Monday, January 2, 2017

Mon., Jan. 2, 2017 (Juan de Salazar)

Happy New Year's! It has been a very busy week! Early tuesday, we went to the house of Elder Passos(the other zone leader) and Elder Robalino, and Elders Passosand Bridge recieved information on who is staying in their area and who is leaving. I AM.... staying in my area as expected by most, and recieving a new trainer. They were not supposed to tell anyone before our meeting about who is getting transferred, but Elder Robalino and I were not to be left out since we are their companions. We then got ready for the day and went to meet with the zone. They announced the transfers, but not where the people are going; only to be back at that chapel in Limpio at 6am the next morning. After our meeting, we went back to our area and went and visited a lot of people for Elder Bridge's last day. He also spent time packing. We also got haircuts, which is kind of scary and you don't really get to pick your haircut. Mine wasn't too horrible this time hahaha. It was a busy busy day. That night we arranged for our landlord's son to drive us to the office the next day, since it was too late to get a taxi. Wednesday we got up around 5:15, got ready, and left to Asuncion. There were a lot of people in the office. How they do changes here is everyone meets at the chapel where their zone meets every week if they or their companion is getting exchanged. Then a van comes along and they get taken to their new zone's chapel. If they are far out or are going to be, like Pedro Juan Caballero, or the Chaco, they go to Asuncion, then their new area. Since Elder Bridge was ending his mission , we had to go to the office. I waited there for 2 or so hours, and they had doughnuts for everyone there. I mean a couple hundred. They had these really good things that are croussants, with powdered sugar on top, and dulce de leche in side. they were really good. I finally got picked up in a van, and we went to a few places, then my building. My new companion is... Elder Tesucun from Guatemala! He actually can understand english decently well and is our new district leader. He grew up boxing and did a lot of outdoors stuff, like canoing and kayaking for his training, and loves soccer. He used to play soccer in international tournaments for his school, but had a motorcycle accident and can't overdo his exercising. He only has 6 months in his mission. He was trained for 3 months then trained another Elder for 3 months, and now is finishing m training for 1 and a half months. Interestingly, his trainer trained him when he had only 3 months in the mission, so iI'll get to see them for a while yet here. The rest of Wednesday Thursday, and Friday were pretty busy with trying to get Elder Tesucun accustomed to the area. It is pretty hard to do, since I don't even know all of it. In the night on Friday, we had a ward activity that we went to, but it started arounfd 9, so we had to leave early. Saturday, we were in our house studying when Elder Passos called us and was hysterical, calling us over right away. What ahppened was he was on the phone with one of the Assistants to the President, and walked from one room in their house to the other, and found Elder Robalino out cold on the floor. We got a Taxi, and helped carry Elder Robalino to the car. He was at this point concious, but couldn't move a muscle and it was difficult to even open his eyes. We all went to the Hospital, and helped him into the emergency room. Oh yeah, forgot to mention, there isn't really an ambulance type service here that I can tell. So we waited for a while with the assistants and President, then went home to get Elder Passos's stuff and so that we could get to work. That evening, we had a dinner with a less active family, and it was really good. They had a lot of different dishes, including 3 or 4 kinds of meat. There was another war's worth of fireworks shot off at 12 and long after. Sunday, church was at 9 instead of 8:30, and we didn't get the message. We went to help bring a less active young woman to church, but she has epilepsy and wasn't feeling good, so we coulnd't bring her to church. We got there, and the first family in church was... the inactive family that we had had dinner with the night before! Also, another inactive member that we had visited came. In total, we had 40 or so compared to the usual 90, and Elder Tesucun and I had to bless the sacrament. He also got called to give a talk during the meeting, so that was exciting hahaha. Today we had to go to the office for my migration papers to be a full resident here, and had to be here at 8. The office Elders and Zone leaders had a meeting and played soccer beforehand at 5, so we went to play too. We had to get up at 3:30 to get there in time, and went with Elders Passos and Grey(the new Zone leader). after, they had arroz con leche and croussants that we got to have. then we had migrations. We had to get blood work done, so we went to the hospital(I'm getting to know it pretty well hahaha), then a couple police stations to sign papers. That took a long time, and since the process changed, instead of 20 mins, it took around 5 or 6 hours. We did get to go to mcdonalds, which was really nice. Compared to our food, a burger, fries and their new kitkat mcflurry that all the elders in that area have been raving about was a heavenly meal. After that, we came back to our area to write home. Thats the week!
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1 Elder Tesucun! My first latino companion
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2 A bit of walking
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3 A bit more walking
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4 In our casa with Elder Tesucun

Have a good week!

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