Monday, March 10, 2014

9 months and Counting...

Dear Familia,

This week has been a great week! We taught lots of lessons and are working hard! The most notable thing that happened this week is that we have investigators who are progressing really well!!! Katia and her daughter Alejandra! They have been reading the Book of Mormon together and Alejandra came to church this week (Katia couldn´t because her youngest child was really sick)! All of our lessons have been interesting because she is Brazilian and literally only speaks Portuguese. We talk and she asks us to repeat. Then she talks and we ask her to repeat. Sometimes we really struggle to understand one another, but this has given rise to a miracle. When the Spirit is really strong in our lessons, we have found that all of us can
understand one another perfectly!

Highlights of the week:
-I passed my halfway mark in the mission... It was a little sad to think that I only have 9 months more, but we celebrated with some interesting photos that involved an old lady dress and a balloon!

-Hermana Ramirez used a vacuum for the first time in her life...she was fascinated :D! I have officially crossed off the idea of starting a vacuum company in Peru.

-We decided we wanted to make a cake this week. Sounds easy right?!
Here were the main steps we struggled on:
1. Mix in 1 package of pudding mix (We couldn´t find pudding mix we used flan mix)
2. Mix in Oil (My companion forgot)
3. Stir in Chocolate Chips (It is impossible to buy chocolate chips, don´t ask me why. I passed an aisle that was full of homemade sprinkles of every flavor...yet they don´t sell chocolate chips... So we improvised and cut up a chocolate bar).
4. Put the batter in an oven safe pan (We didn´t have any pans..Hermana Ramirez wanted to use a pot, but I crossed that off as a fire hazard. Finally we found one, but it had holes in the side. So we did what all hungry missionaries would do. We slapped some dough (we were making tortillas earlier) on the holes and cooked the cake in the pan any way!)
5. Cook the cake on 350 for 45 minutes (We forgot about it. Don´t worry we only made it half a block outside of our apartment before we remembered it was still cooking in the oven!)
In the end it, surprisingly turned out delicious!

-We have been infested with lice in my apartment!!! We teach lots of poor people and the customs here have turned out to make the spreading of lice even easier. Whenever you meet someone you give them a kiss on the cheek and then again when you leave. It is very hard to avoid getting lice and sicknesses when you have to kiss everyone you meet!  Don´t worry I have already started the fumigation process!

-I tried to make tacos, but unfortunately we didn´t have taco seasoning. So I improvised with curry...A LOT of curry. In the end we called them Uruguayan Tacos and chucked them in the trash. The moral of the story...when you make tacos, don´t pour in half a package of curry because you want them to have flavor.

Well, that is all for this week folks!
Hermana McMurray

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