Clark Manwaring is serving a Full-Time Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in The Colombia Barranquilla Mission.
"Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever." Alma 26:12
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Much Love and Much Mangos
It rained so hard this Friday, that the streets became rivers that even carried a cat away to its possible doom. It was such a crazy storm, the water came up to my waist at some points, but we still did proseliting, what an adventure! This week was much better! We had better numbers this week in every aspect than any other week, and I directed most of the lessons and area. My companion is a little sick so I have been the one talking the most to people. We are hoping it is not Chikungunya (It features sudden onset fever usually lasting two to seven days, and joint pains typically lasting weeks or months but sometimes years. The virus is passed to humans by two species of mosquito)...but he is sick with a sore throat and runny nose and fever, and like most people here in South America, he refuses to take medicine. I met this guy in the street the other day who claimed he used to be God. But isn't anymore. And he also wants to have 98 wives, because he said it is his Godly privilege. He also says that God right now lives in the United States and that he hates every other nation. He also says he is King of the World, but has been exiled to live in Valledupar until he dies. He also said he is the brother of a well known terrorist who died a little while back. How lucky I am!
It went very well with President Searle. He was extremely impressed with my attitude and dedication. I discovered during the interview that I have a accent when I speak English and have a very hard time thinking of words sometimes.It sounds like a Colombian speaking English that has been speaking for quite a few years. About 9 out of every ten people think I am Colombian or Argentinian. But the interview went very well.
I hope Lauren gets better. I fasted this Saturday for the health of the family in general. I am glad she had a good time at winter's! She looks so pretty and is more slim than the last time I saw her, I hope she is really enjoying her senior year! Speaking of enjoying the year, I am not missing home at all, and I am really loving my time here in the City of Valledupar. I am not tired anymore, and in fact have a little bit of a hard time sleeping. I have been having weird dreams.
Tell Nick I am super proud of him for getting a part in the play(Annie). He seems to have grown in so many ways since I left. I hope he does fantastic and continues doing plays if he loves it!
I hope you guys enjoy the snow. It has been about 100 with humidity here, with occasional crazy rain storms. Have fun sledding!
Ava is supah cute! I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas! I know I Will because I am working for the man who made Christmas a possibility. And no...not Santa Claus! I miss having our nights and hearing your guys voices too, but you will hear my weird accent voice in about a week! Love you all mucho!
Tell Nick I am super proud of him, and tell him that he has the right to receive revelation for the people he serves if he is thinking of their needs first. He will do awesome!
I hope you have an insanely awesome week, full of joy and blessings for you guys as well!