Monday, December 14, 2015

Heat waves with a chance of flooding

Hello all,

This week was another low key week here in Barranqueras and Puerto Vilelas. Nothing much new has gone down when we do the same thing day in and day out and update of our investigators.  We will most likely not be having a baptism this transfer do to various circumstances (mostly just drama), but as for now we are going to be starting from square one in finding people to teach and progress.

In other news, the weather has been super crazy, I have heard about all the flooding in Oregon and Washington, welcome to my life here in Chaco!  Saturday was a really nice 105 degrees all day long... scratch the nice... it was miserable... Especially when you’re in a white shirt and tie.  Then we wake up Sunday morning and it was dumping rain... and it’s still going today!  I know every week I say the same thing about the weather but it just keeps getting hotter and the rain just keeps getting harder!
When its 105 outside, you get Ice cream
my flavor of choice (frutilla salvaje;))

I have been getting a lot of questions about things like food, so here’s just a brief rundown of what I eat on a daily basis:
Milanesas (like a giant chicken nugget) (they’re my favorite)
Pasta (just spaghetti, only it tastes a thousand times better here)
Asado (Also a favorite, Argentine Barbeque)
Ñioques (I don’t know how its spelled or exactly what it is but it’s so bomb)
And all of this is topped with Mayonnaise... (gross I know...)

It all sounds unhealthy but I still continue to lose weight... I’ve lost about 15 pounds since being here and my belts have become my best friend since my pants are too big and now my shirts are looking a big baggy on me... I asked my ZL if it was normal to lose all this weight and all he said in reply was "welcome to the mission life"

But nothing new this week really, no exciting tales of heroism or near death experiences!  Just a lot of walking, dehydration, and now rain.  Hope all is well back home!  You won’t be hearing from me again until the 25th! (maybe) I will for sure be Skyping my family this day but I will also have an hour of writing time which probably won’t be until the 26th... It’s all up in the air at this point!!  Have a great 2 weeks! Expect a nice Christmas card next email!

With love
Elder Peters

Hope all is going well back home. It has been the same here as well with flooding and rain practically all day long. we might have to walk to some of our appointments tonight because usually the buses shut down once it starts flooding, so we will see, but everything is under water and the streets are abandoned. there is part of our area called capellini all the way out on the far end our area, and in this area there are just these small wooden houses (wooden houses mean you’re super poor) and they’re just under water, literally people stranded in their houses because of the flooding, but I’m curious to see it now because after 2 straight days of rain it could be completely under water now.  It started raining yesterday morning and church attendance dropped down to 44 people, usually there are about 115, which is the 2nd largest ward here.  What also is confusing is on Saturday it was about 105 degrees... 105!! I have gotten to the point where having the AC set to 75 degrees is a bit chilly for me! The weather has just been terrible and so inconsistent. But hey la vida la vida!

All of our scheduled baptisms have fallen apart for whatsoever reason whether it be, church attendance, permission issues, or other drama and such so we are mostly going to start from square one and find new people to teach! we do have some hopefuls but this transfer it might be kind of hard to get a baptism here, but if Elder Johnson and I are together for at least one more we will at least have about 2. It’s all up in the air as of this point so we will have to wait and see, but for now our dreams of a white Christmas have been shattered.

We don’t really remember much else that happened this week. We made banana bread (sorry mom) and some pan cakes with Dulce de leche también.

I have gotten a lot of letter from you guys yes. I don’t really know how long it takes but I just know when I do get them they come in groups of 2 or 3 from the Zone leaders.  So no sé but our ZL was saying it takes about 5 weeks which I think it’s actually been a bit faster.

In terms of the temple we do not get to go to any temples. missionaries used to be able to go to Buenos Aires before they fly home but so many missionaries had missed flights home they had to shut that down. The members do however go quite often I feel like, about once every 2 months to Paraguay. Its only about a 5-hour bus ride there so they all just make day trips to go with some names and stuff. There is also ward temple day in February and a recent convert family we talk with often is getting to get their endowments then! 

But all is well and I’m staying safe, hope all is well back home?

With love
Elder Peters

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