How to know if it's a good day

Lindsay sent us an audio file via email instead of sending a letter.  Even though it wasn’t the best week, it was so great to hear her voice!  Here’s a summary of what she told us this week:

It was a pretty rough week.  We had district meeting and we were doing some practicing  and I felt flustered and didn’t know what to say and I cried.  I have only cried twice so far, the other time was when a threw up.  ( I actually remember three times she told us about crying, but who’s counting?)

The Elders in Ox were robbed this week while they were in their house.  They were in another room and someone came in and stole their wallets and their scriptures.  We are hoping that who ever did it will read the scriptures and then decide to bring everything back!  But we will be more careful about locking our door and our gate from now on. (That’s somewhat comforting...)

We hardly found any new people to teach this week.  People want to listen and talk about God, but no one wants to actually change anything.  They just want to have a conversation like “Oh Dios es todo” but then NEVER go to Church.  We had no investigators at Church this week and I was really sad.  But we had 8 menos activos (less active members) so that was good.  

But Hermana Romero told me that if we help someone grow closer to Christ, it’s been a good day.

One tradition that I like here is instead of hugging when you meet someone you just kiss them on the cheek.  It’s way easier -- I made a list of why it’s better. (She’s really into lists if you haven’t noticed)
  1. There’s no awkward confusion of where do I put my arms?  Do I go under or over?  You just grab their shoulders and kiss them on the cheek.
  2. You don’t have to awkwardly make full body contact and remember that you are sweating all the time.  You just have to touch your cheeks together even though our faces are usually still sweaty, but life isn’t perfect right?
  3. You don’t have to wonder how long to hold the hug or be the first one to pull away because you just kiss and then it’s done.

We should bring that tradition to the U.S.  Only the women though, I’ve kissed sooo many old ladies!  (So in about 15 months prepare to be kissed by Hermana Keeler!)

A tradition I don’t like is the Cockroach Check we do every night when we come home.  There are usually 1 or 2 in the bathroom.   Hermana Romero goes in first with the bug spray and then I go in with the broom and swipe them outside.   On Saturday there were 4 in the bathroom and 2 in the bedroom... that’s SIX, SIX cockroaches!  

She also told us about the ants and the butterfly sized moths that come in every night.  

Plus she shared a sad story about how they love to buy Saborines on hot days (they are the homemade otter pops made out of fruit and come in a plastic baggie that people sell from their houses - I am sure they are made in sanitary conditions and totally safe!) They have learned which houses sell them.  Unfortunately all those people have also figured out who they are and hide from them when they come to buy them.  So no more Saborines.  

She ended with some kind words for Chris for Father’s Day.  She says most families there don’t seem to have fathers.  It’s more like an older brother who drinks all the time.  So she expressed great appreciation for a dad who works hard and takes care of his family.  

Have a great week!

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