This week was week 11 of Elder Gonzalez's training which meant that he had to take the initiative in every single teaching situation. Which basically meant that I could just sit back and relax for a week (not true). It simply meant that if/when we had a situation where we though, "what in the world do we teach this person," Elder Gonzalez had to be in tune with the Spirit to decide. There were a few instances where I had to jump into action, but for the most part, Elder Gonzalez did quite wonderful; I feel like it was rather similar to my 11th week in the field. He's definitely ready to train, and I want a grandson!
We had another baptism this week! Felipa (Emily's mother) was baptized on Saturday, making their family complete. One year from now, they can all be sealed in the temple! The only one left who isn't baptized is Emily's brother Daniel, but he's rather reserved and is always either working or in his room when we visit them. As such, I'm not sure he'll be baptized any time soon. Maybe with time and some nourishment by his family, he'll come around, but we'll have to wait and see.
Last Monday was one of the worst days I've had here in the mission field. We had a zone activity, and all we were told was that we needed funny clothes and nothing more. I decided my funny clothes would consist of my missionary attire completely backwards, so I did just that. What the Zone Leaders neglected to tell anyone was that our clothes would be getting dirty. Needless to say, when they whipped out the shaving cream, flour, and confetti and began dumping them all over us, I was not amused. I hadn't brought any other clothes, so I effectively had to wash them in the church bathroom sink while I borrowed the extra casual attire of another elder. Towards the end of the Zone Activity, we were all sitting around eating pizza when a huge gust of wind came through. I'm not sure why I was the only one this happened to, but the wind flipped my pizza box over, knocking my drink over in the process. So I was left there with orange soda all over my shoe and my 3 remaining pieces of pizza on the ground. Elder Ellis (one of the assistants) looked over at me and just said, "Elder Groesbeck. Today just isn't your day." He had no idea.
After writing that evening, we set off to work. To make a long story short, our appointments at 6 and 7 fell through. "That's okay," we said. "We still have the Family Home Evening with the Camacho family and Esmeralda's family tonight. That'll be fun!" We went to the home of the Camacho family a little early to make sure everything was good to go for the FHE, and then we were going to set off to go pick up Esmeralda's family. While in their house, we received a text message. Yep. Esmeralda cancelled on us. We certainly did NOT want to end the day without a single lesson, so Sister Camacho went a few houses down and invited a less-active member to join us for the FHE. Fortunately, he did come. We had a nice spiritual lesson and then began playing a few simple games. I taught everyone how to play Mafia, and in the middle of our first round, Sister Camacho came inside and said, "hey, where are your bikes?" I didn't believe her, as we had left them right outside, and we were in a privada (gated street). Elder Gonzalez walked outside first, turned around, and shook his head. Yep, the bikes were gone. I was straight-up mad at... well, the world. The only people that could have stolen the bikes were people specifically looking to steal something. Supposedly two guys in hoodies and baseball caps entered the privada and left with the bikes. The lady that saw them thought they were their bikes and didn't think anything of it until we asked her. Yeah, Monday was horrible.
We got some new bikes and just have to pay for the old ones. Needless to say, we leave our bikes in no place unattended now without both of our locks hooking them together in different places. If anyone else is going to steal our bikes, we're going to make it as hard as possible for them. We actually went to the Camacho Family's house last Wednesday afternoon, and before knocking on the door, we hooked our bikes up the Brother Camacho's table saw outside. When we knocked, they all came outside and laughed, and then Brother Camacho walks out with a giant loop of telephone wire and said, "All right, time to hook up the bikes!" Yes. 'Twas quite funny. They're a great family, and if I get changed this next week, they'll definitely be the thing I miss the most about Valle Dorado. We're planning a giant FHE with them next Monday night (as it will most likely be my last night here in Valle Dorado), and it's gonna be awesome.
We've started this week pretty well thus far; we had a couple of pretty good lessons yesterday, despite the pouring rain and the rivers we rode our bikes through. I'm just hoping to get the 40 lessons again to finish strong this cycle. We've only missed one week thus far in getting the 40, so I want to go 5 for 6. Challenge accepted. Irè y harè,
P.S. I don't know why the accents are backwards over irè y harè; this computer has been doing that this whole time, and I don't like it -_-
Q&A With Elder Groesbeck (Questions by Aunt Diana Woolley and Family)
1. Favorite meal you've had that someone has cooked for you. Describe it. (Aubrie)
Enchiladas verdes y fresas con crema. Need I say more?
2. What is the weirdest name of someone you have met? (Jake)
We've met a lot of people with names I've never heard before, but now I don't even think about how weird they are; it's become something normal to have to ask for people to say their names more than once.
3. What is your favorite thing to do in your free time? (Micah)
Sleep, sleep, and sleeeeeeeep
4. Has your favorite color changed ? (Lauren)
5. Who is your favorite Disney princess? (Aubrie)
It's still a very close tie between Rapunzel and Jasmine.
6. Who do you miss the most? (Diana)
I'm not one to pick favorites, but probably Mac.
7. What do you like most about Mexico? (Micah)
Hands down, the food. Everything here is super fresh and tastes way better.
8. What is your favorite video game? (Tyler)
I'm a missionary; I don't play videos games. Although, we do have Sudoku on our cell phone...
9. Do you wish you were going to Samoa with me? (Jake)
No, I'm pretty good being a servant of the Lord down here in Mexico. The food is way better, and I reap many more blessings from the Lord.
10. Do you drink the water in Mexico?
Yes, but it has to come out of a very clean 10-gallon jug.
11. At this stage of the game what would you rather have- a new bike or a new brother? (Scott)
That's a tough one. I'll have to get back to it when I have more time to think.
12. What is the best stereotype of Mexican women that you've found to be true? (Scott)
I've discovered something called the popcorn effect in Mexican women. They're very attractive until they have children. They they explode like popcorn and never return to normal.
13. Why is there no question 13? -Mitch
14. What is the Mexican pronunciation of Mitch? Scott is Escott. (Scott)
No one down here knows my real name, but it would be Meetch.
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