Monday, August 22, 2016

Las Olimpiadas!

Ok, first of all... did you guys know that the Honduras soccer team made it to the Semi-finals in the Olympics!?
 I mean... thats no surprise right? haha! But wow! everyone was going crazy here! Well everyone is alwaysss watching the Olympics anyway, but these days theyve been watching it a bunch because of all of the crazy soccer matches. 
Well Honduras lost though... but hey, they put up a great fight! the score was 6-0 against Brazil... thats still a great fight though right? Soccer is all that people talked about this week! Speaking of the Olympics, some of the members would tell me about all of the mexican excitement because of the mexican boxer... which just so happens to be from Chihuahua!!
 (de donde soy yo;) Mannn I was soo hoping he would win! Speaking of that, i love how i alwayss have to explain myself when people ask where I am from. For example, this is usually how it goes:
Person: De donde son ustedes?
My companion: Yo soy de Colombia, de Barranquilla.
Person: Aaaa, usted conoce a Shakira, va? jajaja (we laugh, because they think that is the first time we hear that joke)
Person: Y, vos?
Me: De donde cree hermano?
Person: De aqui. no? De Guatemala?
Me: No, yo soy de  USA, gringolandia, los Estados Unidos.
Person: No!! en serio. De donde?
Ahhhh!!! They never believe me! haha then I always have to explain why I dont look or talk gringo. lol
Anyways, everything is going great! We had a great week this week. We found a bunch of new awesome people! We have really worked hard on trying to get our investigators to church. I realized it is alot harder down here with that. For example, one of our most postive investigators is Fabiola, she is 21 and intelligent, but she isnt really good with keeping committments like going to church. So I tried something different, we taught and invited her whole family. Her brothers and sisters were incredibly willing to go and learn more! We have a really good relationship with the parents as well. So since the brothers and sisters wanted to go, she was olbigated to go as well! So Sunday we went to pick them up, and they were actually a little surprised we showed like we said we would, so they STARTED to get ready... yeah, we got to church late. But for a good cause! We also went and picked up other investigators. They all lovvvvved it! We had a great 1st hour and we taught a great lesson the 2nd one. They all said theyll come back next week. We had 6 investigators at church! Which is really good for this area! But heres the best news: We had an attendace of 40 people at church on sunday!! Wooohoo!! Pretty soon this group will be a branch! We all hope it is soon because its not easy being in a group. There is a lot of drama, mostly about the asistencia, who cleans the house (chapel), who pays for the rent. Stuff like that. Once we get a branch going here, we wont have to pay for rent anymore. Every saturday we help the ward give out meals prepared by the members, and they sell them, that is how our house is paid for lol. Its not easy. That is how people survive here. Mostllyyy selling tortillas. Like, people eat alottttt of tortillas here!And in every block there is always that house that sells tortillas. Something you hear alot in every household is ¨Valla compra tortillas!¨ But i love tortillas a bunch now :) Well, like you guys know I am fairly new to this area, but I already have a good reputation with the members. My companion has a parasite in his stomach so he doesnt eat that much. But its funny when members ask my companion ¨quieres comer pescado? y coca?¨ And then theres me ¨ooo yo si!¨ and they laugh and say ¨Siii usted come todo!¨ hahaha (I bet my Mom is happy to hear that;) 
The other day we had interviews with Presidente Bowler with the whole zone. It was awesome! he is such a great guy! He is from Nevada. Anyway, I remember when I used to think to myself in the beginning of my mission... Does he really know all of the 200 missionaries? Like, does he knoww us or just our names? But man, the more I am with him the more I have recieved an answer.  It makes me think about John 10: 14-15. For example, everytime he sees me he usually asks about that small town Wickenburg, and asks me how it is doing.  Well in this interview it was funny because I entered into his office and says, Elder Madero, how are you? I was looking through your files and I realized something, you havent been saying the truth..... you are Not from Wickenburg. You are from Morristown! hahaha and he made me explain! He told me of a story about his brother that used to say the same thing during his mission (but he would say that he is from St. George, but actually from a little town next to it) and well his brother shook hands and introduced himself to the president of the church during his mission, and said that he is from St. George. And then the president says, Oh, I thought all of the Bowlers were from (the small town next to it). So his brother had to explain himself, and he taught me that I should be proud of where I am from. I am from Morristown, Arizona!! haha We had a good laugh with that.
For P-day last week we went to San Marcos to go play soccer with the Cuidad Nueva zone, which was so awesome because the climate is different over there! Its the only place in the south where its fresco! But anyway, I saw two really interesting things there, one, is that there is Las Michoacanas there!! The mexican heladeria! So, of course, we all go get Ice Cream there! :) and the second thing is that, well, we went to the apartment of the Elders there, (which is Elder Johnson, who is from Mesa! and went home this week! anyways, lets resume...) their apartment is above the little apartment where they meet for church, but guess whats right next to the church?? A coffee shop!!! Who does that?!?! hahaha
This week for P-day, of course we played soccer again! We went a played at the stake center and then after, we all went to go eat somewhere... guess where? (Well I know you are never going to guess) we went to Chilangos! The best Mexican food in the south!! It was soo good! 



Check out my new hammock! 
Hammocks are a huge thing here! Theyre not even that expensive either! 
Only $15! I cant wait to go back home and lay on my Honduran hammock! :)

Most of the houses are honestly not much, nothing more than just pieces of wood with tarp around it.
 Sometimes they are made out of just sticks.
 Its a really poor area here, but I truly love it! 

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