So, I took some notes so that I can better organize this email as opposed to the last one but I can't promise it will be anything special. After reading the one you sent (I understand why it was short, but you can't imagine how good it felt to have something waiting for me when I signed on) and clicking through to start I now have 26 minutes so let's settle in, shall we? First of all WOW! Meagan looks great! I teared up a little when I printed them off seeing her all dressed up and whatnot, she really looks amazing! I'm sad that I won't be able to be there for the wedding but I just keep thinking of the council that President Torres gave Nicole and I feel a little better.
The food is good still, no gas problems here (although I can't say the same for my district [District, zone :: ward, stake]). The Spanish is coming really well, I'm picking it up fast. The grammar is fine but I'm still struggling with the 'Mormon vocabulary' that we all take for granted in English. But it has only been one week so I’m sure it will come. In some ways this week has gone by really fast but in other ways it’s taken forever. In the moment it seems like forever but looking back I’m like ‘where did this week go?!’ It still feels like I just got here. But there is only 11 days to go until we head out to Guatemala so that’s a bit nerve wracking and exciting at the same time, I’m pretty pumped to go. I wanna just immerse myself in the language and that’s exactly what will happen there. We’re heading out either the 18th or the 19th, I’m not sure which, I’ve heard both but I think the 18th. To answer Mom’s long awaited question, Elder Orton is serving in the same mission as I am and therefore going to the CCM with me. I dunno if we’re going to be companions down there but I know we will for the whole time we’re here.
My district is AWESOME! We don’t have any hermanas so that leads us to be a bit immature sometimes but we make it work, we still get a lot done and have a good time, I’m definitely going to miss these guys. However, Elder Herman and I have plans to live together after the mission (he goes to BYUI as well). That’s an amazing thing about this place. We made these plans on Monday, 5 days into the mission. 5 days and I knew I could live with this guy, it’s really fantastic. We’re like family and being so close to them helps with missing everyone so much (although it is an alright kind of miss.) Speaking of missing people, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH TO THOSE WHO DEAR ELDER EVERYDAY!!!! You’d think that knowing everything that goes on in ppls lives would make you miss them more, but it resolves that wonderment of not knowing what people are doing. Like I said, I only have 11 more days en los estados unidos and I’m not sure how Dearelder works down there so PLEASE do the everyday thing while you can then switch to once a week when you are unable to do once a day. I love getting letters! We have competitions to see who gets the most and I’ve won every single day so far. Protect my perfect record! Keep me winning! KEEP WRITING! One thing I can guarantee is that if you write me you’ll get a letter back. I spent 3 hours this morning writing letters and I still have a handful to go! I love writing letters! It helps me feel connected to all of you guys back home! So please, keep me winning!
We taught Jesus again this week TWICE. Two days in a row. It’s spectacular how the spirit can save a lesson even if we don’t know what on earth we’re saying. I’m not saying that I’m spitting out words I don’t understand, I know what I’m saying, it’s just as if he was being taught by someone with a first grade vocabulary. Por ejemplo: ‘Si arrepentirnos de nuestros pecados, hablamos a Dios que lo siento’ en ingles: if we to repent of our sins, we say to God that I’m sorry. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense but the message gets across and you can tell that he feels the spirit. It’s amazing. I want to learn the vocabulary though to be able to say exactly the things that I want.
Also, I read so much here, in 3 days I read ‘Our Search For Happiness’ by M. Russel Ballard and EVERY SINGLE PERSON EVER MEMBER OR ESPECIALLY NONMEMBER SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!!!!! It’s pretty much the Gospel for dummies and it blew my mind. I read a 150 page book in 3 days using only scraps of time here or there, that should tell you how good it is. I don’t read. It’s such an amazing place here. I do get claustrophobic but I know that it’s necessary if I want to do as well as I can in the field. I go up and I go down. Moments are up or down but by the time I’m going to bed I always feel good, and that’s what counts.
So in summation. Everything is good, I’m happy, read ‘Our Search For Happiness’ and the gospel is true no matter what.
LOVE YOU ALL!!!! Thanks so much to everyone who has written me, and remember KEEP ME WINNING!!!!!