Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mar 26 2013

So hows everyone doing?
This weeks been pretty great! At the beginning of the week we found this one lady, =====, that recently moved here from San Felipe (other city mas o menos nearby mexicali) and that she had visited the church over there once and that she went to the activities too. But she never talked with the misioneras over there. Right now my companion and i are visiting and teaching her. Shes pretty old but really cool. We brought her to the thursday night activities and she got along really well with the other women in the ward, she said she had a great time. Then this sunday we were planing on bringing her to the church with other members in a car but that didnt work out. Surprisingly enough she was still willing to walk the 40 mns to get there and that was really  cool. we got their a little late but it was great seeing here willingness and desire to go to church. She is planning on getting baptized this 4th of Abril. Also, we have been helping a family of menos activos go back to church. One of the boys wants to even go to EFY. This week most of the family and one of the older brothers went and brought his wife (well technically not married), ========, and she really like the church to and this week we are going to start teaching her. The good thing is she wants to get married, so the not being married shouldnt be a big problem.
Then yesterday was really fun, we did a family home evening with a family and for desert we decided to do the Alten Brown 3 Leche Cake, we looked up the recipe even got to see clips of that episode on youtupe. Today we will return for another lesson and to finish it up because it had to wait over night to soak up the milk. I think we messed up a little in the process but oh well. Btw, here they dont sell half and half  or heavy cream. so it made it a little bit more dificult but we used a subsitute. Next week i will tell you  have it turned out.
Oh and today we went to the zoo, i sent a lot of pics. There wasnt a whole lot of crazy cool animals but then again the place really doesnt have that great of a climate for animals. I found it funny though seeing some of the animals they did have though.. a lot were just ordinary animals. They even had a nice big habitat for a raccoon. I guess raccoons arnt all that common here cause there was a lot of kids really interested in it haha.
Well Love you all 
Elder Evans

A trip to the Mexicali zoo on Pday:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

March 11 2013

Dear all!
So its reallly different here in mexicali then it was in tijuana. Its all flat, not one hill, i kind of like that!
Also its pretty hot out right now, feels like 80s out, every one tells me that this is the cool time of the year. In about a few monthes it will be up there in the 120s. And yes we are still expected to work those days. I cant even imagine how it will feel.
My direction is:
(we live behind that house)
My ward is called Chapultepec, i still dont know that its like becasue we just had stake conference so i still donthave a clue what the ward is like. Though the members that i have visited and taught are all really nice. My companion says the ward is made up of a lot of older people, haha.
Also from what i have seen is that mexicali is a lot better off that tijuana. Its a lot more tranquilo and a lot of the people are really well off. Its actually really a culture shook from tijuana. going from hills, garbage everywhere, lots of people on the streets, and lots of color (grass, trees, people trying to sell colorfull things) TO more or less clean, everything is brown like a desert, no hills, not a lot of people on the streets, and supprisingly there are a lot of nice cars here (i see bmw, audi, mercedes cars every day)
So i really like it here, but the worst part is that im basically starting from scratch. When i got here there was no investagaters and they wernt reallyteaching anyone. No we are doing a little better. We are teaching ever day and working to find people. Another difference frm tijuana is that apperently its a lot easier to find peeople and baptize in tj then mexicali and even hard in ensanada.
Well i will write you all later with more fotos de mexicali
Love elder evans
ps in the photos there is a folder that says Rumoroso, that is a place thatwe had to drive through to get to mxicali. I was a bunch of hills made from what look like just rocks. The misioneros joke around about how Jesus, after creating the earth, had a bunch of extra rocks and just dumpt them all there.
On the bus to Mexicali


I can see where the "bunch of extra rocks" idea came from

The kitchen/garage. I guess they are on bikes? Although Jim pointed out that one is a girls' bike.

A door and a washing machine

a balcony

some rooftops of Mexicali

Monday, March 4, 2013

March 4 2013

Hey Everyone!Happy Birthday DAD, how was it! I saw the cake pics and it think it looked pretty awesome!!!
So i think i mentioned it in my letter the other week, but today was transfer day! Guess where i am, Mexicali! I just arived a little while ago. Everyone says this place gets unimaginable hot out but not for a month or so. Its hot out right now, but not terribly hot.
My new companion is Elder Neeser from Idaho. Hes pretty cool from what i can tell. 
So this past week was spent sort of the same way we spent with the other past weeks. We have been working with N____ and she is pretty cool. Accepts what we have to teach and understands it all. She even participates in the lession, the only problem is that it has been difficult to get her to go to church. Every week she says she will go but something always comes up. I guess there isnt really much we can do about it now that im in Mexicali.
Btw im really excited to be here. I know i will probably be here when it starts with the extreme heat but i really like the chance to get out of Tijuana and see new parts of the mision. So far the biggest difference is that here it is all flat and everything is the color of dirt and sand. 
Yesterday i have the oppertunity to talk to some of my old converts from industrial, O____ and his family. They are doing really great and it pleased me to hear that they keep going to church and that O______ has been given the priesthood. They have evenly been helping out the misioneros that are there right now. They give references and food, two of a misioneros most favorite things. It has been cool to see how much the Gospel has changed thier lives. They almost seem like completely different people before we started teaching them. And now they are just doing really great.
Ok wow i am really tired last night. Yesterday i spent a lot of the night packing and cleaning the house and then today i had to get up really early to go the the bus station.
Oh and one other thing. A return misionero from peru just came to visit the ward and a few families. I took a picture with his money. So paul, when you go to Peru you will be using what i got in my hands, Solas. 
So thats all im going to write for right now.
Les amo
Elder Evans
EJ and solas de Peru

a family from Agua Caliente, Tijuana