So some more about my comp, His name is Elder Santiago Figueroa and he's been on the mission for about 14 months. I recently committed myself to be harder working and more obedient. With everything I keep in mind some advice from this missionary book i have that says: Never use your words or the words of the world to express what you're feeling. Always use the words of the Spirit and pray that you will be guided to say what is best. So i always try to not say anything until i´ve said a little prayer and it´s been working for the most part. I´m growing alot and i can tell i´ve already changed a little for the better.
So this Saturday we´ll have 2 baptisms, Hermano Martinez and Angel Garcia. We´re still having problems with the medical papers to marry the family of 4, so they´ll be later i hope. We were going to go to the temple with the family just to be there and feel the spirit and talk about how eventually they can go in there to be sealed as a family forever... but they can´t go so we are rescheduling.
We don´t have that many new investigators because we´ve been trying to work with the ward to have them help us start reactivating people, but they haven´t really been any help so this week i think we´re just going back to normal work. And this week i´m feeling determined so i´m going to push us.
I´ll send my camera chip home soon, the thing is everyone has journals where they have friends write in them and put their information to contact them later and a photo, and so i want to print out some photos before i send it so i have them before the next transfer, and i´m not sure if i sent them the pictures would get back in time. But i´ll send it eventually, promise!
The heat here isn´t really a problem anymore. Our house has poor circulation and there´s only one fan so sometime i struggle getting to sleep, but if i take a shower right when i get home it works great and the showers now are great. I´m used to the cold water and it´s only a little cold in the mornings if i haven´t worked out hard and at the end of the day it feels great. So it´s usually only hot when we´re walking alot in the sun but if we get out of the sun, it feels great. If i wasn´t on a mission walking around all day in a shirt and tie in the sun, i would say Panama has the perfect weather right now. In the shade it´s heavenly, especially when i´m in a hammock with some food :)
So for transportation from Chorrera to Panama we can take either a Diablo Rojo for 90 cents or a bus yeye, which means fancy bus, and it´s $1.50 but it has personal seats and air conditioning and stuff so they are nice... but we´re poor so usually we take Rojos. In the city we can take chivas, which are little tiny buses, or rojos which both cost 30 cents around town and they go everywhere so if we need to we use those. We can also use taxis because there are a ton here but they cost $1.50 to $3.50 so we don´t usually use them. Plus alot of them won´t pull over and pick us up because we´re missionaries. If we are on p-day in normal clothes they usually always do, but in white shirt and tie, it´s difficult to get one. Diablo Rojos are a cool and different experience because they are usually really crowed with loud loud music blasting and they seem really dangerous to be in because everyone who drives here is crazy, but the Rojo drivers are by far the worst. They are constantly racing each other and are really dangerous for other cars because each Diablo Rojo is a big school bus so they never look before they change lanes or pull out, they just do it because they´re bigger than everyone else and everyone knows that they´re not going to stop or wait. It´s pretty funny and they are all really colorfully painted with fancy rims and flashing lights and everything. They´re cool, i like them, it´s a fun experience.
Tell Cory and Grandpa Rudy happy birthday for me! I´ll have presents for them when i get back, but it´s a pain to send things here so i decided i´m just going to haul everything back in my bags and only send a few things.
Something cool is that we have these Colombian investigators who are brothers and you can tell they don´t want anything from the church but they like us teaching them. But anyway this past week they made us Colombian food and it was way good and they are going to carve my name into this Colombian wood in a fancy cool way because they are wood workers (running out of time, gotta make it short).
Dad, i forgot to tell you but thanks a ton for all the information on the sensitive Mormon topics of black people receiving the priesthood, and polygamy, that was really informative. We haven´t been back to Rodney´s yet but i feel more confident now. And the ZL´s said i have mail from you that i will get tomorrow so thanks in advance! It´s nice to have physical mail you can read in the middle of the week if i ever feel a little down or something.
Thanks to everyone for all the love and support you give me, it really does help me to press forward everyday! You guys and Christ are my anchor in the storms. As it says in Helaman 5:12, if we build ourselves on the rock of Christ we can´t fall and i know that´s true. Lots of people here question and challenge our testimonies and with Christ as my rock, i know i will be fine. I know He lives!
I love and miss you guys a ton and pray for you everyday! All is good here is Panama so don´t worry about me :)
"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."