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Mon, 29 Jul 2013

July 29, 2013
This week has passed quickly. The time passes quickly when we have plans and things to do and slowly otherwise. So we do our best to be busy. But, even so, sometimes all of our plans fall through, and we find ourselves a little lost. However, that didn't happen this week. Today we got haircuts. And here are some pictures.
Élder Bryan Hall 
This is Reforma, Chiapas



Squirrels in Mexico aren't grey, they're black.


This is a tarantula that hid itself in our room last week.


  This is a tuna.



(And a note from Jan) (Here are also a couple of pictures from a few weeks ago when I was having technical difficulties.)



posted at: 22:17 |

Mon, 22 Jul 2013

July 22, 2013
It's been a long week, but here we are. How are you all? Busy? Ah. Que bueno. Entonces. Not much has happened. We spent a lot of time walking in the hot sun.
In response to a request to hear more about my routine, here is what we do in a typical morning: Wake up when the alarm on the phone goes off at 6:30. Walk over to the desk to turn it off. Turn my fan to point at my away from my bed (it's already on because it's been on all night) and kneel and pray. Sit on my bed and read a chapter of the Book of Mormon while I eat a banana and some bread. Check to see if we have water (There is only running water certain hours of the day, and it's always a mystery which hours they'll be). If water, a shower. If not, water from the buckets we keep for emergencies. Dry myself off and leave the bathroom. Iron my shirt (we don't have anywhere to hang up our clothes, so they come out of my suitcase badly wrinkled). Dress myself until I get to shoes. Put talcum powder in my socks. Socks, shoes, tie, tags.  Ready to study. So that's generally how I start my days. Hope you liked it. I love you all,
Elder Bryan Hall

posted at: 18:00 |

Sun, 21 Jul 2013

July 15, 2013
It's been an uneventful week. We now have more than two weeks without a working phone. We got completely soaking wet twice this week. Several of our most promising investigators just spontaneously disappeared without notice (we hope that they come back and didn't move to another city or die or something). The family we live with has asked us to move to a different room in their house. It's smaller, doesn't have a/c, has fewer electrical outlets, and doesn't have running water between 7 a.m. and 12 midnight (and sometimes not even then). Also no closets or toilet seat. We've been moving our stuff all day and it's not going to fit. That's about all that's been going on. Espero que sepáis que estoy feliz en esta obra y que sé que es de Dios. El Libro de Mormón es la palabra de Dios y tengo el privilegio de testificar de ello en el mundo. Que estéis bien y contento. Voy orando por vosotros.
Élder Bryan Hall
posted at: 02:02 |

Tue, 09 Jul 2013

July 8, 2013
¿Cómo estáis? Espero que bien sea la respuesta. I've had an interesting week. Our cell phone stopped working last week so we didn't get information about all of the transfers that happened last week through normal or timely channels and we found ourselves with many problems related to these and no way to communicate with the mission. So we spent many hours in our chapel (there's a phone there) this week. Some of the time we had investigators with us, but mostly we were by ourselves. Yesterday we went to Villahermosa to leave Elder López there. He has finished his two years of service and is now at home. So Elder Hernández and I are alone now. But that's alright. We had the chance to meet our new mission president, President Morales, on Saturday. He served his mission in New York, New York and, among other things, teaches English. So he's pretty bilingual. I'm looking forward to serving with him. And, that same Saturday, I got a package with a bunch of socks in it. Which is a really good thing because last Monday a sudden storm blew my socks off the clothesline and I was unable to locate all of them (it's a jungle). Without that package I wouldn't have had socks to wear yesterday or today. So thank you.
Hope that you are well,
Love from,
Elder Bryan Hall
posted at: 19:18 |

Wed, 03 Jul 2013

July 1, 2013
Many things have happened this week. Our mission president was released and went back to his house. We got a third missionary (Elder Hernández from the Sunday Republic has two and a half months in the mission, including time in the MTC). Our phone stopped working (and still doesn't work) on Monday. And on Wednesday night at about ten o'clock, we received notice that Elder Castillo had a special transfer. So Elder Castillo went to a city called Minatitlán and we got an elder from Mexico City named López (with 23 months in the mission, he's going home on Monday). So I'm senior companion now with all sorts of changes of grand magnitude (and a cellphone that still doesn't work). And I'm having allergies that are making me sneeze and sniffle un buen. But that's okay. The weather has been hot with occasional rain that (sometimes) cools things down. I'm glad to hear that you're all well and that you're enjoying your summer. I hope you're not wasting too much time because you don't have school. And Mom, I love hydroponics. Take care while driving,
Love from,
Elder Bryan Hall
posted at: 12:26 |

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