¿Como estan? Espero que se encuentren bien. I’m doing well enough, not much to say this week though. I got a haircut, and this time it doesn’t look too bad; so that’s good news I guess. The last couple of weeks mom has been sending pictures attached to my emails and they are really scary. I guess it’s just because I haven’t seen my sisters in over a year but man do you guys look different. I have to say that Andrea wins the award for biggest change followed by Allison. Andrea looks like she has gotten way taller over the last 15 months! But I still have not seen any pictures of Kayla so the contest is still open.
Thanksgiving looks like it should be pretty good this year. I will be eating apple pie at least. A few weeks ago I ate a pretty good pineapple pie type thing at a bakery near our house and it made me think—if they just replaced the pineapple with regular old apple, wouldn’t this make an excellent apple pie? So I went over to the bakery the other day and asked if they could make me a pineapple pie but hold the pine. Seems simple enough, all they have to do is take out one ingredient right? It was funny trying to explain to them exactly what it was that I wanted from them. At the end I think they were still confused as to why I want this pie or “torta de manzana” as the natives call it, but they did agree to attempt to create it. I hope it works because if it doesn’t we will be without apple pie and it just won’t be thanksgiving. We will be buying a pizza for the main course instead of turkey. You can find turkey here but even if I could get my hands on one I would never manage to cook it right. So anyway, that’s our plans—a pizza with apple pie and ice cream. It will be funny to compare thanksgiving pictures with you guys. I feel like our holiday will look very different than yours. Not that we get a holiday. It’s a normal work day for us. We will probably try to get home at 9 pm on the dot so as to make the most of our Thanksgiving meal, but other than that it’s going to be a normal day. Plus, being a Thursday, we will also have to do our weekly planning. That’s always a pain. There is nothing that will sap the fun out of a holiday faster than a good 3 hour planning session.
Wednesday is going to be our zone conference. It was supposed to be today but it got changed at the last second. I was pretty grateful for that. We didn’t have any baptisms this week. We were supposed to but we didn’t. We were supposed to baptize this guy named Cecilio, who was very ready, and we had overcome challenge after challenge with him; but then a few days before his baptism he got in a fight with his father-in-law and left. I have no idea where he is or how to get in contact with him, so it’s basically a closed case. That hurt because he was a cool guy and we had had this baptism planned a month ago. We had only been waiting because this week he wasn’t going to be working so he would finally have time to get married to his girlfriend/wife and get baptized.
Elder Rodriguez and Elder Barrientos also lost their baptism. I was supposed to do the interview but the guy never showed up. I don’t know what the deal is there but they were not too happy yesterday either. So the zone has now been 100% baptism free for 3 weeks now and Elder Rodriguez, Elder Barrientos, and I have been going crazy trying to figure out what to do because, as the leaders, all of this is our problem. I think I have it figured out in part but I still can’t understand why none of us are having any kind of success. They are good guys and as far as I can tell they are trying to be obedient so I don’t know what is going on. The problem is that I can’t really get mad at them because I have not had a baptism in a month now and I don’t think we will have one this week either. We are doing ok but our weekly numbers just are not where they should be and we can’t seem to get anyone to church on Sundays. And because of all of this I am a little nervous about having to go to zone conference on Wednesday because we are probably going to get a good talking to from the president about it. Wow I have been going on for a long time about zone stuff that I’m not sure is really very interesting to you. Sorry about that, but as you can see that’s all I have really had on my mind recently. I haven’t done anything noteworthy this week anyway.
I do have a funny story to tell you that I keep forgetting to tell you. A while ago we were walking down the street and a man who smelled very strongly of alcohol walks up to us, shakes our hands and says, “Hello sir, I’m drunk” and I said “yes sir, you are” then he stumbled away. It was odd but it made me laugh for a long time.
Oh that reminds me, the power has been going off a lot these days. I guess Ecuador runs almost completely on hydro electricity which is cool, but very bad during droughts. And we are currently in a drought because last year the rainy season wasn’t too impressive; so we are paying for it now. We lose power most nights in my area from about 6 to 8 pm which makes things interesting for us because we have to keep teaching. President just told us to try to stay out of the dangerous parts of our sectors and carry a flashlight. Personally, I have been enjoying it but all the people are worried about getting robbed or something. I just tell them that for us there is no such thing as dangerous. That may not be exactly true but 6 to 8 pm is prime teaching time for us and we can’t just sit around in the dark doing nothing; nor would president Gamboa be very happy with us if we did. We have a fairly safe sector as far as Guayaquil goes so I’m not worried about it. Once the rain comes the problem will go away so it shouldn’t last too much longer.
Ok now I am done. And hey looks like I did manage a decent length on my letter this week. I hope you enjoyed it. I’m going to go take a nap now. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Eat an extra slice of pie in my honor!