Hey Kai!!! ... It sounds like some of the elders around you have a lot to learn. Hopefully they will have the experiences and people in their lives to help them through it. Heavenly Father does a pretty good job of putting that learning experience together for us, but it’s not usually very pleasant, it seems. But He does give us some gems along the way.
Hey Mom, sure all the Elders have a lot to learn also me but we finally got working well together this week and I started praying for that and all, but now we are no longer companions.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who wants to know: what stupid thing did you do and what kind of sick were you? You probably didn’t want to say, but now you’re older and wiser (by a week or so) and might not mind sharing follies from your youth.
If Sierra really wants to know, I got sick by eating candy off the floor and if you remember Peru, it's no wonder I got sick.
Normal day:up at 6:30, study at 7, breakfast at 8, class at 8:45, lunch at 12:30, class at 1:40, Gym at 3, class at 4:30, dinner at 5:30, class at 6:30, planning at 9, bed at 10:30.
Do you get to play piano?
I have been looking at the weather app on my cool new phone. It looks rainy and chilly there (thunderstorms). Is it? What is the weather like? Does it affect you much, or are you inside anyway? Will you be able to buy the raincoat you actually need? By the way, on the app, Medellín looks about 20 degrees warmer than Bogotá generally, but still cloudy with thunderstorms.
Is there someplace to take a picture of you pointing to your mission on a map?
Yes, there's a place and people usually do that their last p-day.
Do you do your own laundry each P-day? If so, everyone regularly goes 10 days before getting to wash?
We don't do our own laundry. There's few of us enough that we have workers do our laundry twice a week.
Do they have a CCM choir? Are you in it?
What is your Sunday schedule?
Do they have lettuce and strawberries, or are missionaries not allowed to eat them?
Do you know anyone in the CCM that has gotten a package from the U.S.? Snail mail?
I know of one person that has gotten a real big package from his mom but that's the only one. People get letters, but they take forever and often get here after the person has left and if they're gone they only sometimes forward them. Often, I think they just send packages straight to the mission office.
Do you read scriptures in Spanish? What is your scripture study like?
If I sent a small package, is there anything you would particularly like to find in it?
If you sent a package, one thing I find myself lacking is a camera cord to plug into the computer. I just need a microUSB to USB cord. Not nanoUSB. That's all I can think of needing.
Hey we went on tour yesterday after going to the Temple. We went to some catholic church way up on a mountain and we took a cable car all the way up. There's a ton of cable cars in Medellin, says Hno Mendoza ... (If I haven't talked about my teachers I need to--tell me if I have or not)...
|Cable Cars in Medellin|
Thank you, Google images -- coolest public transport EVER!
The bottom of the Cable Car, starting the journey up the mountain.
Close to the top of the mountain, overlooking Bogota
In the Cable car, L to R: Anderson, Hicken, Hno Mendoza, Tolman, Nae'ole
By the Catholic Church L to R: Nae'ole, Lauritzen, Tolman, Hicken, Anderson, Mendoza
In the church
View of the mountains from the church
There was a path around the church with pictures of the Crucifixion
...and then we went to a Gold Museum of old indigenous civilizations' gold and Elder Nae'ole was talking about, like, "that's probably from a Lamanite...that's Nephite for sure."
Something cool made out of gold
I moved my room upstairs and now I no longer have the best showers in the building --I have the worst showers in the building. It's weird that now we are the big kids here receiving Latino companions because we have literally been here like two seconds and we have two weeks left. It's crazy. My companion, Elder Romeu, still hasn't arrived but he is from Argentina.
When we go to the Temple (20 minute drive) we pass a homeless camp and we always point out our homeless investigator. Did I mention that one time we taught someone through the fence?
Also a latino elder, Elder Gomez from Venezuela almost stabbed me during lunch - we don't get along and no one could get along with him; he's just super hard to work with and he doesn't compromise on anything and he is just the most mean and mainly annoying kid. But this was unprovoked, too, but he's gone so that's good.
One North American sister came late and she's real cute, but a latino elder, Elder Conde really fell and his intentions are to go to America to learn English and marry her after his mission and all the Elders knew and then I told Hermana Newbie. Actually, I want it to happen because it's fantastic. Hermana Newbie is pretty feminine and she would still wear the pants in the relationship. Hno Mendoza and Hna Rangel [both teachers] are both single and we aren't having much luck getting them on a date but they are spending more alone time together so that's good.