Monday, March 26, 2012
I love you so much. Do you know that? I hope you know that. I don´t know why it takes so long for my emails to get to you? and I think mom´s right about it being too big for the computer Mitchell´s using which is why he hasn´t been getting my emails. I´m glad to hear everyone is doing well. And I´m especially glad to hear the Hunger Games was a success. Trying not to think about how long I´ll have to wait until I get to experience it, but it´ll all be worth it. This week was a little slower. But we started off really great. On Monday we had an amazing lesson with Roberto and Yoanna, they´re easily my favorite people here in Chile. We taught them the Plan of Salvation and they just get it. They´re so recpetive and want to know more and have such great questions. They´re the ideal investigators. They keep their commitments and are earnestly striving to know if it´s true. I don´t know if I told you how we met them. Elder Broadhead and I rode the bus to Mirador, a neighborhood at the end of our sector and we both noticed this guy sitting in the back of the bus, with long hair - just staring at us. When we got off the bus, the man had his arm hanging out the window and was still just staring at us. I remember staring back and possibly doing one of those "I know your staring at me" smiles. Then we went knocking doors. A few hours later we knocked this one door, talked to this lady, she said she was baptized when she was 6 or 7 into our church (but we knew she meant 8 because obviously we don´t baptize until the age of accountability! So we knew she hadn´t been to church in a long time) We asked if we could come in and talk to her, she hesitated but then said, "Alright but my husband really doesn´t really care too much for religion." Boom. Who´s her husband? The man from the bus. We sit. We talk. We teach. We set another appointment. and guess who´s really interested? The man from the bus. Roberto. Last monday we commited him to baptism on the 14th of April. And he and Yoanna came to church again yesterday! Two weeks in a row. I´m so happy. Yoanna keeps saying things to him (jokingly) "If Roberto loves me, he´ll be baptized" and "My mom always told me to marry a Mormon boy." But she still says it. It counts for something. We´re meeting with them again tonight. They´ve progressed so much. I sometimes think about where we started, to where we are now. And I can´t help but smile. The gospel is amazing.
So that was the highlight of my week. I´m glad Dad is officially retired. I hope he enjoys every second of it. Mom, I haven´t seen any cuchuflines but I´ll keep you posted. You´ve sent me socks?! That makes me so happy. I guess it´s official. Dobby will have been released. No longer the family house elf. I lost two of my watches this week. DUN DUN DUN. I know. I didn´t lose them. The Nixon got water logged (water got inside of it) and then it went blank. I was super depressed about that because it was my favorite. And then the Chinese black one...I was trying to rotate it on my wrist and then the plastic snapped. I tried to super glue it back together and it was a huge mess. So now I only wear my fancy fossil. Which makes me uncomfortable sometimes, because I only used to wear it on Sundays and to meetings. It´s pretty flashy. I´ve looked for cheap watches, but I can´t find any. Someone said there was an earthquake in Mexico? is that true? and one in Conception?
Mom is going to visit Aleksi in April! Jealous. Take lots of photos. Speaking of photos...you said you sent me some right? I hope so. Quizas you sent some from my utah trip with dad and Aleksi and general conference, and Tswift with Cassie, HP world with Kate, Alexa and Chris, BOO with Maritza, Cueca with mom, Temple with mom and dad and Eva and Joey, and Mitchell´s farewell slash roadtrip?
Well, things are good with the comp. This week he told me that he hates when people use the command form with him, he says there are nicer ways to ask for things that you need...and when I started talking in a Brittish accent he said, "Okay, you´re done." I laughed to myself. We do quote HP a lot and the Office. Who would´ve thought.
I broke out my sleeping bag this week. It´s fall in full force. Windy and cold.
I took the photos today. This is what I look like. March has been like this everyday. Clear and Blue.
A slang chilean thing is to say "Chao Pescao" which means "Bye Fish" --- I like it.
I´ve written everyone whose written me a letter - a response - I talked to the lady at the correo and she said it takes 15 to 20 days. So it´ll be a while, but It´ll come.
I love you family. I love you friends.
