Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Man. I think Halloween is the only holiday I don't know how to say in spanish. But hi family! I hope everything is going well. No tengo mucho tiempo hoy, porque yo quiero enviarles fotos! entonces, creo que no voy a escribir mucho en espanol, pero, todo esta bien, y mi espanol esta mejorando mucho! Esta semana fue loca. muy muy loca. Estaba muy ocupado. Tengo una buena noticia para Matt, yo comi mole! por mi primera vez esta semana pasada. Usted no va a creerme, pero, me gusto mucho! creo yo tuve un buen tipo. Pero, fue muy rico.

(Matt’s translation --- I don't have a lot of time today because I want to send you all photos! So I don't think I'm going to write much in Spanish, but all is well, and my Spanish is improving a lot! This week was crazy. Very, very crazy. I was very busy. I have good news for Matt — I ate mole! For my first time this past week. You aren't going to believe me, but I liked it a lot. I think I had a good kind. It was very tasty. Editor's note: Ryan needs to lock his heart. It's the Holy Ghost, not the flavor of the mole, that he is feeling. I've seen it a hundred times.)

Oh man. This week was crazy! Let me esplain. no, too long. let me summarize. So, first, transfers were crazy! This was a very, very different transfer. Because they made two new zones in my mission! So Elder Watkins left to go be the zone leader in one of the new zones, and then something very interesting happened to me. First, it's weird in the first place that i'm losing my trainer after one transfer, especially with the new training program they're doing. And second, they moved me to a new area too! I'm actually still in the same ward, i'm just one area over. Elder Watkins trained an elder before me, and his parents are columbian, and he went over to this area, but now he's back in Jefferson Park training and I'm with Elder Goll in his old area. It's all very mixed. So I still see most the people from my old area at church, i'm really just on the other side. It's interesting. Also, I'm now a bike elder! I bought a bike today, and surprisingly, I'm actually really enjoying riding my bike so far. It helps me to stay focused I think, plus it's easy to feel like you've worked hard all day when you get back to your area dead tired with your legs on fire. My area is really interesting. It's fairly similar to my old area, but USC is right in the middle of it! so there's this weird mix of latinos, black people and then lots of kids with very rich parents. Also, saturday night was a USC game, and they had a Halloween rave. We were trying to ride to an appointment, and the streets are just filled with cars, and drunk people, and all sorts of stuff. I don't think I've ever felt more out of place. Or enjoyed it more. Halloween is a very interesting day for us. It's really the only day we don't dress up and knock doors! We don't get to go out Halloween night, and I can see why now! So I get kind of a interesting p-day today, we have a teaching appointment during the middle of it, and then a zone activity tonight, and then time to do whatever. It's interesting. And also, my companions name is Elder Goll, he's 26 and he's from Australia! I included a picture of him on this email. We actually get along really well so far, and we've been doing well. We had a really cool finding experience this week, when we were planning I felt like we should go tract on Browning street. So we did, and then our second to last door, this girl opened. She just kind of looked at us for a second, and then invited us in. We couldn't stay long, but we just talked for a second and set up a return appt. I reached in my backpack and reached for a restoration pamphlet. And I was almost positive I had one. but then after I gave it to her, I looked in her hand and it was a plan of salvation pamphlet! I was really confused, but I just decided to let it be. And then as were walking out, we explained just a little bit about the plan of salvation, and she told us that she had just been to a funeral that morning and was thinking alot about what happens after we die. It was a pretty amazing experience. We were completely guided there, and we didn't really notice it until afterward. but that was my cool experience of the week! We have an appointment with her tomorrow, so I hope it turns out well! Also, you guys aren't e'en gonna b'lee dis. Sunday was a really crazy day. I confirmed the woman we baptized! in spanish! That was so scary. My heart was beating a mile a minute, I was so nervous, but it actually turned out really well. she's doing really well so far, and her son has started talking to the missionaries too! It's really cool. She's really sad that me and Elder Watkins are gone, and I'm sad too. It was unexpectedly hard to leave my area. I didn't realize how attached to it i'd gotten. But that's my week, and now time for personal notes! I'm scared to not write them now...haha. Also, if anybody was feeling especially creative/loving this week, I would love to get some Christmas CD's within the next couple weeks! I know KT has already started listening, but I can wait til after thanksgiving. And Amy asked me what I would like for packages, so I just figured i'd include this for everybody (i'm not saying you have to send me stuff i'm just saying it'd be nice....). Probably what I would want right now is just music and food. And I love all your letters, and it amazes me every week how inspired everyone is with their letters. It's almost as if you guys consulted together, but all the letters seem to tell me something I need to hear. I love you guys, and I can't wait to talk to you next week! Happy halloween!
Josh- hey buddy! ok, I got a deal for you. I love writing you personal notes, but you gotta give me more to work with here! What's going on? how's school, frisbee, lily, de todo! I'm still waiting for pictures by the way! I hope everything is going well with you, it's all good here!
B- oh man B. I can't wait to see pictures. That sounds amazing. I think you should wear that costume at least once when you're skiing. School sounds good, I am so glad that I don't have to take physics classes right now. Good luck with everything b!

amy- Amy, I know how you feel with choir! because you are now talking to the unoffical pianista del barrio por barrio sexto! My spanish ward here does not have a pianist! So i got to play on sunday, and I had to sightread two of the hymns! it actually went surprisingly well. I was just super nervous because of that and my confirmation. But all your treats sound really good! email me some! I know what you mean about the texting, I still sometimes find myself reaching in my pocket to text people. It's so weird. I hope Cary is doing good, and i'm glad he's not a pararescue person either.
Matt-Dishonor on you, dishonor on your family, dishonor on your cow!
Lauren- Thanks for the email Lauren! I love getting emails from you, I hope everything is going well, and I hope Jeff is enjoying his time at BYU! Say to him for me too.
K&T-KT, I almost squeed myself to death here. Your super prego! and hilarious! your costume is amazing. What was todd? I can't believe i'll be an aunt i mean uncle soon! And even weirder, you'll be a mom! I still kind of feel like you're just babysitting Lola. In your tummy. for 9 months.
Mops-thanks for the letters mops! I got a little teary eyed reading it, I sure miss you! but I love you, and thanks for all you do! for me and for everyone else. I'm glad everything is going well. I love you!
Pops- thanks for the email pops! I can't believe it's already snowing there. It's not even close to snowing here. Weather is still perfect. It's only rained like 3 days too.
Well, I am all out of time now, but I love you all, and i'll write you all next week!

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