Today was the most STRESSFUL Preparation day. Ever. Four days before I leave the MTC. We've been all over the place. We started today in the Temple, my last time going to the Temple for two years. Mom, you said you looked up my Chile address --- could you attatch it to this email because I forgot it once again....It's been a good week I suppose. Four more days. Just four more days! I've recieved so many packages and letters. Thank you. I'm especially grateful for the soap that I'm not allergic to and the flea bed pad. Also I had to pay $72 for my Hep A shot. Just thought you'd want to know. I'm healthy. But honestly I have suffered every sickness the MTC has to offer throughout my 9 weeks. GROSS. I've had nasty pink eye, soar throat, allergic reaction to soap, itchy dry skin, stuffy nose, nose bleeds, and the worst of all --- athlete's foot. Luckily I caught them all before they got too bad and I used my overly prepared first aid kit [thanks mom] and am healthy now, as my entire district is coughing and sneezing. Aye, stay healthy. Emma gave me a tie and she told me not to wear it until I leave for Chile and I'm proud to say I've been true to my promise, so that's the tie I'll wear on Monday at 4 in the morning! Whoop, whoop! It's been a challenging week with the companions, I'm trying soooo hard to love them but they make it sooo hard. Guh. But I'm almost there. Oh yeah! And I got this letter from one HP Pinterest fan, Serena, who wants to talk to you guys about buying some of the photoshops I made. haha. I know so random, but cool. So I wrote her your phone number so maybe she'll call. They're saved on my computer. Maybe you can go to Stuart Photo and get them printed. Stuartphoto.com or something.
I don't need anything before I leave. I'm pretty sure I have everything. It doesn't seem real? How is this possible? I feel like I'll never leave the MTC. I'm going to New York?! I'm going to Chile? I'm kind of worried about spanish and teaching people the gospel. It's overwhelming. How can I be doing this? I like to hum my favorite hymn when my thoughts go this way, "be still my soul" --- be still my soul, the Lord is on my side. It's true. The Lord is on my side. Crazy. Gosh. I love it family. I can't wait to meet people and share with them this great message. This is it! It's more real now than it's ever been. The church is true, the atonement is real, and Christ is our Savior.
I miss you! I love you.
Elder Maxwell Poirier.
P.s. I got my spanish scriptures engraved today, "Elder Poirier" --- so different. and send Chesney my love. I'm so happy she's doing better. Kiss bentley's little face and take McGraw for a good walk. Dad, it's happening! Mom, thanks for all the support. Aleksi, I love you, I can't believe you're so close! Mitchell, you're my example and the missionary I want to be. Cassie, I wish you were here to laugh with me at the crazy things that happen.
I love so so much!
Elder Maxwell Poirier
Los Lagos, Chile