Tuesday, October 18, 2016

We had a little miracle!!!!

October 17th, 2016 

Tuesday - we had district meeting in 33 then had lunch at Alisa’s house, haha so we forgot to text her so she had her maid cook for us quick. The maid ordered 2 burgers and we got there at around 2 and she said they would be here quick. They didn’t come for one and a half hours so we were there until 4, we went home changed and did some contacting then went to Morena’s house for the Noche de Hogar.

Wednesday - So I forgot my planner at the plaza house in 33 so I won’t get that until Saturday. Today we had an old lady in our ward who never gives lunches to the missionaries give us lunch, it was good gnocchi's with some sauce and ground beef. But then we had almost a free day today, but we visited a less active, but I cant really remember who. Oh also we went to Jesus and taught him about tithing and fast offerings, I think he’s gonna be the new counsellor within the next couple weeks. But in the night we couldn't sleep because a massive fly kept flying around our ears and annoying us, so we turned the lights on and started hunting it. We could only hear it, then we would see it for 2 seconds maybe and yell ahi esta!!!!!! (there it is!!!!!) and freak out throwing an old pair of pants around the room trying to hit it, so eventually we trapped it in the study room, a lot smaller than our room. It still took forever but I finally killed it, long story short, it took 30 minutes to kill. 

Thursday - lunch with Hermana Morena, always soo good. It was soooo hot in the morning, and a hermana in our ward wanted us to visit her, and she lives out of town about a 30-40 min walk. So we walked there in the blazing sun dying, we got to her house aaannndddd... she wasn’t home, she was working. So we did some contacts with the people we could find on that road and then went to lunch. Then we did splits with Juan Pablo, visited some members and less actives to see if they were coming to the activity on Saturday, but then it started to cool down and actually started raining. We went around to people houses but they didn’t let us in, some when we contacted them just say “no no no it’s raining!” and close the door. Like we didn’t know it was raining, standing outside soaking wet :)  Then we stopped by Alisa, the super rich lady, and she was just heading to the gym, so she gave us a big bowl of arroz con leche (I don’t know what that it is in English - rice and milk??) to take home.

Friday - so my comp was hurting today, he was walking with his legs super wide apart in the morning and he said he was chaffing super bad. Like me in Hawaii, so I felt bad for him and we went to the house and took a day off so he could rest. It actually started hurting him on Wednesday I think, it was better Thursday, then worse Friday. I knew how he felt.. also in the night we had a huge water fight, Lopez was in the shower and I was brushing my teeth, and I spit cold water on him so he opened the door and splashed water on me. Then I went to the kitchen and filled a cup and stuck it in the freezer to cool it. Then I waited until he opened the bathroom door and I splashed him with water, then he took his ALMOST empty shampoo bottle and filled it up, and I grabbed his pillow as a shield, but he still sprayed it all over the house, haha good news is, the house is a lot cleaner.

Saturday - alright, we left in the morning and it was pretty hot again so we thought lots of people would come to the activity, (the stake planned an activity at the stake center. We played games where you get beans for the games, then based on what colour of beans you got is what kingdom you go to, (celestial, terrestrial and telestial,) but it started raining, so only like 60 people came. It was fun, me and Lopez were in charge of the games, so I had the card games  called “do we bet??” that was the theme of the cards games.  So I was moving the cards around super fast and you had to follow them, everyone wanted to try it because it looked cool and fun. But I gave black beans because it was one of the bad games. So I gave a lot of black  beans to lot of people. But it was cool, then there was food and me and another missionary started handing them out on a little platter, I felt like a flight attendant haha. Then we went home and slept.

