November 24, 2014

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Oh, what a week! 

First off: Trivia: Did you know that every 15 minutes, someone gets baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the northeast area of South America? Or perhaps did you know that the first branch of the Church organized in South America was in Lima, Peru? Yeah, neither did I until yesterday. Bacán!

This week Elder Evans of the Quorum of the 70 came. I could not believe it...he was hilarious!!! He doesn`t speak a lick of Spanish, so he talked in English and made sooo many Gringo jokes that literally only we understood. I felt bad for the Latins...but it was la muerte!!!! hahaha. At one point he said something and the translator translated his phrase as: "no pasa nada." The whole mission burst out laughing and Elder Evans asked why, and a Gringo yelled at, "it means "it sucks"!" The whole mission went dead quite, Elder Evans looked at President Rowley, and then after a pause said.....wellllll let`s try to keep this language appropriate for an old guy like me. We died again. I also seemed to be his favorite, because out of the 220 missionaries, he called me out personally several times: to be his partner in an example, to call me a "flirter" and make me an example of what NOT to do when saying hello to sister missionaries, and then to call me "fat" for eating too many Krispie Kream doughnuts. Like I said, this guy was la muerte!!! But, it was also super spiritual and I learned a whole bunch.
 
But, if that wasn`t enough fun, last night we were on the phone with some district leaders and we got a knock at our door. We opened it to find a young couple standing there who then proceeded to ask if we could teach them English in their house across the street. Elder Eddington and I looked at each other and instantly thought of the part in "The Best Two Years" movie when the elders look up at the heavens in answer to their prayers and the Hallelujah Choir plays in the background. It was pretty excellent.
 
There was also a load of other stuff, but I will suffice myself by saying that it was a good week. I look forward to Christmas and to talking with many of you in person! I hope you all have a great week and enjoy the pictures!!! ¡Cuídense mucho!
 
Love,
Elder Dax Rich

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