Seems like its been a day or 2 since i wrote to yall. Time definately flies and it kind of sucks. Anyways everything is going good.
Well last monday night I had my first experience with good ol food here on the street not settling too well with you. We went out but to say the least we hurried back to the pench as soon as posible and were there for the rest of the night.
Tuesday we had district meeting in the morning then in the afternoon we went out and taught some lesons and contacted. One lady we have been teaching is super nice and love her to death. She wont let us have a lesson but we always find ways to work it in there somehow. There is a light in her both elder judd and i see but we have to get there. We then walked about 6 miles back to the pench, bought ice cream, and sat on the roof and talked.
Wednesday was a crap of a hard day. We contacted in the morning...nothing. Had lunch with recent converts and had a lesson which was good. when we left it was pouring rain. we contacted and went around to appointments but no one let us in because we were soaked and muddy to our knees. Finally we stopped at a members house to get warm and relax for a second til we went to a meeting witht he ward mission leader. These are the fun days :)
Thursday we went out to an area that is very nice, very spread out and way out there. We found a couple people to teach and even a couple innactive members. It was great to get out in the country for a minute. It turns out the man i told you about who had a stroke had anohter one this week and isnt doing so well. We gave him a blessing and we go see him often. He cant speak at all now but we just stop by and try to encourage him, give him a hug and beso, and tell him we will seee him soon.
Anyways going day by day is boring. The elders we live next to had a baptism that we went to. we have 8 that will soon be there hopefully. We had the grandma who has 6 kids come to church with us. The always lift up your day. 5 of the kids have special needs but are absolutley amazing.
BAsically all is going well. Havnt gotten sick again yet. Its getting warmer each day. The dogs are super nasty. We are working are butts off and trying to influence and uplift as many people as we can. Besides that everything is great! Oh, and side note, for some reason lots of people think i look like mr smith from matrix or sometimes i get this other guy but idk who he is.
Im getting better witht the language but still working on it. The work here is amazing. It really isnt bad walking in the rain anmd mud as long as we think about the blessings we have. The members here are amazing. The people here are generally reallly nice. I have been given 2 years to work my butt off so i can save someone elses. I caught myself this week wanting t take a quick nap after language study (or during sometimes) but im going to have plenty of time to nap in the future. Ive only got 2 years to work my butt off, prove i can be successful at something, and help people without focusing on myself.
I hope all is well back in the states. (btw first thing i do when i get home is lay on the carpet).
Dad-Yall have been busy with byui stuff it seems. glad to hear its progressing.I had a member ask me about scouts. i didnt know if you could get your hands on any scout stuff in spanish and send it my way. thank you.
Mom- you do sound like a retired couple now. All these dinners and activities. Im guessing you already sent the package but maybe in the next one you could send a light weight black raincoat that is cheap but nice :)
Samye, D, and kids- Hope everyhting is well. I think about yall every day and hope everything is smooth.
Alex- Keep working hard in school and everyhting else
Love yall, Elder Martino