes with a foto and statue and singing and praising with candles. Weird.... but that was all that was. Nobody really knows who the Virgin de Guadalupe is either. Just an angel I guess.  Sounds like we will be eating a lot, and going to breakfast lunch and dinner with people the 24th and 25th. The festivities last until the 6th of January so it's spread out. I'm going to try calling home on the 25th and we are downloading Skype at the members house that Elder Boyd and Fuentes live at because they are rich and have laptops. Get a name and password for me and for you guys and get me the information next time and we will plan out what hour to be on.

As for this week, it's been interesting. I hit the 4 month mark Saturday, which is pretty big. 1/6 done already. The Spanish is still elusive sometimes and it's frustrating, but I can basically say what I want. Working on my accent. I guess I sound like a hick. I don't expect to be perfect after 8 weeks though. Always something to work on. I gave a talk last Sunday about repentance, and I had the scripture of Alma the younger and the torture he felt and the joy he felt after, I read a verse or two then talked for 5 minutes without notes in Spanish!! I was pretty proud of myself. I can definitely see the Lord helping me.

So we went to a leader meeting and I waited with the other junior comps, but when my comp came out he was a little solemn. I asked him what happened, and he said out of 40 comps, only 10 baptisms this week. As punishment, and to focus ourselves, the pres took out the oceanfront, any stores by the ocean, costco, and we can't leave the area or zone without permission. I literally feel like I'm in a outdoor prison. Oh well. Manuel Guatzozon baptized his son Saturday. After, me and my comp cleared out the undraining dirty font with buckets and mops. Awful, but so worth it. Finally baptized. Saw the temple after and that was pretty awesome when we went to a choir in Mocambo right next to the temple. I'll send some fotos.

I don't think he likes the milk on the left!
I've had this very nice lady in our ward sew my hems of my pants and cut 3 inches off my sleeves. I've spent a small fortune, but it's so worth it. I wish she would take more but she only takes 10 pesos for every article. Such a nice Lady. Hna. Marta Pais. As for the spicy stuff, its been a bad week. Saturday, we ate at this lady's house, and she brought some pure jalapeno salsa. Hot stuff. We started off very little, but we were alone and it started to escalate to be a man. MAS MAS MAS!! We ate so much. Saturday we had tacos that his uncle bought, and Sunday we had Chinese from another lady. Stomach hurt Sunday night, and at about 1:00 in the morning, on the dirty floor, about 4 meals left my stomach and into the toilet and my nose. Most awful thing ever. I'm still a little sick, but getting better. That's the adrenaline for the week! haha. Need to go. No time for pics, have more next time.

LOVE YA! Elder Mortensen,

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