Well, first off, Alex is baptized and happy! Clean and powerful! (The happy part!)
But, as for sadder (and slightly happier) news, I have been changed! NO!!! I will be forever leaving the comfort of teaching Paniguis and Woikeys! (pronounced, Panigos and whykeys, which means sisters and brothers) of Otavalo! A tear drop has been shed here! And that also means that Elder Meriles` training is now complete! He is a full-fledged missionary of the Lamanites! And, well, you may ask where I`m off to? Hm...
Grab your adventure gear and unsheathe your machete, for Elder Sanders is off the the PURE JUNGLE!!!
HA HA!!! (yes Erik, I`m rubbing it in your face :)
YES! Full of monkeys, mosquitos, new land, humitity, and pure excitement! So, it`s called Lago Agrio, and a new branch just opened there. (`Just opened` as in, it`s only 2 months new! ) So it`s me, my new companion Elder Rosales (I still haven`t met him because right now I`m in a bus terminal), and we are to conquer the sector! I`m also still the District leader, which isn`t too bad because there are only 4 missionaries in total in that area, but I`m just as happy as a jar of jelly to be going there! Yes, it`s going to be as hot and muggy as a Latin woman`s pressure cooker, but at least it will be a great experience. I hope to apply all those things I learned in Imbabura in order to get our little new branch crackin! I want to leave there with all the members converted into what we call `power-members!`
And, there`s no chapel, and I heard that church meetings are held in the house of the missionaries! WOW! I guess that means I`ve gotta keep it REALLY clean now!
Ah... hm. That was about it for the week. Baptism, changes, tears exchanged, and now I`m waiting for the bus. (sigh, it took about 4 hours to get to the terminal, and now the bus to get the sector is 7 more hours! GRRR! Too much bus time!)
Well, I`m glad girl`s camp was exciting, and all went well in Utah. Stay true, and keep reading your scriptures!
-Elder Sanders, soon to be jungle-explorer extraordinaire!
PHOTOS: pics of Alex`s baptism, a photo of Mount Imbabura, Can you see the Heart on the Mountain face? It`s rather neat!, the family Ruiz, and me by the infamous `Aya Huma` Hostal, right in front of my old home!