Kind of an interesting week. Last Monday, December 7, was the day of the devil here. People make and buy a lot of Devil piñatas and then at 6 at night, they light them on fire and throw them in the streets. That was fun to walk around and just see piñatas of the devil burning everywhere in the streets. They also had a lot of firecrackers.
Also went around with Elder Zuleta visiting some of his old areas and that was fun to see something new, but generally it was all the same.
My new comp arrived this Tuesday at 11 in the morning and Elder Zuleta had left at 7 in the morning- so I had to go over to a members house and just wait. That was really boring and long as I just sat there and read the Liahona as they did other stuff to prep for their day. My new Comp is from Twin falls Idaho and is Elder Henderson. He has been out for 14 months. It is fun to have another American companion, but it makes it so much more difficult to continually speak Spanish in the house, so my Spanish will not be improving as much as it should be :(
We did some "Yard Work" service this last Wednesday and it is nothing like yard work service in the states. We were given machetes and went into his backyard to chop down this bamboo type plant. That was cool and we had a lot of fun with that.
Had divisions with Elder Alberto this last Wednesday too. He is brand new and only had 4 days in the mission. It was cool to see how far I have come and to teach him new things.
December 12 was the day of Virgin Guadalupe and the city went crazy. All day the roads were closed to cars, painting in the streets and putting up banners. At 9 at night the festivities started with a "parade" where they carried this big Idol around. Firecrackers were going off non stop and there were a bunch of fireworks. This lasted for 2 hours. I was on the roof of my house and was able to watch it all. I think it is the best firework show I have seen, not only because they were literally exploding right in front of me in the air, but just the quantity of fireworks too. It was 10X better than any other firework show in the U.S. that I have seen.
Yesterday as a zone we went to a street market, all wore red ties, and sang Christmas songs for an hour and passed out pass along cards. That was fun and then in the night there was a stake choir concert that we were able to attend as well.
-installed a pull up bar
-changed dinner to breakfast
-starting to think in Spanish
Ponderize: 1 Timothy 4:12
Having the best day of his life,