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Monday, July 16, 2012

July 16, 2012--Week 20

Buenas tardes Presidente,
Esta semana mejoramos mucho en muchas cosas.  Sentimos que realmente nos esforzamos con mucha diligencia y por eso, enseñamos más y también pudimos hacer más contactos y encontrar una hermana que estaba muy lista a aceptarnos.  La encontramos el jueves y le enseñamos sobre "El Libro de Mormon", y despues regresamos sábado y le invitamos a bautizarse.  Aunque no dijo "sí", ella está guardando todos los compromiso que dejamos (lectura y oraciones tanto como asistencia a la iglesia).  Estamos muy animados por eso y porque sabemos que al seguir trabajando con diligencia, el Señor nos va a bendecir con más personas así que realmente son los escogidos de Él. En esta semana que viene vamos a esforzarnos más por trabajar con los miembros y llevarlos a lecciones.  También, nos vamos a esforzar en contactar usando los principios que vienen en el atributo didactica de "Como comenzar a enseñar", y creemos que vamos a poder entrar más casas para enseñar lecciones despues del contacto al usar esos principios que vienen de "Predicad Mi Evangelio".

End letter to Presidente and buenas tardes family :)

Sorry--although I do still have those "Wow, I´m in Mexico" moments still, I´ve definitely started to take for granted how different it is here and how much I´ve adjusted to it.  Thanks for the prompts :) that does make it a little bit easier for me.

1.     In response to Jared's question about the girls and your answer last week, Anna wants to know if there are any cute guys her age.  I told her that she would probably be taller than the boys there, but I wasn't sure.  Any answers for her?

Well, I definitely can´t judge that one as well as Jared´s question, but I would think so.  She would probably be taller than the majority (I´m a giant here, I love it), but in our ward I think a few of the young men are around her height or taller.  And they wouldn´t care anyway because everyone is short here.  It’s not really as big of a deal as it is in the States.  The standards of attractiveness are very different here.  Basically, the taller and whiter (not necessarily whiter, just lighter complexion, especially if they have lighter/blondish hair) someone is, the better looking they are.  Y así es la situación.  I find it kind of humorous.

2.     Tell us some more about the food...

Food... we eat a ton of chicken here.  About every other day we eat a plate of about half rice, a quarter vegetables, and some kind of meat (usually chicken, which is why we eat so much of it).  They prepare the meats really differently here.  They´re always covered in some kind of sauce, which you usually mix with the rice to give it some flavor.  The other half the time we eat a variety of other things.  Taquitos, some kind of attempt at American food with a Mexican twist (which although it usually tastes nothing like American food, is usually pretty good), or some kind of stew.  There is also a really good kind of fried chicken that they usually serve with a "salad" (iceberg lettuce and tomatoes) and beans or something like that.  That meal is a favorite of mine.  They also serve fish (like the pictures we´ve seen, a whole fish with the head on just fried up and it is really good) and sometimes enchiladas (also a huge favorite), and sometimes mole (not the animal but a chocolate/chile kind of sauce thing), which is usually put on chicken and rice.  I still don´t really love yet.  One thing that I do love about here though is the drinks.  They blend up a fruit in water (papaya, watermelon, and stuff like that, not apples or bananas or oranges or anything) and mix it with sugar and it´s pretty tasty.  They also make an oatmeal drink thing where they blend up oatmeal in water and mix it with sugar--also really good. 

3.     So, I'm sure by now you have gotten attached to some of the families in your ward.  Tell us about some of them.  Do you eat at a lot of people's homes or really the same people over and over again?

You may have to resend this again next week, because I don´t think I really have time to talk about this right now.  There are just too many families in our ward that I love and could talk about forever.  We do eat in a lot of different homes.  I think I finally have it figured out where everyone lives that we eat with (I think there are probably about 25 houses). 

4.     Do the women cook in what would seem like "normal" kitchens to us?  

Most food here is cooked on the stove.  Probably only about 40% of the Hermanas in the ward have ovens, so that´s a big difference.  The other huge difference is the lack of a kitchen sink which is replaced with the tank and scrub board.  We use this to wash our clothes (although I think the majority of the Hermanas have washing machines, just not driers.  Everyone here hangs their clothes out to dry).  And really, the biggest difference is that about half the time, the kitchen in a Mexcian house is outside.  So basically, no, the kitchens are not very "normal”.

5.     You mentioned going to the "Centro" a couple of weeks ago.  Is that a market? Is it for tourists (are their tourists there?) or for the regular Mexican people?  What do you buy there?

The centro is crazy.  It´s not really for tourists... nobody there speaks English.  It´s pretty crazy though.  It´s just thousands of little tents or tables selling a million different things.  That´s where I bought my hammock, and you can really just buy whatever you would need there.

I got the first package that you sent in May this week when we had interviews.... looks like I just barely missed the second package. :( BUT I definitely loved getting the first one.  The beef jerky is definitely a fave, as well as the M&Ms, and I am faithfully taking my pills.  Also, I am officially a favorite of the primary children, as my tootsie pops are already gone.  There was a big demand for chile and chamoy flavored suckers, and it was pretty funny informing them that those flavors do not exist in the United States. 

I was definitely thinking of some things this week that would be nice, and I forgot to write them down.  So, I´ll keep you posted on those because I can´t remember what they are right now.

Also, just an update on the package that I´m trying to send to you.  The lady who makes the pulseras has disappeared from where she was selling before, so I continue in my search for her.  Apart from that, it shouldn’t be a ton longer before I can finally send it.

Also, just wanted to share a quick experience this week.  We had more contacts this week from trying to find people than any week since I´ve been here.  We had many, many doors shut on us this week.  But, out of all those contacts, we found one sister Thursday night that was definitely prepared to receive us.  We taught her about The Book of Mormon that night, and left with her the pamphlet of The Restoration and 3 Nephi 11.  We came back Saturday to "teach" the restoration and she basically taught it to us from what she had read in the pamphlet.  She came to church yesterday and then read the first 5 chapters of 1 Nephi between church and our visit that night.  She’s getting baptized the 4th of August.  The Lord definitely rewards our faith and our efforts when we work to follow Him with diligence.

Love you all!

Con amor,
Elder Nickerl

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