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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
1.24.11 - Satelite, Hermosillo
First off, I´m safely here. Although I think everyone already knew that. Also, I´m glad the kids (mis sobrinos) are having fun. Wow, I miss them. Although I miss a lot of things. But anyway, the third thing I want to say is that this is my actual address, not the one that was in the mission packet (which annoys me):
Yeah, so I really hope that you didn´t send any packages to that address, because there´s a chance that some random Mexican guy is opening up a box somewhere and wondering what the heck Odwalla bars and a really nice knife from Bro. Delevan is doing in a package addressed to him. Also, if you ever do send packages, apparently it´s a really good idea to put pictures of Jesús or the Virgen de Guadalupe on it. Like stickers, or something else that´s Christian. Otherwise, apparently the Mexican postal service likes sharing packages with you. And hopefully my package that I left with my companions in Salt Lake either gets to me or you (I put Escallonia Dr. down as the return address). Otherwise, Mark´s copy of Jesus the Christ, a ton of Costco multivitamins, a ton of Odwalla bars, and other American things are probably being enjoyed or trashed by random people in Mexico.
Anyway, about my mission so far. This is HARD. And I mean HARD. I know that this is supposed to be hard, but it seems like whenever RMs talk about their missions, they probably are leaving out the first couple weeks. Because even though I have NEVER seriously considered being disobedient to gratify my need for sleep or other things, I find it a lot harder now to ignore those temptations. But in the end, I know I´ll change and be accustomed to the mission life (you know, the whole "refiner´s fire" and "fuller´s soap" expression). But this kind of hardship is just different. In football, I was physically beaten into the ground before I got stronger. Literally. At BYU, I was confronted with the knowledge that I am nothing without my family and I have zero knowledge about anything compared to others, namely, my teachers and fellow students. But eventually I got more disciplined, smarter, more efficient, and more grateful in order to change. Out here, though, it´s both physical and mental (really mental. The Mexican accent is tough to understand after my gringo lingo [haha, that rhymed. Wow, I feel like a fruit right now] in the MTC). But along with that, it´s spiritual hardship out here. At BYU, if I messed up, I would have lost a scholarship and maybe not have money to go to school. But here, if I mess up, it´s people´s lives on the line. Sure, maybe not this life, but the life to come. This is much more important than any other thing that I have ever done.
So yeah, this first week has been the toughest time of my life. I am not exaggerating whatsoever. This is hard. I hope I´ll grow accustomed and change soon. I always do. But right now, I need it more than ever. And quickly. Although I´ll still have to learn patience. Probably before I do change.
But the good news is that I have an awesome companion, even if it´s really frustrating sometimes when we can´t communicate completely, since he´s from Chiapas (state of Mexico near Guatemala), but he works hard. He´s probably a harder worker than a hundred of me right now, since it seems like I contracted epilepsy this past week, but hey, I´m learning. Oh, and he´s district leader as well. But unfortunately, I have to cut this short because I have to write to my mission president now. !Adios!
Oh, and by the way, I´m in the Satelite area in the city of Hermosillo. No bike, no car, and AWESOME food. Also, pictures will have to come next week. Lo siento (sorry)