HEY EVERYONE! Hope you guys are all doing great, love getting the emails! Just makes everyday so much fun! I’ll first talk about you guys and then we’ll get to me!
So awesome! Sounds like that plan would work! Will I get to have a Sunday in Puno? If not, it’s ok, I can work that out, I’ll just get phone numbers! and yes I shared all my root beer! I had one can to myself and after that, I gave it all out, but it was so good! Nice little taste from home ha-ha. and music! Just send whatever you think is appropriate! Like if there are more piano guys or Lindsey Sterling or things like that you know. I’ve been putting them all on a USB and then I have a cool little blue box (makes me think of Dr. Who) that plays all my music! It’s so nice; I want to see if I can send music through email one day. Anyways! The scribble thing makes sense! We were both confused about that ha-ha. Yeah the paddle boats were fun and we looked so funny! But we fought for our dragon boat! Mainly because I wanted it and I was the one fighting for it, I did NOT want a swan. That’s too bad about Glen 😦 that would be such a hard decision to make, but I’ll keep his family in my prayers. Same with Bill! Poor guy 😦 I’ll pray for him too…. Sounds like you guys are happy and busy like always! Keep it up! Love hearing about all your fun adventures! Send me pictures of Kake’s dress! Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAKE! I hope you had so much fun! LOVE YOU!
Well this week was drunk and peed filled like usually. Monday we went to the chapel and played as a Zone, it was so fun! Then we went down the giant slide like usual and then left. But sad story! They told us that for Candelaria we might have to stay inside because of the drunks, they just don’t want us having problems because “The worms have claimed the flesh of many” meaning that sin has claimed way too many people down here! It’s crazy. They people are not very rich down here, but they save their money for the whole year to buy their stupid alcohol! And to dance! It’s so stupid! But I guess it’s the way they live, but I am here to change that! We have also decided to have a stake wide talent show! We hermanas were going to dress up as ugly pinays and dance to “Single Ladies” by Beyonce, but apparently we can’t. So then I came up with the idea of having a Pinay and Wikay fashion show, where we all come out as Pinays and Wikay and we’re introduced! But the elders hated that, so I don’t think we’re participating. Anyways! Soon afterwards, the most horrid thing happened. Me and my comp are just chilling in our room when we get a message from Huascar, or the other hermanas (hermanas Wahlen and Liza) that says “I HAVE PEE IN MY HAIR”. Wahlen has been losing hair like crazy so to save it she has had to pee in a bottle for a few days and they washed her hair with pee, because that’s how all the pinays down here get their hair really long. I ALMOST DIED! I refuse to touch her hair right now! She said it smelt so bad! But I guess it’s because of the water, so I shouldn’t be surprised if it happens. The raven waits for us all I guess. It sucks. Oh this week it rained really badly, to the point where the streets were flooded once again, but that’s normal at this point right? But BIG NEWS! This Saturday… will be my first baptism!!! He’s 11 years old, his mom is a member and we’re going to baptize him! YES! So happy!
But for my spiritual thought, has to do with another big accomplishment I made this past week, which I actually made on Kake’s birthday! I was just chilling and thinking “Dang my sister is turning 18 today. I’m so old” when I get a phone call from Hermana Black, and at first I was really nervous, but then she said “HAPPY NINE MONTHS IRVINE! We’re half way!” And I died! I am over halfway now! How trunky is that! So after that I was thinking about that a bit and thinking about all the things I’d be seeing in 9 months, like carpet, driving rules, no drunks and rivers of pee in the road, when I started to think about all the things I would be missing in nine months, my new friends, only speaking Spanish, laughing as I climb up over 200 stairs that I normally would have thought impossible, and I realized how far I’ve come. I am so grateful for the next 9 months, I don’t want them to end, but I know that after them I need to apply the things that I learned. I can learn just as much or even more than I’ve learned in the past nine months, or I can go downhill, and I’ve decided to keep going up hill. it’ll be hard, because there’ll be a point when I’ll think “Why am I still trying so hard when I am going home so soon” but it’s just like the stairs, when I get to the top, I see one of the most beautiful views ever, but if I stopped before and said it was too hard, I wouldn’t have been able to see it. So here’s to the next nine months! Here’s to working to the view of a well done mission, and to all the things I have learned and will learn! Love you all and I can’t wait to see all of you in nine months!