Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Dear Family,

This week was kind of rough...  I was sicker than I have ever been in my life.  There is a sickness here called ¨gripa¨ and it must be something like the cold.  But it is way way worse than the cold.  I was down all week long and I thought I would never get back up.  So this week was fairly long.  

But now I am almost as good as new.  I am still recovering from coughing and stuff.  My lungs hurt and my body is sore, but I am almost as good as new.  

This week (Tuesday) we will say goodbye to President Prince.  It is kind of wierd to belong to another mission now but cool to have the chance to open a mission.  On Sunday, the new pres and his wife will get here and we will start the new mission.  

My companion still doesn´t talk.  He doesn´t talk to anyone...  I can´t figure it out.  I do all the talking always.  I teach the lessons, I talk to the people, and I talk on the phone.  I try to give him chances to talk and he doesn´t talk them.  I don´t know why but I am getting really tired.  I don´t have the support of a companion.  I am basically alone.  Not sure what to do about this little situation.

I have felt bad lately that my letters are so boring.  I feel like I can´t fill the letters with interesting things.  So sorry....   And this week is no exception.  I am out of things to say.  I will really give it an effort next week to make a good letter.  

I love you lots and hope you have a great week!!!


P.S.  the volcano didn´t explode.... not yet, hahaha.

Sunday, June 24, 2012


Dear Family,

This week was (as usual) a very interesting week........

First of all,  I didn´t get transfered!!!  I have no idea why, but I am very very grateful that I wasn´t.   So, on the 1st of July, I belong the Mission Medellin.   I am happy with that although I will miss President Prince.  I figure its only 3 months of another president, so it shouldn´t affect me too much.  Plus, I am always very far away from the President so it doesn´t make a huge difference.  

Second of all, my companion didn´t get transfered either...  He still doesn´t talk and stuff.  I think he ignores me, haha.  But we will see how things go this transfer.  

Third of all, there is a volcano here close to Manizales, and the other day we woke up to the whole city being covered with ashes.  It was kind of wierd and they say the sucker is gonna blow... but we´ll see.  No need to worry...  

Fourth of all, on wednesday, we were hungry.  So we stopped by a street vendor and bought something to eat.  Next thing we know, we got robbed blind.  2 kids came up and shoved a knife in my ribs and told me (swearing the whole time) to give them everything.  So we did.  And they left running.  We watched them run away and after a minute, we headed out to see if we could find them.  We looked and looked and couldn´t find them.  A member saw us without our bags and picked us up in his taxi and we kept looking.  We ended up turning down a street and we saw our bags there in the street.  We got out to check things out, and ALL the stuff they took from us was there.  Now, what I didn´t tell you is that my companion had 50000 pesos (a lot) in his book of mormon and I (the only time in my whole mission that I had it with me) had my camara.  And, miraculously, there it all was.  We didn´t lose anything at all.  Crazy, huh?

Well thats about it.  Love you lots and hope you have a great week!!!


Monday, June 11, 2012


Dear Family,

This week was good.  We still don´t know anything about the mission split... but, we should hear something about it tonight.  This week is transfers and so we are all a little bit nervous.  I am really hoping to make it entthrough this transfer without being transfered.  

I am still talking to myself...  My companion is an ok guy and all.... but I am going crazy.  I have to take advantage when other people are around.  I have been able to be very patient with all my companions, but I don´t know how much longer I can do it.  

This week we had a baptism!!!   The kid that got baptized is David Clavijo.  He is 23 years old and was supposed to be baptized 2 months ago.  He progressed really fast and everything but would hide the week before his baptism.  This happened like 3 or 4 times.  And this week we finally baptized him.  He is really good and everything and we still don´t know why he kept hiding but he will be a really good member. 

Not a whole lot more happened this week...  I am sorry I don´t have anything too exciting to share.  I am sure that next week will be a bit more exciting.  

Love you lots!!!


Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Dear Family,

This week was another interesting week...

Things are going fine with my companion.  Still talking to myself a bit, but other than that things are fine.  Sometimes I feel bored when I am with him, but luckily we have really good members that like me and keep me from going insane.  

Next week, we will know what is happening with the new mission.  It looks like if we have transfers next wednesday, we will be in the mission that corresponds with the city we are in.  So everything depends on this transfer.  I have no idea where I will be...  I think I want to be in the Medellin mission (so I can stay in Manizales...).  But we will see.  I am really happy where I am at and after this transfer, I only have 2 transfers left.  I can`t believe how fast time is going by.  Oh and last week, President Prince asked me where I wanted to finish my mission... 

Here in Colombia, there is a TV show that is called Colombia tiene Talento.  It is like America`s got Talent.  But it is extremely popular here.  Well this week a member in my branch won.  I don`t know him very well, but he is blind and he sings and plays the piano.  He won 500,000,000 pesos.  I don`t really know how many dollars it is...  But it is a ton of money here.  But I thought that was cool. 

So I am pretty sure I already told you about the chiva that the family you met on mother`s day has, right?  Well it is basically like a modified jeep that has room for like 15 people.  Yesterday, we went for a quick ride in it and it was super cool.  We went up a big old hill up on the mountain close to Manizales, and we could see the whole city.  I didn`t have my camara but it was really really cool.   

Other than that, not a whole lot more is going on...  So....  have a great week!!!  Love you lots!!!