Hello! I´m welcoming my sixth week here in the Colon Sector of Puerto Varas. This week my eyes have been opened to how beautiful my sector really is. All the other missionaries, when I tell them where my sector is, always tell how lucky I am and how beautiful my sector is. And this week, we went down to a neighborhood that we hadn´t knocked before and dang, near the water, with the volcanoes. It´s incredible. Sometimes it´s so cloudy and rainy that you can´t see the mountains on the other side of the lake and so it looks like the view from Shell Cottage on the coast. This week has been really great. I´ve decided that Elder Broadhead is doing his best to be a good trainer and I´ve just been kind of a brute because I´m a lil´stubborn. I´m working on being more humble, and forgiving and not jumping to the conclusion that people are automatically annoying. So all over, literally on every street, there are these little ´tiendas´ that sell everything from dulces to ceramic animals -- I could see how Nana owned a few of these stores. But we went in because the owner was an antigua investigadora and we wanted to talk to her. Anyway, while we were in there I bought Elder Broadhead some merengues because he had never had any. I loved them. They had all these different flavors and they were so cheap! haha. But Elder Broadhead, right when he put it in his mouth made a face like vomit. So I got to eat all the rest. This week we found Roberto. He believes in God and his wife is a menas activa and was baptized when she was 8. He didn´t want to pray our first visit to know if our message was true. But we visited him a second time and he said he´d pray! I was so happy. So he´s progessing. Then we found antiguos investigadores Eduardo and Macarena, whose 8 year old son was baptized but they couldn´t because they´re not married. They´re waiting for her divorce to be finalized with her previous husband and it takes 6 months, but the 6 months ends hopefully here in April. Things are picking up here, slowly but surely. I got my first Chilean haircut today. Aye. I can really see the weight now. Asi es la vida. I´m fat! I don´t think I told you, but a member in the ward owns a fruteria and he lets the missionaries come whenever they want and take whatever they want for free! It´s amazing. I eat so much fruit. More fruit than I´ve ever eaten in my life. And yesterday we went by to pick up our laundry (it was their family´s turn) and they gave us all this food I didn´t even know they had in the fruiteria - ramin, noodles, canned fruit and the most spectacular was a jar full of this jam stuff that taste like dulce de leche. I asked the little girl what to use it for, and she explained it to me, but I had no idea what she said. So I just put it on bread, and dipped a nutrigrain bar in it, and put it all over my sliced peras. SO good. Seriously, I´ve never loved eating so much. and sweets. I have quite the sweet tooth. Remember when I said not send me chocolate? You don´t? oh good. Because that´s all I want. Cho-co-late. I got bit by a dog this week! I was just standing there and BAM a dog came up on my right and bit my arm! I had to type this whole letter with just one finger on my left hand because my right arm is in a cast. haha. Era una broma. It didn´t even break the skin. I just had a lot of nasty slobber on my sleeve. But my companion says I´m an official missionary now, that they have this saying that you´re not official until you´ve been bitten. (he´s never been bitten...) and I sewed a rip in one of my shirts this week. I just kept looking at my work thinking - mom would be so proud. I lost one of my nametags, the clip on one, so I had to ask the zone leaders for a new one and I got it, only one problem - it´s for a certain Elder Porier...PoRIER. They spelled my name wrong. Bahaha. So lame. But now whenever I wear that one, no one has trouble pronouncing my name. It´s that "I" that throws everyone off.
Mom: Yes, it rains a ton! and this is summer. Elder Broadhead says in the winter it´s ALWAYS cloudy and or raining --- and on top of that, it´s freezing. He´s from Idaho and he says he gets cold, he wears bundled jackets, and scarfs, and bini´s. I think I might die. I´m glad you and dad had a great anniversary. The murder mystery train sounds fun. I think you took great photos! Send me the ones you like the best in tangible form. I miss you mom.
Dad: Good job on the anniversary! haha. So the countdown begins (or just continues) into the final month! What is the exact day? When is your last day, that´s going to be the longest day of your life. I´m attaching photos of the Fire Department here in my sector. Gotta love it.
Aleksi - "These are mah perlsonal wurds." - Confessions
Mitchell- I don´t know why but I thought of this quote this week, "I´m a chinese WOMAN!" Remember that. haha. random. Also, I agree. I´m don´t say any of those words, and it annoys me when westerns say ´show´ instead of ´movie´ But I have to add to your list. Don´t say ´holy schnikes´ or ´fantabulous´ or LOVE IT! in a stuffy nose sort of voice. Also, those quotes are hilarious. I love the District. "He is LITERALLY your father." The funny thing is, I say that in spanish. It doesn´t sound as weird. haha. Whenever something bad happens, I tell myself - remember Jackie. (from the district one) She´s incredible.
Cassie- you drove to Eva´s with the dogs?! Brave. Don´t you love going there. I love the Sniders. And do you remember the night I was packing and I was choosing the ties to bring? And you told me to bring this silver tie with blue and orange stripes? You probably don´t, but I do. Anways, I traded that tie yesterday for this amazing peach paisley tie with a member (Brian) in the ward. It´s so good. I´m sending a photo.
Eva: I love my cousins! Rett better be practicing his Bball skills if he honestly thinks he can beat me...please. Rita is the cutest of all the princesses. Emree, don´t chu ever grow up. Rye Rye, don´t smoke!
Elder Bray: That list was wrong. Orlando Florida Temple was rated a 10 out of 10. I don´t even think California was on the list. And did you get my email about Mckenzy, I got a dearelder from Elder Draper, from her. She´s calling it quits.
Also, do you think you could mail me our family history chart? I know, so random...and weird. But it´s something we´re focusing on as a mission. And some stories too. Like Nana, how did she end up in Chile. And how did she and Santiago meet? And maybe some stories from childhood. People love that you're from Chile, mom. I hope you´re serious about coming down to pick me up. Dad better brush up on his spanish. I´m excited but I don´t think about it too much because I JUST GOT HERE!
Mosiah 5:12 "Remember to retain the name written always in your heart."
I love you family,