Monday, May 28, 2012
Transfers...and Saying Good-bye
Wow! Happy Memorial day! I´m glad it´s warm enough to be outside on the boat. Glad. Slash jealous. Today is one of my last days here in the windy, rainy, cold city of Puerto Varas. Yes, last. I´M GETTING TRANSFERRED! I´m going to Lago Ranco. Ranch Lake. and it´s campo, pure campo. The sector is really small. Our ward is a branch. and my companion is the banch president! Really small. I´m the first consijero?! That means interviews?! Tithing?! ahhh. Crazy. My companion is Elder Cayero from Bolivia. BOLIVIA! Spanish twenty four, seven. I´m pretty excited, but nervous at the same time. I was asked to speak in church on Sunday. It was cool. My last Sunday in my first ward, and I got to speak. I had to cut my talk like 15 minutes short because I was the last speaker and I didn´t want to go over. But that´s okay with me. I talked about humility. and I shared the story about mom and dad and the Honeycut´s and the Shreeve´s. When we first moved to Stuart, remember? Well I tried to tell that story, I got up there and shared a scripture about Ammon and how he went to preach the gospel to the "King Lamoni." I was looking at the congregation and Elder Arce is cracking up, and I´m all, "Oh crap...what did I say." ...King Lamoni, that´s English!" Tonto! Yohanna told me it was a 9 out of 10, and she´s brutally honest, so I´ll live. After I told Roberto and Yohanna it was my last Sunday, and then word spread like wildfire and everyone started crying. haha. I´m just kidding. But they were sad. or they were faking. I can´t believe it, I´m leaving! It´s a sad goodbye. I love this ward, I love the people. Mamita told me, "Why can´t it be Elder Arce!" haha, she was kidding. But then the Hermana Rafaela said, "No really, why can´t it be Elder Arce." haha. I thought it was funny. (that´s why I put the ´haha´). I leave on Wednesday. It´ll take me six hours to get there. Pooch. I haven´t even started packing! I´m glad to hear you are all enjoying your summer and memorial day. Beach. Sun. Boat. Sounds fantastic. Dad got a facebook?! You gave in. That´s okay, make sure you friend request me. haha. No but really, I hope you changed my photo. Gosh, how embarrassing.
I hate asking for things, but in the next package can you send me some ties I already have - that´s something I can give away easily and I already have a ton at home. Also, I gave mamita her gift - she loved it! She was really grateful. And I have a grey sweater, button up - can you send me that too. and maybe the brown pants that are in my closet. If it all fits. I´m sorry I´m so needy!
I love you family. Beware of the photos, I look like a chunk - but I promise it´s worse in the photos! The big city photos aren´t Puerto Varas, that´s Puerto Montt - we went today to try and get Elder Arce´s passaporte. No such luck.
I feel like I´ve worked as hard as I can here in Colon. I hope and pray that I left this sector better than I found it. It´ll be a sad goodbye to the families that have been with me since the beginning. I´ve grown a lot here.
Well, I´ve been told that my new sector is out in the boon-docks, so I might be going dark for a while. Naturally, I´ll still email, but handwritten letters might be more difficult. We´ll see.
I love you! Thank you forever for your support, the photos (Sisters - YOU are beautiful! and mom!) I love you guys. Mitchell, I bet we weight the same! Dad, I like the gotee. haha. Everyone looks so great. We have a great looking family. We really have been blessed (some more than others...Cassie..) But in other, more important, ways too - our home. the gospel. Our relationships. the dogs.
I love you family. Forever y jamas!
P.S. Life is but the next great adventure.