Hey all you people, hey all you people, hey all you people why´dn´t you listen to me, I liked what Marissa said, ``happy thanks-Craigy day´´. But I would just like to add that it wasn´t only a day, but a week! So it´s really funny that Cameron said, ``...I hope you are content with the kind of birthday you had because, news flash, birthdays aren't celebrated once you are 20.´´ Perhaps; but for me, I feel like the whole mission celebrated it! Let me explain. Monday (after emailing you guys that sad week) - Letters and packages arrived just in time for my birthday. Those are some of the best gifts in the mission. Tuesday - Some more letters came, and even my pensionista from Potosi sent me a package :). Also, I´ve mentioned in the past that we haven´t had a house phone for over 4 months, and I need to call my district! Well, the mission gave me a cell phone that day. They´re experimenting with the Elders and me with cell phones. It´s quite ironic because my trainer had a cell phone, but it was breaking the rules. Now I have one and it is allowed. It´s like commandments given by God. Sometimes we just need to be obedient. Wednesday - It was the census day. We had to stay in our house 24 hours so that we could have the census given to us. That was a nice day full of peace Thursday - Normal, but we put 2 baptism dates for december and I feel like that is a present from my investigators. Friday - My actual b-day. I woke up taking a nice icy cold shower because it exploded on my companion the day before (I´m surprised he´s still alive...). But it was funny cause I was singing to my self, ``happy birthday to me, my shower is icy....´´ while slowly getting myself wet little by little. But the rest of the day went pretty well. At my pensionista´s house, the husband that isn´t a member bought me cake (we made the brownies the next day) and pizza (yea!). American style! I sent pictures of the tradition here to smash the person´s face in the cake. Saturday - I saw you guys´ video. I also saw your ``cut-out´´ or your first try and then the retake. You got my pensionista´s family laughing. They probably think we´re a bit...odd. By the way, I was singing that song ``happy birthday, blahhh´´ during my b-day and nobody knew what was going on until after they saw the video. Also at the end, mom was singing a different song while dad was talking in spanish and cameron was singing in Portegues. Please, one at a time. But it was a nice surprise Then today, Monday - We went on a mini vacation. Let me explain. In the month of Oct, there was a competition amongst the missionaries in each zone. The President said that the zone that gets the most baptisms per missionary wins and gets to go to Chapari and eat trucha. Well, we won. Chapari is in the jungle about 4 hours outside of Cochabamba. It was sweet, I´ll send you cool pics in another email. Trucha is a type of jungle fish. Hermana Dyer took a pic of me kissing the fried fish.... yeah. So I got to thinking this week about expectations because all this stuff, I didn´t really expect. I was just expecting.... just about nothing. But I guess it goes in line with what Jeffery R. Holland said about that about two conferences ago, ``Surely the thing God enjoys most about being God is the thrill of being merciful especially to those who don´t expect it and often feel they don´t deserve it.´´ That´s how I probably felt and I know that God has been merciful with me in the past many times even though I probably didn´t deserve it. But also, then again, to expect or to hope is also a good thing, when it is used for the right things like an expectation/hope for a better life, world, etc. Well, that´s about it for the Birthday week. Keep on praying for me and the other missionaries. I can definitely feel it. For example, I feel like this week there was more people thinking and praying for me because the work went alot smoother. Usually it takes quite an effort to find people, set baptism dates, teach people great lessons; however, this week was like a breeze and I konw it was because of your prayers. Thank you, -Elder Walker
|Fotos de Chapari|
Cool no, I got more pics if you want to see them. There was some cool fog happenin in the jungle
Other random photos
I know I know, a lot of photos. But alot of things happend these past few weeks.