Monday, December 10, 2012

Dec 10 2012

Dear Family!

Voy empezar con i miss you all and i heard that its starting to look a lot like christmas over there. Thats really cool! i will something would happen here to make make it look a little more like christmas. I guess the only difference between summer and winter here is that its not as hot and it gets darker earlyier. So being my first winter without snow, it doesnt yet feel like christmas is coming. There are a few houses here that have christmas lights and a christmas tree, but its still not something that the average person here has. Oh and i got the package today! thank you all! i havent quiet gotten a good look at the contense because i had to go to the offices to pick it up and i just put everything in my backpack and left. There at the offices i asked the assistent about whether he thinks i am going or staying. He says that the other assistent did a lot of the transfers and that i am probably staying. I do love this ward that i am so it wouldnt be disappointing if i stayed but i also would like to see a new area. Im a big fan on changes.
After my stay at the offices me and my companero left and went a little further into the center of tijuana to meet up with two other missioneries and eat at a place called Pampas. Its a pretty nice meat buffet. We went there becasue its Elder Bowers last week here on the mission. Its a pretty nice place. The have the normal set up that other buffets have, where you go and fill up your plate of food. But the also have people walking around with fresh meats of all kinds or just a few different kinds of meats cooked in different ways. With those guys walking around offering meat every minute i could hardly clean my plate, and you should all now thats saying something becaue i can eat pretty fast. But... Pampas is kind of a once or twice in a mission thing and i dont think i will be going back there again soon. Here we would say "es muy fresa"
Ok well that was basically what we have done so far today. And now about this week.
Early this week one of Oswaldos kids (Eder) who got baptized last week turned 11 and me and Elder Hernandez went over to have dinner with them. That family has spent time living in the states and so eating with them is a tiny bit more americanized. Like they grilled hamburgers, ofter meat [Mother's note: I have no idea what he means by "ofter meat." Anyone have a guess?], they had american chips, american sodas, applesauce (first time eating applesauce for my companero) and other stuff. So they live in an appartment so he dosnt really have a deck or place outside to grill the he did it in his living room. The whole appartment filled up with smoke. But thats ok.
Sunday was also pretty sweet, Oswalds family got confirmed and during the sacrament meeting we got to hear from the stake youth/a little older then youth chior. It was awesome. They put together a program kind of like those of the primery. They sing a Christmas song and then talk about it and the sing another song and so on. It was really great. I will send a pic of the chior. That day we also started talking to a family that went to watch a friend of theirs sing. This family has been to church a time or two but haved ever really talked with the missionaries. We talked to them about how they liked the services and they liked it a lot. We are going to go visit them this monday. I really hope all goes well with them.
This coming week we have the ward christmas dinner. So the next letter will probably have a little of that in it! :)
Well love you all and have a great week.
Elder Evans

PS Happy Birthday Mom! I would write you this on the 12th if i could but early will have to do. [Mother's note: he remembered my birthday on his own! Jim says he didn't remind Jimmy]
EJ at Pampas


The youth choir (No, EJ is not in this picture)


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