Monday, October 20, 2014

You WILL get wet! You MAY get soaked!‏

Hey all!

This week has just been one crazy day after another. We had two-day-in-a-row-divisions for the second time in two weeks. It's always interesting and super super stressful.
In the back of a Nica taxi.

Anyway, on Friday I had divisions with Elder Anderson. It honestly felt kinda weird. The dude has 8 days left on his mission today, but unlike other older missionaries who've already gone, he tries to keep his mind off of it at all times. I suppose that's a good way to go about it.

Our golden family (and as of today our ONLY family- we're having a drought of newer investigators) is still ready as ever to first get married and then to get baptized. I'm super excited. The oldest child, E________, is only 15, but she has a firm desire to serve a mission after having us over to teach several times. They're an awesome family.
Me with C_____, B______, & little sister.

Out on the town.
 

Today Alfaro and I visited the LDS Distribution Center for Nicaragua. It's actually in the South Mission, but we had permission, so we were good. There's definitely a different atmosphere down south. More relaxed. I suppose the harder-working type of climate up north spurs on the missionaries more, but I can't say for sure. All I know is we met a missionary down south who had 21 months but speaks Spanish like he has 2 months. It actually kinda motivated me to keep bettering my Spanish.
Nica art.

More Nica art.

Missionary art.
 

Glad to hear that Dad and Alex made it home safe. Hey Dad, have you heard of the Jadeite Cabbage in the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan? There's an article about it in the October 2014 Liahona.

That's all for now. Sent a few pictures too.

I love you all. I love you Mom, Dad, Alex, and Bree.
 
-Zach
 
QUESTIONS
 
1) How’s life after the earthquake? Are you still feeling rattled or okay? Anything major broken in your house? How are the members of the church? Did you get a “go bag” ready? With the family picture?

*Life is good ("good" doesn't really describe anything adequately, but yeah). Nothing's broken, and miraculously, nobody died in ALL of Nicaragua. That's amazing, given the composition of most of the houses here. Whenever there's an earthquake here or a big thunderstorm, all the Nicas freak out and start calling all their family members. We have huge storms just like this every afternoon in late summer in Colorado, so I'm not too worried. I just hope our house doesn't collapse or something.

2)  How’s your golden family coming along? Still ready for baptism? If so, that’s WONDERFUL!!

*Our golden family is doing great! Yes, they're all still ready. I'll say more in the big email.

 
3) Your Lola wants to know if you have an oven to bake brownies in? And a pan? She’s getting ready a package but won’t send that if you don’t have an oven.

* No, we don't have an oven, Sorry, Lola.


4)  Your cousins Corbin and Nathan want to know what is a cool candy there that we don’t have in the US? Anything good?

* Nope. There's really no type of cool candy here. To be honest, the majority of all consumer products here are imported from Costa Rica, El Salvador, and the US.
Ladder

 

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