Anyway, we had a special meeting with President Zambrano Tuesday, all the Zone and District leaders in the mission, for some leadership training. We talked a lot about the importance of serving others, with Christ as our perfect example. After the highly uplifting meeting, we were heading back to preach a bit when we ran into the Flia Linares, my old pensionista back in Los Pinos. It would appear that they just receintly moved into the barrio Los Chacos. It was quite a surprise to run into eachother out of the blue, and I'm sure there's already pictures from la Hna Linares.
As a little change of pace Thursday, we did a little intercambio (exchanges) with the Elders from another ward, with me going with an E' Wilbee from Colorado, so I got to meet new people all day for the Day of Independance. And I really won out on the exchange, as we got a giant churrasco (basically a BBQ but instead of fine-cut fillets, its the cuts of meat with the bones still attached) for lunch, a giant plate of the super-popular (around here at least) Pique Machu, (french fries, cow meat and hot dogs cut in chunks, green peppers and onions sautéed, probably some other things, and all covered in ketchup, mustard, and mayones) and, after a ward activity at night, a giant pizza to end the day. Not to mention all the soda that we were given. Apart from all the food, we had a good time working and talking. Something interesting, E' Wilbee also did the IB program and earned the Diploma, so we had much to talk about.
For a special treat Saturday we got invited to eat lunch with another family where we were treated once again with the Pique Machu, but how it should really be made (supposedly): spicy. However, I didn't find it at all spicy. My companion, on the other hand, took a lot of time to be able to finish. Just another example of the supremity of the Mexican spices. The same night, we went to visit a family, but the wife was still working when we arrived and the husband was busy moving his several thousand bricks from one side of his yard to the other. Instead of leaving him alone, we did the natural missionary thing to do and started to help move bricks for a while. Quite the experience to haul bricks from one side of a house to another by hand, but I wouldn't recomend it as something to do to enjoy yourself.
We had a little difficulty again this Sunday with getting people to Church as both the members with Micros were unable to help us out in the morning. As such, we were stranded with about 30 or 40 people with no way to make the 20min+ journey by car with very few public transport passing by. Somehow we flagged down a car (a minivan that is used as a small public-transport known by the name 'trufi' here) and managed to fit about 25 people in and send them off, leaving us the job of flagging down a few more smaller cars so the rest of us could get to Church. It worked, and we were only 20min late!
As for the families we are visiting, we found another family that really wants to change the problems in their life, as they see the damage that is being done to their children. I'm really grateful for the Gospel in my life and the strength that it brings. This family is another that isn't married already, but they told us that they were already thinking about it soon. The family Montaño is doing well, and are very excited for their marraige and subsequent baptism. Not sure if I mentioned this already, but there are 3 families in El Dorado that will be married the 21 de agosto, and 15 people preparing for baptism the 22. Really starting to see the hand of the Lord in the people here.
Con mucho amor para todos,