Saludos! We had a good week. We typically get about thirty lessons per week but we focused on planning more efficiently and we were able to get forty this past week. I also stopped carrying my bible this past week. It was hurting my back too much to have all that weight. Everyone has a bible in their house so I can just use theirs when I need to use a verse in the bible.
Yesterday was the primary program. Kids are the same wherever you go; there are some that know all the words and belt them out and others who are in their own little world. There was a cute little boy who was using the sacrament cup for his pirate eye and was pretty focused on that the whole program. Also they had quite a bit of parent participation. The closing number was a boy and a dad singing together. I was wondering if Dad would be down on singing a duet - that made me laugh.
Yesterday a cute couple from Canada came to all three meetings of church; they've been vacationing here for their honeymoon. We translated for them and it was fun! It’s so funny because whenever there is someone white all the members tell me she looks like me. Also, when they are flipping through the ensign they will say: "this girl looks just like you."
To answer your questions:
I pretty much just eat what I did at home. Toast, wraps, beans and rice, pasta, pancakes. We don't really get the culture experience as far as the food goes because we don't eat with Dominicans for health reasons. Lunch is a really big deal here. Contacting from eleven to one can be challenging because everyone is cooking. The most common dish is La Bandera which is beans rice and meat.
Everyone tries to feed us. They are very generous people and everyone offers us food. They do get slightly offended when we turn them down, more than I expected. We also have to be careful not to compliment too much because then they try and give you their stuff.
I actually have never seen anyone filter water here. Everyone just has those big blue jugs and once it’s empty you take the empty bottle to a place to exchange it for a full one. It used to be hard for me to carry it but I think I'm getting stronger:)
Sad to hear the good ol Altima was dying. That was a good car. I am proud of you Cate for playing so well on the soccer field and that's so awesome you are going to go out with the sisters! We are so grateful for all the members that go out with us, it really helps.
The annual Webster Halloween bash looked like a hit. That's awesome Sara is going to England.
Dad, I love the quote you gave me and mom I am so happy you are now working with a Dominican. Dominicans are the best.
There is a boy in my ward that is going to Torreon Mexico. He leaves in February and he wants Spence's email address. I will let him know that Spence suggests missionaries wear lots of deodorant.
One of my favorite things to do is when we are contacting apartment buildings and when we get to the top, I love to look out at the view. It is so peaceful. It looks so different from the top - so green and the ocean always is closer than I realize. Even though we have contacted the majority of our area, sometimes from the rooftop we can see new places that we haven't touched. I love the idea of perspective. There are moments in life when it’s difficult to see the big picture but I will try and apply the "rooftop perspective" more in my life.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to be here and meet so many wonderful people. Love you so, so much