So, first of all, we´re going to have a baptism this Saturday so we´re pretty excited about that. With the new rule that they have to go to church five times before getting baptized, Merced is definitely more than ready and we´re ready to have one too. We´ve now gone more than a month without a baptism so we we’re getting a little restless. I´m not actually going to write that much today because I´m going to send some pictures. I figured out a way to fix my camera short-term (I put in and take out the SD card with tweezers) and I´m hoping it´ll last until I get home and then we can take it to a good repair-man.
We're off to Tuxtla now for our leadership conference which is tomorrow. We're taking the bus and it will take us about 2 1/2 hours to get there so I need to go after I send some photos.
I love you all. Have a great week!
Con mucho amor,
Elder Andrew Nickerl
I´ve now been in Oaxaca almost longer than I was in Chiapas. :) Oaxaca is currently my favorite Mexican state.
This past Saturday we had an activity in the Church. It was kind of an "open house" so that the people from the town could see the Church on the inside. Each organization prepared their own room and were assigned to talk about certain things. This is the room that the Relief Society (Sociedad de Socorro) prepared to explain Relief Society. They talked about the history of Relief Society and what it does for women today.
This room was prepared by the Primary... so I´m not exactly sure why it has the Young Women´s banner hanging on the wall behind the little temple--but it looked really nice. And I´m not sure who made the little temple, but it was pretty amazing.
The Youth (meaning basically the YW because there is only one fully active YM) were assigned to explain the Book of Mormon.
The activity went really well. They were announcing it all week on the radio. We didn´t have as big of a showout from the general public as we had hoped (based on how many people asked us in the street about it), but a good number of people showed up and we´re going to look for them this week and try to teach them. :)
Here we are with the sisters and with Cristian at the activity. They´re going to call some ward missionaries soon which will be awesome. The missionary corps is growing. :)
This was this morning. We´ve been looking for more opportunities lately to give service, and today we got to cut down an oak tree with a hand saw. :) We started by cutting off the branches on top so that it didn´t break anything when it fell (and then we got to make firewood out of the branches with a machete!! I love machetes!) This is finishing that process.
This is the last branch we cut off the top before we started cutting the trunk.
Making firewood out of the branches with the machete.
This was the hardest part. Cutting through the trunk was a beast.
The tree is finally down! And, my comp and I got a picture together. With me sending pictures of just me it makes it look like I did all the work. But no, my comp probably did more than I did. To answer the confusion with the half missionary clothes/half service clothes, we were in our own yard--doing service for the people who own the house (they´re awesome and they take care of us a lot, so we owe them all sorts of favors anyway).
So yeah it took us about an hour, but we beat the tree. I feel like my man-skills have greatly increased on my mission haha (I´ve now cut down trees with a hand saw and cut grass with a giant knife--and it feels pretty cool).