Okay so this week was absolutely crazy... Saturday was one of the craziest days of my mission so far... bueno... one of the craziest days of my life so far.. It was honestly a little bit hard to breath there for a little while, but rest assured it was great. I have a ton of photos to send so this may be a little bit short.
For starters thank you all so much for the birthday wishes, they mean so much to me. I loved each and every one! Ya’ll are great
Okay so I got a few questions this week that I want to answer real quick.
We don't do a lot of tracting. In fact... we don’t do any. Haha we do these things called LPE while we are walking from appointment to appointment which is where we talk to people and share something real quick and invite them to do something, usually attend church or ask them if we can come and visit them sometime. It takes about 3 minutes per LPE and we have a meta of 20 per day. Other than that we work strictly off of references here in this area. The area is great. The members in our ward are amazing and are always giving us references. One day we had to knock doors and let me tell you, we did it because our district leader told us to but that was absolutely terrible and I dont ever want to do it again. The LPEs work really well and everyone here is so so so nice.
Food... we eat rice, rice, and more rice. haha yes we get fed. not to worry. here in my area we are always being fed, however in other areas the missionaries are not so lucky and they have to work to find food. Every Sunday after church we have lunch with a member and they feed all of the missionaries in the ward. We have Hna Christy who is our cocinera so we have lunch every day and trust me there is plenty of other food to go around.
My area is perfect. Bueno... not perfect but lets be real here it is pretty great. Sí, there are some areas we can't be in after dark, but you can get that anywhere. The people here are so accepting and loving and caring.
Okay now to tell y'all about my week... I have to look at the photos to remember what happened to be honest... lets see... oh embarrassing moment of the week... lets see....oh right... we were in a lesson and I messed up something in Spanish... and I am not going to say what it was but it was rather embarrassing. It was and baptismal interview so the district leader was there and it was a FULL house of people. I didn’t know what I actually said until yesterday... yeah
oh just incase you were all wondering... I am not married. haha I had that question about 6 times this week too.
Entonces, on Saturday we had 2 baptisms as 11 in the morning and then a wedding at 2 and another baptism right after... after our baptisms in the morning we asked the elders at what time was their baptisms and weddings and they told us at 2 and right after and we were like ummm no. So from then on it was pure craziness.
When I woke up in the morning I went to the bathroom as usual and then I was walking back to my bed to grab my water bottle and I saw something on my desk and it was so cute! I have to say that I love my companion so much!
Please excuse the fact that I am an absolute pig haha but it was way cute. Then I opened it and vea que chiva!
The reason for this is because there are 2 soccer teams here in Costa Rica. It is very important what team you are, people will literally ask you what team you are and then slam the door in your face if you are the opposite of them. I was talking to a friend of mine who was in the MTC with me and she told me that they got kicked out of a taxi on the way to an appointment because she said that she is legista and the taxi driver is the sapresistia. Please please please forgive the spelling of both of those. haha anyhow, in my opinion the taxi driver was in the right but in all seriousness its very important.
Anywho... the elders bought me a gift last Monday and I didn’t open it until Saturday and it is the cuitest little pillow I have ever seen and I love it so so so much. Honestly it means so much to me. vea, que feo.
Okay, I have a ton left to say and only like 2 minutes. ahhh and I have to attach pictures. oh my word. okay
I am going to send pictures of Yafet, and Daniel who were baptized at 11 on Saturday with Favian, a youth in the ward who baptized him. Favian is one of my favorite people and by far my favorite youth in our ward. He has 16 years and he will be going on his mission in 2. He is going to be the best missionary ever.
After their baptism when we were decorating for the wedding they kept telling us to come to their house because they had a supprise for me and I was sure that they were going to crack eggs on my head because that is a birthday tradition here, but when we got there they told us to come inside and they told me to close my eyes and then when I opened it they had a cake for me and it was the cutest thing ever. Their mom and them had made it. It was super cute because honestly I don’t know them that well. They were the investigators of 2 elders but they closed that area and they became our investigators and they are seriously the greatest thing ever. The photo I have is so so so cute! Look at the face of Yafet. How cute???
Okay I am also going to send a picture of Louisa and Orlando who were married and Lousisa who was baptized. I love her so so so much. I am only a few months older than her and I feel such a strong connection with her.
Sorry this is crazy unorganized, but I am also going to send a picture of me with another cake. We went to the house of Hna Ana our neighbor and the elders were on the porch fighting and I am like oh my gosh are you kidding me, in the house of a member? Seriously? then Elder Chub went inside and he was like Hna Gibson, come here, and I am like no. Hermana Gibson, come here. NO. Elder, es que no puedo porque mi compañera esta aya y tampoco no quiero porque estoy bien enojada con usted ya. and he started to laugh and then everyone started to sing happy birthday and they brought out a cake and then the zone leader walked out and was taking a video and I am like what they heck??? haha but it was funny.
Last night we went to the house of another member who I love and her boyfriend Christofer had his birthday a few days ago and we asked for like 2 weeks if she would make us a tres leches and she was like no no no no no but yesterday we were having a lesson with chris because he is a recent convert and she brought out a tres leches. it was super great!
Finally I am going to send a picture of me covered in eggs. I was sitting down and Nati,a recent convert who I absolutely love was playing with my hair so naturally I closed my eyes and started to die in peace and then BAM BAM BAM! 3 eggs on my head... and then I was sitting there and I asked... beuno, quien falta and there were 2 more. I was covered in eggs and smelled so gross. The elders told me that I need to take a shower.. but with bleach and everything.
With all of this craziness I want to tell y'all something. I love my mission, but more importantly I love this gospel, and I am more than honored to have the opportunity to be a part of this great work and to share it with people who need what I have. The Lord does not need us to do this work, He is all powerful and He can do everything. I, and many others like me have the most amazing chance that HE LETS US BE A PART OF THIS. How cool is that?
I know this church is true, and believe me when I say this, there is a difference in believe and know. I KNOW that this church is true and I want each and every one of you to know that too. I love my mission and my companion, I love my mission president and his family and I love the others who are out here serving. Lets be honest…I love Costa Rica! It’s beautiful and the people here are the best!