Monday, November 6, 2017

Delicias Mexico Part 2, week 2

This week has been super cool. I got to return to my first area and now being able to speak Spanish, I got to talk to a lot of cool members and investigators that I knew back in my old days.  We had a day that missionaries often dream about.  We had a super cool Halloween party complete with physical injuries, and I’ve got the coolest blackest companion in the mission! Not many weeks better than the one I just had.
Well on Monday I had my changes and got my new companion named Elder Lopez.  He´s from the Dominican Republic and he now has 3 months in the mission (when he has one year, I’ll be back home, that´s crazy!). He´s a super cool missionary and has an amazingly powerful talent to bring the spirit.  The only problem is he knows a lot about the scriptures and at times tries to teach for his own ability.  Then we end up with 2 hour lessons with investigators and we are all sleeping in the end hahaha. He´s super sick and with a bit of help is going to be an amazing companion these next 6 weeks!
On Wednesday we had a day that went like a dream. All the appointments were in their houses and all of them accepted us and accepted baptism dates.  We achieved every goal we put out there, almost doubling it.  In the end of the day we found a family of 5 that accepted the message and did all the homework we gave them! We also had another investigator that when we passed by again she had read half the book of Mormon (she only had it for 3 days).  She accepted to be baptized this following in month in November.  She only needs a few more lessons and church assistance. This area is amazing, and this zone as well. This zone has had the most baptisms the last 4 months due to this area being ready for the scythe, the field is white and ready to harvest here in Delicias!
Today we had a super cool Halloween party.  Me and my companion went as Harry Potter characters, I went as Ron and my companion as Doyle in the last harry potter movie (he was black in the last one, still confused how that works). I ended up painting my face due to peer pressure and I think I’m going to have eye shadow for the next week! But in the end the party was super fun and we did a bunch of activities that the Hermana Brown (the Samoan sister missionary that was with me in the offices) made for us.  We ate pies made of cream and beans, played ¨beer pong¨ with horrible mixed beverages, and almost killed a missionary with a runaway piñata stick (don´t ever fill a piñata with flour, it´s all fun and games until someone loses grip of the stick and it goes flying into another missionary haha), and our pumpkin won second place in the pumpkin competition.  It would´ve won first but the sister missionaries always win by default haha. it was a super fun Monday and a great Halloween here in Mexico!
My camera isn´t functioning to well here so I’ll get the photos off next week!
con mucho amor,
-- 
Elder Bunch

México Chihuahua Misión

Panamericano

Monday, October 30, 2017

Delicias Mexico Part 2, week 1

Well this week we had changes! And well, it ended up with good things and bad things. I`ll begin with the bad news, first as customs say. Well I ended up having changes and I was taken out of the Junta.  Also, I have a new companion in my new area. The worst part of it all was that we won`t get to baptize 3 families that we had set for the month of November that had finally started to come to church and even have special callings in the branch because they are so cool! And well that is the bad news... The good news is pretty sick! My new area is in Delicias and is the exact area in which I began the mission (panamerico)! So I will get the chance to help my first convert to complete his mission papers and if his calling arrives early I`ll get to see him leave as well! I`ve also learned that another convert I had there recently returned back after studying in the states for a while so iIll get to see her as well! It`s going to be awesome! Another cool part is that my companion, Elder Merino, was moved to another area in the same ward as me! So we basically see each other every day whether it will be for food or for missionary tasks.  That is going to be pretty cool as well! My new companion is named Elder Lopez and he is from one of the areas in the Dominican Republic that I visited when I lived over there for HEFY,  I`m going to try to be best buds with him so I have a place to stay if I visit the Dominican Republic hahaha. It should be a pretty cool cycle and if all goes well we should find a lot of success! Oh and Delicias is super hot right now compared to my old area so that should be interesting to adjust to haha.

Well in terms of my last week in the Junta we basically just prepared all of our investigators in the chance that we were to leave.  We did a whole bunch of service with a weed whacker (amazing tool by the way).  We probably spent about 60 percent of our time in the day just cutting weeds of investigators and members. We gained a lot of trust and had some amazing lessons because of it. I ended up using the 2 boxes of caramel apples and popcorn balls that I received to have 2 amazing family home evenings. Especially the popcorn balls we went with a super cool family that just wouldn`t go to church and we had a sick family home evening with them all about Lehi`s dream and the fantastic white fruit (popcorn balls).  The children loved it and understood more why we desired that they go to church.  In the end they came to church! Afterwards they asked when they could be baptized, super cool! I don`t remember who sent those boxes, but thanks! They worked magic with these investigators and a young less active girl and all her friends as we taught them about the parable of the seed that grows in the heart (like an apple tree), super cool lessons! The secret to reaching the hearts of people is through the stomach, especially when they are young haha. 

Another super cool experience that we had this week was the opportunity to eat half a kilo of ribeye steak! My zone leader, Elder Loftus, leaves this week so we partied a bit. We went to a place in which we previously only ate pizza, until a member told us some of the best steaks in Chihuahua are served there.  So we tried it out, and dang it was probably the best steaks I’ve eaten in my mission. Super super good, only problem was that you have to save money all week to afford one... But it was worth it! And it was a great send off for the missionary, he is a cool guy and we are going to meet up to play lacrosse after the mission (he`s going to play for Weber).

Super good week here in the mission, and these next few months should be great as well! 

Con amor del infierno de Chihuahua,

-- 
Elder Bunch
México Chihuahua Misión
La Junta 





Sunday, October 22, 2017

La Junta Mexico, Week 8

This week was pretty crazy not in terms of work, but in terms of what we did! We road the train! And not just any train, we rode the first class train! Almost all that happened was a mistake, but it was super cool! This week I also had the chance to return to san Juanito to visit the Elders over there and the giant festival ended this week so we are hoping that all the people get back to repenting!

