For New Years Eve dinner we ate at a member's house named Hermana Diznarda. We had what is called Cochito, which is a full pig cooked and laid out on a pig pan for us to eat. Included were the 4 hooves of the pig (pig feet) roasted and ready for us to eat. As I saw the pig hooves laid out on the tray I made the mistake of saying, "We're not actually going to eat that are we?" Thinking they were just there for decoration. Everyone was baffled at the fact that I have never eaten pig feet before and assured me that was the best part. To my surprise, we did eat them. Silly me thinking eating pig feet wasn't normal:)
During the week we had a pleasant surprise when the power suddenly went out. Hermana Canul was in the middle of showering when the lights suddenly went out along with the hot water. Our shower is heated electrically so when the power went out the water suddenly turned very cold. My companion wasn't too extremely excited about that.
The bishop came and fixed the light temporarily so we can have power but we still are not able to use the shower head. So the past few days we have been showering with a bucket. Oh the adventures we experience here in the mission.
This week we also had the wonderful opportunity of giving service. While waiting for a little boy we had planned to teach we were able to give service. The little boy had left to bathe in a river nearby so while we waited for him to come back we helped his two elderly grandparents move loads of fire wood they had laid out to dry. When we had finished the elderly man took off on his bicycle cart and returned with a big bottle of soda to share with us for our efforts. They were so grateful for the little amount of service we gave. Though they have next to nothing they wanted to show their gratitude and did so with the little money they had. It was a very humbling experience for me. I have learned a lot from the people here. Though they don't have much they are willing to give us all they do have.
This week I have been thinking a lot about being the Lord's servant. By serving others we are serving the Lord. I have come to realize that those strangers all around me in the street are not strangers at all, but they are children of our father in Heaven, our brothers and sisters in need of our help. "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God" Mosiah 2:17. Love, Hermana Peine