Sunday, October 26, 2014


The District
I am feeling pretty ready to go, just not too confident in my Spanish still, but I am better now.  I am definitely going, there weren't any problems with my visa or passport. I am the Travel Leader for our group of 10.  We leave here at around 3:40 AM, and our first plane to Fort Worth, TX is at 8:10 AM, so 9:10 for you guys.   We arrive in Dallas around 11:50(12:50) and then have a layover until 2:20(3:20)  depending on how fast we get through international customs.  

I am doing fine.  I am itching at this point to be gone from the MTC. I like it here, but I really just want to get down to Mexico and start learning and teaching.  

El Nativo winner
I did indeed win the Nativo, though it came down to an arm wrestling competition between myself and Elder Long. My entire district is going to the same mission, so my companion and everyone else leave with me. 

We haven't done too much this week either, mostly packing and planning. But yeah, we also had a talk by Elder Carlos Godoy of the 70 that was uplifting and really funny.  Alma 26:22, read the principles and blessings there for missionaries and also Moroni 8:1-3, though liken Moroni to yourself, and you will have an idea of what the lesson was.

Monday, October 20, 2014


This week was fun. We began teaching a new investigator, Brian Meza, on Monday and the lessons with him have been amazing. We taught him the restoration, the plan of salvation, and about prayer, faith, and the Holy Ghost so far. We also invited him to be baptized on Tuesday and he said yes! I also received a nice surprise on Sunday when I was called out by my Branch President before we started classes. He released me from my calling as the music coordinator and I am now the District Leader. I don't respectfully know exactly what I should be doing beyond keeping everyone on task and being an example, but hey, I was called and I accepted. Now, I still have to play the piano at meetings though, I am the only one left in our entire branch that is capable of sight-reading music so while I don't decide what music we play on Sunday, I still am the one who has to play it. Our classes with Brother Lund and Brother Clark are going fine. We are spending more time now on how to make our lessons better than on what lessons we teach or what order they go in.

 We also had our language evaluations on Wednesday morning, which was frankly a little easy in my opinion, but I also have to take into account that my companion and a few other elders don't have any language experience so esta bien. We have begun playing a game in our district we call El Nativo, which is just a contest to see who can use the most Spanish throughout the day. We then vote on who we think was the 'Nativo' and the winner with the most points by Sunday will receive a $10 card to DP Cheese-steaks, which is an awesome place that serves only one food, which I am sure cannot be guessed from its name. We otherwise spend our time preparing lessons, working on the language, or studying the scriptures/doctrine.

 I am doing well here. I enjoy the peace and the simplicity here. I do miss my computer and being able to play the piano whenever, but I am not having any real withdrawals from it so I assume that it was closer to my hobby than an addiction at this point. That is my story, I am sticking to it. I am also almost over having Bronchitis I think. Idk, I was coughing a lot and it definitely wasn't any cold/flu I have had before. It also doesn't help that I need to drink A LOT of water here because of how dry it is. I drink a bottle of water before I go to bed every night so my throat can stay moist and it never seems to work that way. But I am almost over it, a few coughs every now and then.

 I am starting to see now how important it is for members to be a part of the conversion process and any help we receive is appreciated. Also, take some vanilla ice-cream, mix in crushed graham crackers and chocolate chips and you have amazingness. just saying. Good luck to Bryce, I hope he does well in his competition. Also, thank you for the gifts and the letters, they mean a lot here. Though I will say that I have more food/drinks then I believe I can eat in the time I have left. Thank you to Lana and Lizzie for the Rootbeer and goodies. I was having such a craving for it. Will post again next week.





Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Me at the Consulate
Yep that was me under the directors armpit.  Hope you caught a glimpse of my forehead and maybe another of me singing. 

I received the letters and the packages.  Thank you for them, I liked them, as did my room/class mates.  I have had a good week here, it is very busy but I am enjoying the work.  I wake up in the morning at 6:30, get ready and go eat breakfast by 7:30.  I am in class by 7:45 and then we have an hour for Personal Study, an hour for companion study, and then 1.5 hours for language study.  I am definitely learning spanish.  Conjugates and tenses are so hard to remember, and now we are working on relatives and indirect + pronouns, which also makes very little intellectual sense. This is followed by lunch, then another 3 hours of class time.  We then eat dinner, then go back to class for more personal time.  The afternoon time is spent preparing to teach a lesson for an "investigator".  We aren't sure if he is a real investigator, but most of us are leaning towards no.  But it is still good practice for the doctrinal lessons and our Spanish, since that is all he will accept hearing us in. 

Train we take to go the Mexico Consulate
Train ride
Picture of the mountains from the train.

My first district!

This is my hint to send cookies.

View from my room

My fellow missionaries.

My study space.

Water thingy

Another water thingy

Not sure what they are but the architect in me liked it.

My MoTab debut.

My first companion Elder Greenwood.
I enjoyed listening to a talk by Brother Schwitzer and his wife this Tuesday night on their mission experiences and the importance of understanding and keeping the commandments in the scriptures and from General Authorities.  Conference of course was awesome.  The food here is good, but I have to be careful how much I eat since it is buffet style.  There is a restaurant right off campus that sells really good burgers as well as a Jamba Juice, but we only go there on our P-day (missionaries get one personal day a week for shopping, letter writing, laundry...).  The evergreens around here are starting to drop their pine cones and the mountains around the campus actually have snow on them now, not because it snowed, but because the clouds that pass by them are freezing on the mountain leaving behind ice/snow.

I have been enjoying my time here, the language is starting to come more readily and I like my companions.  The talks we have every Sunday and Tuesday are amazing.  We have had Apostles and General Authorities come in and talk to us.  It is incredible how much more powerful the talks are when they are prepared specifically with the missionaries and their work in mind.

I hope you guys are feeling well and that the season is still warm there.