We watched Elder Hales’ funeral last week. And this was an interesting week. On Monday we had an amazing devotional given by President Bennet and his wife about the plan of Salvation and how sacred the temple ordinances are. They bore their testimonies and we all felt the Spirit really strong.
I got the pumpkin pie my parents sent on Tuesday and we had a party and ate it for breakfast yesterday.
Me and Elder Christopherson got to leave the compound (CCM) because he had to get a blood sample taken, he has had unusually high blood pressure ever since we got here. We got back and had an amazing devotional broadcast from the Provo MTC. Wednesday was going great until we went to the Infermaria just before dinner to get the results from the test. Elder Pugmire (the head doctor here) said that the tests were perfect and that the high blood pressure was not causing any problems with his organs but that because the blood pressure has not returned to normal even after taking medication once then twice daily he would likely have to return home until he could get the blood pressure problem under control. I have started fasting for him and I invite you to include him in your prayers. He is an amazing missionary with a powerful testimony and a great desire to serve. Your prayers are much appreciated.
Love you all and encourage you to choose to serve a mission if you are of age, it will bless your life tremendously.
I woke up this morning (like most mornings) to the beautiful sound of anti-cloud fireworks (an old Mexican superstition) and realized I had forgotten to mention it in my emails. The Mexican people have a superstition that aerial fireworks scare way clouds (especially when set off at extremely inconvenient hours) and so love to set off plenty when it begins to look cloudy or even when the sky is clear (just to be safe). So about every 2-3 hours they’ll set off several very large aerial fireworks and of course when it starts raining they set off several more before giving up. It’s actually quite enjoyable when it happens during class time as you can watch fireworks displays through the window almost daily. The scary thing is when you hear something that sounds very similar to fireworks but its a bit more sharp and you can’t see any fireworks. That’s only happened 4-5 times but one time we heard what was most certainly a shootout which lasted for several minutes, fortunately the CCM is surrounded by 10 foot walls topped with barbed wire and we’re on the Lords mission. Anyways, enough about fireworks and gunfights.
My Spanish is coming along really well and our practice lessons are improving immensely. About 150 new missionaries got here Tuesday and its strange to see them around. I feel so much older than them even though most of them are older than me, hearing their Spanish has really helped me to realize how far we have come since week 1. The gift of tongues is definitely real and at work here in the CCM. I’m getting along really well with my comp.
I also realized that I haven’t told you about my district much yet. Our President is Davis and his comp is Elder Martin, then there’s Elder Wilhelmsen (which is a really difficult name to pronounce if your native Spanish speaking) his comp is Elder Spencer who is a few years older than us but it’s really cool that he chose to come out here and serve despite that. We have two hermanas in our district Hermana Ballard (no she’s not related to the famous one) and Hermana Larsen (and of course me and my comp.).
For anybody who is considering going on a mission, I plead with you to do so. I’ve only been here for 3 weeks and have already grown and become closer to God than I imagined was possible. I have realized my complete dependence on Him for all that I am and can be. I know I’m young missionwise as I haven’t even left the MTC but from what I do know I can promise you that your mission will the most fun, difficult, wonderful, improving experience of your life.
Happy Late Birthday Ben!
I’m feeling great this week. I’m loving teaching the lessions and I could use prayers for patience with learning Spanish.
I eat healthy and take my vitamins every morning and most nights.
Spiritually I’m doing great. The Spirit is everywhere here. Physically I’m doing awesome. We have time to exercise everyday and sometimes I go running in the morning with elder Martin (my district leader’s comp.). Emotionally I’m excited but tired as well – it’s hard work every day but it’s fun. Mentally I’m good. I’m always exhausted mentally at the end of the day but sleep, exercise, and listening to the Continuous Atonement by Brad Wilcox is refreshing. We only get to go to the temple twice in the MTC and I’m not likely to go ever in the field which makes me all the more grateful for it.
We got to go to the temple last week and it was amazing! Here are some pics.
You can’t tell but that moth is about as big as Leo’s head
Love you guys so much!
Hey, sorry I didn’t email last Thursday, they said we could email every P-day which is Thursday but we didn’t get our first Thursday off.
I’m having an awesome time here and learning so much Spanish, I think I’ve learned more Spanish here in a week and a half than I did all school year.
The food is actually pretty good and there’s plenty of variety.
My comp. is awesome, his name is Elder Christopherson and he comes from California. He knows Spanish really well but has a speech impediment but I’m so proud of him for coming out here to teach anyways. Our district leader is Elder Davis, he’s great.
General conference was awesome, I especially like Dale G Renlund’s talk in which he made the rocket analogy about the priesthood.
I love you guys and miss you so much but I wouldn’t go home for a billion pesos, I know why I’m out here and am having some of the most fun I’ve ever had.
We get to go to the temple today and I’m super excited. thanks so much for the care packages and I cant wait to hear from and email you next week!