Monday, September 24, 2012

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September 24, 2012

Family! So it's the start of a brand new change, and yep, it is the very last change. How weird is that? Totally never thought I'd get to this point, last area, last companion, last everything. I totally remember buddies I had before who got to their last change, 6 weeks flew by, and now those dudes have been in their house for a couple of months now. Don't worry, I'm not getting too ahead of myself, but In-N-Out is starting to seem less and less far away. Just gotta ratch it on up, and than ratch it back on down for this very last change, and bam! I'm the newest resident of Abby manor all over again. So nuts.
So this last change was definitely unlike any others I've had before. It was a whole different feel being Zone-Leader, and even more since we officially stopped knocking doors when we began the last change. I never thought I'd say it, but man did I miss knocking doors. Since the members didn't really give us any references, it was pretty much 100% working with less-active members, which It can be super cool when someone gets activated and all that, but I think it's even harder to activate a less-active person than baptize a person that doesn't know anything about the Gospel. The less-active kids always have these weird feuds with other members and for stupid little reasons refuse to come back to church. You know what I think that means? That they never really had a testimony to begin with! If someone really belives in Christ and His Church, than there's no question, they're going to be there when Sunday rolls around. Despite what some member might say about them. But I've for sure learned to be SUPER careful with the things I say to members of the church. Something I definitely didn't care a ton (at all) about before the Mish. I invite you guys to do the same. But yeah, we didn't get the chance to baptize anyone this change, but thats fine, some people plant, some people harvest, it's all the same work. But I think we've got some opportunities in this next change, we'll try to make some magic happen.
Elder Garcia is headed home this Thursday. He was a really...interesting companion, but gotta hand it to him, he made me laugh a ton. My new companion is named Elder Monteal, (yep, he's Mexican), and he gets in from Zacatecas at like 5. So we gotta go pick him up in a little bit. It's Elder Monteal's first go as Zone-Leader, so that means I'm Senior Comp again and will have to run the show for the last 6 weeks of der Mish. Should be fun, I'm looking forward to it. Elder Curtis, the Native-American kid who has been working with us will be going to Florida! Who knows why, but good for him, right?
So I guess thats whats going on in my life? I guess I've ran out of super interesting things to say for the last leg of the Mish. Tons of interesting/weird/funny/spiritual/scary things happen every day, but I usually forget about the majority of them when Monday rolls around. But just take my word for it, the Mission is a pretty amazing experience, wouldn't change it for the world. Oh, and I got talk to my good buddy Elder Tarabilda in the morning, and looks like he might hook me up with a job for the 2 months I'm kickin' it at home. Success! I really hope I was able to serve the Lord for these two years, It's realy the most important thing at this point. I'm also excited what he has planned for me afterwards, but gotta, as the Mehicano's say, Echarle ganas for the last 6 weeks (just ask Vicky was it means). Hope everything is awesome back at home, as it always is. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SANDY! Of course I remember these kinda things. You're awesome Sandy, I love you. (Thanks Mom for telling me these kinda things beforehand). Well sir, I guess thats all I've got for you's this week, Church is true, Christ lives, and that's definitely something worth being pumped about it. Love you guys!
Elder Abbott

Monday, September 17, 2012

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September 17, 2012

It's true, oh man, I feel totally sick right now. So somebody thought it would be a great idea to hit up the Mexican Circus which was in town, which you know, sounded like a good idea at the time. Worst idea ever! Just a bunch of those rides which were specifically designed to make you feel like somebody punched you in the stomach. And since I was with the other missionaries, I had to do like every single ride. The rides themselves weren't even that bad, but they just lasted for forever! Do you know that one ride, the pirate ship that goes back and forth? I kid you not I was going back and forth on that thing for half an hour. I've felt pretty terrible ever since. But you don't really get time to rest in the Mission, especially on P-Day, so whatever. Sorry if this email doesn't make any sense, my minds sort of spinning still. But yeah, lesson learned, no more Mexican Circuses.

So what has gone down this week? The Great Storm of Torreon. It rained crazy hard out here, totally out of nowhere. Pretty sure lightning struck out house too one night, because I have never heard thunder so loud before. More fear than Sammy on the 4th of July. Check out the pictures I'm sending, total madness. I was totally happy about it however, way better than it being super hot. Also the 15th of September went down this week, which is like the Mexican Independence day. It was pretty good times, tons of drunk dudes who are also fun to talk to. We had special orders that day to be home by 7:00, so we decided to take advantage. We ordered Pizza and played UNO late into the night, there's magic there. Oh, and we had to give another conference last week which I think went pretty well actually. I think I'm getting used to this public speaking thing. All in all, the week went by super fast, and now it's officially the last week of the change, and the last week of my companion, Elder Garcia. Dude is out of here next week. Weird to think that  my very last change of the mission will be starting up soon. It's getting close. 

So I guess that's my life as of right now, but whats going on at home? Are Mom and Dad done with their mission? Either way, I loved the pictures last week, congrats to Randy on being part of the bishopric and having a full head of hair. Alright, so I guess I don't have much time this week, but I love all of you guys, and the Church is true. That's really all you need to know. Take it easy, Famil-y.