Sunday - we decided to stay in for the morning since church is at 2 and leave at 12 to go get people to come to church, but it rained in the morning. Basically no one here if it rains even Saturday night they decide they’re not going to church. But only 13 people came, and I gave a 15 minutes talk on the spot, they said “now we’ll hear from Elder Grigor, so I took a verse we read with a less active in the morning and gave a talk on that, I thought it went well. Then out of nowhere an investigator called us. This girl we went by like 6 times to see if she was there and didn’t have any luck and I didn’t think my old comp had too much luck either. We texted her about 1 week ago to see if we could come over, so she called us and we set up an appointment for Saturday this week, because she works a lot and that’s her only free day. So that was a little miracle. We went to the bus station because we have a district activity /lunch Monday, and we needed to go to 33 and then cook everything (because we left some ingredients there on Saturday), go to cyber, have the lunch then the activity, and the only bus was at 12:30 am... so we slept a bit then took that bus and went down to 33.

Monday - so we got here early in the morning and cooked chicken fried rice, then we came to cyber, then afterwards we’re gonna have a lunch then go to a museum I think for the activity. Should be fun!! 

Well this week went by quick. This change has gone by really quick actually, but we had a little miracle this week, which is awesome!! Things might actually start to happen in this area, and of course right when I’m about to leave haha oh well, at least it’s getting better thats all that matter.


Elder Grigor

Things got a little crazy in the plaza house 

Doing some errands for Hermana Morena - we were wearing her hats!! 

The Stake Activity 

Doing my card game 

The different kingdoms 

Careful - I'll throw you into the donkey!!

October 10th, 2016

Tuesday - we had a district meeting again, it was good. We had a taller (workshop) in the district meeting about effect contacts with the restoration, and it was awesome. We had the people doing the contacts close their eyes and all the other people made a whole bunch of noise to distract them, it was soo funny. Then we had our personal chef cook for us again, they bought us burgers and then we had some guiso too. Then we had a noche de hogar with a less active family and we milked alfa jores with them, and then played signs and every time we go over the littlest girl always wants to play! 

Wednesday - We had interviews with the president, so president stopped doing conferences so we can have more time in our area, but we had our interview at 1 and the only busses to go down are at 9 and 1, then to go back to Vergara are at 1 and 4, so we lost a lot of time just on the schedule. We did divisions with the elders in plaza, had our interviews, then I got my package from the primary, haha it was funny to see all their cards, I might try to write back some of them. Then we had another free day, where all of our appointments fell through and we only walked around trying to find people to contact, that we haven't already contacted

Thursday - not a lot happened today either, but haha my comp was making fun of me for tripping on a rock or something, and he was walking right beside a muddy ditch, and I tried to say cuidado te lanzo al barro (careful I’ll throw you into the mud) but I said cuidado te lanzo al burro (careful I’ll throw you into the donkey) haha!! So now we say that to each other. We went to Alisa, the rich lady that gives us lunch, because it was raining super hard. We were there talking for hour, then they asked if we wanted some soup, we said yea cuz we were hungry then they started making the soup. So we talked a little bit more, then she left for Zumba or something, so we talked with the husband, whose thinking about visiting Texas pretty soon. Then he left to go pick up Alisa from Zumba and we ate our soup. He forgot to put salt it and it wasn't the greatest, but then she came back, put salt in it and it was amazing. Then they gave us asado to take home, and Pepsi haha they’re awesome.

Friday - we had a lesson in the morning with Irio, the 81 year old who always say he’s 81 at every sentence, We talked about attending church, and he said he could probably come next week, he also gave us a reference, his friend that’s in a wheelchair. We passed by him but he didn't seem to interested but he said we could come back, maybe just to get rid of us. Not much else happened. Oh… we went to Jesus and taught him about the gospel of Jesus Christ, I think he’s gonna become the new counsellor pretty soon.

Saturday- we played futbol in the morning, I’m getting a lot better. But I forgot to put sunscreen on because it was cold, and I got burnt a little bit. Then we went to go grab lunch at Edith’s house, and it wasn't ready yet. So we played soccer with her 8 year old grandson, and we kicked the ball near their dog and he bit into it and started shaking it like crazy. We just left it by him and when we tried to grab it he freaked out, it’s like he did it just to mock us, popped our ball, then didn’t even play with it after that. I was pretty choked and then we had another free day.

