Monday, October 28, 2013

Well I just have to say, thats a pretty big complement pa, comparing
us to a black ops teancum lol. One of our recent converts said
something about us along the same lines while talking to one of her
friends about us the missionaries. She said ¨Do you know who these kids
are? No, they’re missionaries! Do you know what they carry in their
bags? NO, they carry the bible, preaching the good word of Jesus
Christ dedicating their lives fully to him, I don´t know what you
think about that but I think it´s pretty intense!¨ It was so
funny/awesome, haha it made me feel like a black ops teancum right
there lol. However I fully know what you mean about how new
missionaries do not have the same honed skills as the older more
experienced ones do. I find myself in intercambios wanting to tell
them tons of little things that they can do to be better. But I know
the most important thing is that they feel the spirit and have the
desires to get better, then they themselves will change and hone their
skills a little more. I feel like those little missionary tactics I
have really been able to develop here in Suba as a zone leader for 2
reasons.   One is my companions, we both have the desire to get better and
I feel like it´s so much easier to do it together.   With my other
companions I felt like all that we were trying to do was just make it
through the next day alive and well lol. Here I have learned a lot of
good things and have tried to put them into practice. The second is the
opportunity to go out with the assistants every change, they always
have something that they do that is new to me and I try to apply it.
So it’s actually been really fun to try and speed up that development
even though it has been a very slow process for me lol.
So just like you guys knew, my comp now is really grea.  He´s from
Peru just in case dad missed that in the last letter;) one more time
para mi querido viejo PERU haha. We´ve been getting along great, the
truth is that it´s not that hard to get along when you both have the
same goals and like to work hard, and we both have that. He is a
little more talkative than Elder Perez but I feel like God has always
put me with companions that don´t talk a ton and aren’t that outgoing
so that I can be the one that learns how to talk more and be more
outgoing. So far I have gotten better, but I feel like the rest of my
companions could be that way and I still wouldn´t be at the level that
I want to be. The only companion that I have had that was really
talkative and outgoing with everyone was Elder Da Silva. SO it is
going good, me and Elder Landa don´t have as much in common as me and
Perez but I know we will spend these next few months working hard and
having fun:) Actually it was cool because whenever I get a new comp I
just start to bombard them with questions about themselves to try to
let them know that I´m interested and to gain a little trust with him,
but this time it was the other way around.  I picked him up from the
airport and he just started talking away lol asking me every question
imaginable that I hardly had time to ask him questions haha. So that
was cool. We also got basically a whole new zone haha, there were only
2 other changes besides Perez so for a few days we stayed basically
the same.  Then there were 2 other emergency changes that happened in
Barranca, so 2 elders came from Barranca to work here in Suba. I met
all of them but 1 today and they are super cool so I´m excited for the
missionaries that are here now. I don´t know why but there have been 2
mexicans that have been here in Suba and they are both super cool! the
one thats here is Elder Torres and he speaks english and is just super
cool, we hit it right off today when I met him.
SO mom, one sugestion, you should learn how to make a soup called
ajiaco:) Moises knows what it is, so you´ll have to ask him or look
for it on the internet. You guys should try to make it one day because
it is my favorite soup here! People have given it to us twice this
week and my comp and I were in heaven lol. It´s a traditional soup
from Bogota I think, if I´m wrong Moises will correct me, but try it!
it´s really good. Haha so we also had 2 of our favorite lunches this
week from ¨los vegetarianos¨ haha I don´t know what happened but we had
vegetarian food 2 days this week. It´s not bad, it just doesn´t taste
like anything lol, we had soy meat, rice and lots of veggies lol:) So
those 2 days were interesting.
Also it has been raining like crazy here! so one day it was super hot
when we left in the morning, then we went to lunch and it got cloudy.
We left and I didn´t think to bring my rain coat when boom! it hit us.
we were walking up a big hill that’s in our area to probably one of the
most out of the way parts here to go to our ward mission leaders
house. So we were climbing up the hill, and I just had a short sleeve
shirt on so about 20 minutes later when we got to his house I was
soaked to the bone! haha he gave me a white shirt to put on so I dried
off a little bit and put it on, but he is a little smaller than I am
so his shirt did´nt fit to well so when I came out of the bathroom he
got up and started to imitate me doing muscle poses and just strutting
around all funny, he´s always making jokes like that lol. But so I
have been getting soaked a lot here but it´s all good because I always
remember what elder Da Silva would tell me when we would get caught in
the rain here ¨the more we get wet here on the mission the hotter our
wives will be when we get home¨ needless to say, I prefer not to wear
protective rain clothing;)
Well Shay you’re awesome!!!!! way to go!!! I´´ll sure be praying for you
this week:) and I will tell you guys my favorite scripture next week
because I want to do some serious searching to find a really cool one!
-LOVE YOU GUYS Elder Crook

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