I can’t believe I am already sitting in this internet cafe writing another email. This week felt like 45 minutes. Here are some of the interesting things that happened this week…
The food in Chile is different…mainly just bread and Coca Cola, but on occasion we get something really odd. For example, we had a lunch appointment this week and he pulled out a Tupperware container and gave us each an artichoke. I have never eaten a whole artichoke before so this was an experience for me. I had no idea how to eat it so I just peeled off one of the leaves and ate it whole. I was quickly told you aren't supposed to do that. I thought he would serve us more, but he didn't, so we just sat around eating an artichoke and dipping it in mayonesa together. Nobody ever drinks water. EVER! Sometimes my companion and I ask for glasses of water when we are out walking and contacting, and people will still give us a glass of Coke… without fail every single time. It makes me laugh. I miss drinking water. Room temperature Coke is great and all, but water will always be my favorite.
Last email, I told you all about celebrating Independence Day in Chile. This Saturday, our ward threw a party to celebrate and it was super interesting. They love to dance in Chile. There were a bunch of different dance presentations including Cuaca, which is the national dance of Chile. Look up a video of it. We also had chicken, rice and iceberg lettuce, which pretty much is the national food of Chile. We played a ton of fun games. In one of them you had to run across the room, inflate a balloon, and pop it, and whoever did it first was the winner. Out of four heats of four people in each heat, I won. The final heat just might have been one of the most intense moments of my mission. I´d like to thank swimming, and all my time scuba diving for the victory. I won this sweet little hat Chile flag thing too. It was so great. We are blessed to be very busy and teaching a lot. Our investigators are all progressing in their own way and at different speeds. I love them all.
Finally, I watched a Mormon Message, or a little inspirational movie, that shares a gospel principle this week and I really loved it so I wanted to share a little bit about it. The Mormon Message is about an older couple and both of them have a disability. The wife is in a wheelchair and has very limited mobility, and the husband has Parkinson's The video shows the husband serving his wife even though he has to struggle with his disability to do it. He writes her a card, makes her cookies and sets the table for her. He did it all even though it was hard for him. When his wife saw all that he had done, she was so happy and smiled really big. What the video said at the end is what I loved the most. It said that loving someone is not saying you love them, but rather showing you love them. I really like that. Loving is showing, not telling. So my invitation this week is to show someone that you love them in some way. It can be big or small it doesn't matter, but just do something to make someone smile. It will make you both so happy, I promise.
I love all you guys and I hope that you have a great week! Stay safe and send me pictures of everything!