Monday, October 26, 2015

Jungley everywhere and cucarachas too

 Some bridge raining selfie action!
 Just a cool moth I found on the wall
  Trying out Javier's hipster glasse

 What you see while walking on the road in Golfito :) If you go there early in the morning, you see all the monkeys jumping by (sadly, I didnt see them :(
 Just your average working area here in Zona Sur... A few houses and a whole lot of green
 Happy Birthday, Elder Ferrin! President Hayes bought him a cake :)
 Estevan's baptism! He's a really awesome young man.
  My comp Elder Morales selfie'd me while I was putting in the zone's numbers haha

Hello everyone! Another week in the jungle to report on.
So the week started off pretty normal. Monday we played a little bit of soccer where everyone blew me out of the water (like I said, normal haha), and Tuesday we had a good old working day.
Then, Wednesday, the divisions started. I headed on over to San Vito! A 90 minute bus ride from my area, it's straight up the mountains that surround Ciudad Neily. So I finally get up there, and it's a beautiful day. Since it's in the mountains, it's not hot! It's like normal, standard, Washington weather. A little sun, a little rain, but pretty cool temperatures. I had a great time with Elder AviƱa, Who started the mission when I started in the MTC. We had a blast, he's super awesome.
Thursday morning I head on back to Ciudad neily to get another day's work in.
Friday morning, I'm out to Golfito! This area is on the beach. It's called Golfito because it's a little gulf. So it was really really pretty there. and I saw a guy with a huge fish on his shoulder. Like, 4 feet long. that was cool. And I saw iguanas. that was fun. It's really jungley there. It's really jungley everywhere, actually... haha. But I was with Elder Luna which was also a blast. He's a really nice guy. Calm, collected, focused missionary. So we had a fun time together :)
Then on Saturday, instead of ending divisions normally, we headed on to Zone meeting with President Hayes! Which was incredible. He gave a great lesson about Mosiah 1-5 and looking what more we need to improve to keep becoming better people. it was incredible. Then we celebrated Elder Ferrin's birthday with a cake, handed out the 'birthday presents', a new blender for everyone (uush!) Ate a nice lunch, and had interviews with President. It was a really great, really spiritual experience. From there we headed out to prepare Estevan's baptism, which was also really great.
Then on Sunday, District conference! So we were on the road again, to Rio Claro. It was also awesome, and a new district presidency was called. Our Branch President is now District president, and we have a new branch president. Changes are always fun, so I'm looking forward to working with the new leadership.
Apart from that, every thing's going well and normal! I really love the people here. They're pretty awesome. It's just so different from that city "I don't ever have time for anything" attitude that there was in my old area. You can just start talking to someone and, even if they don't want to receive us, it's a nice conversation.
So those are the adventures of this week. I'm pretty sure I'll have more next week :) Oh, one more!
Our house is pretty well infested with cockroaches. Luckily President already gave us permission to change houses, so this week we're gonna found a new one and change, but it's pretty gross showering with cockroaches there in the shower too. Just thought everyone would love to know that :)
Have a great week!
-Elder Henry

No, I can't go to the sealing :(
No, the card didn't come with the AP's.
I have 3 pairs of shoes, not 1. Remember that I bought 2 more?
I didn't do divisions with the AP's haha, I was on divisions with Golfito when they came... oops!
Today I'm going iguana hunting! Uuush.

The Halloween pic is awesome haha. It's not too often that you get to use a pregnant costume!

Monday, October 19, 2015

My world turned upside down! Zona Sur!

