Monday, September 19, 2016

Thirty-Eight Weeks

Hello Everyone!

This has been a pretty easy going week because more than anything I have been showing my companion around the area so that he too can know how to get around and so he could meet all of the people that we regularly visit. After 3 months with Elder McDonald it is definetely interesting getting used to a new companion, but I am speaking a lot more spanish with Elder Mayorga now. A little more about him - he is from Veracruz, Mexico but he moved to the USA when he was 11 years old and his family is living in Texas, so he actually has dual citizenship. He speaks perfect english, but we speak only spanish between us because it's really good practice and it improves both of ours' accents as well (not to mention it can be hard from talking in english with your comp to teaching someone in spanish on a moments notice at times, because it's almost like two different modes that your brain goes into). He loves roadtripping and travel, and did marching band in High School.

Other than that, there was a day this week when we didn't have electricity from 6am until 10pm and it made me kind of sad, but give me a second to explain. Here the fridge and freezer are in the same compartment, or you can say that the fridge only has one door and when you open it, both are there and the freezer is just more like a shelf at the very top part. Well like many freezers, it was very frozen with lots of ice. When we didn't have any power though, all the ice melted and flooded a bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough that I had made 2 days before, ruining it... I hadn't had chocolate cookies since being here and so made the batter but only had time to cook 6 cookies before we had to go out and work, so I put the rest in the fridge to finish making later but it ended there I guess. Oh well, I have all that I need to make them again, except for butter but we'll see when I get around to it again haha.

Last experience though is that one of the people that we have been teaching claims to have seen an angel. This investigator in question has been in very bad health for a while now - she has diabetes and diabetes here is much more dangerous than in the states with all the things they have to take care of you. Because of her diabetes though, one of her toes died and they had to amputate it and it was a painful recovery process for it all to heal and have the skin grow back. Right now another one is dying too, but last week she had a heart attack to top it all off. When she was in the hospital though, she was laying there in her bed with a nurse attending to her, when she saw someone dressed in white at the side of her bed, but she couldn't get her head up to see their face, so she only saw from the chest down. When she looked again though, there was nobody there and so she asked the nurse where the doctor went. The nurse said that there had been no doctor, and so she insisted that there had been, and that she had seen him just by the side of her bed. The nurse then told her "There was no doctor Lydia." "Who knows, maybe it was an angel?" and so she stayed happy and content with that. 

Nothing else new besides that though. There was one day when we walked from one end of our area to the other 3 or 4 times though, and so it should have added up to a little over 20 miles (about 35 kilometers) or more, so that was pretty entertaining but exhausting. That's the way it is sometimes though, and there is nothing to be done about it. Hope you all have a good week though, and love you all!

Elder McCollum


1) Elder McDonald and I (one last photo together)
2) Elder McDonald, me, and the Bishop of the ward we are (were) currently serving in.
3)Elder Mayorga (my new comp) and I

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