I will preface this email by saying that there were few things that happened this week that are worth writing about. That being said, I'll do my best to give you some things to read this 4th of July afternoon...
First off, I hope you got the letters that I sent out earlier this week. Sorry again that it took me so long to reply, I'm super behind, I know. And if you didn't get them, then check the mailbox, because I sent out a letter for each of you on Monday...
Next, I guess I'll talk a little bit more about our investigators. We've been working to get them to commit to pray, but neither of them feels like they understand enough about Heavenly Father or his love for us to justify their praying. I just want to let you know that I know that prayer is real, and that it is the way that we learn of truths for ourselves. It is how we talk with our Heavenly Father, and it is the way that allows him to talk to us and help us with whatever we may be experiencing in our lives. I just wanted to share that with you, because as I've been focusing on the importance of prayer this week, I have learned for myself even more how important it is.
As far as Spanish goes, it's coming. It's kind of crazy to be able to sit down and give a 20 minute lesson in Spanish no problem. Well, when I say no problem, I mean I feel like my Spanish is ok when I'm giving the lesson. Then I get out and think about what I said, and I can pick out all sorts of crazy things that I said wrong. For example, I just found out a few days ago that I have been saying "Heavenly Father loves himself" instead of "Heavenly Father loves you" for the past 5 lessons or so. No wonder the investigators have been giving me weird looks!
And really that's about all I've got about this week’s experiences. I now have less than 3 weeks here, so we are quickly approaching veteran status as the older districts leave. That also means that things start to fall into a bit of a routine, but we still have fun and learn lots!
So happy 4th of July! I hope you guys have fun with whatever you're doing. As for us, we get the opportunity to go and watch the fireworks at the Stadium of Fire! We are all super excited about that! Though they don't want us to hear the music of the performances (Sister Clarkson and Sister Jepson), so they are having us go into the chapel until the fireworks start... But yeah, we're super excited for that. Also, me and Elder Maughan have been working on a Restoration rap in our plentiful free time. =) Seriously though, we don't have much time, so it's pretty short, but it's pretty amazing if I do say so myself. We may or may not be performing it tonight during the fireworks...
To answer your questions: no, I haven't gotten the package yet. I didn't have time to get it yesterday, and the mail room is closed today. I'll go get it first thing tomorrow morning though. When I say investigators, I really should say "investigators". They aren't actual investigators. They are usually just members portraying people they met on their missions. But we treat them as investigators, and we do all we can to teach them what they need to know. All of the Elders in my district (all 6 of us) are learning Spanish, and we all leave around the same time. 3 of them are going to Washington D.C., two of us are going to Cincinnati, and one is going to Columbus. As far as Cincinnati goes, I don't know very much, you probably know more than I do. Though I doubt they would pair me us with an English speaking missionary as my trainer.
Well, that's about it! Thanks for the letters, packages, and emails! I hope you all have a great 4th of July, and a great week!