Well, it finally happened, hahah I was riding on my bike Friday night when a man (probably drunk) decided to take a swing at me! hahah fortunately i ducked and he just knocked off my helmet but it was an interesting time. He kind of ran away afterwards across the street, fortunately for him I didn't think it was worth the effort to pursue. It wouldn't have been worth the "what would Jesus do" lecture from my mission president afterwards anyways hahah, in other news we have a baptism coming up this week, 'I' and his sister have been to church the entire last month and we just taught him all the lessons so if all goes well the service will be this Saturday. Unfortunately 'A' hasn't really been progressing this past week but we did just commit another girl named 'ML' to baptism! She's been really awesome and has potentially the strongest faith of the investigators i've met so far, she always says things like "it just makes sense!" or, "why hasn't anyone taught me this before??" hahah I think she's awesome and we're working hard to hopefully get her to church next week, she has school and work which keep her very busy so i hope she can find a way to make time!
In other news I had my first experience of really gross food, a guyanese family gave us something called Chana, which was basically garbanzo beans with a really weird sauce and crunchy things... i simply could not eat the whole bowl, unfortunately guyanese people get offended if you don't eat their food so i did the only sensible thing in my situation, and threw it off the balcony into the stream outside. Now what makes this story funny is that i totally didn't see the fact they have a big white flag supporting a political party hanging off the edge, and i accidentally nailed it, covering it with nasty garbanzo beans. I'm not going to lie it was a stressful lesson trying to keep her focused on us and not the splattered flag a few feet to our left... I guess the lesson i'm trying to teach you guys this week is that if you have to get rid of an easily offended guyanese woman's garbanzo beans, make sure they don't have a white flag in between you and the balcony you're trying to throw them off of.
We had a fun p-day today playing sports at one of the few basketball courts here in suriname, we wanted to play soccer but our field was temporarily being re-done. I was super bummed about the super bowl as well! When i heard the seahawks lost it was definitely a day ruiner. In a way i suppose I'm glad i missed it this year, that would have been pretty difficult for me to watch </3
Also we just had a conference yesterday for the whole Caribbean, Elder Holland and Packer from the quorum of the 12 spoke and gave some really cool messages on family, and also holy places. Which include our home, our church buildings, and of course temples. i think it was spot on what this area needs and hopefully they took the message to heart. I'm excited for the start of a new month and I hope you all have an awesome February! I love you guys and miss you all a ton! Elder Carpenter