First off..... BAPTISM!!! :) Saturday was Pamela´s baptism and it was so great! Everything went perfectly just like it has the whole time with her. We figured out that we met her like 4 weeks ago and we only taught her 9 times before she was baptized. Pretty crazy, she told us her plan is to be sealed in the temple to her whole family and to have kids be strong in the church. We want her to go on a mission though ;) She asked Elder Welsh to baptize her, but she asked me to confirm her.... talk about nerve racking! Only the second blessing I have ever given and the first one was in English! It went really well though and her aunt and cousins were crying so that is a plus right?! hah
Second, Yes Skype next Sunday. It is looking like I will be calling you around 1ish your time. We have to trade off on a member´s computer so It will just be one after the other. We each get an hour. It will most likely be at 12 or 1 MST. I hope that work with dad´s new calling. I thought they would probably be pretty flexible though?
So this week I went on my first exchange (companion switch for 24 hours) with a native spanish speaker. Elder Allendes is such a stud and it actually went really well. We got pizza ice cream and coke to celebrate!
We have been teaching a new family this week. I think I talked about Maria in my last email? But here is their story: Maria came to church 2 times and went to a RS activity in a row without us even teaching her. After 2 times of coming we got her address and we went to teach her. When we got there we told her that we like to start with a prayer. She said we cant start yet, i need to go get my family! :) all of the sudden like 7 more people walked in. (Also the first time I got kissed on the cheek here. Most people don’t do it but some people don’t know that we don’t do that. We are allowed to but we are supposed to avoid it) We taught a great lesson on the Restoration to them all and it went really well. We have been back 2 more times this past week and 3 of them had baptism dates for the 18th. (Maria Elena 41, Eliana 12, and Claudia 34) The only problem is, that they didn't come to church..... :( but we have a lesson with them tonight so hopefully it is still good. Their date will be moved back a little though.
This week Spanish is finally starting to click! There are times that I feel like I am just hearing English because it just makes sense. Then other times I have no idea what people say. It is really weird but I am getting better and starting to teach more in the lessons that we have.
We are absolutely stoked right now because we are realizing that we have Heavenly Father´s trust right now. He is entrusting us to teach some of the most prepared people here in Rosario and it is so great! We both realize that it is not because of anything we did, we are just blessed to be here at this time. I also know that I am ment to have Elder Welsh as a companion right now. Hopefully he is still here for another transfer!
They have this drink here called Malta... It is so good. It is very similar to coffee but its not against the WoW! :) Also we made pancakes from scratch this week they actually turned out really well!
The mosquitos got really bad this week while I was on my exchange. The next day I counted over 30 bites on my arms! But they are almost all gone now.
We caught 3 lizards and have been keeping them as pets in our pench this week. I will send pictures of them. Its funny because now we are always trying to catch bugs and moths to feed to them. We are still trying to find the best way to get them food. One is really small maybe 2 inches. The other 2 are a lot bigger but they didn't eat the little one... yet haha
Random thought: Our bishop is a total stud. But I feel like he should be Irish and golf. He just reminds me of a lot of the guys you see playing on the tour.
It was such a good week! I am still loving it here! It sounds like everything is going well at home! Congrats on your tryout Coley! I hope everything works out. I am excited to hear more about it next week!
I love you all, have a great week, I am so excited to Skype on Sunday!
Questions and stuff:
Q: What do you guys do on Pday? I know that you have to do laundry and grocery shop and do your emails? What else? Do you do some fun things? Sightseeing? How is the laundry situation?
A: We always do different things. Every week we go play sports at our church building. We have a basketball/soccer court in the back. They say that our building is the biggest church in South America. I´ll take some pictures of it this week. The last couple of weeks we have just been chilling but they also have this way cool outdoor mall in downtown Rosario. It is right by the monument. We went there a couple weeks ago and I think we might go again next week. We actually have a member who does our laundry for us. It is really nice, she has a washing machine, but dryers don't exist here.
Q: I know you get fed by members usually for lunch. What kinds of things do you eat for breakfast and dinner?
A: Yeah we always have lunch with members. Breakfast is always cereal or if we decided to make something else. But I love the cereal here! And we rarely eat dinner but food is offered to us at almost every house that we go to so I am usually never hungry.
Note with the pictures: Here are a bunch of random pictures! Baptism, lizards, and we also made 167 cookies for the baptism! :) We traded ties with a member named Pablo!