Sunday, February 13, 2011

First email/letter

My p-day isn't until Wednesday, so I'm sorry that you had to wait a whole week for this letter. It's good to hear that Mrs. Cooper's son finally received his visa to Spain, because everyone laughs when we say that we are going to Spain, and that we are only supposed to be here for three weeks. Our branch president said that he hasn't seen missionaries leave for Spain before 8 weeks in the MTC. But other than that, things are going great.

I have two companions, Hermanas Greer and Soderquist. Hermana Greer is going to Madrid with me, and Hermama Soderquist is going to Barcelona. Don't worry, we aren't in a trio because a companion didn't show up. We were always assigned to be in a group of three. Our roommates however, never made it to our room. We were supposed to have six sisters in our room, but the other three never made it. We are excited that we get to keep the room to ourselves for at least another week. It is about the nicest dorm room I have ever seen. Its waaaaayyy nicer than what I was living in at SUU.

My district is great! All of our Elders are going to spanish speaking missions in the States. We are quickly learning to be good friends with each other. I am learning so much; I already feel like I've learned more Spanish than i did in a year of French Class, I guess that's the gift of tongues. We can already pray and bear our testimonies in Spanish.

The first day was great. We had a few meetings, and started learning pretty much right away. It has all sort of blended in together since then. It feels like I've been here forever, and only since yesterday at the same time. Our zone is getting a new district of Elders this week, and we are excited to no longer be the new missionaries. We run into the Norwegian Elders all the time, they are on our same schedule. So we all have the same meal times, gym, and large meetings together. I was wondering if you could send me some stuff for my feet, my shoes are starting to smell a little.

We had our first devotional last night. Elder Gavarret of the seventy came to speak to us. It was so cool. My companions both love to sing, so we sang in the choir. But it's not something that I mind. It was actually really fun. We don't have much email time, so I will have to write you a letter with more.

Love you!

We only get 30 minutes of email, so this is a sort of a continuation. I definitely got the package on Wednesday; thank you so much! I cannot believe that I forgot to grab it. I think I remembered once, but then forgot again. Oh well, I'm glad that you found them.

My companions were both excited to hear about Mrs. Cooper's son. We all really want to get to Spain! Hermana Soderquist turned her paperwork in just like I did; she's from Layton. Hermana Greer was a few weeks late; she's from Arizona, but was at school at BYU-Hawaii. We hope our visas get here on the same day! I am the oldest of my companions; they have both been wanting to serve missions for a while. I'm not that much older though, just a few months.

My classroom is in the building next door, but is on the fifth floor. I thought that after I graduated from SUU, I wouldn't have to climb to the top floor anymore, but I would be wrong. It is a lot of stairs! It is a good workout, I guess.

Missionary time is different than regular time, it all sort of blends together. Mostly because it's very repetitive and scheduled. But I am loving it so far. My companions are great, and we get along really well.

The Elders in my district are so funny! They go from being deep and spiritual to being 19 year old boys very quickly. It's so funny!

I see Elder Dowd everywhere. Well, not everywhere, but a lot. It's weird to have to call him Elder Dowd. I passed him in the laundry today. But passing him in the hall is like a little reality check; because there is the MTC world, and there is the rest of the world.

Love you lots!
Hermana Lewis

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