May the odds be EVER in your favor,
Monday, March 12, 2012
Another week, another thousand stories to tell. First, let´s address the huge elephant that just squeezed into the room. I´M FAT! Let´s just say it how it is. I´ve gained a ton a weight. Yes, I can see it too. Happy mom? Haha. It doesn´t bother me. I mean, whatever - I´m chunky - but I´m happy. and I´m thoroughly convinced fat people have more fun. And the food here is so good! What am I supposed to do?! I ate consuela for the second time yesterday - DELICIOUS. and it´s not like I don´t eat healthy. Yes, I eat tons of cookies and chocolate bars and peanut butter and jellies, but I´ve never eaten more fruit in my life. I told you before, that we get free fruit from the Cortez family in the fruteria so every week I eat tons. Every morning and night I´m eating fruit. My companion always reminds me of how much weight I´ve gained. But it´s all good. Food is good. Plus with all this weight I´ve been gaining everyone has stopped saying I look like Harry Potter and have started to tell me that I look like Justin Beiber! What´s not to LOVE about that. Yep, four different people and counting have told me I look like Beiber and then broke out into "Baby Baby Oh" The Spanish accent version is so much better. Well, now that we´ve discussed all fat, I mean all that - I´ll tell you about my week.
We lost Gabriel. He stopped returning our calls and when we stopped by his house, he didn´t answer. Roberto, Karina, and Rodrigo all didn´t attend church so all of their fetcha´s for the end of the month fell. Eduardo and Macarena attended church - they´re basically active. So we´re hoping to see them get married at the end of April and then get baptized at the begining of May. Also, she´s pregnant and is due at the beginning-middle of April. Lot´s of changes these next few months for their family. Good changes. This sunday was really cool. We had two members from the Quorum of the 70 AND our mission president and his wife attend and speak in sacrament meeting. Surprisingly I understood most of what they were saying during their talks. Gringos are more easy to understand. On saturday we had a zone conference where the same people and their wives talked to all the missionaries. It was really inspirational. Elder Richards and Elder Nash. Don´t ever slow down.
Also, I think it finally sunk in this week. I´m here, and I´m not leaving anytime soon. Deep breath. The last few weeks were kind of wishy washy, like "What the heck am I doing. Smile. Ah. I´m going to puke. Breathe. Ok, go." But this week, I feel like "Alright. Let´s do this." Which is an improvement. Plus I´ve been reciting HP quotes every day to help me cope. "You´ll stay with me?" "Until the end." "Always." Harry. James. Lilly. Thanks guys.
Funny stories: Elder Broadhead and I were talking down the street like normal, and I stepped on one of those circle drains, and it FELL IN! and I fell smack down on my face! hahaha! I was SO embarrassed. But I don´t think anyone saw...I HOPE nobody saw.
Elder Broadhead and I were talking to eachother in a spanish-english (HP) accent. Which is really hard, if you were wondering. And then I went to yell "Alo" at a gate and I did it in an English accent on accident. No one answered.
I got my first trophie! A trophie is when you teach the Palabra de Sabiduria (word of wisdom) and your investigators give you their beer or cigarettes because they want to live it. Roberto gave me his tiny bottle or rum! WHOO! and he and Yoanna committed to live it! I was so happy! They´ve progressed so much. We gave them a tour of the church building and they really enjoyed it. They have a little son, Tomas, who is the funniest kid ever. He doesn´t talk much but is so polite. Cute kid. Also, I don´t remember if I told you this, but with one of our lessons with Roberto and Yoanna, Elder Broadhead was explaining about Family home evening and how we start with a hymn (Idahoians...) and then offered for us to sing right there! Just me and him! I was like "wait...you´re serious...?" "Yeah..." "Uh...ok..." and we SANG! Right there and they just started at us and laughed at my faces. WHAT?!?! So that was suuuper awkward.
Well. I´m ok that Cassie put that sticker on my Jeep. I´m glad Parker´s healthy. Eva your kids are getting too big. Not fat big, like growing up big. Aleksi I miss you sister. "My name is Indigo Montollo, you killed my father - prepare to die." Mom, thanks for the inspirational quote. I remember you dancing and singing in the keys this week. Made me laugh. Dad, I can´t believe you´re so close to retirement! Wish I was there to celebrate. I might even have gone fishing with you....might.... Mitchell, you´re an incredible missionary and I wish we were companions. Don´t ever slow down.
I wish I could name every one I love and talk to you. I think that´s the hardest part of this work, at least for now, is being so far away from those you love. But you know who you are. And I hope all of you know how much I love you. Seriously, thank you so much for the letters and packages! Mom, I got a call from the zone leaders and they said that your package came - but that it had been opened at the airport, they might not have stolen anything but just send me a list of everything that was in there and I´ll let you know what I have.
I hope you all have a great day at work and school. and a great week! Spring Break is so close! Take in some sun for me. The weather here has cleared up. Apparently February is rainy and cold and March is sunny and warm. But today was pretty random. You never know here.
I love you family. I´ll be with you until the end.