August 27, 2013

 Hey family!!
how{s Utah? sorry, i am still not use to the Spanish keyboard. everything is in weird places so it could accommodate things like this ñ¡¿ etc.
to start off, i love the mission so far! i know i technically haven’t done much yet, but it is really cool to think of myself as a missionary for la iglesia de jesucristo de los santos de los ultimos dias. it{s awesome! i have felt the spirit a ton and been doing really well.
the weather here is a little colder than i expected! it is lucky to break 70 and we never see the sun. it doesn’t rain a ton, but when it does, it POURS. we had a meeting on one side of campus and had to run to our apartment on the other side of campus. i have never seen it rain harder…. except for maybe in New Orleans with papi!! it was so crazy haha. we were soaked and i didn’t have my umbrella yet. luckily i had my suit coat on and so it was not as bad as it would have been other wise.
the first day was so exhausting. i have pictures i hope to add on to this message if i finish in time (we only have an hour to be on the computer) so i{m trying to be quick. we flew to phoenix with like 8 missionaries and then we got there where we tagged up with about 10 to 15 missionaries. walking in the SLC airport i felt like a celebrity because everyone knew who i was ! phoenix was different because it is weird to see a bunch of 18 and 19 year old guys and girls walking around dressed in the highest of class. oh well, whatever. i didn’t have any candy on the plane because i just didn’t want any. i sat next to 2 random non members on the flight to phoenix and sat next to elder toolson on the flight from phoenix to mexico city. he is a cool dude from San Diego. he has a good testimony and later became the president of his branch. his companion is elder tuolo and is tight too. my roommates bday was yesterday and elder tuolo gave him a hundred dollar bill. holy feces, it was crazy.
my first night in Mexico city was interesting. the hour long drive from the airport took place in heavy rain and had a crazy driver. like the one we had in Jamaica. the streets here suck and the drivers and traffic suck even worse. it was a nightmare, and i would never ever drive anywhere near this city. we got to the CCM (Mexican mtc, you can look up what it stands for) and we checked in and came straight into this room to tell you guys we had made it safely. they gave us our name tags and i felt like a little kid who had just received his super hero{s ACTUAL cape. i couldn’t put it on fast enough. so pumped to be a missionary! it was in a packet with a ton of papers, papers i can tell you i honestly barely read.  …..kinda. i actually didn’t read. haha. ==sorry for the bad punctuation. it is killing me. these keyboards are so misplaced. Mexico is not American.
my companion came in late and so i got to choose which bed in our apartment. of course, i chose the window. it overlooks a few soccer fields in the CCM and shows a little mountain with houses piled all over and it is where the sun rises. i like to look outside every time i wake up. at 630. i didn’t even wake up at 630 for school. what the heck? so i third wheeled it with a couple roommates in our apartment. there are 6 of us and 2 speak no English. my companion came in late, his name is Elder Winder. everyone here has one of two names…. elder or hermana. kind of a weird thnig to get use to but it is normal now. he is from hurricane Utah and knows Elder Davanter in our stake at home! so tell Elder Devanter that Logan Winder from Hurricane is my companion at the MTC and that he says hi. elder winder played four years of high school soccer and so he makes me look worse than i even am.
the fist couple of days were really long but as we get use to things, it is getting easier and easier. i am convinced we have the best district in the CCM and we have tons of fun. i will get into that in a sec.
the food is good here but is really repetitive. Tuesday night is pizza night, every other meal is either a barely any meat chicken leg with some weird sauce, pancakes or waffles with no syrup to put on them, only chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, and nutella, which is something i saw for the first time this morning! so no need to hold your breath, i am eating just fine. i had some fish today but it was weird. i have ton of bread and some cold spaghetti as well today.
classes are hard but not really. it gets hard to feel the spirit sometimes so i get kind of frustrated. trying to learn a language at the same time as trying to feel the spirit doesn’t work together very well. i have done my best but it is tough. i wanted to bring a notebook i wrote some stuff in to show off to you guys, but i forgot it in my apartment and elder winder didn’t want to go back to get it. he was really home sick the first few days and thought about going home. he was practically a mute and i didn’t see any personality out of him until Friday or Saturday. but we are really comfortable with each other now and are doing work in the field! we are awesome.
we have been teaching a fake investigator named carlos about the gospel. to give you an update on my Spanish, it is coming along quite nicely! i can say pretty much anything i want to in a prayer, and i am understanding more and more each day. dad, we don’t necessarily have a set speak your language day, you are just supposed to speak as much Spanish as you possibly can. so i am getting there. back to carlos. we have been teaching him and until yesterday, our lessons kind of sucked. we didn’t know what to say or how to say it or what he said to us. but we felt the spirit yesterday when we talked about the book of Mormon. we read the last 2 paragraphs of the introduction, helaman 5 12 and it brought in the spirit really well.
yesterday i also ready Joseph smith history. it is good! if you guys are every having a down day, read that. it brings the spirit every time.
my district is so funny. oh my best two years. (district goal to not use substitute words, but to replace it with best two years. does feces count as a substitute word) elder brown is from Philadelphia comp is elder iverson from Idaho. elder sims is from wyoming comp elder woodward went to cottonwood high school. elder baker is from Arizona and elder peck is from Lehi high school. hermana herrara is from Duchane, Utah and her comp is hermana sien from same city as elder baker. hermana murray is from Logan and her comp is hermana hunter from…. somewhere. i forgot. best two years!
but that is our district. elder brown has to take medication because it has add or something. he is so funny! hahaha i love my companion and missionaries in my district.
i know you guys are probably struggling with me being gone, but i havent been feeling too bad. i can see how it is harder on the family than on the missionary. it helps to try and keep focus on the work and the people of El Salvador.
i spoke in sacrament meeting on Sunday! i was the 2nd speaker. hahahah. we were told to write a 5 minute talk en El Spanish on la apostosia y el restaurado. (Apostasy and Restoration) we were given the assignment on Friday and everyone has to write a talk, only 6 people are called up to speak of the 70 or whatever in our zone or district or whatever. and i was the second person. haha. oh well. glad i was prepared! i can bear my testimony and stuff in Spanish too. the gift of tongues is real
this morning we went to the Mexico city temple! i saw the old movie. i think it is weird and that Adam needs a haircut. it was hard because i didn’t understand a ton and some parts were hard, obviously. cant talk about that a ton though.  Mexico city is a cool place though! i like where i am at and i love who i am with.

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