Monday, December 23, 2013

In The New Area (First Week)...

Yesh Pretty exciting stuff. Alot happened this last week. Well to start we left the CCM at like 4 in the morning and flew to argentina and met the president yada yada yada. All good fun. Then we met our companions, all of my american buddies from the ccm got white, american, english speaking companions, and I got..... Elder contreras. Hes super awesome though. Doesn´t speak any english at all which made things pretty fun. We then got on an omnibus, which is just the city bus and it dropped us off in what is now called Autodromo, which means race track. Its this little beach village about an hour east of montevideo city. Sand. sand everywhere. So we dragged our luggage up this half sandy and half paved road for like a mile maybe and found our ´'house'. Yeah its just a shack. A cinderblock shack with a corrogated metal roof.  Yup, and to make it better, the elders who were in this house before were messy lazy bums. So yeah, a companion who speaks no english, white washing an area, living in a shack with piles of trash and wet clothes in the corner.  They did leave some left over food in the fridge which was cool. My comp was pretty angry at the missionaries who lived here before, they literally had ONE investigator. We got like 3 our first day. So this whole week was just finding and clapping. Sunday was pretty cool cuz the ward mission leader speaks english.  The poor members here, they have nothing, yet they give so much. Their whole 'house' could fit in my bedroom pretty easily and the inside is packed with stuff, and a whole family. Crazy. Its about ten million degrees here. I'm getting a pretty good missionary tan already. To get to this internet cafe we had to walk for like 30 minutes then catch a bus that costs about 20 pesos and stand on that crazy train for 15. Busses are nutter butter. They dont even stop if they dont have to, just open the door and slows down. We get 3300 pesos a month which comes out to about 5 dollars a day. Feels good to be thinking in english. Its hard because everybody said that having a native as a comp would be good and Id learn faster but how do I learn if it all just goes over my head? Its a well known fact that chile people speak the fastest spanish, turns out my comp is from chile. Tough.
I'll be skyping at 4 o clock here in the afternoon. dont know what time that is there but whatever. That´s pretty good stuff about the korean kid, I think i do remember him. Didn´t get that package but oh well.
Loves, Elder Webber

P.S.  Yesh, and my comp said that his goal was to be the second best missionary because he wants me to be the best, pretty neat. They call new missionaries 'oros' which means 'golds'. Neat neat. 

Moving Out....

Yes so we leave tomorrow and my p days from now on are going to be on mondays.  I think.  Proceliting was really fun, we gave a blessing to a member we met on the streets, we saw him smoking then he found us like 3 hours later and we could tell that he was physically struggling and he asked for a blessing then we had to sprint like half a mile to the bus stop in 90 plus degree heat.  Its pretty killer, thats all I have time for now because we only have 5 minutes.
Much loves,
Elder Webber

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Having Fun and Moving out (soon)...

Our whole district, all 11 of us, are supposed to leave that same day--next Tuesday.  We will see. So yeah we changed zones for these last two weeks in the CCM.  Our new area is super duper ghetto, straight up shanties, like you can touch two houses with both elbows at the same time, if that makes any sense. 
Down in the depths of the ghetto theres not a whole lot of sun light.  Its creepy, but the people are super humble and really receptive to the message.  And the kids are awesome, they swarmed us and i did a magic trick for them and they were blown away, then they called me a liar when they figured it out... But whatever. Yup. 
This is my last week here, supposed to leave next tuesday, still going strong in the spanish stuff, except I still couldnt give directions if i needed to, but I can teach somebody about the apostasy and the restoration.  So it will be an interesting first couple weeks in the field. Ill have to send some photos when we visit the shantie town again this week. I learned how to do that clicking thing when you whip your wrist and your fingers snap. Its that thing that selena gomez does in that movie with her mom. Its called ├▒emongaru down here. Just figured mariah might like that fun fact.  Send me ties  :-) Just normal ties will do, I dont really mind, i just need some variety up in here.
Much loves,
Elder Webber

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Follow Up... to "Clapping"

Yeah It's pretty fun going out on the saturdays, So we went out this week fully expecting it to be as grand as last week.  We hop off that bus and hit the four first appointments we made, but since 12 to about 4 is siesta time, all four fell through. Things were looking pretty dismal so we made a stop at a local store and bought some goodies Then  we went to our good friend from Georgia, the country, and we taught him an awesome lesson about the LDM and he promised to read and pray about it, and said it was ok if we gave his info to the real missionaries, who we met like 30 minutes later walking the streets. Then we found this girl while we were clapping, I guess I never really described clapping, so everybody has gates at the front of their property and they rarely have doorbells cuz it's pretty ghetto, so you just stand on the street and clap, like 7 or 8 times and I guess they hear that. No idea how they know its for their house because all the houses are squished into the tiniest little gaps, but whatever.  Anyways we were clapping and found this girl who was learning english so I think she only wanted to talk to us because she wanted practice but we gave her a LDM and she started reading it and stuff but me and my companions think it was just because she wanted to keep us around longer but we had our appointment with the Faundo, the real english speaker! so we ran over to his place because we were almost late, and we were just giving him the run down of the LDM because he had alot of questions, and he asked why we were always so happy when we dont get paid and dont get to see our family and we work all day. Testimony time.   It was rad. then he almost cried when we gave him a LDM for free.  Supes cool.  Then we almost missed the bus but it was fun.  My comps are the best. Best two guys in the whole district.  Other than that, it was a pretty slow week.  Oh, if you havent already sent my christmas package to the mission home i would appreciate it if you would include my retainer, i think i left that at home.  And some ties, alot of ties.  Yup I started to get sick a couple days ago which was difficult.

Much loves,
Elder Webber

P.S.  Me and my teacher, and heres two more, Me and papa noel, our one chef, and my district.