Cochabamba, Bolivia Temple

Cochabamba, Bolivia Temple

Monday, May 2, 2016


Woo it's now May! Hard to believe the time is pasing by so quickly. The good news is that I still have plenty of time to enjoy the mission. And this past week was a super special week to enjoy (especially for a desert rat) and will quickly get around to that. In other news, the time of cambios (transfers) and Mother's day is quickly approaching. However, we havn't been told anything about either one of this big events, so I don't have much to say about that. Just wanted to make the letter look longer...

So, for our great P-Day missionary activity, we did something that I havn't done for years: kickball. What a great childhood memory. However, I remember it being more fun and how it was. It might have to do with the fact that latinos in our zone didn't understand anything about the rules neither kickball nor baseball, so we had to explain and re-explain some things during the game. Still, it was a blast to play something other than futbol. And the day was nice and sunny, with plenty of warmth to go around.

But the joy was not to last. We woke up Tuesday morning to an interesting sight, as everything outside had a yellow hue to it because of some sun logic (don't ask me, I ain't no scientist), and it quickly cooled down. Eventually it started to pour down rain as well, making for a wet and cold morning. The best news is that I still only had a rain poncho to wear, as the Sur arrived just as strong as it was in Santa Cruz. Luckily, the rain stopped in the evening, so we could wander through it in the morning and afternoon. What a great way to start the week!

The coming clouds that brought our great joy

Luckily some members took pity on us and let us borrow some jackets, because, as it turns out, none of us missionaries in the house brought winter gear. It seems like we all listened to the same missionary say that it never gets cold in Trinidad. Anyway, the 4 of us were given jackets and stuff to help us keep warm. I made sure to take a picture of what I was given, and I'll make sure to send it your way so you can get some laughs.
Me in my borrowed winter gear

And until now the cold has persisted. During the day, when we're in the sun, it's pretty manageable, to the point that I can take of the jacket. However, when the sun goes away, it's pretty darn cold. This cold front was supposed to end Friday, but it looks like another front was following right on its heels, as we don't know when it's going to warm up. I just hope it's soon; don't want to forget to return the stuff I borrowed.

Anyway, after all the cold and rain from Tuesday, we had a pretty fun Wednesday trying to walk through all the mud without slipping. We also found an investigator again that we were visiting before he went to Santa Cruz. Since he's from Cochabamba, he was enjoying the weather as it reminded him of home. Then he want back to Santa Cruz to work. Oh well, guess you gotta work where you can find it. Thursday, after the missionary meetings, we had the idea to look for some less-active members we didn't know with the help of the first councilor, so we pulled hime out of his house and got walking. Even though we wern't received, at least we now know their houses. Now there's no escape...

Friday and Saturday wern't too exciting, as we spent the days walking and visiting. The cold did make for a difficult weekly planning, but at least I'm not serving in Siberia. We also found a member that hadn't attended Church for years, but still recognized and greeted passing Elders. For some time we had planned on visiting hime, but it wasn't until Saturday that we actually visited him. And, talking with some other members, turns out he's quite well known. We'll have to see what we can do to help him.

Well, that's just about all the writing I want to do this week. Sorry if it's not what you expected, but the time is short. I'll keep ya'll updated with the stuff I know, and only allude to things I dont know. And, if someone asks and I don't know for sure, I'll make something up that sounds reasonable.

Elder Yates

Some new reading material for personal study
(just kidding; the collecting a family that we visited had)

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