Babby’s first time in the Cerros‏

Welcome to my ward. ”Los Cerros” (the hills) are the more dangerous parts of our mission because they consist of the poorest of the poor and there is an insane amount of theft. There is such a huge problem here of overpopulation that people have literally started building into the mountainside. There are no roads or anything in there, just stairs that could be rivaled by those cartoons portraying Buddhist temples being way up there on the mountain tops. I’m reminded of Ace Ventura 2 where Ace plays with the slinkies. Anyway, our ward has a fair amount of ”cerro” in it, but only the Elders are allowed to go up there for safety reasons. But yesterday, the family who signed up to feed us lunch happened to live right at the tippy-top of one of the little mountains!! We only took our cameras out because we were walking with the Elders and the dad of the family, and nobody was going to mess with us. But it was still scary. We thought it would be so cool finally getting to go up the stairs but they were the steepest I have ever seen in my life, and by the time we had gotten half-way up, we were doubled over. It wasn’t even funny anymore. Oh my gosh. Haha. But it was worth it. First time in a whole year out here that I’ve gotten to go up in the hills!! It was like a little San Cristobal!

 

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that first photo is just a little cerro, the others are like 4 times taller, including San Cristobal because they’ve built onto the entire thing too

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They're putting water in for the first time so the houses will have running water.

They’re putting water in for the first time so the houses will have running water.

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Those dogs were trying to kill us

Those dogs were trying to kill us

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Hermana Castillo and Hermano Raul

Hermana Castillo and Hermano Raul

Quote for the week:  ”The Savior is our example in everything—not only in what we should do but in why we dould do it.”  (Russell T. Osguthorpe, What if love were our only motive?)

Well, today there’s not too much to report. Everything is going along like it always goes along. I think this email will mostly be a photo email because I FINALLY got to go in the hills!

*** Photos :)

As you maybe all know, we had the end of FIFA yesterday. That was a hoot. It’s a relief to have to all-day street parties over. On saturday night, we went to bed with music blasting through our windows, and when we woke up on sunday morning at 6 30, they were STILL blasting their salsa!! Oh boy… but now it’s over. So that’s cool. I guess Germany won?

We’ve been having a few problems with some of our less actives. We think that Luis Fabian might have moved, and if that’s true, I’m going to be really sad. He’s such a sincere little guy. Also some of our investigators have to get married. We just feel kind of stuck between a wall with everyone, nobody is progressing. Agh. It’s ok. We’ll keep going.

On Saturday, we got a call from the Bishop at 9:30 at night, telling us that we had to all give 10 minute talks yesterday. But we didn’t have time to plan anything because we had a meeting early morning with our new mission leader and it was going to take up all of our study time. We were a tiny bit panicked but one thing cool about a mission is that you get so much practice with teaching and speaking that you can just do it ”de la nada”, with a moment’s notice like that. It went really well though in the end for both of us and I think that the ward is getting more excited about mission work. It was good.Today we’re going back to the Zoo! That’ll be fun. I went once a long time ago in Magdalena. I’ll let you know how that goes.I’m out of time so I’ll just have to end with a super awesome scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 35:13-15….

 13 Wherefore, I call upon the weak things of the world, those who are unlearned and despised, to thresh the nations by the power of my Spirit;

 14 And their arm shall be my arm, and I will be their shield and their buckler; and I will gird up their loins, and they shall fight manfully for me; and their enemies shall be under their feet; and I will let fall the sword in their behalf, and by the fire of mine indignation will I preserve them.

 15 And the poor and the meek shall have the gospel preached unto them, and they shall be looking forth for the time of my coming, for it is nigh at hand—

We are the weak things of the world, but we will be made strong.

Love you guys so much! Sorry that this email is super short but really… there aren’t that many stories this week to share. But take care!!

Love, Hermana Hannah Hollberg

more weird potato things???

more weird potato things???

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A family night that we did where you have to balance knives on these 4 cups (they say read, pray, attend, keep the commandments) and it represents how you can have a strong testimony. in the end, it’s so strong that you can rest a whole bible on the knives and they don’t fall

 

On saturday we learned how to make a dish called ''Aji de Gallina'' that's SOOPER classic down here. It's really good too. I'll make it for you all when I get back, that is, if I can find the ingredients...

On saturday we learned how to make a dish called ”Aji de Gallina” that’s SOOPER classic down here. It’s really good too. I’ll make it for you all when I get back, that is, if I can find the ingredients…

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At this one there weren't even stairs anymore it was so high. just those huge rocks placed to work like stairs

At this one there weren’t even stairs anymore it was so high. just those huge rocks placed to work like stairs

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Us and the family

 

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the wind made my hair into little spikes. did I ever teach you how to use photoshop? I should have

 

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Can you see the three dogs??

 

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really tired after going in the hills. Seriously, our legs were shaky after going down, we were both laughing so hard.

really tired after going in the hills. Seriously, our legs were shaky after going down, we were both laughing so hard.

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