Welpt, I have been officially delayed for two
weeks. April 8th will be my departure date. I cried for about half
a second and then I got over it. It’s fine. Maybe if I went on
Monday I would have gotten in a car accident or something. Probably
not... but you never know. But it's fine. Anyway, I'll try and call
you later and give you the medical details. Right now I guess I'll give
the normal details! (Mara broke a toe while we were in Mexico over Christmas break and although it has healed, she has been in a lot of pain. They have put her in a boot and on crutches and delayed her departure to Chile for two weeks. She says she is fine in the letter but actually called us in tears. She will be o.k.)
First of all, Bren, and anyone else, NEVER EVER
apologize for writing too many letters, especially when it's only TWO.
Send them always! Second: I am going to be sending quite a bit
home. I have realized that I over-packed and I only want to bring the
Things I need? Maybe adapters... but I'm
actually thinking it would be easier and less weight to just buy appliances
down there. I really only need a straightener and a hair dryer. It
would be easier to just send what I have home. Yes I do have my Patriarchal
blessing. I got it laminated and shrunk for my scriptures. Also, I
bought a skirt here. They have cheap but really nice, durable,
wrinkle-free skirts and I felt like I desperately needed one more walking
skirt. Some of the ones I have just aren't really appropriate for the
field. The camel skirt would be lovely though. Also, Welch's fruit
snacks are ALWAYS greatly appreciated. OBVI.
(Mara’s “Third” had to be edited out of the letter. Not that is wasn’t appropriate. Just not for the public viewing.) Thanks for understanding.
Fourth: I wrote you all letters last week and somehow none of them got sent. I'll send them all today with the other ones I write. My bad.
Ok. Anyways, about what's been going on here. I continue to get more and more ripped. Just kidding. Except not really. My back and shoulders and upper arms have never been so strong - not to mention my left calf. (Because she is currently on crutches trying to heal a broken toe.)
My companions and I are SERIOUSLY BEST FRIENDS. I just love them so so so much! We can talk about anything. We literally laugh ALL DAY LONG. And we love to serve and work. These days we almost always study together because we just love to hear each other's input and partake in the revelation that each other is receiving. I am going to be really sad to see them go, but I know that they are going to be so awesome. Hermana Heeb has made the most astounding progress in the language. It's unbelievable. I didn't even think something like this was possible. She is seriously at a point where she can say pretty much anything she wants.
My teachers are also amazing. I don't think I have told you about them, Hermano Galvez and Hermana Perez. H. Galvez is from Guatemala. He is stern, sometimes scary, and makes us feel a need to be VERY obedient. And yet he is so neat. He is so in tune with what we need to hear and how to teach it and everything else. Hermana Perez is not Latina despite her name. She served in Houston, Texas and is the sweetest girl on the face of the planet. She is so in tune with the Spirit and always knows what we all need. We absolutely adore her.I'm hoping that since I have to be here for extra time maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to switch branches and be in an advanced district where it is ALL Spanish ALL the time. Maybe, I'll even get to have a Latina companion. That would be awesome.
This week, my companions and I have been so utterly and completely obsessed with FRUIT. Not like apples and bananas but like FrutO as I talked about in a previous email, particularly el fruto del Tree of Life and Nephi and Lehi's dreams and the fruit from the Olive Trees in the parable of Jacob 5. We're obsessed. It's all we talk about. We have done everything we can to figure out all of the symbolism and all the dispensations and the prophets and everything else and how it ALL ties into the temple. We are going to the temple this afternoon and boy oh boy are we going to be there for a while. I'm just so obsessed with the temple! I feel like I had to hate it at first so that I could come to love it as much as I do. It all just makes so much sense. Everything. It's perfect. The Gospel - the Doctrine of Jesus Christ - is perfect. God planned it out from the beginning, knew it would work and sent us here to fulfill it and gave us a Redeemer to allow us to fulfill it and gave us prophets to tell us how to fulfill it and gave us scriptures and prayer and a Comforter (TWO comforters really - that's the very best part I think) and families and TEMPLES and so much more. And all of that because... why? HE LOVES US so much. More than we can possibly fathom. And all I want to do is just tell people about it! I just want to tell them that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is literally the TRUE Church of JESUS CHRIST. Our Lord and Master and Redeemer and Savior and Brother and (after our rebirth and true spiritual conversion) Father of our New Birth and the Messiah and the Jehovah of the Old Testament and the Perfect Example and the Only Begotten Son of the Almighty and All-powerful God. I feel so incredibly selfish and embarrassed for never really sharing the miracle of this Gospel before. I am mortified of how scared I was to serve a mission or even just to be here in the MTC. How could I be so selfish? All I want to do now is just share it! All of it! Every last word of it until all of God's children have become truly converted unto Christ and have made the necessary redeeming covenants to get back. The plan is perfect. We can live together, forever, with our families and with God and with His Son. What a marvelous work this is! The Lord will stop at nothing to bring about His work and His glory. We are in the fulness of times and it is time to gather Israel. We have it all. The Restoration of the Lord's Doctrine has been made and we stand prepared to finish it off. The blessings that await us if we can just persevere are... unimaginable. It's so frustrating how easy it can be to just forget, forget those moments when we know that this is true and when we know what we need to be doing and when we know what's right. It's so easy to just not remember. But We Have To Remember. Press forward! Share the gospel! Teach people how they can achieve true and absolute happiness. Even though today was a rough day, I've still probably never been so happy in my life.
Love to all!