Monday, October 13, 2014

A Sunburned Gringa

Out and about in Pigue

1.  Last week you said that Pigue is way safer than Terrada, and that you hadn't seen anyone get robbed.  Does that mean you saw a robbery in Terrada???

Yeah, me and Hermana Pinnock saw two guys robbing a house once. Brace yourself, this is a good story. So we were walking down the street at night in an area that was kinda dangerous. We were on our way to a safer area when we see one guy hopping a fence and another with a bunch of beer. Hermana Pinnock knew the person that lived in the house, and knew that it wasn't these two guys, so she stops and goes "What are you doing?? Huh? is this your house??? what are you doing????" all accusing. And I`m just like ``Hermana, stop. stop now. There are two of us, two of them, and they might be drunk. Let's just keep walking. There is a guy down there and we can tell him to call the police..." So angrily Hermana Pinnock followed me to this man who called the cops. Ok, that story sounds better when I tell it in person.

Also, we saw some guys robbing some soda from a truck once, and we always saw teenagers running for their lives out of stores.

Robbery is a big crime. 

2.  Are there as many dogs in Pigue as there were in Terrada?  I'm wondering if there would be  more or less in a big city.

Nope there are way less, and they are all friendly, too. Dogs like to lick Hermana Peterson's hands when she walks - hahahahaha!

3.  What do most people in Pigue do to earn a living - if you have been there long enough to tell?

I have no idea. I know most of them are retired, and I know the news reporter here.  He's a member.

4.  Have you seen any carpet anywhere in Argentina since you have been there?

Yes, in the mission home, the chapel in Terrada. and one house that we went to here in Pigue. The only carpet like in the States was the one in the mission home.  The others were like cheap, really thin carpet that you would find in an office building, but thinner and cheaper.

5.  Tell us about someone you are teaching.

There is this sweet lady named Ladys that we are teaching. She forgets things a lot, but she knows the things that we are teaching are true. She won't get baptized because she thinks her family is against it, but we`re working with them. She's 81 years old and a member takes care of her some nights, so she already has a lot of exposure to the church. She went to conference with us!

6.  What thing touched your heart the most this week?

There is a guy in the ward who is preparing to leave on his mission (he just sent in his papers). His name is Kevin. So we stopped by his house to ask them about one of our investigators, and he stopped playing video games, and made his brother listen to us. He listened the whole time. It made me think that sometimes people kind of just brush off what we do and they don't really see us as representantes de Cristo (representatives of Christ), but there are some people like him who see us as people trying to serve God and have enough respect to stop and listen. I don't know, that just made me kind of happy to have someone who is willing to put us in front of other things. 

7.  What was the most useful Spanish word or phrase you learned this week?

I learned the difference between fuera which means "outside" and afuera which means "about". Also, nervios and novios which are "nerves" and "boyfriends". 

8.  Did Hermana Peterson (and you!) prank anyone this week?

Nope, but we have a weekly goal to pull a prank this week. 

9.  What was the best/worst thing you ate this week?

Yesterday we ate some hot dog chili mixed with rice and ate it on bread. Yeah, it wasn't super great. But the day before I had raviolis with this really good sauce with chunks of steak in it, so that was great. 

10.  Last week you sent pictures of you and Hermana Peterson each sitting by an empty chair, with your arm around the empty chair.  Where were you and what was the significance of those pictures?

OK, so they always say that you actually in a companionship of three. You, her, and the Holy Ghost. So that was us with our third companion, the Holy Ghost. We were in the family history center here in Pigue, It's where we watched conference in English and where I email, so I`m there right now. 

11.  Did you buy any sunscreen?  I can see that you are getting tan!

Nope, and I`m burnt. A member noticed and gave me a little thing of sunscreen for babies, and I`m sharing with Hermana Peterson. Suncreen and stuff like that is really, really expensive here, so I`m waiting until I absolutely have to to buy some. 

12.  Do you use a full-size messenger bag?  When we were getting you ready for your mission that was something that we (and especially me!) wondered about - if you really needed a bag that big or not.

Nope. Actually it's a mission rule that if we use bags they have to be transparent. It's supposed to keep us from getting robbed, and I guess it works, I really have no idea. So, yeah, I use these plastic bags that break after about three weeks. Some people make boxes and carry around their stuff in that, so I`m thinking about doing that.

13.  Did you try cooking any chili?

Nope. We can't figure out where to buy beans.

14.  What impressed you most in your studies this week?

How Alma is so good with explaining difficult subjects like the resurrection and the life after this. The Book of Mormon is so clearly written, and the things that seem weird are very simple and make perfect sense when you read and study them. When you read it with the desire to learn and know if it's true, it is so obviously true.

15.  What was the funniest thing that happened this week?

So, we have these investigators and their names are G____ and A____. So we found them my first week in the streets, and it turns out they went to church a few times. We had a lesson with them this last week that was out of control. G_____ started telling us ghost stories, and how a witch came up to her in the streets and told her that she is a witch from God, and will be able to touch children and heal them. 

Then, while she was telling this story, I yawned, and she stopped talking and told me that yawning meant that my spirit was rejecting her spirit and the things about ghosts that we were talking about. So,  Hermana Peterson tried to change the subject and asked what were the requirements to become a witch. BAD MOVE. We didn't think they would actually know... 

We got out of there after that. We decided that maybe we should try a new teaching approach with them next time. 

Also, a two year old gave the opening prayer yesterday in sacrament meeting, so that was cute. 

I love you all and I write to all of you every week, so you can expect a letter. 

Also, everyone and their grandmas decided to write me this week, so if you don't get a response in an email, sorry. 



Happy 6 months!  (I've been on my mission for 6 months now!)

Hermana Avalos from Brazil 

That is one big Book of Mormon!

Leaf cutter ants!


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