September 24, 2014
So yeah the first weeks was probably one of the longest weeks of my entire life. Honestly. It was not that fun. I am really starting to get into the swing of things here though. I am really enjoying that we have time set apart in our schedule to just study the scriptures and Spanish, It really does make a difference if you just sit down and study. The language is really hard and I don´t feel like I know anything. But when I look back on what I knew before I came and what I know now, the difference is crazy.
We also watched a streaming of a devotional from Provo and it was M Russel Ballard. He said that he didn´t even write a talk. Instead he was just going to talk to us like he would if we were his grandson. It helped soooo much. He explained something I already knew but, something that sometimes you just need to hear it again. He said that you should just put your head down and plow through. But don´t forget to watch everything that is happening and write everything in your journal. I have been keeping a really good journal I don´t want to forget ANYTHING!!!
The food here definitely does not fall in the, "Oh boy I can hardly wait to eat" category. I have to admit that I am getting a little tired of the eggs. They never really have been a favorite of mine. There are eggs in everything we eat. Seriously - eggs every meal. The rice at lunch and dinner is really bland. On P-day we all bought a bunch of different sauces to put on the rice in order to try and pep everything up a little. But the rolls are really good - I probably eat 4 at every meal. They are the only things that haven´t gotten old. Chicken or beef are the regular meat selections. We had pizza last night and it was TO DIE FOR. It probably wasn´t really all that good but the rice and chicken made it taste like heaven.
I loved the Latinos that were here at the MTC (or CCM) when I first got here. But they all left along with the other elders in our room. I miss them quiet a lot actually. They were all way more mature than many of the guys in our district. And they were nicer too!! Anyhow, my district has 5 companionships in all. Not a sister in the mix. Four are just a little too obnoxious for my taste. I am really not a fan of what I will term locker room behavior. I just really believe that some thing are not all that funny.
E. Belliston(Detroit) and Harris(Atlanta) My 2 favorites!!
E. Allen and Freestone
E. Shoaf and Larkin (who is my other favorite)
E. Kline and Beaner
My teachers are Hermano Ruiz and Cesar.
I like Hermano Ruiz the most. He is much more understanding and talks a lot more slowly. He doesn´t know like, any English. But he has got Spanish down. He brought his family to meet us one day. His daughter is 1 and is sooooo cute!!!!
Hermano Ruiz is about 5 foot nothing and laughs at everything. So the other day we were stitting in class with him, he is seriously the best guy in Peru. We always tell him that he is going to be the president of Peru by the time we leave and he just shakes his head and gives a face palm!!! Anyway, we were talking about his mission and the subject of the Jehovah´s Witnesses came up. He told one of the funniest stories we have ever heard from him. He told us that he had a whole family with a set baptismal date. On the week that they were supposed to be baptized a member of Jehovah Witnesses talked to the mom. When he and his companion went to check on them the mom of the family wouldn't answer the door. For 3 days they tried to talk with this family. Finally he just looked us all right in the eyes and said "Freaking Jehovah Witnesses" and then just smiled at us. Oh my gosh it was so funny and unexpected, we were all rolling on the ground!!!
We went prozolyting( burchard that one) [Editors Note: Usually I correct his spelling as I am getting his blog ready but this one made me laugh too hard to take away from anyone who is reading this. I was totally giggling at both the word "proselyte" and "butchered,"] anyways, us newer elders were paired up with one of the elders that was going to be leaving soon and I got put with Elder Kelison. He was totally nice but didn´t seem to know anymore Spanish than me really. I felt bad for him. Anyhow, we were paired up with two members. We had one who was 13 and the other was 66. For whatever reason the younger one LOVED me. He always wanted to be talking with me and would push Elder Kelison up with the older guy so he could walk next to me and talk. He was sooo excited about missionary work and he showed me how excited I should be. He has a few hundred soles saved up for his mission and is sooo excited to go. I loved gaining that excitement through him.
I also placed my first Book of Mormon with a security guard on that evening. It was exciting to see that he was actually reading it when we passed him the second time. He was really impressed with the little Spanish I knew for only having been learning Spanish for 10 days. I don´t really even know what I was saying to him. It was really the Holy Ghost making me talk and making me say whatever I said. I´m so very grateful for that experience. It also helped to remind me why I am here!!!
Talk to you next week!!!!