April 27, 2015- Translating a Meeting
Dear Family and Friends
This week we taught two lessons to Tortino. We met him a couple of weeks ago as we were walking through a trailer park. He was standing outside the community’s Laundromat and smoking. We talked to him and he said we could talk with him sometime, so got his address and phone number. When we came by again, we couldn't find his trailer. This week as we were walking through the same trailer park, when we saw a guy walking on the street ahead with a bunch of laundry, when we realized it was Tortino. He recognized us and came over to greet us. He was super happy to see us, and asked us when we were going to come over to visit him. We told him that we hadn’t been able to find his trailer so he showed us were it was. We had an awesome first lesson with him and he thought everything was bien chevere (fabulous). When we came by on Thursday, and he was outside on his porch reading the Book of Mormon! We were able to teach him yesterday as well, and he's really excited about everything. He told us he's going to come to church on Sunday.
On Monday night we had a FHE with Fabricio where we watched a movie called The Testaments. He made us some smoothies with a fruit in it called naranjia, which is a fruit that only grows in the Andes Mountains in Ecuador. It was really good!
Wednesday, we ate dinner with a member family from Brazil. They were speaking Portuguese to us and we'd speak Spanish back to them. Portuguese and Spanish are similar so you can generally understand each other but some words are so different that they are not even close. It was pretty cool though.
Elder Bradshaw and I are trying to repair our relationship with Martin and Lani, because it has been awkward ever since Martin told us he's not interested in the church anymore. It is sad because we are so close to them. We had the chance on Thursday to go to work with Martin. It was tons of fun. We helped him put new flooring in a house in Chesapeake.
Friday night, one of the English wards invited our branch to eat some tacos with them. The food was pretty good, but tacos made by Chelays (non Latinos) just aren't the same compared to genuine Latino style tacos. There was a talent show afterwards and there was this a funny skit where a couple lip synced a bunch of songs from the 90s.
On Saturday, we helped the Sabillon family tear down some walls in their trailer. Afterwards they fed us papusas. Papusas just never get old; they're just too good.
We met some guys from Guatemala who had recently crossed the border. They told us some crazy stories about crossing the desert for four days without food. They walked at night and then had to hide in the bushes during the day so that the Border Control helicopters flying around wouldn't see them. I just love hearing people's stories of crossing the border. They are so crazy and they always are cracking jokes when they are telling their tale.
On Sunday, we had Stake Conference. On Saturday night, there was a special Women's Conference, which included 5 stakes from all over Virginia and North Carolina. A bunch of general authorities came including Bonnie L Oscarson, the YW General President, Linda S. Reeves, the 2nd Counselor in the General Relief Society presidency and the new 2nd counselor in the General Primary presidency. My companion and I were there because we were asked to to translate the meeting into Spanish. It was a bit awkward being the only males there, but the talks were really good.
Hope everyone has a great week!
Elder Bradshaw, Linda S. Reeves, Me