Monday, January 18, 2010

Didn't Feel A Thing!!!

(I have included my questions to Seth in parenthesis so his letter would make a little more sense! I also wrote him a note that the hand-sanitizer for kids was probably not a very good idea!)

Hola familia...

What a week here in Sebana Yegua. Between moving, earthquake, and lots of investigators we have been very busy. We moved Tuesday into a house with tile and is a lot smaller which is actually really nice because the old house was a little too big and lonely for 2 elders.

When we moved in, the lady that owns the house cooked us a meal. She cooked us fish for us and since we are not supposed to eat fish we kinda of pannicked. I really did not want diarrhea so i slowly put it all in my napkin and then when the lady left i ran and threw it out front. I am getting pretty good at doing that.

I am sure that a lot of people are wondering about the earthquake. I think everyone in the whole Island felt it except me and Elder Barrett. When people first told us about it we did not believe them. We thought it was a joke but we soon realized it was the real deal. There are two recent converts, one 17 and the other 20 that are brothers from Haiti... They live with about 10 other family members in a tiny home. We have visited them a lot and on Sunday morning the 2 brothers left to go help in Haiti. We bought about 20 pounds of rice and a ton of platanos for them to take. I also gave them my old camera so that they could take pictures to show the family that is staying behind. I really feel for them. I wish I could communicate with them how much I really feel for them.

We always ask the kids if they want dulce or sweats and then give them hand sanitizer. It is sooo funny to watch their face when they eat it but everytime they say that they want more! Its hilarious.

On Sat we had our first English class. It was pretty much a joke but it was fun because we got some of our investigators to come. Spanish was driving me a little crazy on Sat so I bought four cokes throughout the day. I think that is a record for me.

We have a ton of investigators right now. We had 15 in church. We have about 10 from the age of 16-18 which is a great age to teach them before they have already made habbits. I have a lot of hope for them. I played the piano in Sac Meeting on Sunday and made a lot of friends with the members through that.

The canal dad talked about that goes to all the fields is a canal where a lot of the town bathes in. I now understand why we are supposed to wash our veggies!

(How many wards/branches are there in your area?) They have an actual chapel here! Only one branch though. It is fairly big. I am not sure if we will walk to the little towns in the fields. I will have to ask Elder Barrett if they are in our area or not.

Yes mom I am getting enough to eat. There are no stores here but luckily Elder Barrett knows how to cook. We usually have a big lunch and do not have dinner because those are the prime times to find people but we get some sort of snack at the colmados. The town basically is dead from 12-3.

(Do you know if they plan to use the missionaries to help clean up sometime down the road?) We havent heard if we are going to get to go and help in Haiti. I hear it is pretty violent over there because the lack of food ect so for now nothing is planned for us.

(How was the Spanish this week? Getting any easier?) Spanish is coming little by little. Still
can{t understand for the most part unless an american is speaking.

(How do the people support themselves as far as work?) Most people here sell some sort of food; yuka, fish, ect or have some relative in NY sending money back. A lot of people work in the fields too.

(He burned a hole in the seat of his pants by drying them on too hot of a tempurature at the CCM so asked if he needed another pair). I had a pair of pants made. I still need to pick them up. As for now I am still using the burnt pair but it will all be good!

We are teaching a lot of people right now. We have about 5 that are very sincere and I have hope for. You never know who will be looking at your example or who is ready to hear the gospel, two of our best investigadors are teenagers that I would not have guessed that would want to hear the gospel but they are solid so share with everyone.

I love you all and I can not figure out how to send pictures right now. I will keep working on it. Love you lots

Elder Wilson


  1. It's so exciting to hear about Elder Wilson's area! I spent 6 months as a zone leader in Azua. Azua itself is a pretty small town (comparitively) and Sabana Yegua is even smaller! Azua is a district presided over by a district president under the direct leadership of the mission presidency, or at least that's how it was three years ago. It's exciting to hear the Sabana Yegua is doing well as a mission area. The missionaries there often had spurts of activity followed by long lulls of not a lot of action. The small size and isolation of the area was often a challenge; missionaries could easily tract the entire village in a transfer and often had to get creative to meet new people (or attract people that they had already met). Sounds like Elder Wilson and his companion are doing well with the challenge.

  2. Elder Barrett's mom says they are putting up record numbers. (Numbers are only numbers, but.....better good numbers than poor numbers.)

  3. Yuka (Yuca) is tapioca flour.