Monday, February 29, 2016

Week 1 - Hola Amigos!

hello everyone! le amo mucho! 

first off, i would like to apologize for all of the grammar errors and spanglish you are about to read. mexican keyboards are really hard to use and my mind is in spanish mode. lo siento.

anyways, wednesday was crazy. i was solo misionero for a while, but my companion eventually got in at one in the morning. she is from canada and i guess her flight was delayed for like forever.  her name is hermana shurtfliff. she has bright red curly hair and looks a lot like merida from brave! she's also going to san diego. i'm glad she got here though! there are two other girls in our room, and they are awesome! their names are hermana nichols and hermana mackenzie.  they are from south carolina and northern california. they are both going to nampa, idaho. i love them already. 
in my district there are two other companionships.  elder johnson, elder flloyd and elder mayer, and then elder stevens and elder stoecker. elder johnson is from arizona and he is also going to san diego. elder flloyd is going to jacksonville, florida. elder mayer is going to mexico city, west. and i actually went to high school with him! his first name is dylan. he's pretty cool. and then elder stevens and elder stocker are both going to nampa idaho as well. elder stoecker is from yorkshire england and he is seriously one of the funniest people i have ever met.  

okay, you guys arent going to believe this, but WE CANT LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE WE ARE HERE. i know, im totally starting to lose it. no music at all. triste. 

i taught my first lesson on friday, completely en espanol. it was really really hard. however, i am getting pretty good at praying in spanish and if i can pray for the spirit that is what is most important.  we have taught 3 lessons so far and he is comitted to baptism so thats great. 

but were super busy here. downtime is not a thing at all. pero es bien. 

my teacher is amazing. and he is just like one of my friends rob erwin. he is sassy, and he loves beyonce and has impeccable fashion sense. but he is one of the greatest teachers i have ever had honestly. 

im starting to really love gym time and its probably one of my favorite times of the day. (i know mom, shocking) but i really do love it! the elders try to show off which is kind of funny but we always laugh a lot. sometimes we actually lift weights and sometimes we just play ping pong or something. but its muy bien!! 

sunday was interesting. i was curling my hair, getting ready for the day, when all of a sudden THE POWER WENT OUT. so i had to go throughout the day with only half of my head curled. it was terrible.  all of the elders were being so nice and telling me it wasnt that bad but i know it was bad. pero relief society was so awesome. it was in ingles so i could understand it too haha. then district meeting was great elder flloyd taught because he is our district leader. my distrito seriously bonds so well. we defintiely knew each other in the pre existence. then in sacrament meeting, how the speakers work is everyone prepares a talk on a certain subject.  then they just announce who is going to speak right over the pulpit. its terrifying. i didnt have to speak, but i will soon im sure. then sunday night was movie night!!!! ole!!! we watched the resoration which was super spritual. i love that show.
tuesday was especially awesome because elder oaks came and spoke to us! he gave a wonderful talk. it was cool to see him in a situation where he could be more himself . he was really funny. 
today we got to go to the temple! it was great, but it was all in spanish and we forgot to get headphones so i had to really focus and try to understand what was being said. muy deficil. pero i still felt the spirit a ton! i am really enjoying myself here though. some days its hard to sit and study all day, but i know its for the good of the people i am about to teach! i feel like ive already changed so much. im grateful that i get to learn more about myself and this gospel and then go use that knowledge to go teach personas! 
mucho amo,

PS i forgot to bring my camera to the computer lab so no pictures this week. ill remember next week. sorry mom!
Hermana Fowlks
Mom added these pictures 3 weeks later when McKell finally sent them!
 Elder Oaks speaking to us at the CCM
Shaking hands with Elder Oaks!

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