Well the zoo today was amazing but we missed feeding the giraffes by fifteen minutes. It was only ten quetz also, which is only a $1.50. The zoo was lots of fun though. We are allowed to have our cameras but only use them on P day, and we cannot send any pictures from the CCM, but I was able to get some good pictures. After the zoo we went to Wendy's. Which was a heaven sent !:) I chowed down on a baconator and fries with a drink, it was truly the best meal yet.
So the day to day schedule here is really full, we workout at 6:45am and then breakfast at 7:45. After breakfast we have personal study for an hour, then have daily planning and language study for about another hour, then usually a grammar point to learn, or practice teaching a lesson of a concept to some Latino elders. Then lunch at 12:45. After lunch we do more of the same. :) We also prepare a lesson in there somewhere, we alternate teaching lessons to fake investigators in the morning and in the evening. After dinner it’s more study time and teaching and learning grammar points and Spanish words and phrases.
My companion and I really do get along, but a couple of things annoy me. Like taking forever to get ready for the day, or when changing back into church clothes after working out. I usually take less then ten minutes to get ready, then just kinda sit there waiting. Oh and yeah, that mayo stuff was great. NOT!
This week has been a really good one, I bought some leather scripture cases. On the front of the BOM one is a burning of the Guatemala Temple, that is right outside the room window, and my name and mission. One the back is the 2000 stripling warriors. On my Bible front is the David and Goliath picture just like the one that you gave me Dad. Then on the back is Christ holding a lamb. They were a little spendy and I was considering not doing it but I remembered Dad saying that if I get the chance to get some, that I should. I'm really happy that I did and will always have them.
Kylie, I can definitely relate with going through a growing stage with Spanish. Sometimes I feel like I should know way more then I do, but then I remember that I have only been here for three weeks. Plus, I have learned more in three weeks here then I did in two years of Spanish at school.
Good for you guys getting the room set up, I'm glad that your energy is coming back. Hopefully before to long you can both be back to full strength. That is to bad about the truck needing so many things, but it really will be nice to have the truck running right again. We got the super filter water bottles this week. The filter on them is amazing, you can literally drink coke through them and only get the water out, so that will be really nice to have.
There is a picture of Joseph Smith in the grove here that I really love by Walter Rome. It depicts Joseph looking more like a 14 year old and not older looking. Also, someday I really want a 1941 version of the Book of Mormon. It was designed when the church gave a copy of the Book of Mormon to the queen.
Spanish really is coming along though, lots more full basic conversations are happening in Spanish. Also being able to think of something in English and then say it in Spanish is nice. That is one of the most frustrating parts, knowing what I want to say but not having the words to say it. I've also noticed my desire for reading the Book of Mormon is a lot more then It use to be, I always look forward to reading at the end of the day, during personal study.
I saw a police truck drive by the CCM this week with four guys standing in the back with fully auto guns, I guess the police are a little different here! When we were driving to the zoo today I saw at least twenty different guys standing outside of stores with a pump action shotgun.
The time here goes fast, I like the CCM but am looking forward to leaving here and getting out into the field. This weeks favorite scripture was Helaman 5:12. If we build our foundation on Christ we cannot fall.
Love Your brother and Son