Dear Padra Fadra.
It has been a weeeeeeeeeird last few days here in the mission field. There is so much to say and yet I know it will be hard to say it all. So let's start with the first day. My house, is on the second to top floor of the apartment and I stay with two other missionaries. Both are Hispanic, so there is no English in the house what so ever. It's very difficult at times to say what's on my mind because I don't know the words to say. butttt heyyyy, it's a blast.
So the night I got to my area... Jamundi is its name. I'm in Jamundi 2, but anyways, the night we went back, we got to an investigators house, and he spoke English so during the whole lesson he would only talk to me. I would keep trying to speak Spanish so my comp and my two other missionary brothers could understand. This investigator prayed out loud and said grand spirit hear me and then clapped a lot like a lot he then told me he had chastity problems and word of wisdom problems and dang, it was a harrrrd to freaken not tell him to be quiet or we would leave. I got to a point where I just gave him blank looks because of his rudeness and then he said, You have a problems with me? and I just keep saying no no I'm fine and after like 2 minutes of this he said, Come hug me let me forgive you... so I did and then he said, welcome to the mission Elder Pead. And everyone started laughing. He is a member of like, 20 years? These Colombians love their practical jokes. like dang. It was good, I started to cry because I was so confused. Apparently all the new missionaries get this treatment. so I don't even know.
I've been here about a week now and I've only taught 2 lessons to investigators. In this mission you get to meet all the families then teach, or that's what I guess my comp says. His Name is Elder Prieto and he's my dad for 6 weeks. After he leaves or if he leaves I get a "mom" for 6 more weeks of training. The thing is he has been only out for like, 4 months. So I'm kind of surprised he's is a senor comp already. It's not common I heard. He's nice and funny but I do have trouble with him getting from appointment to appointment on time. But hey, this first week he has had a lot to do. We had zone meetings already and a lot of stuff in Cali going on, so it's no surprise he's kind of late and stressed.
Yesterday I taught my first investigator, and he and his wife are golden I feel. I just need to speak Spanish...that's the other thing, Spanish is still kicking my butt. I have got to study more though, like a lot more. We haven't had a lot of time this week for studying because of meetings and what not, so I hope it changes soon.
I don't need anything at the moment, so I'm good. Just trying to get used to life here. If I do need something I will let you know trust me. It's been weird here, but I'm just trying to get used to things I suppose.
The interview with Pres went fine. I told him about mom and her family and he laughed a little and said not to worry, he'll make sure everything is fine. It was nice.(Dallin's mom has family in Venezuela and they have said that they WILL BE visiting Dallin some time during his mission.)
I'll just tell you dad I don't know how you did this, but I know it's possible and worth it. It's weird talking to missionaries who said they have been out for a year and 6 months or more, and that they would do this all over again, but I know that is because it's the right thing to do and bringing others to Christ is the most important thing to do.
Love you lots Dad, Tell mom I'll email her today as well, and also give
Jarrett a big hug for me and mom and everyone else... I miss you guys a
ton. I'll write to you next Monday around the same time. 4 to 5 or 4:30 to 5:30.
love you guys.
|Elder Pead and Elder Prieto|