Mi Familia :D
So...I´ve been in Ecuador for 2 weeks already!!! :) This week went by really fast, especially with conference weekend! Basically all we did Sat and Sun was watch conference and eat lunch at member's houses, and at night we visited a few people. We invited like 50 or 60 nonmembers/less-actives and 4 people came to conference...lol Every one of them said they would be at at least one session. It's kind of a tradition here to lie, which is pretty sad. But oh well..we're doing the best we can and then they have their agency!
My favorite session of all of them, by far, was Priesthood Session. Priesthood and Saturday morning were the only sessions I got to see in English lol. The rest of the sessions I hardly understood, cause they use words that are hard to understand in English, let alone SPANISH! lol But it was all good :) We watched it at a Stake Center that had AC!!! It felt so great cause we had to wear our suits haha. My favorite talk was Elder Ballard´s talk in Priesthood session...so many good things for fathers, sons, and RMs. I loved it.
The weather is still hot and really sweaty during the day..but we dry out at night so it's ok haha. It feels SOO good to come back to the apartment at night and put on basketball shorts and sit in front of the fan and drink water haha. I wouldn't say I'm used to the weather, but it's not unbearable. It actually feels really nice at night and in the morning. I'm just glad we don't have to wear suits...but I WOULD be ok if they wanted us to wear flip-flops lol. My shoes are really comfortable though...especially the 'more casual' ones. (I might want another pair of the 'more casual' black shoes that I bought :/ Not any time really soon but just some time on the mission. Cause they are much more comfortable for walking ALL day than the 'more dressy' ones. Would that be ok?)
Have I ever told you how much I just LOOOVE cold showers??? NOT!! lol I really don't like cold showers and they don't do hot water here...there's not even a knob where the hot water knob should be hahaha. So hot water is something I look forward to in 2 years lol.
Everyday at member's houses they give us SOOO much food. It's usually a giant mound of white rice with a little bit of meat and some sort of soup. It's not bad..some of it is actually really good. But it's not Mom's fajitas, or roast beast and potatoes and carrots, or ritz chicken...just to name a few things that sound really good right now lol. The other day one member gave us alot of meat and it was like beef jerky lol. And the only utensil you EVER see hear is a spoon. Try eating dry beef jerky with a spoon...seriously try it...it's really hard lol. Yesterday with la familia Vallejo (where we eat every sunday) the food was so good though. They gave us some TASTY beef, rice (of course), and this salsa made from just tomatoes and onions and it was so good. And freshly squeezed orange juice. And they had a papaya the size of a WATERMELON! It was HUUUGE! I didn't believe them when they said it was a papaya, until I tasted it lol.
I got the packages you sent (mom, dad, and Al) at the District Meeting last Wednesday :) THANK YOU!! I love the sour punch straws and it felt so good to brush my teeth with the electric toothbrush! lol Thanks for my shorts, gum, vitamins, and deodorant too :) I also got the letter of pictures last week. That was fun to look at those. Cute outfit Alexa :) And cute faces Mom and Alexa in that one pictures. lol
Last week I got a call saying that I got a package sent with a White sticker..I don't know who sent it, but I had to send a paper saying that so and so could pick it up with my signature and stuff. And they asked me to remind my family to use the GREEN STICKERS :) (code CN22) They get here a lot faster that way and it's cheaper. Thanks!
Mom, Dad, and Alexa..you are so lucky you get to go see Weston and the rest of the CA Becks this weekend! Send pics :) I can't believe Weston is almost a month old! That went fast.
I LOVE YOU ALL TOOOOONS!!!!!! (Elder Bednar said to say it more and show it...this is the only way I can really show it :) lol)
Elder Patrick Grant Beck