This week was pretty radski. I went on divisions with Elder De la Peña in Pirané. He was in my zone in Clorinda. He's from Mexico and he's probably the funniest missionary in the world. He's a straight worker too so it was an awesome experience. Also, his pension is super boss so that was sweet. There's a guy in Pirané who is known all throughout the mission. His name is Tucan and he makes things out of leather. I didn't get a chance to visit him but I'm dying to go get an iguana leather belt, a yacaré leather wallet with some jaguar fur inside and who knows what else.
Something funny that I remembered from the MTC is a really good pick-up line that we had. It would be used like this: "Girl, is your name virtue? Because you have been garnishing my thoughts unceasingly." That one is SURE to land you a wife and I already have dibs on it for when I get back.
I had a lot of fun this week having spiders in my bed. It was really a neat experience to wake up and find some spiders trying to have a slumber party in Elder Sipple's bed. I told them that they couldn't share my bed and then I had to White Bible 'em, but I think that they learned their lesson. Dang clowns.
One other thing is that I have made a vow to never make fun of someone for not knowing my native language hoooooooollllllllyyyyyyyyy smooooooooookkkkeeeeessss. Thank goodness that I can take a joke or I would have had a breakdown by now haha. The Sire family is RUTHLESS. I really am so grateful that I have been blessed to be easy-going or else I probably would've chopped a fool or two out here haha.
Soooooo I found out this week that between Fontana and the colony, we have about 470 something members. Of all of them, there are about 12 that are active in Fontana and like 15 in the colony. Fontana used to be where the district was. I don't know what happened, but I want to get buck wild with MLS and really start focusing on finding and activating. It's kinda crazy being a member of the branch presidency. We are involved in trying to arrange like three divorces right now haha. It's a little stressful having the responsibilities to the branch added to the mission work, but it'll be a really good experience. I hope that we can help get the branch to start making progress towards where it was in the past.
Something that I have been thinking about a lot lately is how sometimes people tell us that they don't feel worthy to pray, that they don't know enough or that their prayer isn't good enough. NOTHING could be further from the truth. Heavenly Father is our FATHER. Would our earthly parents have a standard of worthiness in order to talk to them? No! As our Father, Heavenly Father wants to hear from us. He wants to bless us. He wants us to have all that he has and more. Those thoughts of unworthiness or incapability are from Satan. We can always pray to our Father in Heaven. We can always talk to Him. How sad to think that there are people who feel like they have lost the ability to communicate with their Father. I hope that we can all remember the importance and power of prayer in our lives. For me, this week was an example of relying on prayer. It was a tough one, but when we turn everything over to our Father and let Him in, that is when we will really be able to see the power and influence of the Spirit in our lives.
Other than all of that, just a pretty hot week here in Fontana. Had some storms, had some lightning, ate some pomelo, got that vitty-C. I hope all is fantastic for all of you and I love you all to the States and back. I am currently surrounded by screaming kids in this cyber playing Minecraft and standing uncomfortably close to me. With their arms and chubby little stomachs touching my back and shoulders. Swearing in Spanish and English. Breathing really hard. Anyway, gotta love Argentina. Peace and blessings, y'all.
The lunch we had with the Sire family on Sunday. Making ñoquis. We ate a TON and Elder Sipple almost died. Ñoquis, chorizo, carne, Coke...holy smokes. The next picture is me hanging out on la cama paraguaya after lunch.
Also, I think I mentioned we have a grapefruit (pomelo) tree. This is how you eat/drink it. It's fantastic.
A picture from the colony