|These pictures were taken last Wed. during and after the NCAA games at the Madison Square Garden. FUN!!|
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Dime a ver!
our week was pretty decent! our numbers didn't really show an excellent week but we had a few really good experiences that made up for all of it. We've found two new investigators, and i have some news about patricio and teresa but i'll tell you about it at the end of the email. i cant believe Brisa got her mission call! where am i gonna guess? uh.... i'm gonna guess Milwaukee, Wisconsin, spanish speaking! haha i don't know.. speaking of guesses, mi 'ama todavia le deve unas tortillas al Tim Sharp hahaha desde hace mucho.. There's no way i could've waited a few days to open my mission call. remember how we planned on it, but we ended up opening it on that same day? Brisa's more patient than i am.. yes, i got the package this morning! thank you so much! i'm going to be studying the scriptures you sent me and i'll probly read the book as well, as soon as i finish the one i'm reading now. man i wanna know what's up with your interview.. i'm still crossin' my fingers for you! give them my number so i can put in good word for you. as for the email, we technically have as long as we want to email, it just depends on where/how you access the computer. but the rule change that has been made in regards to email is that we can email whoever we want! crazy right? parents, cousins, siblings, friends, other missionaries. whoever we want to contact, we can do it now. isn't that crazy? we all think so.. haha we're all wondering why the missionary department made a huge change like that.. who knows, but i'm not complaining! uhhh i think we'll be able to walk around in just a white shirt after conference? that's what i heard.. and we had zone conference yesterday and president mentioned it, so i think it's coming soon. at least i hope so. i'm tired of wearing a suit every day haha that's crazy that beto is gonna be a priest.. so cool tho. i just wish i could be there for all that ya know? i don't see why they wouldn't let you bless the sacrament with him, i know i felt a lot more comfortable with you up there when i first did it, i think it'll be fine! oh, also, yes we had to wear our suits to the game! i'll send you guys a picture..
Momyessss i am doing great!
la calle? no habla mucho. de hecho, no he escuchado que la calle ha dicho nada. pero voy a poner mas atencion desde ahora! haha i bet you guys are so tired! i can't believe school is starting the 4th quarter.. i've been gone for almost an entire school year! crazy.. 8 months. it really has flown by unbelievably fast.. but i love that it's that way. i wish i coulda been there to celebrate all the march birthdays haha karla turns 21 tomorrow. she's so old! and i'm 20. that's weird to say. i still feel like i'm 16. i'm glad the cards got there safely, i hope they both liked them! what does sammy do? does he not hang out with people from school? is he still running track? i'm jealous you guys get to go to the easter pageant.. i was actually talking about it with my roommates because one of the members in the english ward out here has been to it and they were telling the elders about it. cool right? i'm always down to brag about mesa. Man, we've played volleyball twice out here recently and i just wanna go back to high school and play again.. don't worry about the package mom, the one you guys sent me was perfect, that's all i need! i'm super grateful for you guys and everything you do, you don't need to do more, trust me! as for my card. i took care of it! i went to the bank, they gave me a temporary card and i changed the address on it because it was the 3rd place address.. so i changed it to the Elm St address and they said they'll send it there, to you guys! so it should be there within a few days and then you guys can send it out here to me! i hope you don't mind. uhmm, my shoes are starting to tear, but i think i can wear them out a little bit more, so we're good for now. i think i'm good with everything, but in like a month or so it'd be nice if i could get a few short sleeved shirts.. everyone says summer out here is brutal and that short sleeves would be a good idea. so yeah. in the future i'll let you know what i need. oh by the way, the name of our ward is "concourse" ... el barrio Concourse! ya tu sabe!
Yobanna is still active! we've been working with her trying to get her to go to seminary but it's too hard because her school is too far, and if she goes to seminary she'll be late to school and that's not an option.. you wanna know what she said to me tho? we were talking to her about having good friends and surrounding herself with people who will help her stay on track and stuff like that, and we got to talking about temple marriage.
Patricio and Teresa. last you guys knew, they broke up. well, we only expected patricio to come to church on sunday, but after we sang the opening hymn in sacrament we looked back and they both walked in together. i'm sure you could imagine how happy and excited we were. so we talked to them after and they said that they're gonna try to work things out after all. we're visiting them tonight so i'll be sure to let you guys know how it goes! but this is super good news :)
new investigators. we knocked into this lady named maria. i told her we were there to bless her and her family and she started crying and let us in. we just got to know her a little bit and found out she's very catholic and her husband is too. but she's willing to talk about God so we're going back on saturday to see how we can help her and her husband.. we also Have Jaime and Gladis. they are columbian and they were a referral from another set of missionaries in harlem. we've been over there twice and we love them they are awesome! Jaime is really open to everything we have to say and asks really good questions, but his wife Gladis is suuuuppppperrrr catholic and the only questions she asks are questions to try and disprove the things we believe in.. so it's going to be a little bit of a challenge with her, but i can definitely see Jaime getting in the water if you know what i mean! so we're excited to be teaching them.
Me and my companion still get along really good and we're both trying really hard to always be in sync and i think thats helped our companionship a lot! we never argue or anything, we always seem to be on the same page, whether we're teaching or planning or whatever. and i'm grateful because it's the first time i've had a companion where we both think the same and share our ideas and really we just have no problems with deciding what to do or where to go or anything. so it's going great!
other than that, i don't really have any more news. so let me know if there's anything you would like me to do for you guys, okay? Los quiero mucho, cuidense por favor!
