Weekly Email 6-2-14

Hey guys!!

 

Elena and I :)  She's so sweet.

Elena and I :) She’s so sweet.

 

Well, I don’t exactly really sincerely have that much to write this week… It’s been very slow. But as far as good news goes, we’re actually getting somewhere with my visa. We lost two entire days at the immigrations office and at Interpol doing paperwork, fingerprints, photos, background checks…. They even did a teeth exam! It was a long time to be stuck in offices… ha ha but yeah it’s important.

 

We got to celebrate Hermana Brudnicki’s birthday on the 27th!! She turned 20. Did I already write that we get to share a room with those guys? I think so. Anyway the cool thing about having a companion is that when it’s their birthday, it’s kind of your birthday too because you get to go to all of the parties and eat all of the cake. And because we get to spend so much time with Hermana B, it felt kind of like that too!

 

hermana Brudnicki's brithday with the zone. we bought the cake!! cute huh?

hermana Brudnicki’s brithday with the zone. we bought the cake!! cute huh?

 

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Other than that, there’s not much to report. We’ve honestly been having a really hard time. We haven’t had a single progressing investigator this entire cambio. We don’t have anyone with baptismal dates. We just keep turning the same street corners every day and we’re contacting the same people and not finding anyone new. It’s hard because this sector is about 1/6 the size of my first sector in Jesus Maria. The numbers that show how many lessons we’ve been teaching and everything are really lousy, especially after we’ve lost two days this week. Both Hermana Castillo and I have just been feeling a little down. The zone leaders were last in this sector and they said that they had a hard time here too. It’s one thing to have one bummer day and bounce back, but it’s been like that day after day after day for four weeks straight.

 

But there’s this quote that I once heard from a general authority that goes, ”If you want to see different results, you’ve got to start doing something different.” Or something like that. But the message is that this week, we’re going to start trying something different. We’re going to work with members WAY more. We’re going to do everything we can to use every moment of our time! Gotta have that hope.

 

Today we’re all going to hang out as a zone and play sports. (It’s a majority-Elder zone.) And then one of our district leaders from Mexico is going to make real tacos!! YES. It’s so strange, nobody down here knows what tacos are. I thought all of my life that like everyone in central and south america eats the same things but it’s complete apostasy. People down here don’t even know what a tortilla is. Go figure. Anyway we’re really excited. Especially because we just got zone jerseys made again and we’re all going to wear them. This time, we got the Scotland jersey. I don’t know why but all of the Elders were just begging for it. It’s cool though. Navy blue.

 

Anyway, looks like it’s going to be a pretty down to earth week. But we have a lot of new plans with the ward to get everybody excited about missionary work, including two activities and a trip to do baptisms at the temple! I’m excited. We’ve got permission to go with them! So that’ll be fun.

 

I hope you all are well and that you know that I love you and love reading all of your emails!  Families are the best.

 

Take care!

Love, Hermana Hollberg

 

crazy huge industrial sewing machine at a member's house (where we skyped)

crazy huge industrial sewing machine at a member’s house (where we skyped)

 

Weird star wars mask we found.

Weird star wars mask we found.

 

View of the back of San Cristobal.

View of the back of San Cristobal.

 

A fruit called ''chirimoya'' which is my new favorite. it looks hard but the skin is incredibly thin and soft and it's even softer like a pear inside... it's like butter! But fruity and sweet.

A fruit called ”chirimoya” which is my new favorite. it looks hard but the skin is incredibly thin and soft and it’s even softer like a pear inside… it’s like butter! But fruity and sweet.

 

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view from our roof at night

view from our roof at night

 

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Our mission

Our mission

 

One night we ate out and we were bored so we spelled ''gracias'' with the left over rice.

One night we ate out and we were bored so we spelled ”gracias” with the left over rice.

 

Roads and stuff.  Look at the houses in the mountains in the distance.

Roads and stuff. Look at the houses in the mountains in the distance.

 

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