Monday, November 10, 2014

New Week, New Companion

Hello once again everyone. How is it going? Things are doing good here in Mexico. 

So this week we had irregular changes and now my companion is Elder Garrido. He was serving in an area named Grajales which is about an hour an a half away. Elder Pluma is over there right now with Elder Slighting. Yup, Elder Garrido has about 15 or 16 months in the mission, is from Panama (one of the three Panamanians in this mission), works hard and is really good at futbol. He's a good guy and we've been working hard together. We've actually had a good week together, we've had a good amount of lessons and we have a few new people we're starting to teach.

So after our changes Tuesday we came back here and just kind of worked like normal week. We had a few really good lessons this week, and we found two old investigators that really have a lot of potential. The problem that we always seem to run into is that the really good investigators never have time. We met a part member family that the wife is a member and her husband isn't a member. He seems really interested, and we have a lot of hope for him, but the thing is that he is a Soldier that lives here and is only here Sunday mornings. Which is good because he can attend church, but we can only meet with him once a week at most. Yeah, there is a lot of military people here, there is actually a guy sitting next to me right now in the little internet tienda all decked out in his camo. We have also been working with a less active member who is also part of the army. He is really good and he says that he thinks it´s about time that he started reading the scriptures and starting to come back. So we've been working with him and we're going to try and get him active because his wife who is one of the seminary teachers wants to go to the temple with him. He actually invited us to go running with him next week on the base so that will be pretty cool, its like a forest over there, it would be nice to get out of the city for a bit.
Uh oh!
Yup, district meeting was a little strange this week. The Zone Leaders had exchanges over in Grajales and Libres (1.5 and 3 hours away) so there weren't there and two of the other sisters went to the hospital with one of their less actives so it was just Elder Garrido and I, and the two other sisters. Also a member was there but it was a little sparse. It was still good though. So today we played soccer again which is always fun. I'm definitely getting better but I´m still not as great as the elders that have been playing soccer for their whole lives. I´m also really out of shape, we ran to the church this morning from our house which is maybe three quarters of a mile and it was rough! I think its all the tortillas.

Yup, things are still going well here, we're improving little by little. Still looking forward to the baptism that we hope we're going to have with Emma. It might not happen on that date we put because there is a wait to be married here. Its tough to get people married here! It costs usually like 1500 pesos (more than 100 dollars which is a lot for many people here) and they have to take blood samples and need a bunch of papers. Its rough, because it seems like half of the couples in Mexico aren't married! Yeah, so she might get baptized on the 22 or we might have to wait, but in any case she's going to make it.

Anyways, love you all, have a good week!

-Elder Hartvigsen

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