Sunday, December 28, 2014

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Outside the Costa Rica San Jose Temple

Well, well, well. I don´t know how much of anything I can recount. We have been very occupied and busy, hopefully with the better things we can do here. We had a great branch party here in Cañas Guanacaste. I am putting pictures on drop box but they don´t show the fun like it really was.

Perhaps it wasn´t right, but we splurged (both in money and time) to make a cake for the party. We were trying to find the stuff you need to make rootbeer, good homemade rootbeer, but with little success so we settled with a vanilla cake with condensed carmel milk or dulce de leche on top for the frosting. We got it cooked and looking good, despite the doubtful words of various members and the use of too much time. When it came time for eating at the end of the party, we had pollo con arroz (chicken with rice), different than arroz con pollo (rice with chicken), ice cream, arroz con leche (rice with milk or maybe rice milk), and por fin (at last), our cake was the last thing to be eaten. Everyone was surprised (including me) at how good the cake was. We then had a dinner appointment set up for us to have bbqed pork chops with a member, other members were asking for the recipe (remember it was just a cake mix from the store). Anyway in the end we think that we were able to gain alot of trust from our treat. We had a great capacitación (leadership meeting) for the holders of the Priesthood and felt the spirit very strong as well as the desire of the members to give more support. As of right now we don´t have a ward mission leader so we have very little organization in the work here, but we are moving forward! President Wilkinson and his family visited are branch this sunday to announce that as of June next year there will be TWO missions in COSTA RICA! It was good to have President with us but all of us felt some sorrow because we had an investigator, on date to be baptized and she didn´t show to sacrament meeting so we will have to post pone another week. So I learned directly from the mouth of President that in those cases, always stay with the investigator and make sure they come. Walk with them, get them a ride, do all possible, but never expect them to do it alone or they´ll make up excuses.

I saw the ocean out the bus window coming back from the temple! but it was very dark outside (he mentioned it was around midnight when they got home). At the temple I got to do a session, then I got to do Baptisms! It was very special. I also ran into Elder Wilkinson!

Just in this week alone we have already had 5 tamales! All of which are great! My first taste of them and I love them! 

Can´t wait to talk tyall en la dia de Navidad! Love yall lots. Keep smiing everyone, especially you Emmett okay keep being silly and tickling our sisters. Elder Farnsworth
Mission Christmas dinner

Enjoying French toast with his companion

Bought some helpful cooking tools

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