Friday, June 28, 2013

first week

First things first, I hope you're all having a great time in Hebgen!  It's always great to be up there.  I'm doing great here! 

Rememer I had that companion Elder Lichtenberg? Well I still have him, and he's still a good companion.  But I got assigned to a second companion a few days ago, so now I'm in a trio.  The other guy's name is Elder Bowers, and he's a fun companion to have.  President put him with us.

The most obvious detail about the CCM is that it's actually just a prison.  We have huge, spikey fences and security cameras and a 24 hour guard.  I've got to step outside twice.  Once was during service day, when I swept up the sidewalk adjacent to the fence.  That was cool because another elder in my district and I made a street contact with a passer by. And the other time was today, when I went to the Bogota temple.  It was awesome to go through a session in Spanish, and also awesome to get to see the city.  It is seriously crazy. The busses are PACKED with people, and the driving is insane. Like a road with 2 lanes painted on it is actually a 3 or 4 lane road, and the motos just drive wherever they please.

But the CCM here is awesome, and super relaxed.  I mean, it's a really busy day with lots of things to do, but we also get snack time whenever we have been in class for a long time, and we have a maid to do our laundry and clean the place for us.  And Pte. and Her. Dyer, the CCM president and wife, are awesome.  They know so much about the gospel and are both super loving.

The food here is awesome.  We eat soup with every meal, but the meal itself is usually rice and some kind of meat. And the fruit here it CRAZY!! I mean, I bet Covey or Taylor would know about these, but look up Granadilla and Guanavana. Granadillas are especially crazy. It looks like a pear on the outside, but you peel open half of it, like an orange, and slurp out the insides, which are basically like pomegranite seeds.  It's awesome, but I don't actually like it that much.

As for the Spanish, it's coming along nicely.  I can carry a conversation with anyone, and my gospel Spanish is improving a lot too.  During lessons we have Elder Lichtenberg speak first after a question, and then when he runs out of Spanish I take it from there.  We figured out that that was the best way to do it.  All my CCM teachers speak English, so it's not really an immersion program.  WE're in Spanish for about 50% of classes and that's it.

Well I love you and miss you, so I wish I'd have received a letter to read this week... haha oh well.
Yo sé que Jesucristo vive  que nos ama muchísimo.  Sé que Dios restauró su evangelio por medio de José Smith.  Sé que Presidente Monson es un profeta, y que podemos saber por orar y pedir a Dios.  Estoy agradecido por la oportunidad de servir un misión y aprender Español en Colombia.  ¡Hasta el Miércoles que viene!

Elder Wilson

PS Seroiusly everyone here has seen Castaway so they yell WILSON at me down the halls haha 

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