Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Hope you're all doing well! Cath I am so jealous you are in Hawaii. Have lots of fun but remember to not die......you know what I mean! [Probably referring to Cath's sky diving adventure...] That will be so fun for you Mom to be in Ohio too! Tell everyone in Boise and Ohio hello from Hermana Hooke!
I'm at the west campus MTC which I like because 1) everyone here speaks (or is learning) Spanish, and 2) it's so pretty! It's in an apartment complex with a little river and stuff. I suppose my visa has come...there was a problem with getting my flight itinerary because they still have it in their system that I'm here for 6 weeks (thank heavens I'm not, I might go crazy) but they are fixing it so I will fly out the 8th or 9th.
My companion is Hermana Velazco, from Mexico City but now she lives in Idaho. She is going to the Iowa Des Moines Mission. She is really nice and funny and we get along well, and she is also very patient with my Spanish which is a plus! My district is really funny, we all get along well.
|Hermanas Hooke & Velazco|
Today is Preparation Day so we don't have classes. Which is a nice break from 9 hrs of class a day! We went to the temple this morning.
On Sunday we went to a devotional and guess who spoke? Bro and Sis Holzapfel, who were Jon's mish pres for a while when he was in Alabama! We also watched Elder David A. Bednar's talk called "Character of Christ," which was the most powerful talk ever written I'm pretty sure, and recommend that everyone watches it!
On a normal day, we get up at 6:30, get ready and eat breakfast, go to class for 3 hrs, eat lunch, do some sort of exercise, have 3 more hrs of class, go to dinner, have 3 more hrs of class, go home and pretty much just go to bed. It's pretty much like spiritual boot camp, and at first I was struggling with wanting to not sit in class doing personal study for 3 hrs at a time, for example....because I like to do fun things...but it's getting better now and I'm learning to make my personal study times more meaningful. I think a huge part of this life is using the Atonement of Jesus Christ to become a saint from a "natural man", and a mission is forcing me to progress faster by not letting me go to the beach, take naps, etc. But it's good. It's been a lot of ups and downs but I like it and I'm doing well.
At first I didn't think I could teach anyone anything but we have had I think 5 or 6 lessons already, and while I'm definitely not good at teaching anything in Spanish I'm improving I guess. I feel so bad for the missionaries who had to learn a language from scratch, because I thought I knew Spanish but I now I feel so inadequate at it, but that's just because I'm comparing myself to the native speakers around me which isn't good.
Thanks Mom and Tommy (I mean Bradley) for the letters!
Hmmm what else...I don't really know, there's not too many exciting things happening in Provo. I'll try to attach a few pictures if we can figure out how!
Love you all! All mail is welcome! :)
Pensamiento de la semana: vea Mateo 4:19 - la unica diferencia entre un pecador y un pescador es Jesucristo. [A play on words in Spanish--pecador is a sinner, and pescador is a fisherman...the only difference between a pecador and a pescador is Jesus Christ.]