Get it? Fam-ily = Family, I love you. Because ily means I love you. Wow, it's been quite a week here. Just kidding. Nothing has happened. I'm here. Still here. The food is still good. I still look forward to crawling into bed. I still dread waking up in the morning. and I still have THE greatest companions ever. It's been another week of studying spanish and becoming frustrated, etc. etc. Just another week. We've completed three weeks here! whoo! and we've started week four! so I'm a third of the way done at the MTC, which excites me x10 but scares me x20. Teach real people? Leave America, the home of the brave? We'll see how I feel in 6 six. Six weeks?! Ok, I'll be ready. Well I don't know if I've formally introduced you all to my district, but I know them a little better now, so these introductions will be a little more accurate. Let's start with the Hermanas: Hermana Franc that's pronounced France, not Frank and Hermana Davenport as in Davenport. Hermana France is super friendly. She reminds me of High School Nathalie. Super quiet and shy but when you get to know her, she's really funny. story later She's going to Tampa, Florida yeahYEAH! and is from Utah. Hermana Davenport aka the mature older sister of the district. Always nicely telling us we're late - where we're suppossed to be - reminding us of appointments and all other things. She's nice. She's from Iowa and is going to Chile Osorno with me! Then there's Elder Bray from Southern California. He's really great. Interesting, knows why he's here, wants to be a good missionary, sings Tswift with me hahah. He's going to Nicaragua. His companion Elder Soelburg, is from Northern California and is going to Virginia. He's super simpatico and laughs a lot. For this week only - because the Advanced Spanish kids left - they have one other companion - Elder Barreteron- He's from Mexico - woke up at 3 a.m. to go to school in the US. He's incredibly humble and is helping us all with our spanish. He's going to Raliegh, NC- Krallis' look for him! haha. He leaves Monday though. And then we have my companions. I love my companions. We just have our moments. Elder Foster. From Salt Lake City going to Long Beach, California. He was in a band. Thinks Reagae is the best thing on earth. and Elder Draper. From Grantsville, UT going to Lancing, Michigan. Michael Scott from the Office. I'm not kidding. It blows my mind sometimes. He has to be the craziest one in our district. Crazy, in all it's definitions. Crazy nice. Crazy mean. Crazy sensitive. Crazy obnoxious. Crazy spiritual. Crazy intelligent. Crazy crazy. Ok I have a few stories to share to back me up. One: The Pepper Incident. We had just finished eating breakfast and were returning to our seat after taking our trays to the cleaners. Draper had left his cup there because he had one last sip of OJ that he wanted to gulp down before class. Wrong. After looking at his drink, he noticed it was covered in pepper. Instead of laughing at this small prank, he slams his cup on the table - storms out of the cafeteria and won't talk to anyone all morning. He's blaming me and the other Elders. "How dare you! You don't do that to people!" "That wasn't funny!" haha. Come to find out - Sweet, innocent Hermana Franc did it. And he flipped out. Story Two: Thankgiving. I might have mentioned this one before We were enjoying our Thanksgiving dinner luckily I ate fast and my tray was clear and Elder Draper Sneezed. A gag-worthy bloody sneeze. And guess who was sitting across from him. I wanted to puke. Blood spatter all over my tray - and my face. Angry, horrified, and 100x disgusted - I helped him clean it up. And then he was mad at ME for telling him he should've covered his mouth. "I can't tell when a sneeze is coming - gosh!" Puke. Story Three. Not about Draper (I told you guys this in a letter) but at one of our devotionals, on sunday and tuesday these girls played this song "If you could Hie to Kolob" on the piano and cello and it was ahhhmazing. So I wanted to tell them. I thought I was passing one of the girls, so I stopped her and told her how I felt. She was veela - beautiful and told me she wasn't the girl. AWKWARD. I was sooo embarrassed. Elder Foster told me "Don't worry about it, you'll probably never see her again." As my life would have it we see each other all the time now. but we smile and wave. haha.
Well that's it, that's my district! Adrienne asked me what was my favorite part at the MTC. and even though we don't always see eye to eye = they're my favorite part of being here. We laugh. We roll our eyes. We cry. We share stories. We learn the gospel. We prepare to become great missionaries. Everyday. Together.
Elder Draper showed me this quote: and I love it. I've heard it before but here:
"One of the greatest secrets to missionary work is work. If a missionary works, he will get the spirit, he will teach by the spirit, and if he teaches by the spirit, he will touch the hearts of the people and he will be happy. There will be no time for homesickness, no worrying about families. That's the secret - work, work, work."
I miss you family. But it's not the homesickness kind of missing. It's the 'I know why I'm here - and I can't wait to share the gospel with families so that they can experience the joy we experience and I love you' kind of missing.
I'm happy the house has become Christmas. That's my favorite version of our house. that and summer.
and now for answering questions:
Mom: Don't worry about the jacket thing. I have everything I need. I had a really awful but good experience this week. I was going around welcoming the new missionaries on our floor we get new ones every Wednesday and I met this guy from South America. He didn't have much, only speaks spanish and has to learn English. I can't explain what happened. all I know is that I'm grateful for everything I have. all my 'stuff' but mostly for you all. I'm going to be meeting the humblest people in Chile, people who don't have anything - and here I am - with everything and more. I was sickened. I don't want anything. Don't buy me anything. I'll trade ties and do what missionaries do - but I don't need anyting. I've been wearing my one jacket - with the zip out liner - I wear the warm version and leave the water proof one in my suitcase. I won't need it until the snow. It's only snowed twice. Not to the point where it lasts thank goodness - not ready for that yet I'm not sleeping in my sleeping bag, I'm waiting until I need it. aka Chile. or in the next few weeks. I'm bummed you can't figure out photoshop. Youtube it. I'm sure it's there.
Dad: We don't have companion transfers at the MTC. We do have all the responsibilities in our district and zone. Our zone leaders are leaving for their missions soon, and I'm worried because I have zero desire to be zone leader. Vomit. but it's always in the back of my mind. You'd have to go to meetings with our awfully grinch-like Branch President and all sorts of dreadful things.
Aleksi: I look for you every single day. Today we went to the temple and I keep looking around and waving at people hoping maybe you'd pop out. haha. I'm weird. I don't care. Did you get photoshop up? and what about my camera? And Nick...I need pics!
Cassie: grounded. Why am I not surprised. I have the Gilmore Girl's "la-la-elaaahhh - la-la- laaaaahhh, laahhhhuuuahhh" stuck in my head. But I like it, so I'm keeping it there. So you know the winter hat, mom bought me at Turrrget. Well. Everyone thinks it's funny. Draper gave me a look like "what the heck is that" when I put it one. bahaha. But I love it. And I wear it down, fyi. so you should be proud. "Those are strings pinocchio"
Mitchell: I love you. I can't believe in 10 months!? what!? time is flyying.
I lost my first two friends this week. Elder Viitanen and Elder Guzman. Both were in the advanced spanish and left after 3 weeks to Texas and Mexico.
D and C 31. Missionary Work. I love it.
Week three complete. Spanish coming along. Food still good. District is great. Learning tons. Being nice. Making friends.
I love you family,
Elder Maxwell Poirier.
|Foster on the far left, Draper next to me|