This week was great! We have been working really hard to get this ball rolling. Elder Carter is great! We are working well together and doing our best to teach some truth around here!
This week the group traveled to San Jose on a temple trip. The entire district went on the trip (all of the other branches). The group leader worked hard to be able to fill up that bus with faithful members to worship in the house of the Lord. The members filled up all twelve seats of a large van, and it turned out being little under half of all of the members that went from the entire district. These members here really do understand the meaning of sacrifice. You can just feel the pioneer spirit here and they are all very willing to do whatever they can to build the kingdom of God in this beautiful place. Many members live in very humble circumstances, so the 40 dollars per person fee round trip on the bus seemed to be impossible for almost each member of the group. They had been saving for months so that they could travel to the House of the Lord and worship there. Listen to this. They took off from here at 11 on Friday night, arrived in at the temple around 7 in the morning for a quick breakfast before entering the temple. After their time in the temple, they took off and arrived here in Puerto Jimenez late on Saturday night. What a big sacrifice to go to the temple. There were some members who didn't even have money for the bus the next morning to come to church. We are so blessed to live in Utah and to be surrounded by so many temples. It is sad that sometimes we don't take advantage of that great blessing that we have so close.
Sometimes, we go to a elderly sister's home to do service for her. She lives on a big farm and needs lots of help. We harvested yuca (a potato-like root), corn, and palm fruit. We also cut up and disposed of fallen banana trees on the farm. She need help feeding the pigs and cutting fire wood to be able to cook on her stove. She is starting to prepare for the rainy season, so we are helping her to have her farm ready. It is really hard work, but really fun too. We do it all with a machete haha. That is the tool that they use here. To be completely honest, it is one of the most ineffective tools that I can think of. In many cases an ax or other tool would be much more effective, but we work with what we have!
Earlier today, a gringo from Idaho took us up to see his farm. He is a member, and has had a farm here for quite a bit of time. It is really impressive though! From the farm you can see the entire peninsula and Dulce Gulf. He took us on a hike through the place and it is paradise. Waterfalls, monkeys, palm trees. I would not be one bit surprised if that was the Garden of Eden haha. We even saw a poison dart frog. This place is amazing!
On Sunday, there was an area wide stake conference broadcast in Central America. Basically, the internet in Puerto Jimenez is non-existent, so the quality of he transmission was poor. Presidente Conejo turned it off and called on my companion and I to share some words. I think these members are going to get sick of hearing us speak every week haha. Oh well, we just roll with the punches :)
I love you all! Keep the faith!
Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decía "algunos países tienen más costa que Costa Rica, pero no existe ninguna costa como la de Costa Rica."