Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Thanksgiving tacos and tons of changes

We got the news a week ago that elder Cespedes and I were going to be
put together again at transfers. I guess that changed because Elder
Clough and I are staying together here in Solano and Elder Cespedes is
staying with elder Rodriguez. Super excited to work with elder Clough
for the holidays! Oh I forgot to mention before that he's from
Rochester Hills Michigan.

Oasis West
There is an apartment complex at the south end of our area called
Oasis West. That's were we spend a good chunk of our time because we
have three women on date for the end of this month: Alma-who's the
most progressing investigator we have, Marcelina, and Edna. In the
same complex lives Carmen who is a recent convert and loves to come to
lessons with us. I've never had an easier member present lesson in my
life, just walk around the corner and see Carmen already coming down
the sidewalk because she saw our car and boom. There she is really
helping and caring about these people. She is a good example of
The negative is that the people who own the complex heard that Carman
became a member and knowing she could get support, upped her rent
twofold. Despite the unfortunate events that come. I've seen people's
faith increase like crazy. Sometimes it seems that the events these
people go through either make or break them.

This place is full of work. Our teaching pool is huge and I've never
taught so many lessons in one week ever. It's really fun being able to
run from lesson to lesson. And then add the cherry on top that they're
all in Spanish. The bishop Valdez is sending his daughter off on a
mission to Texas and had a farewell pizza party last night. The house
was filled with happy people and since the bishop once was a pizza
chef, there was either a large Mexican or pepperoni pizza brought out
and devoured every 10 minutes. We have many members willing to come
out with us to lessons, now we just need to teach everyone how to find
friends on their own for us to teach. I'm pumped to be here for
another 6 weeks.

Again like last year I felt like the Grinch at the food tasting
competition. Luckily we only had two dinner appointments. Something I
didn't think of when I first came out is the fact that even though
people immigrate here from elsewhere, they usually don't celebrate the
same holidays. Thanksgiving isn't considered a holiday to the Spanish
people but I could tell the family that fed us was trying really hard
to give us a dinner like we would have had back home. It was really
fun to have turkey tacos with cranberry, stuffing, and refried beans.
Try it out sometime.
We had some other elders come over to our apartment to play board
games- flippin' sweet! It was nice to have down time to sit down and
get to know the area better and meet new elders. Since I've served in
Buckeye and Wickenburg, two very isolated areas, I don't know very
many missionaries. Glendale is one of the places to get to know a
whole bushel so it's been awesome. We have an amazing zone.

Not much more to add except you should check out
if you haven't. Super cool stuff there. #HaNacidoUnSalvador

Elder Bryan

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