Hola family and friends!!!
This week has been great, my first real full week as a missionary! Kind of haha…but really it’s been sweet! I am seeing miracles every single day with trying to learn this stupid language! I realized a few days ago that if Heavenly Father wanted me to be fluent tomorrow, I am living worthily and righteously enough that I’m making myself available for that blessing if it was part of his will. Obviously it’s not, but I take comfort in the fact that because I know I am worthy and righteous and asking, if it is his will he will bless me! And I have definitely seen those blessings, slowly but surely. So Thanksgiving in the MTC is…..pretty unspectacular haha. That was the day we had “migraciones” so we were gone from about 12:30-5:30. We watched most of the Elder Oaks Thanksgiving Devotional being streamed from the MTC, but we had to leave just as Elder Oaks started to speak. It was a bummer! Haha it was funny though, he dropped one line that had all the missionaries ooing and ahing. He read some long quote by George Washington about loving your country enough to make right decisions and ask God to bless it because he´s the one who gave it to you. Then he said “I wish our current…..national leaders…..would think the same way.” Hahaha it was pretty funny. But yeah we were bummed that we missed his talk! And then we missed the Turkey Bowl that all the American Elders and Hermanas had too because we were still gone. So that was dumb too! It’s all good though, you don’t need turkey and football to be thankful for stuff I guess. I wasn’t hardly homesick at all which was good! But I still missed everyone a ton. There’s a difference, I’ve learned that. Sorry this email is so crazy and helter skelter. I take notes every night about stuff I want to tell you guys about when I write in my journal, so everything kinda jumps around. We’ve started playing Ultimate Football every day for physical activity. That is my favorite part of the day by far! It’s so fun, just good old ultimate Frisbee with a football to run around and forget about Spanish for an hour. We watched 17 Miracles and Ephraim’s Rescue these past two Sunday’s. Every Sunday is a video of an apostle devotional from a few months ago and then a church movie. Those movies are so good! And I saw David Maynard in the Provo MTC choir from a Jeffrey R. Holland devotional in May, so that was fun. So let me tell you all about Hermano Gavancho, one of my teachers. Man that guy is so cool. I just love him to death. He wears the exact same outfit every day because I think it’s all he has. He has a wife and she’s pregnant so he’s about to be a dad. He is so fun and humble and loving, I love having class with him as our teacher! He told us a few nights ago that we’re the best district he’s had since he started working here 9 months ago and that we have a chance to be the best district ever in the CCM. But we have to work harder! We have to speak more Spanish! He’s so cool, haha a few of the Hermanas were crying when he was giving us that pep-talkish thing and I was ready to go run through a wall or something, I was so pumped. So needless to say we decided amongst ourselves to have an English fast the next day. English fasts are the worst, you can probably guess what they are. No English. All day. But we wanted to show him and Heavenly Father that we are willing to give all we have to learn this language! All the 6 week North Americans and Latin Americans left this past week, and we got new ones today. We’ll have to see if we have anything in common with any of them! There are only three new elders and one new Hermana, so no one knows how that’s going to work with her companion. Our district is randomly kind of good at singing. We have one sister, Hermana Rushton, who can sing Alto, and I can sing Tenor on a lot of songs, and the others all have decent voices, so it sounds good when we all are clicking. We sang “Cantan Santos Angeles” (Angels we have Heard on High) in sacrament meeting last week for a musical number and got quite a few compliments on it so that was cool! So there are so many birds chirping here. It’s really cool actually, it sounds like a Disney movie soundtrack or something. It doesn’t even sound really, all the chirps are so loud and perfect. So that’s random and neat haha. I’ll close with a quote from my beloved companion, Elder Chapman. It’s not really him, but he’s the one who read it to me. Something like “Don’t give up what you want most for what you want in the moment.” Don’t do it!!!!! Great advice, especially for missionaries. Really for anyone I guess. Also, they put up all the Christmas lights here and turned them on last night for the first time. It’s not temple square, but it’s not bad!! Christmas could be harder than thanksgiving, just because Thanksgiving isn’t even a real holiday here and they go all out for Christmas. But on the other hand, I haven’t felt homesick yet so why start now right?? I love you all so much! I don’t even know who’s reading this, but if you are, I love you lots and lots and lots.
|My living quarters. This is my closet, the other one is my bed.|
|The view as you walk into my room! Plus Elder Lish being a weirdy....|
|My district outside of the Lima Temple!|