Every time I look back to any moment in my childhood, I see the difficult things you had to do, the hard times you persevered through, the sacrifice; but it never affected my happiness or the love that you showed to me. I was so blessed to have an easy childhood. Being here "in the real world" (or at least the closest I've been to it) on my own and far away; I've seen other families, home situations, and the lack of a stable parental environment and it has been very hard to see honestly. It has made me think a lot recently about what does it meant to have two loving dedicated parents.
|Roberto & Alex|
Roberto was married to a member of the church, but about 10 years ago she died. After that, one of his children had Alex then stepped out of the picture leaving him with the grandpa Roberto. Recently, in the last two years, Roberto had a stroke leaving the left part of his body severely affected. And all this time caring for Alex (he reminds me alot of Will).
Now he's a lot better health-wise, can walk to a point, but it is still a struggle to do lots of the basic household tasks. Now he is listening to the lessons and wants to eventually be sealed to his wife (a faithful member while she was living) in the temple.
Roberto is a great man, but it was very obvious that he was in need of a lot of help. So the other Elders organized a service activity with the Elders Quorum to help him do some deep cleaning in his house. The activity was great. He was in need of a lot of help.
|This is a cool building in Montevideo--Ben did not know the name of the building but liked the way it looked|
|The Feria (fair) is where you can purchase many items. These are gourds that are for sale in the Feria|
|José Gervasio Artigas Arnal (June 19, 1764 – September 23, 1850) is a national hero of Uruguay, sometimes called "the father of Uruguayan nationhood"|
|This is the monument of Artigas|
|Ben by the monument of Artigas in the Plaza Independencia|
Here are some other pictures Ben sent this week to show us where he is living.
|This is a look down the street in his neighborhood|
|This is the view towards the ocean from Ben's apartment window|