well mexico never gets boring! when we first got to the field our mission pres. told us that we should never ever ever eat ceviche. ceviche is raw fish or shrimp soaked in lime and chile. well on tuesday we were eating with some members ( the same members that fed us menundo) fed us ceviche. i told them i couldn't eat it but my companion said i would be fine. i didn't want to but i also didn't want to offend the members so i ate some. they loaded up my plate more than anyone elses because they were trying to be nice i guess. it smelled horrible. i took the first bite and wanted to throw up. i was just praying i didnt gag haha. after i finished the first plate they loaded up my plate again. i finished it and begged them to stop. after we left the house i let my companion know that if he ever tells someone i can eat ceviche we were gonna have problems. it took about 3 hours for the pain to start in my stomach and it lasted till thursday. my companion wouldnt except the fact that it was the raw shrimp but on thursday he woke up with the same pain i had. on saturday he admitted it was probably the shrimp.
this week was pretty normal. busy with the work. starting to understand more which is nice. on thursday i taught a leccion practically all by my self. on sunday J A came to church again and hes really excited about his baptism. other than the nasty raw food things are great here! love everyone and miss you guys alot!
I asked Anthony about the water and this is his response:
"only bottled and im fine. my district jokes that im the healthiest gringo around because i have 4 months and 0 hospital trips hahah. apparently its normal for gringos to get sick alot and go to the hospital alot but not for me"
Jamie wrote this to Anthony:
During High Priest Group, Bro Dyal was teaching about free agency (lesson 4 of the ‘the teaching of the prophets Ezra Taft Benson). He asked me to share my experience of raising you. He wanted me to share with the class why you were focused on going on a mission when others are more unsure and some don’t go at all. I told him that I did not force you to go but would talk a lot about my mission and how it blessed my life. I told the group that by sharing experiences as well and growing your own testimony helped you decide to go. I hope this was the right response.
And here is Anthony's response:
that is the perfect response. i always loved hearing about your experiences and want to make the family as proud as they were of you. i also always remember that while its our choice you always said its a commandment of God. its like paying our life tithing. the companion things the same but ive pretty much learned that i just need to become the toughest punching bag.i talked to my old zone leader and he said that we can always learn from our comps but sometimes its what TO do and others it what NOT TO do haha. on thursday i got to teach the whole lesson by myself and while it was super tough i did it.
Email from February 2nd:
so not much this week.
on Wednesday we had a testimony building lesson with our only progressing investigator J A, we committed him to baptism of February 22!! Before the lesson my comp said i was going to ask him to be baptized which really scared me being that hes said in the past he doesn't understand me and this is kind of an important question but i just had a prayer in my heart and it was a good thing he was blind cuz my comp said i looked pretty scared when it was my turn to ask him. it came out kinda rough but he understood and said yes!
nothing much after. the works a little slow but things are picking up this week. the whole week all the members have been having me explain football and then they show me the super bowl commercials. they advertised the super bowl here more than coke (which is a lot) this past week which was not fun for me and my comp made things worse by bringing it up every five mins on Sunday. as we walked through the streets i saw glimpses but only up until the 3rd quarter. pretty bummed the sea hawks didn't pull it off but i also don't really have time to worry about it.
so before the mission i didn't like beans, hotdogs, tomato, and onion but on thursday we were fed hot dogs. and they weren't normal hot dogs. it was a hot dog wrapped in bacon with chopped tomato and onion with beans on a fried bun. and i actually loved it! haha
today i got to wash my clothes for 3 hours! and mop the house which is just a missionarys dream. we also asked for a new fridge because our fridge is just a really nice pantry with a light and a snow maker on top. if we want to keep something cold we basically freeze it which sucks. also for a new oven because im pretty sure ours is from 1950 and it takes about an hour to boil water which doesnt work because we only have an hour to eat at night. but im healthy and its been kinda raining this whole week so no sun screen!!!!!!!!
also i have officially finished my training!!!! but i still feel like i dont know anything but thats more because of the spanish.