Monday, April 2, 2012


So this week was pretty good. We had a lot of meetings with conference and everything, so we didn't teach as many lessons, but it was still good. We just watched conference at our stake center. They had a projector and everything set up in Spanish, and we had a gringo party in one of the other rooms watching it in English. For some reason, the satellite connection on the channel they broadcast it in English wouldn't come through very well, so we ended up just watching it on a computer over the internet. We got to watch all of the sessions in English except for the first talk and a half of the first Saturday session, and the Priesthood session. Apparently they don't broadcast it over the Internet. It wasn't too bad though, I understood most of it, I just had to concentrate more.

As far as investigators, we still have Manuel. He's the one that came to church last Sunday that we contacted on the street. He's really cool. We taught him a couple times this week, and have another lesson planned for tomorrow. He was going to come to conference Sunday, but ended up having to work a double shift at the airport and didn't get to come. We also had José. We've been teaching him for a while. His mom got baptized the first or second week I was here. He's been really difficult to find sometimes though, so we haven't taught him much. He came to conference on Saturday, but not on Sunday. Then, on Sunday, when we stopped by that night to see how he was doing and try to teach him a lesson, he told us that he decided that he didn't want us to come teach him anymore. It was pretty lame. He was supposed to get baptized this coming Sunday. I think we'll still try to pass by with him sometime later this week or maybe next weekend and just see how he's doing. We're also teaching a less active part member family. The grandmother is a member and one of her sons, and we're teaching her grandchildren. There are four of them ranging from 8 to 11 years old. They're fun to teach. We also were teaching a husband and wife who are basically Bible scholars. We taught them twice and the first time, with everything that we shared, they had a scripture that they wanted to share to make sure that they understood what we were saying. This week, we taught them the restoration. I was surprised when we got over there, because they had really studied the pamphlet. They had highlighted passages and written scriptures in the margins that supported or refuted things. It was cool. The only problem was that they had so many doubts and questions, that we didn't end up getting to really teach anything. In the end we just told them that we weren't going to get anywhere like this and that the only way for them to know if what we were teaching and what we believed was true was to read the Book of Mormon, so we left them two Books of Mormon, and they promised to read it within a month. I'm excited to see what will happen with that. I feel like she is more interested in finding the truth than he is, and he is more interested in proving us wrong, but we'll see. This Tuesday, we had a meeting with all of the missionaries who came in with me and their trainers. It was cool getting to see everyone again. This morning, a bunch of missionaries from my zone met at one of the stake centers, and we played basketball and rugby. It was a lot of fun. While we were there, I was talking to my zone leader, Elder Cox, he's from Mesa, he's pretty cool. He goes home in the April. Anyway, I don't remember what we were talking about, but I found out that he worked at AMC, and I think he quit just before I started working there. It was pretty funny. It's a small world (but I'd hate to have to paint it). I'm not sure what we'll do for Easter. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Well I'm glad to hear that everything is going well.

Hopefully you guys can get everything figured out and fixed with Mitch's car. How is his collarbone doing?

Dang, that's crazy about the bees. I remember one time we were at Chase Tarwater's house, and while we were there, some bees starting forming a hive on Wesley's jeep. It was crazy. Chase had just gotten his wisdom teeth out and decided to put on a few extra layers of clothes, and try and get the bees to leave. It was hilarious.

I can't really think of anything that I need. If you were going to send me anything, the only things I can think of that I would want are a dictionary in Spanish, or a book with road maps of the US. Ha ha I know they are really random things. The dictionary that I have is just a Spanish-English dictionary, and so I can't really look up definitions of words, just the closest word in English, but sometimes, it isn't entirely accurate, and as for the book of road maps, after my mission, I would like to go travel and visit places in the US where I've never been. I think it would be really cool to go visit church history sites back east, like Nauvoo and Palmyra. Both of those things I can find down here though, and I don't really have any need for them.

Oh and as for the bucket with the iron in it, when we run out of gas for the water heater, that's how we heat up water to shower in the morning, and then I just use a cup to pour the water on myself haha.

Well I hope you all have a great week.

I love you. Elder Janda