These first three paragraphs are from July 8th:
Wow – this week has been crazy!!!!! Tuesday I found out I was going to another area six hours away so I had to pack that night and leave in the morning. I am more near the coast at a place called TEHUANTEPEC and my area is called COSIJOPI. So I arrived here on Wednesday and met my new companion. He is fromIidaho and this is his last transfer.
It is blazin’ hot here!!! I have to carry around a towel because I am constantly sweating. The first day I got here it was raining but I was still sweating. The people here are a lot more humble and they give you so much, but they are much poorer than the people in the city. I love the people here though.
Well last night my comp got a call and the zone leaders said he was going back to the city. So I am going to get another comp today – his name is Elder Sanchez and he is from Peru. Only spanish!!! So this past week I have been with three different companions. It’s going to be tough because this area is so big and I’ve only been here four days. There are a lot of little streets, so it’s hard to get around, but it will be fun. I know I can do it because the Lord has called me to do it.
And now this week’s update:
It is super humid here! I am constantly sweating, but right now I am in an air conditioned room so I feel awesome, but when I leave it’s like hitting a wall of wet heat! I´ve heard of people talk about intense humidity before, and now I finally know what it feels like. Here (below) is a pic of me inside a the church building taken right after church. We have fans blowing in there but I am still sweating. The other picture is of a soccer feild here. Every soccer field is just pure dirt – it’s crazy.
Well, I feel like I can somewhat speak my mind or at least get my point across of what I am trying to say in Spanish. I am really trying to work on my pronunciation right now; it’s tough trying to sound like a native. I am learning how to be really patient with myself. Sometimes I expect myself to be perfect and I set unrealistic goals, but I am trying to just calm it down. I get myself feeling like I am in some kind of race or rush to learn Spanish or to become a great teacher and that works against me. I am learning how to fix that. Other than that I am doing really well – I’m starting to like the heat and everything here.
Love you all!