Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Week 2 from the CCM -- "Intermedio"

Wow, I've been gone for 2 weeks now and it is crazy how the time has flown by! I miss all of you guys so much and it is so hard not to think about just going home and seeing all of you guys again.

My time here is just 6 weeks so I am a third of the way done here at the CCM (MTC for Spanish areas) and I am now considered an "intermedio" and not a "greenie" or "principante." So I am in the middle of the chain here. Lots has happened this week but again I only have an hour to write all of you guys so I apologize if I don't get to you. But I love all of you guys so much.

First Spanish is going fine as expected. Most of the grammar is still review but I am learning a lot of new vocabulary and lots of ways to teach the gospel lessons. Almost every day we have to teach these fake investigators to try and teach them the gospel, and it is really hard to do. Especially in Spanish. I'm getting some of the basic lessons on prayer and the Restoration down fairly well. Also this week, we got to go and proselyte in Lima--like actually going to do street contacts and teach less active members. So we load up on a bus and drive to a church building like an hour away and go with church members there to visit less active families. It was so awesome getting out there and teaching actual lessons that I prepared in Spanish and see people enjoy what I said. That was just so cool to experience.

Our district of ten guys is doing pretty well too. Some are a little troublesome but we all get along so well and just love to have a good time together. Also, the four roommates that my companion and I had left to their missions on Tuesday so we got some new roommates. The difference is, we got two Latino roommates who don't speak any English. So it has been hard communicating with them, but I have already picked up so much from all of them. It will be hard but they are only here for the next two weeks.

Another thing is that we have been able to see many devotionals through broadcast from the Provo MTC throughout this week. We heard from Elder Bednar and Elder Ballard just this week. Too bad they don't come to Peru to see us. Oh well. They shared some awesome thoughts with all the missionaries.

Days here have gotten so much faster and the time seems to speed up each day. Some days do get long with grammar classes all the time and studying all the time. But I know this is where I am supposed to be. Food is just about the same with all the chicken, rice, eggs, and rolls. Seems like that's all I eat which is true. But I buy snacks from the store to get a variety each week.

Finally I got to go to the temple again today and partake in another endowment session. I just love being able to go each week. It's such a blessing. Then after the temple we walk about 15 minutes to the store down the street (which is like a normal grocery store) and get snacks and drinks. We also stopped by a shop and got really cheap soccer jerseys. It's just so awesome knowing that I can get so much stuff for that cheap. Everything is pretty cheap.

Well, I'm hoping this next week is another awesome week here at the CCM. I love all of you guys so much and I just love getting your emails, so hard to respond to all of them but it is nice. I just want to let you guys know that I do know that what I am doing is right and that prayer has helped me so much here, and I appreciate all the prayers because I can definitely feel them. Talk to all you guys next week.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Week 1 from the MTC -- "Fosh"

Hey everyone! It has been a crazy first week and it has been a blast so far! Well my flight from Lima was fine and all my luggage was fine, nothing was wrong. Not too bad for my first flight ever! Migrations was so crazy too, when I went there to make sure all my visa info is all good. In a few weeks I'll go back to get my Peruvian ID card so I can stay in the country for longer than the 90 days.

Well the food here is not bad either but not as good as the Provo MTC. It mostly consists of rice, chicken, rolls, and eggs. Literally every meal is rice for lunch, eggs for breakfast, and chicken all the time. The weather here is really nice. Right now it is mostly cloudy with it being the end of winter but we have had a lot of sun and nice temperatures. Mostly around 70-75 degress. Not too bad.

My companion is Elder Larkin. He is from St. George and he is a pretty chill guy. Doesn't talk too much but he is a pretty good companion. Doesn't know Spanish very well but he is very good at understanding doctrine. My Spanish is coming along. Lots of new vocab and lessons to know but most of the grammar is review for me. My classes are mostly review but I have still learned a lot about gospel terms. Also, I got called to be the district leader. So I am in charge of all the members in my district--my class it is. So there are about 10 of us and they are so cool. Such nice guys to talk to and to hang out with.

I don't have much time because they only give us an hour to type to all our emails so it is rushed around here. Another weird thing is that I am called Fosh now--everyone around here calls me it for some reason. Its weird but i am doing well with the new name change I guess. So far it is a straight schedule of classes, waking up at 6:30 am, and meal times. So mostly it is classes all day, physical activity for an hour, and meals in between all that. So today (Wednesday) is my p-day for these next few weeks and it is nice with the break in the week. So you guys will receive emails Wednesdays for the next 5 weeks.

Today I got to go do an endowment session at the Lima Peru Temple and it was so cool, so beautiful. Also got to go shopping for some snacks and other things for the week in Lima after. It is crazy how these people drive! They are insane when they weave through lanes, so scary riding a bus to the temple! haha

Hope everyone is doing good back home. I love all of you guys and hope you don't miss me too much. I am just so excited to keep learning and teaching people while I am still here in Lima, but I can't wait to get to Cusco to teach people. Send prayers for my learning Spanish for sure, I'll need it. I wish you guys the best of luck at home. Oh and send pictures through email, it would be awesome to see how you guys are doing.

Love you guys!! Email ya next week!


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