Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Written January 6, 2014

Hey family,

I only have 35 minutes, so hopefully I can say everything I want. I don´t know how the mail works, except we get it every month or a little bit more and you can send it to California (so you guys can send me like 10 times as much stuff as josh). But really don´t feel too obligated. 

We tried on our counter on a part where the tile was already broken off and couldn´t get the bottle open. We rent a place, the outside is really nice, but is community. Hopefully I can remember to take a picture someday.
Good job Ben. Just keep tripping the system (I assume that is new slang for tricking). Tell me when you take the ACT, because I forget everything about the SAT or PSAT. And just appreciate that you even get to watch TV or anything...hahaha.

I am writing my letter from a different place than usual, and there is mouse poop all over, so hopefully i am fine. I might have bed bugs, because I have a couple bug bites that occasionally itch, but I haven´t seen a single mosquito. I think my companion probably thinks its weird when I look at all of the lint on my sheets. The lint, mom, is from the blankets they gave me, the sheets are great, the ones I came with. I have all of my stuff with me except my passport book.

So, sometimes members give us money to go eat and I always try to spend it all, because I feel weird about being frugal and keeping part, but that is one of the few times my companion is quite frugal. But not really, he is pretty frugal. Me too, in that this week I bought the milk that is 50% oil, instead of 75% vegetable oil to save a dollar. Maybe it will stay good longer.

You can send me healthy or unhealthy or whatever you feel like. Don´t worry about it too much, I have my vitamins and I try to eat fruit and vegetables when I can. Also, unhealthy stuff is fine here, because I use it to treat that I feel trapped sometimes and can´t eat everything I want or watch tv or have time to make food. For that reason the caramels are actually great because it takes a  long time to eat them, like everlasting gobstoppers. Some of the caramels are actually really good but weird tasting because they were in a box with pumpkin cookies for a while and have a little bit of that flavor. 

I think I can get extra garments here, but the garments I have now are great. I have enough, just I will have to wear double if I have to do my laundry early for a transfer or something or maybe for a baptism while the ones dry. You can also send me a really cheap black backpack, if you want, because I don´t really want to buy one here (unless you think it would be stupid to send it from america, I can probably find one at a tiangue, i suppose it isn´t very cost effective). Ideally, I can fit it under my shirt to hide all of the gold and hundred dollar bills and sticks of butter  that Americans carry around. But really just any black backpack (15 dollars max) because I don´t know if the next president will let us use them, but for now they are fine. 

I was using the tissues you sent me as a wallet which works really well for a couple of bills, but I lost it unfortunately. It was pretty discrete though. Don´t worry there was no money in it.

I can´t bear to buy fruit at this point besides bananas (since they only cost like a dollar for 12). and because I feel kind of poor, I can´t pass that up. Sometimes members give us agave and apples or oranges though, which is nice.

A lot of people think I am angry sometimes, but it is mostly because I don´t talk, because I probably wouldn´t talk anyways, but the Spanish gives me extra fear. I had to conduct the baptism this week that we had for a girl (I forgot my camera, but my companion will send me pictures someday maybe). so it isn´t that my Spanish is completely useless, I am just shy.

I had some reservations about teaching an 11 year old girl and accountability, but I think that even if she doesn´t understand everything, she can tell right from wrong, I guess. I feel kind of bad because, like the law of chastity, for example, I tried to explain and she didn't´t understand, and so my companion told her that is was to not let anyone touch her private areas until after married and then to be faithful to her spouse, but I think the other parts like thought and modesty and pornography are important too, but I guess she has some time to learn about it in the church and doesn´t need as sound of an understanding as an older investigator. (I kind of feel like no one ever teaches the modesty part)...

What is Josh´s advice for language study? I know all of the grammar, I just don´t always use it. And I am missing a lot of vocabulary obviously, but I can see why people quit language study, because I don´t know what to do, even though I still suck at listening and talk slowly.

I thought there was a pair of shoes somewhere for josh...

