"My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes." D&C 121:7-8

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Guess who's district leader?

Hey there! Thanks for the email. That might be the only thing I will be doing since letters take around 10 to send. Just send me letters or email me and then I will email back. We can only write, send, and receive letters on Wednesday's, so it will be so much easier and cheaper for me to do it that way. I will probably send a letter before I leave though.

There is so much to write about I don't know where to start. The latins here are so great and fun. Me and Elder Winkel...we are comps by the way....are pretty good friends with Elder Martinez and Elder Velarde. They are way funny elders and Elder Martinez is a legit ninja! They are the latin assistants to the president.....Me and Elder Winkel were made district leaders last Sunday. They didn't even tell us before hand. It was crazy.

This place is fun and beautiful but it is also super super disorganized. We even have to tell our teachers what to teach us!!! That is very frustrating because how am I supposed to know how to do that when I dont know the language. I will have to learn more patience I guess.

The language is coming a little bit quicker. Not by too much. It is just frustrating because of the big communication barrier, but it will get better.

The people in my district are:
Me and Elder Winkel
Elder Bronson and Elder Ririe
Elder Dixon and Elder Crapo
Elder Anhder and Elder Anderson and
Hna. Parker and Nelson.

It still hasn't rained yet and it is always super hot at night and cold in the mornings. I don't get it. There are ambulance and police sirens every 5 seconds. It's so crazy.

There is a man who comes every p-day with numerous goods. I bought 3 ties today for 5 bucks each. They are way sweet and handmade. I will probably buy a bag out in the field though.

Gym stinks here. The president said on the first day that the rules were the same as Provo...NOT EVEN CLOSE. Ha! We only get a half hour for gym instead of an hour and then we have 45 min to get ready for breakfast, including showering...imagine 8 showers for about 25 elders.. Most of the latin elders think it is just fine and dandy to change completely into their church clothes in the stall of the shower. The line takes a good 35 min. It is no bueno nada!!

Testimony meeting this week was really awesome and I didn't even know what was being said 99% of the time, but I could still feel the spirit very strongly. It was great.

I want to get out in the field so so bad!! I just wish we could learn spanish through things like they have in the Matrix....that would be nice.

Last week we went to the temple grounds and contacted spanish of course. It went better than I thought but it was still way hard. One guy was talking so so fast!! No matter how much we said ¨mas despacio por favor¨ he just kept right along going super fast. I hope not everyone is like that out in the field or I might have some troubles.

It is windy here all the time. Not Lehi wind but there is a nonstop breeze which always makes the weather feel perfect.

I hope this all makes sense and that it isn't too all over the place and sorry for the spelling errors. I'm not used to these weird spanish keyboards.

I love you all so very much. .... and I saw the family I guess I could the airport when I arrived. It was great! I don't know if you saw all the pictures they took. I will send some pictures sooner or later. How many pictures can I fit onto a disc anyways??

Well i gotta go. Time is running out.
Elder Smith


  1. Awesome letter!
    I loved being able to read Elder Winkle's letter home as well. It was fun to get another perspective and hear other stories Jordan didn't include.
    This is such an awesome blog. I love being able to read regular letters right from Jordan. Thanks for posting them.
    As always he is in our prayers.

  2. So fun to hear from him, we are so blessed these days to have email where you don't have to wait a week for delivery.
    I'm sure the language will come with time, it must be pretty frustrating in the meantime though.
    I didn't know there was a spanish keyboard, that's funny. How do you say Qwerty in spanish?

  3. Great to hear from you Jordan! I couldn't imagine how hard it would be to learn a new language so quickly. The Lord will bless you in your efforts. Keep up the great work. We love you!

  4. He sounds so great and GROWN UP!! What a wonderful missionary he will be and district leader already? Wow!