Sister Katie Garff

Sister Katie Garff
Bolivia Cochabamba Mission

Monday, January 30, 2017

Bracelets, Chicken Feet and Bolivian Plumbing Adventure Part 2

This is one of my favorite little girls from the amazing family that we had family home evening with.  She made us bracelets and they are so cute!:D  What I loved most though, is that we paid through the roof for them, haha:D
Hello Everyone:D

This week was super great, but also very different. As missionaries, we received a new schedule from the general presidency where we have the flexibility to choose when and where we do the majority of our studies. This is such a blessing because we can visit a lot more people at the times that work best for them!
Bucket showers because we have a deep and ingrained fear of our shower

Funny: I talked about our bathroom last week, so I thought I would give another update, haha:D Our toilet is now fully functioning, so that is awesome! But our shower is completely clogged. It won´t drain because the pipes are completely backed before every shower this week, we have had to empty all of the water out one bucket at a time. By the end of the week, we got tired of this, so we resulted to bucket showers-much better:D I don´t think I have ever looked forward to buying a toilet plunger so much in my life, haha!
Meat is very fresh here, so it is not ever refrigerated.  It is just sold in the streets.  When people eat the meat, they eat EVERY part of the animal (including the feet)!
Cultural: Bolivian chocolate is the GREATEST!:D But there are also specific types you have to buy, or it is not so good. The other day, a recent convert gave us some chocolate so we were super excited! We started eating it really fast, but soon realized that this chocolate was very...suspect because it had one of the most bizarre aftertastes. We soon discovered that it was because this chocolate was made for pregnant women, ha!
Yup folks, it's saltena Monday:D
Spiritual: We had a family home evening with some recent converts and also their mom who is an investigator. It was so special and I have such a deep love for this family. They are new in the ward, have a strong love for the church and simply want more:) The spirit was so strong in the lesson, and it was so neat to hear their testimonies; they have grown so much personally and as a family! I loved seeing the power of the Gospel, the power that it can change lives for the better!
BURRRRRRITOS:D Hermana Condolí finished 2 months in the mission, so, of course we celebrated with burritos:D
I love you all and love hearing from you all as well! Thank you so much for all of your love, letters, emails and support, it means the world to me:D

Con Amor,

Hermana Garff

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