Monday, September 29, 2014
September 29, 2014
So this week was a really good one. First off we found 6 new investigators and they are reading the Book of Mormon, and came to church so that was sick. We are also teaching an old man called Jaime Vazquez he got baptized 2 months ago, and since then his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease... Lots of time spent on my knees for that man. So sad to have the one person you love forget who you are. He is so strong. He doesn’t work he just takes care of her all day everyday, such a strong man it blows me away and he has such a strong spirit. Also, we have a new family that we are teaching and they are one of the funniest families I have ever met. If you thought that my dad, and Jason Nielsen are teasers, you would die laughing at these guys in this family. We talk about the funniest stuff. They just barely wanted to start talking with us after 3 months of knowing the missionaries, and they finally wanted to talk gospel with us, which is amazing!!!
My hemorrhoid’s aren’t getting better which sucks a little even after having almost a week on the medicines haha, (I feel violated every time I use the medicines which is the worst part) and I got hives for some weird reason last night all over my back. I’ve never had hives before but they literally covered all of my back, so I did an old Mexican trick, and blended garlic and milk together and drank it like a smoothie, and in 10 minutes it was gone so that was dope. I love little tricks like that haha. But other than that a super good week I love the gospel. I am growing to love the gospel more and more everyday, super stoked for the general conference, #3 baby! 1 more to go haha. Love you all have a good week!!!!!!!!!
Love Elder Givesthankstogarlic
Monday, September 15, 2014
September 15, 2014
So maybe you all don’t know but I am amidst the most drunk people I have ever met, haha. Today and tomorrow are the “independence days” for Mexico and it is nuts haha. Mexicans go ham with beer and alcohol here. I literally have seen 20 dudes passed out on the side of the street. But, other than that everything else is super amazing! There is so much food, parties, and traditions its sweet. It will be interesting to see how crazy it will get when it gets closer to the El grito (the yell) where everyone just screams VIVA MEXICO at like 11 at night haha its so sick.
Well as far as the work goes its going good the mountain man that I told you about last week that climbs and stuff that was excommunicated? He went to church for the first time in I don’t know how long, and hasn’t had alcohol, and is really changing his life around. Our ward has a lot of problems with rumors and stuff, and love to tattle tell on the missionaries. They think we cant have fun, like play soccer, play with the little kids with nerf guns and I don’t know, its just stupid. But oh well we are working on reuniting the ward and everything but there are only a few people who are dumb other than that the ward is so sweet!!
Other than that not, much more to tell you. I will have more about how my days of independence are here in Mexico.
But love you all,
If you don’t know what mariachi is look it up haha
Monday, September 8, 2014
September 9, 2014
Tlalnepantla is siiiick
So word up everyone, sorry I suck at writing lately. I guess thats kind of just what happens when you have 13 months in the mission, you forget that you have family and stuff haha jk jk. So this new area is soo sick we have Wal-Mart, Costco, and Sams club, and I have already spent my whole months worth of money at Costco and Wal-Mart. But, its okay cause I bought beef jerky and krustez pancake batter, so I am pretty much set. But I had a super sick experience this week that I want to share.
So this week I just had the question if God really knows where I am, and what I am doing (I know probably a stupid question but I wanted to know). So, we went to help the sister missionaries one night, and went to visit a guy who was excommunicated. We knocked on the door and this 86-year-old man answered the door and he just like told us to follow him inside so we did. We were walking through a whole bunch of garbage, and over these wooden planks and under this tarp (thought it was his house) and walked under it and into this 2-room apartment. I sat down and noticed that all his walls were covered with posters and a whole bunch of random tools… until I really noticed that all the posters and all the tools where pictures of climbing stuff, and all the tools were ancient climbing gear. Ice axes, ropes, carribeaners, climbing shoes, boots, tents, and just anything you can imagine.
So when I finally asked him about it he lit up, he was like freaking Mr. Miyagi, but like a climbing version. He’s climbed all the biggest mountains in Latin America, and we talked about climbing for literally hours one night. But it was just really cool because he wasn’t listening to the sister missionaries but when we started talking about climbing he opened right up. I was able to help him a lot and I was also able to learn a lot about life from him. It was just really cool to see that God knows who I am, what I like, where I’m going, and why I’m here. God lives and always is with us and is always watching over us! It was just a super cool experience.
Well next Monday is Mexican Independence Day, so it will be nuts here. My area is so rad and my comp is sick too. Love you all and see you all soon!
Love Elder Ródaba (thats how the Mexicans say my name haha)
Monday, September 1, 2014
Septmember 1, 2014
Changes Kiddy Kats!!!
So sorry I suck big time. I was super busy last week and didn’t have enough time to write an email. Today I was changed areas, to an area called Tlalnepantla, ward Tlalli. So I am here now in the area and we literally just ate at a five star restaurant with an anethsteeeeeziologist hahahaha. I have no clue how to spell that. And I ate a 21 ounce ribeye steak for the first time in a year and a ceasar salad, and it was a restaurant from Spain. My companion ate ribs but they were from a baby goat. I had a lemonade and I don’t know, it was just unreal so I think I am going to love this ward. The area is sick it’s got Costco, Wal-Mart, Sams club, and like tons of shops, and its all flat so I’m pretty stoked. My companion is Elder Cancino he is super sick, he likes soccer and playing the guitar. We live like 10 minutes away from a turf soccer field that the missionaries like, so we are gunna go play every morning for our workout from 6 to 7. It’s going to be so dope to play everyday again.
Well it was also insanely sad. My eyes are so dry and red from crying so much and saying good bye to my Mexican family, Hermana Gabby, Hermano Alejandro, Pamela and jessy. They have changed my life, and I am forever grateful for their hospitality, and love that they showed me and Elder Penagos. I miss them like crazy... They are family to me. But they are going to visit me here soon hahaha.
But super stoked for Grant to be out on his mission, it will be cool to know we have the same purpose and we are doing the same thing even though we are gunna be freaking way far away. He is gunna kill it and everybody should spank his bottom before he leaves:)