I´m doing wonderfully. Last night we ate pizza, and this afternoon we had DELICIOUS fried chicken. Aww, man, it´s good. We´ve had a local elder in the hospital, so Hermano Gomez and I have been taking lots of care of him and eating out alot. I stayed with him all day yesterday, it was actually a nice break from stress. He should get out of the hospital today, so we´re doing alright.
Other than that, we´re still really focusing in on setting effective goals. It´s really difficult, because a lot of what we do depends on other people (if they read, if they want to change their lives, if the members leave with us, if they don´t get called into work on Sunday...) and we´re living in a very poor city, I´m starting to realize, so everyone´s slave to their work. I want to hope for the best, but I don´t know what to expect-some weeks go wonderfully with lots of participation and support from the members, some weeks go terribly, and we end up contacting all week. It´s almost a joke. Plus, they don´t give us enough minutes to call all our investigators every day, as I would like, and to do all the other chores that we need to do as missionaries. But, we´re living, and the work is progressing, despite the challenges. I love being here and making plans and doing my best. It really makes me focus well on the MOST IMPORTANT THING.
Which is, I´ve also learned, that life means nothing without this gospel. It makes me super sad that people take the Church and adapt it to their lifestyle as they see fit. A lot of times, its hard for us to understand that God´s laws are there to protect us and to help us live more fully-when we disobey, we ultimately lose. I wish I could help everyone understand that, but it´s hard, because the world screams an entirely different message. I think each culture has their problem. Here, it´s often family life and the law of chastity more than anything. Also, people are super lazy, and they don´t like telling anyone "no," so they say they´ll do something with the best intentions, but rarely comply. In our culture, we really don´t appreciate the sabbath day, and chastity´s also a huge issue. I just wish people would study the scriptures and understand what God wants us to be and achieve. This world could be the beautiful place it was created to be.
I loved psychology. I hope she enjoys it =) who´s her seminary teacher? Change is good sometimes. Elder Grover and I were talking about the importance of really good people, it makes your heart warm up. Just doing things out of love and service makes a person feel so much happier. Dad likes hanging out with dentists? Cool. I miss steak.
St. George is a good city. I love it there! It´ll be good to go back. Much better than Draper =)
I hope Bob is doing well. He´s a good guy. Kyzer will be cheering for him "on the other side."
I´m keeping track of places to show you three when we come back one day, don´t worry. It´ll be a blast.
Did you enjoy the pictures and videos? I´m excited to review them, it seems like it´s been a really long time since I´ve seen them.
My mini missionary is... interesting. It´s nice to have an outside perspective of mission work, seeing as he didn´t pass through the MTC. It´s a good perspective, helps me think about things that I don´t often consider. He reminds me a lot of who I was right after I got out of high school, pretty know-it-allish. I mean, I guess I still am like that, but I feel like I´m better than before.
Couple of in-laws? What kind of in-laws are you planning for?
There´s a little bit of diversity here, but you´re right, it´s not too different. I just like being out of the city, really =)
Haha, I´m glad you have 9:00 church. Yeah, six years of 1:00 was a little unjust.
AAh, I´m so excited to make a difference in the world. To get out there and TRY. I know there are a ton of obstacles, just like in mission work, but it´s so worth it. It´ll be so much fun. There are so many things to see and do and live. I´m grateful to be here. I´m grateful to be a part of this great family. Love you guys!
P.S. Cody´s going into the Air Force when he gets done in May, so our roommate plans are ruined. Blake´s finishing his mission next month. If you see him, tell me to save me a bed in January.