Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Halloween and Transportation

Guys.  Casi day 100 in the DR.  CRAZY, no!? 

Last monday at the internet center this guy sitting next to me handed me this scribbled note that I really couldn´t understand and so I had Hermana Hernandez translate it and it said I´m a white angel from heaven and every time he sees me at the internet center he is the happiest man in the world.  weird.  So just now when we walked into the internet center he was sitting in the computer next to the one I was supposed to sit at.. so I made Elder Quiroga switch me.  But now I have a computer with one of those annoying jammed space bars again so...
On tuesday we were walking to meet up with Marcela to go out and teach and I noticed a giant blue blotch under hermana Rush´s nose.  So I told her she should wipe off whatever was on her nose and when she wiped even more blue stuff was on her face.  then we realized hermana Rush´s pen had exploded all over her hand and now it was all over her face too.  So hermana rush screamed and this random guy heard and came runnng out of his house with a hose for her.  it was really funny actually.  And his timing was impeccable. 
Tuesday night we made brownies for our district meeting the next morning.  Then we got this great idea to celebrate halloween at our district meeting so we called all the elders to come in costume and we put candy corns on the brownies and planned our halloween outfits.  (also we had brownie mix and candy corns and other candy all thanks to Annika James Christensen, so a big thanks to her for making our halloween!) 

Wednesday morning we all showed up at the church.  Hna. Hernandez was a fairy. Hna. Moronta was a witch, Elder Quiroga and Elder De La Cruz were both hawaiin tourists, Hna. Rush was a unicorn, and I was an Indian.  It was super fun and all the latins thought our brownie with a jack-o-lantern out of candy corns was the greatest thing and they all wanted to take pictures with it and eat the candy corns because they never had before.  So thanks again to Annika for making the Latinos super stoked! 

After lunch we went to the Juan Feliz house to teach Almando and at the beginning we were just chatting and hermana rush and I mentioned that we love concon.  Well then hna. Feliz went into the house while we started to teach Almando and 20 minutes later she came out with a giant plate of concon for hermana rush and I!!  And it was the best concon EVER.  She´s the cutest. Hna.Feliz was also talking with her daughter about different places in the USA and they called New York the Gran Manzana and we thought that was quite hilarious.  
We hadn´t gotten any water all week and our blue tank was completely empty.  All of our buckets were completely empty too. No water.  ZERO.  and to make matters worse, Quiroga called and said the Clawsons were coming in a couple hours for house checks.  uhhhhh.  So we prayed for water big time and lo and behold we FINALLY got water.  (which was literally a miracle because we later found out that noone else got water and usually everyone in Saban Yegua gets water and luz at the same time as everyone else....)  So we spent two hours deep cleaning the whole house.  We don´t usually clean or wash our clothes on P-days here, we just do that stuff whenever we have water and luz which is random times throughout the week.  
The Clawsons came while we were teaching Gabriel but the other hermana´s told us they were proud of our clean house.  thanks you, thank you. 
We had tons of lessons with new investigators this week.  One of which is called Ma-Flow.  Super name!
We went by the church on our way home to see who was at institute and Oly was there!  We didn´t have to ask her to go or anything.  We talked to Pollo about it later and he said Oly LOVES institute and is the biggest jokester in the class and always tries to make class last longer than the 2 hours it´s supposed to.  HAHAHA our timid, super shy Oly is the most talkative one in class!  way to go OLY!
Also in our meeting with Pollo we bought the other hermanas and Pollo these awesome colmado cookies we discovered but everyone just stared at us awkwardly and told us the name of these cookies is a bad word or something.  huh.. But we were just like well whatever we´re obviously still gonna eat these and still buy them because they rock.  (and we just point at things in colmados when we want stuff anyways) 
Saturday morning we took a gua gua into Azua for a servicio project.  We hiked to this mountain and looked over the edge and there was trash EVERYWHERE.  And I really mean everywhere.  It was crazy.  So we put on our gloves and started picking up everything.

There were giant cucurachas (cockroaches) everywhere and a million other bugs and broken beer bottles, old diapers, rotten fruit, bags, just about everything that would make one want to puke.  It was pretty disgusting.  After 3 ish hours we walked back to a church in Azua, put soap and clorox all over our hands, ate lunch and then then took a gua gua home.  It was about 4 when we got home so we just had to quickly change out of our gross clothes and into church clothes to go out for the day.  Which was unfortunate because we smelled like a mountain of trash....

We taught this referencia (referral) named Brian. He stared at us with his giant eyes and I don´t think he ever blinked.  

For our clase de ingles on Saturday night we taught how to have a phone conversation.  We taught them great lines like ¨what´s up¨ ¨hey you¨ ¨I´m stoked¨ and ¨see you later¨.  and we also taught them how to say ¨sorry I can´t go to class because I have to put my hair in rollers¨.  

On Sunday we had Conferencia de la Rama.  And guess who passed the sacrament?!?!?! .....GABRIEL!  he was so stoked and afterward he came up to us and signed passing the sacrament and we gave him thumbs up and he got the biggest smile.  
We had a great lesson with this girl named Comaillni and her parents after church who asked so many great questions and seemed really excited about having a prophet who leads and guides our church.  So... we´ll see how things go with them! 
Also a giant spider crawled down hna. Rush´s shirt last night... no thank you.  

I can´t believe it´s almost thanksgiving!  and then Christmas!  we´re trying to figure out what to make for thanksgiving since turkey isn´t really an option... we´ll probably eat I don't know, maybe rice and beans.  But we are actually gonna try to make a pie!  But I´m going to let hermana rush handle the pie once it´s made because my family knows what happened to the last pie I tried to carry down the stairs.... 
Anyways... that´s about it for this week!  thanks again for all of the support and prayers.  we can really feel them!
p.s. to clarify a couple of things..... a gua gua means two things.  One is a giant rickety bus with fancy curtains over the windows.  They´re actually super sketch and the drivers drive like it´s nobody´s business.  we usually only take those when it´s a long trip, like up to Padre Las Casas. The other gua gua that we ALWAYS take to Azua or the Juan Feliz house is just a truck.  But like 30 people pile into one truck which usually means 4 people in the front row, five in the second, and the rest on the back. So almost always hermana rush and I are sitting in the back of the truck.  And you don´t sit in the back of the truck, there´s obviously no room for that, you sit on the edge or sometimes stand and hold onto other people.  And then you fly down the rickety roads and hope you don´t fly off.  they´re really the best though because they get you places relatively fast without alot of money.  Also, gua guas are really the only cars.  Everyone else drives motors.  And like the gua guas, people pile on motors too.  Usually you see three people on the back of a motor, but we have seen seven people on a motor a coupld of times.  We also see a million people on motors holding their babies off the edge because there are also two other people behind them.  I´m guessing the reason we aren´t allowed on motors is a safety issue....
ok well anyways... love you all!
hermana huish 

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