Our zone or in other words our district with the zone leaders.
Things here are going good. I'm almost used to having to call a bunch of missionaries every night.
Right now we have a district of nine missionaries. So this morning we had to find an internet cafe that would fit us all.
The house looks amazing. Sometimes I miss doing all that. And sometimes I wonder why is everyone's hair so crazy? (Referring to a picture I sent of Spencer Pratt helping us do stucco.) Here I thought everybody had crazy hair because Guatemalans are locos, but I guess it's just the style everywhere. Speaking of crazy hair, Remington's beard is looking pretty good.
It's cool to see the five generation picture you took. That's crazy. That would be cool to live to have a great great grand kid. There is almost a hundred year age difference. The other picture that was cool was of Rick, Gavin, Jared, Moroni, and I (some times Spanglish slips out. Like right now I almost wrote Moroni and yo.) (The picture (included at the bottom of this letter in case you're interested) I sent was taken a couple of years ago at a blood drive one of our young men did for his Eagle Scout project. The reason I sent it to Donavaghn was because one week from today every one of those young men will be out serving a mission. Pretty amazing! On a fun note, out ward holds the record right now in our stake for having 11 missionaries out. Technically two leave next week and there are two senior couples.)
Let's see what else - I did buy a CTR ring but it's in Spanish so it's really a HLJ ring. Which means "haz lo justo." That really means do what is right, but it's almost the same thing. I haven't been doing perfect in journal writing, but I've been doing pretty good. In fact, I'm nearing in on finishing the one I've been writing in. Right now I don't have much time to write because after we finish planning at 9:30 I'm on the phone until 10:15 , but i usually get a little more than half a page in. Really the whole district leader thing only changes what I do at night, and a little of what I do Monday and Thursday. But it's still real;y different.
You also mentioned that I haven't had a companion that speaks English. Who knows if I'll ever have one. Most people do though. I've had a companion that speaks Portuguese, and one that speaks Quiche (a native language in Guatemala) but nobody that speaks English. In the zone there are 11 missionaries and 3 of us are "gringos." Also one of the Latinos speaks pretty good English.
Thanks for all the pictures. I love them a ton. Make sure you have Skype working good on a laptop, (referring to our Christmas call) because I want to see more of the house.
Well that's what I've got to say. Love you guys. Talk to you next week.
L to R - Donavaghn, Lisa Mapel, Gavin Mapel (Philappines), Moroni Beal (Spain),
Rick Pedersen (New Mexico), Jared Dabel (Guatemala) and Kelli Holcombe.