So I put my mailing address at the top so that's covered [If anyone needs his mailing address, please contact me via IM or text]. As for adding Colin, I don't know his email address so that would be greatly appreciated. I will send photos today so don't worry, not many from Florida yet though.
First off...no I am not formally learning Spanish. Just bits and pieces so I can understand better what people say and can say some key things in door approaches and such. My companion grew up mostly in Utah too, so he sounds pretty "Utahn" which is good [this was in response to my comment on his companion's Spanish speaking with a Kentucky accent]. The Members are so amazing here, I've been well fed and nourished haha. I actually had some Jerk Chicken made for me by a Jamaican man which was so awesome...and spicy, which was good :). Volleyball last week was awesome! We played in the sand too and we are going again today. Elder Adams is a pretty good setter so it is fun, and they are all pretty coordinated, which is nice. We had to drop or hand off a bunch of investigators yesterday during planning because they were moving or half English half Creole households, which made us sad :( But that's okay, because we are all on the same team here. It's working out :).
We met this man named J the other day and he really reminded me of the guy dad and I used to play volleyball with (the guy with a whole bunch of tattoos) except black...like everyone else here haha :) He opened the door for us and let us in to say a prayer and was the nicest man I've ever met, and he was so respectful and loving. His 6 year old son was there and we said a prayer and gave them the first lesson. He was so great and his son was so well taught, it was just the greatest experience ever. So pray for him and his family right now because I really want to help them have an even better life :)
Tomorrow is my first Zone Conference, and it's one where Elder Dube is coming to our mission and speaking to everybody. It's going to be amazing :D
I think I answered a few of Stewart's questions already, but I will finish them off. I have really seen myself grow in my ability to talk to people. I like what you said, Stewart, about warming up and just talking to the first five people I see every day. It really works (I mean we talk to everybody we see every day anyways but still...ha). It's the greatest how the Lord qualifies those he calls. Since day one of the MTC I have been able to stare people in the eyes and tell them what's up with the gospel, and that's been so great to be able to do :) My companion is so hardworking. He is really the greatest at never giving up and always moving forward with faith, its the best :) And the best thing about my area is how everybody pretty much already has a personal relationship with God and Christ. It's such an amazing building block to work with :)
It's crazy I have almost been out a month :O It doesn't feel like that. I'm almost one month old in the mission!! I'm so old!!
Anyways I love you all. You are the best and I pray for you every night with all of my heart.
[Letter #2 was to Devin...answering his questions]
Biking is good. I have quite the thighs right now, ha.
A normal day: we get up at 6:30 and exercise, then eat until 8, then personal study for an hour, then companion study for an hour, and because he is Spanish speaking he studies language and I have free time in which I usually make some lunch and do more studying. At 11 he comes and eats lunch as well while I am studying, and then, because I am new, we do an hour of "12 week" (which is like a greenie-getting-used-to-the-mission kind of study time). We usually head out by 1:00. We are required to knock for at least an hour a day, so we usually do that around five when families are getting home. Other than that, we usually have appointments and such with investigators or less actives or recent converts and such. That's a pretty typical day.