Well this week we decided to go to San Juanito because the elders have been struggling a ton with several issues. Anyways, we decided the day before that we wanted to go on the train because for missionaries that can´t do much, riding trains is super cool! And right now I think we are the only ones that have accomplished getting on (it´s super hard as I’ll explain soon). Anyways we learned that the train left from Cuauhtemoc at 8 am, so the following day we woke up at 6 in the morning, left our house, and hitchhiked to arrive in Cuauhtemoc at around 7.  From there we had to wake up a taxi driver and take a taxi to the center of Cuahtemoc.  When we finally arrived at the station they told us that the only train that was leaving today was the first class train (it´s like an airplane where there is first class and economic only that sometimes that train only leaves with first class) so we decided there was no turning back, so we paid a lot of money and hopped on the train (it was super cool so it´s worth eating ramen all month hahaha).  We spent the entire trip eating in the food cart, and hanging out between the carts.  I took a ton of video but it isn´t easy to send videos through email or I would send them.  It was literally like a ride on a train through Yellowstone, it was amazing! On the way home from the division we took the bus to save a bit of cash hahaha.

Besides that it was just a regular week of work.  We found an investigator of the church of 19 years, who told us that if she can accept Joseph Smith she´ll be baptized.  We taught her an amazing lesson and she should be baptized here in November.  This week will be the last week of the cycle so this next Monday is when we will learn if our little village here gets closed or not.  I hope it doesn´t, but the members here are far too dependent on the missionaries and almost none of them have testimonies for themselves.  So although I don´t want to leave, in the end the village needs the lesson. I´ll probably come back to visit, because this entire zone is amazing in terms of nature, it is a super big tourist place in México, and it would be cool to see a couple of the members here as well hahaha.

Well that about sums up this week, this next week should be the big email hahaha. Have an excellent week.

con amor,

-- 
Elder Bunch
México Chihuahua Misión
La Junta 




Thursday, October 12, 2017

La Junta Mexico, Week 7

Well nothing too dangerous happened this week, but we sure did party! It was a solid birthday week in the mission hahaha. I got a bunch of cool presents, got a lime cheesecake slammed in my face, and got to kill a pig! I can´t ask for much more in life than those types of experiences!

Well up until Thursday it was just a regular week full of work, we ended up finding an investigator whose son was going to complete 25 years on the 6th of October as well! So when she found out my birthday was on the 6th as well, she decided to combine our parties and she told us that her son really wanted to eat a roasted pig for his birthday.  Well that just sounded like the coolest experience ever, to learn how to prepare and roast a pig, so we helped her out in taking it down and preparing it.  We had to leave before they took the insides out and put the pig on the roasting stick (the rod that spins it over the fire for and entire day).  In the end it was a super cool experience and I learned how to make a pig roasting box all I will need is the help of a welder and we can eat roasted pig when I get back (trust me this was the best pig I have eaten in my life, amazing!). After preparing the pig, the zone leaders pretended to get mad at us for being out a little late in a dangerous area, but when we arrived at the house for the grilling we thought we were going to get, they invited us out to dinner at the fair that recently hit the city! We ate massive Gringas (it´s like a big quesadilla with meat). When we finally got back my companion told me I had to open one present so we opened one, and in the end I somehow ended up opening all of them hahahaha,  Then as we got ready for bed we proceeded to eat the cookies, they were surprisingly good for how long I suppose they were in the packet hahaha. 

The next day  ended up running probably 5 miles (we have a massive front porch that  run in while my companion does "excercise").  Overall, I ran about 40 minutes, then my companion came out and said that I had to shower so we didn´t run out of gas, so I took a shower and when I came out the entire district was there and they made me a lime cheesecake!  As Mexican tradition holds I was required to have my face smashed into it hahaha. Weird tradition, but it is basically the equivalent of birthday spankings in the United states.  Personally I like the tradition here more, the bigger your face the bigger slice of cake you get haha. After that it was a normal day until that afternoon when we went for a massive pig feast.  They had it roasting on the rod and you just had to pull off the parts that you wanted to eat,  I ate a ton of ribs and a bit of leg meat, my companion started eating the meat and then decided that the bones themselves were really good and really weak, so he ate a good portion of all the small bones.  I tried one and it was all right, but the meat was the best of it hahaha.  That was how my birthday ended up here in México this year! Super awesome, it´s crazy to think that this is my second birthday here, but I guess I´ll see you all at the party next year!

One of the coolest and weirdest experiences happened this year, when we were walking to church and a huge family of white people pulled up and asked us where the church was!  We showed them where it was and we went to church with them.  It turns out it was a family from New Mexico that came down for vacations (I honestly did not know that people vacationed here).  They said they loved it and that they visited the copper canyon and the Menonites (mexican amish) and said that it was amazing for a 4 day vacation. So who knows, maybe there are cool spots here to visit, only that we as misionaries can´t visit.  The coolest part was that the father served in Chile about 20 years ago and that he translated the testimonies of his wife and his son, both of which wanted to share their testimonies for testimony meeting!  Although his Spanish may not be the best nowadays, it was amazing to see how the spirit helped him convey the message for all the members!  It was an amazing example for the members to see the family attend church even when they were on vacations (the people here put church as their last priority). Super awesome Sunday because of that experience!

That was the week here! They are going to be closing this village from the mission soon due to complete reliance on the missionaries here so if I don´t write next Monday or the week afterwards don´t worry I’m still alive just that I have to haul all my stuff across the state hahaha.

Con mucho amor!

-- 
Elder Bunch
México Chihuahua Misión
La Junta ​