HELLO FAM! So happy I get to write y'all this week.
It actually isn't looking like Christmas. We were sweating soooo baddddd today. It's hot outside. Heh. And here in Otavalo only a few people like, legitimately celebrate Christmas, with the tree and gifts and whatnot. Año viejo/nuevo (Old Year/New Year's) is bigger here. It´s most likely because it´s such a humble area. BUT we are starting this cool tradition in our ward where we'll have the Christmas story read out of the Bible and then all the people acting it out (THEY'VE NEVER DONE IT HERE BEFORE! Can you believe it?) Consejo de barrio (Ward counsel) accepted the idea and they were actually pretty stoked about it!! :)
I was shocked at a call from our Zone Leaders last night! WE GOT EMERGENCY CHANGES. (The ZL's are gringos both from Wyoming, hahah what a coincidence and one is like, identical to Daniel, ahenm, Elder Bowman, in every sense of the word. It´s weird actually.) I knew it was too much of a dream to have a ¨white¨ christmas (two gringas together hahaha). HOWEVER I am 100% sure that it is by inspiration of the Lord.
Merry Christmas! THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE PACKAGES grandma and momma. Y'all are the best. I most enjoyed the socks and food. All any missionary wants. I was ecstatic. Funny thing, my comp got two packages the same day, and they were the same exact contents. So thanks y'all
We heart Otavalo.
So what had happened was, we have 4 Hermanas in our ward and before the switcheroo, it was 2 Peruvians together and 2 gringas, so Pres just had us switch comps. Hermana Wight taught me a lot, and I am grateful for the 2 weeks with her. She´s super diligent and an incredible teacher. My new compa, Hermana Corne is a sweetheart and I am excited to be able to work with her and learn from her as well. She´s from Peru. She´s been out for like 6 months. I know that it will be a wonderful change! I feel that I have learned how to just turn it all over to the Lord and trust in Him. I know that His will is much better than mine. It´s so nice not having an internal struggle and just having that capacity to trust in Him. Missionary work7LIFE in general is a lot more enjoyable and efficient that way. :)
Noche de hogar :)
We went over to the Amaguaña´s house and had a noche de hogar with one of the families that are fellowshipping them, and the Bishop and his wife. We talked about ley de castidad and palabra de sabiduría and the spirit was SO STRONG. I totally felt the don de lenguas (gift of tongues) because as the members shared their testimonies I totally UNDERSTOOD what they were saying. I missed Otavalo. It´s such a magical place!
That would be (Mount) Cotacachi. Sunsets are to die for here.
FAVE FAM!!!! Flia Amaguaña Aguilar. They´re getting baptized this weekend. I LOVE THEM. Here we are with their baby cuyes (guinua pigs) They named them both Hermana Bowman - hahahahha.
Caldo de Bille....
It´s a delicacy here and you can only get it at . It´s the fetus of a baby cow. Yum?
They're so cute. I love them -- AHHH.
Ya can't see it very well at all... BUT it's literally a house built out of recyclable stuff/anything & everything you can think of... clothes, bags, bottles, dead rats, tarantulas, shoes, cups, pots, pans, hoses, piggies, yeah, you get the point... It was awkward when we took the pic because then the Hermana came out and we're like, OH HEY! We came to visitcha!!! hahahah.