Monday, January 27, 2014

The good, the sad and the wet.

I have so much to say about this week that I don't know where to start. I am going to call it the good, the sad, and the wet. I said good first to make it sound a little clever but I'm actually going to start with the sad first.
The Huanuco lion
As I probably mentioned last week we have cambios this week. We also had interviews with Presidente this week. The day of the interviews we were trying to decide if we should tell him we hate each other and need to stay together to learn how to love each other or if we should just tell him he can't separate us. My interview with President he told me that I was going to probably be staying which made me happy but he also told me that there is going to be no need for trios in this next cambio. That means one of my companions is probably leaving. We think it's Hermana Abbot because at the end of Hermana Whitlock's interview President asked her if there was anything he could do for her and she said Yea. Keep me with Hermana Rhoten and he said there are very good odds for that because she is in the middle of her training. We were so sad to know that we are getting split up because it has been such a strong companionship. 
Negritos statues near the centro
The second sad thing that happened this week is that we had to move! We were sad because we love our pensionista's family and our little home. Our pensionista that went on vacation didn't tell us that she wasn't coming back so we had to find a new house and pensionista since we can't live alone with her husband for three months. We prayed specifically that we could find something that day because we knew we wouldn't have time the rest of the week. We found, bargained, cleaned, packed,and moved in that same day all within 6 hours. It was so fast and we were so tired. As of now we really like our new apartment. 
This is what Huanuco is known for. Since we aren't from here everyone always says how do you like Huanuco, the best climate in the world?
Despite the busyness of the week we had so many good things happen. Since they were in town we went to ask permission from Shayla's mom for her to be baptized with one of my favorite Chilean Zone leaders that became an Assistant and the Financial Secretary. We talked to her mother and her heart was softened enough to let her be baptized. She is getting baptized on Tuesday and is so excited. She is 11 years old and has been coming to church for 5 months by herself. It was beautiful to see our prayers and fasting finally answered in the Lords timing. 
Huanuco centrals area is beautiful.
The elders in our ward ended up having to leave for an emergency on Saturday so we took on their full schedule of appointments plus ours. We did divisions and Hermana Abbott went with a member to teach some and we took the others. We ended up going to one of their appointments at the very very top of the mountain and met the most humble beautiful woman. We talked about the Book of Mormon chapter that she had read and she told us about her life. Short story is that she ended up doing a kneeling prayer in the dirt to ask if it was true. It was the most sincere prayer and she told God she would do anything to know it was true and help her family. It made me realize the sacrifices we need to make to receive a testimony from God. During the prayer there was a storm starting and we ended up running down the mountain in the pouring rain, thunder and lightning. We finally got to the road which was more like a highway at the bottom of the mountain and there wasn't a single moto. We were drenched. I silently prayed that we could find a way to get out of the rain when our Relief Society President one of the only two people I know in the ward that has a car pulled up on the side of the road and told us to get in. 
Divisions with Hermana Redondo she's my cute little friend from Honduras.
You are all probably wondering what the wet is. Well if this city that I live in couldn't get crazy enough with the dancing drunk people in costumes in the streets, the dogs, motos and everything else we are starting a month of a holiday called Carnival. It starts at the end of January and goes until Feb. What happens is that every little kid, or teenager or sometimes it doesn't even matter what age they are carries water balloons around in the street and soak people. Everyone right now is walking around in the streets with water balloons in their hand. Its like a giant water war with the entire city for a month! They hit usually only the younger people and especially pretty girls. I have poor luck and have to walk around with pretty girls all day long and we are white so we are an instant target. I got hit with the first one on Tuesday when I was on divisions with Hermana Redondo. We were walking on the side of the road and someone who was inside a moto pegged me right in the chest. I was drenched.
Me soaked after I got hit by a water balloon.
Water balloons and water being squirted through the door at us.
There aren't any rules for Carnival either. We have seen people pouring buckets of water on people from the roof or throwing water balloons from there. We even got sprayed through a wooden door this week after we had knocked on it. (I sent a picture of that one). But the worst one was on Sunday. We were walking down the street when we saw a huge group of about 25 teenage boys. We heard them shout gringas (which means white girls) and they all started running at us with water balloons. We ran to a members house. Haha. But we still see them around sometimes and they are looking for us. Its scary and a little funny. 
 Negritos are dying off. It's usually only for January but yea isn't that so crazy? I was like what in the world. Since there are three of us we always have the person in front watch from the front, the one in the middle watches the roofs and the last one of us watches from behind so we don't get hit. Our protective instincts are getting so good.I was thinking that next year when I'm missing Peru during this time of year you all might have to watch out or I might get you a little wet. ;) 
But until then....Love you! Have a great week.
Hermana Rhoten

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