Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Super cold week in Texas!

Elder Bilal preaching to me

Ice in Texas City
My baptism, Mayra, the husband of Roy, is a super good member.  Well, she goes to church every week and she is friends with everyone.  And Roy, he likes coming to church but he still has a lot of doubts. Like he doesn’t understand why we can play basketball but not go swimming.  He says he just doesn’t agree with our Presidents on that.  He doubts a lot of other crazy stuff like that, but we just think once he gets a testimony of the restoration, the other doubts will just slowly disappear.

And as far as transfers, Elder Bilal is leaving me on Wednesday and I’ll get someone new.  So I’m staying here and taking over the area.

So this week started of a little sad.  Right when we started teaching Maria again (the one who was super solid with a baptism date but then fell away a little cuz it caused problems in her family), well right when we start teaching her again, she says she is moving to Austin. Ugh!  But we got all her info and hopefully can send the missionaries over because she said she wants to come back to church.  But then Ricardo, an 18-year-old member that comes to a lot of lessons with us, got his mission call to Ecuador Quito and we were the first people he told, haha.  I’m super jealous but he will be super good!

By the way, a police officer just busted into the church and took all our names because he got a call of suspicious activity and thought we broke in to steal stuff.

And this week, we also talked to the swamp lady.  Her name is actually Mariana and she is this old wrinkley lady with nasty teeth and wearing almost umbrella lady clothes.  And her voice was super hissy and she had a crackly laugh so all I can describe her as is a swamp lady that probably controls all the gators in the bayou or something. Haha!  But I really liked her and I hope we talk to her again.  To answer your question, not everybody is crazy like this. Everybody here is just a stereotypical Mexican but then we usually get one person a week that sticks out from the rest.

And also, on Friday and Saturday it was soooo cold!  Well for Texas at least...  it was 31 in the middle of the day and everything was frozen over, which hasn’t happened in 10 yrs.  It snowed for a little.  And we are out of miles in the car so we biked all day. Haha!  My tires were frozen and the straps on our bike rack snapped when we tried to put our bikes on.  And then at night the wind was so strong that I had to lean super far to the left to keep from falling over.  And to make everything more fun, the heater in our apartment stopped working so our apartment got down to 54!  And I got to scrape ice off the windshield for the first time ever.

All in all it was a pretty fun week!

Love, Elder Parks

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