Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Ok first for questions. Yes I'm in the choir and it's amazing, but no we're not going to General Conference as far as I know.

I'm not really sure about the shoes. I kind of want another pair. They are really nice but at the same time my old ones aren't bad, they just are a tad to big so I don't know if I will get a second pair of them. I'll get back to you on that.

Yes I received all of the letters I just haven't really remembered what is in all of them and you can use dearelder.com. It's kind of nice to have something to hold when I'm writing to you because the program they use for email here is really limited.

Don't worry about me not working enough. I'm the hardest working missionary in my district even though I'm the worst at Spanish. The only thing I remember from class at Eastern is the numbers for some reason. I can't really speak or understand what anyone says but it's starting to come along a little.

The teaching however is great! Although Elder Stout and I don't get along like at all (we only have Washington in common) we teach really well together. I'll send you a picture of him and probably everyone in my district soon, so you can look forward to that.

A little about my companion. Karyl sent a separate dearelder.com asking a little about him, so I tell you a little bit about him. He is from Moses Lake. I think I told you that. He was in the army for a year after doing 2 years of running start and getting his AA out in Moses Lake. He is actually like Mexican but doesn't know much Spanish. As for "is he driving me crazy" yet let me tell you, absolutely. Like I said, we don't get along at all. He is all about "chill" and let's take a nap and all of that kind of stuff. That is really frustrating. So we had interviews with our teachers and Hermono (Brother) Crane (who is very by the book like me and everything). I had an interview with him so I let him know about my frustration and the next day they focused on Diligence in a whole bunch of class time over the past week and so he is starting to catch the idea. He still falls asleep all the time in personal study and during the firesides which is the best part. Oh well, I do love him though, which is really weird like I don't like him at all, but I love him and we teach really great together and always have the spirit when we teach too, so it works out.

Ok, so there was this one lesson that was kind of interesting (oh Karyl, I go the TEC like 3-5 times a week and our standard of excellence for just before we leave, is 15 times a week so I'll be in there a lot). This guy was acting like a real investigator he had had. The situation is that he was taking a break from school and had got a video from the missionaries a couple of months earlier and he called them back to teach him. Well as Elder Stout and I started teaching him it just didn't seem right, so after a while I just started teaching him repentance, yeah repentance, and like he got more interested and really started paying attention and the spirit was really strong. It was really kind of weird and after a little of that Elder stout calls a time out and is like "what are you doing". So then the teacher we were teaching like very tactfully said that (and I mean very tactfully) what I was teaching made sense and that is what the investigator needed to hear. So anyways the moral of the story is, sometimes the investigator needs to hear something else and the spirit knows and you just have to go with it even though your companion may not agree.

So anyways I have to go get ready for the temple. We missed it last week because the consol from Argentina came and talked to us and answered questions, which was interesting to say the least.

Anyways I love you all and have a great week!

Elder Sands

PS: I get to email Thursday so write me please!