July 3, 2017


Candelaria de La Frontera


Elder Perez

Happy 6 months!

Happy 6 months too me! These past 6 months have flown by in the blink of an eye but man am I so grateful for every second I've had to enjoy this country, people, and culture here but more especially the time I've been able to devote to the service of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. All missionaries burn a tie at the six month mark so yeh I did that... nosotros dejamos nuestros familias por poco tiempo para que los demas puedan ser con suyos para la eternidad. We went on splits and I got to stay in our area finally. Elder Silva and I are brothers of the mission because Elder Alfaro is both of our dads but this was the first time that we've been on splits together even though we've had a change and a half in the same district. We taught a lesson late nearish to the border and got stranded again so we started to walk home until we came to a completely dark part on the freeway. We saw some people up ahead in the darkness so we got a little scared but no one wanted to pick us up but luckily the police truck came and picked us up again. That's two times within a week that the mom of our investigator has saved us from a really really long walk home! Super thankful for her helping us. Later that night Elder Silva was having trouble breathing through his nose so I gave him some oils to put on but he put some peppermint really close to his eyes so they started to water a ton plus he shaved today and put peppermint on his lips too which started to burn so that was a fun time. A lot of laughing done on my part. XD On Wednesday we contacted in a really far away place and it was just pure Jungle! So many mosquitos and full of mud! All day was super hot and sticky after that which was pretty gross. I'm officially addicted to pan dulce or sweet bread. It basically happens to every Gringo at some point or another. Maybe I'll finally gain weight? We're having a lot of problems with existing investigators which is rough but hopefully by involving more members, we'll be able to enjoy some more success. On Friday we found a 6 people in a house which was a party. There were 4 new people, 1 person that the other elders are teaching, and one really really really drunk guy. It was actually really fun to talk with them and teach them because they all had such differences between them. The drunk guy was basically like a little child. A really hyperactive child but he was pretty funny. Today our investigator Kathya called us and announced that she's going to be baptized this Saturday instead of waiting for her brother on the 15th of July so that was a suprise for us. So on Saturday we had a baptism and it went really great. We finally got Kathya's mom to enter the church building which was a small miracle. We're going to be working with her and Kathya's brother, Francisco, a lot more and with more member involvement because Kathya's mom has a lot of trust issues with people. It rained so hard after the baptism! I lost my umbrella in a bus and so we've been really enjoying the buckets of rain we've been receiving in the past few days. Sunday was pretty interesting. Our convert, Armida, fainted after the sacrament meeting, I gave the Gospel Principles class without having prepared anything and I confirmed Kathya. I don't know why but my Spanish really failed me during the confirmation. Probably because I was really nervous and not used to talking in Tu form but I'm really glad that I got to participate in Kathya's baptism and I know that she's going to make a great leader and a great missionary! Random stuff... We've been having a lot of frogs and caterpillars invading the house which is freaking awesome! We always have cockroaches walking in through the front door which is always delightful. I ate a fruit called a nona which is green on the outside and pink on the inside. The texture and flavor is almost exactly like strawberry yogurt... Weird right? Sunday we had a lightning strike really close to us and the thunder clap was so loud that my companion couldn't hear to hear more or less about something let me know. Hope you all have a great week! ​
~Elder McKinnon


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