Elder Abbott

Monday, September 10, 2012

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September 10, 2012

Family! Another incredibly hot week down. Yes! And I think I'm starting to sweat less, which you know, is a huge accomplishment. Although I'm sure I've taught a few lessons with a reder face than the infamous "hot-face." But it's all good, the fact that I can see the finish line does put a lot of things in perspective, and you know, reminds me I won't have to be walking underneath this sun for forever. Our swimming pool will feel so, so, so good...I don't care if it will be November. Me and Sam are going in. I hope Sam's still alive and you guys haven't been keeping a secret like that Greg lost him like a year ago...I'll keep the faith alive. Alright, so what happened this week?
The highlight of the week was probably the famous "Consejo." So there's this meeting that zone-leaders have once a month with the President, and everyone wonders what happends in these meetings. Atleast I always have. And last Friday I found out, and it's a lot less exciting that you're probably thinking, but still cool. With the coolest parts probably being the free breakfast and lunch provided, can't even take a solid breakfast for granted. So basically the whole time we talked about keeping our faith up despite we're going through some struggles as a Mission. I told you guys that we stopped knocking doors and all that, right? Well this whole time we've basically been banking that the members would step it up and give us tons of references to teach...and guess what, hasn't really happened yet. So we've been sort of struggling finding things to do, and trying to avoid visiting those super weird less-active ladies that are in every area. Hasn't been easy so far, but we gotta keep going at it. It's easy to see that all of it's going to pay off because Satan is working so hard to prevent it. I'm sure the changes that we're trying to make will put Mexico back on the map, spirutually speaking. We're crossing our fingers for a Torreon Temple within the next 5 years, and the work that we do out here will definitely be a huge part of we get there or not. Me and my companion have to give another training meeting tomorrow to the Missionaries about all the stuff we learned in the Consejo. Wish me luck.
So thats basically my life up to this point, and I should mention that we somehow managed to eat in a super nice Italian restuarant last Monday. Thats the first picture I sent. I probably look like a Misisonary schmutz in these pictures, but I really don't think I'll be all that weird coming home. My English is sort of terrible, but I'm going to try to make it better these next couple of weeks. Oh, and Mom and Dad, I got the package you guys sent. True magic. I already read the book you sent me, it was awesome, and I read the TIME magazine like 15 times over. Candy was super good as always, and my teeth already hurt, which is a definite sign I enjoyed the package. You guys are the best parents ever. Well sir, guess thats all from me this week. Keep doing what you do, Family. Love you guys, Church is true, Goof and Gaff.
Elder Abbott

Monday, September 3, 2012

September 3, 2012

Family! Alright, so I think I can send a some-what decent letter this week (pictures and everything!). Yeah, it's been kind of a stressful change actually, and I feel like I can never really write you guys. Must have something to do with all this Zone-Leadering I have to do, which is a lot more work than I thought it would be. But it's keeping me honest for my last two months in the Mission. Speaking of which, it's true, today I complete 22 months as a Missionary. Holy moly. It feels like a lot more time when I type it out than when I just say it out loud. So yep, two months mo', and than I have to figure out the rest of my life. And by that I mean call up Temp-Agency, buy Playstation 3, and watch Batman 3 (among other things of course). But for the time being, I still have lots of work to take care before I can call it good out here in Mexico. And the icing on the cake...I got my flight itenirary today. I'll be flying into John Wayne Airport, Thursday Nov. 8, and I'll get in about 11:30AM. So yep, plan your schedules accordingly, take your vacation days, and we'll parade all the way back home to Via Madera. Should be fun.
Alright, so what's been going on in my life lately? So like I said last week, my companion and I had to give that huge conference to a bunch of Missionaries. I think it went alright, I just made jokes half the time, but I think we got the message across. To tell you the truth, pretty sure I feel more comfortable doing public speaking in Spanish than I do in homecoming talk is going to be a disaster. Oh, and I turned 21 last week! Sort of old, isn't it? Legit adult. Sort of. And how was my Birthday? Fantastic. We worked all day, didn't find anybody cool to teach, and the guy we were going to baptize didn't even show up to his baptism. Yes! No one even really knew it was my Birthday either, but thats okay. Honestly, I guess I got to the point where it's not really that big of a deal. But that doesn't mean that I'm not super pumped for the packages that I hope are on their way. Something cool did happen though, a family totally randomly gave me a giant bag of pretzels! It's true. They went to Utah, bought a gigantic bag of Pretzels, decided they didn't like it, and so they gave it to us. Heavenly Father definitely remember it was my Birthday, and he for sure delivered. I'll should be eating Pretzels for the rest of my Mission! Best moment ever. What else is going on? My companion Elder Garcia is in his last change, he's a pretty weird dude, but we're having a good time. Ther other guy in the pictures is Elder Curtis, he's Native-American, and has been working with us the past few days for some reason. Other than that, the work has been hard lately, but we're doing the best we can with what we got. The results will come, probably not exactly when I want them too (like now), but they'll come sooner or later. 

And....HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GREG AND DAD! Saved the best part for last. I've probably been stealing the thunder of your guys' birthdays for way too long, hopefully you guys lived it up now that I'm in a different country and all. You're both heroes for me, and If I can be half the man you guys are, I'll be super happy. What did you guys do? Marie Calendars? Burger King? Limitless oportunidades. Hope all is well at home, and everyone is taking it easy. I heard Rick got back, I totally remember his last night at home, we watched a Via Madera classic, "Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island," good to hear my buddy is back at home. Well sir, that's all I've got for you guys this week. Keep it classy.

Elder Abbott