Cochabamba, Bolivia Temple

Cochabamba, Bolivia Temple

Monday, February 15, 2016


Woo we survived the Carnavales! It was 3 days filled with intense
struggle against the mind to keep sane. Well, maybe not too intense.
We spent the time just chilling, reading the scriptures and watching
movies. Not very exciting to write about, sorry.

The good news is that Wednesday, when we were set free, we went out to
proselyte with renewed eagerness. We managed to keep ourselves
visiting all day long, thus keeping out of trouble - and exciting
adventures. The most exciting part is that three of our investigators
accepted baptism dates for the 12 of March. Two of them are siblings
of a recent converts (Victoria y Santiago) and the third is a little,
old man with many years working out in the fields (Antonio). Super
happy for them.

Thursday morning we had our little zone meeting were we learned all
about what the leaders talked about in the last concilio (counsel). We had to
then head out to the otherside of Trinidad again for another baptismal
interview. Since we didn't have too much else to do, we did spend some
time looking for some references we had recieved and getting to know
the area a bit more. And trying to loose some of that Carnaval weight.

Some of you might remember that last year I was stuck in trio with E'
Padilla and E' Camargo. I might have said this already, but if not,
both of them are with me here in Paititi once again. So, Friday we
went to do an intercambio (exchange) with them. This time I stayed in my area,
and E' Padilla came to visit. We spent most of the time laughing and
stuff. We also got a call that the other Elders in Paititi needed
interviews, so we headed out real quick before getting back to work.
We had a good time, and (hopefully) helped out a bunch of people

After more than a full week, we finally found more service to do
Saturday morning. We did the super exciting task of moving dirt. One
of the people helping happened to be a return missionary from the
Puerto Rico mission, so we talked a bunch about his experiences and
the differences in the missions. When we were visiting in the
afternoon, we found a family that was pretty interesting that lives on
the edge of the jungle. Apparently there is a type of vine that, when
a certain part is touched, burns the skin. The father of said family
had his leg 'burned' pretty badly, but it didn't really bother him too
much. At least to the point of sharing his views and jokes with us.
Very interesting fellow.

Yesterday in Church we learned that next Sunday there won't be Church
because of elections. As my past experiences suggest, we may have to
be locked up next Sunday again. Dang elections. Anyway, we found
another strange family in our travels, consiting of a grandmother and
some nietos (grandchildren). The grandmother was very happy that her nietos learn more
about God, and was somewhat strict about them being present,
listening, and participating in the charla. However, she herself
didn't seem too interested. Very strange the people sometimes.

While this letter bay have been kind of short, I do have some pictures to send.
Elder Yates
With Love

Another Elder using my hammock during Carnaval 

A little project I did during Carnaval (The Aircraft Carrier, not the scripture covers)
My results of the Carnavales (4 days of not shaving :)) 

A little gator. Well, its head and hide and least 

My top part on the hammock 

My bottom part on the hammock, working hard during carnaval


  1. I'm going to bet that I was told about this blog at some point close to when Elder Yates left on his mission ... but for some reason I only just noticed it existed this past couple weeks. I love reading these. Are they actually posted by Elder Yates? Or does someone at home update the blog? If so does Elder Yates read it? Like will he see comments I leave here?

    We've got elections today, too! US politics are such a contrast to South America's though, aren't they? I remember when I was in Chile visiting a family and the Father had been injured at work. He was a baker and told us he'd dropped a heavy tray of bread on his hands and broken a couple fingers. We were concerned about that ... I mean his hands were entirely bandaged up, he couldn't handle the trays to do his job. Seemed like a serious situation. At some point in our conversation he left the room for a few minutes and his wife confided to us, "He didn't really drop a tray on his fingers. He and his boss got in an argument over the election and his fingers were broken when it escalated to a fist fight."

    Oh my gosh, that still seems kind of serious. Like, not only can he not do his job, but his boss hates him. Enough to break his fingers! So when we expressed our concern, she sat back and laughed, "Oh no! He'll be fine at work. It was just politics."

    Man, we may get kind of sick of the tone of politics here in the states. The inconsiderate, rude, sometimes downright offensive hyperbole bandied about. I just have to keep reminding myself that at least we don't have to tell anyone, "hey, maybe you should stay out of sight for the day. Just to be safe."

    It is awesome that Elder Yates gets to experience that. That he shares the experience with us! It's good for our perspective. Both to appreciate the relative security of politics we have here in the states ... but also to learn from the passion we seem to lack. I bet they get better than 30-40% voter turnout in Bolivia.

    1. Jack, I'm so glad you found the blog and you had a chance to read it. I (as mom) use the letters that Elder Yates sends home each week and post them to this blog on his behalf so everyone can read about his adventures. He never sees the blog or the comments left. I can forward this comment to him by email or you can write comments to his letters and send them by email yourself. All of his contact information is listed on the sidebar of the blog. He would love to hear from you and would probably respond directly to you. I love reading about his experiences and his amazing attitude while on his mission and am so grateful he gets this opportunity.

    2. Posting these is a great way to share them. Thanks! I'll have to send him an e-mail.