I have loved my companion, Hermana Haws. She is so sweet, and we get along pretty well.
I am in District 105, comprising of Hermana Imbler, Hermana Whatcott, Hermana Goulding, Hermana Santos, Hermana Sales, Hermana Shelton, Hermana Hulse, Elder Johnston, and Elder Harwood. All of our Hermanas will be serving in the Lima Norte mission, and the Elders will be serving in Cochabamba, Bolivia (spelling?). We have some fantastic maestros (teachers): Hermano Grenado, Hermano Lazo, and Hermano Meza. None of them speak very much English, so it's been really difficult to communicate. But they all have really strong testimonies and compassionate hearts. I'm grateful for their patience. :)
I met an Hermana Forsey down here! She said that her grandpa is Gary, I believe. They have Forsey bars every year at Christmas time. She will be serving in Bolivia.
The food down here is pretty great. We have rice every. single. day. And we have a few choices of meat to go with said rice. The chicken is fantastic. Everything is really heavily seasoned and pretty delicious. They have lots of bread with every meal, and a plethora of juices made from fruits I've never heard of. They are... interesting. And almost every dessert is made out of jello. It's pretty funny. My favorite has been the ice cream they serve once or twice a week. I think it's made with bananas, but it is oh so good. I tried some crazy fruit that is kind of sort of like a pomegranate, but it's green and slimy. It's really sweet and hard to eat. The fruit here is delightful.
It is really humid here. Like, ridiculously humid. Our room is always swampy sticky gross. My towels don't dry, my hair doesn't dry, and I always feel like my clothes are stuck to my skin. The humidity makes it seem really cold at night. It is almost always cloudy, and it feels like there is mist hitting you when you walk outside. I've been told that this is the Peruvian equivalent of rain. It's bizarre. We're always ecstatic to see sunlight when the clouds decide to take a siesta.
Spanish has been rough. Really rough. We don't do much of anything in English, and I'm the only one in our District that hasn't taken any Spanish classes. So I'm struggling a bit. I have learned how to pray in Spanish and bear a simple testimony in Spanish. I'm really struggling with verbs though, so it's hard to actually communicate. I'm trying to keep my head up since it's only been one week.
We have already been practicing on our first 'investigator'. His name is Carlos (as played by Hermano Meza). Hermana Haws and I hope to have him committed to baptism by Friday. ,)
So far P-Day has been AMAZING. We were able to go to the temple, which was such a wonderful experience. We walked around Lima a little bit and were able to go to the Peruvian equivalent of Walmart. I think it was called Tottus. We all loaded up on candy, but there are a lot of things that I wish I brought from home. Primarily peanut butter and Sour Patch Kids. But I found Oreos, so those will suffice for now.
The CCM is a beautiful campus, but it is pretty small. There are lots of exotic plants that are pretty fun. One of the trees has little fluffy flowers that remind me of Horton Hears a Who.
I'm running out of Internet time, but I love you all!
[Mom Note Here: We have done a little research and Hermana Kimmi Forsey and her family, our distant cousins has been identified and ironically live just minutes from Cassie's grandma in SLC, Utah! And, Kimmi's uncle lives about 20-25 minutes from us here in Arizona! Such a small world and fun to find new relatives!]