As far as my feet go, you can almost see my ankle bone again, so things are looking up. Sometimes I worry that maybe I have elephantitis, but then I remember I´m no elephant, just a missionary. Cheers for that.
The spirit has been a big help this week, but sadly he´s been telling my comp and I slightly different things, so we´re going to work on that haha. I feel like we might be breaking a lot of rules, but she always tells me, no this is how we do it here, and I´m never sure if by we she means she or the mission president. I´m hoping to clear a few things up soon. My pres in the MTC always said obedience brings blessings, but exact obedience brings miracles. I definitely believe that,and I´m not looking for blessings; my blessing is being on a mission. I´m looking for miracles,and I intend to see them. We´re a good companionship, and we´re doing good work, but I feel like we could be a better companionship and do better work. ;) Welcome to the American Dream Latin style. hahha The Latinos are awesome, and they´re very powerful missionaries, but they tend to be more lax withthe rules and more relaxed in their efforts. I´m hoping to change that upa bit.
I´m definitely glad for the internet. I don´t think libraries exist here, but it´s not too bad paying for internet. Did I ever tell you about the money here? They´re called lempiras, and 20 lempiras equals 1 dollar. Cheers. haha
When I say beating our laundry on a rock, we actually have a very nice cement basin thing (as seen in pictures). I was under the impression it would be more rock y as we helped a sister do her laundry last week and it was literally beating stuff on a rock. Our is more like beating it on cement. I´ll tell you what, it´s hard work. haha I love it. The frogs sit and croak at me as they stare at me with their huge googly eyes and I try not to make eye contact because my comp and I have a theory that they´re out to get us. Every night when we cross over rivers, we joke that they´re saying ATACAMOS LAS HERMANAS! It´s pretty much true.
Did I mention that Honduras has lots of lightning bugs? It does. I´ve never seen them before, and now they´re everywhere, even in my front yard. They´re one of my favorite things, because they don´t bite, they don´t ooze, they don´t slime, they don´t carry disease, and they don´t attack. They´re just nice. :) They make me smile every night.
I´m glad to hear you´ve been having sunny days. I always forget how saddening overcast skies are. It´s my least favorite part of winter in Utah, and the sun is one of my favorite things about Honduras. People always complain about the sun here, but I love it.
Recognizing the spirit is one of my favorite topics in the gospel, and a very important one, too. In fact, there´s a whole chapter in Preach my Gospel about it. So good.
tall in the US, which makes me like Godzilla here. Add to that the fact that I´m like a walking disco ball because of my whiteness and you´ve got a side show at the circus. hahaha. ON the plus side, people talk to us just so they can stare at me. Sadly, most people think I´m some sort of goddess and that I´m the most beautiful (and huge) creature they´ve ever seen. I say sadly because it´s only because I´m white, not because of who I am or how I actually look. hahaha. But all the time they say oh look how white she is. yup. hadn´t noticed. Thanks for pointing it out. hahaha Muy Chistoso. Ummmmm This week the rain started. Apparently the streets flood up to our waists. I haven´t seen it yet, but it got up to mid shin on me, which is like knee for Catrachas. When it rains, the streets flood and turtles go swimming down the side of the road. hahahaha. How awesome, right? We were so soaked. My companion was like this is the worst ever! and I was just laughing and laughing. Sister Hinckley once siad something to the effect of I can either laugh about it or cry about it, and crying gives me a headache. I do a lot of laughing here. hahahah. Even with my rain jacket and an umbrella, I was still so soaked, but at least it wasn´t so hot. That´s not normal, but it was nice. :) Also, we were crossing the street, and we decided to sprint in front of a semi to avoid getting splashed, but when I stepped off the median, I hit mud and went flat out in the road. My companion was like AAAAAAAUGH but I just jumped up and sprinted faster. She forgets that I´m tall and have long legs, so I can run faster than she thinks. hahaha We made it just before the semi zoomed past. She was freaking out, but I just laughed and laughed and laughed. I was so muddy and wet. HAHAHAHAHA. Also, we would try to talk to people, but the rain was so loud that we were standing there, the only two people in the street, screaming at some lady who was sitting warm a dn cozy in her house. She invited us back for when it wasn´t rainig. Then she laughed really hard. hahaha. Houses are either cement or wood and usually have corrugated tin roofs. Sometimes they have a layer of plaster underneath. The windows all have metal bars made into scrolly designs over them. The windows themselves are slats that rotate up when they´re closed so they lay flat, but can open horizontally when they´re open.
When the bus wants to know if you want to get on, it honks at you as you´re waiting. If you don´t want to get on, you shake your head no or, my favorite, you hold up one finger and waggle it back and forth with a stern look on your face. It reminds me of moms grandpa Andrew story and makes me laugh every time. hahahaha.
For Greg, you know how there´s the district 1 and 2? I´m going to be in the district 3 (Spanish). I don´t think it´s official, but it´s something we´re doing as a mission, and my zone has been chosen to be the missionaries in the videos, which means we lug cameras around to every lesson and video tape it.
Love you all tons and tons. Hopefully I´ll be able to send more investigator stories next week. I know I said that last week, but I´m for real this time. One quick one before I go. We were teaching two delightful Abuelos. They said they´d been married for 33 years, but we always have to play games to figure out if they mean married or living together, so we were like, oh, do you have pictures of your wedding? They were like, no we´re not married legally. Then we asked them why and the wife was like well I want to get married, but he doesn´t. Ask him why. So we did. He was like, whenever my friends get married, things fall apart, and I want to stay with her forever. Then he said. Ask her why she won´t marry me. So we did. And she said she wouldn´t marry him because he didn´t want to marry her. hahahahaha Crazies. They´re gonna get sealed int he temple some day, mark my word. We´ve only met them once, but it´s gonna happen, and I´m so excited for them.
Lovesies lovesies lovesies.