This week was awesome! The family we are teaching is making progress; one of the sons of Ivan really wants to get baptized now because he said he recieved an answer!
The food here is amazing. I eat breakfast at 7:30 am, and eat 2 mangos, a banana, and an apple with a bowl of cereal. I love the fruit here! Later, we eat lunch at around 2:30 pm and that’s always with a Sister (Hermana) in the Ward. For dinner I eat a piece of fruit or some nights our investigator, Ivan, invites us over for some tacos! They are so good. And for water we just have a garrafon (water jug) we drink out of, but I love this drink – orchata con fresa (strawberry) and canela (cinnamon). It is so good and remindes me of Christmas when I drink it.
My spanish is better. I can somewhat have a conversation with someone now. There are still a lot of words I don’t know, but I write them all down. I’ve been reading the Book of Mormon in Spanish and writing down every word I don’t know, and now I can almost understand everything. It is such a good feeling to be able to understand something in Spanish.
I have found the reason that the language and just being here have been hard, and it is because I have been kind of holding myself back because I don’t want to like it here more than home! That might sound weird, but I didn’t want to love the people here more than you guys, and Oaxaca more than Utah. I’ve been scared to like it here more than home, but now I know what I am doing is wrong, so I am trying to change that. It’s hard, but I am praying really hard to have that change; I know I can only do that with the Lord’s help.
I really need charity! I find when I have that love in my heart the mission is really fun, my mind is really clear, and I can speak the language a lot better. I am really learning to be patient. I thought I was somewhat patient before (yeah, I am probably spelling that wrong. My spelling has plumited ever since I started to learn Spanish), but living with a comp is tuff sometimes — especially when you can’t fully comunicate with him. When we are trying to work something out, it is really hard because I feel like I can’t fully express myself. Another thing I am learning is to just speak my mind — tell my comp if I don’t agree with something. That’s something that I have changed too. I love the mission though. I can see how it is the best two years of and for my life.
Love you all!