Tuesday, 28 July 2015

ok after getting punched

Hello Everyone,

     Answers to dad's questions- Yes he punched me twice in the chest. The same spot too. I didn't feel it much because I had my planner, and my name tag and everything "protecting" me. It was an intoxicated Mexican dad, not a tourist like you asked. Yes, my toe has gotten a lot better. And no I haven't recieved the package yet
     This past week has been good. We found a few new people to teach, but not many. We are still working to find more people every day.
     This morning, we went to the Ruins! Thats right, I went to the Ruins here in Tulum again. My companion Elder Jimenez hadn't gone there so we went this morning. It was great! 

 
     I didn't take as many pictures as before, but a few at least. When we got there, we found a member who is one of the tour guides. And he gave us a tour for free!! It was awesome. So we didn't have to pay to get in lol! It was a lot of fun and we really enjoyed it!
     Also, this week we had an investigator come to church that we weren't even expecting! He is so awesome!! He loved the three hours and he's super excited to keep learning and going to church. We are going to put a baptismal date for him when we see him tomorrow. 
     Thanks for all the support and all the love. I know that Jesus Christ is our savior and redeemer!! Without him, we are truly nothing. Through him and his atoning sacrifice, is the only way that we can return to the presence of our father in heaven! I also know the Book of Mormon is true! There is evidence of it here and its truly amazing! I love you all and may the Lord bless you wherever you are!! 

     Love,

      Elder Strate

Monday, 20 July 2015

Fight, almost

Hello Everyone,

     This week has been super hot!! And I mean crazy hot!! I have to drink 4 or 5 litres of water every day. And if I don't, I get dehydrated and will get sick. Which I almost was and It was not fun. 
We only have about 3 or 4 people in our teaching pool, not many. It baptizes a bit, but we are about to start baptizing! 😉   Its just one ward, called Tulum. The city is called Tulum.  
     So, something really interesting happened this week. There are always weird things that happen in Tulum...
     So, this Saturday my companion and I went to visit a member in her house. We talked to her and everthing and we started to leave. We turned around the corner into another street and there was about 6 drunk guys there. They got super excited and wanted us to teach them "the word of God". I just told them that we couldn't because they're all drunk and they wouldn't understand anything. 
     So then we started leaving and one of them started chasing after us. And he started yelling at us and saying a whole bunch of bad horrible things about us. And then he wanted us to heal his injury...in a place were...well...ya you probably get the idea. And then he just took "it" out of his pants to show us the injury!?!?!? LIKE!?!? What!?!? I just got super confused and a bit angry so we started leaving again. But then he chased after us again. Then he started yelling a whole bunch of swears and bad, terrible things, and then he just punched me in the chest!! Then I got furious. Then he punched me in the chest again! Wow, I was so mad. I just wanted to knock him out. But I didn't. 
     After a few minutes we started to walk away again. This time he didn't chase us, and he left us be. Thank goodness. No one got hurt and we are all fine. Wow, Satan works really hard against the Lord's servants! 
     Thats all I got for now, hopefully its good enough haha. Thanks for all the love and support!!

     Love,
     Elder Strate

Monday, 13 July 2015

Alien!

Hello Everyone,

     Sorry for the short letter last week. Our P-day was cut short because of transfers, but here we are!! 
Okay, so my new companion is Elder Jimenez. He is from Papantla, Veracruz, Mexico. He is 24 years old and he has been out for 6 months. 
     And we are here in Tulum, the gigantic tourist attraction. People from all over the world come here. So ya there are a lot of people here!! This area is also very interesting, some weird things have happened in this area that haven't happened in others. For example, one night this week my companion and I were just walking in the street and suddenly a drunk guy started talking to us. And he just called me an Alien. What!?!? I just stood there staring at him because I didn't know how to respond to that lol. Then he he called me an alien again. Still standing there I just kept staring at him lol. Then he got scared and ran into his house lol! Like, what the heck!? I know people have lots of nicknames and ideas about the Members of the Church and all but he didn't even reckongnize us as members or anything...Anyways that was interesting. 
      And also today, we saw a police truck today. That was pulling a trailer, full of horses. Like..? Shouldn't he be doing police work instead of Farmers work? Haha. 
     Anyways, the work here is progressing. We are starting to find some new people to teach because there aren't many. And the work is super tiring too. Mostly because of how hot it is here. I drink about 4 maybe 5 litres of water every day because its so hot! 
     Thanks for all your love and prayers!! Hope you all have a wonderful week!! Keep the faith!! 

     Love,

      Elder Strate

P.S.- That's root beer, not beer. haha

Monday, 6 July 2015

11 months done!

Hello Everyone,
      Well, today I got transfered!! And here I am in the state of Quintana Roo again. Now I am in Tulum! And almost all the people here are tourists...yep I am in a tourist area. Which is not that great, but I will live haha!! I'm going to miss Calotmul :( but I got some good pictures so thats good haha.      
     My new companion is Elder Jimenez. And we are getting along really good!! There are a lot of people here in Tulum, so hopefully we can start to find some more people to teach and everything!
Well, apart from that, I don't have much else to say. But I'm sending lots of pictures, so hopefully that makes up for it!! 
       Lots of love!
       Elder Strate