CHRISTER IS IN MY BRANCH!!! It was so crazy because I didn't even recognize him until we were all introducing ourselves their first night and he introduced himself as Elder Mercado from Texas and then I looked at him and I was like "Wait, is your first name Christer??" and he looked at me and recognized me and we hugged. Its so crazy seeing him after 13 years. I don't even know what to talk to him about because the last time we talked was when we were 5 when we were friends in the ward in Wisconsin. But he's so nice and I can tell he´s going to be a great missionary. I've just been thinking about all the memories we had and it makes me really happy.
Also JAKE JENSEN from our ward in Ohio is here and he looks the same, and he's so nice. We talk together sometimes at meals. The Mormon world is very very small.
I'M SO EXCITED FOR ELDER DUBIEL and his mission call to Chile...that's crazy. Tell him that I wish him the best and I'll keep him in my prayers as he prepares. So is he going to go to Fall semester at BYU since he doesn't leave till December?
I´ve been so happy this week. I don't think I've ever actually been this happy. Maybe happy isn't the best way to put it because I've had such a happy life so far with all the memories I have with our family and the people that I've known. What I'm feeling now I think is the closest thing I've ever felt to true joy. I love the people I teach, I love the missionaries around me- especially my companion, I love myself, I love the reasons I'm here and what I know I can accomplish. I think I'm just getting lost in the work and it´s amazing and I'm not even in the field yet.
So I got my flight information yesterday!!! We leave at midnight on Monday night and its a 6 hour flight to Lima. I cant wait to meet my trainer. I just hope he only speaks to me in Spanish because I really want to learn. I'm sorry to hear about Allison´s toe. I hope it gets better before the vacation. Ill keep Matt and Hayden in my prayers.
Our district has grown so close and I feel like I'm at the point where I'm really really close friends with all of them even though I haven't known them for that long. I'm really close friends with the type of people of all types and I'm really glad that I'm becoming less judgmental and I hope that's something I can keep with me after I'm home. Missions are awesome. I highly recommend them. I've gone through such a change in such a short period of time.
I love you guys and Ill be able to call from the airport before I leave on Monday night, Also when I said that I can email as long as I want the day before I leave that was false. I don't know where I got that information but It´s false. I still have class on Monday. I hope you guys have a great vacation! Also I got a letter from the Chapmans yesterday and it made me really happy because I hadn't gotten any physical mail yet.