Monday, October 26, 2015

October 26th, 2015

My first week was pretty crazy, but it was good. First off my companion is Elder Craver from Clinton Utah. Hes really cool. Hes a really good trainer. Hes been in this same area for 6 monthes so he knows his way around. This area is called Centanario. It is directly in the middle of the city. Elder Carver sadi this is the "richest" area ill serve in, and also that our house is the only one with hot water so thats pretty cool. But agin this week was crazy.

Tuesday: We had a flight at like 730. We got to Bolivia at like 2 and it was blazing hot. I didnt think it would be as hot and ghumid as it was. While we were driving to the mission home I looked out the window and saw a bunch of ostriches running along side the bus which was pretty funny. We had lunch and stuff and got interviewed and stuff. We went to a hotel for the night and that was basically it.
Wednesday: We had to do all the migration stuff so we were sitting in an office for 4 or 5 hours. But after we went to a meeting and found out who our companions were. Just for wednesday and thurday we had a trio because the other missionary in our house didnt have a companion so it was a little weird. We had a lesson and it went well.
Thursday-Saturday: Thursday was a normal day here. We studied then went to lunch and after lunch we walked to th e people we were supposed to teach and they either werent there or didnt have to time so we didnt really teach much. It was the same Friday and Saturday.The lessons we did teach though were good. Its really hard understanding people though. My CCM techers said Bolivians are easier to understand but that is definitly false. People here dont pronounce the S´sat the end of words so they all just slur together. But it is getting a little bit easier.
Sunday: Since it was STake Conference we had to go to the stake center like 30 minutes away. It was so full there, the had to set up chairs in the hallway to fit everybody. We watched a recording of Elder Anderson and one of the ladies from the General PRimary Presidency. It was all in Spanish obviously so i couldnt understand most of it.
. In the Adjusting to missionary life book they give us, theres a story from elder Hinkley. When he went on his mission, at first it was a really bad experience. And he sent his dad a letter saying he was wasting his time and his fathers money. His Dad sent a letter back and it just said "Gordon, forget yourself and go to work." I really like that because even though Im not frustrated now, I know if i ever am, I just need to forget about my problems and go teach and work. My first week week was sweet. I know its gunna get even better once I can speak the language too. Sorry i dont any pictures this week. I didnt realy get a chance to take any. But ill have some next week.
I hope you all have a good week. I love you all.
Love Elder Crisp

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

October 14th, 2015

The last week is finally here. Im super excited to leave the CCM and go out to the field. But I know the first few months are going to be rough. But im still pumped. The spanish is still coming along. I dont think theres much more to learn except for like new words and being able to understand people when they talk.

Nothing really happened this week though. We didnt have any devotionals or anything, it was basically just class. We were supposed to have Elder Waddell come to speak to us too but he didnt end up coming. It was probably because he was in Ecuador. I was actually really excited to listen to him, but then like 10 minutes before we were supposed to be there, they told us that he wasn't gunna be there so it kinda sucked.

Today was good though, we went to the Temple again and that was good except the session took almost 3 hours cuz some old guy had to leave for like 30 minutes and the there was only one worker when it was over. It was fine though cuz its probably the last time ill go to the temple for a while. Sorry this letter sucks but theres literally nothing else to talk about. I dont really have any new pictures either but Im sure Ill have more to talk about my next pday. 

My next pday wont be till the 26th because we leave next tuesday. Hope you all have a solid week. I pray for you all e'ryday. I love you all. 

Love Elder Crips

Thursday, October 8, 2015

October 7th, 2015

Whats up everybody. The ccm is going really good. And spanish is
coming along really well. Peruvians talk super fast so its hard to
understand sometimes, but they tell me Bolivians talk really slow so
Im looking forward to that. This week was by far the best here.
Saturday and Sunday was only GC and a bunch of extra study time so it
was a nice break. One of my favorite talks was by Von G. Geetch, not
sure if thats spelled right but I liked his analogy about the barrier
and the sharks. The people were so quick to complain about the barrier
without knowing what it was for. I feel like I relate to the surfers
because Im always pretty quick to complain about everything, but Im
working on it. Its a lot like mission rules and escepcially the CCM
rules becuase some of the rules here seem useless but I know they are
there to help me and stuff. Today is someones birthday in my district,
and we started singing happy birhtday but the President came over and
told us,"... thers no singing in the CCM." I really wanted to say,
"yeah there is, we sing all the time," haha but that probably wouldnt
be a good idea. Geetch also talked about how if Jesus submitted
himself to the path God wanted for him, then we should submit
ourselves to God as well.My "ponderize" scripture is Alma 13:29. Its a
pretty self explanitory scripture. Today has been pretty solid too. We
went to the temple which is always sweet. I dont know if ive mentioned
it but there is this place called Metro, which is like a big market
place. Theres nothing really special about it except for the store
that sells jerseys. I bought a Neymar jersey today. When we got back
we had lunch with this guy that was Elder Martinez´s dad´s companion
when he served in Trujillo, so that was pretty sweet. Thats pretty
much it for this week besides all the classes and stuff.. Its pretty
hard to believe ive been gone for a month already and that in 2 weeks
ill been in Bolivia. Sorry this is all one big paragraph, the
connection is really slow so were on the super old version of Gmail
and you cant really do much. I got a couple pictures today. The first
one is of my whole district and the 2nd one is just a random picture
of the main road outsiide of Metro. I love and miss you all so much.
Love Elder Crisp