¡¡Feliz día de las brujas!!
First off, it sounds like everyone had a good week and fun Halloween. That´s fun that the whole gang was there. Hermana Weeks and I had a fun Halloween as well, even though it´s not really celebrated. I had pictures that I wanted to send you guys, but I couldn’t get the computer to recognize the USB. Sorry!! But, we have a cemetery in our area so we went there and took pictures for Halloween. The cemeteries are a lot different and a lot creepier here. They don´t bury their dead, but build little houses/shed things, and then put pictures and flowers in front. Even though they don´t celebrate Halloween, the día de los muertos is 2 of November, so there were flowers all over the place Sunday morning, so pretty. It´s basically just like memorial day.
We had a fun surprise Halloween night. It was starting to get dark and we were just talking about the fact that it was Halloween and then to our surprise we found a group of trick or treaters!!! We just saw one group all that night, but we ran to a dispensa to buy a bunch of suckers and stopped them and gave them suckers and took pictures with them. The lady that was taking them out just loved that we were so excited to see them, because it´s not a big deal here but everyone knows from movies and stuff how it is in the states. She was beside herself that we wanted pictures and everything and an extra bonus, one of our new investigators was with them helping too. She´s a teenager so I think it was good for her to have that interaction with us because she´s been difficult to find. Then to finish our Halloween day off we came home and made carmeled apples. It ended up being a pretty good day.
The week was a little slow because it was pretty rainy and everyone gets sick here as soon as the weather turns. We had lots of plans to meet with members, but there was always something that got in the way. One thing we´ve learned is that working with members is the best way to get the work to progress, so we´ve been taking a lot of time lately trying to get to know the members here a little better and gain their trust. The members here are really awesome though, so willing to work, it just takes a little bit of planning.
We´ve been trying to improve our cooking skills because we are noticing we are lacking a bit and the Latinos cook really well. They don´t follow a recipe or anything like that, but we need specific instructions to get things to turn out. Well, last Sunday we were eating lunch with a member and it was chicken. She told us it´s really easy. It´s just soy sauce and seasonings and then throw it in the oven for like an hour on the highest temperature (Her oven only goes to 250 C). Well, that sounded easy enough so we decided to try that too.
We threw chicken in a glass pan with a bunch of soy sauce and seasonings. Anyways what we understood is that she turned it on her highest temperature and we thought, well our oven goes a little higher and we had an hour to cook so we thought maybe it would cook faster if it was on higher. Now our oven goes to 290 C and we put it all the way on that. After about 20 minutes we could smell the chicken pretty good and Hermana Weeks thought to check on it. All of the soy sauce had dried out so we did some thinking....not very good thinking, and decided that it needed more liquid or the soy sauce would just burn, but we didn´t want to put more soy sauce in so we decided water would be a good idea....but the glass was really, really, really, hot because we had the oven really, really hot and little did we know that putting water in a hot glass pan was a very bad idea....yes the pan exploded. And that´s when we realized we´ve got a lot to learn. Ha, ha we are ok, don´t worry it just startled us that the glass shattered. We switched to a new pan and finished cooking our chicken and we didn´t get sick, so I´d say it was a success!! But, all the members had a good laugh at us, I think they are kind of appalled we can´t cook and they can.
Moral of the story, sometimes we make mistakes and instead of giving up we just clean up the mess and try again. Sometimes life is like that too. We make mistakes, but instead of getting discouraged and angry at ourselves, we use the atonement. We repent, and start over clean and pure. This life is the time of testing and nobody gets 100 percent all the time, but we learn from our mistakes and we become stronger and more like our Savior.
I know that we have a Savior who loves us more than anything, He wants us to succeed, but He knows we are going to goof up, but He is standing with His arms open, ready to pick us back up and dust us off so we are clean again. We just have to humble ourselves and let Him and then we can find the everlasting joy we deserve because, "Adam fell that men might be and men are that they might have joy!" (2 Nephi 2:25) So just be happy!!
Love you all!! Have a wonderful week!!
Hermana Amy Lindsay