 :) A famous little restaurant that has fun statues outside
 Saying goodbye to Chiky! She was always scared of me, so we made a nice scared face together.
 Saying goodbye to Vinicio :(
 Goodbye, fluffball!
 Picture with Negra (a dog who would walk around with us all over the area) didn't work out too well...
 Goodbye, familia Oporta!
 Right outside the house
 This is the view for the 30 minute busride to the farms (they're palm tree farms)
 A little study shot with Elder Morales my new comp (he loves to work hard too!)
 Javier, Elder Guirola's convert, who helps us a ton (so far I've spent more time on divisions with him than I have spent with my companion! haha)
A baby egg haha
Wow. My world just turned upside down this week!
I had transfers to Zona Sur. The farthest south part of the country, and the only part of the country which doesn't pertain to a stake. So I went from a 120 attendance ward to a 30 attendance branch haha. It's just so different here. Where do I begin.
#1. In my old area, it took 15 minutes to get to central San Jose. Here, it takes 7 hours.
#2. It was fairly cold. It's not here haha. I sleep with a sheet and a blanket, with a fan on full blast (And it's not just a little fan, it looks like a semi-industrial fan) on my bed with me to sleep nice and cool. At 8 AM it's already warm enough to want the fan on cooling you down while you study. We went on Saturday to play soccer with some youth, and after like 5 minutes I was just pouring down sweating. And I wasn't even playing hard! It's pretty awesome but way different.
#3. Rice and beans! I was pretty pampered in San Jose, because members always gave us different things to eat. Here, a real treat is rice, beans, and a piece of sausage. But, it's tasty anyways :)
#4. Rain. RAIN! On Thursday we went on divisions with some members, and my companion went to the farms (las fincas). So he was out there when it started POURING down rain. All the rivers raised up (they didn't flood but they were going nice and rapid), and the streets seemed like little rivers, too. So at like 8:30 he lets us know (because it had been raining like that for like 3 or more hours), that the street to come back was flooded and that they were looking for an alternate route to get back. because the car couldn't pass thanks to all the water. Luckily, they were able to find it, but it's just ridiculous how much rain come down here haha.
What else? The areas are like an hour away from each other, ours extends till the Panama border, my comp says there's iguanas here, OH and there's these frogs (I'm gonna record it one of these days) that in the night croak and make a laser beam sound. Like, X-wing action shot laser sounds. It's pretty darn awesome haha. Bug bites are normal, it's really humbling to meet people who have so little. We have a pretty nice house, the only new thing for me is the cold shower (a sink fossit <faucet> coming out of the wall but it is up high), which is surprisingly cold water for living in a place that's so warm haha. I went from being a District Leader to a Zone Leader which is also an interesting change. Oh, and the place is called city Neily, but there's no city here haha." Downtown" lasts about 2 blocks. I don't even think there's a 3 story building here... haha. We live like 200 feet behind the bus station, and we've got nice trees and a river outside. Oh, and horse is a common form of transportation here. And we see natives walking around like it were nothing (members of the Guayami people).
     Long story short, my world just turned upside down.
     But it's awesome! I love change and I love being able to learn new things from new challenges & experiences. I know I'm going to leave this place being a better person.
     My comp is a really hard worker and we have a lot of good things in store for us in this area. Lots of people who seem like good possibilities to become members of the church :)
     I love this work. It's interesting all the changes and everything but the best part really always is getting to know the people and see them change their lives and really become disciples of Christ.
     Have a great week everyone! Enjoy your personal adventures that the Lord has prepared for all of you!
-Elder Henry

Monday, October 12, 2015

Transfers! And tons of photos :)

     So this was a pretty good week. I knew that this week transfers were coming, and was sure either Elder Gonzalez or I would have changes, so we just enjoyed our last week together. On Wednesday we go to the mission office and I get assigned my new companion, new area, and all that jazz. It'll be fun!
     I've really enjoyed my time here in Paso Ancho. It's amazing how little time it takes to really love the people and make great friends when you're dedicated to serving them. It's been a blast. And I'm excited for a new adventure!
     I'm pumped for these transfers! I can't really think about anything else. Just that an investigator who we've worked with for a loong time is finally getting baptized on Saturday :) He's dreamed and worked for this day for a long time. Woohoo!
Have a great week everyone! I am off to a multi zone futbol game. I love you all!
-Elder Henry

Hey dad! Thanks for the joke. 100% Calidad (quality) :)
Well we'll both be missing out on the Halloween fun, then. If you celebrate Halloween here people think you're satanic, so we won't be doing anything...
Sounds like fun having Mike and Shavonne there!
I love you tons dad :) Have a great week!
-Elder Henry
502 Ice cream trip! 
503 I don't really know why this statue is outside of a cake bakery, but its kinda cool.
516 They're haulin me away!
528 We found a baby bunny!
536 Just a kitten
540 Everyone hanging out after the church services :)
542 Goodbye, Mario! A good friend here in Paso Ancho.
543 One last selfie with Carlos!
Visiting the Primary on Sunday :)

547 Us and the Alvarado family :)

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