Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hola!!! ha ha Ithought I should probably include some Spanish in here since I am learning so much. So this week was a much more eventful week! First off, I was in the ER all day Friday with my companion because his lung apparently collapsed and he had to have surgery done to fix it and is going to be here for an extra 7 weeks because of it and might not be able to go to Mexico anymore! Crazy huh? It was so random too because all of the sudden we woke up and it hurt really bad so we went it and then in about an hour we were in the ER and talking to surgeons about what to do. I did get to meet his parents tho (they came down for the surgery) which was nice. His mom is a was nice lady! She even wrote me a letter and told me how grateful she was that I was with him all day in the hospital before anyone got there and such. I stayed with him because he didn't have anything to do and i didn't want him to be alone right after he just got told he might not be able to serve a mission. Elder Hillary is an amazing Elder and Friend and Iknow when he finally gets to go to Mexico he is going to be an amazing missionary! I really do miss him... and I know we didn't get along much at first but we have definitely learned to be much more forgiving and not let all of the little things get to us. Its been really great the past couple weeks, I have grown so so very much! This has been a truly amazing experience! Before all of that happened on Friday we taught again in the pratice thing again. We taught the second lesson in Spanish for the first time and we taught a legit Mexican guy so I was extremely intimidated at first, but we taught amazingly well together and we honestly taught him a full message in Spanish! Crazy! There is no way I would have been able to learn a language like this without the Lord's help and guidance! It really has taught me that through the Lord ANYTHING is possible! I know it! I am living proof! ha ha That is another reason why it was so sad to lose my companion because we have learned to teach so well together and have such a strong companionship and unity between us! I am now with two other elders in a trio now, they were my other roommates so I didn't have to move or anything, so that is good. Oh and Elder Hillary comes back from his surgery on wed or Thursday i think, depending on his recovery time. But he is not going to come to Mexico with us on next Monday! crazy huh!!? I can not believe that by this time next week i will be in Mexico, its kinda scary... ha ha But I am SOO excited to go and serve and speak horrible Spanish! ha ha Oh and this week in the resource center, which is where all the calls for free stuff and questions about anything come, and we also call out to people who have requested free stuff and make sure they receive it. And I was really feeling like I was understanding a lot of Spanish and so I asked my teacher if I could call out to the Spanish speaking people that received stuff. I was so scared at first! ha ha! It was way intimidating, but after one or two calls I became much more comfortable and really began to understand a whole lot of Spanish! Its crazy! My teacher was there to help we in case I did not know what they were saying, because they speak so crazy fast! But there is also a prompt to kinda follow, but over all I was talking in Spanish to people, crazy huh? I also realize I have only one week left and the biggest downfall of missionaries here is wasting time, especially toward the end. But I am nervous about going to Mexico and seeing ZERO English so I have been extremely focused and I really want to make the very most out of this last week and try and learn as much grammar as i can because i know that the vocab will come as i hear so much Spanish. Ah! I'm so excited! Its such a weird feeling to realize i am not going to be in the states for two years! I also so very excited to learn about the culture there and everything it entails, oh and Mexican people are so much nicer and more humble! No offense to the people who are going to read this... ha ha So I am just preparing and getting ready to go this last week and working my tail off to learn as much Spanish as i can! Oh and just to give everyone the heads up, i wont be able to receive mail in the MTV after the 27Th of Feb. So if you think it would get to the MTC could you just send it to the Mexico address? Thanks! The address in on this blog, its on the very first post back in Dec in case you do not have it. Oh and works to Mexico for FREE too! Its not really quick like it is to the MTC, but i will get it about every 3 or 4 weeks. and the mail system in Mexico is kinda bad, so i don't know how mailing letters works, but i guess i will find out... ha ha Oh and it takes an international stamp too.. i assume you already know that... ha ha Thank you again everyone for all of your amazing support and love, it really makes a difference here! Being here has become so much easier as i have come to better understand that this is truly the Lords work and I know He has a huge part in it each and everyday. we are here to share His message and testify if Him. I am humbled every time i think of how privileged I am to be here and serving a miss on! It has been so so very amazing and has helped me to grow in so many ways, I'm so excited for Mexico and all i know that is going to bring. I'm excited to meet so many great people and i am even more excited about sharing the message of Christ! M. Russel Ballard came and spoke to us on Tuesday (he is a modern day apostle of Christ) and one of the many great scriptures he shared with us was Alma 29:9 because it defines missionary work so much and how we really need to recognize the Lord for all He is giving us each and everyday! :D He taught us how important this work is and I honestly LOVE what i am doing and will get to do! :D Thank you so much for every ones letters and love! This might be my last email until I'm in Chihuahua Mexico! CRAZY! I love and miss you all so so very much! Love, Elder Andrew Davidson

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