My first week in Quito went really well! I had to get over a bit of culture shock because my first area was so so different, but I am learning to love the city and all that goes on here. I mean, there are stores open past 7:30pm, crazy! There are also a lot more diversity, so thats odd too. I think once I learn the bus system I should be good-but the buses are literally insane. The bus door closed on my a couple days ago so that was fun, but I survived and I learned to push passed people to get out in time. We share the area with the elders (the Assistants to the President, and the Secretaries) because they have to work in the office during the day.
Another thing about the city is that there are so many types of food here. From McDonalds to Vegetarian Chinese food. I mention the Vegetarian Chinese food because my companion is addicted to this one little restaurant run by Spanish speaking Chinese people. I think she must think its really healthy for her, but I don’t know about that. Anyway this restaurant is super cheesy and funny so I thought I’d send a pic.
One really cool thing happened this week. We are working with an investigator, Alba, who is a pretty hard-hearted catholic in that she does not want to “change religions” as she calls it. However, we focused on teaching Sabbath Day observance this week. After one of the lesson she says “But Sunday is for me too, not just God.” That got me a little frustrated being that, you know, God created her and gave her all of her possession. But, we continued to teach with love and understanding that life is hard. We weren’t expecting her at church obviously, but after Sacrament Meeting a woman ran up to hug us and it was Alba! can you even believe it?? It was wonderful. Church is great and the ward here is super loving and strong.
The work here in Quito is just beginning and we are working hard to get the people temple worthy.
Thanks for all the love,