Monday, November 30, 2009

Estrogen Rocks!

I am so psyched today because we were able to go into San Salvador and meet with all the sisters in the mission for a special Christmas activityBoth Hermana Poteet and I have a little darker hair compared to the last picture we took together. We have both dyed our hair dark because we've gotten tired of getting so much of this "gringa" stuff. Now some people think I am latino with contact lenses...until I open my mouth.
It was so great to see Hermana Pasi again. Hermana Cash (on the right) is being trained right now by Hermana Pasi. That would make her Hermana Pasi's other "daughter" in the mission, so I think that makes me her big sister?

I love the wife of our mission president, Hermana Lopez. She is so very good to us.
I may quite possibly be with Hermana Jiminez only one more week. She has been here in Versailles for quite a while and I got a hint from President Lopez that I will be receiving someone to train most likely next Monday. I feel gigantic next to her.

First Baptisms in Versailles

On the 14th of November, Manuel Aguilera was baptized. He was baptized by Oscar (left). Bernardo (next in line) is the father of Manuel and is a convert of Hermana Schmidt. Sarah is on the right and is Manuel mother (also a convert of Hermana Schmidt). It is just me, or does Manuel look a little bit like Abraham Lincoln?
Then two weeks later on the 28th of November, Arturo Flores Parada was baptized (he's the taller one). His family (who are already members) were so happy and excited. His brother is the other man in the picture and the children are his brother's children. The boy on the right is leaving for a mission to Costa Rica next month.
I love baptism days!

Dirty Feet

Here's a picture of my feet after a typical day here. I go through a pair of nylons about every other day and sometimes every day if we walk a lot on the dirt roads. Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever be clean for more than five minutes again....


Well, after 7 months in Sensunpan, the inevitable happened. I have been transferred (as of October 26) to Versailles in the department of La Libertad on the coast. My new (tiny) companion is Hermana Jiminez from Guatemala.
On November 12th we had a multizona (big meeting with all the missionaries in different zones and President Lopez). Hermanas from left to right: Guillen (companion of Poteet in the blue), me, Castro and Marroquin (who live with us) and my companion Jimenez.
It was great to see Hermana Poteet again. She was the first person I met in the MTC in Provo who was going to El Salvador as well, and our paths have never stopped crossing since.
The flooding that has been going on down here is crazy. Mostly the eastern mission was affected, but there were some casualties here as well. We had the opportunity along with our zone and one other zone to put together relief kits of food and other necessities. I somehow ended up in a line with the elders catching boxes of supplies. As a result, I've been VERY stiff and sore this week.
It wouldn't be a Mormon service project without a snack. Here we are enjoying our refreshment of incaparina (a random drink that's a little like liquidized oatmeal).
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