Monday, July 19, 2010

July 19, 2010

Querida Mamá,

Gracias por la carta! Siempre es una alegría para mi leer las noticias de la familia. Espero que estén aprovechando de las vacaciones porque siempre se van volando. Si pudiera, me gustaría tener una copia de la música que va a tocar este verano. Justo hoy día en la mañana estaba aprendiendo una canción de Paul McCartney! Se me olvidó el nombre de la canción...pero cuando vuelva de la misión papá y yo vamos a tener que tocar juntos.

1 year!

Alrighty, that should be enough Spanish for one day...can't take any more of that stuff...HA! Nah, I love spanish with all my heart. How are your language studies going? Sounds like with that crazy schedule you've got not too much is happening there, but you'll get around to it :) I will want to be talking a lot of spanish when I get back, so get ready - less than a year left to practice! Wow...that's we just won't talk about it haha. I didn't really do anything for my hump day...just worked a usual,haha. I did finish coloring in one side of my study journal, so THAT was pretty exciting. Lots of missionaries burn stuff...but I think I can still use all the stuff I have. And if I don't want something there are plenty of people that would like to use nothing got burnt :)

Ah, I see how it is. You get that ice thingamajig all fixed up AFTER I leave, eh? Haha, just kidding. Congrats, I'm sure it's great to have all that ice around - ICE MUNCHERS! ATTACK!

If you could have the Coveys write me a letter through snail-mail I would absolutely love to hear from them. I really do miss them a lot; last night, actually, before falling to sleep I was thinking back to the days when I used to be their home teacher with Brother Callister. When I get back I call dibs on being their home teachers again, haha. Well...for the two or three weeks that I'll be there, anyway...unless I decide to transfer to BYU. That still remains to be seen.

Well, there were some complications with the baptisms this last week (two words: female, month...I think that explains it sufficiently, haha), but it's ok because Jocelyn and Gerardo will just be getting baptized this Saturday with Fabiola, David, and Fernanda. I'll send those pictures to you all next week if I have time to do internet. The church is changing up some things in the mission work and all the leaders of the mission are going to Concepción Sunday evening for 4 days of capacitations - should be fun. They won't start teaching it in the MTC until May of next year, though, so that all the missions (in the world) can get accustomed to applying what we'll be learning. So I may or may not have internet time this coming Monday. Most likely...but P-Day just went out the window...waaaaaaa! Oh well, haha. Anyway, I wanted to tell you about a cool experience we had with Jocelyn this last week. We decided to watch the video of the Restoration one day. During the whole movie the Spirit was really strong, and afterwards we asked her how she felt about all the things that we've taught her and all that. She tried explaining for awhile what she felt and she couldn't really do it. She just said, ''I just feel a warmth inside that makes me want to cry when I see and hear these things.'' I wanted to just get down on my knees and thank God for having guided us to find Jocelyn and her brother Gerardo (who is determined to be a missionary). We shared some scriptures from Doctrine and Covenants 9 and talked about how those feelings she is having are the beginnings of a foundation of a testimony. Then we talked about what it says in Alma 32 about the seed of faith and she's very excited to continue learning more. I should say they, because Jocelyn and Gerardo are both really great. Fabiola and her kids are amazing as well - they love coming to church, and Fabiola is going to buy David a suit and a shirt (I'm going to give him a tie) at the start of next month so that he can pass the sacrament. When she said that she was going to do that I almost started crying...she's a single mom and doesn't really make a whole lot of money, but she wants her boy to be able to participate and is willing to make the necessary sacrifices to do so. I love these people with all my heart, mom, the Lord is working miracles here every day.

Well, I think that's about it for this week. I don't think I had any really funny stories this week...but if I think of some I will write about them. OH! So here's something pretty interesting: I think my Elder Long has finally arrived! Elder Tatasciore and I get along really well and everything like that, but he does some really wierd things that make me laugh haha.


1. The other day he just sat down in the main room of the apartment and started to sing a medley of himns (which means he just sat down with his himnal and started flipping through randomly). He's a tad bit tone def, so it made me laugh a little bit. I tried recording it but he caught me and asked me what I was doing so I didn't really get anything, haha.

2. When we introduce ourselves to people sometimes he says he's name with an italian accent (Táta-see-OH!-ray!) and makes some kind of super-hero pose's funny.

3. He has the sense of humor that he makes a joke, but it's in the same tone of voice as always, and you wouldn't know it was a joke unless you looked at his face and saw the smile, haha. That gives me some good laughs from time to time.

4. He does still struggle quite a bit with the language (he's been in Chile for about 7 or 8 months), but we're working really hard to improve our language skills so that shouldn't be too much of a problem.

We get along really well, he just made me think of some of the stories Justin told about Elder Long, haha.

Alrighty, that should be it. I'll get some of those pictures attached for you. Thank you for the letter, even though it was short. The important thing is that you write me because it's the only weekly form of communication I get from the family. I'll look forward to hearing from you next week! Love you!

Cascade near Cañete

Hatch, me, Frankson

Me, Frankson, Kemp

I believe...I can get wet

Woooo! Cascade!

Lunch on Sunday...mmmmmmm

Fernanda and David - mini missionaries


PS. Elder Kester is going home in about 4 weeks, I told him that he should go over to our house to meet you all - he lives in Springville. Maybe you should go to his homecoming? Then you could meet my dad here in the mission.

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