Monday, February 17, 2014

Quinindé! (week 26)

Yes. I did get transfered. I`m in a city called Quinindé. It`s costal baby! I don`t have a beach in my sector but I`m about 2 hours away from Esmeraldas, which does have a beach. They're a ton of black people here which is awesome haha. My new companion is Elder Macalopu, he`s from Peru. There are two other companionships here in Quinindè, Elder González, Elder Bustillo, Sister Cayama, & Sister Smith. This place looks pretty sweet! I'm blessed to be in a costal region. It's hot here but not near as hot as Coca. Coca is like sitting in a closed box of the side of I-15 near Vegas. Quinindé is hot too but not as hot and it has a breeze so it evens things out. I'm excited to be working here! But i will miss the first sector for sure.

Let me catch up on last week... So first off, Elder Black left for his zone leadership meeting in Quito so I was with Elder Mamani and Elder Wright on Monday andWednesdayTuesday I was with Hno. Alverado all day long and we did work! And that counted as a member present for every lesson too haha! It was a good last week. We spent the last few days working a lot with less-actives and we went to Loreto for the first time which we usually never do but there's one member family that lives there so we decided to visit her. We ended up giving priesthood blessings to all of her family haha. It was hard enough in English so I'm glad I had to spirit to guide me on those. In fact, in the last two weeks I', given 3 priesthood blessings and have been a part of 3 others. Line up. Sunday night we got the changes. I knew I was going haha. But my guess was to Otavalo. I packed that night and left in the morning around 9:30am. Elder Black is going to train as a ZL so that's interesting. I guess that's how I was. Those were the only changes in the whole zone. I'll get many more pictures from Elder Black of the investigators in the zone in March.

I traveled alone to Quito and almost got lost but I found my way to the church office building and was fine. I met my dad, Elder Agapito right before he died; Now he's dead in his house haha. I also saw Elder Magalhaes, Elder Guild(He's in Quito now), Elder Murphy, and Elder Hess. So it was awesome seeing familiar faces. I slept in the assistants appartment that night(They have freakin carpet!) and then I left to Quinindé(Alone again) that morning. I arrived around 3:00 and there was a huge statue of Jesus there to welcome me so that was comforting haha. Elder Macalopu, Elder González, & Elder Bustillo found me around 3:20 and we dropped my stuff of at my new home. After that Elder Macalopu interviewed an Investigator of the hermanas named Antonio and he'll be baptized this week! So that's cool to come to. Also I met Diana's family that lives here and told them that she'll be getting baptized this week!(She did! And I missed it!) And they were thrilled!

Antonio got baptized on Friday at 5:00 by Elder González and it was sweet! I still don't know hardly anyone here but Miguel Cevallos, one of our investigators, will be getting baptized this next week! We taught him after church in a room on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and during the closing prayer that he gave he said, "I know what the missionaries are teaching me is true, I want to be baptized, and I want to be a missionary." I just stared at him during the prayer with my eyes and mouth open hahaha! I couldn't believe it. It's so awesome here. And Ladi will be baptized this week too. Ladi's story is interesting: We thought she was a member this whole time but we figured out she wasn't so we taught her the plan of salvation really quick and asked her to be baptized this week and she accepted hahaha! We also have Oriana with a date two weeks later, I believe. On Friday we traveled to Esmeraldes to meet Elder Kingsford, Elder Pop(The zone leaders) and the other district leaders for the leadership meeting and we ate pigs foot with them before we left back to Quinindé. It tasted like strait-up fat haha. Awful. 

Sorry for writing 2 weeks late fam haha. I have to go now but I'll send more pictures around 5:00pm, my time. Love you all! Peace out! 

P.S: By the way if you could send me a new journal soon that would be great. The ones here suck...

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