Monday, April 9, 2012

April 2, 2012

Things are real good here in Solano. This week was real calm and real good. Elder Ramos and I are preparing various people for baptisms in the upcoming weeks, so we are pretty busy all the time in between that and running around the zone of Florencio Valera and helping all the other missionaries do things. 

Conference weekend is the best thing that's ever happened to a missionary, better than Christmas, Easter, lo que sea. So good. It is really the only time that we have to sit, be with other missionaries for long amounts of time, eat, and listen. Luckily the members were nice enough to prepare a room set apart for all of the American Elders to listen to conference in English. It was too good. But we weren't able to go to the priesthood session because it started at 9 and ended at 11. We will see if I can watch it at some other time.

There are a lot of cockroaches in our pinch. We casually told one of our neighbors about the cucarachas the other day. He decided to do us a favor and break into our pinch when we were at conference on Sunday and pumped our pinch full of poisonous gas to kill all the cucarachas. We got back to the pinch that night and almost past out just opening the door to the pinch. Our neighbor then came along and told us what he had done and that we couldn't go into the pinch for the next 24 hours. I said, "Uh....thanks!", but inside I thought, "Uhh...where are we going to sleep?" We decided that the best option was our roof. So we took a few deep breaths, ran into the pinch, and took out our sleeping bags and pillows. We then climbed onto the roof, moved aside a few cluttered materials of construction, and staked out our spots for the night. It was great. It was the first time I feel like I have actually needed my North face, compressible backpacking sleeping bag. Luckily it didn't rain and the weather is getting cooler. It was sweet. When we woke up this morning and went into the pinch, it was amazing. There were hundreds, if not thousands of dead cockroaches EVERYWHERE. We then swept them into little mountains. (Like the one in the picture.) Luckily all the cockroaches are dead and we have breakfast for the next two weeks. Only half kidding. Elder Ramos had me 98% convinced that cucarachas are cool to eat and that people eat them in Peru all the time. As I was about to put one in my mouth, he told me that it was a joke. Gooo. 

I loved Elder Holland and Elder Uchtdorfs talks. :)

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