Monday, September 23, 2013

Green Combs and Bananas

BUENAS!  It has been one crazy week!  

To start off, last Monday the Zone Leaders gave us real dishes and silverware and pots and pans!  The real deal!  So that was nice because now we don´t have to eat off of our folletos (pamphlets) anymore or use giant knives as forks. 

Also, when we have Zone meetings or P'days we usually take a 25 minute gua gua into Azua. But we don´t mind at all because Azua has actual food markets and real fruits and vegetables.  So last P-day we found MANGOS! We died and then bought the four biggest ones we could find.  

So Sebana Yegua is super hot.  It´s actually Arizona hot, just take away your fancy AC and swimming pools and freezers and cold QT drinks and electricity and you have Sebana Yegua!  I love it though!  Anyways, it is so hot here that our hair is constantly in high buns.  I think everyone in this town thinks our hair is permanently in little balls on our heads because that´s all we know to do with our sweaty, bucket showered, tangly hair.  I actually tried wearing my hair down one day and it lasted 7 seconds...

Tuesday morning we woke up and realized we literally had NO water.  No water in the tinaco, no water in our grey bucket, not even clear drinking water.  Also hermana hernandez and hermana Moronta left in the morning because Moronta was sick and needed to go to the capital. entonces.... hermana rush and I just sat there all gross and sweaty and waterless not knowing what to do with ourselves.  The colmados in Sebana Yegua are never open (even though everywhere else colmados are ALWAYS open) so we waited an hour for the colmados to open and then we went to get our purified water buckets filled, and then we ended up just using the clean water to shower in because we were super gross.  
Later that day we found a red truck completely filled with green bananas!  IN SEBANA YEGUA!  We freaked out and ran toward it and bought like 30 bananas even though they aren´t even near being ripe yet.  But we were just so stoked to see fruit and bought all that we could to save for later.  In like two weeks all the bananas are going to be ripe and we are just going to have to eat only bananas before they all go bad but I´m fine with that!  It´s either bananas or bread so....

Earlier that morning we had prayed for water so we could fill our buckets and tinaco and then when we went back to the house with our bananas we had water!!!  We actually had too much water that it kept coming out of the spout in the ground and we couldn´t get it to stop.  So, when you pray for something as a missionary, excpect to get it ten fold. 

On wednesday we taught this awesome new investigator named Eduar.  He´s super adorable and really shy.  While we were teaching him his 7 yr old neighbor kept trying to talk to us and pull our arms away. She took my gross hair out of its bun and started playing with mine and hermana rush´s finally after like ten minutes she ran into her house and we were SO relieved.THEN she ran back with this little green comb in her hand.... and I was just thinking ¨ please no, please no.... who knows where this tiny little comb has been...¨  She walked right over to me and started combing (ripping) my dirty, knotty hair out with her tiny green comb. It was the most painful 10 minutes of my life.  But i mean, it was a really sweet gesture. 

We also have this amazing new investigator named Luisa.  She has three little boys and is a single mom.  We went to teach her and had a REALLY great lesson and at the end she said she knows this is where she needed to be because she left her house that morning and she had a very strong feeling to go back and when she did we had just arrived at her house.  We told her that was the Holy Ghost!!  It was great!!!

On thursday we had a giant Conference with Elder and Hermana Civic and President Rodriguez.  It was really awesome but I couldn´t really understand a lot (but everyone told me it was awesome...)  It was SO hot in the chapel though.  Like SO HOT.  I literally have never been so hot in my entire life. BUT, for lunch they served us real food.  Chicken with pasta and rice and a roll and lasagna (carbs carbs carbs carbs) but the best part was this pina juice they gave us!  It was INCREDIBLE and we asked where they got it and they said you can only buy it in the capitol (story of our sebana yegua campo lives!!!) 

On Saturday we had zone conference in Azua (SO many conferences this week).  I really like our zone.  It has a lot of latinos and they're all super little and funny and sassy.  
Vlademir, a member of our branch, went out to teach with us later on Saturday.  He´s so funny and awesome because he gave us like a bajillion references!  When we went to his house to go get him he was blasting the Motab which was super funny because earlier we had told him that we only like the Motab ... hahaha we died.  It was a really great.
Saturday night we taught English class!  It was so much fun and we had about 13 people show up.  We taught they to introduce themselves and say things they like to do and to say ¨see you later!¨ but they all say ¨see you-ay-er¨  

On Sunday Oly came to church!!!  She´s adorable and 18 and has a baptismal date this next Saturday!!!  She is an investigator we took from the previous elders.  Sunday night we had a meeting with all the ward missionaries which are basically a bunch of 18-20 year old boys in the ward who aren´t on missions yet (we always bug them about putting their papers in).  They are all crazy and funny and they love talking to us all the time, but it´s a good thing because they´re always wanting to help come teach with ¨the white girls¨. It's awesome and  we can write to president and tell him we have a lot of lessons with members present.  
Last night though, we got prank called like 8 times at five in the morning and Hermana Rush and I were SO tired and were so confused and then this morning we found out it was Rona, one of the boys in the branch and we were like ¨k, it´s not funny to prank call the tired missionaries!¨  But he´s our favorite so we´re gonna let this one pass. 
Well.... I have 34 mosquito bites and counting.... my Spanish is slowly but surely progressing.... and we get whistled at and shouted at ¨Rubia Rubia be my girl¨ at least 7 times a day here.  But I love this work and my companion is seriosuly the best trainer and such an incredible companion.  We laugh all the time.  My spanish is slowly getting better. And there is nowhere else I´d rather be! 
Love and Miss you all so much!!!!

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