Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Three weeks has passed on by, holy cow! It honestly feels like 3 or 4 long days. I wouldn't say I'm fluent in Dutch, haha. I'm actually quite far from it. It is coming along very well, however! Dutch is so awesome! It's like simplified German. Having experience in speaking German has definitely helped a lot. This Friday (the 18th) My companion and I will teach our first lesson entirely in Dutch. I'm very anxious and very excited to see how that turns out. I feel pretty confident about it right now, but we'll see! I was wondering when that (welcome) letter from the mission president would come. No one else in my district received their letter either, so that makes me feel better. I'm very glad William has the chance to go visit Gramps. That would be so much fun! I'm quite jealous actually. Keep me updated on James' Eagle scout project as well. That sounds like a ton of rock. I have taken lots of pictures. It's so hard to find time to print them or get them on a disk. Seriously, my P-day is busier than any other day with all the letters I have to write. I appreciate all the letters so much but I have to find a way to pack everything into just a few hours. Things are going very well here. I love my district. Everyone is so different from each other, yet we all get along so well. It was sad to see our old zone leaders head out but we'll see them in a few weeks. My companion and I were asked to serve as the new zone leaders so that is keeping us busy. We have 3 districts in our zone and will have one more coming in 2 weeks. Each district has averaged around 10 people so Elder Merrill and I get a chance to know all 30 individually! I love meeting new people and I feel blessed to be asked. We know it will be a lot of responsibility but I love working. Tonight, Elder Merrill and I get to welcome the new district in our zone and show them around the MTC. I guess 3 weeks is long enough to call us experts, eh? There are 4 elders and 4 sisters in this group. The Elders are headed to West Virginia and the Sisters are headed to the historic center in Nauvoo. Recently, I have seen Elder Frost and Elder Fairclough, my friends from BYU quite regularly. It's always nice to see others that you know. The weather has been beautiful out here. Sitting in a classroom makes me enjoy the day even more when I do get to go out, haha! Tell James thank you for the letter, it was super long and very informative. When I have the chance, I will shoot him off a letter. I was excited to hear about this new family that moved into the ward. GET THEM INVOLVED!!! It's so weird to think that I have been here almost a month. That means I only have 23 months left. This realization made me think how precious every moment is here. I have 2 years to serve and a life time to reflect over that 2 years. I've been working very hard to stay focused. I feel like I have learned so much and my testimony grows each and every day. This gospel of Jesus Christ is incredible and the atonement is such a blessing in our lives. I love it here and I'm so excited to head overseas and share what I can with others. It has blessed my life and I want others to have that opportunity as well. I feel so bad for the people of Japan. That is just awful as to what happened. I appreciate you keeping me updated on everything. I'm not sure what the missionaries (that are being sent to serve in Japan) here will do. I know they are still going, but I think it's more of a rebuilding mission at this point. I have 6 friends who are to report there in May. I'm keeping all of those who are affected in my prayers. Do you have any idea about Miyuki? . I love all of you. I keep you in my prayers. Tot ziens, dooei!