Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Angry Man from Panama

From 23 November 2015

                           Our area map!  Isn´t it just beautiful!
Dear Family and Friends,

First of all, I´ll explain my title a bit.  This week we visited (for the second time since I got here, don´t ask me why) an angry man in Panama (since all of the streets in Bosques are named after countries, he´s not actually from Panama, he just lives on the street called Panama...).  When we visit angry Panama man, we knock with the intention of talking with his son-in-law who lives there, and who was (at some point) contacted by the missionaries here, and expressed interest in talking with them.  So we knock, and out comes "angry Panama man" who proceeds to lecture and insult us.  Okay.  Now, I don´t share this story to complain, because really it doesn´t bother me too much.  There are plenty of people in the world who are rude to missionaries, but I have found as a missionary, that it is in these moments when we are being rejected, that I most feel the love that Heavenly Father has for each and every one of His children.  He doesn´t actually care what they say about Him, because it doesn´t hurt Him, but I know it makes Him sad to know that these people are so frustrated with life that they won´t even listen to His words when He literally sends people to their doors to share them.  But still, we go and we share and we smile, and we serve where we can.  We follow Jesus Christ, our greatest example, who was rejected and spit upon, and still walked on and proceeded to visit and bless all of the poeple.

Baptism of Camila (we didn´t actually get a picture
with her, but this was our "program")

In other news, we had a baptism this week, which was exciting!  AAannd today there was (apparently) an Earth quake today, but we didn´t feel it at all.  AAAaaannnd we emptied the baptismal font in our church using buckets this morning--that was an adventure!  

Aaaanndd, No. In Mexico, they don´t celebrate Thanksgiving, but we´re going to try to make a "pie" to celebrate the occasion this week.  Unfortunately, all we could find at the grocery store in the way of pudding was vanilla flan (it´s like a gelatin-ish type thing that is delicious), and they don´t have ANY pie crusts, so we´re going to attempt a "banana cream flan" which may turn out a little interesting...  In other news, the work continues here in Bosques, Hermana Bracamonte and I have all sorts of fun running around in Mexico, and trying to make ourselves useful, and we get to see a lot of miracles while we´re doing it.  It is an amazing time to be a missionary.  Oh!  And the weather here is still beautiful!  Sometimes it´s a bit chilly in the mornings (but we´re inside studying all morning, so it´s fine) and then it usually gets up to the 70´s during the afternoon.  Yep.  It´s beautiful!  

I hope you all eat lots of turkey, pie, rolls, and potatoes for me this week!

Lots of love,
Hermana Houghton

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