Monday, October 21, 2013

Missing Elder Perez

Gosh I love you guys so much! Once again thank you so much for the
letters and support that I get from you every week. It is truly a
blessing that very few missionaries have here.  I love you guys sooo
Well I´ll just cut straight to the chase.  Elder Perez is gone:( gosh dangit
I´ve never felt anything like this after a companion leaves me behind
in an area. Usually I´m super happy and excited but now I´m just kind
of in a funk and missing him. WE just worked so well together, we
never fought or argued once. He didn´t even annoy me at one moment
during the last 3 months that we spent together. Gosh it was just
because we both were able to get along easily with mostly everyone, so
when we were together it was just so chill and relaxed, and yet such a
busy and hectic time with all that we had to do and get accomplished.
He was the very first companion that I had that we would just stay up
and talk all night. Haha even when we were in companionship study we
would just get on a gospel topic and talk for the whole hour not
really studying anything but those were the best companionship studies
because we really became friends and that united us and made us work
really well together. We both this morning confessed to each other
that he has been my favorite companion and I also was his favorite. He
left to Bucaramunga this morning to finish his mission there.  He has 3
changes left so it’s pretty probable that he will die there. He is also
not zone leader anymore. As for me, I get to be with Elder Landa from
Peru. He was my zone leader in Cucuta for 2 changes so I hope that we
can work even harder for these next 2 changes that I will be with him,
he gets here tomorrow morning so I am in trio with Elder Hicken (who
went to the salt mines with me) and his new companion. Elder Hicken
has also become one of my best friends here in the mission.  He’s from
Logan haha. Went to Logan high and was friends with Spencer Mckay lol.
So whenever I talk about some of my cache valley friends he usually
knows who I´m talking about. It´s just weird because I kinda feel like
dad felt when I left to come here. (obviously on a scale a lot smaller)
But I know that I can have a better next 2 changes here then the last
2 changes.  I know it´s possible but I just can´t see how it could get
any better than it was with my compy Elder Perez. One thing I can say
though, is that I enjoyed every minute of our time together. I don´t
have any regrets about how we spent our time together, and that is a
great feeling and these last 3 months that just passed by like the
blink of an eye will be such a cherished memory:) Honestly there are a
lot of good things out there and a lot of good feelings, but there is
no better feeling than getting home at 9 o clock planning, being super
tired physically but knowing that you did some good work and feeling
just spiritually full. Like just such a huge peace that we had a good
day, and we did a good job for the Lord:) I had a lot of those nights
with Elder Perez.
So I´ll tell you how our baptism went this week, yea it was a little
crazy lol. So we got to see the baptism of the bishop’s sister in law.
And guess who baptized her....yeah of course the bishop! haha he’s
awesome. BUT so I guess there was a marriage going on on Friday night,
the night of the baptism. We didn´t really think anything of it, just
that we´d have the baptism in the baptismal room and the wedding party
would be in the cultural hall. Well we were wrong! so the baptism was
supposed to start at 7, and we got there at 5 to start filling up the
font but NO. I guess the caterer needed to use the baptismal room to
serve the food (yes the kitchen is in the room where the baptismal
font is, a little weird but there you have it) but he wasn´t using the
stove so I asked him politely if we could help him move his things to
another room in the church and he got all mad and huffy and told us
no, haha he was even a member and told us no. Not wanting to argue I
called the bishop and was ready to call the stake president lol, the
bishop told me to just kick him out, but to do it nicely and we could
all figure it out. By this time it was 6 and we hadn´t even started to
fill the font. We told the member that we had direct orders from the
bishop to use the room for the baptism and not for the wedding party.
So he gave in but was pretty mad(I still don´t know why, it was
just a room) so we felt like he was not liking us very much. We helped
him move all of his stuff and food, to another room which was the same
except it didnt have the stove or a countertop and it took about 15
minutes. So I turn the hot water on in the font not bothering to check
it because usually it is always hot. Then we organized everything and
cleaned the room and got everything ready. All of this took about till
7:15 and no one had showed up. So we just waited a few minutes and
everyone showed up at once wanting to do the baptism quick. Then the
bishop had the idea to feel the water, it was ice cold lol. I guess
the hot water heater didn´t turn on...oops. Then he kind of
reprimanded us for not checking, my guess is that he did not want to
get into an ice bath (shay:) haha on a dark drurry day when it was
already raining. So he spent about an hour trying to fix the hot water
heater, but his efforts were fruitless! haha so he just bucked up like
a coast guard lifesaving swimmer and stepped into the water, the
investigator too got in. And after all that time and hassle, basically
yelled wow this is freezing! Everyone started to laugh and he baptized
her and everything worked out fine. Afterwards Perez told me, well I
felt like halfway through everyone hated us, but now it’s all good. It
was a good little adventure for us:)
So today I didn´t really have much of a p-day, we had quite a few
changes in the zone and since my companion left early this morning I
have been trying to get everyone where they need to be, coordinating
with all parts of the mission. And taking lots of taxi rides lol, and
here the price is not negotiable so I have spent more money then I
would have liked. Haha funny story before I have to go, one hermana
got changed to go to Cucuta. So the bus left at 3 and I told her she
needed to be there at 2 because if she got there at 3 she was going to
miss the bus. Well we went to the bus station at 2 to drop an elder
off and pick up another one. And they hadn´t arrived yet. So I called
again and they said they were just going out the door. Haha well that
was just a little white lie. Because the assistant called me at a
quarter to 3 and asked me why the hermanas still hadn´t gotten to the
bus station. Well that made me nervous so I called them and they were
still in the house lol. So I told them that they were going to have to
find their own way to Cucuta because they missed the bus. I think they
met the bus on the outskirts of Bogota but am not sure because they
haven´t called, nor will, nor do I want them to.
Well I sure love you guys, I got a good kick out of shay at booster
club:) she is so funny, but thats just shaylen for ya:) as awesome as
can be. Love ya toots!
-Elder Crook

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