Monday, December 1, 2014

A Baptism and Ebola

November 24, 2014

Hey everyone!! 

I hope you are all excited for Black Friday!! Maybe our mission president will let us proselyte at 1:00 am. Think of all the people we could talk to.

This week has been basically a normal week for us!! Talking, talking, and more talking.

We had a super spiritual District meeting and that was awesome. We hit up IHop afterwards, so what could be a better day?

Friday night we had our branch Thanksgiving party and it was a sight to see! I had some of the best turkey of my life. It was smoked turkey and man oh man it was so delicious. There were tons of people there and it was great to talk to everyone and see how they were doing. The second it hit 8 o’clock the dance party started!! All the moms and kids had an epic dance party. The next day we found out it lasted until 11:00 p.m. It’s like a stake dance for everyone. And it’s all these classic Mexican songs to dance to! It’s something you would never see in an English ward and it was awesome!! But the sad part was my Abuela (grandma) from Guadalajara was going home. One family that is we have gotten really close to just had a wedding and the mom was here from Mexico and we got super close; but now she is going home. She told me that I will just have to go visit her in two years!

On Friday during our lunch break President Barack Obama was flying in at the airport right by our apartment and so we got to watch Air Force One fly in. His motor pool almost came on the street we were on, but they changed his route at the last second. It was pretty neat to see the plane. 

Saturday morning we had our first baptism. It was awesome. Unfortunately, not a lot of people came and some of the people who were supposed to give a talk and bring the refreshments didn’t come, but we still had a great time. He was very happy. An English member that had originally talked to him about the gospel came and he was so happy to see him. On Sunday he told us that he had forgotten how to smile and even forgotten he had teeth and that he hadn’t smiled like that in years. It’s so amazing how the gospel changes people’s lives. I was able to confirm him all in Spanish on Sunday. It went well I hope, even though I was a little sick.

Which leads into the part about Ebola! A lot of missionaries are getting sick and the Hermanas in our branch were sick all yesterday. So was I. After I rested for a while we went to some appointments and at one house the guy was talking to us about the Ebola outbreak in the states and how some turkeys may be infected and how it just starts out as a simple flu and stomach ache and then you die in a few weeks. It was funny because we thought we all got sick from eating some turkey at our ward party and we all had a flu thing. So hopefully we don’t all die!! 

This should be a fun week with Thanksgiving. Hopefully we will have lots of success and everyone will feel better. The Spanish is coming. I am understanding around 60-75% of everything, if not more with some people. Speaking is still hard but it gets better and better every day. I am so blessed to have such great people around to help me! It is awesome being in the Spanish culture. 

Happy Turkey Day!!

Elder Clark

Look at those teeth!

Air Force One

Logan and the flat tire.


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