The "new guy" haha. That is exactly how we feel here in Ceibal. They say that every time we meet somebody new along with the "wow you are tall", "how is the air up there" and then they look at my comps name and laugh (it is funny for those of you who know Spanish) and just stare at my name tag and continue laughing because they have no idea how to even start saying it. It has been quite the experience opening up a new area, especially with a Latin Comp. I realized that it had been 6 months straight with a Gringo and I'm loving having Elder Cepeda as my comp. He is from Ecuador and has a year and 9 months in the mission.
Starting off here we have passed by a ton of members houses and gotten a feel of the situation they are in, and finding out who from each family is active, less-active, or not a member. It has been great to have that perspective because there are no "habits" in the work. It is a fresh start and the members have really responded well. The area was left pretty dead, so we are looking to the members and the leaders of each organization to give us lists of less-actives so we can have places to go and look for people on the way. The people are a lot different from some of my previous areas, everyone always offers us food. :)
We had a great experience this past Saturday and Sunday. Saturday we did service for a sister here who has been having really big problems in her Marriage. She told us that he is always working and is probably going to leave her with the 2 little kids. All of this chaos going on didn't give her the desire at all to clean her house for the past few months. We spent the whole morning with the Sister Missionaries giving the house a make over! We spent our time in the kitchen and the sisters folded clothes and organized the 2 rooms they have. It really was a sad sight at first, but by the end she truly was so grateful for what we had done. She had a complete change of heart and the Spirit in the house truly had changed :) That was the best part about leaving, knowing that she was going to have a little more hope.
The rest of the afternoon we spent visiting the Converts from 2013 and 2014 inviting them to go to church the next day. We saw the fruits the next day and it was a great way to start off this change. There were 104 people in church! We also found out in church that we had a talk that day- good thing we as missionaries are always well prepared haha. What a blessing we have to serve in this great work and get to know our Savior more. I know he loves us and has shown us the way to get back to our Heavenly Father. I'm so grateful for that Knowledge and the Love that they have towards us. This is His Church and He gives us the chance to serve and be perfected as we are faithful and apply the Atonement in our lives. Hope you all have a great week!