Monthly Archives: June 2012

Photos!!!

I just arrived in the office again today. I was in Cartagena again working with some more zone leaders. It´s good to see them go.
To answer your questions, the missionaries here almost always live in cities, although there are a few in little towns. we never ride bikes. We walk a lot, we don´t live with members, and the mission sends us the Liahona in Spanish.
Last week we worked really well in the area. We found new people to teach and were able to work with the mission a little, too. This week we didn´t focus well enough and it didn´t go as well. The mission is improving, though. Next week is the transfer and we´ve got a lot to do.
I´m looking at my clothes situation and thinking that I need to buy a few more things. I bought an expensive toy last week, for twenty bucks (a reduced size copy of Preach my Gospel, which is great when I have to travel light), but Í need a couple of shirts and possibly another pair of shoes. I might look today at the prices.
Anyway, that´s my week. Escribiré lueguito.
Elder Belú
PS.

My companion left his photos in the computer when he finished. This is the office staff and the despedida de los que se fueron a la otra mission.
I don´t remember English and I don´t care.

Can you buy sunscreen in Barranquilla?

Jon,
I’m getting questions from moms about what new elders should pack for Barranquilla.
Can you buy sunscreen in your mission?
Do you have mosquito netting?
Is Dengue fever (the mosquito borne illness) a danger in Colombia?
How often do you wear your suits?
Also, some elders have lost quite a bit of weight in the mission field. Have you noticed that in Barranquilla?
Some missionaries take mink oil to protect the leather in their shoes from all the water. I bet it would have helped yours last longer!
Mom
I don´t have much time to write today. I arrived this morning in Barranquilla after working with the zone in Santa Marta the last two days and they informed me that today was the going away party for the missionaries who are going to the new mission (Medellin, Colombia). Two of them are secretaries in the office, so we played soccer with the president and ate lunch with his family. We finished late, so there´s not much time.
Answers: you can buy sunscreen without any problem in Barranquilla or any other city in the mission. They give us mosquito netting but everyone hates it. I´ve never had dengue fever, but theýre always warning us about it. Thee´s nothing we can do, the mosquitoes bite us every day; there´s just never a problem. As ZL, I wore my suit about once a month. Before that, even less. Finally, the majority of the missionaries put on weight. A few gain drastically. The diet here includes a lot of rice and grease.
I help that hopes!
Elder Belyeu
PS
Ánd I´ll write more next time. Sorry, I´m just late!

Feeling Lazy

I feel way too lazy to write home today. I was in Cartagena almost all week, working with three companionships there (the LZs, and two companionships).  It felt weird. I was in the other zone, the one where I´ve never worked, but it´s a lot like where I have always been in Los Alpes, Cartagena.
I´m in Barranquilla again today, though and things are more normal. I saw the pictures you sent and showed everybody the blueberries mom picked. I hadn´t seen blueberries in a long time. They look good, but the flavor isn´t the same electronically. I guess I´ll wait a while.

There´s a new rule that only members of the immediate family can write to this email. Even grandparents and cousins have to write with dearelder. That would be annoying if I was anywhere else in the mission, but here it´ll arrive without problems  (dearelder is slow for everybody else). I can´t answer directly anymore, though. Tell Misty thanks, BTW.

All of these rules come from the problems that the mission has had with disobedience. I used to think they were excessive, but now I know about some of the problems and it makes more sense. It really doesn´t matter.
Anyway, I´m alive and will be writing again next week. If I feel like it.
Os amo a todos,

Elder Belyeu

Socks, Shoes, and Shirts

Hi, people,
This week we started the real work of an assistant. We started arriving, by surprise, in missionaries´ houses and working with them. I worked with two companionships and my companion with two others. It´s a good way to motivate the missionaries and train them, although in a Zone Leader companionship I felt a little out of my league, or at least not sufficiently prepared to be able to train them. I did anyway, but it felt strange training zone leaders.
Next week we´re going to travel to other cities to do the same. The whole mission was going well until the week I arrived in the office, and then suddenly backslid. There were less baptisms in the mission last week than any week this year, but with a lot of follow up and work, things look better already.
This morning my package arrived from home, with nine pairs of beautiful socks and some Skittles. I never thought that new socks would make me so happy. I´m returning to decency again, with new shoes and new socks. I´m thinking about buying a couple of shirts, too, because the ones I have are all a little yellow. I know where to buy quality shirts, but they´re a little pricey (about twenty bucks). I´m thinking still. I also want a miniature copy of Preach My Gospel, which I can buy here but it´s about twenty five bucks. It would help a lot now, because when I have to travel to have splits with missionaries outside of Barranquilla, the copy I have is pretty inconveniente.
I´ll keep thinking about it. I still a about $90,000 in money from home, so there isn´t any great need right now. I´m pretty sure I´m going to buy the PME next week, which will also make me very happy.
I have pictures of the last two baptisms to send, but they´re in the other computer (I´m writing from the office), so I´m send them later.  I´m doing good, though, and will be writing in a week.
Elder Belú

New Responsibilities, New Schedule, New Shoes

Hewo,
I think every week will be more interesting from now on. This week we had zone leader council, and I had to give a message and note the commitments of all the zones. We stayed in the office until twelve-thirty the night before revising the mission rulebook, but we also ate pizza with the president as part of the process, so it worked out.
We went to the wedding of a member who is returning to the church and his girlfriend, who is an investigator. Their son was baptized last week and she will be baptized today. Even though we´re assistants, the work is going well in the area. We plan to go to Cartagena and work with the zone leaders in the two zones there next week, so that should provide more fun and excitement.
The schedule of the missionaries in the office is different from the schedule in the rest of the mission. We work in the office until three in the afternoon and then leave to work in our area, unless we have extra work to do in the office. Monday is a regular work day, and Saturday is p-day, because the office has to work with a lot of things that run a regular schedule, so Monday doesn´t work.
If I send my card from the camera, I can´t take more pictures. I plan on baptizing a lot more after Elder Espinosa leaves as well, so I´m reluctant to do that.
I bought my new shoes. They were fifty-five thousand pesos, or about thirty bucks. The quality isn´t great, but it´s not bad either, and they look good. In the office I´min a lot more contact with Hermana Gaviria and she focuses a lot on the missionary image, which is frequently bad in the mission. If you sweat all day every day, your shirt doesn´t stay very white, and your shoes don´t look very pretty if you walk all day every day. I´m trying to be a good example of how things ought to be.
We plan on sleeping today in p-day. I´m exhausted after transfers and the leadership meeting, but for this wise purpose exists p-day.
Congrats to Chris for (apparently) having done a good job.
Love you all and que estén bién,
Elder Belú
I.D.
Elder Alvarado, who trained me as Zone Leader last year, wrote me from home in Ecuador. He is doing quite well and is planning his marriage for next year with a returned sister missionary. They´re planning on being mission presidents together.