Sunday November 22, 2009
We were told that a translator would be coming to Church at 9AM to help us. He got lost and arrived at 1-1/2 hours late. While we were waiting for the translator I attended Relief Society with Janice to experience the contention that she is feeling is going on during the meetings. The sisters get louder and louder trying to make their opinion heard. It is all part of the problems that the Branch is having in the Relief Society.
During Sacrament Meeting the translator sat next to Janice and translated for her. She had a very hard time understanding his English with his heavy accent. She finally told him to stop translating so he would not interfere with the others around her. We hope that she will be able to better when it is a one on one translator situation. He is supposed to come to La Paloma on Wednesday so we can go visit some members.
Monday November 23rd, Thanksgiving for the Rocha Zone!!!
We had Elder Walbeck and Espinola over at 8:00 AM to help cut up potatoes and peel and cut up apples for the apple pie. We had started marinating the chicken breasts last night. I started the fire for the Asado (BBQ) at about 10:00AM. We prepared and cooked, stuffing, beans (uruguay version), mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, Apple pie, pumpkin pie (squash, they don't have pumpkin here). I was pleasantly surprised at how well the Asado turned out. The chicken turned out great! The rest of the meal was great and the Missionaries were all very full when they left for their various areas. We took some pictures and emailed them to some of the parents of some of the Missionaries.
Tuesday, November 24th
We cleaned up after Thanksgiving dinner and went with the Missionaries around the area to find the houses of the members.
Wednesday, November 25
Our Translator did not show up today and did not call! We don't know if he will come or not. He finally called at 8:30PM and apolgized for not calling. He claimed he was sick. I guess his phone was out of minutes and he could not call. He said he would come tomorrow at 2:00PM to go and visit the members
Thursday, November 26
Today is Thanksgiving but we did not celebrate it because we did it on Monday.
2:00 PM came and no translator, he finally called at 2:15 and said his bus was late and he would be here at 2:30. He came and we went to visit some of the members, unfortunately not many of them were home and we could not find some of them. We sent him home after about 4 hours. The translating worked out pretty well having one on one. We have an appointment for next Thursday and Friday. We will go out with the Missionaries and find some more people to visit.
Friday, November 27
We went with the Missionaries on a bike ride to find members homes. We only found a couple more. The records of the Branch are not very good. They don't have house numbers on the houses and most of the streets are not named so it is very hard to find addresses since it is usually something like close to street X and between streets X & Y.
Saturday, November 28
The Branch has been doing a clothing drive to help the people in the other part of the country where they have had flooding. They gathered 10 large garbage bags on clothes. Elder Walbeck, Espinola and Janice and I put them on our bicycles and took them to the bus station and paid to send them to the area where the flooding is occurring. It was great to see how quickly and generously the members gave to help others.