Monday, July 18, 2011

Falta Poquito

Hey all!

This week was a pretty good one for us here in Tobalaba. We saw some sucess with our investigators finally, and had in general more lessons with thet people we're teaching so that was good.
  So on Tuesday we had zone class and interviews with President. But because we're zone leaders we're the last to get interviewed. President was running behind though and didn't get to interview us cuz he had to leave. But he told us that Wednesday morning he would be coming over and interviewing us in our pension. So Wednesday morning came and President came over and we had our interviews. Mine went really well. He gave me a lot of good advice for going home. He told me to hold off on a lot of the questions though, cuz there's still the final interview when its just all trunky talk haha. But I learned a lot from my interview. Then, the cool thing was that we got to spend even more time with President Laycock, cuz he also had to go over to the sisters' house and do two of their interviews still. So we accompanied him there, and it was cool just chatting with President in his car and stuff.  I look up to this man. He's such an amazing person, and he has some incredible stories (remind me when I'm home to tell you about when President got hit by a train and lived, its a crazy story). So we just sat and chatted with the sister missionaries as president did the interviews and it was good.
  OH. So tuesday for lunch. Remeber how I said we we're gonna go out to eat witht the assistants? Well we did and it was the best lunch I've ever had haha. We went to this restaurant called Mr. Jack. Wow it was good. Its a hamburger place and i ate this HUGE hambrger and it was really really good. I think that the Tuesday Ryans here, that thats where we'll go to lunch. Ive included a picture of the hamburger I ate...
  On Thursday I did divisions in a different sector, called la reina. So that was good. It's always fun going on divisions and seeing new people and new things. The only problem was was that it rained that day and I hadn't taken anything for the rain haha. So I borrowed the other elders umbrella and stuff and I did alright. It has been a bit colder this week, and it rained really hard 2 days of the week.
  The work is going well though. We have one baptismal date for the 31st of july, but we'll see how that goes. But once again, no one came to church. Which was again, disappointing. But we haven't lost the faith or the hope. We're just gonna work hard for these last 3 weeks to see what can happen.
  Today for Pday we went down to Puente Alto to the guy that makes suits, and I got my suit pants adjusted cuz they were too big at the waist. Then we went to the scripture cover lady and got dads order done, and then we went to pizza hut to celebrate elder bundersons birthday. It was good.
  Well it's all coming to an end. How crazy is that. I can't believe it's already been basically two years. Only three short weeks left of being a missionary. Not gonna lie, I'm excited to come home, but I'm also excited for what's to come in these last 3 weeks here. Love you all, and I love this work. Hope you're all doing great, and I'll see you all soon! (21 days but who's counting?)

Elder Aaron Mayberry

1. Me in the feria

2. My companion elder Reynolds(right), elder Bunderson(left)

3. The Mr T burger

4. My knitting projects

5. Me with my beanie and scarf

Monday, July 11, 2011

All is well.

