Monday, May 18, 2015

I GOT THE PACKAGES!

Hallway looking into our bedroom. Notice the little cook top sitting on the GROUND.

Bedroom-Kitchen combo area. Perfect for late night snacks.

Our sturdy front door. Next to our tiny fridge.

Looking down the hall in the other direction. Can you tell it gets super HOT here?!

Our study area and closet.
Hey all!
This week overall was kind of a prep week for what's coming soon.

For starters, Presidente Duncan is arriving in Puerto TOMORROW and will be giving a discourse to the missionaries here. As requested by the AP's, I've been preparing two hymns to be sung during the meeting. The first one is "Israel, Jesús Os Llama" (Israel, Israel, God is Calling), and the second one is "Kli Wal Praubia Sa" (Para Siempre Dios Esté Con Vos/God Be With You TIll We Meet Again). We're singing the second hymn in Miskito, so that's gonna be fun.

Also, in the past two weeks I've recieved THREE packages- one from Mom and Dad (with one shoe- yay), one from Lolo and Lola, and one from Lola's sister. It was like Christmas or something.
Please say thank you to Lola, Lolo & Auntie for me. These packages were truly a boost in morale.

Also 'bout to complete 11 months in the mission! It's that not-quite-worth-recognizing milestone.

Other than that, not much else is happening down here. Tell Alex and Bree that every single missionary here is SUPER jealous that they got to go listen to Elder Holland talk. Seriously, you guys are really lucky.

I love you all. I love you Mom, Dad, Alex, and Bree.

-Zach

1) Gotten any packages yet? I HAVE to send out your birthday package this week in the hopes that it reaches you. I’m a little nervous though- especially if you haven’t received anything so far for the past month.
*I have! I'll explain in the big email.

2) Have you eaten anything else crazy? More turtle?
*Nope. Just shark, but nothing too crazy or "out-there."

3) How’s the temperature?
*Haha. It's an eternal 87 degrees here, unchanging. I miss chilly days and wanting to wear a jacket.

4)  Any more power outages?
*Every day. Without fail. At least once a day.

5) Any more mosquito bites?
*Sometimes. Not too often anymore.

6)  How long have the branch or ward leaders been members?
*Either 12 or 15 years, if my memory serves correctly.

7)   Is it difficult to keep new members active? If so, why?
*It depends on their personal reasons for conversion. Some have sincere desires to follow Christ and make committments to the Father, and others don't have such desires. We've recently come across less-active members who were baptized anywhere from 10 to 20 years ago (when the first missionaries arrived in Puerto), and we're trying to convince them to come back to Christ.

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