Monday, August 8, 2011

Finally, Elder Marsh has been transfered. It's only getting better and HOTTER!

From little pueblo to the big city! I am in Obregon now, and it is HOT!! Over a hundred is NORMAL for us. We hope for a nice breeze 100-105 because when it hits 116, it is tough to work. We leave the house at 10 to find as MANY teaching appointments as we can before we eat at 1, 1.30.Then we study from about 3-4 again to beat the hottest part of the day. The area here is WAY cool. There are US reastraunts and bowling alleys and everything. It is awesome! But now I dont have a bike, so we WALK. Miles and miles and miles. Getting sunburned isnt nearly as big of a problem as just getting worn out. The sun takes ALL of my engergy and by midday, my body is giving out. Even though the ward is WAY awesome and my companion is a great guy, this area is a bit tough. It really is a test. It gets hard to stay focused and to really think in the sun. I need a lot of help from the Lord in this area, because the people are tough here too. I feel like it is just starting to get rough.



But my companion is awesome! Elder Ticona is from PERU! How cool is that? He comes from a different part of the world, so Mexico is new for him too! Tortillas and beans dont even exist where he lives. He is a very sincere testimony and is hilarious too. We are always chatting about stuff and laughing a lot. He is a great friend and I love him a lot. He has a strong desire to learn English because he wants to marry an American girl :) The ward LOVES him to death, so we get a lot of support and a lot of food ;)



I got to this city with a baptism waiting. Elder Ticona and I had the great opportunity to finish up teaching and baptize a young man named Bryan. He is 12 and goes to the church activities a lot with the other youth his age. He really is one of the brightest kids I have met. He askes the best questions of us so he can really understand God`s commandments. One time we were teaching, he told us he was watching South Park. They had some message about God that wasnt in harmony with the Spirit, and he decided he wasnt going to watch that show again, just because of one obsene part! Bryan is going to grow up to be a great missionary and Elder Ticona and I love chatting with him.



But the best thing about Bryan is his influence on his family. He lives with his grandparents and an uncle. His Grandma has had bad liver problems, in and out of the hospital, taking tests, and hasnt been able to even move around her house. But the days leading up to Bryans baptism, she got a little better. The day of the confirmation of Bryan, she came to church, and very excitedly told me that she had gotten up that morning with NO pain at all! I took the opptortunity to explain that God gives us the ways to complet all commandments if we just try. She says she didnt havew much intrest in talking to us because she promised her mother when she died that she will always be Catholic, but we fasted and prayed so she could live somthing spiritual. We decided we cant convince her even with the strongest of testimonies, so we wanted her to really feel the spirit for herself. And she did! We have faith now the she will listen to us. All we can do is help her have more faith.



So, it is hot. The people are a lot ruder when you knock on their door. My companion is way awesome. And this transfer is going to be a bit rough. But with prayers and faith, we can be stronger than the sun in out work.



Until next week ;)



Oh, it was in the 90`s, probably 100 today. Then we got hit with a flash storm and the street got flooded. It is crazy in Sonora :)



Elder Marsh

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