Greetings from Tijuana,
This week has been freaking awesome! In reality it was okay. I’m always positive and it’s a great strength that I have and it’s great. So mom and dad and family, my ward here is awesome and it has about 100 or so members that attend and are active. It’s called the Terrazas Ward and we are in the Estaca de El Florido (El Florido Stake).
Last Sunday was an intoduction of myself and I was asked to give a talk on “How do I Receive Answers to Gospel Questions.” I talked about the Holy Ghost, personal revelation, and prayer. This past sunday was fast and testimony meeting. I didn’t go up because I didn’t really have a chance to because people rush up there to bear their testimonies and it’s wonderful! We should always openly share our testimonies as much as possible and as frequently as we can. I’m probably gonna follow Brother Rodrigues’ example and share mine every fast and testimony meeting and I challenge all of you to do the same. The members here are very loving and as a missionary everyone wants to shake your hand, even the primary kids as well. It’s awesome!
I still can’t figure out why the Lord has sent me here. I’m in this area for 6 months. I don’t know if i told you that yet. I hate the food here. Honestly it makes me sick and I’ve eaten beans for about every meal now and it sucks! I hate it, but I swallow my pride along with the beans and do what i have to do. I’ve been getting used to them and the food here as well. People give you so much freaking food I can barely eat it all while my companion eats like 3 plates full and it’s ridiculous. But I do get fed good. Also, I have a lot of walking I have to do.
My companion is great! He is learning more and more english everyday. We actually talk a lot about different things and we get along just fine. Also, here i told people that I know how to cook so they call me Master Chef. We are having this Christmas party on the 20th and I’m cooking the turkey. Mom, I need the recipe for the turkey that you make with the oranges and stuff in the inside, the temp, and how long you cook it.
The area here is great. I’m used to it now, but it’s really different and there are always dogs fighting and screaming. People light random fireworks and throw them in the middle of the street so theres always like gun shot sounds going off all the time and something here is always on fire. Monday and Tuesday it rained all day. I got soaked, my companion got soaked, but we did what we had to do and unfortunately we weren’t able to teach anyone those days. Either no one was home or they couldn’t do it at that time and we get that a lot so it sucks. I can teach the first lesson now all in Spanish and my Spanish is getting better and better. I still don’t understand anything, but that’s is getting better as well. Before i couldn’t understand a lick and now I can understand about .25 of a lick.
Yes Mom, I was able to watch the Christmas devotional- I’m sure it was great. It was translated in Spanish so I didn’t understand anything except the music. The Mo Tab was beautiful and they were great, but it sucked that day because I was pretty much sick and I could barely walk, but today I’m all better. The only thing I really miss besides all of you of course, is American food. I’m eventually gonna go to Chili’s because there is one by the temple. I really miss sports and country music too. That’s awesome that Tennessee is playing in Jacksonville! I really wish i could go to that. I hope tennessee will rip the heads off of Iowa. Also I miss Nascar! The other night I had a dream that Jeff Gordon came to our house, and in that same dream I met the prophet as well, so it’s like the 2 best people in the world! I wrote about in my journal.
This week I asked someone, one of our investigators, if she would be baptized and she accepted and it was wonderful. Now we just have to get her to come to church. It sucks becausae people want to get baptized and a lot of people need help in their lives but they don’t come to church!! Also in the ward it’s great to see that absolutly everyone pays their tithing. Even our recent converts are excited to pay their tithing and it’s a wonderful experience to see because these people have almost nothing and they are so happy and they always want to share their testimonies and they want to pay their tithing. It’s great! I feel the ward here is really strong. Also, mom I write in my journal everyday and I havent missed a day yet. It’s pretty much a habit now. My time here is about up so I have to go now. I love all of you and miss all of you.