|Elder West (top row, 2nd from left) with his district at the Guatemala City Temple!|
Yes, surprise surprise!
I'm emailing a day early this week! The reason for that is that tomorrow I won't be in the CCM for most of the day. They're kicking us out to clean again, because we're getting 100-ish more Latino missionaries in for the last two weeks that I'm here. So tomorrow morning we're going to the temple bright and early at 7:30, and as soon as we're done there we're hopping on a bus and going to downtown Guatemala City! From what I've been told, we're going to a park that has a physical relief map of the entire country of Guatemala, then going to one of the big markets downtown. I'll let you all know about that next week.
Things here at the CCM have been interesting this week. I've told you about our practice "investigators," and that they can be a bit difficult. This week they ramped up the difficulty for us, so much so that we actually lost one of our "investigators." And by lost, I mean that he decided that he doesn't want to meet with us any more. Two hours later, we found out that we're getting the same investigator back, but with a twist. We have to pretend that we've never met him before, and pick up where another set of missionaries left off two years ago when he stopped meeting with them. We have our first lesson with our new old "investigator" today. Here's hoping that all goes well.
Learning the Spanish language continues to go well, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's easy. There's so much to learn, and so little time to learn it in before I'm out in the real world. The thing that has helped me most with learning Spanish is reading the scriptures in Spanish, without using the English scriptures to translate. You might think that doing that would be a good idea, but it's not. When you do that, you try to directly translate phrases that don't have a direct translation, and it doesn't actually teach you the language. Translating with a Spanish-English dictionary lets me learn the language and figure out some of the more idiomatic ways of saying things.
Interesting Spanish fact of the day: Spanish has three different ways to say the scriptural phrase "and it came to pass..."
Elder Colton West
El Salvador San Salvador East Mission
(Note from mom aka blog admin: I think somehow the end of his letter got cut off. It ends rather abruptly and he always signs off with an actual ending! I will ask and add anything that got cut off next week. The big SUPER JOY is that we got pictures this week!!!! YIPPEE!!!!)
|Elder West (top row, left end) with his zone at Guatemala CCM (MTC)|