Hey everyone

  Things are good here in Tobalaba. This week was a pretty slow one though. We didn't get very many lessons in at all, and it was really hard to contact our investigators for some reason. But it was still a good week nonetheless.
  Our investigators are doing alright. We've been trying to find some new ones and have had some success. We've actually had some good little miracles come to us recently so it's been pretty cool. We've been doing contacts with some people we run into and it's gone pretty well for us. For example... we were just walking down the street and I decided I wanted to eat a sopaipilla, so we go to the little stand and buy one, and my comp began talking to the guy that was also there buying, and it turns out that the guy has a cousin in the mission and this guy isn't a member and he said we could pass by whenever we wanted to talk to him. So that was cool. And it was even cooler cuz he told us where he lives, and it's in a place that we felt we sould knock the other day. Good stuff. We've also had a bunch of luck with my new hobby haha. The two times we've found places that sell yarn, we've contacted the ladies that worked there and they were way receptive. One of them went on vacation, but was super happy when we gave her a book of mormon and she said she was gonna take it and read it while on vacation. So we're seeing good stuff despite the fact that all the investigators we have are slowly progressing in the wrong direction.
  Yesterday we had whats called a sector slam, when the whole zone goes to one sector to knock doors for a few hours. So we did that in our sector cuz we've been struggling with finding news. So we think it went well, we're getting the reports tomorrow in zone class.
  We also saw some amazing stuff happen with a family we've been teaching. So the hermano is a super active member of the church but his family is all inactive. The family being his wife and son, who is my age. So last week we ate lunch with them, and we told them we were gonna come over and make peanut butter cookies with them. So we did that this Wednesday and it went really well. We invited them to church and everything but they didn't say they were gonna go. So we're at church sunday, disappointed again cuz we didn't have any investigators, we went to the second class and it was good, and we go to the priesthood opening exercises and guess who was there? Ignacio, the hermanos son. So we were like whoa! It was crazy haha. Then we go downstairs after all the meetings ended and the mom was there too! We didn't get any investigators to church, but seeing that family arrive made it a good sunday.
''Today for P-Day we dedcided to do something aside from sit in the house, cuz there's not too many pdays left. So we asked for permission to go eat at this restaurant near the church offices, but we got shot down. Apparently President is getting more strict with giving permission to do stuff on pdays. So we just went to a restaurant in our sector, called Ruby Tuesday haha. It was good. It was like being in the US. So we went there the four of us in the sector, then went shopping, then we went back to the house and I finished my scarf! It turned out pretty nice haha. Also in the week I made myself a beanie which also turned out way good. I'll send you the picture next week. I actually impressed myself.
  This week should be a good one. We have a bunch of new contacts to go by that should be good, and we have interviews with President tomorrow! And the assistants (my friend Elder Saenz is one of them) are taking me and my comp out to lunch to a really good hamburger restaurant I've never been to, tomorrow. So it should be a good week. Hope you're all doing well. Love you tons. Can't believe how fast my mission is coming to a close....those who are counting know that it's already less than 30 days. Wow. Anyway, have a great week everyone! The church is true!

Elder Aaron Mayberry

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Birthday America!

  First off, happy fourth of July!! Being away from my country has really given me a greater appreciation and pride for where I'm from. We did our best to celebrate it all the way down here on the other side of the world, but I'll talk more about that later.

  This week was a pretty decent one for me and elder Reynolds here in Tobalaba. We had some success in finding news, and teaching some of the older people we have. But in some ways it was a slow week too.
  Our investigators are doing alright. At the moment there really aren't many who are progressing a ton and are close to baptism. So that's kinda discouraging, but we're trying to find some new ones and trying some new things to see if our people can progress more. We've been doing some knocking and contacting, but with little results. During the wintertime the work gets slow, because a lot of times no one wants to come outside and talk to us when its cold outside. But oh well. We'll keep trying.
  On Wednesday it poured. Torrential downpour. It rained all day long. My comp didnt have an umbrella and his rain coat didnt have a hood, so I lent him my umbrella and I just used my hood to protect myself from the rain, but man it rained hard. All day. At the end of the night we were soaking wet. And it takes a long time for our stuff to dry during the winter, cuz it air dries. So that wasn't a ton of fun on Wednesday.
  But because of that day, my comp, who was already kinda sick with a cold, got a worse cold. And then spread it to the rest of us in the pension. So we were all sick at the end of the week. On friday night we didn't work, we didn't work cuz my comp was feeling sick, and it hit me on Saturday night that I was sick so we went home and rested, and contined to rest on Sunday so that we could just recover. Its not fun being sick in the pension
  But in my spare time I've had in the pension, I've taken up a new hobby....crocheting. So I'm in the process of making myself a scarf. Its a nice way to pass free time haha. Not the most manly thing to do, but it'll be cool to be able to say I made the scarf I'm wearing haha. I'll show you the picture once I finish.
  Today for Pday we went to one of the chapels in the zone and we had a good ole fashioned american barbeque with an american family in one of the wards. We ate hamburgers and hot dogs, played some soccer and some ping pong. It was a lot of fun. Not the same though with out badminton haha.
  That was our week though. Im feeling a lot better right now, but I still kinda got a sore throat. I'm excited to see some miracles happen in this final change of the msision. Tomorrow is the big 23 month mark. I still can't believe how fast time is going by. I hope you all have a great week and I'll talk to you next week! Love you all!