Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Hold me familia! Thanks for your letters!! First thing i want to say is while I'm in the MTC i've heard its easier if everyone sends you letters through Dear Elder. Look it up, I don't know what it is but i guess they print the letters out and put them in our mailbox so i can read them the hour after you send them so I can spend my time on the email typing and not reading. I only have half an hour!! but it's all good... i'm in the laundry room right now washing clothes. There's like a billion washers and dryers. Literally. haha well where to start... The MTC is crazy!!! From the moment i got here its been non stop all day. These last couple days have been tons of orientations, classes, etc... Our schedule from now on is the same for the next eight weeks which will be nice. But ya mom its pretty much wake up Personal Study, breakfast, Companion study, language study, class, lunch, class, dinner, class, and then companion planning for half an hour till bed. Its been different everyday but that'll be the set schedule pretty much everyday. We also have a gym time for an hour everyday except pday and sunday which is nice. We played soccer two days and then basketball the other. Our district is SO awesome!! We've got a ton of cool elders. Its ten of us. My companion is elder Scott from Middleton, Idaho. He's a pretty cool guy, i mean elder. (they don't want us saying guys haha). He's also going to Hermosillo. Then there's Elder Mobley and Wanamaker going to Leon Mexico. Then Elder Ames(ya he's in our district haha) and Hoehn going to Monterrey east and west. Then Elder Merrill, Burton, Scrivner, and... shoot I blanked Elder Merrill's companion. I just woke up from a nap so I'm still super tired. haha but they're all going to peru in two weeks. We're super jealous of them because they get to go spend the rest of the time in the Lima MTC. We'll be down to only six which will be weird. I got set apart as district leader this week. Amongst all the crazy things happening they also had to make me district leader. I appreciate the opportunity though. One day with language and everything I started going crazy but then I said a prayer at dinner and felt a ton better. We pray a million times here. Its actually really cool. They've taught us how to say basic prayers in spanish and so we practice in spanish praying and bearing testimony all the time. They said we're at a fourth week level already. All the elders in our district are really smart and its cool to see us progress so quickly.
Ah.. what else. We've just been learning spanish and learning our purpose as a missionary. We finally know where everything is and where to go which is nice. I've seen so many people here!!! Tons of elders from BYU... I saw James Ricks two days ago walking and then yesterday on our Sunday temple walk i saw him up there and we talked for a bit and took a picture. Its so cool seeing all these elders here, its a very strong spirit. Today we got to go do a session at the temple which was really awesome. Sunday and Monday are the best! Super chill days where we don't have to worry about hardcore studying and just get to read, nap today, and get caught up on letters and goals and things like that.
It seems like we've been here forever already so I don't know if I'm missing anything. I saw John Porter too! That was cool. The fireside last night was really awesome and we always get to watch a movie after which is cool. Going to bed at 1030 and waking up at 630 isn't that bad until after lunch when we're in class and you start nodding. That's the worst time of the day haha. Monday is the only time we get to nap and we pretty much crashed today. You don't ever remember sleeping here. Ever. You fall asleep and all of a sudden you're awake and showering again. Everything just blurs together. Sometimes it doesn't even seem like real life.
Thats a bummer for jarom though. That'll be cool seeing him here though!! I'm excited for gabe and dan and robbie to come too. It's an amazing place here. I don't super love it but you do have very neat experiences. I wish I got to have garden food dad. haha the food here is already old. We have to train ourselves to eat just until we're not hungry anymore cuz its really easy to overeat. Um... what else? So ya check out the DearElder thing. Oh and for my package just lots of candy and snacks i guess. During class you need something to chew on or you'll fall asleep. They don't allow gum so just candy and things like would be nice. gracias. Other than that just the pedigree chart and I'm doing pretty well. I'm going to need to send back a shirt and some scriptures. They gave us spanish scriptures and one of my shirts is a size 18 if you could exchange it so look out for that.
Well I think thats all i have to say. I'm really happy to be here and be with an awesome district. I still need to get used to the schedule but once you get over how much time you spend in the tiny classroom you can focus more on the spirit and learning the language. If you have any suggestions to learning the language I'd appreciate it cuz sometimes it gets very overwhelming. Tell people to write cuz its the highlight of the day when you get mail. All I've got is my congratulations on being a district leader letter from the branch president but I was excited for that. haha well my timer is down to only one minute. Its good to hear from you guys. Talk to you next week. Adios

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