This has been a bit of crazy but awesome week here in Jordan, La Esperanza. First of all it was the first week with my new companion Elder Angulo D´Leon. He is from La Paz Bolivia and has been out in the mission field for about 14 months. He is awesome and is going to spend the next 6 weeks finishing my training here. He has already taught me so much in his time here about the importance of befriending everyone, not always the easiest thing to do in another language. To say the least, I am SUPER excited for this transfer. Great things are going to happen here in Jordan.
Another reason this week was crazy is because there were two house fires... two house fires in our ward. So to say the least we were doing a lot of service this week trying to help these families remove all the charring of the walls and repant everything. Doing service is much fun here and it is an opportunity to meet all kinds of people that in the streets you might not have the chance to talk to. Luckily neither one of the fires were catastrophic and I think almost everything is back to the way it was.
This week Elder Angulo DLeon and I worked hard to try and familiarize ourselves a little better with some of the members of the ward here and some of our investigators that Elder Angulo D'Leon does not know. It has been a blast. Ward members can be a huge help for the missionaries in almost all aspects of our work. And I really do not mind when members offer food to us while we are walking in the streets. 😀 To say the least, the food here is amazing. Lots of rice, potato, chicken, and aji. But just saying the ingredients does not give nearly enough credit to the food here. I will try and send some pictures of some of the dishes I eat during the week. Plates such as Aji Gallena or Tacu Tacu. They are all amazing.
This week we had the opportunity to visit some of the families with Bishop Torres, the bishop of our ward here in Jordan. He is awesome and he has a son named Arnold who always likes to acompany us. With Bishop we visited the Hermana Zoila. An older lady who had a baptismal date for last month but it fell through because she was afraid what her family would think. She is a very sweet old lady who in reality has a testimony of prayer and all the things we teach, she just needs to have the determination to follow through. Bishop helped her understand that by listening to us and our message of Christ she is not abandoning her family and there church, but rather that she is following Jesus Christ and the things she knows are true about him and his Gospel. At the end of the lesson she even accepted a new baptismal date for the end of this month!
One of the other reasons this week was a little crazy was because I caught the gringo fever yesterday. I have been lucky that I have not had any problems with food or anything but every north american gets a little sick in the first couple months. I have actually been lucky that I was just a little sick for a day or so and that with a little help from our Heavenly Father I was able to continue to leave to serve and teach despite the fatigue.
This week we also had the opportunity to visit and begin teaching Hermano Kevin Lecca. He is a friend of some of the members of our ward here and he loves to come to activities and participant intro barrio soccer tournament. In reality he is basically professional and plays for Universatario Trujillo, one of the football clubs in downtown Trujillo. As some of you may know I really love watching and playing soccer, so it was a blast talking to him about soccer and the gospel. Also ever monday we host a game in the morning for all of our friends and investigators which is always lots of fun.
So much is happening here in this area. This week one of our dear friends and recent converts Alejandro Cabrera recieved the Melchezidek priesthood and we had the opportunity to teach him a little bit about it. Great things are happening here.