I have been called to serve for 2 years in the Costa Rica San Jose Mission as a full time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Crazy, Craaaazzzzzzzyyyyy Week!

Baptism of Alfredo, second from left

Baptism of Luis, 9 years old

Four Missionaries

That's a plate of gallo pinto. (Gayo peeentoo) Thats your typical plate here in the CR. Plantains and gallo pinto with natilla which is a thick super sweet and delicious sour cream.

The 15th was the independence day of Costa Rica. This was the huge parade that they had in San Jose. It was IMPOSSIBLE to work that day.

They love Costa Rica here.

Ok mommmm... You ready for a crazy week?? Well PDay was changed to today because we went to the temple.

Ok. Right when I got to the Don Bosco area there was a drunk guy that found us in the street and told us to change his life. That happens at least 15 times a day... And every time we give them the same answer. Come to church on Sunday and we will help you there. They never show up. Ok. But this guy did show up. And he showed up every single Sunday since. His name is Alfredo. And he left after sacrament meeting every week and we always asked him when we could come over but he always blew us off and never told us where he lived. Over the weeks he started becoming more and more clean and in nicer clothes. Until finally we told our mission leader to follow him home after sacrament and he did then came back with the info. Last week we went and found his house and he let us in so happily and told us that his life completely changed since the first time he entered that church and that he hasn’t drank since that day. We put a baptismal date in the first 5 minutes and interviewed the next day and baptized the next day. He was so happy and his life has completely changed and all just for getting to sacrament meeting. It was pretty awesome. The Lord hooked us up pretty good. And we had activated a less active lady and they had gone for like 6 weeks straight and Friday we found out that her son wasn’t baptized and was 9 so we baptized him the next day too.

All last week Elder Amador the new ZL in the house got a nasty fungus on his foot and went into the hospital and had to have his foot completely fileted and can’t walk for a while. So we had to do weird divisions all week to put Elder Reimschuzzle with someone. And Monday we met at the house to hand off Reimschuzzle and the phone just happened to ring.

President called and asked to talk to me first. He told me that something happened in the mission and now we don’t have enough missionaries to have 4 missionaries in don Bosco. So he first congratulated me because I’m the new district leader. And then told me that me and Reinoza had changes but to Paso Ancho. The missionaries from there live in my same house, in the same district. I have changes to an area touching don Bosco. And Elder Kurta from Paso Ancho had e changes to another place along with Amador who had the foot problem had e changes after being there 3 weeks. And the dl was in Paso Ancho but got changed to don Bosco with Reimschuzzle. I don’t know if that make sense but it was the craziest thing I’ve ever heard. Now we only live 4 in the house. Ok just to recap just so it makes sense. ME and Reinoza were taken out of don Bosco 2 and put into Paso Ancho. I’m now a district leader and don Bosco 2 was closed. Suppperr nuts. Butttt this means that I opened 2 areas and I whitewashed an area. I’m in my 4th area and no one has showed me an area since my first area with Elder Felipe.
Before this, we lived 6 in the house. Don Bosco 1, don Bosco 2, and Paso Ancho. The district leader was in Paso Ancho. Don Bosco 2 was closed. The district leader went up to zone leader and went to Don Bosco. His comp went somewhere else. Me and Reinoza went to Paso Ancho.

Now there are just 4 of us in the house. There are 3 areas in my district. The 2 in my house and one called Hatillo. I had to run a district meeting yesterday and teach the district something. I do have to do baptismal interviews and I’m terrified. I have to worry about getting our district goals or president kills me. I have to get a report every night from my areas and they have to tell me what they’re doing and I have to help them with their investigators and if someone has a big problem I have to go on divisions and help them out.

The US soccer team played 2 games a few weeks ago. Only two. One against Costa Rica and the other against Belgium. Do you find that an odd coincidence? And we lost them both :(

But I gotta go. I love you. talk to you monday.
Elder Graham

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