Cochabamba, Bolivia Temple

Cochabamba, Bolivia Temple

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Woo second week of 2016! This week has been full of rain and clouds, all day every day - except for Friday. Friday it got super hot and humid. Also half of Saturday, but then the clouds returned. Super crazy the weather around here. It was also a crazy week in more than just the weather.

For example, Wednesday we did an intercambio (exchange). E' Cubillos stayed back to help Floresta while I went in search of adventures (not really). In one of the wards in Montero, Guabirá, the Elders are asked to visit their ward and another banch, Yapacaní, a few times per week. This past Wednesday just happened to be the day of traveling. A such, after meeting up with E' Cuayla in Guabirá, we went to take a trufi out to the branch, a journey of about 75min. While the branch is called Yapacaní (in name of a town), the chapel is actually located in a different town called Santa Fe (about 10min south of Yapacaní). It's a small little town, with very beautiful scenery. We went and visited around there for the day before taking the long trip back to Montero. In all, Wednesday we passed through Portachuelo, Buena Vista, Santa Fe, and Yapacaní, beautiful places with a good amount of people just waiting to receive the gospel one day.

Monday and Tuesday were realitively calm. Monday we played some volleyball as a zone before returning home to wash clothes before the rain came. Tuesday morning we passed by the houses of the Elders in Montero in a little inspection before visiting the rest of the day. We also had to go back out to Minero to sign some papers to rent a house so that more missionaries can arrived. We were told that more would be put in soon.

Thursday morning we had our District Meeting and went around visiting in the afternoon. In one house Thursday we got a little trapped as the people there love to talk about everything. It didn't make it any easy that the mother lived in Spain and the father in Chile for some time, giving them plenty of things to talk about. When we finally escaped, we had a easy day. A little while ago an investigator we were visiting, Denar, accepted a baptism date then disappeared. We found him again, and he told us of his desire to be baptized, so we put a new date. We havn't been able to visit him since...

Friday morning our District Leader told us that we were going to do an intercambio. The good news is that we live in the same house, so we could start quickly. I was taken to visit in the ward Villa Verde, on the complete opposite side of Montero. (Floresta is the SW part, Villa Verde the NE) After a successful day proselyting, we passed by the ward activity to see how things were going. We were given a giant plate to eat. What a hard life.

Saturday we had the concilio de liderazgo (leadership council) in the mission. Since it starts early, we had to get up and moving early. The plan was finish the concilio and head back to Montero to eat lunch. However, when President Zambrano heard what time we got up (it wasn't that early...) we got invited to lunch with the office. Since they were ordering Papa John's, we didn't complain too much. Eventually we got back to Montero and back to work.

Picture of a tatú pulled off the internet

Sunday after church we got invited to a small BBQ by the Elder's Quorum president. There we ate something that is called tatú here. It looked a lot like the armadillo, but I'm told that it doesn't roll up into a ball. The white meat tasted a lot like turkey, but the dark meat was a treat all on it's own. Super tastey, would recomend. Then the counciler joined us and we had a good day of visiting.

A good last day of the cambio (transfer); will be here for the next one as well.
Loves and hugs,
Elder Yates

Pictures sent by Elder Yates that are from activities mentioned in last week's letter

The birthday dinner...(Papa John's Pizza)

 New Year's Eve BBQ

Picture shared on FB from perhaps their District meeting on New Year's Eve?

Our small service last Sunday (cutting stems from the coca leaves) 

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