|My Trainer, Elder Broadhead|
Buenos Dias Familia,
It seems like you´re all doing really well. Minus dad and Cassie. Just kidding, but seriously...I write every Monday so if you ever want to send me an email, make me smile or something, the invitation is open. (Cassie...Dad´s usually pretty good)
Well, Elder Broadhead is applying to college so I´ve been sitting here writing some letters. If you´ve written me, you should be getting one soon. Also, mom, did you get the package that I left at the MTC for some Elders to send home? It just had a ton of letters? I accidently send my photos home, so you said you were sending a package to me today (whoohoo!) but can you send me some pics? Everyone asks to see you guys and I have nada, minus the Calendar - which I´ve showed to multiple people, thank you!
It´s been a pretty fast week. Time on the mission is weird. The days seem to drag on forrrever but then the week's done and I´m emailing you guys again. I´m glad your activity went well mom. Aleksi I´m super glad to hear that you´re getting the camera fixed! I was going to ask about how that was going, and I¨m SUPER jealous you´ll get to use it, but as Dumbledore said, "Use it well" --- so jealous. We had kind of sad week as far as people we teach goes. We haven´t taught too much. And remember Ricardo with the baptism date...well he dropped us. We´re not even sure what happened but he won´t answer our phone calls and we went by his house on Tueday and his Sister (he lives with his sister´s family), she ran inside and slammed the door. Rodrigo and Karina told us they have family coming over for the week and they´d contact us when we could come back. It´s hard sometimes to feel like you´re being useful. You have awful spanish, people aren´t too incredibly nice because of who you represent, and your companion wants things done a certain way. Dun. Dun. Dun. Everything´s fine with Elder Broadhead but "there´s a storm comin´ Harry" --- I try not to let the little things bother me, but man are there a TON of little things. One being, spit sloshing. Guh. Has anything ever irked me more. The worst is just that he wants things done his way. Just the way we present the lesson. Which, is easy for him because he knows spanish, it´s frustrating because he´ll go through the entire lesson and how he wants it done, and then will turn to me to vomit eveything he said, back to him, in the exact way? so. I´m keeping my cool, but my gosh I´ve never had to be so patient. And one other thing -- he never gets my jokes! How frustrating. It´s like mom when she says that people either think dad is stupid or really funny. No doubt, he thinks I´m stupid. Haha, whatever. I never thought my sense of humor was so rare until I met people from the West...and then my eyes were opened. OH YES! A story. This is what I like to call the "Bugs in my Salad" story. We´re eating at our Mamita´s house and we have a great hot meal, and then we eat the salad (we eat the salad, last before dessert) and we both scoup our plates, and start eating. And then Elder Broadhead tells me, "there´s bugs in the salad." I look. And yes, what seemed to be pepper scattered among the salad, was actually little dead bugs, tiny. I wasn´t bothered, so I continued eating. He, however, was not going to take another bite. Which was fine, whatever - don´t eat it. But then, he calls "Cynthia" over and points out that there´s bugs in the salad that she prepared. I was like, no. you. didn´t! So-rude. She just looked at him and said, "oh." and didn´t do anything. I was so embarrassed. So I grabbed another bowl of bug salad, you couldn´t even taste it. I told him, "more protein" and then I ate HIS bowl that he wouldn´t finish. And I´m proud to say, that I´m healthy and the bugs tasted fine. I lived through hair at Gator Dining, I can basically eat anything. So that was my story of the week.
Also, yesterday I was asked to speak in church. In spanish, naturally. The Bishop wanted me to talk about how my parents motivated me to go on a mission and how it´s helped me thus far. Which was great because I talked about both dad and mom´s conversion and how they knew the importance of missionary work and how it can change people´s lives, that they´ve stressed the importance to me and my siblings. Elder Broadhead actually shared something really cool with me, he said that Parents are the most important missionaries because they teach the gospel to their children. That kind of struck me, mom and dad, are incredible missionaries. And because of you and your testimonies, families all the way in Mexico and Chile are benifitting.
I love the members here. We have a reference from the bishop about a family (a mom and three kids), so that´s where I´ll be tonight. It´s a really important cita because the bishop´s going to teach with us and they really want to be happy and he told them the only way to get their lives on track and be happy is through the gospel.
I love you family. I´m doing well and I´m happy.
Aleksi - Yes, I can see those cameras! They look so cool! How much do they cost! Ahh, don´t tempt me!
Mom - That Valentines Day package was AMAZING. Everything I needed. THANK YOU. I love the protein bars and the Little Debbies, and all the candy, thank you!
Elder Bray - I´m so happy you´re doing so well. Our area is really hard, but I keep reminding myself "There are no pit areas, only pit missionaries" --- I´m not a pit missionary. Keep up the good work! OH YEAH! Elder Draper sent me a letter full of dearelders that I got when left the MTC and he accidently sent me one that was from Mckenzie. haha. It´s short but she just says she loves you and she´s so happy you´re finally going to Nicaragua and that she might have ment someone...and...it´s over!
haha, ok no. she didn´t. but she hopes you´re happy and safe! bahaha....
Mitchell! - 21?! Whatttt? Te amo hermano.
Mom - I bought the rouder at the Best Buy in Jensen beach? idk why they wouldn´t have record of it. and I love the photos of the dogs.
Eva - Remember when you said, "so what are you going to do while all the other missionaries are playing basketball...? Awkward" WELL, I will have you know, I WON a game of knock out today! Whoo! I´m a star! So when you come to chile and everyone´s staring at you, it´s probably because they saw me win, and they´ll want your autograph.
Dad and Cassie - Monday next week. Good luck at Lacrosse, and school, and the beach. Dad, one more month until retirement?! less?! what?!
Happy Valentine´s Day!
Photos are of the TWO Volcanoes and Elder Broadhead´s Birthday. I bought him and Italian Empanada and got a normal one for myself, SO GOOD!