Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dear Everybody,

Just like every week, its been quite crazy here in Uruguay! We had lots of anticipation all week to find out the changes. 28 missionaries are going home this week so there are lots of holes to fill, and lots of changes to be made...Elder Rios is going to train in Artigas Barrio 6 and Im going tooo........................................ dun dun dun DUN DUN dun.....
So the American Cup is starting up here pretty soon...its a soccer tournament with all the latin america countries. Each World Cup and American Cup they do this thing called The Album. Its kind of like trading Pokemon cards but way cooler. and adults can play too without loosing thier dignity. haha. so Elder Rios and I jumped in. Basically its a bunch of stickers in the shape of little cards, and you buy 5 for 50 cents, then you go around trading your doubles. Its way fun and an awesome way to do contacts and get into houses. Lots of people do it, but Im worried cuz Im not sure if there are many people who are going to be playing in my new area....which is in...
Friday we went to a couple friends and wished them happy birthday. One of them, Ruben Gonzalez, a less active member. He didnt know we were coming, but we knocked on the door and he answered with a ciagarette and a glass of beer in his hands. We already knew he had problems with that stuff, but his reaction was hilarious. He answered the door and was like OHHH!!! ELDERS!!! YOU CAUGHT ME!!! haha NOOOO!!! then I sang him Happy Birthday in English but I sang the MOnkey in a zoo version. It was funny cuz He had no idea what I said.
Saturday we had a stake talent show. It was way fun! We did a couple funny skits and there was a little of everything. I sang some Coldplay and John Lenon. I dont know if you knew, but Artigas is overflowing with precious stones and rocks. Like all those rocks that you can buy in gift shops and stuff, I wouldnt be suprised if they come from Artigas. 1 out of every 10 people we talk to works in Precious rocks. So there was lots of displays of Hermanos that work with the stones.
Sunday was my last sunday in Artigas, Rider wore a suit to church and passed the sacrament! That was so cool! Its awesome to see them growing. Its incredible the changes they have made in thier life. Maira, his wife, has a talk in church on Sunday! Im so bummed im going to miss it! We went to Rubens house to have a lesson and Claudia, the Mom of that house that totally ingnored us and everything, the one who almost got baptized and stuff...she knocked on the door. It was dark so I couldnt see to well but I was sitting right next to the door. I opened it a little and barely saw her. I think seeing her the other night was even more sad that when she hid from us, because she was completely wasted. I smelled the alchohol as soon as she asked Can I come in? Her eyes were almost yellow, hair all messed up and just looked like a disaster. She couldnt even stand up straight. We let her in and she just started apolagizing a million times to us. "Im sorry I hid from you, that note you left me the other day made me feel so bad" She just kept saying sorry, kept telling us that she is feeling horrible, and then she wanted us to preach to her, wanted us to help her. She said that Lilian (rubens mom) is all she has. We are her only support, that things are really bad with her husband and she is just BAD. Just kept saying that life was BADDDDD. It was so sad. LIlian covered her daughters eyes it was so bad. She started crying and just begged us to come again. My heart breaks for that family. They have nothing. They beg their neighbors for bread. And they were so close to turning everything around. It was probably the saddest thing ive ever had to see on my mission.
Im sad to leave Elder Rios and Artigas, They both have treated me so well. Its hard to leave, but Im excited to get to know other places and people in Uruguay!
Thats pretty awesome that Jennifer and Kyle got married! I never even imagined that! It was so cool to hear about all the cool stuff going on in the last week of school and everything. Those weeks are always so fun. Everyone is so chill. Thats pretty funny the parents called to ask what to do in the rain.
So im definately going to be super obedient Mom!!!!!! because I could be a branch president coming up here pretty soon! Im going to Cardona which is in the zone of Colonia. Colonia is the oldest city in Uruguay and everyone says its really pretty. I will be out in a little pueblito though. All the missionaries are teasing me cuz ill be with my comp and we`ll be the only ones within an hour or so from any other elders. The branch has about 20 members. Im kinda nervous but really excited. Pray for me! =) Im leaving tonight at 10pm to Montevideo. Ill get there about 6am, then ill take another bus to Cardona and arrive at about 9am. So its gonna be a long night. My new comp is Elder Huston. I dont know too much about him but ive heard he is a stud!
I couldnt sleep last night haha
Did you guys here that the world was supposed to end on Saturday? everyone was talking about it here. I guess some preacher said it was gonna end at 6pm. Que Bolaso, no?
This week i have felt a lot of gratitude for the family that i have, for the standards that i have grown up with, and for the parents that I have. I hope you guys know how much I love you, how grateful I feel to have been blessed with the family, ward, friends, and youth that I had. Its really rough in a lot of families, and I dont know what I did to deserve you guys!
You are all in my prayers!
Elder Kellis

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