so, we were proselyting, and a guy stopped us and said "how are you?!" then he handed me a mango and said it was sent from god because i'm a gringa. or something along those lines. hermana arteaga said he was "borrrrracho" (drunk). then he continued, "sooo pretty, you're both so pretty," and i was like oh boy, well, "we want to invite you to church." :) and i gave him a pass-along card. who knows, maybe he'll come to sacrament meeting one day and give me another mango.
we were in no way out of the woods when the fish was finally gone; andra then asked if we'd ever tried "huevos de pescado" or if we wanted to. her eyes were lit up like a kid's on christmas, so i said "¿por qué no?" (why not?) she literally ran and brought us a plate of billions of tiny fish eggs and, of course, we had to try them. at one point we stopped eating, and she ordered, "EAT YOUR EGGS." haha, that was a meal i'll never forget. and now, i have a great fish story for posterity.
celebrating an elder's birthday
...there are no knives in the mission offices :)
last but not least this week, we had the worldwide missionary broadcast, which was really cool to watch!! got some great notes. also, transfers are TONIGHT, so we may be getting a call; i'll let you know next week if i'm leaving this area!
"for the beauty of the amazon"
everything is so great in iquitos, and we're finding tons of people to teach. last sunday, four investigators came to church! :) all is well in this lovely part of the vineyard/jungle.
More from this week's message to Hermana Wood's mom:
hey, momma! thank you so much for thinking of me and sending me that talk on the purifying path of obedience! i definitely felt your prayers this week - life is good. :) also, i wanted to thank you for always sending me packages - they literally mean the world! greatest fam ever. and no, the valentine's one hasn't come, yet, but i'm really excited. :)
also, our pensionista situation got a lot better, so i didn't buy a blender. andra (our lunch pensionista) and daisy (our dinner pensionista) always make us juice now!! and i did replace my fan, but the one the mission office gave me is super weak and going to die soon. imma wait for it to die, then take that one and the old one that broke to the offices and set them down and fold my arms and stare at all of them. love you so much, mommy!!!