Fire ants are of the devil. Luckily I didn't get fully attacked like some missionaries do, but two bites were enough to know a) why people are deathly afraid of them and b) why they're named fire ants. Ugh.
Anyways, everything's great down in New Orleans! The weather actually feels like fall here (meaning 75 degrees). This week feels like a blur because we've had so much to do. We also had zone conference on Friday which took up a good part of our day. It's always great to see other missionaries, especially other sister missionaries! My companion and I are the only sister missionaries, English or Spanish, in New Orleans at all. There are some across from us in West Bank and in Chalmette, but that's a good hour, hour and a half away. So yeah, it's just us! It's always good to see President Hansen and his sweet wife. I love them so much!
However, the same as the last two weeks, our investigator pool is actually balanced out because on the one hand we have a ton of non-progressing investigators, but on the other hand, we have Juan Pablo, the wildfire convert! He has literally been to every church function from church, to a baptism, to a ward activity, to random soccer nights with the elders' quorum. He absolutely loves the church and has now, as of Saturday, had every single one of the lessons! Also, he's so so so excited to get baptized!!! The baptism for sure now is on October 10 and we're working hard with the ward to make sure it goes well!! We seriously feel like we have played zero role in his conversion, except to be there to show him where the church is and help with paperwork. I can't even believe how prepared he is!
Here's some Q and A's from Lindsey this week:
Teaching: I don't know if you're asking if we have a lot of lessons, or if I personally get to teach in lessons. The answer is yes to both! Like I said, we teach a ton every day, with investigators and less actives alike. My Spanish was good from the MTC so I've never had to just listen in lessons. I teach just as much as Sister Whitney which is great.
Splits: We have splits once a transfer and it's with the sister training leaders, and they're english speaking. We're actually going on splits tomorrow afternoon-Wednesday night! I think I'm staying in Kenner again so I'll be on my own with the whole Spanish thing. I feel pretty fluent so I'm not worried.
Best food: Oh man. Lots of things. I honestly love just red beans and rice (usually also has sausage in it). It's a Louisiana thing, and it's just great! I think though that the best thing I have eaten is either empanadas from Hermana Martinez or tamales from Hermana Macias. Baleadas are also super good! I've also had some really good jambalaya and a lot of other amazing Latin food!
Worst food: I just still do not like cole slaw, so any time we get that I struggle. I still eat it all though because it's a rule that you have to. Latinos will get legitimately offended if you do not finish every last thing, which is a struggle sometimes. This is why we don't ever take lunch or dinner breaks. It means that some days we don't really eat anything at all, but some days we get fed way more than we can handle.
Cockroaches: Yes, cockroaches are a huge problem here. Not in our apartment because we have a nice apartment and we take care of it, but I have seen two huge ones in our apartment. Other missionaries have huge infestations sometimes though, so I'll take just seeing two in the two months I've been here!