Monday, January 4, 2016

Week #63 - New kid, new area and a crazy, loud New Year's


Haha well, this week has been pretty crazy. On transfer day I picked up my kid (Elder Cañete) and we were taken to our area by the AP's because we didnt have a traveling cell phone. We got there to our apartment (which hasnt had missionaries in it for 5 months) and it was DISGUSTING. Cockroaches everywhere, all surfaces were dirty and dusty. The last missionaries there left a whole pot of rice on the counter which just sat there and molded for 5 months. The area book hadnt even been touched for 7 months. I can honestly say that this is going to be the most difficult assignment I have been given.

We had a curfew that night so we didnt get to go out and work, so we just planned and cleaned and got to know each other the 1st night. then we went to sleep at 10:30. Around 11:50ish we were awakened by about a million (not exaggerating) explosions outside the apartment. They go ALL OUT for new years eve. From 11:50-1:30 or so it was IMPOSSIBLE to sleep because of the war of fireworks going on outside the apartment.

The next few days we finally took the little boat out to our area. When I say "little boat" I mean it. Like for real. Its barely a few strips of wood and bamboo roped together with a little guy in the back paddling us across the water. Sometimes its kinda sketchy hahaha.

The first few days we literally knew nothing so we just OYMed for 7 hours straight to find new investigators. We had little success until the last hour. We met a woman named Jonah. We taught her the restoration, then extended a baptismal date on Feb 6. She accepted, then came to church the next Sunday haha. What a blessing.

Then yesterday we FINALLY met and found the bishop and met all the members. We have been doing all we can to strengthen our relationship with them. They seem to be very grateful to have missionaries again. Especially missionaries who are obedient and focus on their purpose. I have a lot of hope for the next few weeks.

Anyway. I am loving my mission and having a great time. I love you very very much. Keep reading hebrews 11 and compare it to Ether 12. It had a big impact on me reading that.

Elder Dahle

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