Saturday, November 29, 2014

Chapter 7: Ol' Yeller

So, in this past week I´ve been talking in my sleep, or as Elder Hoover likes to say, screaming in my sleep. Apparently I´ve woken him up 5 times by screaming things. The topic of these screams have been complete Spanish sentences, the number 15, and reading the dream of my companion and telling him what just happened. I don´t remember any of this, but I trust my companion so it must be real. The reason for these dream screams could be a number of things, but I don´t know any of them. If anyone has an idea of what I can do to help my companion get a full night sleep I´d love to hear it. :P

So, also in the last few weeks, Elder Hoover and I have been trying to be healthier in what we eat. I love the idea of being better at this, but my tongue and the part of my mind that is based off of instant gratification have been crying out for the old junk food that I used to eat, chips, fruit drinks, a cream filled cake treat called Peng├╝inos, ice cream, etc.

1 spiritual moment this week- I am learning the true power of a Fast. When normally I would be really done in the dumps I decided to make the sacrifice and start a fast yesterday. It has really helped me understand that I´m not perfect, but every trial and responsibility I have is to teach me to become so. I am so glad that we don´t have to sacrifice animals (I have been reading the Old Testament and I´ve made it up unto Kings) anymore and that fasting can even be more powerful. :)
1 funny moment this week- This week the only funny thing I have to share is that as we were on our way to the airport Elder Hoover and I quoted Psych for the full hour that we were trying to get there (We left early so that we could get there on time, but the traffic was much worse than we expected).
1 irritating thing this week- The traffic to the airport
1 foody thing this week- I had a Mango drink! IT WAS AMAZING! I can´t wait to go back and try it again. :)
1 this reminded me of moment this week- So President really reminds me of my dad. They really like obedience and don´t like excuses. I look up to President as my dad and I know that he does everything he does out of love. I love them both and they both have so much to teach me. :)
1 third world story this week- Our investigator R is really poor. So poor that even though he´s prayed about the Book of Mormon and believes it´s true he goes to another church because they said that if he is a member that they would feed him every day. It´s really sad to see people in conditions like that, but that is his choice. I´m really sad about it. :(
Well, take care everybody, enjoy the cold weather for me.
Elder VanderMeyden
Me and Elder Hoover in front of our awesome truck

the money of Costa Rica

We love our soccer and flags

The red taxi's

Elder Hoover studying

just hanging out

All in blue ties

My handpainted tie (someone left it in the office)

The temple

Chapter 6: Stress

Chapter 5: Plata

This week was Halloween and we got dressed up. :)  This is a picture of our costumes for Halloween, note the ties- Silver is Spanish is Plata, which in Costa Rica just means money, signifying the financial secretary. Gold is oro, and it stands for the gold medal that the Migration secretary has in Costa Rica for being one of 2 countries 100% legals. Costa Rica has been there longer though, so we still have the record. ;)So about halloween, we don't really celebrate it much down here :P A few years ago there were some children kidnapped and then sacrificed in the forest. That put a huge damper on the Halloween spirit and they only do personal gatherings here. We did pass by a few bars that had decorations up but we avoided them for the most part because we know the problems the world has with Modesty. We did not have to stay inside the house.

Spiritual moment this week: We have two investigators that I feel can get baptized this month and I´m hoping that one that has been an eternal investigator can join those two. The two that I´m talking about haven´t been to church but it wasn´t all their faults, one didn´t go because the member we sent never showed up at his house. He called us after the first meeting and said that no one showed up to get him but that he had been waiting, ready for an hour. :( I was so sad about that and frustrated that he could be one step closer but a member messed it up. :( The other one is progressing really fast and should be coming this week too.

Oh crap moment this week: So we heard gunshots last week. The gunshots were heard in the most dangerous part of our area and I just happened to be in the area for the first time that day. I was in no danger but it was a good story to tell. No more gun shots but I do like the countryside more than the city, but it´s not all that different, just the people make the difference. I feel safer in the campo of Guanacaste (Limon is dangerous).
Funny thing this week: I played a mean joke on one of the sister training leaders with the fake cockroaches, it made her and her companion scream and it made everyone laugh. She pretended to Trick or treat at our secretary door because she saw I had candy so I gave her the cockroach secretly and then she freaked out when she saw it. I gave it to her as a gift and then I gave her candy. She was a good sport. :)
I was able to laugh a whole bunch w¿this week and I will laugh so much more with Elder H. :)

