Monday, February 8, 2016

Wow!!!

This week was just PACKED full of great stuff! There were hilarious experiences and some sad and some hard but mostly just GREAT!!!! 
      So first some stories about a drunk guy (because who doesn't love those-the stories, not the drunk guys):
          So remember the drunk guy that hangs around our church building and came into our Zone meeting one time. Well, my compi and I were knocking a door in our area and he walked up to us and asked for money. He was completely drunk and my compi told him we didn't have money. He left. That Sunday, he was in our ward (he always comes into our ward). He was just sitting in the congregation and Church started completely normal. During the announcements he stood up and started yelling at all of us and walking around. We were all staring at him and a man got up and led him out of the meeting. 
        Another day we walked past a guy in the street who may or may not have been drunk and he said, "ooh, muchachitas lindas!" We get called lots of things...just a normal day in Bolivia. Oh, we get cat whistled at a lot so during weekly planning we were talking about what we could do about that and we decided it would be better if we cat whistled at THEM before they cat whistled at US. What do you think? Haha
      Also, my compi and I are both gringas with blonde hair so for all the Bolivian kids that is so weird. One mom, when she was passing us, told her kids "Cuidado, te va a llevar ella" (Translation: Careful, they are going to take you.) We laughed pretty hard at that...
      Also, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday here in Bolivia was a holiday called Carnaval where everyone SOAKS each other with water and sprays each other with this foam stuff. Gringos, blondes like me and my companera, are especially targeted. So yesterday all the little kids were trying to soak us with water and foam. They only succeeded with the foam. Today though as we walked down the street EVERYONE was trying to soak us with these giant water guns and giant cans of foam. It is actually a great holiday here. I am soaked as I sit here writing this...haha. People ran after us with buckets of water and huge squirt guns...We had to run most of the way to internet. The rest of today and all of tomorrow though we can't leave our apartments because there are going to be a ton of drunks in the street...haha. So that's cool. 
      Anyway, this week was a bit hard just because the barrios (wards) here are really hard to work with. For example, we have 22 converts in this area from the last year. Only 12 of those converts are active in the church and of those 12 active converts, 5 are on the verge of being inactive. It is frustrating because the missionaries can't do all the retaining of new converts, a LOT of that is the job of the ward. But the wards are very unorganized and there are a lot of less active members. I wanted to know why. So I asked the bishop WHY the wards were so different here compared to the states. He said something that made me think. He said that the people here in Bolivia are the PIONEERS. Back in the 1800s when the church was restored in the United States, the Saints, the recent converts, were weak too. They had a hard time being faithful. They had difficulties. Many fell away. It is a lot like that here. The Bolivian saints are pioneers. They are weak because they are new. But the ones that are truly converted will stay and continue in the church. They will spread the gospel and teach their children and in 10 years we will see MUCH progress. It was a really cool thing. Something else cool this week was that Edwin blessed the Sacrament for the first time. It was amazing!!! 
Anyway, I love you all! Have a great week!

Love, 
Hermana Eaves

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