Monday, July 28, 2014

Enjoying His new Area.

 This week we went out to a little farming city called Solis. Its about a 40 minute bus ride out there, its a little group of people and there are 3 active members. When we were there we walked and walked and walked out into the feilds until we finally came upon alittle house. Clapped it and he didnt want much. 
Solis is good, not very much people but the people are genuine and open. We found some new investigators and we will have to travel out there maybe twice a week from now on. We are still working it pretty hard because we were given nothing when we came in to re open this area. We still dont have a cell phone, which doesnt help but we have a few investigators with fechas to be baptized. One is called Arturo, he has a few problems with word of wisdom, but just about everyone and their dog has a problem with that down here, we are working with him and his son in law who is a member. 
The branch president is a straight boss, the branch is organizing a trip to the temple this next week and in sacrament meeting he expressed his gratitude for those who were planning on going and called the others to repentance big time. It was really straight forward, like, those of you not planning to go and can go need to repent of your sins and change so that you will go. We had about 35 members this sunday, little branch, but I like it because theres more reverance than the big wards with the Uruguayo babies running around. In one of the talks though, a member summoned the congregation to sing with him, it was weird but I guess it works. 
We had an intercambio this week and I went with Elder Saavedra, learned alot and he asked me how I think we can improve the branch and the mission work here. Hes been here for a while and I think they might have hit a slow patch. Its been a good week, we spend alot of time in the streets still, which is not ideal but it gets the new investigators which is what we need, really cold this week, there was even frost in the mornings. But they say it should be warming up pretty soon and we will be coming into spring time. 
Thats about it, Elder Peterson still wont eat meat, so hes had a few uncomfortable moments with members at lunch. yesh yesh, and I got your letters, with the talk. I like getting talks, if you want to keep sending a talk in the mail every month or so that would be nice. or some philsophosies or Ron Swanson quotes. 

Watch a sunset at least once a day- Philsophosies.

Elder Webber

Monday, July 21, 2014

A New Area

Yes the mission is pretty awesome, no doubt bout it. Yes so Indeed I did get changed to a new area. But first, I spent 12 weeks in carrasco walking the same streets and little did I know that just right outside of my area was the rugby field where I played down here two years ago. I didnt even know until the second to last day when we took a bus that we dont usually take and it drove right by it. Brings back thems rugby memories with Calvin down here. 
But yes, we got changes a day early, so sunday, because we lived with the assistants and so we went by to say goodbye to all the investigators and members. I do not like leaving very much. We said goodbye to a family we were teaching and Elias, one of sons cried and said que lastima, which is like, thats too bad. We went to changes and got on a bus that took us almost two hours outside of montevideo city to Minas! which is interpreted to say mines. Its where all the famous alfahores are made and dulce de leche. Its a little branch out here in the hills of the country. Really pretty, the country people are alittle nicer than the city folk. I love it here so far. 
Im here with Elder Williams from Colorado, hes a great guy and were are both in here as a white wash, actually we are re-opening an area that has been closed for a transfer or two. Soooooooooo that basically means its dead. We spent many a hour in the street finding new people to talk to. We looked in the area book, which is where all the investigators are supposed to be recorded with phone number and address but the book was awful with just a handful of names without information. It was hard, still is hard, but we think we will baptize. 
Elder Williams is an old chap, only has these last 2 transfers and then A LA CHUCHA, which means, to the dog house. Hes a great missionary, lots of experience and knows how it is, we live in an ok house with two other elders, Elder Saavedra and Elder Peterson. Elder Saavedra is our district leader and Elder Peterson is brand new in the mission. Just finished his first week. Doesnt eat meat, which will be really hard for him because we have pasta and meat almost every day with the members and doesn{t like fruit either. Good luck. 
Minas has been really good so far, the branch has about 40 or 50 members and we had a branch activity which was just tomando la leche. Which means drinking the milk, we just ate cake and pizza and hot chocolate and watched the primary, which are three kids, do an act or play thing. It was good to get to know the members and have them tell us where all their friends live so we can baptize them. We have two ward missionaries, which is a first, I havent had ward missionaries my whole mission and they are 16 and 17 years old. At first I was hesitant, but they are really really good. They work with us in the street and are a great help, we just have to wait until after highschool gets out to work with them.  
We say tomando la leche to describe elders who sit in the houses of members and waste time. Aint nobody got time for that. Alot has happened this last week, will I miss carrasco? oh yeah, carrasco was great, but minas is a whole nutha level. 
Really looking forward to this changes

Heres a couple fotos of my new house and me and elder Rodrigues and Elias. 

