I love you guys! just know that! i love my family! all of you! i love that we are all close! thank you so much for the examples and the fun times :) you rock!
This week was a lot! again! i may not do a very good job of writing it in my letters but its always just a lot! Life as a missionary is incredible! goodness! and im not even in the field yet! tomorrow is in field orientation... all day long. and then we get travel plans on saturday! hopefully leaving monday! its crazy that i havent even really started yet! im still in the MTC! but im feelin good! im happy! im ready (or as ready as i can be knowing that its going to be a huge shock as soon as i get there). Alright!
so! Friday night was Navidad... yes :) our District is nuts! but were awesome! we built a christmas tree out of dead palm fronds and tied it together with dental floss hahahaha... then we all got presents for someone and put them under the tree, decorated it with bits of paper and a pamphlet on the word of wisdom. just having a good time. left it up all day then at night we were gonna do navidad! (oh this all started because they always wanna sing christmas songs but we never let them, so when Elder Mangum was no longer DL they just did it hahaha. but it seems like they got their fix for the one day) We went around to all the districts like we do every night just to check up, talk about a few things, and see how they are. but it took soooooooo long! we have a DL who loves to tell us all about their lives and stuff so we just sat there. then we went to the new district that had come in on tuesday and talked to them for a bit, let them know not to leave until nine thirty and such, talked about any questions they have. then finally got back in for Navidad at like 9 15! they had drawn a fire and stockings and stuff on the white board.. just funny. so we sang like 6 christmas songs then started opening presents! (p.s. i got potato chips... i get made fun of so much for being the potato man but thats okay, as long as theyre enjoying themselves.) during this time we had this great idea to have a zone wide prayer and song! so we went and told everyone... but the new district had left! literally 10 minutes after we told them not to! ( and they continue to try and leave early! we have told them clearly at least four times but they tried to leave early again last night. they arent disobedient! theyre just struggling!) So we did it anyway and it was really cool. had a prayer, bonded a bit. felt happy :) yay
Then Saturday we taught both Kambel and Timoteo (both of our teachers aliases) Kambel is getting baptized this saturday and we have already taught him everything so we just had another lesson about faith and persevering to the end and such. he basically just lead it which was way good. then we taught timoteo in front of the whole class and the spirit was so much there... he is really struggling with the whoole idea of our church, but we basically commited him to baptism :) it was so good :) i love the spirit.
Sunday we had testimony meeting and learned that the new district is porbably gonna be really good! they had some good testimonies! then a live stream by D Todd Christofferson. it was treally great! not the empowering speeches that were used to, but just a thank you, keep moving, we believe in you, speech. I knew it was exactly perfect for what some of the members of the zone had been feeling :) its all interconnected! :) Then we watched that video of Christs coming to the nephites... it was really good! except now everyone just quotes corihor all the time hahahaha. he has some zingers. its funny. overall a good day.
Monday was happy! started subjunctive! a whole new tense! thats fun stuff! but im still working hard! loving the language!
Tuesdays are always fun cuz we get the newbies :) theyre so funny! some try and understand your spanish and some just say, dude! im not even gonna try! speak to me in english or go away! hahahahaha funny times :) our teacher also ran off to the beach with some of the other teachers so we had a sub and she was so cool! we have an awesome district! She asked us to come talk to her district to try and inspire them! we really do have it down though, we work hard, play hard, and love eachother a lot. happy times! then i got asked to give the talk in devotional, no pressure! but it was fine, we had a great talk by an area seventy about working with the members! weve been hearing lots about that! and we also got invited to do a teaching presentation in front of the newbies!
Wednesday we taught the newbies and did a great tjob, it was more of a how to begin teaching thing so we just asked her a lot of questions and tried to understand her and show her that we loved her and wanted to help her then we say "can we begin with a prayer" and thats their key to let us go. Spirit was definitely there! thats all we needed! thats all we can ever ask for! but when we got their it was supposed to be in english! it really was hard at first! we kept responding in spanish or starting in spanish then having to switch to english! its just natural now! muy bien, como esta, si. the little phrases like that that i hadnt said in english forever! but its good! after about a minute of teaching all my english came back haha :) we will see what its like after 2 years!
Loved the temple again today! always love p day! happiness! im ready to go!
Also this week another Elder came to us in tears and we were able to give him a blessing, it was so great, i love it when things just work out. he had a hard night, but after the blessing and some other help, he felt way better. hes doing great now. weve also been working really hard with one of the districts who have been struggling with being depressed about the work. Elder Mangum and I went in and taught them a lesson one night and it was just fantastic! felt the spirit! thats always what i look for! if we felt the spirit it was good! so they are doing WORLDS better now. its been a great week! spanish is still just coming along, im feeling happy with it, working hard! i just have to remeber never to compare myself to Elder Mangum cuz he picks it up faster than i thought was possible for any human ever! its nuts!
Love you guys! love this work! love life! everything is happy!
more pictures! these our our mexican friends that we grew to love! they left monday! lots of pictures and memories and such :)
and this is a picture of one of Elder Mangums stalkers! i got one with her too so it didnt look as bad. ;) makes me giggle! pictures with hermanas are super awkward!