Solo in the office is fine, I survived the worst week. :) Not all that lonely, 4 was really a crowd, a fun crowd but a crowd none the less. There were two early morning trips that I made this week and both of them have gone by very well. We have a third this upcoming week and I am not excited. Elder Hoover and I made a deal, he drives there and I drive back. He gets more tired on the way back, but once I´m awake I´m awake until I hit the end of the line.
I am fantasterrific! I´m excited to be able to get out into the field more this week and get this area going. I´m getting along really well Elder Hoover and he´s a bunch of fun. We have personalities that fit well and even when tired we haven´t had a fight. :) My English is getting back to normal but my Spanish is falling a bit :( I´m going to fix that with study this week. :)

Love you,
Elder VanderMeyden

Chapter 4: Ticket

So there are so many different meanings for the word ticket. You can buy a ticket to go to a museum or a play or you can use a ticket to go to another country through a plane. You can get a ticket for parking in a bad place or speeding. Tickets range in Hallelujah amazing to the worst thing you can think off (like that one time I put 25 cents into a weight machine here and it gave me a ticket with my weight and I learned that I am fat :P  ). I actually had 3 different types of tickets in this last week. The first one we used was the ticket to send a sick missionary home. It´s one of the saddest things that I´m going to have to do as a secretary. The second was a parking ticket because we didn´t talk to one guy on the side of the street just because we were on our own (meaning our trainers weren´t with us to tell us what to do)(don´t worry, it´s not that big a deal and I get to keep my drivers license). The Third is that we used tickets to go inside a museum for Preparation day today. It rocked and I loved the Children's museum in San Jose. I´ll send pictures next week though.

Funny moment this week- This is weird that I laughed about this, but I laugh when I am nervous and stressed, so I´ve been laughing a ton this last week, which is funny because Elder Hoover thinks I´m crazy. He knows now that I´m not but it was funny. :P
Spiritual moment this week- Being able to pray to Heavenly Father when I was really down on myself one day for missing an exit twice, and missing my companion´s appointment with migration.Prayer really helped me because I was down and I asked to forget my pain and work, so he made the work fun and beautiful. I came home with a smile that I couldn´t even have imagined just a few hours earlier in the day. I love the Lord and I love the Spirit. :)
Oh Crap moment this week- I am going to be in the office solo this time on monday. It just sunk in this week. :P

Chapter 3: A Little Addition

This week has been more and more math and we´ve have quite a bit of addition to do- First of all with my asignaci├│n and secondly with a new companion. His name is Elder Black and he is AWESOME. He had cambios de emergencias halfway. He can´t go to his old area, but we´re waiting the one week to the actual cambios to send him back out. :) We´re having a ton of fun with him singing oldies music as well as more modern and his ukulele is a great addition to my harmonica and the electric Keyboard that we have at the house. It´s so fun to break into song and have a backup of beat boxing and harmonies as only band or choir boys from the USA can do. ;)

We are having great success with some people, There is a guy named Anthony that is a Golden investigator that has been progressing really fast. In the time that Elder Pratt met him he´s read the pamphlet, prayed to know if it was true, quit a job so he can come to church, found a new job through the power of prayer, and will come with us tomorrow! :D He´s our #1 and he speaks English! We give lessons in mostly english, but I like to talk in spanish so it is cool. :) That was my Spiritual thing this week: it was when we taught Anthony this week. It was the first time I met him but the spirit was SOOO strong in that house and I loved it. :)

I'm adding on pounds, unfortunately. Now that I can get food from an american store, I eat a bunch of cereal and doughnuts and pizza from PriceSmart. It´s so gross and I have to do a bunch of exercixse. :P I just have to get the time to buy the good food like we did today. :) I am also well fed by the members. :P

Funny thing is a bunch of people here in the ward and other missionaries are saying that I look like the Elder from "The Best Two Years" even though I´ve never seen it. I´m like a celebrity somehow but it´s really funny. :P  another funny thing that happened is that today a girl came up to us and thought that we were Jehovah´s Witnesses (a common thing actually). We think she was French because her accent in Spanish was French but she also spoke perfect English. She left us (we were at PriceSmart) but then as we were exiting she came up to Elder Black and asked if we went to parties. It was amazingly hard not to start laughing because I think she was infatuated by him. We did a great contact and left our number with her and we´ll see where it goes. :)

Oh Crap thing is getting trapped at PriceSmart today. It was a clear sky when we left, but as we bought everything and we got ready to leave the rain fell like I remember it did in the Virginia hurricanes.

(my mom asked me to put one spiritual, one funny, and one oh crap moment in so you can see what life is like - hope you enjoy it.)
Elder VanderMeyden