Monday, March 31, 2014

Week 10, Meu Primero Batismo!

My first baptism!!!! I was soo excited all week for him, and I'm still excited two weeks later. He's super goofy and always smiling, but all guys in Cabo Verde try to look tough and serious in all the pics they take. All the girls try to pose super seductive, which is kinda weird. Anyways, he's a total boss, I love him. During the ceremony, after he was baptized, he was invited to share his testimony. I have never seen him soo serious and focused in the 3 weeks I've known him. His testimony was small and simple, but it came 100% from the heart. He was tearing up trying not to cry and so was I. He told everyone how he felt like a completely new person because he didn't want to do drugs or drink anymore. He said he finally felt free and he thanked me and my comp for being his friends and changing his life. I feel so happy to have met him. It was a great experience, especially since he doesn't know Portuguese, just cryolo. Well I have to go, the internet dude is kicking us out of his store cuz it's closing. TCHAO! Love you both!!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Week 9

Wow mom. I left you one job! To take care of fluffy, lol. And lucky!!!! I miss Mexican food, although I did make tortillas like a boss. Como un jefe. My companion was very happy  because of it.
And well, P-Days are kinda long. First, I wake up, clean the dishes and mop the floors, stuff like that. Then we go play soccer for like 2 hours, come back, eat breakfast, then go email (now), then go shopping, come back to the house, make lunch, chill there or chill at other missionaries' houses, then we are back to work. Nothing that special.
So I'm sooooooooooooooo excited!!! I'm getting my first baptism this Saturday. I'll write you a letter about him later. And well, I didn't take a lot of pics this week, just a few.
So here's the best thing about Cabo Verde (not really, but it's still pretty good). They love white chocolate, so they decided to mix it with nutella. It tastes awesome with bananas. Oh and here's me making tortillas.
White chocolate with nutella!
Making tortillas like a bawss
Elder Olsen was quite excited about something Mexican

And well, you said to tell you if I needed something sooooooo, I need my contacts. And also, I'm scared of this pen running out of ink. It's my favorite of all time. It has a crazy fine point and it's used to mark scriptures and stuff. It's awesome cuz it writes really smooth and it doesn't bleed through the pages. I bought it at the MTC, so I don't really know where else they sell them. It would be awesome if you could send me like 2 or 3 more of them. 
Oh and if you were thinking of sending me food, just make sure it doesn't go bad, cuz I won't get the package till like a month from now. Well, I don't really have much else to say, so take care!!! Love you!!! Ate' a segunda! 

For those wondering: I wrote him about how my mom forgets to take the cover off Fluffy's cage every morning. Fluffy is his pet parrot. Here she is: 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Week 8

I still have the 5X5 Rubik's cube with me, I actually timed myself and I cut my time from 15 minutes to 7:32 which I'm extremely proud of. And Elder Olsen is awesome, I taught him how to do a rubiks cube and he learned like in 24 hours, super fast.
Here I can devote an entire hour of just e-mailing and not doing laundry at the same time so I have heaps of time to reply. Mindelo is actually the nicest city in Cape Verde, it's a lot like Matamoros so compared to the rest of the islands it's really 'advanced'. I didn't have a lot of time for pics this week, I only took a few.
I really like it here. It's kinda sucky having to walk 3 miles uphill every day, but I'll get used to it. Seriously, when we leave the house in the morning, we walk uphill, then when we get back at night, somehow we are still walking uphill. I think we broke logic. I'm not serving in the city part of Mindelo, I'm at the outskirts of it so everyone I teach is poor and humble. I like the food here, all they eat is rice and beans and fish, I haven't had cachupa tho. So far I'm surviving with ramen, tuna, cereal, and fresh bread every morning.

Here are some pics:

The last time we were together before we were sent to different islands </3.
Elder Cordova is on Fogo and Elder Young is here in Mindelo but at the other side of the city so I cant see him.

Cape Verdean Escudos are cool looking and colorful
I basically live off cereal and rice. This chocapic is actually pretty good. 
And well, rice is rice. 
So Elder Olsen and I climbed this mountain for like 10 minutes just to take a pic,
 and then we climbed back down. Fun huh? 
Also, I'm not that fat, it's the wind that makes the shirt look puffy.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Week 7, now in Cabo Verde!

Elder Zuniga could not send any photos this week because he is short on time. This is the short paragraph he wrote:

I LOVE IT HERE!!!! It reminds me of Mexico, but the people are extremely humble and sooo nice and friendly. I've spent the first 3 days of my mission here in Praia, but I will be flying to San Vincente hoge de noite (tonight). It's incredible how ready the people are to hear the gospel here. Just on my first day I witnessed 5 baptisms and that was apparently a "bad" day for this mission. So I can't talk much, I have to wait till next week to reply and send pics. Please let everyone know I'm fine and extremely happy to be serving in Cabo Verde. 
Oh and my mailing address is 

Elder Christian Alexander Zuniga
Cape Verde Praia Mission C.P. 420
Praia, San Tiago
Cape Verde

Tell everyone that wants to know, Tchao! 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Week 6, Goodbye MTC!

Chris didn't write much besides explaining what's going on in the pictures he sent. Here's what I got from him during his last P-Day at the MTC. (He flies to Cabo Verde this Friday!)

Hey no joke, they told us that like 6 months from now Cape Verde is getting iPads too. I'm not too excited for them though, I feel like I might get distracted. 

More epic Tostitos parties 
Me being Skux (Australian slang for "ladies man" with Elder Cordova
Here we have 3 generations: Filho (Elder Mason), Pai (Me),
 and Grande Pai or "big daddy" (Elder Cordova)
I believe I have taken over 200 selfies with everyone here at the MTC

"You probably shouldn't put this on my blog. Don't put bad stuff up there,
 I want people to think I'm really obedient" 
(yeah, he should know better than to trust that I won't put this up for the world to see)

So funny story; my knee has been hurt for about a week due to a bad land during volleyball. No worries, I'm back to 100% now. But I would still play every day until one day it started hurting too much. I went to the medic people and they told me to put ice on. So I did, but then I realized I couldn't put my slacks on, so I improvised. I walked around the MTC like this all day, I got a lot of compliments. 

All the elders in my district. I got released as Zone leader this past Sunday. 
So the famous map picture. 
I laughed when I saw this cuz my arm looks tiny.