Monday, March 5, 2012

March 5th, 2012

Well, here I am in Tuxtla! We just had an activity of 3 zones here in Tuxtla going to some pretty cool canyons and afterwards playing soccer until we dropped. It was way fun...and like always, I just love being around my buddy Elder Hercules. It is a special feeling in the mission as we progress personally and get to see ex-companions or just friends in the mission progress as well and become really good missionaries. Oh, and I heard that Elder Walker is doing great and having a lot of success in San Cristobal as district leader right now.

In February, at the end, we ran out of money to travel, so we hitchhiked a lot...which is way fast, economical, and easy here. Our record so far is 5 rides in one day. (Each ride generally is in a pick up truck for like 20 or 30 minutes between various towns--"pueblitos"). 

I also got a little sick this week...sniffle sniffle...but I am already getting better. Yay!

Church was a little bit lower in attendance, 31, however we have a stake conference next week, and that should help the work. The Branch will be changed in the Conference to be under the mission, not the stake. Also, the meetinghouse is being changed to a colony on the other side of Independencia called Ambar...there are more members registered there, so that should help.

We are happy because Eneida should get baptized after the stake conference, and because a new family came to church. Oh ya, and this week an elderly man in the branch passed away, so we went to his funeral. I have been to very few funerals in my life...however, I felt the spirit there, and I feel a greater testimony of the plan of salvation, along with a greater appreciation for the gift of life in general. 

That is something that i have learned from the people be truly grateful for blessings. Thanking God for the food we have, the place we have to live, or the gift of life, etc...has taken on a whole new meaning. I´m rambling, but Mom likes it when i ramble, so I let it go for a bit. 

Oh, and last thing...I promise...we changed houses this week, and I like our new house. There is a mango tree. The only thing it doesn´t have that I hope to add is a hammock. Oh, and mom we don´t have an oven. To cook, we have a "parrilla" or in English...a little portable electric stove. 

Much love,
Elder Palmer

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