Monday, May 4, 2015

A Week in LA! (not really lol)

So, I say a week in LA because LA means Less Active. A less active family is one that hasn't been to church in a while. We were asked by to go to a lot of houses of Less Active members to see if they still live there. And there have been a lot of them (and a lot more to go!). We spent about all week trying to do this among the rest of our missionary work (we work with less active families but not like this otherwise). We have like 30 house to try and we have confirmed with like 13 that the person no longer lives there. It happens a lot because the people are basically all Hispanic, and they have to move a lot to find jobs (just a fact of life sadly). So there are a lot of addresses that are incorrect for the people and we have no idea how to find them. Pretty difficult situation. But, through doing this, we have found quite a few people who are interested in having us teach them who live at the house of the person we were looking for. It's really awesome to see that by doing one part of missionary work, another part was helped. 

Otherwise, this week was pretty normal. Been pretty fun because Elder Jensen (my companion) is super awesome and we are always having fun together. It's just been super great out here. Never have to worry much about food, we have a car to drive around the city, the people here are really awesome.

What I can tell you about was the Cinco de Mayo Celebration that was going on. There is a street called 24th street that is about the center of the Hispanic population of Omaha. They have a section about 6 blocks long (which is half a mile) that is entirely Hispanic stores. Names like La Unica (dress shop), El Conocritto (restaurant), El Rey (restaurant), International Panaderia (bakery), etc.and it looks like a little slice of Mexico in Omaha. For Cinco de Mayo, they blocked off this part for cars and had a carnival that ran for 3 days (not in the nights though). It had rides, performances by like local mariachi bands, people selling stuff at like every corner, IT WAS CRAZY. Tons of people there. We went there to try and pass out stuff but it wasn't successful. People didn't want to talk to us sadly. But it was cool to see just how many people there were and how much of a cultrual even there was. It was super cool to see. There was a bunch of members of out ward that went too but we didn't see them there when we were there.  (P.S. I didn't have my camera neither could I have taken pictures while I was there sadly. If it was running today, I'd go and take pictures)

Well that about sums up the week. Hope you all have a good one!

Elder Cox

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