I Can't Think of a Witty Email Subject...(the pressure)
This week has been pretty good!
I don't have any pictures of the mall because it was just another mall. There were a thousand stores with overpriced ties. But I did happen upon a Bluetooth keyboard! So that's pretty neat.
The park wasn't as successful this week, in a BoM sense, but since I was paired up with another Russian speaker, I handled all of the Spanish and I had a greater focus on contacts and approaches. We had our fast Sunday start on Saturday, which was interesting. It started on Saturday after lunch, and ended at lunch on Sunday. Never fasted through the night before.
Happy Birthday, Maren! :D
The Russian and Portuguese missionaries left Tuesday morning. I got up at 3 to say goodbye to Elder Cummings (going to St. Petersburg, first park companion) and everyone else left at 8:30. One of the two going to Portugal, is Elder Barrios. He is from Paraguay, speaks Spanish, Portuguese, the local Paraguayan dialect, but the only English he knows is from 80s and 90s hits. He is extremely energetic and has a great testimony. He would consistently say, "Alleluia" with pointed fingers. Good testimony? Alleluia. Scored a goal? Alleluia. Lunch was good? Alleluia. It has become a running gag now. His last Sunday, he bore a simple testimony in English, tore up said English testimony, proclaimed one last "Alleluia", then pounded President Packer's fist on the way to his seat. AND THE SPIRIT WAS STILL THERE. He is the only I know who could pull that off. Every night he called me his favorite goalie. I'm going to miss him.
Elder Barrios from Paraguay
The Russian-speaking missionaries
For the sake of time, I'm just going to do a quick overview of the Elders in my district.
Elder Adcock: Raised in California, graduated high school in Utah, plays lacrosse, and it shows.
Elder Haffner: From WiscAnson, played basketball at Marquette for a year, essentially the first in his family to serve. He needed a lot of support in the beginning, but he's good now
Elder Newman: Timid, witty, obedient, flexible. I love him! He is also our current District Leader.
The native Spanish speakers showed up Tuesday evening and they are a pretty solid group of guys. A few still need to warm up to us, but they're nice about it. We have guys from Spain, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Chile, Costa Rica, and Georgia! OUR Georgia! We played soccer with them yesterday, and I can still call myself a competent goalie. which is good, because they had me worried for a bit.
Sooo I accidentally took Elder Perez out of the game...
What happened, was he was charging the goal, I went up to kick the ball away, I kicked the ball away just as he was about to kick the ball in, our knees collided, I was fine, he is now on crutches. But it really should just a deep bruise on his lower quad. Nothing serious.
The food varies. I honestly can't think of specifics besides a couple instances where we had paella. Sorry mom.
Behold! The reason for my lack of pictures! It is actually against the rules to take pictures in the MTC. The only exception is during mealtimes on a group's last day, and on P-Days. I'd like to be obedient of that rule. Also, park time is preaching time. I'm not a tourist, and I'm not technically "in the field", so my focus lies with the work and the work alone. If you want to see what Retiro Park looks like, Google it or something---I don't know :P
(I googled Retiro Park--now I want to go)
Please let me know if you have any specific questions! I'd be happy to answer!
Thanks to everyone who wrote me this week! Today we go to the Naval Museum and I'm pretty excited about that.
OH! Happy Easter! I have a testimony of Christ, and I'm working every day to strengthen that knowledge. If you haven't watched this year's Easter video, do.2017
*Mom,I love you so very much! The pictures of Maren and Will warmed my heart, and even I'M excited to use that new bathroom. Remember, you can email me whenever you want to! I have email access every day :)