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!
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
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!
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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.
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
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