|Elder North with a chicken|
|LOTS of bananas|
Date: March 3, 2014
Area: La Tinta, Guatemala
Companion: Elder Aguero from Peru
As the title says I have completed a transfer in the field, which is six weeks. As predicted I´m staying here with Elder Aguero for six weeks more, but I did get notice that Elder Gubler is going to Péten with Elder Margaritis, a little strange as he´s halfway through his training and Péten´s not that close to Tactic.
We have one date for baptism and that´s for Amarani, she was going to be baptized on the 8th of March, but we haven´t been able to find her and teach her recently or she´s been busy, so we have moved it to the 22nd, with luck and a bit of help I believe she´ll be ready. In fact I know she´ll be ready. She just needs to come to church and read and pray.
Anyone else think he is mission some good ol US type foods a little bit. :)
We of course did more walking and stuff. I had divisions with the other group in La Tinta, because La Tinta is in two areas, I work in La tinta 2, so I got to see a different way of teaching, which was pretty neat. Elder Centena is who I went on divisions with this week, he uses True to the Faith to teach, it´s a dictionary of gospel topics, so I´ll be using that more. We worked in my area.
And now to answer a few questions.
Now Mom has been asking me about my companion, he´s from Lima Peru, he has six siblings, one is out on a mission in chile.
We study an hour together on gospel principles and then an hour with language.We teach more in Spanish. probably 70 percent in spanish.
There´s not really any strange customs, more of just living with what´s here, you do greet everyone and you ask for permission to enter in a house or place, but that´s common courtesy of course. Most people don't have doors and even if they do they are usually left open. So we do have our ways of greeting and getting peoples attention. Kind of a Yoohoo type thing.
We pay rent, 500 qetzales and laundry is 120 qetz. we get about 1800 qetz for a month, about 250 dollars. Which is mostly spent on travel, internet and groceries. Internet costs one quetzal for every ten minutes. So not much.
Stuff we are not allowed to drink. Energy drinks and stuff like Mountain dew and the like, not that there is mountain dew here, there is big cola, which is coca cola but with caffeine, other than that, just be careful of what you eat and how it´s prepared.
Oh, and I do now know what one hundred percent humidity is.... I guess it´s what I have.... kind like very humid, like when you get out of a hot shower... Not that I would know what a hot shower is anymore.... Or air conditioning. I saw the pictures of Bryen while he was in his place, he has an oven and a full fridge and supposedly a washer and dryer! I typically take my "shower" at night instead of the morning. It is cold but it is worth it to wash off the dirt and sweat.Thanks all for your support and thank you for the updates on life back at home, it´s great to know stuff. Until next week.
I must go now.
Nakatinra. (I love you, because there´s probably not a translator thing for Kekchi)
Also, you would be proud of my journal, I write everyday, and in pretty good detail.
- Elder Norte
If you can write to Elder North he would love to hear form you. You can do it through dearelder.com or to his addrss. All mail take 3-6 weeks to get to him. Letters go to one address and packages to another. All his addresses are on his blog at elderjernorth.blogspot.com