Thursday, January 21, 2010

The run away investigator January 18, 2010

So it's looking like I am going to have my first wedding this next week, the 30th. We have a family we have been teaching that would like to be baptized and married. They're super cool and they have changed a lot. The mother of the lady we are going to baptize is a member and her other daughter wants to get baptized but won't get married with her man, so she can't get baptized. That's the deal. No one is married here. They just like to party.

Also we had one of the girls we have been teaching ask if she can be baptized for her birthday. She has been taught all the lessons and has started to change her life around but she is not 100% ready yet, maybe later. But funny story, she has a friend that she was talking to in the street one day when we passed, so we started talking to her and asked what church she goes to. Then we went to talk more about our church and she ran away. Literally ran. Yesterday we walked past her house and she whistled at us and yelled at us to go over to her house. So we started talking and she was like I don't have a bible and you guys keep asking questions so just read something from the bible and then leave. So we found a scripture that applied to her and then she started crying and then she just continued asking more questions and more questions. Later that day we went to teach our investigator (her friend) and she was over there waiting for us. It was cool to see the change in her in just 24 hours. At the end of the lesson she asked "you are coming back tomorrow right?" I hope she continues to change and get baptized.

Well that is all for this week.
Elder Bloomfield

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Como un Rocket January 11, 2009

Well we had another investigator family in church again. That is 3 weeks in a row. In other words, it is time for them to be baptized but they can't because they have a lot of problems, as well as they live in a really dangerous part and the husband doesn't get home from work until 10 or so, so we can't teach them. It is difficult. We have taught the family all together about 3 times and the wife we have talked to about 6 or so times. She is frustrated with her husband because he is never at home, so we are working hard to get every thing figured out with them.

Our other family that we found this week are pretty sweet. It is a young couple probably in their early 20's. They have 2 young kids. They love the lessons and talking with us. The only problem is they are not married, but before we told them being together with out being married is bad, they were like we are trying to get married because being together is fornication. So that is pretty cool. The problem is the father doesn't have any papers or id or any thing.

Also a member brought 3 friends to church Sunday and we are starting to teach them the lessons. They are 3 teenage girls. They really like me and i don't like it.

Speaking about floods in the church,(In my letter to Kyle today, I told him that a pipe froze and broke at our church on Sunday. I know we live in Texas, but it was soooooo cold over the weekend - like in the low teens at night) we were having a giant meeting with all the stake and the ac run off was like a water fall straight out of the ceiling to the floor right in front of the pulpit. The best part is no one did any thing they all just sat and watched it, so I got a large yellow mop bucket and placed it under the waterfall.

I have figured out why Central America and this area are not so great. Pretty much because the people have no respect for any thing. For example my comp is sick right now and he just did a snot rocket onto the bed room floor then rubbed it around with his shoe. For those who don't know what a snot rocket is I will explain. He held one nostril closed while he blew the other nostril causing snot to launch out como un rocket. It makes me so mad. Respect the earth God gave us. It's not that hard. (Thank you Kyle very much for the lovely description - yuk)

It is probably around 80 or 70 some where around there at night due to the wind. People are wearing jackets and sweaters and stuff. It's ridiculous.

Oh and that book you wanted me to read, "our search for happiness". I read it in 2 days and I read all of first Nephi yesterday and today. I am a reading maniac. I hate reading but I have to learn more things to be a good missionary.

Well have a good week.
It just another day in paradise here!

Elder Bloomfield

Monday, January 11, 2010

On to 2010 January 4, 2010

Alright so lets see how did the mission go this week? This week was pretty slow because my companion is sick so he is not moving to quickly. It is kinda frustrating but I am going to push him hard this week though. Lets see, what else.

So our families- we had 4 investigators at church, but we should have had around 12 so we need to work on that. One of the families we have been teaching has a 6 week old baby that doesn't have a father. You know how things are here, people start having kids at 17, but any ways the family has decided that I am the father of the baby. So I take care of him. I gave him one of the blankets you sent me. The family really liked that.

Alright me and my comp walked around the lake the other day and contacted families and the lake is beautiful. Okay the lake itself is dirty, but the area around is beautiful. I am going to get some pictures and send them to you, but I will have to be careful. Also it is the perfect place to go kite surfing; super windy and beautiful.

Alright for some super cool customs:
A couple things, first we walked past the dump the other day and there was a pile of fresh cow bones that had just been brought to the dump. They had little to no meat on them and were on the dirt and super dirty, but the locals were just going crazy to get a bone and some meat. They had their huge knives and were just going nuts. It was sad to see how hungry and how bad they want to feed their families. I wish I could have got a picture, it was like something you would see in a national geographic magazine. Alright so the New Years custom. Starts out with hanging a duck upside down in the middle of the street some where between 8 to 10 feet high. Second part is you need some contestants for a game. The goal of the game is to rip the head off the duck with your bare hand while you ride your bike underneath at a reasonable speed. It is a New Years custom that happens every year in that neighborhood. The person that rips the head off gets the duck. You should do it as a church activity I think.

What else, I don't know. Well Happy New Year, set goals and have a good year. oh one more thing we went on splits the other day with members and the kid that went with me was 15 and he didn't talk the whole time. It was nice to talk to people and stuff because usually my companion never stops talking to let me get words in.