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Hey I thought youd like a little waker upper. Well, this week has been very different from the ones Ive recently had in the past. This week was my first week BACK in Otavalo and it almost feels like I never left. A bunch of natives with their long braided hair, quichua, and chicken/potato soup! So this new sector is about 15 minutes south of my last one in Otavalo and there are way more hills here! Another thing is that this sector is very DUSTY. I leave the house with semi black shoes, and come home with a decently thick layer of dust. I love it.
So I bet you are wondering how Ive been with my first gringo companion. Its been a ball! To be honest, he is a mix of my cousins Corey and Brandon with a little bit of an asian kid. We get along really great and we laugh a lot quoting movies and youtube segments. We have a ball. We get really weird looks too. The people here think its weird that a latino and a gringo walk together, but now its like a gringo and an asian gringo walking together. You should see their faces!
In this sector we have our work cut out for us. There arent too many people here in the first place and not many people are receptive. Its mostly due to the evangelical church near here that basically commands its members that they cannot even speak to people of other religions. We do have a few investigator though that should start to progress: Veronica, Vladimir, and Wilker. I barely know them, but I will soon and help them on their path to Christ.
I also am able to associate with one of the best members that I have ever met. His name is Luis and he was baptized in 1996. He gives us lunch every Tuesday and cooks to our hearts desire! We also got to his house everynight because he needs to kinda be checked on so he isnt tempted to go drink. And we need to use his phone :) He is very skilled with fabrics and makes ties, scripture cases,and other really cool things to sell to the missionaries. He also has the walls in his house COVERED with photos of misionaries. He is always willing to help us and gives us lots of references to work with! I would hope that we all could be like this with the missionaries to help the work of the Lord.
This week I read something really striking to me in Preach My Gospel. It is in chapter 9 in the section IMPORTANCE OF MEMBERS. I would encourage all of us to read and apply this section. We should not leave everything up to the missionaries. Yes, we can do it all, but the work is SO much easier when we have the help and support of the members.
I know that if we can all help in this great work, we will be able to find greater happiness in our lives. I know that this Church is true, and I know that it is the ONLY way to get back to our Father in Heaven. I love being a missionary in Ecuador!!!
Gets a little cold here
Elder Barnes is a little crazy haha