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DJ and new Companion Elder Craynor

DJ and new Companion Elder Craynor

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Week 5

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Thursday, February 11, 2010 6:39 PM

Hello family,

Another week gone by. Things are going well here. There have been some major changes here since the last time we "chatted." Last Friday, our little companionship of 3 was broken up. One of the elders who came 3 weeks after us was moved up into our district because he knows a lot of Spanish and is way ahead of the rest of the elders in his (old) district. I´m now his companion. He´s a good guy, but I never expected to be a trainer 4 weeks into my mission. Anyways, it´s a good experience. He doesn´t know the lessons or the teaching skills at all, so it is very frustrating to try and teach with him. With the other companionship, we were really molding well together and we were getting better everyday at being more unified and teaching lessons. Now it´s back to the drawing board. So anyways, I have been trying to help him. I talked to my evening teacher about it (she´s so awesome, definitely the best teacher ever...I´ve never met a teacher who is quite so effective at teaching so much material well in such a short amount of time. We have so much fun with her too. Unfortunately she is leaving to go on vacation on Friday so we´ll have somebody new for the last 3 weeks.), anyways, I talked to her about it, and she is trying to help make things go smoother.

Um, other than that, there´s not a whole lot of new stuff going on. Oh, let me tell you about proselyting last week a bit. It was way weird because I was with my new companion. We were also in a new area, and it seemed like nobody was too keen on even saying hi to us. Not fun. We didn´t manage to talk to a lot of people, and it was kind of discouraging, but we did have one really good experience. It was about 3 in the afternoon and we hadn´t had a contact for about 3 hours or so. We had just been walking around and it was boring, but we ran into a couple of other elders and they had just had the crowning experience of their MTC time here. They had just finished an amazing contact. So we talked for a bit and told them how we had been having little success. They told us that we still had an hour and a half and that we would find somebody. So we parted ways. About a block down we said a little prayer and then not 2 blocks after that, we found this younger man just standing on the side of the road doing nothing in particular except eating a bowl of ice cream. We went up and talked to him, and he was really interested in our message. We talked for about 15 minutes or so and ended up giving him a Book of Mormon and a couple of pamphlets. It was so awesome the Spirit that we felt during that. Anyways, we´re pretty sure God just put him there because when we were done, he just left (as if he had absolutely no business there except to talk to us). So cool, and it made the day worth it. So yeah. To Dad: the weather was hot obviously, but there was some cloud cover that helped and it absolutely poured (like harder than I´ve ever seen) on Friday and Sunday so we were blessed.

Spanish is coming along fine. I feel really comfortable with teaching the gospel, it´s in normal conversation where I´m still lacking a bunch. It´ll come with time, I suppose.

Ok, about the MTC: all of the North Americans going to the two Uruguay missions come here. All of the Latino missionaries going to any 1 of 14 missions in Argentina, Uruguay, or Paraguay come here as well. The next group comes in next Thursday (including my friend from my ward last Fall)

Speaking of a new group, I´m really sad about the guys leaving this Tuesday. I´ve only known them for about 6 weeks, but I feel like we all grew up as brothers and they are all going to the West mission so I won´t see them for a long while. There is a possibility of being on the return home flight with them, but otherwise we´ll have to catch up afterwards. It´s really difficult to be sure.

On Sundays, there is English group and Spanish group. All of the 9 weekers meet together for meetings (in individual districts for Sunday school), and all of the 3 weekers meet together. We have completely different schedules so we just basically see them in the hallways and stuff.

Have a great week. Watch out for flying cows and random saucepans full of frisbees.

Love Always,

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