Well, this week was a very hot, yet very wet week as well. Pretty much every day it's scorching hot and I almost die. THEN, it rains at about at 7 when it's already cooling off and I've already melted into a puddle of nothingness. Plus, 2/3 of my shoes have holes in them which makes it that much more interesting in the pouring rain. Luckily, things have been going good so when I walk into the house exhausted from the heat and soaking wet from the rain, I'm usually pretty happy.
At the beginning of the week the zone leaders told me I had to do divisions with one of the companionships in the district so Johnson and I parted ways for the day on Friday. I went to Xochitenco with Elder Gutierrez from Honduras. It went pretty well except that the first thing we did in the burning sun was climb a flippin mountain!!!! Ok, not exactly a mountain, BUT! It was a huge, steep, dreadful hill. I realized after that wonderful experience why his comp told me,'Thank you so much Foust, you saved me. OH thank you, thank you!' Uhh...I really almost died that day. However, I was incredibly rewarded at lunch when the Hemana made us cream of broccoli soup. It was worth it.
The day after, on Saturday, we woke up bright and early to help out with an English class. It was a class of college students and the teacher just wanted us to speak normally with them. Most of them understood us pretty well. The teacher did not tell us that we would be doing an interview with each one of them and actually grading them. He told us that the grades we would give them would count for their final grade, too. I mean I didn't want to fail anybody! He told us to be completely honest. Johnson and I worked out a pretty good grading system. After an hour and a half of interviews, they invited us out to eat. It turned out to be pretty fun and the teacher told us he wants us to come back and help some other days.
Well, that's pretty much it! Have a great week, love you all!
Pozole: Basically Mexico's version of manna in soup form. It consists of a meat broth (pork, chicken, steak) with a special type of puffy white corn and seasoned with chilies. Lettuce, radish, onion, oregano, lime, and salsa are then added according to each one's taste.
I think that I could eat Pozole everyday of my life and be a happy, fat man. I'm already looking for ways to make it in the states or smuggle it across the border...
So, it's been a suprisingly great first week with my new responsiblity as district leader. I was certain without anyone changing that it wouldn't happen but, SURPRISE!! Oh life, you make me want to laugh/cry/sleep...definitely sleep. Anyway, since changes were on Monday, we had our district meeting tuesday morning. First one as DL so AND the zone leaders were coming too so I was a little nervous. However, everything came together great as I studied the night before and I felt pretty comfortable. Especially since I already know my district pretty well. I definitely was prepared even more by taking the reports for the past 2 weeks. Probably the best situation to start as a new leader. The blessings are raining down like crazy and I'm definitely accepting all the help I can. I think things will go pretty O.K.
Other than that this week was pretty chill without anything too exciting. We did have a fun time celebrating Mother's Day! Here in Mexico it's the 10th of May (last tuesday) so we had a little Ward party on Saturday. There was amazing food (pozole, my favorite) and they had some people show their talents. All dedicated to las mamás de barrio arboleda! Right before we were about to leave, they played lots of music and started dancing. Of course I was dying to stay by that point. It was all good except one tiny detail that may have included me singing terrible (There is absolutely no video evidence so don't even ask (especially Johnson)). Oh Mexico, what have you done to me?
Today we played basketball with the zone leaders and some other members/elders. I was pretty terrible and Johnson schooled me a couple times. He's still not cool though, just so you know. Afterwards, we ate some of the most delicious tacos ever. It was basically tacos of amazingly juicy and delicious steak. Cameron and Dad would have been in heaven. So, it was a good Pday. Now, I just have to go give district meeting #2. Pray for me....
First things first, NO CHANGES! I'm just a little excited. We have a lot of work to do here in this area and I felt my time wasn't quite finished. Actually, most of the zone doesn't have changes. There's only like 2 zones in the entire mission that have a lot of changes as far as I know. A lot of my friends back in Pantitlan all have changes. But we lucked out. Well, I lucked out. I'm pretty sure Elder Johnson is dreading the thought of spending 6 more long weeks with this crazy elder.
Well, not too much to report since the last time I wrote. Just the fact that I got to see my wonderful family through Skype Sunday night. It was wonderful of course to actually get to tell my mom ¨Happy Mother's Day¨ (after Cooper so kindly reminded me that I had forgotten to do so during the call). An incredible experience that I'll have to wait another 8 months to have once again. However, by that time I'll only have 6 month left on the mission. Now that's weird to think about.
Anyway, I love and miss everyone and hope you have an awesome week. I'll be sure to include a bit more information the next time around. ¡Que estén bien!
Note from the family back home... It was so exciting to get to skype with Carson on Sunday. He looks and sounds great! He gave us a little tour of the church building and gave us insights into living in Mexico. The mission president's wife was in the hospital for 10 days for a serious staff infection in her leg and from her body's reaction to the antibiotics so that is why not too many changes were made this transfer. (She is home and doing much better now) Anyway, he emailed back later in the evening with a quick note that he had just been called to the District Leader!
So, I'm slowly turning into a puddle of melted gringo in this heat and pretty soon I'll be wearing black shirts! Other than that, this week was good.
One thing not so good was that we ended up not having our baptism. Our investigator felt it was too soon and is still a little worried about what his family will think. We have it scheduled for this Saturday and he passed his interview and everything, but still a little worried. We've been working really hard with him and he is a total champ with an awesome testimony. It's not a matter of if he will be baptized but when.
The work has been going good though. It just stinks that there's changes coming up next week and I or Elder Johnson could leave. We'll find out Saturday. It could be a really really sad day, or a really really happy one. Luckily, I know that no matter what happens, it will be what's truly best for me, Johnson, and this area. I just have to be patient, trust God, and work hard no matter what the situation. The changes this week are different, too. They are on Monday at 3:00, so we don't quite have as much time to say our goodbyes. Patience, trust, work.
To make this week even more interesting, our District Leader lost his phone and the Zone Leaders asked me to take the reports and play 'District Leader' this week. It's been a little stressful on top of everything else, but I definitely have a different perspective of things and I'm learning a lot.
Well, that's all I can remember (and this extremely hot internet cafe does not make it any easier to remember), so I'll leave you all with that. The temple was amazing today, like always. A perfect relief from all this chaos. ALSO! I skype home Sunday!!!!!! Shveeet! Well, have a great week!
To email Elder Foust, his address is: firstname.lastname@example.org