New Area!

May 18, 2009

Hello, my new area is called Cariari. It is in the campo in Northeastern Costa Rica. It is a pretty area. It is Hot and humid. My comp is named Elder Hernandez from Panama. So far he’s not bad. He likes to work hard which I like, but sometimes he takes it a little to the extreme. For example he wants us to only eat one meal a day and we don’t get our lunch break, so we can work more. I’m fine with not having a lunch break (after we eat lunch we usually get an hour break) but starving to death every day, I don’t think so. We walk a lot in my new area but it’s not too bad. There is only a branch here, there are many inactives. Usually about 50 people show up to church but yesterday there was only about 30. We have some good investigators that we are working with.

I was able to say goodbye to some of the members in Moravia before I left. We tried to visit Mario but he wasn’t there. We went to visit Leo, but he wasn’t there either, even though we had made an appointment with him. We ended up hanging out with his family. When we first started teaching Leo they didn’t really approve of us, but lately they’ve been warming up to us and I think they were sad that I was leaving. Unfortunately we found out the reason Leo wasn’t there was because he was drinking. We found him in the street later and he was drunk. It sucks how the last time I saw two of my recent converts they were both drunk. Fortunately Vera wasn’t drunk when I visited her. I went up on her roof and fixed some holes and replaced the tin stuff they have up there. We’ve been on many members’ roofs lately. Anyway we ate and said goodbye to Vera, Andrea, and Vera’s other daughter Helen. I left baptismal pictures with Leo, Mario, and Vera. I’m going to miss Moravia but I’m sure ill like it here in Cariari as well.

I also said goodbye to my zone and we had a final tie trade. I forgot to tell you that Elder Shrock (who is in my zone, and was going to be my comp until they found out Kamiya had already been in the area they were going to send him so they switched him and shrock 5 days before changes) is Joshua Chapel´s cousin. Today I met my new zone and we played soccer in Guapiles.

Congratulations S---------, on graduating from Seminary and from High school this week. I’m sorry I can’t be there. I miss all of you and love you. Hi grandpa and grandma. Hola Abuelito. Hi to all!