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Monday, November 17, 2014

Letter #16

Nov.  17, 2014



Time seems to just slip through my fingers these days.  I didn’t have much time at home and I don’t have much time out here.  It is just weird how things are always changing.  Even if the changes are big or small things are never the same.  Times get better and can get worse but never the same.

AH yes!  The Christmas package!  I am waiting for a big local fair that is going to land on a p-day in our area so that I can find some cool stuff to buy for you guys.  Probably just small stuff but who knows what I will find.

I love you mom and your testimony inspires!  I will just keep pushing on in the work and see where being righteous takes me.  The rest won’t matter all too much! I really do miss you!  I just can’t wait until home feels like a happy memory instead of a wanting memory.  Have any tips?

I’m pretty stoked to see who I have for my next companion.  I just hope that the next kid is really into doing the work as well.  I would love to see a baptism and someone who wants to be baptized would be cool too.  We got really close with one of them and turned out that she wasn’t married to her spouse.  That Quiche language barrier will really bite you in the butt if you don’t have the members to translate everything!  They like to go off on their own things and sometimes it is just not good at all.  Also it makes it impossible to know the needs of the investigators.  When I get my new companion I will begin taking classes in Quiche. There are plenty of members who are willing to teach us.  I could have anywhere from 6 more months here to only 7 more weeks here in this area.

That I have been really planning on what to do in this area.  Reactivation is really what I feel like this area needs more than anything. 

Oh my gosh I love our pets, haha.  I just hope that none of them die within the next 20ish months.

That is awesome that mom is getting me a care package!  I love letters ahha.  I actually keep them in my suitcase so that I don’t think about you guys too much.

Love you all!


Josh

Letter #15

November 10, 2014

Thanks for letting me know that the first area isn’t supposed to be so easy.  I really don’t love not being able to express everything that I can.  I was just starting to really get into that with English. The thing is that I will inherit my area soon wiht my companion going home.  SO it doesn’t matter if my Spanish is bad now.  Hopefully the people will get to know me as my Spanish improves in this huge area.

I will keep trying with my comp.  There is just such a strong cultural difference between him and me haha.  He cleans fast, and we stress and laugh about different things.  It's ALL part of the experience!

I love your advice Dad.  I really do appreciate every word that you send to me!  I am happy out here right now.  I am starting to really see the blue skies of the field.  I just hope that the are comparable blue to the skies I had back with you, Mom, jenna, jonny.  I have such a hope in Christ right now.  I am starting to get back in to my old rely on him and not yourself ways.  I am starting to really make friends and change lives.  The other day I consoled a recent widow.  I have seen the wisdom that God has far beyond my own.  I was able to tell her that her spouse is at peace.  And that I knew things about her situation that no 18 year old kid would know.  I love my experiences out here.  I just love that I get to have this time because I was born to goodly parents.
 
Love You!!!!

ELder MIles








Letter #14

October 27, 2014

It has been hard to be away from home but little by little it is easier to just think about you guys and not be sad.  Hopefully soon it will only be fond memories haha.  Thank you so much for all of those email addresses.

I really do love you mom!  Just just hope that you know that if that bell our front is still up and is making noise that it is probably me haha.  Just telling you that I am thinking about you and that I am just fine.

Although my area should be very humble, religion is the only thing keeping it from being so.  Even though we teach as simply as possible, the people just don’t get it.  We have so many people that receive us that we don’t have time in the day to get to all of them.  But they also never complete commitments haha.  I will be working on that as well as my Spanish.  The language is moving along and I think that I am doing just fine for how long I’ve been out.  I just rely on the Lord and do what I can.  No matter how little it is.
Elder Mar my companion

Hope you have a great Halloween!!

Love,

Elder Josh