Monday, December 26, 2016

Chinchina, Valar Morghulis, Week 59

So here comes the week 6 of the transfer spam of pictures from the week.

My area in Manizales.

A missionary who just finished brought his parents to Colombia to show them around REAL WHITE PEOPLE HOW CRAZY IS THAT

I got my hair cut and then took a picture with the Pentecostal lady who was super nice, but didn't like the idea of the Book of Mormon

Christmas Party in the Eje Cafetero

Elder Piñate has reached his final form

Letting balloons go because it's a NEW YEAR AND A NEW ME

Elder Pinate (old comp) never changes

Idk if anyone understands the impossibility of taking a picture with the mission President's wife, but it's NEVER good enough, we switched positions around for about 30 minutes just for 1 picture. It's like family pictures all over again...

NEW WHITE PEOPLE IN THE MISSION! Yes, this is a big deal, it means that people will no longer think that white people who started with me speak the worst Spanish in the world.

White Will Smith and Black Will Smith

ITS MY FIRST COMP FROM THE MTC, first time that I've seen him since the mtc.

My Favorite song

"Ripped My Pants" - Spongebob Squarepants ft. Staples

A small dog for Hannah

Another dog, before it became my best friend

The same dog, but my best friend because it ate that cow liver that a member thought was meant for human consumption...

When the sister missionaries come in clutch and bake you your 6 months in the mission cake (8 months late)

Zone Leader reading the transfers. I'll be staying in Chinchina and my new comp will be Elder Yamashiro!

When the zone leaders know your transfers and AREN'T TELLING YOU WHAT A BUMMER

This guy is basically Bob Ross reincarnated...He says that he'll paint Lehi's dream, the first vision, and Christ in the Americas. His name is Milton. Good ol Milton.

$4 Monopoly Idk what I expected..

Christmas Dinner Hype

Gifts from members

Showing up to church 15 minutes early

"I'm Falkner, the Violet Pokémon Gym leader! People say you can clip flying-type Pokémon's wings with a jolt of electricity... I won't allow such insults to bird Pokémon! I'll show you the real power of the magnificent bird Pokémon!"

Those are the pictures from this week! Love you all lots!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Chinchina, Valar Morghulis, Week 58

This was an interesting week because we had to work in Chinchina and Manizales. Photo attached so you can (hopefully) see the 2 places I'm working in. Obvi not all of Manizales is my area, with all 400,000 people! Chinchina has 50,000 for a comparison. The bus from Chinchina to Manizales costs $1! Pretty expensive. I wouldn't buy that for a dollar. 
We´re having a lot of progress in our areas though! Some less actives are getting active again here in Chinchina which is always nice to see. With investigators its always hard in little cities that have 40 people coming to church, but its improving! We had district conference yesterday (I'm in a district not a stake) and the members seemed to really get pumped up to help us with missionary work 😁
Valar Morghulis, if you didn't know, is a word in High Valyrian meaning All Men Must Die (how could anyone not know that lel?) I´m happy to have the knowledge that death is a part of God´s plan. Just like dying in the mission is inevitable (not literally) dying irl is bound to happen. But the Atonement of Jesus Christ grants all men and women the opportunity to resurrect and have the same body again, just without physical imperfections. Another important point of the atonement is touched on by Brad Wilcox in a BYU Devotional entitled His Grace is Sufficient. 

The miracle of the Atonement is not just that we can go home but that—miraculously—we can feel at home there. If Christ did not require faith and repentance, then there would be no desire to change. Think of your friends and family members who have chosen to live without faith and without repentance. They don’t want to change. They are not trying to abandon sin and become comfortable with God. Rather, they are trying to abandon God and become comfortable with sin. If Jesus did not require covenants and bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost, then there would be no way to change. We would be left forever with only willpower, with no access to His power. If Jesus did not require endurance to the end, then there would be no internalization of those changes over time. They would forever be surface and cosmetic rather than sinking inside us and becoming part of us—part of who we are.

All men must die, but we have a chance, according to our obedience, to live and be happy eternally. Love you guys lots! Hope you all have a great Christmas! Talk to you on Sunday Fam ⛄

Me with a little door.

Who put my League rank on this fridge...

Monday, December 12, 2016

Chinchina, Valar Morghulis, Week 57

Hello friends and family welcome to another letter explaining things about Colombia! The work here is hard but we´ve found a couple new cool people to teach! Yesterday we only had 30 people in sacramente meeting 😐
My companion Elder Guerra is leaving today! I will be working in Manizales and Chinchina with Elder Fajardo from Ecuador, another son of my trainer Elder Bigelow, and it looks like we will have to be missionaries for 2 branches which will be weird... In Colombia there are normally 4 missionaries per ward/branch. 
In the Colombian nativity scenes all over Colombia, there is no baby Jesus in the manger... I remember being in the coast a year ago and seeing that in none of them there was a baby Jesus! I remember being like oooohhhh my Colombians being so ratchet and stealing the baby Jesus! From what Ive heard now they dont put Jesus in the manger until the 25th becasue according to them ¨Why would Jesus be in the manger before he was born on the 25th...?¨ It makes sense when you think about it, but its still weird. 
Things here are good, love you guys lots! 🚼
1. Xmas lights in Chinchina
2. FHE with a cool family, ft. bebé pingüino

Monday, December 5, 2016

Chinchina, Valar Morghulis, Week 56

This Tuesday we were in a District Meeting in a practice. My comp and I were practicing teaching a lady who was being played by a new sister missionary! In the middle of the practice she closes her eyes and starts crying and we were like DANG THE SPIRIT DOING WORK! Then she faints and had to get rushed to the hospital... She´s all good now tho. 
We had a family home evening this week with a cool fam here and we made natilla and buñuelos. Its the classic Colombian Christmas food. Natilla is like fudge flavored pudding and buñuelos are fried bread things. 
We had a homeless guy knock on our door yesterday morning asking us to fill up a bottle of his with aguapanela. We told him that we didn't have any, and he was SO SURPRISED! He asked us why we hadn't made any yet, and we informed him that we are Gringos and don't drink that. BASICALLY, Colombia runs off of this drink called aguapanela. Its just sugarcane water that in hot places they drink cold and with lemon, and in cold places they drink hot and with milk. Colombians swear by this drink. You´re sick, aguapanela. You´re sad, aguapanela. You´re hungry, aguapanela. All day every day for every meal aguapanela. 
Things are good here in Chinchina, obviously the biggest story this week was the plane crash where an entire Brazilian soccer team died. Idk if that was big news in the US, but in Colombia it was huge. But then again, Valar Morghulis. 
Love you guys lots hope you have a good week! 🎃