Thursday, July 23, 2015

July 20

Alright I guess we will jump straight into this week :) There are a
lot of things to tell about, its been an exciting week :) Gotta love

Tuesday- We went to teach Hno Tomas with Decio :) it was a great
lesson. Tomas actually does communicate bettwe in tulegaya than in
spanish, so we heard a lot more about how he feels about us teaching
him through Decio. I believes the Book of Mormon to be true, and that
our church is a church of God, he just feels too old to go to church.
so we are still reading the Book of Mormon with him :)

We went and taught a guy named Preciliano Gracia, a guy we hd found
and taught before. We left him the restoration pamhplet to re-read and
pray about, and he told us that it is absolutely true and that this
has to be the restored church of christ because it all makes sense.
however, on the downside, he works as a police officer in Panama, and
works a month on and a month off. so he left two days later to work
for another 30 days :/ but its all good. We will teach him again when
he gets back :)

We stopped by to visit the Perez family (different from the other one
we are teaching) and they offered us sooga! so we ate it :) sooga is
crab, and it was a big river crab that they had caught for us. crab is
hard to eat but its actually super delicious! when we finished, he
asked if we would liike to try titi. and we both said sure... he
explained that it was fish. He plopped a piece of meat on our plates,
and I assumed it was just a chunk of a fish. and he then proceeded to
explain that it wasnt one fish. it was millions of rice sized fish
cooked into a patty. They were pretty good too! but that was super
interesting XD

We went to visit Lain that night, and for the first time in a while we
had a lesson alone with him, without his huge group of friends. it was
nice to get a one on one lesson with him, to see how he is doing with
everything. hes a good kid! he just needs to start coming to church so
he can get baptized.

Wednesday- We had a very normal day with studies and exercise and
everything :) super great. I love exercise and studies. those are the
best days. we worked like normal and went home early, because we had
to leave in the morning for Zone Conference.

the low-down: we know have permission to talk about it, as the
families know. Zone Conference was canceled last time, because 6
missionaries piled into a small motorboat to come to zone conference,
and the boat was over weight. If you remember, i mentioned that the
ocean was really angrythat day. so, in their travel, a wave crashed
over the low-floating boat, and the boat sank. the 6 missionaries and
our district president were lost in the ocean for 4 hours. everybody
was found, is safe, they just lost a bunch of their luggage and
scriptures. so... sad, but a miracel that everyone is ok. side note-
someone caught a barracuda in the area they sunk in 3 days later.

Thursday: we headed out for Zone Conference super super early. When we
got to Nargana after 4 hours in a boat, we were let know that the
location was changed! we had to backtrack to Playon Chico, because
nobody could find a ponga to go to nargana. so... we all went to
Playon Chico. it was cool :) the APs came out and brought mail so I
got some of my birthday packages :) super great.

we played barefoot soccer with a bunch of tule kids. they beat us
pretty bad XD gringos who never played soccer in their leave against a
bunch of 14 year old tules who have played soccer since before they
could walk XD plus it was barefoot on rocky sand XD

it was fun :) it was nice to get together with other missionaries,
including my comp from the MTC, elder mcgraw!

Friday- they day was basically stolen entirely by travel.

Saturday- BAPTISM ON THE ISLAND OF USTUPU. Hoora :) a girl named
Jannais, and old investigator of the sisters, that we finished
teaching :) shes a good girl. We also went to the monte in the
morning, to help in the pineapple farm again :) it was cool. this time
there were a lot more trees to cut down, and a lot more ants, but it
was fun :) It started pouring rain on the way back, so I had to
constantly dump water out of the canoe XD

Sunday- We finally got a computer, so we set it up, and did the branch
reports and stuff on the computer for the last 3 weeks. so that went
well :)

Monday- well. today. the plan for today, just hang out. go buy some
souvenirs later :) but ya.

Hey im out of time though :) Its been a great week full of adventure.
But, beyond everything, im just happy to be serving the Lord and
spreading his gospel. We met soem gringos this last week, who came on
a baptist mission trip to the island. One lady thought we were crazy
for wanting to stay gone from home for 2 years, but was respectful of
that fact that we were preaching the word of God. they were there to
help out in the hospitals. it was interesting to see other gringo
people XD none of them spoke spanish, and were confused how we could
communicate withou a translator. We explained that we learned spanish
and were learning tulegaya and they thought we were crazy XD but its
all good :)

I love serving the Lord. Im greatful for this time that I have, and Im
going to keep going forever. sorry mom, im not coming home. ima just
stay here for the rest of my life :) but hey. Its been good. I hope
everything is going well at home! Ill talk to yall next week!

-Dios Les Bendiga
-Anmar nuedi
-Neuegambi :)

-Elder Bradburn

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