Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Week 51

Yes, we somehow skipped some weeks in there.  Lloyd has written every week, so not sure where I went wrong.  But I figured I would recalibrate.  Next week is Lloyd's one year mark.  He's doing well and we miss him.  One more year to go!


Well, this week kind of sucked, I was pretty sick with the flu, so we couldn’t leave the house. So yeah. Not fun. 

The sister missionary, who fell down hard on her knee a month and a half ago, had an MRI. She has a torn ligament, don’t know which one, but they are going to try to do therapy, and if that doesn’t work, its surgery. And it’s funny that I called it, and her and her comp and my comp all believed me. They all asked me how I knew exactly how they would treat it, and I just replied (I watch a lot of sports. and my favorite teams always have someone injured. so I got that down pat"

Love you all, 

Have a great week!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Week 46

Well, how is everyone doing?? Awesome, sad, que triste son sus vidas. so. This week, well, was a lot of contacting. So that was so much fun. 


So, this week. Well, not a lot happened, to be honest. We had to contact a ton, so it was kinda boring. Changes were this week, and I stayed with my comp. so next change I am hoping to train. It’s kinda funny this week, is that a lot of people I know from my old zones call me, to find out the news for changes, as is normal. And a lot of the people I know are with gringos. So, obviously, they all complain to me. The best part is that they all tell me that I am the most Latino gringo that is on the mission, so I am the only gringo they would be ok with. So I got that going for me, which is nice. 

My old comp got changed into my zone, so that was a lot of fun seeing him. 

The stereotype here is that gringos eat a lot of ketchup. Dude. We never eat ketchup compared to these guys. They have entire aisles of just ketchup. I am not kidding. And it’s all the same brand, so it’s just boring to look at. I bought BBQ sauce, and the lady at the checkout counter kinda freaked out, asking me if I understood that it was not ketchup. “Are you sure?”  “Yes.”  “It’s not ketchup.” “I know.”  “Seriously. It’s not ketchup.”  “I know.”  “It’s not made of tomatoes.”  “I know.”  “Are you sure you still want it?”  “Yes.”  “Really?”  “Yes.”  “Are you going to buy ketchup too?”  “No. I want BBQ sauce.” Oh. How weird.

The people put ketchup on absolutely everything. Rice, chicken, pasta, pizza, I have seen it on bread, cookies, it’s crazy. And they try to make fun of gringos. So I make fun of them. 

Well, I hope next week I will have some funny stories, but not any this week, sorry!

Love you all, 

Elder berg

Monday, June 8, 2015

Week 45

Ughhh 11 months tomorrow it is incredible how fast it goes.
Well, this week we had a lot of kind of nothing, as we were going around the area all day every day so that I could learn it, but I still lack some places, as this area is huge. It’s bigger than all of Portland, area wise. It’s ridiculous.
But on Wednesday we got to go to a zone conference, and we got Elder Alonso. That guy is awesome. To start, we all went up and shook his hand, and so of course I was trying to pray in line. Someone asked me what I was doing, I said "last minute repenting, you don’t know what their spiritual eyes can see". Because to face it, I am trying to be super obedient, but hey, no one is perfect, and I don’t want Elder Alonso to suddenly look into my eyes and say "we need to talk, you woke up 15 minutes late on October 25th". Well, we shook hands, and all good. Then, when he begins talking to us, he says, "As a seventy, I can see into your eyes. I can see your sins, when you did them, and with who" so then everyone is basically freaking out, and I am just sitting there all cool cus of last minute repenting and have a liter of monster in my water bottle because two hours of sleep the night before.
It was an amazing zone conference. Alonso talked to us about the parable of the Good Samaritan, and how it represents the plan of salvation, how Jesus is the Good Samaritan, and how we need to be more like him, and not like the Levite and the priest, and needless to say we were all really stunned. And my old comp, before the e change, asked Elder Alonso a question. I don’t remember the question, but I remember that Alonso told him to stand up, and basically told him that he is a good missionary, but that is under a lot of disobedience, and that he can see the light of a great missionary, but the darkness needs to be dispelled. My old comp, the one who got eviscerated, is six foot 10. He looked about two feet tall when Alonso was telling him to repent. It was incredible.
Then, Alonso asked us how many sons Lehi had. Six, easy right? Laman, Lemuel, Sam, Nephi, Jacob, Joseph. Well, then put these into three groups. 1)Laman, Lemuel. 2)Sam, Nephi. 3)Jacob, Joseph. Alright. So we have three groups. So, now, if you will remember how many of the hosts of heaven were expelled from heaven, it is one third. And how many of Lehi’s sons fell away? Yup. One third. And we were just shocked, you could have heard a pin drop in this room.
Then, he asked us if we wanted to ask any questions. Well, we all remembered what happened to my old comp, so no questions, obviously.
But a great week, and I am trying to do better!!
Love you,

Elder Berg