Hi guys how's it going ? Dad, don't worry about not writing a long email! as long as i know your safe and doing good that's good enough for me. but i'll just be writing this whole email together. sooo first i'll talk about the game. it was SICK. we went down to madison square garden. the first game was Cincinatti vs Providence. it was pretty cool! but we were seated WAAYYY up at the top.. so at half time a few of us walked down to the bottom level and found an entrance where there wasn't any guards.. so we snuck in and found a row that fit all of us! so for the second half of the game we were actually pretty close to the floor! the 2nd game was Syracuse vs Seton Hall.. syracuse is a big basketball school so it started to get pretty packed and all of the people around us who had snuck down all got kicked out of their seats and so we thought that we were gonna get kicked out too, but we decided to stay there until someone kicked us out. and we got super lucky haha nobody came any said anything! so for the whole second game we had seats on the bottom level, it was dope!!!! and i bought a hat. i had to do it. SYRACUSE! haha so yeah. the games were awesome, thank you for giving me the money to go :) uhmm not a whole lot else happened this week. the weather has been stupid. we got a few inches of snow the other day. i don't like it down here in the city . but it's all melted by now! my companion has been feeling better. we ran on monday morning, but then monday night was when it snowed so we couldn't run on tuesday morning because there was snow everywhere. and this morning we didn't run because i don't even know why! lazies. don't judge! i am getting fat haha i need to be able to play ball every day. i've really been thinking about whether or not i wanna play basketball when i get back.. don't know. but i wanna play more basketball, once a week aint enough!
so for the update on our investigators.. we got some bad news. we went back to teach patricio and teresa on monday and they told us their final decision.. they decided to get seperated! and teresa said she doesn't want to continue the lessons for now.. patricio said that he's still gonna take the lessons and that we'll talk at church on sunday.. he doesn't know where he's gonna live.. so there's a chance he could move out of our area.. so that means we could have just lost both of our investigators :/ it was rough.. it really honestly hurt! kinda ruined the whole day.. but whatever. we still pray for them and we hope that whatever happens they'll be able to progress.. so yeah. right now we don't really know what's going on, but we are pressing forward! so yeah.don't worry, i'm treating elder critchfield very nicely! we get along better than any of my other companions because we work more as a team than i have with other companions.. so we're good! i actually haven't done anything about the card yet. i'm probly gonna go today or tomorrow to get this card situation figured out. tell beto i'm sorry i didn't send him something earlier, i actually sent him a card today so it should get there soon! and i sent one to the house for karla.. i lost her address so i had to send it to your house.. so they should get there the same day! as for other things.. nothing has really happened haha life is good though, we are super happy even though we've been having this struggle with our main investigators.
i've been reading this book called the continous atonement.. it's really good, i suggest you guys look into it!! cuz i want it haha I love you guys so much, i cant wait to talk to you guys in like a month and a half! i hope everything is going well, be safe! los quiero mucho!
okay, so i'm gonna type as fast as I can today! i'm not sure how much time I have. everything has been so good this past week! my new companions name is elder Critchfield! he's awesome! he's from murray Utah. he played soccer but he loves sports. we played a lot of basketball last Wednesday. good sign of things to come haha uhm he is such a hard worker. he just does what I say without question and when I ask him for input he isn't afraid to suggest things which is really good because we really get to working as a team, and I couldn't really do that with my last companion.. so we are working hard. I've been so tired tho! I don't know why, but this past week I've felt more tired and it's been harder for me to get out of bed than it has been in the past. the only struggle elder critchfield has is that he doesn't speak a lot of Spanish. they cut the time for missionaries in the mtc, so he only got 6 weeks in there as opposed to the usual 9.. but it's fine, he's super confident and that's gonna help him a lot! we've been teaching a lot of lessons, and I kinda feel pressured because since he doesn't speak Spanish, I basically have to teach everything.. unless we practice what he's gonna say before hand. but he's learning fast. i'm so excited for this game! it's gonna be the first college basketball game I go to ! it's the big east tournament, if you watch the game on tv you might see me on the big screen haha tell Julie's mom I say HIIIII! i'm so glad beto made allstate, and it makes me happy that alexia is taking an interest in sports. she'll have so much fun! I wish I could just go to the church whenever I want to play ball.. i'm losing my touch. the past couple of times we've played I've actually felt pretty good and I think i'm getting a little bit of my bounce back.. I still dunk pretty much whenever I want, I just gotta keep working out so that I don't lose too much! elder critchfield hasn't been feeling too good this past week, so we haven't been able to go down to the track. I feel gross :/ I actually don't know what else I want for my birthday... so just put whatever you want! also, I got the contacts, and I got tia macry's package. tell her and tio chico I said thank you! please..
dad, that job sounds like it's super legit! is that something you have a lot of interest in ? or is that kind of whatever..? I can't wait to hear about how it went! sorry, I don't have too much time, we have to be somewhere soon so that we can pick up our tickets and if we're late they won't give them too us! and sorry about the pictures, I haven't even sent the new ones to Haley.. I didn't take a lot this past cycle so I think i'm gonna send this one in a few weeks so that there can be more pictures for you guys to see. don't you guys have one of my memory cards? i'm missing one.. I love you guys so much, sorry I will answer all of the rest of the questions in next weeks email I promise, we just have like no time today! but thanks again for giving me the money to go to the game. i'm super grateful for everything you guys do for me. los quiero mucho :)i'm out!