Tuesday, February 9, 2010

February 8, 2010

Hola hola hola,

Wow, the weeks just fly by. It seems like yesterday I was sitting here writing you.

The organized snowball fight in DC sounds like a lot of fun! I think it would be fun to do that sometime. Is it still illegal to throw snowballs in school? I remember getting yelled at a few times for silly things like that, haha.
Glad to hear that things are moving forward with Justin and Mandi. I really hope she gets the job so that they can be closer to the family. Well, our side of it anyway. Will they be living in Clearfield? I don't remember if you already told me where they're looking at building.

Alexis said my name??? Awesome! I'm excited to get that tape so I can hear it :) When I show people her picture out here I call her my ''huasita''. Literally translated it's my little cowgirl-redneck, but it's a term used here to show affection. It's like saying my little shookums or something like that. I do have a few empty tapes that you sent with me, so don't worry about sending new tapes just yet. I'll let you know when I run out.

Glad to hear that Cami continues to make good choices with the guys. They'll get over being rejected, that's part of high school. Plus, they should all be preparing to go on missions anyway, so they don't need any sort of serious relationship. USU! Aggies all the way! Go Aggies, go Aggies, hey! hey! hey! USU is a great choice, I'll see her up there when I get back ;) But if she does end up staying at UVU that's cool too. But not as cool.

How's Kelton doing? Is he keeping up in school? Are you studying scriptures as a family? I would love to do that as a family when I get back (while I'm there, anyway). Let me know how the other members of the family are doing. I haven't heard anything about Ian or Dad in ages. Jasmine and Justin do write me from time to time.

Alrighty, things that have been going on here:

It's been a bit rainy for the past couple of weeks, so it's been a bit colder. From what I've heard it starts to cool down in March - so this summer fun is starting to end. I'm actually excited for summer to end because lots of people leave for vacations and don't really have set schedules so it makes missionary work a bit more challenging. We've got about 15 people that are sharing with Elder Tonumaipe'a and I right now. One man named Juan Jose has a baptism date for the 20th of this month - that depends on if he's determined enough to quit smoking. I'm confident that he is - we've been teaching him for a few weeks and he fulfills every comitment we leave him and really has a desire to know more. He is gradually quiting to smoke as well, so that's great. I'll write more about the others as they progress more.

I've decided I'm a cat person. Done and done, cat person. I loved dogs before the mission, but now I'm pretty sure I hate them. Hate is a strong word...I strongly dislike them. I'm empathetic to the mailmen now. And that's all I have to say about dogs...haha.

Central heating does not exist here unless you are REALLY rich. We have space heaters which are fueled by gas. Naturally we have to be very careful. President Swenson recently sent out a memo to all the missionaries through the Zone Leaders that as it starts to cool down and as we begin to use the heaters we have to be VERY careful and it is imperative that we not sleep with them turned on - not too long ago two missionaries in Romania died because the gas heater was left on. Don't worry about us, though, we'll be sure to be extremely careful.

Temuco is a really pretty city - see if you can find some pictures of it online. I'll also see if I can find a postcard or two to send to the family. Tell dad I have found a scarf for him that he's going to love. I'm also going to try to make a cd of the various videos I've taken with my camera to send up to all y'all (I too miss the snowed-in days in good ol' VA).

Well, that's about all for this week. Thank you for the letter! I love and miss you very much!


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