Dear mom and family,
First off, thank you very much for the package!!! I got it RIGHT ON VALENTINE’S DAY!! Can you believe that? How awesome. It was probably the best Valentine's day that I have ever had! (It even beats the time when C... gave me that huge bear... haha) But, I will tell you about it in a few minutes, deal? Ok, great.
But I have almost eaten all of the candy. I eat one, and then I just eat another, and pretty soon, the bag is almost empty! An open bag is an empty bag, :( but it's for the best. I will probably get cavities and fat if you send me any more. :) Everything arrived safely in the package. I just can't believe that you spent $50 sending it! That's disgusting... I must be loved or something. :)
I am happy that you got my letters!!!!! Who knew? I was just thinking about those actually. Sad that the leaves didn't turn out, but oh well. They were free.
I miss the mountains with snow. I see the mountains here all the time, but they are so bare; no snow, just green. They're pretty, but not the same. :( Bummer, I am guessing that there is still a lot of snow there? I don’t miss the snow. I was never really a fan. The snow just made me cold and wet. It's pretty, but the sun is pretty, too. I'm sure I'll miss the snow in a year or so though.
:) I love you very much. I am thankful for your Emails, no matter how short they may be. I always have stuff to tell you, even if there is nothing going on at the house :) so yeah. Speaking of that, I will now tell you about life here, and my many adventures. :)
So the water came on, luckily. We have restocked our supply, and we now have plenty. This was the first Monday that we have had water in a few weeks, so it was great to be able to do laundry :) – happy times.
I am getting so dark. The coverup we bought (Natural Buff :) haha, now matches. I remember buying it and saying, "We better buy it a little darker, since I will get so tan." or something like that. Pretty soon, it will probably be too light for me! It's crazy. I don't feel like I am getting any darker, but every time I move my shirt, I see the truth. I am almost black. It's odd, the guys here always wear sweatshirts-they hide from the sun and try to stay as light as possible. They wear the hottest clothes-in the hottest weather! It makes no sense. I would never wear a sweatshirt in this weather.
Ok. So valentine's day we woke up and made heart pancakes. They mainly looked like bums, but we pretended they were hearts. :) The road outside our house got paved, so now we can walk on it! It looks so much better! Definitely less ghetto. There is still trash everywhere, but for V-day it looked nice :) also, we gave a BOM to K.... He's progressing so fast. I can't even tell you how excited I am for him. I am excited for the other investigators, too. But I found him, and I have seen him progress. The others we’re teaching are the ones that Herm G found with her other comp, so it's different. But that was really happy to see him get excited about reading it :) :) Another good thing happened. The divorcement paper for S... and A... came! On Valentine's day!, how special. They said that they would for sure go to church and for sure get baptized now. So we were excited, but then, they didn't come to church.. so... that was disappointing. We are going to drop them if they don't come next Sunday. Their wedding is on Friday, and we are allowed to go, so we're pumped about that, but yeah. And then on top of all that good stuff, I got a package in the mail from my favorite people ever-my family!! :) :) :) Thank you for your heart shaped letters. :) I really loved them, and I hung the R up in my room. :)
The next day, we had a zone conference. They announced our temple trip. They said we were scheduled to go on the 8th of March....... so...... I will have to talk to the pres. or something, because that gave me mixed signals. I will keep you updated about that. They also announced that the pres. wanted us to have a small devotional as a district at 6:30 in the morning-every morning...which is silly because all 3 of the comp-ships in our district live in different places (the others mostly live together...) and so we have to call and sing a hymn and share a scripture and pray over the phone. The first time we did it, we were all just laughing pretty hard, and it was funny. No one likes it, but we do it because we have faith that the pres. was inspired to do it. Apparently it is supposed to make us more unified :)
Random things :
• I let an elder borrow my flashlight, and it came back not working. So I will send that home. I think the batteries ran out :( super sad. I will just buy one from here.
• The language is coming along. Sometimes I just have to look at H. Gamez and see how she is responding, because they still talk super fast, but I am catching on pretty well.
• People still assume that I am incompetent. They just point to me and ask HG if I know any Spanish. It's annoying. And then whenever I try to speak, they interrupt me and try to guess what I am going to say. They don't give me a chance to prove to them that I can speak. Haha, it's ridiculous.
• The motorcyclists always text and drive, which I find scary.
• Today at the market, I was walking along, and a guy stops dead in his tracks, and watches me walk by. Then he says, (in Spanish) "God sure blessed you... wow... take it easy, beautiful." Haha it was funny. I love hearing all of the silly things that guys tell me. I don't know if I will miss it in America though... we'll see :)
• Living with HG is pretty great. It's only awkward when she just smiles at me for no reason. I never really know how to react.
Well, I think that is all that I have to say. We're working hard, and getting blessed for it. I am so happy to be here and to be serving my Heavenly Father. For our English class, they wanted me to pray in English, and I had a hard time. I guess that is a good thing. I remember when Jeff came back and we did scripture study and had him say the prayer and he couldn't :) made me think of that. But yeah, I am being blessed. I hope all is well at the house, and that the kiddos are behaving. I am grateful for the gospel and the influence it has had in my life. I never realized that it had such a hold on my life until I saw people who don't have it, and how they live. I know that when we really apply the gospel into our lives that it can change us and make us better :)
Keep being awesome! Love you infinitely :)
-Hermana Erickson :) :) As always, I will send pictures :)