Happy Monday!!! Yes I know it’s hard to believe that we have reached another Monday but here we are and here’s the news from Babahoyo. I guess I wasn’t clear in my last letter but Elder Fuentemavida is not going home quite yet; he still has 2 exchanges left (about 2 1/2) months. I do however have a new companion! His name is Elder Alferez and, as you may have guessed, he is a Latin. He is from Peru and he seems pretty cool. Elder Fuentemávida got called to be assistant [to the president], so Sunday afternoon we had to go to Guayaquil again so that he could start learning all the stuff he needs to learn. I feel bad for him because he is filling the position that Elder Bryan is leaving vacant (Elder Bryan met his parents at their hotel today and he is a machine, really!). I have never met a more perfect missionary. So Elder Fuentemávida has a lot on his plate. Anyway, I spent Sunday night working with Elder Bryan for his last night in the field while Elder Fuentemávida trained with his new comp, Elder Russon, and then today I picked up Elder Alferez at the bus station (which I will hereafter refer to as the “terminal”) and we headed back to Babahoyo. He is a pretty cool guy but he has never been a zone leader before, so because I know more about being a zone leader than he does, they asked me to train him as a zone leader as I’m training him in our sector. Whenever we have transfers the older missionary in the sector is called the “trainer” but he does have a lot more time than me in the mission so don’t get too confused.
I just turned around and took a picture of Elder Alferez and I will upload that and some other pictures of my sector now for your viewing pleasure. All of the pictures are from Porta Negra (6 total and one of my comp). In the first picture there is a small brick building next to the house–guess what it’s for? The rest is just pictures of houses and me with some pigs.
To answer your question about whether I dream in Spanish or not, I can honestly say that I have no idea. I’m always pretty tired when I go to bed and when I wake up I don’t remember a thing. I know I’m having dreams, I just can’t tell you what they are about.
The crickets have died down somewhat. I’m not sure why they are going away but I’m not sad about it. The rain, on the other hand, is not going away. We are getting noticeably more rain and it’s coming more and more frequently. By next week we will probably be flooded. I don’t think it would be such a big deal if they had a drainage system like Houston, but they don’t have one, not even in Guayaquil. It’s not a big deal, though, because the rain is already almost a month late, so I don’t think we will have too strong of a rainy season this year, and who knows, maybe next year I will be somewhere dry?
It’s funny that mom thinks that the time is going by slow because every night I lay in bed and try to figure out where our day went. It all goes by so fast now I hardly have time to think. Not having mamitas is interesting. The food is definitely not as high a quality as it was with the mamitas, and we don’t typically get as much to eat for lunch. But it’s not so bad. Oh and that reminds me. Remember last week when I told you I slept in on Thursday because of the party? Well, it wasn’t because of the party. They have those all the time and we just grumble and go to work. I was sick all that week with some virus or something and Thursday it finally caught up to me and knocked me down. I’m all better now though so don’t worry about it. It actually turned out to not be so bad because we didn’t have any appointments that day and if I hadn’t been sick I don’t know what we would have done.
A few days ago we were walking down the street and some old ladies started yelling at us “repent sinners, repent!” We started laughing so hard after we got past them and I was thinking about how mom asked me if anyone had ever called me to repentance a couple of weeks ago. Well now I can say that they have.
Thanks for all your help with the stake mission plan. Tell gammy that her input was helpful and I don’t have the meeting until tomorrow, so I can use it as part of my plan. It’s a pretty simple plan and isn’t too different from what you guys suggested–in case you are wondering.
That is interesting that L. Tom Perry is coming to talk about members working with the missionaries more. In the MTC they were talking about how they were pushing that a lot more now. I am pretty familiar with the area book by the way. That whole thing about recording references in the area book isn’t new. They have been doing it since Preach My Gospel came out. Tell Tom I said “Hi”. Did I ever tell you that I met him once? We go way back.
You never mentioned that Andrea has an invisible friend before! That’s hilarious. When did she meet this friend? Have you ever asked to meet Emily? I want to hear more about this Emily character. She sounds like trouble if she is throwing stuff all over the kitchen floor like that.
Why did they plant rye grass in the neighborhood? That’s weird. Take a picture for me.
I agree that now is the perfect time for dad to realize his “fly fishing tour guide” dream. In fact, I think it could be the next bubble. Our economy clearly needs to have a bubble in order to function these days, so I think you should create a company, sell some stock, and start guiding some fly fishers! Sounds bona fide to me–lets do it. In your ads you could say, “Hi I’m Wade Walke,” and then say something about having both walking and wading tours available. It would be awesome. Anyway–that’s all for now. Have a good week and stay safe!