Good news.... HERMANA H___________ AND I GET TO STAY TOGETHER FOR ONE MORE CHANGE!!!!
Even more good news.... WE ARE STILL IN P__________!
I would honestly be content to serve my whole time in this single area. And, you literally could here. Our area is GIANT! Every day we discover more of it. Hidden paths and lamina houses built in the middle of the jungle. Or, what you think is a door to a house but is actually a hidden calle with approximately 600 more houses down it. But really, if we walk from one corner of our area to the other as fast as we can without contacting a single soul.... it takes almost 2 hours.
We have our work cut out for us here.
But I am super happy! I love it.
Part of the challenge with getting around in our area is how it is laid out. Lots of the colonials in our area aren’t logically connected to each other.
But here comes the tender mercy.... WE FOUND A SECRET WAY TO GET FROM LA JOYA TO BRISAS!!!
Ok folks, I know that doesn’t mean much to you, but I promise this is a big deal. Before, you had to wrap all around P___________ to get from one to the other and it would take an hour. But we found an easier way!!! Es facil! All you have to do is
1. Go all the way to the bottom of La Joya
2. Bribe the Guatemalan children with candy to get them to open the gate for you into someone’s yard.
3. DON’T acknowledge the truck full of drunks wearing Utah Jazz shirts who are yelling at you
4. Go tromping through the weeds (past the pile of abandoned diapers)
5. Climb over the open sewer (be careful)
5 and a half.... Climb over the barbed wire fence.
6. Yell ¨PERMISO¨ so you don’t get shot as you trespass through someone else’s vegetable garden
7. Use your umbrella to fend off the pack of rabid dogs that start chasing you
8. Walk along the dirt trail until you pass the tree with chickens in it
9. Turn right
10. Pass through the gate (confidently... Like you actually live there)
11. Walk around the parking lot
12. YOU ARE IN BRISAS!!!!
It is a miracle people!
Other good news...
Hermana H__________ and I reached our very special goal this week. Wednesday, we decided that if we had 10 people yell GRINGAS as we walked by, we would buy ourselves McFlurries (McDonalds delivers here, and is actually delicious... Bring on the mission weight).
We called it ¨Hermana Wise and H_______’s Protest against Racism¨
We met our goal by lunch (we decided to count the lady who yelled ¨GO BACK TO AMERICA¨ as the final offense)... So we got ice cream!
I love racism!
Also, we had a BAPTISM THIS WEEKEND!!!! Her name is Betzabae (have fun pronouncing that one, Mom). She is 18 and super pilas! We found her through the members and hope to teach her Mom soon too. We have high goals for baptism this month and know it’s possible!!!
Speaking of which, if you would all keep Mariela and Fransisco in your prayers that would be great! They are two siblings who have been going to church for months now and are so ready to be baptized. Only problem is that their Mom won’t sign for them.... But they really want to be baptized in June. We need a miracle here.
Would you put them on the MoTab prayer roll please, Dad?
I would like to end this email with a few shout outs...
Shout out to ALISA BAKER FOR BEING THE COOLEST PERSON EVER AND GETTING HER MISSION CALL! She is going to TEAR IT UP IN MEXICO
Shout out to Kenzie for finding a four petaled flower for her Biology project! I was getting worried for you!
Shout out Ashlyn Perry who is officially in the field!
Love you guys!!!
Keep making good choices, everyone! Don’t be stoops, read your scriptures!
Until next week