hey! another great week here, im still a zone leader in training, and we are welcoming a new district in today:) so i guess i need to send more info about whats going on here... this is for you dad haha. my branch presidency is awesome, president stephens is an ex-surfer bum who went to canada on his mission under president monson. we are pretty sure he is in the cia also.... he has a way sweet rig for rock crawling and he has showed it to us a few times. brother hamilton is one of grandpa sumners old time friends. you can hear about him from grandpa:) i bet he has loads of stories. and brother hansen, well i dont know a ton about him, except that he still speaks very good spanish, and also is a general contractor.
our p-days are fairly simple. we still have study time in the morning and breakfast as usual, but at 10 we change and start p-day. we do laundry first off(everyone has a set time depending on your zone) and then we write, so thats what im doing now:) later we have time to write letters and eat a sack lunch and relax. around 230 is our temple time, we can either do endowments or initiatories. so if you want to send me names to do for the next two weeks can can do them and send them back. maybe both me and elder smith. after temple, we come back for dinner and then head back to class for the rest of the evening. the food is good, and the usually only repeat the good stuff, like chicken cordon bleu:) or biscuts in gravy for breakfast. i sleep really well actually, i think moving up the spare bedroom before leaving was a smart idea. i love my personal study time actually! there is so much to do in so little time. right now i am focusing on reading el libro de mormon and memorizing some parts. d&c 4, los articulos de fe, d&c 130 20-21, 2 ne. 25:26. shockingly, i actually love writing in my journal everynight now!! its wierd, but i am happy to do it. being zone leader has its ups and downs, especially around 930 en la noche because alot of elders think its a time to unwind, instead of wind down, and i need to be strict on that, and put the lord first instead of their friendship.
mom could you please send me the addresses for lys and manuel, brian tanner, and jared scoubes? and speaking of lys, why hasnt any one told me the gender of her baby!!!!!! and congrats on graduation lys! im so proud of you!
so i am a little shocked with how many friends i have seen here already, parker brown, clark bingham, tucker bush, jeff gassman, stephanie sorenson( she asked about lys and says hi), darrin stanley, michael misbach, toby rassmussen, alec swope, and probably more that i cant remember right now...
joseph way to go on prom song again!!! that s awesome. let me know how it went. did you take alyssa?
mostly the only packages have been from betsy, emily oneill, you all, and rees'. but they have all been so wonderful! thank you all for your concern and love and letters. it really does mean a lot to me.
mom i am sorry, but i wont be able to call home on mothers day.. since im still at the mtc, i cant call because they cant accomodate all the missionaries, but when im at the airport i will call. when i find out more about that, ill write and let you know. tara thank you for your letter the other day:) that was fun to hear about you and whats going on. congrats on the new futsal coach! i think i might have heard of him before and that he is really good! pay close attention to what he tells you, cause that will help you in all aspects in futsal, and also on the field. i played on the soccer field yesterday at gym for the first time, and man am i out of shape!!! haha. usually i play 4 square or kickball/softball with my zone and we ahve fun, but soccer was definately what i needed!!
its kinda wierd to thin that i have already been here for 7 weeks! but its kinda nice also to know that i am leaving in 2-4:) hey if you happen to hear from my friends, or text griffin, ask him where andrew lindsey is going on his mission. i hope everything is going well and i pray for you all everynight! please keep writing and keeping me in your prayers! it means a lot and i hope i am helping any of you by being out here! the mission is such a wonderful experience, but it is incredibly hard! but whom the lord calls, he prepares a way! he doesnt call us to fail, but rather to succeed! trust in him always no matter what situation, or how hard it gets!
i love you all so much!