Not much has happened out here in Mixquiahuala lately; quite a few lessons, some zone drama with the weekly reports, no time to rest, running out of gas for the boiler, getting a little bit sick. Normal missionary stuff.
I suppose I'll start with the running out of gas part. Here in Mexico, all of the water heaters (they call them "boilers"... like, they use the English word. It's kind of funny) run on tanks of natural gas; they don't have the fancy automatic heating system like the US has. So every morning when we get up, we have to go an turn on the heater. Depending on how good your heater is, you may have to get up earlier; in Tecamac we had to get up at like 5:40 to start up the heater so it would be ready by 7 to start showering. Fortunately, here in Mixquiahuala, we have a pretty nice heater that takes like 10 minutes to heat up, and when the water's nice and hot, it shuts off automatically. Now, when your gas tank up on the roof runs out of gas, you're darn out of luck. Over the course of the past few weeks, it has progressively gotten colder at night (down into the 30s), so when we woke up to the utter pleasure of being out of gas, I was not amused. The mission manual says that we should "shower every day, if possible," but there comes a time in every missionary's life when the shower begins to rain down little ice cubes, and he simply says, "nope. Today it's not possible," before he scrubs deodorant all over himself and calls the gas company 3 hours later when everyone wakes up.
Elder Barrios and I have also been getting slightly sick. It's nothing to keep the work from going, but it does make it slightly less comfortable to do so when we're sniffling every 30 seconds. Don't worry, Mom, I'm making good use of the NiQuil you gave me. No, you don't need to send me more.
Other than that, there hasn't been much going on. We got one more pretty awesome investigator named Luna Sofia; she's 16 years old and is super excited about the gospel. She came to church with us on Sunday and accepted a baptismal date right off the bat. We also have Carmen who will be getting baptized this Saturday and her son for 2 weeks afterwards. Things are playing out quite nicely thus far.
Today was probably the most interesting part of this week; Elder Barrios and I didn't have to go to Pachuca, so we had the whole day to ourselves! We got to go parading through the tianguis spending lots of money and feeling slightly bad but incredibly amused afterwards. To get a picture of what a tianguis is, imagine a table with all of the random junk you can think of slightly organized by genre (computer parts, toys, coloring books, etc.). Now imagine about 3 blocks filled with those tables. Yes, quite fun. I bought some different types of Rubik's cubes (a 4x4 and one that changes sizes and shapes as you mix it up), a flash drive, and a tie for zone conference on Thursday. Fortunately, the tianguis are always here, so we'll have plenty more opportunities to spend lots of money on seemingly useless junk.
And that's pretty much it for now. We have zone conference this week would should be pretty edifying. Elder Barrios and I have a half hour portion to teach, so we've got quite a bit to plan. We'll see how it goes.
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