Monday, June 28, 2010

Remembering Bob Marley

6/23/10: While at the ruins, it was nice to have some 'down time' enjoying the shade and visiting with Hermana Bermudez and Elder Marin who is our district leader Outside of the ruins, there was a Bob Marley souvenir stand. The people here are nuts about him.
"What do you know about the Mormon church?"
To truly appreciate the experience, I find it's better to be a doer instead of a watcher.

Ruins of Tazumal

6/23/10: Our zone was given permission to change our P-Day to Wednesday for this week so we could see the Ruins of Tazumal which are not open on Mondays.
Wave hello to our awesome zone.
I must say that a pair of tennis shoes would probably conquer this terrain a little easier than my "Mary Janes."
For how old they are, the structure is still surprisingly intact.
All in all, it was a pretty amazing experience to see something like this.

Rio Sucio

Here I am standing on this bridge in Joyas.
The name of the river is Rio Sucio, which means "dirty river"--appropriately named!

Two More Baptisms

On Saturday, June 19, we had two more baptisms--Lucia Fernandez and Marvin Alexander Espinoza. Lucia is 70 and the girlfriend of Francisco, the 100-year-old man who was baptized last month. Marvin is 10 and is the grandon of Dinora (the woman in black) who is Lucia's daughter in law.
The other woman in the picture is Marvin's mother and the little girl is Marvin's sister. Elmer Marin, our district leader, performed the baptism.

A Taste of the Orient

6/14/10: Everyone in our zone baptized again last month, so our reward was to eat lunch with President Lopez again. This time is was at a Chinese restaurant.
I'm not sure what he is celebrating...
but Hermana Bermudez hopes that rubbing his stomach brings us good luck.

Training Again

I'm now training my 4th "daughter" here on the mission. My newest companion is Hermana Bermudez. She is actually from a place right here in Salvador that is only about 10 or 15 minutes from where we live. She is serious and quiet but has a strong spirit.
Here is yet another strange fruit found here--semilla de paterna. The white fuzzy part if edible and sweet like a fruit.The green inner part you fry up with salt and lemon and is like a legume.
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