How are you?! Hope everything is going well. Thoughts on living with the Latin people- it rocks. This week learned something about the sisters I live with. No matter where you are from, all women feel the same way about two things- chocolate and men. My roommates get the same looks and say similar things when they see chocolate and when they see elders doing immature things- like when the Latin elders were taking pictures of me when I was reading my scriptures. This week I have become really good friends with my Latina roommates. Its amazing how the language barrier can be taken down with small acts of service. They have been helping me with my Spanish and are very patient with my slow broken way of speaking. And at nights I have started helping them reading the Book of Mormon in English helping them with their pronunciation. Im so glad English is my native language. All the sounds and words are pronounced differently. At least in Spanish it's all the same....... Im grateful for that. Hermana Mendez and Lopez LOVE the EFY songs that I brought. They sing along to them every night. Sundays here are great. We have intercambios - where you switch companions- and you are with a latin companion for about 3 hours- during sacrament meeting and personal study. Here we have to prepare a talk in Spanish and right before people have to speak they announce who is up. This is what happened in Provo as well and I was chosen to speak there the week before I left. And I was very surprised and shocked with the Branch president from Guatemala chose me to speak this past Sunday---a little more intimidating when you're speaking in front of people who actually understand (or don't understand) what youre trying to say. But it went well and I got through it. People that come from other countries to do temple work were here from Wed. to Sat. this week and they stay in a building right next to ours on the CCM campus. We got to go contacting at the temple and practice sharing our favorite scriptures and tried to get referrals of people who might be interested in learning about the gospel. On Thursday we got to go to the temple for an endowment session with all 40 of the north americans here with our CCM president- President Nicolaysen. I have felt the Holy Ghost testify to me of the truth of this gospel so many times this week. I love reading the Book of Mormon! I also love Preach My Gospel and how it helps me focus on scriptures that will really help the people I teach. It is helping me learn so much! My favorite scripture this week is 1 Nephi 7 :12. Read it, amazing promised contained within in.
I love you family but I got to go! Hopefully I can write more but I need to read your emails!