Monday, March 15, 2010 5:05 PM
I hope it`s been a good week for all y'all. Things have been interesting here, but nice at the same time. I`m starting to get the hang of things around here, more or less. It`s way different than the MTC because there is so much more to worry about.
Dad: Thanks for your email, as always. The last part was really timely. :) There are definitely some differences in idealogies and whatnot, so I`m definitely trying to learn everything I can (what to do and what not to do). I decided to keep a list of things I want to do differently in case the time comes that I am a trainer.
Mom: We get mail on Tuesdays here at district meetings so everything that arrived this past week, I will get tomorrow. It`s only the 4 of us in the house. It`s interesting. I`m pretty sure this is pretty relevant to my blessing from Pres. Summers when he said "be flexible and adjust to different living situations." I don`t think I`ve ever been in somewhere so dirty and rundown. Anyways, it`s nice to have a place to live. I found an enormous spider in my luggage today, chillin like a villain. We had a little talk and then I threw him next door. Church was good. Of the four of us, 2 are new to the area, so the Branch President had us get up and briefly introduce ourselves and bear a short testimony during sacrament meeting. But the Branch is really nice...and pretty tiny too. But all is good. Actually, funny you should mention it, we moved our clocks back an hour on Saturday, so yes we should be three hours apart now (we were 5, Uruguay is one ahead of Argentina). Something like that. As I am writing it is 1:55 here, and I`ll be sending this within the next 20 minutes to be sure.
Ok, so other info time. The first week was good. I haven`t had any problems with all the walking (and it`s a load because our area is about half an hour away from our house and also it is the size of a small planet...lots of walking, so that is good. And in general, I`m adjusting to missionary life pretty well what with all the studying and lessons. We have a baptism scheduled for this Friday. I`m still trying to figure out the area (as far as directions and locations) and knowing who the members are.
So I`ve decided that they should let you go on your mission for a month and then let you go home so you can pack for your mission so that you know what you need to bring. Because seriously, I have a fair amount that I won`t be using for 2 years. For instance, I just put one of my suits in a bag and it`ll sit in my suitcase for 2 years. That way I`ll have a nice suit for when I get home because I really don`t need it here. I can get by with one. Also, the camelback is not being used. There`d be the issue of purifying all of that water before putting it in the bladder. So yeah, that`ll sit in my suitcase. But yeah, life is good. I`m glad that the President sent you an email and pics. He`s a nice guy.
Spanish is coming along well enough...especially for only one week. I`m probably just not being patient enough with myself. My companion says I speak really well, but I want to be fluent now...you know how it goes. Anyways, it`ll come with time.
Say hi to everyone for me. It`s time to go. Hope this next week goes well for all. Sauce.