It's good to hear that things are going well at home! It's crazy that my littlest big sister is turning 21... ¡Vaca Santa! (Holy cow!) Xander is starting his senior year... Kaden is almost to the age where girls don't have cooties... and I'm living the dream here in Mexico. ¡Vaca Santa! I've got to agree with you Mother, its crazy how fast everyone is growing up. It's weird to think that by the time I get home all of my millions of cousins will be two years older... muy estraño (very strange).
This last week here in paradise has been pretty awesome. I am learning a lot and having a lot of great experiences. Last P-day we went to the Ranch of Hermano Antonio. It was muy padre. We ate some rico enchiladas and Hermano Antonio gave us a tour of his house. He calls it "La Casa de Piedra" which means the House of Rock.
Hermano German mentioned something about how President Pano ( President of the Branch) is kind of chubby. I then mentioned how he's kind of like Kung Foo Panda... and I went ahead and called him
Kung Foo Pano. Maybe not the most Christlike thing to call somebody but Hermano German laughed so hard. It was so funny! His laugh was just so deep and just funny and he couldnt stop laughing. The rest of us just kept laughing only because German was laughing so hard. It was just such a great day that really just made me realize how wonderful this life is. Doesn't matter where you are, or who you are with, you can always have a good time.
Something sad happened this week as well. The family of Ramoz left for California. Half the family
speaks english and half the family doesn't. We have visited them a lot since I have been here and it's really just been great to actually be able to communicate with people fully. Well Hermano Ramoz and Brian (18 year old getting ready for his mission) both left for California leaving the rest of their family back here in Tepatitlan. Hermano Ramoz is looking for a job up in the states and Brian is wanting to go back to his Hometown in California to submit his papers with his grandparents. The two that left
happen to be the ones that speak english... we said goodbye this last week to them and wished them luck. They are just really cool people and really helped me feel at home here in Mexico, although I do wish that they could still be here in the rama (branch) I know that God will take care of them and all is well.
Spanish is coming better then usual. I really am understanding a lot more... not always perfectly but I do
understand more. For the most part when people speak I can pick out more words than I have before. It no longer just sounds like a long chain of blah blah blahs... I can actually hear words... and pick out the meaning of most of what they say. Also I had a time this week where I taught a lesson at church. Every week the Elders are in charge of the Gospels Principles class and for the most part I have just sat and listened and said a couple of things and that's it. But this week I prepared in the morning for the
class and taught the lesson by myself. It was about a 40 minute class and Elder Tucker just sat at the back of the class and let me go. I was surprised how well it went... they actually understood me and I actually understood most of all of their questions. It was pretty sweet. It turns out Heavenly Father is helping me out with the language better then I thought. No, I'm not close to fluent yet but I am on my way there!
Things are going really good here in Tepatitlan. Its crazy that Elder Tucker is leaving in for home in 2 weeks and I am just starting my Journey. It's a little scary to think that once he's gone then I'm going to be the one in charge... its going to be hard but I am very excited for the opportunity to learn more of how to become a better leader by being the Senior Companion.
Love You all,