Well this week has been one of the craziest weeks of my mission. On sunday I found out that I had changes and would be training a greenie in Taxisco, the hottest and furthest area in the mission (President has put his trust in me again, since it is so far away we could get away with anything, and no one would know). I am also reopening the area. I am training Elder Hansen, from Idaho. He is really great and is a ginger. We started the week by hopping on a bus with all of our luggage to take a 2.5 hour bus ride to Cuilapa. We then hopped on another bus to take us another 2 hours to Chiquimulia. Then from there we had to take yet another bus, for 30 minutes, to take us to Taxisco and then walk a ways to our house. It was about 5 hours in total and it was a crazy hopping from bus to bus as they threw our luggage on and off the tops of the busses. We finally got all settled into our house and started cleaining. Our house looked like a pigs home when we showed up so the first thing we did is clean. It still is not really clean and we can not use the kitchen yet, but it is a lot better than it was. We then went out to work and realized just how hot and humid it is here. The entire day sweating puddles. IT IS SO HOT!!!
On Wednesday we had zone councel in Cuilapa which is another 2.5 hours, 2 busses, travel one way. Elder Lindquist is my district leader again which is a lot of fun. On Thursday we had division and I stayed in the area with Elder Venegas who was here for 1 week before the emergency changes and before they closed the area. He showed me more of the area and our recent converts. In our area we have about three little towns that we have to take tuk tuks to get there. One is about 15 minutes in tuk, another is 30 minutes in tuk, and the last is 1.5 hours in tuk. Our area is really large and the houses in the little towns are really spread out, but it is really cool. The beach is also in our area but as far as I know we can not go there.
On Wednesday the electricity went out in our house too. I did some investigating and turns out that the previous missionaries did not pay the light bill for the last 4 months so it got cut. I quickly got it all payed and figured out, but we went with out electricity for 2 days. No fans for 2 days was awful. We would be sweating puddles as we studied and sleeping in the night was almost impossible. Just sweating so much, the bed was even wet.
On Saturday and Sunday it rained here which at first was nice because it made it a little cooler and not so humid and hot. However when it rains here it rains cats and dogs. Man it rained so hard. Nothing is waterproof and umbrellas serve very little, only keeping your hair dry. The streets here flood really easy and so when we had to cross streets we were crossing rivers that were calf deep or just below the knee in places. It was awesome until all my shoes were soaked after two days. Lots of fun and the lightning and thunder storms are really loud and cool too.
On Sunday we found out fast that we are really in a branch. We are pretty much the counselors to the branch president and help run the branch. We blessed the sacrament and both gave talks. We will have to do it every week and might even have to run the meetings every now and then. We have about 15 active members in the branch. To Top it all off- I am recovering from Chickungunya. I had an awful rash, fever a couple of nights, and everynow and then my wrists and ankles still ache/hurt. It has been an awesome week!
I am really loving it here and am enjoying training and teaching spanish to Elder Hansen. It is really awesome here outside the capital. We write in internet cafes and there are not a lot of places to eat. I have already lost weight. It is truly the best week/day of my life.
Having the best day of his life,
Rash from Chikungunya.
Church building in Taxisco.