Hello everybody. It is going great in Santiago. Christmas was great and now it's about time for a haircut, but we can't go out tomorrow because New Years Eve and New Years is supposedly really crazy, but not as crazy as Chile's Independence Day in September. You hear some pretty cool stuff. The culture here is going to take a little to get used to. They don't refrigerate milk, or eggs and it costs too much so they just use cold yogurt on their cereal. That is awesome that Hayden Cooper came back. I wonder how long it took him to pick up the language. Does he struggle remembering English now. ONLY ONE MORE TRANSFER LEFT AND IM OUT OF HERE. ONLY A COUPLE MORE WEEKS UNTIL EVERYTHING I SAY IS IN CHILEAN. The last two weeks went bye so fast. Ill be dunking before I know it, JK. Instead of going out on P-day we are going to Al Cantara to have a barbecue and play some volleyball. I can't wait for some new food. About my spanish, I'm fluent. No, but it is coming along. I don't know if I will see any fireworks on New Years Eve, but at Vina del Mar I hear they have a pretty sweat fireworks show. They launch the fireworks off the boats to watch from the Beach. I hope they are humble and ready for the gospel. I know that God has prepared them to receive the message of the Gospel. The Latinos are leaving tomorrow, and we will get the biggest group coming in to replace them that we've had. There will be like 50 something new elders coming in, which is a lot. The MTC will be packed. We are getting new teachers too. I hope are first teacher and TRC teacher stay. Our TRC teacher is awesome, and he has been able to be our teacher for four weeks. Sometimes teaching the "Investigators" is hard, but it is good practice. Thats about it for this week, have a nice week and enjoy the last of break from school. Love ya.
Just Kidding. There is more. The CCM is great, and is flying by quick. Pretty soon I'll be in the field livin' it up with the little spanish I know. It can be hard sometimes, but totally worth it. There was an earthquake on Saturday. Just a little tremor that shook my bed for a few seconds and was over. It sounds like Jeremy loves the MTC, but it's not as cool as living in the CCM, and he knows it. I love waking up in the morning to the temple right outside my window. Unfortunately, for Christmas we don't get to call or skype, but email for only 30 minutes. But I know the time so we can chat back and forth. I get on at 12:15 my time, so that should be 7:15 your time. I'm sure you will be up then and already done opening the presents. One way Jeremy does beat me though is with the cafeteria food. But we are going to get a good breakfast on dinner, the Temple President and his wife are making us breakfast. I love my district. It is by far the best district in the CCM. We drew names and bought little treats for each other for Christmas, like we do at home but cheaper. It's hard to find stores for what you wan't to buy. The best stores so far are the distribution center and Liders, which is owned by walmart but like a grociery store. A cool fact is that the people here say "po" after all their sentences which doesn't mean anything, but they use it ALL THE TIME. If you hear someone speaking spanish and hear them saying "po" a lot, you know they are from Chile. They won't tell us everything we are doingo for Christmas, but maybe some service and we will watch the devotional at the Provo MTC live. The CCM is great, but I'm dying to get out in the field, we all are.
The CCM is great and going bye quick. It's great to hear from you all. Talk to you again next week.
Now we get an hour to write. The MTC has been such a blast. Today is P Day, so we went to the mall and the grocery store and the distrubution center. Today we get to go to the temple for the first time. There are about 50 elders and sisters total, it's so different from the Provo MTC. The language is hard, but I'm getting it slowly. The hardest part is trying to teach the lessons while are teachers act as investigators. It is comming along though, it's just very difficult. I don't mean to brag, but the weather is perfect. OK maybe I do. It's like California in the summertime. Perfect. In the mornings we jog to a nearby park where we can play basketball and soccer or run. I usually just play basketball. It is so nice having the temple so close. They let us go every two weeks in the MTC, so I will get to go three times. Hopefully in a few months I will be able to talk to the natives pretty well. There are just so many words to memorize and so many conjugations. We joke that we are in a prison because we only get to go out of the MTC and Temple area for exercize and on P Day. If you wan't to send packages it might be a little expensive but you can send letters through the post office or by pouch. There is just so much to do, and it's a little wierd having every hour of the day planned out to a t and not much free time except today. Our teachers are so funny, especially Hermano Riutor. It's so funny listening to us all of us trying to pronounce the language and not sound like a gringo. Chileans speak fast and drop the end of their words, and like to say "po" at the end of their sentences which means absolutely nothing. It's going to be so weird while we adapt to not only the language but the way they speak. Even the missionaries who have known spanish all their lives have trouble understanding the missionaries. How are things in Nevada. I'm going to write Jeremy next to see how things are going in Provo. Definately not as cool as bieng in South America. Most of the Elders from the states are from Utah, with two from Texas and my companion is from Montana. His name is Elder Smith. Enclosed are some pictures of the Temple and life in the MTC. One is a picture of me and my companion and one of Elder Ware, a funny Elder from Utah. Never mind, they won't let me send that much photos in this email maybe the next one. Please write me emails, I want to know how things are going there. I'll write again next wednesday. Adios.