I’m technically being trained again. I don’t have to do all of the training again, but I think President Toombes wants me to get familiar with the program so I can train in three months. Which is cool. Its pretty exciting to be teaching in English, its helping me with my social anxiety a lot. In Brazil I had a language barrier to hide behind. I can see a lot of reasons why I’m here. We live with members, which is a little weird. We have like a room in the basement, and my bed is 2 mattresses and 2 box springs. Its pretty comfy actually. They’re both retired, and their kids have moved out, so its pretty quiet around the house. We have a microwave, our own bathroom, and a fridge. They also have a piano that they let us play, so that’s pretty neat. I’m going to try to learn how to read music better again.
The work is slower here than in Brazil, which is okay with me because I feel less pressure. I’m getting better at talking to people, and by the end of the mission I should be a pro. We have a cool district, there are a bunch of really funny guys. When I first got here, there was an Elder from Brazil, and when I talked to him I found out that he lived in my last zone. I actually did baptisms for the Sisters in his ward. So that was pretty cool. Having a car is nice, I stay nice and cool on the way to appointments. We get 120 dollars a month, so if I budget right, I could leave with some good money. President actually told us too, that an Elder had left right before us with 300 dollars.
We get fed dinner instead of lunch, so I bought cereal for breakfast today and Ramen noodles for lunch. I have some fruit and bread for sandwiches too, so don’t worry about me eating healthy. I haven’t had as much time to draw as I would like, but as soon as everything settles down I think I’ll start to doodle a little every night.
We have a few people who are ready for baptism. In fact one is sitting right next to me! She likes to go to the library where we do email. For free. We have an older man who just needs to marry his wife, who is a member. There’s also a woman who’s son is going to fly here to baptize her on the 21st. So even though the work is slower we still baptize. We teach less lessons, and we don’t get into peoples houses as much, but that’s okay. Ive gotten the door slammed on my only once, but since I’m not really new to the mission I’m okay with it. So I’ll be with my first companion for 3 months, and then I’ll train. I’m still getting used to the area here, and meeting people, but I’m not as nervous as I was when I first got to Brazil.
All in all, I’m going to be alright. I try not to think too much about how long I still have here. Hopefully in two months when I hit my year mark, it will start to go even faster. Keep sending me emails, say hi to everybody, and get my mission address out to people so I can start getting letters haha. BTW, I only have one request so far for a package, and that’s a blending stub. Nothing else yet, most stuff I can get here. More rubber bands would be cool, I’m going to try and get it basketball sized. Not much else to say, only got emails from you, president McCombie, and Grandma Nelson.