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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Week 1

 Hey mom! first of all remember when I said to put a picture of the
virgin mary on packages? well dont. just write elder mcfadyen because
the people here trust and love mormones. ill probably email on mondays
and tuesdays here in the ccm, and for now im thinking ill just write
letters back to people who write me one. also im not going to use very
much correct punctuation because the keyboard is weird and i want to
fit in as much as i can. so lets startt with the plane ride over here.
i sat next to a really interesting guy on the way to los angeles so
that was fun takling to him. then when i arrived in los angeles i
immediately saw 3 elders waiting at the terminal for our flight to
guatemala  (i came out of the terminal immediately next to that one.
we all clicked right away and our district is awesome. we all get
along really well. so the flight down to guatemala city was like a 4
and a half hour flight and we probably got like 2-3 hours of sleep
then when we got to the ccm at like 7 we just had to get ready and the
day got going. it was literally the longest day of my life because
tuesday and wednesday felt like the same day. so get ready for that
guys. (cole chase). our teacher hermana alvorado is very cool and nice
and so is everyone in the ccm really. the latinos are very friendly
and patient with the norteamericanos terrible spanish. so anyway the
day ended after what felt like an eternity and then i sleep like a
baby. ive slept like a baby every night. overall im really loving it
here, the food is really really good every meal because our ccm is the
only one in the world with a professional chef. my companion is
awesome, he is always serving me and i get to help him because my
spanish is a lot better since i took 3 years in high school. that has
helped a lot. his name is elder searle from roy utah. my experience
especially helped since on the 3rd day we taught our first lesson to
our investigator in spanish. his name is jose and he works in the ccm
kitchen. he is awesome, and last night elder searle and i gave him a
baptismal date and he was excited about it and said he loved the idea,
felt really good about it, wouldd pray about it, and just wanted to
discuss the matter with his fiance and family who are important to
him. i know im not giving a lot of details i apologize, im trying to
fit in as much as possible. this is all scatter brained i apologize
for that too. before i forget, (this is for akaash) when we landed in
guatemala city i helped an old latino man get his luggage out of
overhead storage, and he said "you a strong man" in avery thick
hispanic accent. i later learned lots of people say that here. and
every time they do i think of you akaash. the whole experience here is
can be summed up in one word for me. intense. im tired a lot.
yesterday i was really really sleepy tired from when i woke up until i
went to bed. but im getting used to that and focusing and learning
instead of falling asleep which i havent during the day yet by the
way. but that has been really tough. its so amazing here overall. were
in the nicest part of the country and there is money here so i dont
really know what its going to be like when i leave. i mean we got
picked up from the airport with a large old stick shift school bus
(nine of us missionaries. were the smallest district here and were the
only district who doesnt have any sisters which is nice because i
think were all a lot closer because of that. girls are distracting.
but there probably is half elderes half hermanas in the ccm. its
rained all but a few days so far and the cool thing is when it rains
it pours. its so loud and awesome and there is a lot of lightning but
ive never heard thunder which is weird. also the weather overall right
now is pretty much perfect. its not very humid. it felt more humid in
california sometimes, its not too hot ever. its so nice. it is winter
right now down here so im not sure what the rest of the year will feel
like but i cant complain at all. oh the other thing that has been hard
for me is being inside almost the entire day sometimes. some days we
only go outside maybe for personal study. and i love the outside. so
thats hard. but the language is really fun to learn for me, and fun to
speak with the latinos. its really an easy language. trent. to you i
give mad props. i could not learn chinese and keep my sanity. but the
lord knows what we can do. oh by the way, max chase chance cole
brigham: bring all the ties you own (elder tomayo in my district
brought 90. genius.) every friday we have a tie swap and if you have
like 4-10 crumby ties you can score some amazing ties. michael if
youre still dating lauren i need to be honest. i traded all but one of
the ties that you gave me. in fact that was my plan from the
beginning. but i wish i had brough more ties. like my square ties and
what not because those ties fit in more here and i defintely wuold
have worn them. also bring hangers, a tie hanger as well. and ive been
told we hardly ever wear our rain boots so dont spend a lot of money.
you can but thats my opinion i guess. i had the privelege of being
called to serve more as my district leader on saturday so ive got a
little more responsibility. on sunday we had our district meeting and
the spirit was so strong. everyone in our district felt like we had
known each other before as soon as we saw each other, even though none
of us have. ill let you all think about how cool that is. for the most
part, i feel really big around the latinos which is a foreign feeling
to me. its nothing special its just new to me. my companion is very
humble, elder walton from wyoming is hilarious, elder merrill from
canada is a really good skier and he and i have a lot in common. elder
major from utah is very spiritual and sings a lot because his voice is
amazing. elder tomayo from houston area brought 90 ties. need  i say
more. elder van shaar from arizona knows everything therer is to know
about guatemala. elder tukuafu from arizona is the only one who has
gotten sick so far in our district, and hes just our friendly giant.
elder davidson from houston area has an rotc air force full ride
scholarship to byu. last night one of the latino elders who arrived
the time as us had to go home because of family reasons, and it was so
sad. it was the first time ive been sad here. we had a little goodbye
ceremony in his room and it was all in spanish but i could just feel
the love we all had for elder molina and i couldnt help but cry along
with others. the spirit is prevalent here. and even though we are
tired  so often and stressed and cant understand the language a lot
and are asked to prepare a talk in spanish for sunday and 2 lessons,
on top of teaching jose and trying to become knowledgable about the
scriptures, we are all so happy. i love this gospel and my testimony
has grown a ton here in a just a week. i have been praying for you all
at home and hope things are going well. I love you all! prepare to
serve Him with all your heart. and that way youll be able to help your
companion and those around you more. sorry for not replying to anyone
else. lots of love!
Btw there was an earthquake. Lauren reminded me.

Love, elder mcfadyen

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