This week was definitely the hardest so far. Elder Zamora and I struggled a lot while teaching and its definitely hard to teach to the investigators needs when you are still figuring out the language.
I can practically say anything I want in Spanish, but I still struggle. I'm at the point where I can respond, but I have to translate the words as I go along and conjugate the words right. Our teacher started a game with us called "Los Nativos" and the goal is to the speak as much Spanish as possible. You have to speak more Spanish than "the natives" and the teacher assigns the natives, but we don't know who it is. So it's one big game of who can say the most things in Spanish and I spoke Spanish all day yesterday.
One thing that I am SO grateful for is music. Not only the Hymns, but the ability I have to sing. It really has been a comforting tool this week. As Christmas comes up, I miss being able to hear the holiday songs, but this week I was able to hum and or sing a few holiday favorites and some disney songs (Tarzan). Music truly can invite the Spirit if you allow it to. I am so grateful for the gift I have to sing, it makes these long days of studying bearable.
Elder Zamora received some water and Nerf guns in a package from home, so guess what happened every night this week? We all end up having a nerf/water gun war before bed. We have to have some detox time every night otherwise we all go insane.
I cannot believe that I am a month into my mission already. It's going by so fast, but at the same time I want to leave and get to the DR so I can really start serving.
Another note, I do eat 3 meals a day, but I haven't gained any weight here. Which is awesome.
and what?? A BYU vs UTAH LAS VEGAS BOWL? You all will have to tell me what happens.
I was released as District Leader just because they want to give other Elders an opportunity to serve. It was honestly hard for me, because I am a natural leader and I am the oldest in my District and I like serving them.
All in all, I am doing well. I have learned so much and I am happy to be serving the Lord. I miss home sometimes, but I know that all of you are being blessed while I'm away and that the harder I work, the more lives I will bless, including my own. I love each of you so much! Thank you all for taking the time to send me emails and Dear Elders, I love reading them! Keep doing so! If any of you were planning on sending stuff for Christmas, do it earlier rather than later. Cause the mail place is already getting swamped. I don't need anything as of now, but I will tell you if I do.
Yo se que el Evangelio es verdad. Para siempre. Yo se que Jesucristo murio por nosotros. El nos ama mucho. Tengo un testimonio de la Expiacion y la fuerza la me da. Estoy orando por ustedes cada dia!
(some of my testimony in Spanish, and some words don't have accents cause well, I don't know how to do them) I LOVE ALL OF YOU! HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND I WILL TALK TO YOU!