Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A taste of Iguana and the case of the bread snitcher

This is one of the people Sara is teaching in his DENTAL OFFICE! He was taught all about pulling teeth from his father.
We have had quite a few struggles these last few weeks with our investigators. Right now, we are working with a single mom that has four kids (all from different fathers). 12 different missionaries have passed for her but she had never committed to come to church or to receive them after the first couple visits, until one night she encountered us after she had been drinking. She had a box full of marked Liahonas (church magazines) that her ex-husband´s family had sent her from their home in Las Vegas. Since then she has come to church the last two weeks. it´s a real testimony builder that people are being prepared. It breaks my heart how much alcohol has a hold of her, we have set goals but one of her best friends keeps bringing over bottles and it´s hard for her to resist. We found her one night and she just kept making jokes and when we said goodbye, she just hugged me and said, ¨You have no idea how much I´m hurting right now." Her drinking has taken a toll on her two daughters who we have found in tears because we had planned an activity but her mom said she couldn't go anymore because she was tipsy. Now, after a few more lessons, she has committed to stop drinking and has been sober for over a week. She has changed and is continuing to change and her two daughters are preparing to get baptized. It just always surprises me how much I hurt when she falls back into drinking, it really helps us as missionaries to continue on.

As for food, we do eat some WEIRD stuff. I make my own breakfasts and dinners and my grocery cart has changed from comfortable American food to platinos and frijoles and rice and corn flour and jamaica and other fruit. Since I became best friends with Hermana Euceda in San Pedro, she taught me how to cook yummy meals. And we have a cook that cooks lunch for us since we don´t have time. I finally told her this last week that even though we are allowed to eat cow, maybe we shouldn't eat the organs. Luckily I said it in a way that didn't offend her, and now we don't have to eat more liver or other...meat. Someone also gave me a plate of cooked iguana but I was able to get away with promising her I would eat it once we got back home...but after one bite, I wasn't able to keep that promise and I gave it to a member. 
Iguana - Sara did mention that this family had a pet iguana and then commented "They ate his BROTHER"
Sara expanding her cooking skills while on her mission in Guatemala  and making tamales.
And when we were helping someone wash their clothes, the other side of the pila was filled with food for their dinner...chicken. And her kids thought it would be funny to chase the white missionaries around with chicken heads and feet...so the food here is pretty interesting.

That reminds me that I forgot to tell you guys a really funny story. When I was in San Pedro, I woke up one morning and when I walked past the kitchen, I noticed that someone had spilled my bread on the floor (about ten pieces). I was confused why no one had told me and then I thought it had been a mouse because the bread was a little torn on some of the pieces...but I quickly found out what had happened when I found another piece of bread with bite marks in a different room...I had been fasting and I slept walked and ate my bread! I guess my sleep walking ...and my ability to fast are the same as when I left haha.

Every day here is a miracle, I will write again next week. We are going to ANTIGUA on Monday with our zone, I´m very excited

No comments:

Post a Comment