Saturday, October 24, 2009

19 October 09

No such luck with that package yet (retrieving the package in the mission office in Lima that we sent-ED), but not that Elder Hales (from the Canyon Gate ward, Sandstone Stake-ED) is in the office we’ll be able to bug the people till they get it to us. She dropped off the package at the CCM and I’m pretty sure the people there messed up a bit, but Justin will make sure we get those packages. Oh ya, so I finally got a chance to see Elder Hales, and it looks like I’ll be able to see him quite a bit now that he’s in the office. And I can call him up for whatever I need, information, packages or whatever. It’s good to have some Las Vegas blood in the mission. Anyways, I don’t think I’ll get a change, and me and Elder Pizarro will be comps until his visa gets in, but I don’t know when that’ll be, and I don’t think anyone really knows. The other guy whose mission is in Venezuela is gonna head off this week, so I don’t know if that means Elder Pizarro will head off soon or not. Its kinda nerve racking thinking about it, so I just don’t.
Actually, I was thinking about what the reason was that he’s here and not in his mission, thinking that there needed to be a reason, and we just found out… at least one of the reasons he’s here for the moment. We got a call Wednesday in the morning that his mom was in the hospital. President called us and told us we had permission to go visit her. Lucky us, it was just a 2 hour bus ride to get there. We stayed there in the hospital for almost the whole day, called president when we got back and he told us we could go back the next day. So Thursday we did the same thing, we went down to Villa Salvador to be with his family and visit his mom and then we had a baptismal interview. Friday when we got back to the pension we found out that she had just passed away and the funeral would be Saturday in the morning. The thing is that we have a conference with Elder Christofferson that morning, so he decided to go to the conference and have that baptism and then we’ll be heading out sometime this week (today or tomorrow) to go to her grave-site with his sisters. I really don’t know how to comfort him; I’ve never been good at that, but I have to say he’s been really strong. We talked for a long time about our families, about you mom, about everything and I think it helped, but we’ll see what happens when we go visit his family again.

And please don’t tell me you forgot the rubix cube (another package Mom sent, and no we did not forget)! Oh, and they use the word polo but they mean t-shirt, and yes it would be for Conny. And when I get that package I’ll send you guys all my pictures and a few video clips. And to all the returned missionaries in the family, send me some ideas about district meetings, or your favorite district meetings that you had.

Thanks for all you’re support, and I love you all.