Serving an LDS Mission in Vina del Mar, Chile.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Weird Week

So this week was really weird. Some things happened that hadn't happened in my mission until now. Friday was especially weird..... 
So on Wednesday we started teaching English classes. Ya, that was a first. In our ward there are 2 latinos and 2 gringos missionaries (I am one of the gringos - just in case you were in doubt). Well the latinos had the idea of starting English classes as a way to find new people to teach. Haha the thing is that they don't speak English well enough to teach it. So they assigned their comps to teach. Yay for us... Well, the other gringo ended up going on interchanges that day so I was left to teach the class alone. That was fun. We're hoping that every week more and more people come.
Sunday we are going to have another baptism (assuming everything goes well). There are a few weird things about this one. 1 She was already baptized when she was 8 but for some reason her records don't appear when we search for them. When that happens the family just has to gather the dates and everything and fill out another record. Well, the family can't find ANYTHING that proves that she was baptized - not even a photo. 2 We were going to baptize her with her boyfriend the same day. Ya, no. Turns out he was baptized 4 years ago but now doesn't remember ANYTHING. 3 The baptism isn't going to be in our building. It's going to be in the Stake Center (which isn't even in the limits of our zone) because this Sunday is Stake Conference. So she is going to be baptized with 4ish other people from the stake. Ya....weird situation.
Friday. Weird. To start off the day my comp forgets his watch in the pension. He is literally lost without it because he looks at it about every 2 minutes. Next, all during the day there was literally NO ONE in the street. So, we figured that they were all in the houses. We started knocking doors but no one was home either. Weird. Our sector is a ghost town now? The only person we found was a less active lady. When she came out to talk to us her door slammed shut behind her. Oh, btw, Chilean doors ALWAYS need a key to open. They don't have a doorknob like in the USA. Just a keyhole. Well, it turns out that she didn't have her keys with her when she walked out so we were left to try to help her get back into her house. I'm pretty sure we looked like we were robbers trying to break in (well, we actually WERE trying to break in) but it doesn't matter because there was nobody around to see us (Ghost Town, remember). Finally a neighbor came by (where from, we still don't know) and jumped the neighbor's fence, then jumped her backyard fence, then entered through the backdoor to open the front door. So as the day went on there still was literally no one. I'm pretty sure we made 5 loops around our whole area. Then an old lady randomly called us over to her house. Apparently she had just left her house without her keys and before she realized that, she closed the door. Awesome. We knocked her neighbors door because they have a spare key. Nope, not home - of course. We tried to instruct her how to use a card to open the door (Her gate was locked so we couldn't pass through and help her like with the less active). Ya no. That didn't work either. In the end a random teenager walked by that apparently she knew and she asked him to go grab the spare key that was in his house. I'm guessing that this happens often to her if so many people have spare keys to her house. So right when we left that attempt to break into a house the street was FULL of people. We were so excited until I looked at my watch. We were late for our 1st appointment of the day (or night because it was at 8) so we didn't have time to contact everyone. After that cita we went to our other cita which is when we found out about the girl who has to be baptized again. Well as her dad was driving us to our house he almost hits a dog that is pooping in the middle of the street. It didn't move out of the way because it was so focused that it didn't even realize that a giant car was coming towards it. And, to top off the day as we were entering our pension a cat was leaving. What??? We don't own a cat! So ya, that was our weird/crazy day Friday.
So ya. Weird week. Other things happened too but I don't have time right now to write them all because we are in a rush to finish and go to the zoo!
Until next week!
Elder Groneman

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