Monday, November 17, 2014

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Paige Walton

Nov 10 (7 days ago)
to me, Tyler, Elliot, Whitney, Luke

How´s everything going at home? The house is finally starting to look like a house so that´s exciting! 

Well we had a fine week this week. Let´s start from the beginning, shall we? So we get everything done we needed to get done and then we went with the elders to go bowling. Sadly, I didn´t know exactly how to get there, but I knew más o menos where it was. So we hopped on a bus and headed out towards that general direction. Well, then we got off on the wrong bus stop and had to hike back on the roadside and we got lost and it was just a big mess of trying to get there. Thank goodness we eventually got there. And then we didn´t even bowl...haha, we played pool instead. It was still pretty fun though. 

Then that night we went to Patricia´s house (she´s a member) for a noche de hogar. We switch off every week between us and the elders. Well when we go, there´s a menos activo that comes with us because they´re friends. Well his name is Michael, he´s from Nigeria, and he decided to make us some African food. Alright...background knowledge...spanish food is great, but it´s really not that flavorful and you will NEVER eat anything that is spicy. Even if they put hot sauce on it, it´s hot sauce made for like a 10 month old, it´s more of a flavor adder than anything else. Anyway, apparently African food is REALLY spicey because it was fish and rice and a sauce and the second you put that thing in your mouth you were dying. And I really do mean dying. And apparently he only put in less than half the spice he normally would put in. Oh my gosh I don´t know how he does it. It was really good and we ate it all, but we really just weren´t sure if our mouths were going to make it or not. Haha, Apparently I´m going to have to work on my spicy food tolerance.

On Thursday we had interviews with President. Oh how I love that man. There are so many missionaries out there that don´t get the best mission president, but I hit the jackpot! He really is the best. He has such an incredible love for every single one of us. He treats and knows us all as his children and will do anything for us. He´s such a good man. It was weird to have my last interview with him though. I walked in and he said, "Well, i´m sorry it´s going to be short this time, but we´ll have a nice good long one next month." It´s so weird! Obviously I´m excited to come home and see all of you guys again, but I really will miss this place. I´ll miss being surrounded by strange spanish culture. I´ll miss the stinky streets. I´ll miss the incredible people that I´ve come to know. I´ll miss hearing spanish everywhere I go. I´ll miss being able to teach people the gospel. It will be strange. I know I can still be a part of this work, but it´s not the same. 

So after interviews we took our ward mission leader´s daughter out with us for the afternoon. We were on the bus on our way to our first cita for the evening and as we were getting off the bus I totally biffed it. It was so bad! I don´t know how, but somehow I legitimately fell out of the bus and ended up on the ground. Haha, yeah...,my clumsiness still comes out every once in a while. 

Friday we had zone conference. It´s so much fun now that we have the biggest zone in the mission. There are 40 something of us and it´s crazy! We´re double the size of some other zones. It´s fun to see old companions and other missionaries that I´ve served with and finally be able to see them and talk to them and serve with them again. Afterwords we went to Domino´s again, thank goodness it didn´t rain on us this time, although the skies looked like they could have. 

Later we went to mutual with the youth and taught them how to share the gospel with their friends. Hopefully they´ll find some good opportunities and will feel a little more comfortable doing it. We´ll see.

This weekend was Stake Conference for us. We spent Saturday evening at the church for the adult session and then bright and early Sunday morning we went to Granada for the general session. It was a fun bus ride there as it always is with a bunch of missionaries traveling together. But the bus ride back killed us as we were surrounded by little youth in the back of the bus who wouldn´t shut up! Haha, I mean I guess it could´ve been worse, but they were pretty bad. I really hope I wasn´t like that when I was younger. I´m not starting to understand the adults never wanted to sit by us in the buses...shoot! I´m becoming one of the annoying adults that doesn´t like the loud kids! Oh well, I´ll survive I think.

Well, that about sums up my week. We´re going to start preparing as a mission for the visit of Elder Kearon, a member of the 70, who´s coming and we´ll have a huge meeting with him and half the mission on the 20th. The other half of the mission will meet with him on a different day. But we´re excited to see what he´s got to tell us. The youngsters in the mission are also excited as this is probably the visit that determines whether we will be getting iPads at the beginning of the year or not. 

Fam, I love you lots! Have a great week and keep on keepin´ on. Love you! See you all in a few weeks!!!!!

Hna Walton

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