Serving in the Cochabamba Bolivia Mission
November 3, 2010-November, 2012

Monday, March 21, 2011

Crazy Week!

Wow, what a crrraaaazzzzyyyy week. I hope that everyone else had a more quiet and peaceful week than I had.

So, this week has been the week of intercambios(or exchanges). I started Tuesday with and exchange with my District Leader, Elder Capiona from Santa Cruz, Bolivia. We worked together for 24 hours, and man, did I learn a lot. When we did our companionship study on Wednesday morning, he just tore me to pieces with how I was teaching.....but I feel like I´m a better teacher now. Then we worked all day Wednesday, but we had little success. Then Thursday and Friday I went on exchanges again....this time with and Elder from my group, Elder Hoffman. He´s super cool, and he´s from Texas too! He´s from the Dallas area, if you care at all. We were just together in the morning on Thursday, so we didn´t do much together. My companion and I spent the rest of the day going to citas and knocking on doors( we did a lot of that this week, all of which was sucked.  :(  ) But, Friday was a completely different story. This time we went and worked in his area. We just spent the afternoon knocking on doors....but we had much MUCH better results than my companion and I.

In just two hours of knocking on doors, we found 4 new investigadores and took down four more citas for the following week. We also got rained on really, really hard. Like Texas rain hard. I was COMPLETELY soaked, to the bone. But it was totally worth it.

Also, a missionary "died" this week, my good friend Elder Mendoza (Elder North´s comp. They both lived with us.) He left us on Monday evening to head for his last interview and such with the President. He was a good friend and teacher. I´m going to miss him.
Christian with Elder Mendoza

The new set of elders
And now Elder North has a new companion, Elder Ah Sue. Yes, he´s a gringo, and no, he isn´t asian. I know, weird. But he´s a super cool guy. And at home we call him  "¡Elder Ah Sue Madre!". It´s really funny, and he´s fun to have around.

Sorry that the letter is so short this week. I hope everyone has a good week.

Dad- I´m sorry that the Spring skiing is so bad....just do a snow dance, and all will be better. Heck, I´ll do one here in Bolivia for you.

Mom- Thanks for your email! I´m glad all is well. Have a good week!

Aly- Hope you had a good spring break, hope to hear from you soon!

Emi- Hey sis! Hope you had an awesome birthday! Have a good week.
Til next time!!


Elder Craig

Monday, March 7, 2011

Happy Carnaval (and Mardi Gras)

Hello beloved family and friends!!!!!!!

Well, this wasn´t a very exciting week as far as weeks go. The only real exciting thing that happened this week is that I got sick....again. Yup, three weeks in a row this time. It really sucks. I went to the lab after being sick all morning and having stomach pain.
And the results that I got were that it was parasites, again. Soooo, I´m taking really strong meds right now, and I´m still on the infamous  "white diet" which means nothing but chicken, rice, potatoes, bread, no dairy, no beef, nothing fried, etc. etc. So, it´s super fun.

We did not have any baptisms this past week, but we do have one, possibly two for this upcoming Saturday, so keep your fingers crossed and say your prayers that they come through because they´re really special to us. We did find a bunch of new investigadores this week, and so we´re starting to be really busy with them.

We also went to the temple- The first session after it was closed for cleaning! It was so awesome, and I really needed it. It´s such a blessing that we have a temple in our area. Not a lot of missionaries get to go for their two years, so I´m super grateful.

And now the Carnaval news......I´ve been chased down the street twice by kids with water balloons(that was during the week) and today we were headed here to the internet cafe.....and some girl in a van shot me in the face with a Super Soaker. So it´s starting to become really fun here. Because of Carnaval, we as missionaries won´t work today or tomorrow, because who´s going to listen to a bunch of missionaries during Carnaval. Plus we´re huge targets with our white shirts and ties.

Mom- I hope you had an awesome week!!! I love getting your emails.

Dad- Dude, I´m super jealous that you got waist deep powder!  I hope you keep getting teaching opportunities like that.

Aly- I´m glad all of your tests went well. I hope you have a ton of fun in Vegas!

Emi- I agree with dad, you´re out of shape....but that´s how´ll you´ll start the season, it´ll be totally different at the end of the season.
Have a good week.

Abuelita y Grandpa- Felicitaciones en su llamamiento! Quiero saber cuando saldran!

That´s all for now folks!


Elder Craig