Monthly Archives: September 2012

Ahora si

Now I´m writing late again. But at least I let you know that I´m alive.
We´ve had a busy week again, with more midmonth transfers, two trips to Cartagena, and the plans for the transfer next week.
This morning a man jogging by saw us leaving the apartment and started yelling ¨¡misioneros!¨. He is extremely blond and talked with a funny accent, but not like a gringo. I think he is German or Swedish. He asked for the church´s address and the Book of Mormon, and then headed off running. These little experiences make life more interesting.
You asked about discouragement in the letter last week. It´s pretty normal for a missionary to feel pretty down sometimes. I think more tears are shed in the mission than in any other time. Part of the answer comes from a talk by Elder Bednar about doctrine that you can search for. I don´t know what it´s called, but it might be ¨the answer´s in the doctrine¨.
Congrats to Joseph. I think I got the genealogy merit badge. I know I did part of it. It´s easy. I never got an eagle palm, though.
Bye, then. I might send pictures of Valledupar soon. Or maybe not (BTW, I backed up all of my pictures in a USB memory today).
Wuv,
Elder Belú
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Not Writing

I´m sorry. It looks like I won´t be able to write this week. We´ve got a meeting with an Area Seventy in half an hour and we´re pretty far from ready. I´ll let you know in a week how it turns out.
Elder Belú

My Week

Well, I survived another week. We had zone leader council this week and a few mid-month transfers, but it was really a tranquil week. We had one full day without going to the office, which we´ve tried to do for a while, but it´s been tough to avoid. The office sucks up time. It´s comfortable (air conditioning, good chairs, church music, etc.) but it doesn´t help the area grow at all.
I bought a small USB memory to back up my camera. It was pretty cheap, twenty-two thousand pesos ($11) and has an 8 gig capacity. Right now it doesn´t seem to work, though. I´ll have to talk to my companion to see if there´s a trick.
Last week was the conference with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland here in Barranquilla. I was right in front of him when he destroyed the erasable marker with the whiteboard in the missionary training meeting. And although it´s been tough to get investigatores to church in this area, one of them arrived and was so impressed by the stake conference that he accepted a baptismal goal for later this month afterward. Elder Holland doésn´t say things that are so different, but the way he says them is pretty impressively different.
I have so little to say. The week seems to have gone really fast. I don´t have my camera with me to send photos. I forgot it in the house.
I think my life has turned boring. I guess we should work harder to have more interesting experiences.
I tried some Brazilian chocolate, bought some oatmeal, and have a papaya waiting for me in the fridge. That is the sum total of the week.
Elder Belú