Buenos Dias familia!
Ok so we had a very busy and exciting week...bike week always is! I don't even know where to start.
So this week I finally became a missionary. On Friday because of scheduling we ended up not being able to ride our bikes so we ended up walking most of the day. I now am sporting my first missionary blister that I got by the end of the day. After about 3 hours we decided to catch the bus to the other end of our area and it was bliss to sit in an air conditioned bus for a few moments. It has been really hot this week as is evident by my various tan lines. I have quite the farmers tan right now. My feet are varying shades of white and brown with stripes from my different pairs of shoes. Basically my feet just look weird. The tan line I am most proud of is my watch line. I think by the end of August I am going to have to wear sunglasses when I go to take my watch off at nights because my surrounding arm is brown and then under the watch it is like bleach white! Yikes! Is that my normal color in the winter?! I hope not! So when we got off at the bus stop we were trying to figure out the fastest way to our next appointment and we were going to get some water in water bottles before heading out. As we were about to walk over to the drinking fountain to fill up our nearly empty water bottles a pigeon flew over and landed on the drinking fountain and proceeded to drink out of the water spout. We then were faced with the choice. Fill our water bottles with the water we knew was being contaminated by stinky little pigeons or keep walking in the heat until our next appointment, hoping we didn't need any water. In the end we couldn't bring ourselves to drink the water, but luckily a nice lady on the next house we stopped at invited us in to have a lovely drink of ice water. I am not sure I can ever drink in outside fountains again knowing that birds enjoy drinking with us... Although come August things might change and I'll just have to carry around a water purifier, so we can still get drinks!
The second reason why I am finally a missionary this week is that I have finally eaten menudo. I knew this day would come. For our lunch on Saturday we were given two big cups with freshly made menudo. For those who don't know menudo is a type of soup and the meat they use is cow stomach and intestines. We had to give ourselves pretty good pep talks, before we ready to face the menudo. I was even the brave one and elected to go first. I got a really good piece of tripe and man was it chewy! It didn't turn out as bad as we expected, but there was still some mental shudders from knowing that we had just eaten parts of cows that ought not to be eaten! :)
Still recovering from the menudo experience from earlier in the day we decided that for our dinner break we were going to stop by and get some ice cream at the local super market. As missionaries we have limited funds, so we are always on the look out for a good deal. So when we see a sale on ice cream for 3 for 5 dollars we decided to do the economical thing and buy 3 half gallons of ice cream. :) Even with the bikes we were feeling a little self conscious to be buying that much ice cream, but we sought comfort in the fact that the sale was only valid if you bought all three. I would love to say we managed to buy our ice cream unnoticed and stash it in our fridge for wonderful enjoyment later on, but as we walked up to the counter a member stopped us and after giving us a little weird look she took the 3 boxes of ice cream and bought it for us. So we left the store with 1 1/2 gallons of ice cream and bright red faces. Don't worry we have only opened one of the ice cream boxes so far!
To the enjoyment of my family I have also enclosed a very special picture. I found my turtle! It just moved to Texas...that's why we could never find it! I await all your apologies for never believing me. Viva la tortuga! [For those not "in the know", many years ago Katie was in our back yard and (she claims that) she found a turtle. She started to play with it and then it "chased her and tried to bite her". According to her, it was green with red racing stripes. Now when was the last time that you saw a turtle chase anyone? :-) Anyway, I think we were gone, but when we got home she told us all about the turtle, but when she went to show us, the turtle was no where to be found. So we tell her she was hallucinating and she tells us we will have to repent and apologize in the next life.]
Aside from all the fun missionary experiences that are coming on a daily basis the real reason why I am out here it to share my testimony of the restored gospel. I love that I can wave and talk to people watering lawns, on buses, at bus stops, on their front porches and I can do it because I am a missionary. I am not afraid to teach and to testify to people about Christ's restored church and promise them blessings. I know that anyone who wants to know if Christ's church has been restored on the earth can receive a confirmation by the spirit. I feel that same spirit every time we teach a lesson. I am not here to convince people that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true, but I invite everyone I meet to find out for themselves and I know that Heavenly Father will answer very single heartfelt prayer to know. What a blessing it is to know that we have a loving Father in Heaven who will always answer our prayers. I am grateful for the prayers in behalf of all the missionaries including myself and I know that they make a difference as we work during the week. I hope everyone has a fantastic week!