Elder Webber

Monday, July 7, 2014

Eating "Left-Out" food :-(

This week went by way too fast. I´ve been alittle bit sick this whole week but it wasn´t bad enough to really effect the work, just a stuffy nose and flem. Ate lots of oranges and I´m feeling better.  I feel like we don´t even have time to teach all that we want to. This week we got gifted alot of stuff from some of our investigators including ties and shirts, and I don´t know if I already told you but we were given a full suit that was too small for me and too big for my companion so we gave it to a recent convert. Yesterday Julio Cesar gave us a bottle of cologne, which was nice, but also really creepy. 

Anyways. Thursday night we were walking home at about 845 and contacting in the street as usual. We didn´t have lunch with a member that day so we made alittle rice and tuco. We were pretty hungry, and what the people do here is when they have food that is still good to eat, but they don´t want it, they put it outside on top of mailboxes, fenceposts, or garbage bins, well we walked by and saw a perfect slice of a triple-layered dulce de leche cake with sittin pretty right there. We inspected it and concluded it was good to eat. My companion got pretty sick that night but I felt fantastic really. 

This change went by really fast, and now we have all of our eggs in one basket, all of our fechas for baptism are the 15 of July, which is the day before changes. Almost all of our investigators need a perfect record these next two weeks then, which means coming to church both sundays and completing will all of their commitments. It´ll be hard, but if we can pull it off it´ll be quite the night. It´s been pretty good here with elder Rodriguez 

This week I´ll hit 8 months out. Pretty crazy, I wasnt thinking too much about it until I talked with Elder Taylor, who is financer, and he knows all the information and stuff like that about everybody. We try not to think too much about time. 

Mission president came out with a few announcements, which we knew before he announced them because we live with the assistants and they tell us almost everything. But he changed the music standards so that we can only listen to Mo Tab and the songs that are made by the church every year for the EFY program. Its alright, those songs are pretty good. He also changed the rule so that we can´t play ANY card game at any moment. So that means we cant play UNO during family home evenings, which I´m kinda bummed about, because the members here love to play UNO and it gets really intense sometimes. But rules are rules so I guess we´ll find some other activity to do. 

I´m down to my last little storage of cliff bars and Nature valley bars. My companion always asks me for some and I always say no. There are some things just not for sharing. I´ll share my cheesecakes when I make them, I already made one, and my brownies too, I also made one of those, but my cliff bars and pop tarts are mine. 

Elder Webber

Knock, Knock Jokes...

Yesh yesh, sounds all good at home. Pool sounds good, not right now because its pretty cold, waking up and you can see your own breath kinda cold. But yesss very good. I got your letter with the talk in it and some of the quotes, I got it on monday and couldn´t read it until today because theres the rule that says you can only read and write letters on p-days. But thanks a bunch for that.  
And yeah mapeline. I don´t need it urgently but just whenever you send another package or something, some kind of maple extract or something like that. I dont mean like bottles of maple syrup just the extract that you put in water and sugar or something like that. 
This week was a pretty productive week I feel. We had two intercambio things, one with Elder Pointer from California and another with Elder Caracola from Bolivia. Elder Caracola has about a week left on his mission, so he was pretty trunky and I just made jokes about it the whole day. 
When we saw a plane: 
Me-¨Hey elder, How far do you think that plane is?¨
Him - Oh I dont know, maybe a mile or two
Me- hmmmmmm nooo maybe like 2 weeks. hahaha

Its good fun. And Yes, Uruguay won their game which means that they´re passing into the next round in the world cup. It was deadly quiet during the game and after the game the whole country exploded. It was almost dangerous, we got a call from the Zone Leaders saying that if we didn´t have anything fijo, planned, that we should go home and do our weekly planning. We had plans. So we went out. Everybody dancing and yelling and honking horns. Locura. My pants ripped this week, so I sewed em up real good like, and my comp just asked why I didn´t just staple them together. What? elder.... I dont think..... I don´t think it works like that. Lo and behold his pants rip the next day and he staples them. They lasted maybe a good 4 hours. Hes a pichi. Which means hobo. I´m not sure he understands knock knock jokes either, heres his latest. 
him-knock knock,
me- who´s there
him- Julio
Me - Julio who
Him- Julio Cesar

Julio Cesar is an investigator that we have. 
Its been really foggy the last couple of days, which makes us feel like creepers. But we work, we should have some baptism dates coming up. Anyways I think that´s about it. But anyways, Thanks for everything. 


Elder Webber