Another week has come and gone in the great sector, Lago Ranco. It´s crazy that the time I've been with Elder Cayoja is the same amount of time I was with Elder Arce. Things got pretty intense this week. I don't think I've ever known someone that knows exactly what they need to do, to bother me. And do it purposely. Sometimes you just have to laugh, because if you don't you're going to get so frustrated you'll feel like casting an unforgivable curse - and then what?! Trust me, been there and back this week. It seems as if we've sorted everything out. My gosh, I hope we've sorted everything out - I don't know if I can stand another battle. I'm doing good, by the way. I'm really excited about Lago Ranco, slowly but surely we're getting the sector alive again. We've activated two menos activas - yes, women - I don't know what it is about this town, but the only members are women. We have one family that we've been working with since I arrived here. Mario and his daughter Corina. and Corina's three year old daughter, Valentina. They are so great. They really understand the Restoration and basically all of the gospel. The problem is that they live so far away from the church, that getting them to attend is rather difficult. (rather should only be read in an English Accent). The buses on Sunday don't go their usual routes at their usual times el dia domingo. They're super friendly, and Corina and Valentina even came to a Branch Noche de Hogar. They had a great time. Corina's really sarcastic and said it was, "her first and last" - so that's good, right? and Valentina was loved by all the hermanas, she even felt so comfortable that she found a dark corner near the door and peed! haha, yeah. We all had a great time.
I'm happy to hear all of you are doing so well. Cassie sent me a ton of photos (thank you!). I can't believe how much older she looks and I've only been gone a week! Have fun in the keys with Aleksi and Nick. Mitchell only has 10 more weeks on the mission. Do you know how fast that is going to go by?! AHH! My trainer, Elder Broadhead finished his mission this past week. I can't believe it. He called me while he was in the mission home to say goodbye. and Elder Arce is now a zone leader.
Funny stories that have happened to me that Elder Cayoja likes to tell to everyone:
1. There were a bunch of freshman aged girls sitting by the road we were walking by, and all of them are shouting at us, "HELLO GRINGO!" "COME HEUR!" (we're on the other side of the road) we keep walking, don't look at them - and then - I step in mud and SLIP, grab the fence to keep myself from falling and they star ROARING with laughter and jeering, even past the point when we turned the corner. It was awful.
2. We were visiting a menos activo, and in Chile you shout "Alo" instead of knocking the fence. So I shouted "Alo" like I always do. He came out, greeted us, invited us inside and said, "Is there a niñita with you guys?" "uh..no?" "Then who the heck shouted 'Alo' like a little girl?!" Elder Cayoja bursts out laughing. This isn't the first time this has happened. Now I do a very, unmistakenly manly "Alo"
3. I tripped infront of the Carabineros, the chilean police, with my overly huge umbrella - flat on my face. They ALL happened be looking out the window at the exact moment that I ate it, and they too - along with my companion burst out in tears.
I'm doing well. I'm not sick. I haven't anything weird lately. I did eat lamb the other day - it tasted good. Like Aleksi says, every animal reminds me of our dogs and there are a TON of Bentley's here. I don't know why but the cows remind me of Chesney, they're just so tranquilo. Have fun in the keys again. Take lots of photos and send them to me. Good luck dad catching fish. I love you Mom, thanks for all the photos and updates. I miss you Aleksi and Cassie. Mitchell, you've been in your sector since I've been on the mission!
I love you family.
Elder Maxwell Poirier.
P.S. the photos.
1. The last P day, Elder Cayoja and I made pizzas
2. The noche de hogar.
3. Deathly Hallows Sign.
4. Walking with cows.
5. A river.
7. Saying goodbye to the Elders and Hermanas before the transfer. Wearing my 'district 12' tie.