May 25, 2011
It's good hearing from all of you. Glad to hear courts got my letter. I love you all and I'm doing great. My visa must've went through since I already have my flight plans. Leaving June 1st , my flight leaves at 6 AM then goes to dallas then miami then I arrive in Lima at 9:20 pm. I think I get to call you at the airport which would be early, hopefully i can get you more info on that before its time. Thanks for all the stuff, the popcorn was way delicious. Don't send me any more treats haha I'm gunna explode with all the food. Mom I got my typhoid shot and immunizations are good. I have enough cash and there is an ATM here too. My missionary mall fanny pack thing still hasn't come so maybe you could check on that. A rain jacket may be nice to have, but i think I'll be fine without it. Dad thanks for your letters. Pres. Mortenson is awesome I love him. I'm excited for the change and crappy smells of peru. It made me happy to hear max was missing me. Give him a kiss for me. And ma so you know P day is just like any other day really haha. Hard work. Except we get to go to the temple which is awesome. But we have classes and this thing called TRC from 6 on too. Elder Armstrong and I are doing great, another Elder complemented us and wanted to know how we were proggressing so fast. Elder Armstrong is from Arizona, he comes from a big yours mine and ours family he being the ours. Its fun to play B-ball with him every day pretty much. Except yesterday he hurt his ankle which is no good. Whit thanks so much for your letter I loved hearin from you. That would be awesome to read your blessing, if you send a copy, do it before I leave to Peru in a week or it might get difficult. Loved hearing from courtney and Matt and everyone. Love you all.
This week was pretty amazing again. We learn so much and it's a lot of hard work. We have 3 "investigator's" and its really hard and good to find out what they need. One of them is one of my teacher acting as herself before she was converted to the church, which is way cool. Have courtney tell you bout miguel. He's interesting, he kicked us out one time, even after he said he'd be baptized. But He has a lot of faith. and Edwuardo is a quite man who lives with his girlfriend and works on a farm all day every day. We're teaching edwuardo and flor (my teacher) compeltely in spanish which is really good practice. Miguel speaks spanish but understands our english haha, he is progressing fast and said he'll "try" to keep the word of wisdom. There is a lot of surprise factor here at the MTC maybe they do that to keep it interesting haha. But for church, everyone in the branch prepares a talk in spanish, and then after the sacrament president mortenson randomly calls someone out of the audience, haha kinda scary but awesome. Haven't talked yet. Also we don't know who speaks at the devotionals or firesides until we are there. Yesterday we had the opportunity to hear from Elder Russel M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve. When he walked in we all stood up and I could feel the spirit. His spirit filled the room and I know he is a true apostle of God. He said we will be safer on our missions than we would be if we were at home going to school. Hope this gives you comfort ma :). His wife talked mostly on obedience, and a brother on sunday spoke on this too, saying we need to be exact, even sleeping from 10:30 to 6:30 a full 8 hours. Before this Elder armstrong and I would wake up 30 min. early to do push ups and sit ups and stuff but now we sleep till 6:30 haha. Obedience brings blessings, exact obedience brings miracles (sister nelson) My teacher hermana perzioni is really good at finding investigators. This thing called TRC is all members that act as investigators, except Hermana got permission to get a bunch of real investigators. So tonght me and elder armstrong are teaching a real investigator from peru who doesn't speak any english. Scary and exciting! It should be awesome though. The time is flying by so fast here it is crazy. Oh yeah I got to sing in choir for Elder Nelson too. I love to sing. We sang the song "this is the Christ" which is an amazing song that Pres. Faust wrote the lyrics to. One line that stuck out was something like" how many drops were shed because of me?" It focuses on the atonement and it's true. Christ Shed drops of blood for every single person, RIghteouss, wicked, short tall, everyone. It's important to remember this as we look at our fellow siblings. In my patriachal blessing it says I sang in the choirs in heaven and singing on earth brings feelings of my pre earth life. As I sang on sunday I truly felt this feeling. I love it so much. The gospel is really simple. In the mission we teach the simplicity of the gospel really, faith, repentence, baptism, holy ghost, and enduring to the end. We are mostly all at the enduring part. I Invite anyone who reads this if there is anything amiss in your life to just fix it with the help of Christ and continue to endure to the end. You will be so much more happy. We are all followers of Christ. I love you all so much and wish I could write more but I only have a minute left. Love you