Friday, July 10, 2015

Jacob's "First Legit Letter"

Hola familia y amigos! 

We've been learning Spanish so fast! I was worried about it before my mission but not anymore. The gift of tongues is real! We’ve taught four 30 minute lessons in Spanish to an investigator. When we go to teach, we can speak Spanish, and when we leave the room, we can't speak it as well. After the first few days we were praying and bearing testimony in Spanish. Now it's instinctual! 

The first few days here were emotional and mental death. Seriously so hard! But I said a kneeling prayer the first moment I had alone and then tried to serve my companion and it all went well. The air here is so dirty, so it made my cough super bad. I had a fever of 102.6 and was hacking over everyone, but I went to the doctor and got some meds so now I'm good.

My companion's name is Elder Boggs from Merced, CA. Praying to love someone works. Heavenly Father has helped me be patient and love him. He has a great laugh, it sounds like a chipmunk, except a little bit deeper. It gets our district rolling!

My district is made up of 8 elders, all going to Chile, Osorno. They are all way cool extroverted guys! For everyone going to serve a mission, shatter any preconceptions you have. It is not even close to what you think it is. But you'll love it. And it's a blessing. And it's hard at times, but don’t worry because Heavenly Father helps you. 

You know if you're in Mexico if...
You are always hearing police sirens, mosquitoes are seriously everywhere, you have a dope view of the city on the mountain at night and there are lights everywhere, you eat mystery food that somehow grows on you, the mountain city has San Francisco streets, there are parrots on the campus!!!, it rains every afternoon with MASSIVE lightning and thunder, your Spanish teacher says the explosions we hear almost every night are either fireworks or gunshots, when Mexicans say “purpose” like the guy on Walter Mitty says “porpoise" and when the air here makes LA air look clean!

I love you all so much!