here in the CCM, and I can't quite wrap my mind around it. I am so
excited, and downright heartbroken to leave this campus. I have come
to love the environment, the teachers, the staff members, the food,
the schedule... all the things so so much. I have the worst time with
This week went by so quickly (didn't I just say that last week?)! My
favorite part of this week definitely was preparing a special musical
number with my District. We sang Mas Cerca Dios, de Ti (Nearer My God,
to Thee) in a Devotional on Sunday night. I have to say it was pretty
freaking fantastic. We sang it for our teachers, and they seem to love
hearing us sing. Hermano Meza brought his wife and daughter in again
for one of our lessons, and he asked us to sing again for his wife. It
was really sweet.
Spanish is coming along. I understand a little more every day. I don't
feel like I can say much, but looking back on where I started, it's
pretty miraculous to see where I am now. I probably sound like a three
year old when I speak... but I've learned three years worth of Spanish
in 6 weeks. Pretty neat, eh?
Another exciting accomplishment: I'm sooo close to finishing the Book
of Mormon. Did you know that if you read 26 pages a day (that's flat
out reading... no marking) you can finish the whole thing in 3 weeks.
And if you want to keep up your reading, you can read 26 pages a day
from the Pearl of Great Price and the New Testament in another 3
weeks. I haven't had time to read that much with everything else we
have to study, but it's cool to know for future reading. I'll
definitely be done by the time we leave.
We leave on Tuesday morning. Can I say that again? We leave the CCM to
be missionaries in Lima, Peru in 5 days! We have 2 more language
classes, one more devotional, one more Fireside, one more day of
proselyting, and one long day of orientation... and then we get to
head out on a bus to our mission. I don't even have words. I'm going
to miss the scary showers that can only be scalding hot or ice cold,
my daily breakfast of an egg with cheese on fresh baked rolls, yogurt
with flakes, and bread with strawberry jam, the ice cream the cooks
gave us three times a week because they knew it was our favorite, my
sweet sweet teachers that have made such a deep impression on me, the
maintenance men that so diligently clean and maintain our campus every
day and never fail to make us smile down the hallway, the crazy
laundry days, the trips to the temple... (I want to go back and list
off more food, but I don't want to sound fat). I'm really going to
miss this beautiful campus and the people in it. Pero, esta bien.
I wish I could write more... We are having a really hard time with the
Internet today. I'll try to get some pictures out! Oh, and thank you
so much for all of the sweet emails! I'm excited to go and read them
all tonight. I'm not sure when my PDay will be in the field, but I
hope I can reply to you all soon!
PS Hermano Granados and Hermano Meza say hello!