Monday, June 19, 2017

Time is flying by!!

La Casa Del Arbol (The Treehouse)
Banos, Ecuador
A tourist attraction, also known as "The swing at the end of the world!"

Hello everyone!
This week was a great week! Although we didn't have any investigators attend sacrament meeting, we had a great week full of great lessons! It is weird the trade off we have.... Because some weeks our numbers are horrible.. yet we felt like we did all we could. And then other weeks were simply great and our numbers showed it! Not saying that we worked any harder or any less hard than the other weeks.. It is just weird to me. But this week was when our numbers were great, but felt like we didn't have a lot of success. We have a lot of success with finding people, but having a follow up lesson is where we struggle. Don't know if its our fault or simply just their agency... Also this week seemed like it flew by! Each day while we were climbing into bed I would look up at the ceiling and just think wow another day has come and gone!!

We had an interesting lunch this week. This lady that usually feeds us opened up a restaurant so now we go to the restaurant when we eat with her. Its funny because you know when you are eating something funky when the person giving it to you is staring intently at you waiting for your reaction.. And of course as a cant say no!! haha So we had this soup and I could tell it was a little weird and then they gave us this shredded meat looking thing. So of course we ate the soup. I think the key is you just have to eat it like you have eaten it before and not think about what it could be... But we ate it and it wasn't that bad. Then we had the other dish and it was tripe or cow stomach. Actually wasn't that bad either. So of course the lady that was feeding us was trying to hold in her laugh the whole time while we ate the dish. She told us the soup was pig intestines and a bunch of other stuff I didn't understand haha As we were about to leave this other couple came and sat down and ordered what we had. We were saying goodbye and then the couple asked if there was any more blood.... My comp and I looked at each other and was like Hermana!! What did he say?!! She just started laughing her head off and looking at our expressions. So that shredded meat stuff was cooked blood or something like that!! Luckily our stomachs handled it well and we are all good! It was kinda nasty afterwards because just thinking about it made it seem like our stomachs were hurting ha. So that was a crazy cool experience we had. It was also funny this week as we always pass by this dog and as 20 year olds....we taunt it a little. Well we were passing the dog and we were about to do our regular ritual and taunt it and then we realized....this time it wasn't chained up!!! It ran after us and....... licked us! haha Man I though we were going to die because of the way it was running after us! But it was all good! I guess the dog liked our taunting or forgot all about it haha But we lived!

I hope all the fathers had a wonderful Fathers day! It was kind of weird thinking of this Sunday as a holiday because the last holiday we were able to call home! But unfortunately Fathers aren't as important as Mothers.... haha just kidding. It was a hard long Sunday because NO ONE wanted to meet with us. We barely got fed on Sunday because everyone was going out of town or having a party haha. I felt like the dogs on the street looking for food and then someone with a soft heart throws them a part of their meal lol but it was a good day. We mainly spent it with members of the bishopric lol. But we took advantage of the holiday as we invited people to church! People said they couldn't come because they were inviting people over to their house. We used the tactic that our Father in Heaven is doing the exact same thing...Inviting people to His house to worship on His day! Unfortunately no one came...but I thought it was a pretty good idea! haha Man people and their agency is sometimes no bueno (good) lol

For P-day we went to a really cool swing thing called la casa del arbol! It is a swing and even though we went on the worst possible day, it was still a beautiful sight.

This work is definitely not easy but it is worth it. One of our lessons consisted of Mateo (Matthew) 14 when Peter was walking on water with Jesus. It is interesting that in that miracle and also in Lehi's dream, the Savior always invites us to come with Him into the dark and dreary waste or out into the crashing waves of the sea... I love that. I love that the Savior invites us to enter into this crazy life. And at the moment we ask for help, He will always give it to us. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are just waiting for us to ask them for help. All we have to do is humble ourselves. And for some it is hard! haha But I have gained a testimony that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are literally just waiting to bless us. I love you all!!! I hope this week is great!!
Elder Reynolds

Deep in the Ecuadorian wilderness is a seismic monitoring station in a tree known as Casa del Arbol. Its purpose is observe Mt. Tungurahua, the nearby active volcano, from its precarious perch. While the treehouse itself is a sight to behold, the real attraction is the crude swing hanging from one of the tree's skinny branches. With no harness, net, or any other safety feature the swing (nothing more than a plank suspended by two ropes) arcs riders out into the air over the canyon.

A swing to dangle you off the very edge!

A beautiful sight!

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