Friday, June 12, 2015

Losing track of the weeks...

Well, what a week it was! We didnt have the marriage and baptisms we wanted, but we were able to set in stone at least 3 baptisms for the 27th. It has been kind of frustrating to have almost all of the baptisms we have planned in this area fall through, but these 3 we have for the 27th are solid. If Alex and Claudia get married next week, we could have 5 that day. We are praying for that!!!! 
This week I will hit double digits in the mission. 10 months. I am no longer a new missionary, nor do I feel like one. One thing I can say is, time goes incredibly fast when we are working hard. I was thinking that my time in Chachani doesnt seem all that long ago, but has now been 3 months since I was transfered. i just want to take advantage of the time I have here, because I know that it goes so fast and that this is the only time I will have in my life like this. 
So Elder Nelson is gone and Elder Cerezo is here. He is from Ecuador and he talks super fast and doesnt pronouce his words very clearly, and after having a gringito for 3 months as a companion and talking almost 100% English outside of our lessons, it has been a Spanish shock to the systen. For the first day or so I felt like I did when I first got to the mission and Elder Perez was trying to tell me that we needed to go get money out of my mission card but I had no idea what he was saying and I was so frustrated and just wanted to punch him in the face and tell him to speak English to me, but luckily i didnt and I got over it. But Elder Cerezo is awesome, we work hard, and we are exactly obedient. He is relatively new to the mission, but he really has an understanding of how things are in the mission. he told me his trainer wasnt super obedient and that they had some struggles, but when he heard that he was coming here he was excited to start over. I guess some of the other missionaries in his zone were missionaries that I was with in Zamacola, and they told him that he would work super hard with me. And that is what we are doing. It is super nice to have a comp that speaks Spanish and can help me more in the lessons also. 
So last Pday I was with the zone leaders and we found out that one of our less actives is a ping pong coach (yes, his job is coaching ping pong), so we called him up and he said we could go play some ping pong. We show up and there are a bunch of 12 and 13 year old girls playing ping pong, and he told us we could play against them. i was thinking, "well, i wanted some competition, but oh well, maybe we can make it interesting." Well, what really happened is that the 12 and 13 year old girls must have been part Chinese or something because we ended up at the "loser table" really quick. It was a humbling experience for sure, but now we are resolved to improve our skills to beat the beehives!
Have a great week everyone!
Elder Matheson

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