Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The One With The Monks

Hey y'all! Sorry for not having an update last week. but iss okay cause here is one! 

Good News: I am an aunt again! My brother Greg and sister-in-law Kim had a baby! On August 29th, 2017! His name is Maxwell Evan Kezos and he is the best thing ever. 

Also, Hurd hit her 1-year mark! We celebrated with glow sticks and sparklers. 
And now for the title *drumroll pls* We went to a Buddhist temple! With a legit statue of Buddha, incense, candles, meditation pillows, and MONKS! I felt way out of my league. Our investigators attend and they invited us. And lemme tell y'all something. SISTER KEZOS IS THE WORST MEDITATOR IN HISTORY. I had to legit move every 5 seconds cause my legs were asleep. And the monk kept talking about our nose itching and so obvi I had to itch my nose. Then he went around with a PADDLE and was making people sit straighter. It was terrifying. For 40 MINUTES! Also, they have a little building that holds the urns of their ancestors (yes like Mulan!) and there was this one urn that had a Santa Clause hat on it. It was amazing. Then the monks throat sang for us. Yes, you heard me, they throat sang. It was so odd and I tried so hard to be respectful and not laugh. (which was nearly impossible but I did it y'all.)
*I didn't take any pictures, but we are going to go back and get some.

Then we got a flat tire. We put the jack underneath and it snapped in half! So we called the AP's to help us (it was 100 degrees out) and we were all sweating. The elders were a little more than us haha. Their jack was too high so we had to literally lift the car- by the power of angels for sure. Then we spent 3 hours getting the tire fixed. Apparently, when the elders had the car they ran over a nail and it has been stuck in it ever since.

For Pday we went to the trampoline park, Area 51. A member is the manager so he got us in for free! It was so fun and there was a trapeze and a tightrope. Let's just say it was definitely not my calling to be in the circus. Then we found out the next day that there is a new rule that missionaries can't go anymore so that was sad. And they took 200 miles from everyone. Nobody can go around all of Baton Rouge with 800 miles, so needless to say we are going to be biking and riding the bus a lot. 
We also got to hear Elder Bednar speak for the young adult devotional. Which was so cool. 

The rest of the week was filled with mapping, (we finished mapping 1011 people yay) tracting, and contacting. But this week was definitely the hardest week (or two weeks) of my mission. A mission ain't easy. But the Lord wanted me here and I'm still trying to figure out the rest. This church is true! I love y'all! 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The One With The Skating Rink

Hey, Y'all! Two-week update:

Monday: We went to the state capitol with Csanyi, who is the girl we met at the doll museum.(creepy but cute) We got to hang out and then we went to the famous Frostop for Poboys! That night we went to a dinner appointment and we got a phone call from the other sisters in our apartment. They said President was doing transfer calls that night! Which was unheard of! One of our sisters was being transferred to Lafayette and the other was already going home. It was so intense. So we waited for our call at an appointment. But we never got one, which meant we were staying together! 

Tuesday: Today was our pday because of transfers. It was Sister Uibel's last pday and her she would be in the mission home for her birthday, so we went to her favorite Indian restaurant and got chicken tikki masala (yum!) and I bought her dinner. Then after, we went to a roller skating rink! It was so fun! It was retro night! My ankles were WRECKED! And I am not as good at skating as I used to. I biffed it and it was caught on video but y'all are never gonna see it. Srry not srry. 

Wednesday: It was transfers. It was an extra sad transfer too because almost my entire first district went home. So I got to say goodbye to all of them and see most of my MTC district. So it was super bittersweet! After, we went to Chipotle (not an advertisement) and literally ran into so many Mormons! Which is not a thing that happens in Louisiana. Then we went home and met our new roommates the Spanish sisters, Banner and Stratton! They are adorable. 

Thursday: So we went to the library to get the programs done for Joey's baptism. While I was there I met a man named Charlie. Charlie is INSANE! I had to help him get onto google. Yes, google. and then I had to help him write an email about his broken head lamp. (which he broke because he wore it in his outside shower, you heard me, he showers outside!) He lives in an abandoned church on a river. Gr8. And I thought I was free from the conversation until I moved my hair and he saw my nametag. Once he saw that, it was all over. He told me about his best friend who was abducted by aliens every four years of his life. Then he recited the Lord's Prayer in Aramaic. Which I can honestly say I have never heard of. Then he tried to give me a book called, "Setting a Trap For God." Which I did not take. Then he told me all about how he knows Tai Ji and that women are better at it because of the female organs. Uh. (mind you, all while this is happening my "companion" Sister Hurd was looking the other direction while I signed H-E-L-P to her with my hands.) Then he left so I was like we gotta go! And then he caught us on the way out and gave me a paper to look up his religion. And guess what else he gave me! A layered salad recipe. A FREAKING LAYERED SALAD RECIPE. LIKE WHY?! 
And that's Louisiana, folks!

Friday- I gave an instruction in district meeting. and $5 Friday at Smoothie Kinggggg.

Saturday- JOEY GOT BAPTIZED YALL!! It was so amazing! There were so many people there that people were standing in the halls. It was so awesome I can't even!

Sunday- We spent 8 1/2 hours at the church! With all of our meetings and going to two wards. Then we visited a member in the hospital, his name is Brother Schutte if y'all can pray for him. He is the sweetest person ever and he literally makes a loaf of bread for every single person in the wards. DEDICATION.

Anyways- life is insane here in the South. Here are some pics! 
Hasta Luego! 
Sister Kez