Something interesting I though of was that Christ suffered for all of our problems and afflictions, including the really small stupid ones, so the atonement can apply to, for example, I left my shoes in the other room and have to walk in there to get them. I appreciate that.

I use how much tp I want, but I try to be conservative, since I have to buy it.

I am kind of a cheapskate for fast offerings, but they don´t give us very much and cereal and an egg and a banana for dinner and breakfast probably costs less than 5 pesos, and I think more like 10 or 15, but that is only like a dollar, so maybe I am just selfish....

We saw one sister wash her shredded lettuce with iodine, so I have complete confidence in eating at her house everything. Unfortunately, I ate lettuce at a different house and had bad diarrhea (before it hasn´t been much of a problem really) for a day. But I am fine now. So don´t worry. My companion told me that is the reason he doesn´t eat vegetables sometimes, (but really he just doesn´t like them). I think the rule he said is basically if everything else seems clean, don´t worry about the vegetables. I worry most about lettuce, but it is okay. There is scriptural evidence that the lettuce didn´t cause it, but rather the diarrhea itself. See Mark 7:15 (14After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, "Listen to Me, all of you, and understand: 15there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man. 16"If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."…)

Rebuttal to Joshs scripture about how Abraham lied and god told him to, Genesis 20:10-12, he didn't lie.

10 And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?
11 And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.
12 And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.

I got a haircut for 30 pesos and it actually was pretty good.

more Spanglish words, mital (middle) and chanza or chanzita )chance).

I saw Seth Stewart and Michael Cook in a video I had to watch about genealogy.

I used to think that we would have to suffer sometime in the eternities to truly understand mortality, kind of like the atonement, but then I realized the atonement probably has power to do that because it is infinite, and I found a scripture about it. Alma 7,12-13. So the spirit will help us I think. 

12 And he will take upon him adeath, that he may bloose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to csuccor his people according to their infirmities.
 13 Now the Spirit aknoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the bflesh that he might ctake upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.
intersesting scriptures about coveting and judgement... D&C 19:26
26 And again, I command thee that thou shalt not acovet thine own property, but impart it freely to the printing of the Book of Mormon, which contains the btruth and the word of God

D&C 88:32. 
32 And they who remain shall also be aquickened; nevertheless, they shall return again to their own place, to enjoy that which they are bwilling to receive, because they were not willing to enjoy that which they might have received.

I want to tell you about the food here, but I am running out of time, so I love you eternal family, eternal family. Love and I miss you. I was a little depressed today, but I always feel better after emailing. Don't worry though. 


Sangria soda, a weird but good soda they have here

fresh agave (I think) are pretty good and sweet, but they have a lot pea sized seeds that I just eat.

tamales, I had ones of cheese that weren't very good but also chicken ones with green sauce stuff and pork ones that were really good, which made me think of mom.

posole, which is a soup with weird corn and meat and you put lettuce and oregano and onion and radish  and chili and maybe tostado on it. It is really good. I think dad would like it. I ate some bones out of it, but they were gross, like really chalky, so we don´t have to eat that part when we eat it when I get home.

They have those gross orange wheel chip things here and they spray sour ketchup on them and it is awful, but real.

Oh, I had the question of if you'd still love me if I was fat when I got home? Just wondering.

They have ponche here for the holidays (like the posole and tamales) and it is so good. We will drink it when I get home. It can have alcohol, hopefully we can find it without, or we'll just make it.

they have buñuelos here which are fried tortillas covered in sugar. The ones in a package are actually really good, but I don't have money to buy them. Oh well.

For the new year, there was a mariachi band and fireworks and everything for all night, and some kids broke a public phone. Good thing I have ear plugs.

most areas don't have bikes, so hopefully I won´t have to buy one. But yes Mexicali and Ensenada do, in some areas.

My trainers trainer was kinda crazy. 

I have some other stuff, but maybe next week. Love you, Kaden 
Take care and be happy and I will talk to you soon.

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