Sunday - haha so my comp was supposed to do the lesson today in Sunday School and forgot and tried handing it off to me again. Some people from the stake came and gave a class on self sufficiency, so I didn’t have to teach. They talked about single parents and how you can make a decent living, and people who are married too, which our branch needs because there isn't much work in Vergara. Then we cooked up our Asado and it was good. 

Monday - we came down to 33 for p-day and we are going to stay the night here and do divisions with the plaza. Oh also were gonna go play basketball and volleyball at the church too today.

This week was pretty hard, not many people accepted us. It kinda felt a little slow too, but it’s ok, I’m actually starting to enjoy it here. I will definitely like another area where there is a lot of work to be done. Other than that I’m good!! 


Elder Grigor

"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 
Neither do men light a candle, and put in under a bushel, 
but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are 
in the house. Let your light so shine before men, 
that they may see your good works, and
 glorify your Father which is in heaven." 

Matthew 5:14-16 
Milking Alfajores

Conference was so great!!!

October 3rd,2016

Tuesday - Had district meeting, again, haha we've used about half of our money on bus tickets these 2 weeks, and the other half on food so we don't die, mostly just rice and beans because it's cheap. But we had a super rich less active give us lunch on Tuesday, I think every Tuesday now, but she wasn't there, so she had her maid cook for us. It was like having our own personal chef. But then we went to Morena's house, and learned how to make amazing empanadas, so we made about 20 and they were huge, like the size of my hand, and I ate about 7, I was sooo full after that, it was awful, but then we just contacted all day.

Wednesday - Haha we didn't have a lot to do today, but we still somehow got 2 new investigators. 1 is the boyfriend of a less active member, and another the husband of a less active member, so we are working with these 2 families to try and get them to come to church with their families and spouses. Nothing else happened that day, just that we went exploring a little because nothing was happening with contacts lessons. We found a little beach and river thing, with a bunch of cool hiking trails I think. Other than that not much else happened.

Thursday - in the morning we helped Jesus do his family history, he's a member now, but he was a less active about 6 weeks ago. We reactivated him and are helping him do his family history to go to the temple, he had just a strong feeling that he needed to start his family history. We started with only his moms history, he had a sheet of paper I think up to his mom, and we found records up to his great grandma. We started him with a brand new family history account, and he left with about 20 people on his family tree now.

Friday - haha ok so today we were walking in the street and a drunk girl and guy walked up to us, and the girl said woah! hey a ver muestre me un poco de tu cuerpo (hey show me a little bit of your body) and  es cierto que mormones no pueden tener el amor ( hey mormons aren't allowed to (make love) right? and I said "no we can, but after we're married" then she said ahh que necesito hacer para ser tu esposa (what do i need to do to be your wife) and I was just kinda laughing the whole time, then the dude was talking to my comp and said "woah! look at the size of his shoes! I would love to have shoes like that to have something else big... man I would sell my soul to the devil to have that".  Haha I was laughing for a while after that.

Saturday - alright on a holier note, conference!!!!! Today was sweet we went to the plaza house, dropped our stuff off and watched conference. But the tv wasn't working for the gringos so we watched it in the tiny secretaries office, all 6 of us, But is was good, except sometimes people would be playing music super loud outside and we couldn't hear, but I loved it. Then we went to grido in between sessions (an ice cream shop down here) and after all the sessions we went home, and I made 4 pizzas for everyone because there were 6 people in the house again, haha for some reason it's always a big party when we go down there, 

Sunday - Well we all woke up, I made another 2 pizzas for everyone, which was just making the dough and putting cheese on it, because we're poor. Everyone was starving that day because there was no food in the house. But then we watched conference again!! It was awesome to see it in English this time, and to see all of it, since last time we were stuck in the house because I forgot the keys in the lock in the front door. Then we took a bus at 8:40 to Vergará....

Monday - well in the morning we played soccer in our backyard for 2 hours, then we came to ciber!!!

Well this week was good, still slow but better than the other weeks!


Elder Grigor

These Empanadas were so good!!!! 

Elder Grigor "just posing" 

"The river we found" 

Elder Grigor being his goofy self!!! 

The trail leading up to the river. Maybe he was praying for food!!!!