Garrett in front of the Guayaquil Temple

Monday, April 25, 2011

25 April 2011 Semana Santa

Hello family! Hope everyone had a nice Easter! This past week in Ecuador was "Semana Santa" or Holy Week, so it was rather difficult finding people to contact and/or teach, especially Friday and Saturday, where basically everyone, except the members of our ward, left to go to the beach and have a mini-vacation of sorts. We only managed to get one of our investigators to Sacrament meeting on Sunday, but at least it wasn't zero! It's a funny story with our investigator, Francisco Chavez. He's basically the boyfriend of the Stake President's daughter. With that in mind, we feel pretty confident he will be baptized in a couple weeks, specifically the 14th of May. In our ward, we're really lucky because we have the Stake President, the Stake Patriarch, along with the Bishop to go to for help or whatever we need!

Our living conditions were a bit tough for me to get used to at first, but I'm adjusting quickly. Probably the toughest part is not having AC in the house, as is the case in every house here, so I'm getting used to that. We do have fans, however, so it's not terribly hot at nights! We live in an apartment with the Machala Zone Leaders, Elder Bigelow of Utah, and Elder Ochoa, of Guatemala. It's really nice to be with them and share experiences about our sectors. We eat breakfast and dinner in the house (sometimes dinner with members), and we eat lunch with "Mamitas" or the ward members. It is so nice to talk with the members on a daily basis. It's very important to have their support and friendship!

I will send some more pictures next week. I don't have my camera with me this week, but I'll snap some photos to give you more of a view from Puerto Bolivar!

Oh, and for Mother's Day... I will call the house some time during the day, but just so you have the number. You'll have to call the number back so we can talk. I know, sounds a little bit odd, but that's what we've been told to do. And we'll be able to talk for 40 minutes. Again, sounds a little too short, but I've been told it's just plenty of time.

No KFC today, but we went to Machala Central and ate at a hamburger place there. It was really quite tasty! I might have to go back in a few weeks!

Glad everything is still going going well and that everyone is doing alright!

Love you all tons! Write you next week!

Elder Garrett Cederquist
MisiĆ³n Ecuador Guayaquil Sur

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