Elder Millard with his mission president

Elder Millard with his mission president

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Week 4 letter

Hey everyone!!! I can't believe it has already been 4 weeks since i have been out!! that means i am precisely done with 4 percent of my mission haha and i am loving every moment of it. This week has been so great! I never thought i could learn so much. Elder paulsen and i recieved an addition to our companionship. his name is Elder Roach. He is so awesome and brings so much to this companionship. Elder roach and i get along really well and he has such a stong testimony. This testimony really comes in handy when we are teaching lessons because it adds so much and brings the spirit so strong! So, Much has happened this week This last Wed, everyone in our district made a goal to only speak spanish for the whole day. there were a few exceptions... like speaking to people that had no clue what spanish was ha. but yeah we all spoke just spanish for the whole day! it was such an eye opening experience realizing that i do not know as much spanish as i thought with wanting to fully express myself. i got by though and i grew so much. i kinda got the easy route though because i was at the doctors most of the day and they do not all speak spanish so... speaking of the doctors... my toe update of the week :) so i talked to the doctor on tues and got an xray. due to being closed for 4th of july weekend, they were backed up on reading results so i had to come back on wed. so i come back on wed and he said....... elder, its not looking too good. there is not very much calous formation where the avulsion fracture has taken place. but before i reccommend surgery, i will send you to a specialist first to get a second oppinion. So i had to wait yet another day to await my inevitable fate. haha. On thursday, the dynamic trio companionship took a shuttle to the provo hospital for the specialist. it was super wierd leaving the MTC! i have not seen the real world for like 3 1/2 weeks so it was pretty intense ha. but when we got there, and when we were waitint in the lobby, everyone wanted to talk to us because we are the missionaries!!! ha it was so cool. the people around here have such respect for us missionaries. they were all LDS so we could not really baptize them or anything but it was still so much fun to be in this position of respect and talk to people. anyways back to the doctor. so eventually after like an hour wait, i got into the see the specialist. he took a look at my toe, made me do some tests with strength and some other cool stuff. He told me :"Elder, i think you are going to like the news" in my mind i am screaming HOORAH! ha. so i went to get yet another x ray. the doctor looks it over and says that i can get rid of the Boot and start walking with a walking shoe. So "Das boot" is history and now i have my 'Elder das Sandle." a million times better and more comfortable. so i go back in three week s to get a final checkup and see how i am healing but i guess it is looking good! thanks for your prayers!! This week was the start of teaching lesson 2. it has been quite the experience because there is so muuch to talk about and you only have around 30 min to teach the investigators. We have had some great experiences teaching these lessons. Every week, we have the opportunity to teach in the TRC. this is a place where volunteers go to recieve the lessons from the elders. so we taught the lesson 2 (in english) and it went really well! the spirit was so strong and i felt like we were able do what we are supposed to do. This is the last time that we will be able to teach in english. from here on out, everything is in spanish so wish me luck! This last tues at the RC (Refferal center) we had the opportunity to call people in the spanish portion of the calls. it was so intense because we are not all the best at spanish, i mean some are better than others but for the most part, most of us can get our thoughts across in spanish. so here we are calling people in spanish. for me, the first time someone picked up, they said "Bueno". and there i go in spanish hoping that they can understand me ha. after i am done talking, they respond. in one case, there was this lady that if she had to speak in a speaking speed contest, she would be a gold medalist! haha i could not understand a single word she said!!! so here i am, not knowing what to say, so i say.."otraves por favor". then she mumbled on for another little while then after all of that, i heard the words "adios". which i know means goodbye haha. Quite an eye opening experience. apparently the people of Chile talk super fast and slurred so i am in for a big treat :) Fun experience. so this last sunday, we went to sacrament meeting early because we just wanted to. here we are, sitting there, the dynamic trio. it was super quiet so i started playing some prelude music. one thing led to another and now i am the designated pianish for our district of like 60 elders and sisters. so every week, i will be able to play some improve prelude and then play the hymns. it will be great! With my hurt toe, i have found some fun in playing some volleyball on one foot! haha i can't really move much but i can say that i was a high jumper before my mish so that one foot can still do some damage up in the air. i get up there and spike that ball with all my might haha. its pretty awesome hah well thanks so much for all your love and support! i love you all and bueno suerte hasta el proximo semana. good luck until next week Love Elder Millard ")

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