Another rainy, cold week here in Lago Ranco. I can´t believe you´ll be in the Keys in a week! Take lots of photos. Cassie and Aleksi look so great in all the photos they sent me. Cassie, this is me writing back to you, I miss you - enjoy the summer - you look like a mermaid with your long hair - Yram and you look great. Tell me about Aleksi´s friend that´s a boy? He reminded you of Mitchell, haha. Mitchell, your last weeks letter was really great. Youre my best friend. I love you brother. Aleksi, you look so adult! I miss you guys. Mom, thanks for all the updates. The ward will be completely changed by the time I get back. I think it´s funny that dad talks about Mitchell as if he´s already back! haha. I can´t even imagine what everyone´s thinking. Stay strong Mitchell.
I had as many people in church as Mitchell had investigators! Our branch is more like a twig. We are in two very different missions. I love the members here, so humble. and so devoted. I directed the meeting this sunday for the first time and blessed the sacrament (also for the first time, in spanish) and Elder Cayoja told me I did a good job, "...and I never tell anyone they did a good job." haha. This week was better. I´ve decided I hate getting angry over little, stupid things. and instead of focusing of my frustration - I focus on solutions. and as far as Elder Cayoja goes, I don´t want him to look back on our companionship and think - wow, he was a jerk. I want him to look back and think, dang - he was obedient and he was a great companion. I still remember what my MTC teacher Hermana Bingham told me when I thought I had difficult companions, she said - "kill them with kindness." So I´ve focused on trying to do acts of service, smile when I´m frustrated, and pray. But things are working out. We have some investigators and hopefully can get them coming to church. The thing is everyone lives SO far away. We´ve calculated that we walk about 12 miles a day, YES. 12 miles?! Crazy. And to get people to go to church is a sacrifice in itself. But with the Lord, all things are possible.
I love you family and I´m so grateful for the lives you live and the hearts you´ve touched.
Dad, HAPPY FATHER´S DAY! I hope you know how much you mean to me. Recently, I´ve noticed that I see something dirty or broken and I won´t do anything about it. aka, lazy. But I started thinking this phrase in my head, "what would dad do?" and then I get up and I clean the mess or fix the broken. My companion has benefitted a lot from this new way of thinking. and so has everyone around me. We have a clean house and a very clean capilla. Dad, you´re my hero. Thank you for your example and for living the faith.
Mitchell, tengo algo de mucho importancia para decirte. Estaba pensando y, imaginete - depues de la mision, nosotros podemos sacar nuestro titulos de negocios - y empezar nuestro negocio de cocinando pies. De verdad, sería genial! Piensalo!
I love you family, have a good trip in the keys! Mitchell, one of the other branch presidents was telling us that when he was on his mission, he served with his brother - as his companion! he said he was his best companion! So jealous.
Mom, for my package - August 2nd is Elder Cayoja´s birthday - could you send it to him and put a letter or something in it for me. I´m pretty sure we´ll be together and I think he´d share...I hope he´d share. haha.
Love you family,
Elder Maxwell Poirier
P.S. "Harry...I think there´s someone standing over by the church..."