Well this week was a busy week with all of the changes. Sunday afternoon, after church and eating cow hooves and cow stomach, we went to the office to figure out changes. I didn’t have changes and neither did Elder Baum. He is officially the first comp I have had for more than 6 weeks (1 change). From there we had to plan how to get everyone to their new area which took a little of time. After we got that all figured out we went back to our area, had a lesson, and then it was time to go home.
Monday was filled with a lot more work as nearly all the plans we had, for changes, fell through. The Taxi/Bus guy that we were going to use failed us and fell through. We quickly had to replan everything using another Taxi service that we had been using. We called them and figured it all out. Monday President also took us all out to Carl’s Jr. for lunch. In the night we all went to a members house where they made us dinner; eggs, beans, and fried plantains. Probably my favorite meal here in Guatemala. The Family was really nice and pretty much their whole family lives in the states so they all spoke English fluently. After dinner we all went to the White House (mission home where all the missionaries going home stay on their last night and were the executive secretaries live) to call the zones and let them know of the plans. As an office we partied it up a little and then went to bed.
Tuesday morning we left at about 7am to go to the Chapel of Montúfar and prep for the changes. Taxis started coming in full of people and we had to make sure they were all organized and got back in the right taxi to go back to their new area. All the Changes went really well even with more things falling through and a bus just decided to leave without picking up the new missionaries. It was a little frustrating at times but we finished at 10 in the morning (1.5 hours faster than before) and we saved about Q3,500 Quetzales for the mission so president was really happy. I also gave a little talk to all the new missionaries entering the field (only 5, we are losing more missionaries than we are receiving and president has had to close a lot of areas) on the financial rules and my job as a financial secretary. There was only one new missionary from the States (Utah) and he did not speak Spanish before the mission. It made me think of how far I have come with the Spanish language seeing him struggle to understand and speak in Spanish. It feels like just yesterday I was in his same place, especially as he is going to my first area too. Went back to the office to take care of all the little stuff we had to do and in the night we went back to the White House to spend the night there with all the missionaries going and the office staff. President showed up too, for a little bit, but hadn’t realized that every change the office staff goes there to spend the night (apart from the executive secretaries as that is their house) so he told us it would be the last time because we need to be in our own area and try working a little in the night. President did however forget some things for the missionaries going home so Elder Barker and I went to his house with him to go pick them up. Sister Caffaro gave us ice cream with hot fudge, caramel, and Oreo crumbs while we waited. President’s house is REALLY nice! It looks just like an American home and looks as if it had been renovated recently. Their house is awesome. After all of the changes and everything was done the week was just a fairly normal week, but long office days and running errands. Yesterday was Sister Caffaro´s and Sister Daly´s Birthday so we got them a cake, every missionary wrote them a little letter and we got a nice box from a market to put them in, we got them flowers, and we sticky noted their cars. They were surprised and seemed like they enjoyed it.
That is about it for the week. Doing awesome here and having the best day ever!
Having the best day of his life,
The Office Staff
Our truck we drive.
Office Staff with President and Sis Caffaro
Hard at Work