New Money Rules

Okay, otra vez,

This week has been a little different. We received a huge new list of rules (this mission has a whole book of rules that continually grows), mainly about how to use our money assignments. It´s annoying. We just don´t want to think about money. We always have enough, but a lot of the missionaries have trouble using the money well.

Oh, well.

We did have a baptism this week. A kid from a part-member family. His name is Jhoneduar Gutiérrez San Juan, he is thirteen years old, and is a goofball. He´s tiny and floated the first time, and then ¨fell over¨ in the water. He had a ball.

His grandma, the only adult in the family who attends church, arrived for the baptism an hour early, confused over the scheduled time, and we arrived thirty minutes late, from a lesson that took way more time than it should have. (Punctuality doesn´t have much value here. Everybody arrives whenever they want to. A baptism scheduled for five o´clock once started at about seven.) Everything went well enough this week, though. Jhon was confirmed yesterday and seems content.

The sister who told us when she wants to get baptized was interviewed this weekend and wasn´t really sure if she wanted to got through with it or not, but told us “yes” yesterday.

The zone leaders walked from their area to ours because the new rules about money have them up the creek without a paddle. They´re basically broke all the time now. I´m glad leadership is so far away for me. (I´ll have to break some minor rules to make sure it never happens.)

It seems likely my companion, Elder Jenson, will be a zone leader pretty soon, in two weeks or the next transfer. He´s a power, as the slang goes in the mission (él es un poder). It´s been good working with him, and now it doesn´t matter to me if I´m working with a gringo or a Latino in the future. I just hope I can plan my area well when I have a new comp.

It´s possible that we´ll both be here another two months, but we´ve been here a while.

Regarding you letter, I know what it´s like to have a ridiculous score in biology. Feels good, huh? I´m just not sure how similar my bio class was to the real thing. Freshman bio and bio major are different. (It´s also fairly important to have an argument that supports the thesis statement, in English papers. Frequently, anyway.)

I´m pretty impressed with Will’s reading. I´ve read some of those books and he´s into the real stuff, now. Nice to know that he´s just as nuts as the rest of us were. I was following you around to read you the funny parts too (about six and a half months ago).

I was too lazy to bring the camera with pictures from the baptism. It´s just a bunch of Colombians with two Americans and a bunch of water, anyway. Maybe next week.

Me encanta la flojera.

Anyway, keep it going and stuff like that. Cassie should keep eating, every day (twice if she´s really hungry).

Bye,

Elder Belú

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