Monday, November 23, 2015

Heyo--New Area!

November 17, 2015

I am not in Soledad 2000 anymore!  Today was my first Cambio (transfer).  My new companion is Elder Troncoso.  Our area is La Playa en Zona Paraiso.  Our area goes all the way out to the beach and our chapel is the same chapel where I first arrived in the mission (super pupi).  We also have the temple grounds in our area.  Pretty awesome!  

My last night in Soledad, the zone leaders, Elder Slack and Elder Gonzales, came to check our house and tell us about all of the changes.  When they said that I was going to Paraiso, Elder Cavero laughed and said I was going to 'suffer.'  But this new ward is actually super awesome!  The area is HUGE and there's a ton of less actives and recent converts.  They just had two baptisms this Sunday and we will confirm them this coming Sunday. 

November 22, 2015

Today Elder Troncoso and I went to get "Elder"--an investigator, that was baptized but not confirmed.  His name is actually "Elder," Pretty weird.  Then we went to Ward Council.  Wow.  It was super different!  In Soledad, the ward council felt more like a Deacon's Quorum meeting.  But this is one of the best wards in the mission.  It was pretty sweet.  They reviewed their commitments from the week before and wrote everything down.  Everyone showed up, and came on time.  I couldn't believe it!  They worked through all the names we had and made plans and assignments.  It was like being back home in the Shafer View ward, only in Spanish .... well, almost.  I think the main reason is because this is the wealthiest part of Barranquilla.  The people are very well to do here and well educated.  The Bishop and his family speak English.  There are also several other ward members who speak English.  

This week we met the ward mission leader.  He's from Washington State.  His whole family lives here.  They look like Utah Mormons.  It was the weirdest thing ever.  He and his wife served Spanish speaking missions and he got a job as a school director here in this super rich private school where the kids all learn English starting at age 3.  It costs $15,000 US dollars to attend per semester.  So only the very wealthy can go.  

We share this ward with the secretaries of the mission.  The offices are in downtown, so not too far away.  Their area is the area that's super rich.  Our area has the beach and there's some rich people, but the majority are pretty poor.  My zone leaders are Elder Crandal and Elder Tijerino.  The both finish their missions this cycle, so they are super trunky.  Elder Crandal is from Arizona and Elder Tijerino is from Costa Rica.  

Should be a great week!
Elder Burk

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