Called to Serve

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Week 58 - Four Star Accomodations and a Swarm of Bees


Well I'm writing today (Wednesday) because we had a surprise temple trip today (they didn't tell us earlier so I couldn't let everyone know...) but it was a very much needed trip!

On Monday we moved houses. We moved into a really, really nice neighborhood (like I would live here after the mish) so that's cool. We live in the back and upstairs of a house of an olderish couple but they're super cool. They always give us food and are always offering to give us rides and do us favors and everything. They're like my grandparents here in the mission. They spoil us. So it's been cool! There's a little chihuahua that loves us too named Lika (as in "like a boss"... haha).

This week is Semana Santa (holy week) where all the Catholic churches down here celebrate the last week of Christ's life. So there are lots of parades and Masses and stuff. It's really a great week to go out and share our message about Christ - works out perfectly huh!

Random fact - I am now able to solve Rubiks cubes really well... My companion showed be (including a really weird shaped cube that's really hard to solve haha) so that's cool!

Funny story: So we were walking along a bridge when my plaque came off my suit.. and I kicked it causing it to fall off the bridge. Well it didn't go all the way down, and my comp volunteered to go down and get it. So he went down the steep little hill and was brushing through grass when all the sudden he started yelling ow! Louder and Louder! And then looking down, I realized he was being swarmed by bees. I FLIPPED!!! He fell backwards so I had to spring to the other side of the bridge to go get this downed soldier. I thought he was going to die haha. By the time I got over to the other side, he came sprinting up and slapping himself like no other. I helped him kill a ton of bees with my hands. Turns out that the stings weren't too bad... so he healed up the same day! But here's the WORST PART: After all that, I still didn't get my name badge back... 

btw, I completed a year in Costa Rica the 16th - so that's cool!

Well, next week's my birthday and I hope I don't get eggs cracked on my head - I'll go after anyone who comes at me hahah.

Well, thank you for all the prayers and thoughts and emails and everything! More pictures/videos coming next week!

Love all you guys!

Pura Vida,

Elder Stott

The following is part of this week's email from Josh's companion, Elder Vorwaller.  It's fun to read another version of the events...and see the details that Josh often leaves out ;)

...Actually something really really funny happened when we were moving. So this week is "Semana Santa" or Holy Week. It´s like the central American version of Easter, and it lasts all week. During Holy week, there Catholic church goes ALL OUT! They have mini parades with HUGE statues of Christ carrying his cross and Mary and the whole shebang. So anyways, while we were moving, Elder Stott had to ride in the back of the truck full of our stuff to make sure that nothing fell out, so we were just driving and everything, but while we were going, Elder Stott found Halloween mask in our stuff. I think that Elder Garcia left it behind, so he put it on while we were driving. So we took some pictures and he was just looking at people as we drove past them. And so while we were driving, we came up to a catholic parade procession! And we had to drive really slow past them, and so Elder Stott with his mask on, was just looking at everyone carrying the Christ and Mary statues and everyone was looking at him really weird! hahaha! I thought he was going to take off the mask, but he didn´t!! He just left it on staring at people! hahaha! It was super super funny! hahaha! I´ll send a picture of him and his mask! 

      So another funny thing this week. On Sunday, we were walking back from eating with a member, and we started crossing a bridge. While we were walking, Elder Stott´s plaque falls off of his coat, and it lands on his shoe, but he was walking, so when it hit his shoe, he accidentally kicked it off of the bridge! So after we said FETCH really loud, we looked over the bridge to see where it landed. We couldn´t see it but we knew that it didn´t land in the water, so we decided to go down and look for it. I told Elder Stott that I am a lot smaller that he is, so I would go down and look for it. So I went down and it smelled really bad. There was a lot a garbage and a when I looked to the right, there was a hobo sleeping. Anyways I went down a little farther to look for the plaque and I hit a bunch of really really tall grass. So I started looking for the plaque as Elder Stott was guiding me from above. So I was pushing around the grass looking for it, and I felt that something poked my head really hard. I said OW!.... really loud. Then I felt it again, then again, then a whole bunch of stings at the same. Then I realized that I was being stung by a Swarm of wasps! I was trying to swoosh them away from my head, then I fell back on my back trying to keep them from stinging me. So there I was on my back, being attacked by a swarm of wasps, as I heard Elder Stott running saying "FETCH FETCH FETCH!!!" Then I got up and ran as fast I could out from under the bridge passing the passed out hobo. I finally got out of from under there and swooshed the remaining wasps from my head. I think I looked really weird because someone stopped and asked if I was ok. I gave her a thumbs with my right hand while I was swooshing with my left. I finally got them all off, and my whole face and arms stung. We tried to count the stings and they stung me more than 20 times! hahahaha! They started swelling with pus, but by the time we got back to the house, you couldn´t even see them anymore so it was good! Now its just a really cool story! 

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