Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Week Thirty-Five: Jello Man, Baptisms, and June 1st

Three things for all of my homies out there.

I. I judge from your emails that there is a significant number of you who have taken a strange pleasure out of the Jello Man. (If you dont know what Im talking about, go back a ways). Lillian challenged me to get a picture with him and even though it was awkward, I did it.

II. The baptism this week was awesome. Since E Leavitt is in the office and his Pday is Saturday, he got to come up for it. I baptized one and he baptized the other. Father and son baptizing together three months after the father left. Adorable.
Too much awesome to handle

III. Do you remember what happens June 1st? Stay tuned.

-Elder Gonzalez

Monday, May 19, 2014

Week Thirty-Four: Mawaige

Mawaige. Mawaige is what bwings us togever today. I dont know if you all know this but a pre-requisite to being baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that if you are living with your partner, you have to be legally married.

That happens to be a HUGE problem here because people here love to cohabitate. Also, it is really freaking hard to get married here. You need a TON of documents and only the mayor can do it. Its not like on Friends where Joey can print a document of the computer and then marry a couple.

We have two sisters named Bani and Cesi that have been listening to the missionaries for more than a year but havent been able to be baptized because their boyfriends work really far away and only come once in a blue moon with no heads up.

This week, they showed up out of the blue and we have been running around like animals taking out documents, seeing judges, making phone calls, etc.

Cesi got married Fri and Bani tomorrow and they both get baptized Sat. And we will all live happily ever after.

A picture taken before the wedding of Cesi and Geancarlos

Monday, May 12, 2014

Week Thirty-Three: Please Don't Go. Please Don't Leave.

Hey everyone!

There's not a ton to tell you all this week. Mish biz as usual. I had a great Mothers Day. I got to meet E Flores family who are a funny bunch of people. Then I got to call my momma. I found the house with the fastest internet and borrowed an HD camera. We had a good little one hour chat that felt like a good little five minute chat. It's just fun to be able to see them.

Me and Elder Florez

E Flores found a lizard on the ground and is keeping it in a shoebox. The word for lizard in Spanish makes me laugh: "lagartija" 

Our lagartija. Question: What do lagartijas eat?

Other than that, no big surprises. I hope I don't get to boring and then everyone will stop reading these and then forget about me. I'll have to think of something for next week.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Week Thirty-Two: Getting Sups Christlike

Howdy campers,

This week was pretty great. The work is progressing fast and we are seeing daily miracles. I'm really happy almost all of the time. Except for one part of my day: breakfast.

I'm not supposed to complain in my emails home so don't tell anyone, haha. So as you may remember, I live in the restaurant that I eat all three of my meals in. In the morning, after taking a nice bucket shower, getting dressed, and walking downstairs, Ligia (my Peruvian mommy who feeds me) is at the market. So the person in charge of breakfast is Ofelia.

Everyday, I walk down the stairs and say "What is there to eat?" And she says, "I don't know. Hot chocolate? Orange juice? Soda?" I ASKED YOU WHAT THERE WAS TO EAT!!!!!!!!

Don't worry, I am getting really Christlike and I have never yelled at her but holy cow. I want to know what there is to EAT. I could care less about what I drink.

But yeah, the patience is coming along.

Love you all,
Elder Gonzalez