where to even begin....
this has been the craziest freaking week of my life. so the night we got in, we were taken the offices and slept there that night. we got into bed at like 2 30. then we were woken up three hours later to get ready and go the stake center where we met all the other incoming missonaries. i got to see elder Cole Cody which was awesome. i also met Hermana Skousen who is from Dad´s ward back home. oh and i saw elder Chris Ludlow las week and got a picture with him.
my companion´s name is elder Fallas. (no mom it doesnt soun like Dallas. have Jeff help ya say it). he is from Costa rica and much to my surprise, the kid speaks perfect english. in the place where i live, there are two american elders, Elder Crosier, and Elder Paredes (who just happened to go to highland and lives at Harris and brown. like five minuted from our house). these kids are awesome!
so the food. for breakfast we eat bread. every day. we had a jar of nutella from the elder i replaced but it is gone now. the Elder´s name was elder aubrey. Jackson aubrey´s cousin. i met him on the first day and we made the connection that our cousins are dating. fun stuff. anyways, at luch and dinner, we eat rice, some kind of meat, and sometimes potatoes. yesterday for breakfast, our pentionista (definitely dont know how to spell that) made us "pancakes". they were dang good. we put nutella and condensed milk on them. and no mom i havent been sick once. keep up the prayers, they´re working. oh and on my first night here, for dinner i had what we had at the peruvian restaurant. except it wasnt normal beef. it was heart. it was really good though! im kinda bummer she hasnt made it more. it tastes kinda like beef jerky. we definitely cant dring from the tap, but we have our filter bottles from the mtc for brushing out teeth and we get these big water bottles for super cheap for drinking water.
there´s a lady here who makes shoes and so the four of us are getting custom soccer shoes made. they´re sickkk. but my feet are so big that they are gonna have to make a new sized mold for me and any other future bug-footed gringos.
so the bathroom? we dont have a toilet seat. but i mean who needs that anyways. we do have water heaters though so thats a plus. the hot water only lasts like five minutes but its ok, im just glad we get hot water.
so i live in a place called Zapallal. its by ventenilla and puente piedra. look em up. my area is right by the panamericano highway and its hills. and hills. and hills. my calfs are killing me.
mom you would LOVE it here. everything is so simple and everyone is just happy to have a roof over their heads. they give us so much. my first night, we sat on someones doorstep, with the girl we were teaching sat om a little stool and we just read the book of mormon with her. she lives where you can see our whole area and its freakin aweome to go up on the hills and look down at everything. i´ll have to take a picture soon.
oh and Elder Arnett is in my zone so ive seen him a couple times already.
so there are three things i´ve learned to watch out for...
1.Dogs. there are more dogs here than i´ve ever seen in my life. they all bark out you and they all want to kill you. im convinced they´re all satans pets. the Dazer has come in handy many times but i kinda want one to attck me so i can kick it. then he´ll go tell all his buddies to look our for the American with the big feet.
2. Snakes. not real snakes. its a term used for the girls here who try to flirt with and or seduce americans. all the girls here scare the crap out of me.
3. Mothers with kids between ages 0-5. i´ll take on a whole army of angry diseased dogs over being in the presence of someone nursing their child. it is THE most uncomfortable thing ive ever experienced. pray for me to not be akward as heck and to get used to this because i am dying. like i am literally afraid to leave the house every day because i am so scared of having another panic attack. welp. cool.
all in all i honestly love this place. its absolutely awesome. ive never appreciated the things i had before the mission more. ive also never realized how much useless garbage we spend way too much time focusing on. in the eternal scheme of things all that really matters is baptism, keeping the commandments, and being sealed to our families. the gospel is sooooooooooooo simple. we overcomplicate everything though. tranquilo. bakaan. welp. imma try to send some pictures, hopefully it works, these internet places are crazy. welp, i love you all, keep the missionaries in your prayers because i have no idea what i am doing out here haha the mission is insane. BUT. God gives us our weaknesses so that we can remember where we can turn for strength. Jesus Christ overcame everything for us. everything. our doubts, fears, insecurities, pains, weaknesses. what a guy. pray with gratitude for your weakness because it is through them we come closest to our hevenly father. im crazy weak out here. hence, im praying (pleading actually) more than ever before for strength just to make it through the day. well thats just about everything i think. love you all!
elder kendall brown