Thanks for all of the emails and updates on life back home...I enjoy hearing how everything is going. Congrats Tyler! You will love BYU...seriously. It is a blast and you will have the time of your life, and it is also the best place you can go to prepare yourself for a mission.
As for the hair...I´m still not sure. I´m getting a haircut later today so well see what I like after the haircut. But I bought a comb this week...I was hoping it came with instructions because I have NEVER used one (Mom knows that). I tried a couple different styles, including the straight part Elder Bednar-style and I felt like a complete geek....so it’s still a work in progress. I´ll have pictures next week probably.
Mail...I am getting mail...thank you everyone. How mail works is that it all goes to the office and once a week the secretaries in the office bring our mail here to our zone leaders....so I get mail once a week. I send letters with the same postage I would use in the States because the secretaries take our outgoing mail to the office and they put it all in a pouch which goes to Salt Lake once a week from here...and all that mail just gets sent from Salt Lake as if we all just sent them there. Also, I got a little sick this week...came down with a bit of a fever. It passed in about a day, but I went to find my first aid kit and realized I must have left it in Salt Lake (Sorry Dad)...
[Lisa: By the way, you can purchase a 1st class stamp for Mexico for $.79 for 1 ounce or less. I also tried a flat rate package through the USPS with nothing edible or made in China (or orange or furry or …ok, now I’m just being sarcastic). A little experiment. I’ll let you know how it turns out!]
Laundry. We drop it off with a Sister on Sunday nights. She has a washing machine so she washes it on Monday and we pick it up at night to hang dry it at our houses. The language is coming along. I can understand close to 100% at this point. Speaking is getting easier and more fluent as well. Still can’t say those dang R´s though. Believe it or not though there are also a number of Mexicans that can’t do it either...so I´ll be alright. Hopefully it will come eventually though cuz it does sound cool haha.
As for the numbers: Elder Decker (our zone leader) says my numbers will be a lot higher when I go to DF because you just teach and teach there...apparently more than we do here. We have ¨numbers of excellence¨ every week that we shoot for....1 baptism, 4 with baptismal date, 6 in the church, 10 news, 30 lessons and 140 contacts. They are tough to get...believe me. I haven’t even reached the contacts, lessons or in the church in a week yet.
So this week went pretty well. We had a baptism this week which was very exciting. His name is Brayan and he is 14 years old and he´s great. I can see him serving a mission in a number of years.
I´m reading in Mosiah now in the Book of Mormon in Spanish....hoping to finish it all the way in Spanish. I think it is helping me with the language as well. I also finished Preach My Gospel all the way through this week in Spanish...which I know helped me a bunch with the language and everything.
I am loving the work here...I really do love being a missionary. This is the last week of the change as well...so next Monday I will definitely be writing you with a new companion and who knows maybe even a new area...but well have to wait and see. I´ll know on Saturday and I´ll of course let you know on Monday.
Soo, that´s pretty much it for this email. I know that this church is true and I know that I am here on the Lord´s errand. This is His work and I know that if I put my trust in Him He will help me and He will give me success in this ¨great and marvelous work¨. Love you all and miss you...hope you have a great week.
And this is my joy (Alma 29:9)