I'll start out with a little bit of a bummer - looks like my card for my camera has got some kind of virus. I can see all the pictures in my camera, but when I put it into the computer nothing shows up. I have backed up all the pictures except for the ones I took this week. So I'll see if there's a way I can save the pictures from this week. If not, I'll just have to reformat it, and see if that works. Dumb Windows...this would never happen with a Mac! Haha.
Wasn't general conference amazing?? All the gringo elders went CRAZY when Elder Holland said that pornography and stuff like that can ''blow a crater in your mind''. That was AMAZING! Haha. I can't believe how much I underappreciated General Conference before the mission. Now I'm excited every time comes around. I don't know if I'll ever be able to show it to you, but Elder Grillone (our district leader that lives in the same house) and I woke up and recorded a conference-morning beat box slash rap. It's awesome - I'll see if I can record it onto a tape from his phone. Every session was just filled with the spirit - although some of the talks weren't as great as others and some of the words used were kind of funny (you can delete that line from the forward if you'd like haha), I thoroughly enjoyed the conference. I do miss talks from President Hinckley. When I get back from the mission and actually have time to do it, I'm going to go watch talks of his from years past.
Almost to the end of the school year, eh? Everyone here is just starting, and I'm so happy for that. Now nobody is on vacation - they're all in the house studying so we can find them very easily haha. But the people that want to share with us would have made time for us during the summer anyway. We've got two more baptisms this weekend - two great young women named Marta and Macarena. They went to 3 of the sessions of General Conference and absolutely loved it (especially the young women's session). We're also planning the baptism of their mom and one of their brothers for one of the following weekends after this one. That family is amazing, and a true example of how the Lord really prepares His children to recieve His gospel. Really the only question that Marta and Macarena have had during the weeks that we've been visiting them was why the sabbath day (día de reposo sounds cooler) is Sunday now instead of Saturday (they were Seventh Day Adventists, but that's easily resolved with a few scriptures from the Bible.
So Jasmine and Joel have got another baby on the way!! That's so cool! Yet another family member I will have to introduce into the world of Jazz. I've actually been thinking about changing my major...but not enough to really say anything concrete yet. But my love for Jazz and music in general will never leave. As of right now, though, I am planning on returning to USU for at least one year (to finish up my scholarships).
Tell Cami to be careful with those road trips - California isn't exactly the safest place in the world. Just so long as they don't get stupid and don't do anything dumb they should be all right. DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS! BAD!
We did a little bit of ''spring cleaning'' ourselves this morning. We're not anywhere near spring (just heading out of summer), but we did deep clean and reorganize our house this morning. Now it looks great and we'll enjoy ourselves a lot more the few hours of the day that we are actually in the house. Being organized really does bring a good feeling - I think I get that from you, mom. I actually really enjoy cleaning, organizing, and making everything tidy haha. Reminds me of all those years ago as a Deacon when you announced to the welcoming committee thingy that I even organized the socks in my drawer...thats right, still haven't forgotten that.
Didn't have any crazy funny stories this week, just the amazing spiritual refill that General Conference gave us all.
I'm having an amazing time down here in Chile - there is no doubt in my mind that the Lord really wanted me to come to this mission in this time. I've learned so many invaluable lessons that I'll carry with me for the rest of my life, and I continue to learn more every day. Each of my companions has taught me something and I'm more and more greatful for this experience the Lord has let me have as time goes on. I encourage everyone to do this - it doesn't matter what your circumstances are, if we put the Lord first he will bless us and add the rest of our needs on to what we already have. I love the Lord and serving Him - there is absolutely nothing I would rather be doing nor any other place I would rather be. I love you all and will look forward to hearing from you next week!
PS. I'll see what I can do about this memory card...hopefully I can save the pictures.
Ok, here's the only picture I could save from the card. I had to reformat it and I lost about 10 pictures. But that's ok I guess - better than losing all of them! Love you!
This picture is from a restaurant called Ñam Ñam that has huge burgers.