A Record of Elder Eastman's Missionary Service in the Quito Ecuador Mission

A Record of Elder Eastman's Missionary Service in the Quito Ecuador Mission

Monday, April 27, 2015

Life As A Walker

Hey Mother!
The work this week was a bit tough again.  Nobody wants to take the time to come to church.  Except for the few investigators we have that are progressing well (Ines, Grace and the wife in a family called the Familia Guano Luisa, i cant remember her first name).  They are the ones that are coming.  Grace is getting baptised this saturday.  So we are pretty excited for that.  Ines is still working on getting married.  Im not really sure when she'll actually get that done.  I hope soon.  Hermana Guano Luisa is progressing well too but says she wants to wait just a bit longer to be baptised.  Hermano Guano Luisa says he wants to be baptised but hasnt come to church yet.  He says he wants to though, just after he gets out of working on sundays.
(in response to a question I asked him...) 
Ecuadorian driving is different from the States.  First of all, most of them are terrible drivers.  They like speeding and getting as close to you as possible when walking on the side of the road.  I think they rather hit a pedestrian than drive over a small bump in the road.  So i think i might have developed a bit of road rage as a pedestrian.  Also they dont have really any clue about the rules of the road.  This is the order of right a ways,  1 busses, 2 large trucks, 3 all other cars, 4 motorcycles, 5 bumps in the road, 6 pedestrians in the streets, 7 dogs.  Life as a walker can be pretty frightening.  There is no laws here about the kinds of lights you can have on your car.  Alot of cars have flashing blue and red lights all over there cars, along with other colors too.  Alot of people make there brake lights flash rapidly and annoyingly when braking.  There are many people who think making and old, ugly car look cool is achieved by putting as many accesories on the outside and inside of the car as possible.  Also by making it as loud as possible.  So i dont find very many cars here to be attractive. 
Well something real quick about the Hermana Guano Luisa.  First she is pretty old.  Her dad, who died quite awhile ago, is a very direct and close decendent of the Incas and hardly spoke any spanish.  And the Incas are direct decendents of the Lamanites.  So it's pretty cool to be teaching someone who is a direct decendent of the Lamanites.  She definitely looks like it too.  It's pretty sweet.  She has also told us a few of the stories that her dad told her.  Things that happened during his life.  They're pretty awesome.  I'm not exactly sure how true they are though.  They have to do with: enchanted lakes that eat people, aliens, and magic bulls.  They sure are interesting though.  

Also this week we had interviews with our wonderful mission president.  They were pretty cool.  
Also this sunday we will recieve our changes.  I feel like this change just started.  But we are already in the last week of it.  Time is going by pretty super fast!
Well that's pretty much it for now!

Love, Elder Eastman

Oh i forgot.
No i have not gotten any mail 

(We've sent mail over the last month, but it takes awhile to reach him.  If you are reading this, consider mailing Josh a nice little note.  International stamps are just a dollar.)

Hey Dad!

I'm doing pretty good!  The weather here is alright.  It has been raining alot.  I think this time of the year it always rains the most.  And it's been pretty cold especially at night.  But yes i am normaly warm and dry.  I have been a bit sick lately though.  My throught is just filled with a bunch of mucus and hurts a bit, my nose is runny with alot of sneezing and there is a bit of pressure in my sinuses.  But it's not super bad.  
We normaly teach the Word of Wisdom after the Restoration, Plan of Salvation, and Gosple of Jesus Christ.  After those three lessons we start with the commandments.  And W of W is often the first commandment we teach.  Alot of people have trouble with coffe or tea.  But there are also alot of people here who drink.  But i think coffe and tea are the biggest.  When they understand well what the commandment is and why we have it they normally commit pretty well to not drinking those things.  
Love you too!

Elder Eastman

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