Monday, September 15, 2014

Errors in Translation

The two Elders nervously look at each other and then down at the headsets they were just handed. No amount of door contacts could have prepared them sufficiently to handle a task like this. Their shiny, brown, new shoes couldn't even fill the pit in their stomachs that at this point. 

'Do they seriously want us to do this?' the darker Elder said to his fellow redheaded missionary. 'I mean, speaking Spanish is one thing but translating is a whole different story!'

'Come on, you've got this. You're from El Salvador for crying out loud!' 

'Well, yeah. But I don't know enough English. You know more Spanish than I know English, so you do it!' he said as he pushed the translating equipment into the hands of the other.

'Are you kidding? I can't translate! Well, I did it once but that was a long time ago and it was only for one person. Man, I was so nervous for that.'

'I'm nervous for this too! Just do it with me, we can take turns.'

Elder Vance was the picture of being on the brink of decision. His fiery hair glowed as though his thoughts were setting his head ablaze. Elder Portillo had his usual huge smile on his face as he nervously laughed in reply to the stare of his missionary friend. A voice began to echo from the speakers as the second counselor of the ward took his place at the pulpit and began to welcome the congregation to the sacrament meeting and following Primary program.

'They're starting now. They need us!' Elder Portillo spat out.

'Alright! Let's do it!' Elder Vance said in reply as they plugged their device into the wall and got ready to speak. 'I mean, how hard could this really be? It's just a bunch of kids.'

Though they were unsure of their ability, the two, young Elders took their seats and began to speak. Their exiting, new adventure began.

So, did you like that? That was my literary-artistic way of portraying my experience of having to translate from English to Spanish for the combined primary program we had on Sunday. Haha, it was actually pretty fun. Some of the children who got up to speak their part were unintelligible so we had to do our best to get something from it. "Umm, I think she said 'Jesus loves me'."

Our week was great overall. We have three people with a baptismal date for October and are hoping all goes well. Transfers are on Wednesday and I will be staying and my companion will most likely be leaving. We heard from the grapevine of who I will be getting as a companion but of course anything is possible. So I'll let you know next week.

No other huge news at this point. Yes, I love you still. No, don't turn and look at your neighbor, I'm talking to you. ;D
-Elder Vance

p.s. I heard Apple announced the new iPhone6. Not that it has anything to do with me right now, just checking .:3

White boy gets schooled

A Micronesian family shows Elder Vance how it's done

White boys can't jump or break open coconuts

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