Wednesday, July 10, 2013

7/8/13 I'm glad to hear everything is going well. Everything here is good. We met the new president and his wife on Wednesday. They are awesome. They're from LA and they don't speak spanish very well. President served a mission ni Boston Spanish speaking, so he knows it he's just having to remember, but I'm pretty sure his wife didn't know any Spanish before the mission. They are both awesome though. I really could feel their love for all of us missionaries when we met them. I'm also really liking my new area. Even though the work is a bit slower and it's harder to find people to teach, we just keep working haha. We are working a ton with less active families. It's sad how many people there are here who get baptized and then go inactive. We're helping them though. This week we met three new less active families and in each of them, there is at least one person who isn't a member. I also really like the ward and the bishop is awesome. The volcano has been spitting out some ash every now and then, but it's not too dangerous, especially on this side. Even if it did erupt most of the lava and ash and everything would go to Puebla because the volcano's crater is on the side of the volcano that is facing Puebla. It doesn't look like the volcano will make any big eruptions or anything soon, because it keeps letting out smoke and releasing pressure. Tell everyone I say hi and that I love them all. You are the best! Love, Elder Janda 7/1/13 So, I got transferred to this small town called Ozumba down by the volcano. I like it a lot. It's really beautiful. It reminds me a lot of the mountains in Arizona. Like by Flagstaff or over by Showlow. My new companion is Elder Jimenez. He's from El Salvador. We get along really well. We also live with two other missionaries, Elder Strong from Utah and Elder Hernandez from Veracruz. Elder Strong is really cool, but Elder Hernandez is kind of annoying. The mission official got divided today and this afternoon the new president gets here. I think we're going to have a zone conference to go meet him tomorrow. Hopefully next week I'll be able to send some pictures to you. Yesterday, we had two different groups of drunk people talk to us. It was kinda funny and annoying at the same time. The drunk people here always want us to help them stop drinking, but then when we go try to visit them, they're never home. And then they just take up a lot of your time talking about things that don't even make any sense and if you try to walk away they get mad and follow you. It's kinda frustrating, but I've kinda learned to deal with them haha. But this one drunk guy kept coming up to us and he was wearing a tie and kept taking it off trying to get us to trade ties with him. And then when we told us no he starting talking about the scripture where it says that we should give to the hungry and clothe the naked and all that. It was kinda funny, so then we told him that he wasn't naked and he basically said oh yeah, you're right and we walked away haha. Anyway, the work here is going pretty well. There are a lot of less active families in which not everybody has been baptized. So we're basically just trying to reactivate those families and get the non-members baptized haha. Well, I'm glad that you had a great week, even though it's extremely hot there. The weather here is nice and cool :) I don't think it ever gets above the 80s. Well, have a great week. I love you :) Love, Elder Janda