Week 9

Goodness gracious everyday sure is something new. This past week we had Elder Richards from the Second Quorum of the 70 come and speak to us. He told us something that I really needed to hear. Teach Simply. The rest of our lessons this week went so much better as we heeded that counsel. 

 
I sure am grateful to be in a mission that is both Spanish and English because I get to learn how to translate just by having to switch from one to the other at times. The thing that’s helped us develop Spanish the most is talking to people and see if they are perplexed or understanding.
 
I never imagined that something so challenging could be so rewarding. It’s amazing to see  people learn right in front of your eyes. Some change so imperceptibly but any change toward good is good. 

Week 7

Well to my disappointment Prep Days are on Monday so here I am a week later very happy that I was able to get away with my sneak email. So here I am in Mattawa Washington it only took a day and a half of travel to get here and so far it’s been very good. 

 
On Tuesday we left the CCM at two in the morning a made it to the Mexico City airport in record time. Then we went to get our boarding passes printed using some fancy computer thing with swiping your passport. Well mine just would not work and I got a ticket printed “Go talk with the ticket people”. They were not happy to see me with that ticket because it made them do a ton of extra work. Anyways I packed light compared to everyone else. We were allowed 23 KIlos on each of our two bags totaling about 100 pounds and I think I used a total of 78 pounds including all the extra stuff I picked up at the CCM.
 
BUT some of the people were not as thrifty with their luggage and were over by a few pounds so guess what happened instead of them paying a fee? That’s right I got more stuff! It was awesome because one of the two people who put s

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tuff in my bag put candy in it so I demanded it as taxes! Yeah free candy for the light bags!!! Anyways they got their stuff back at the end. I kept the candy and no one had to pay a huge fee so win win. We got to the Dallas Airport and really wanted to get some lunch because we had just had a very long flight. So as we’re in line at the airport pizza place this lady comes up with two little kids and offers to pay for our meals. No matter how much we told her it was alright not to she insisted. I got my first free missionary meal that day. It was amazing.
 
As for the rest of travel we made it here and I was happy to find out my mission has a car and lots of really good members who feed us really well. We are over a ward and a branch so half of the work is English and the other Spanish. It’s a nice slow immersion into Spanish but I hope my next area is 100% Spanish. Anyways this got way to long so I’ll bring it to an end with a picture of my favorite thing in the home we are staying at.

Week 6

This week has been a turmoil of events! My companions left me to go to Ecuador and three others of my district also left, and so I was put in yet another companionship. Not many people can say that they had 5 companions at the CCM. And so with the four of us left in our district, all going to Kennewick at 2A.M. tomorrow, one was tranferred to another district and so it was just Elder Widmir, Elder Wright, and I for a few classes. Which turned out to be difficult because none of us completely know Spanish well enough to know Imagewhat they say all the time but awesome because we were able to have one on one time with the teachers.
 
Getting ready to leave the CCM was fun. We got to pack, do laundry, say our goodbyes to all our friends here at the CCM and we even convinced one of the haircutters to cut Elder Wright’s hair even though that thing is forbidden on Mondays. I had a bunch of pesos left over from the card they give us so I decided I might as well use it. It turns out that I have an inner desire to be thrifty even when I need to spend the money. In fact I still have about 190 pesos left I need to use… Anyways after all that we went to change for our last class at the CCM and I somehow missed the Latinos who were working on the water heater in the Casa. So I had absolutley the coldest shower in all of history. A thought came to my head from Elder Holland “Why is it the only danger in missionary work is getting Hypothermia because people are flocking to the fonts” Thank goodness for me though because Hypothermia avoided.
 
Two days ago I was super ready to go into the field and preach the gospel but while talking to one of the Ladies at Reception today I found that my Spanish was not as good as I thought. Don’t get me wrong my Spanish has grown from nothing to a solid base of language, and that’s a miracle in itself, but it’s not at all where I would have liked it to be. But with time comes experiance and I’ve decided to try to speak only Spanish with my companions for 2 years so hopefully I’ll learn something.
 
Tomorrow I’ll be in Kennewick Washington and I might have the oppertunity to write again. Seeing as this email might be a little under the table kind of deal. Anyways if you’d like to write or be written to send me your address and mine is:
 
Elder William Sebastian Helzer
Washington Kennewick Mission
8202 W Quinault Ave Ste D
Kennewick, WA 99336-1017
 
I can’t believe I forgot! We had Dia de los Meurtos while I was in the thick of Mexico City! It was a put down… I thought they’d have tons of fireworks and stuff but the only thing they had was a spotlight that shined directly into our window… Haha but there were tons of decorations here at the CCM for it. And they had my absolute favorite meal here that day: Spicy sandwiches and rice pudding!!!