Monday, August 4, 2014
August 4, 2014
It is kind of weird not really talking to any girls. Although, I pretty much expected that. My companion and I were exploring the CCM and accidentally went up to the girls area. For the two seconds we were there we noticed 1- carpet 2- better lighting 3- better smells 4- couches 5- better wall paint. The ambiance wasn't nasty man smell mixed with hospital lights hahah.
Grandma and grandpa Miles have been really good about writing me so far. 2 for 2. My p day switches around as other missionaries come and go. Today is not even my pday but they gave us time to write so that we can go to the market tomorrow with out delay. My P day is Tuesday this week and next week but I don't know how exact that will be.
So I have already found some super awesome scripture cases. I got some that actually fit my spanish bom and biblia perfectly. They are the classic textile that you would expect haha. I also have some hand made hand burned leather ones coming here within the next week. on the fron there is a picture of jesus and on the back a hand burned picture of joseph smith. Costed my about 20 usd for both of them so no worries.
So I have been dying to get out of this place and see the world:) We are going to the market and a tourist trap map thing in the city. I dont know what the map thing will be like but I have heard that the market is just absolutely insane. There is supposed to be knick-knac stands as far as the eyes can see. I will be looking for a shirt that I very much need. It will most likely be just a soccer jersey. I will also be looking for a few tie clips. Sorry Jenna, but cant send packages from here. I will have to wait until I get out to send something cool from xela for your birthday.
The 5 "weeker" kids in my room are now 6 "weekers" and they get to leave... Im so jealous. This place definately has its purpose but it is kinda boring. Working hard everyday without being able to share what I learn feels kinda empty but I know I'll be able to share it soon.
There is an Elder Johnson and an Elder Macfarlan in my room. The second one lives in our stake and I think that I have seen him before.
Today for breakfast I had platinos a bean burrito thing and some eggs. I mango drink to top it all off.
I haven't been feeling sick at all but my stomach is definately having to adjust haha. I just eat all the food they give me and hope for the best.
I have heard that when I get to Xela (Quetzaltenango) they will give me 4 things. A machete, slingshot, water filter, and the bomb. A machete for brush and snakes. The slingshot for dogs. The bomb is a pill I will get to take when I start feeling the tape worms crawling around inside me. I guess there isn't really a way to stop the parasites from getting into your body... Oh well, I will still have a good time.
The weather here right now is about 75 some overcast. Perfect humidity. It is sooo nice out here it would be worth it to come out just to feel that. The plants are all lush green here and there are birds of paradise in some of the pots in the building.
The driviers here are crazy and the traffic is always pretty bad just outside of the CCM. There is also a bar/dance club thing right outside so every once in a while the music gets pretty loud. I heard a guy singing on a stage from a different builing close by. He was singing nothing other that the Beatles:) It was pretty funny hearing him struggle with the pronouciation of the word "Help". There is absolutely no music aloud here in the CCM. No ipods or anything. Just singing hymns every now and again. Sometimes I try to get songs from my paspt life stuck in my head but with all of the spanish practice I just end up trying to translate it haha. I have really tried to work sooo hard. Yesterday, I was just puching through reading the spanish Book of Mormon out loud and I just fell asleep. It was so weird. I didnt ever realize my head was down until I woke up because it was time to go back to meetings after my 30 minute nap... Happens to everyone at some point or another I suppose.
I get to go to the temple every week and it is always a really great experience. I've seen all of the new things now. The last one that I saw was definately the best. I hear from one of the xela kids that the temple there is bigger and even nicer than this one in the city. I'm pretty stoked.
I guess this is it for this week. God lives. Amen
Love, Elder Joshua Miles
July 30th, 2014
It is good to hear that you guys are coping! There isn't time to feel sad here. All I can do is pray for myself and my familia. Some words are already starting to just come into my head in spanish before english. My stomach has been fine so far. I've taken some medicine a few times but it was mostly for the headaches here:)
I went to the temple today!! It was super great. It is pretty small but it has the exact same spirit and answers my questions just as always. Did Grandpa Gilbert Anderson go the the temple and endowed?
I'm having a good time with my companion and the other roommates. We all joke around and tell stories at night and stuff. My companion and I work hard together every day and he is super nice. He is a good first companero.
The humidity here is kinda rough at night. The room gets kind of potent with eight guys working out and eating food that we are not used to, haha. I did get to eat a hamburger here the other day though! It was soooo good. I haven't even been out here long but every day feels like ten when all you do is study.
So every day we have to teach a fake investigator in spanish and that is pretty hard to do sometimes. Im trying to learn spanish as fast as I can and I just go through preach my gospel every day for as long as I can and write down every scripture in it. There is basically no time to learn anything here other than what is being said in class. It is hard but I guess it is the Lord's school. In my first investigation my companero and I just kinda jumped back on the english train in order to teach by the spirit. There is definately some extra power for the missionaries who work hard. My moto these days is diligencia, diligencia, diligencia. It really helps me to stay focussed and push into the work and find answers for those who I get to teach. The more lessons I teach the more that I try to teach them in spanish. It just gets harder and harder but I feel like I'm learning really fast. Dad, almost all of the 12 kids in my district have written down the 55 essential verbs from the 501 verbs book. It is super awesome.
Jonny thanks for writing your note to me man. It really got me to push into the work knowing how much I love you and I will work so that the whole family can have blessings. I also work so that the house can have some of my spirit still in it. Jonny you will not be lacking me at home for the next two years man. Just do all the things mom and dad tell you and remember that one day you will be a missionary like your two older brothers. How are you doing with that RHCP song man.. How is the laptop doing.. I'm gald that you got to go stay with the Taylor's in Monroe.
Jenna I read your note and the encouragement was much appreciated. I love you too sis. You are going to have such a great year at school!. I'm just going to remind you that you need to get your patriarchal blessing. I can't stress it enough.
Love you guys!!
Elder Joshua Miles
July 23, 2014
Hey Family!! It was a pretty rough flight over here, but I made it and I'm happy! I am companions with Elder McLain! Weird how things like that turn out. I gotta tell you that I'm getting pretty tired of speaking English already. I just want to forget it. I want to know Spanish really badly!
The temple is right across the street from the MTC. It is a really cool looking one and I'll be able to go through it every p- day. My p-day will most likely be on a Tuesday.
The weather is absolutely perfect out here right now. It hasn't rained yet and I'm actually loving the humidity. I don't think that my companion is loving it as he has said, "Everything just feels wet,"
I'm dorming with 8 elders in my room. We are all from the U.S. I don't know any of the names other than my companion so i'll get you their names later.
I have been eating a lot of fresh fruit in my meals. I WILL get sick from it but I can't say that I care just yet. It just tastes so dang good haha. Fresh dragon fruit!
The bathroom facility has been super clean so far. There are individual stalls for showers and everything. I'm trying to figure out what else to say...
The mission leaders are super cool! They are the Cox couple so that is cool. They are just really nice and spiritually powerful.
I would say that I miss you guys but I don't even feel like I am gone yet. DON'T lose sleep over me being gone. I am happy being here so far. People have been so nice and I have been loving the food. I love you guys still and hope that you get over me being gone quick so that you can start feeling the blessings from me being out here.
Hey Dad my feet hang off the bed just like yours did on your mission. I like it, haha. It gets hot so it keeps my feet cool.
Well, I only was given about 5 minutes so I just sped through all of this stuff.
Love you all!!
|Elders going to the MTC in Guatemala City.|
P.S. They took the camera so that the help in the building would not be able to steal it. So you won't be getting pictures for a little while.
|See you in TWO!!|