Done with week #2 in this area, where does time go? But there are days that just drag on and then there are ones that are really fun and just are done in a blink of an eye. There were a little bit of both. This month is almost at a close already, but didn't it just turn 2017? And 9 more days left of January. And then when I reach the middle of February, that means I have been out 6 months! 1/4 of the way done. And then after that the rest of the year will fly and then I reach my year mark. So my boots came in on Friday, it took two freaking weeks only to find out that they don't fit! Really? So I'm really irritated and aggravated with that. I'm pretty sure I ordered 13 E or 13 EE. The dopes sent 13 D. Typical! Oh how I don't miss California... except for the weather that's it. California can go fly a kite, especially after how the state wanted to split away from the country because Trump won.
Anyway, got off track. So I'll be sending the boots back home to you guys because I have no idea what to do with it and I don't have time to mess around with it. Hopefully you can get the money back from it. We are teaching a melting pot in this area. You would not believe how many people are here from the Middle East, and it's nice to find the ones who are actually Christian's. That means we have one less obstacle to jump over when teaching them. The other obstacle is the language. But they're very humble people and very nice.
My favorite family are a family of 5. They are Christian and are very nice and interested about learning. They're culture is awesome too. When they open the door, there is like one couch, and a couple kids on it. When they let us in they shoo their kids off the couch and let us sit down. And before we can start it's small talk like how our week has been and so on and trying to understand their English. While we are talking as soon as we sit down the women go in the kitchen and fix a little something. Which is incredible because literally every middle eastern family will do the same thing, they put a little table in front of us, and then bring in something like cookies and juice. And then they'll sit there and stare at you until you take some of it haha.
But anyway this family we're teaching is really nice, the father is recovering from a surgery so the mother works. So she's usually there too but last night she wasn't. But we still went over to say hi and of course they sat us down because of their culture, and even though the mom was gone their 13 or 14 year old daughter Zahara did it all herself. I was impressed because American girls would look at you like you're crazy if you want them to do that. But that family is doing well and the mother and daughter are really interested because they can speak better English.
The experiences here are just so different. The weirdest part, is when we go tracting in the apartments with all the refugees because when we knock, they don't even care if you're strangers they'll invite you in, having no idea why you're there. And then they only know a little bit of English and then when we try to explain what we do as missionaries and they'll just sit there and stare at you having no clue what you're saying. But yet they'll give you food even though they have no idea why you're there and who you are. It's just bizarre.
It's been snowing now like crazy, we are getting a bunch, apparently more snow than Utah has gotten in a long time...and of course I have to be there for that. Because it sucks walking. Utah is on top of it for their roads when it comes to plowing but they do a horrible job when it comes to sidewalks. And when I say horrible I mean they totally forget about the sidewalks. Businesses and peoples property are supposed to take care of it but some businesses care less. So we're walking on mountains of compact snow from being pushed off the roads. It makes it twice as long to walk if not three times longer. I don't mind the cold, but when it gets to the point when you literally can't feel your face and you can feel your muscles slowing down when you move, it's too far.
I find a lot of people here stick their head in the sand when it comes to everything outside of Utah. Oh well. Only 19 more months. And your email topic was floating along in So Cal..and there's a lot of rain. Maybe the stake can have a stake fast for, a Noah's Ark 2 and wash away all the dumb stuff in California? No? Hhmm.