gooooooooooodmornign cap- i mean mission viejo! as of right now, i am on week four of the ccm!! crazy crazy crazy.
as usual, i am learning a lot of stuff down here in mexico. the spirit is so strong, its insane. i almost dont really want to leave the ccm, but i know that there are people down in chile for me to help and teach them. UGH I JUST LOVE THE GOSPEL TOO MUCH.
ill just tell some stories about the week, in no particular order. my journal is opened up next to me, so we'll see how this goes.
my companion ripped a hole in the front of his pants on accident, so we ran back to the casita so he could fix the half dollar sized hole in his pants. i was sweeping the house while he was sewing, and i found a dead cockroach on the ground. out of disgust, i swept it up and continued. as i was nearing the end of my sweeping THE LITTLE DEVIL WORSHIPPER CAME TO LIFE AND STARTED TO SCURRY AND MOVE IN MY DUST PAN. I SCREAMED SO LOUD, THAT IM PRETTY SURE I BROKE THE RICTOR SCALE. i ran to the front door and threw the little satanist out on the lawn and watched it fly away. it was pretty great :'''''')))).
i gota package from my wonderful family this week!! it was such a blessing to get some stuff from my parents and siblings. they put in like some 18 gel pens in there for me to take to chile, and i shed tears because of them. the hermanas asked me if i cold give them each one, and being a nice district leader, i happily gave them each one pen for their scriptures. the next day, i see a little package on the front porch. it was a plastic bag FILLED with food and candy.
they gave me a little care package to me! it was literally the cutest thing ever. i seriously love the poepl in my district!!
one INSANE thing that happened this week was on friday. it was 8:45 ish and my district was just chilling and studying, whatevs. this guy bursts in the door in a shookening tone.
"I NEED 12 MISSIONARIES TO TEACH INVESTIGATORS RIGHT THIS SECOND."
.....um oK LETS GO.
my whoole district got up and marched over to the chapel, where we taught actual people!! IN SPANISH. it was insane! my companion and i had the opportunity to teach this guy from oxaca, mexico, and he was literally the nicest person ever. literally so fun to talk to. the gift of tounges was soooo strong in there, because he had a mix of spanish and mayan in the way he spoke, and i understood most of what he was sayin! CRAZY EPERIENCE.
i found elder berrett finally!! ive run into him about every single day now, and hes looking like a super good lookin elder. what a good bean. what a good bean.
i havent really introduved my whole district yet, so ill write a smol description of each of the peeps.
ELDER CARTER: hes a humongous football player that got a full ride to dixie state. he likes to talk a lot and has a heart of gold. he loves to keep conversations going and is suuuper good at spanish.
ELDER RIGBY: Hes a talland skinny dude that got a full ride from BYU for baseball. hes pretty quiet, but loves to smile and make jokes to us in our room.
ELDER CARDWELL: he thinks hes a pretty hot stuff who is going to BYU. he wants to be a doctor, just like me! hes the easiest guy to talk to. patience level, THROUGH THE ROOF.
ELDER MISKIN: he probably works the hardest out of all of us. hes put soo many hours working and saving money to come on the mish, that he goest straight to work.
ELDER VEIRS: hes one of my california babes. hes from rancho cucomunga!! all you have to do is look over and laugh with him. he and i are going surfing when we both come home. its going to be lit
ELDER MILLER: this kid is seriously in love with the hymns and musicals. he always loves to talk about how the hymns have strengthed his testimony. he also loveeessss politics and the news. he is probably the most respectable and outgoing guy here.
HERMANA HANSEN: i totally would have thought that she was from california. she is so laid back and totally goes with the flow. she and i have the same humor, so it makes it easy for us to laugh when we say something completely irrelevant or dumb. shes really patient with my companion. love her to pieces
HERMANA MILNE: i fetching love her SO MUCH. she and i are the exact same person. i kid you not. sge loves the same music as i do, she likes the hipster grunge vibes that i do,. she wants to be in medicine after the mish, and we laugh at each others jokes WWAAYYYy to much.
ELDER JEX/WILLIAMS: these two are the power companionship here at the ccm. they are a little quiet, and like to study outside to increase their focus. after hours though, they are THE FUNNIEST people to talk to.
I LOVE MY DISTRICT AND ALL YALL
My typical MTC breakfast.... almond milk and cereal with little enchiladas things. ugh love love love
The note and bag of goodies from my sweet sweet hermanitas
The pin from Whit on the inside of my bag. LOVE PRINCESS MERIDA AND MY BB SIS
This week was pretty monotonous to be honest. Missionary life at the mtc has just been class for like 6 hours, and then we have weird seminars about stress or whatevs in the middle of the day, and food is thrown somewhere in there. Then sometimes we get to go to spontaneous devotionals from some of the mtc workers here. Gym time is pretty awesome though. i school everyone in volleyball. im polynesian, so im automatically good at it *mouth clicks*.
I did take a nasty spill one game though. They dont have sand courts here, which makes it harder to dive and play and stuff. the serve was comin at me hot, and i dove for the ball, and literally sliced off my whole knee. It was pretty grand. it looked like i didnt have a knee anymore. blood everywhere. people were starting to think that i was going to be quadraplegic or somethin, but in reality i was totally fine. plus, i got our team the point, so *mouth click times 2*
Overall pretty cool week though.
One of the coolest things that has happened to me this week was Hermana Gomez, my morning spanish teacher, was saying a prayer in spanish for us at the end of class. you know how latino prayers are SUPER fast and like SUPER mumbled. well, as i was earneslty listening and paying attention to the words, and i understood everything!!!!!!!!! IT WAS INSANE. Like cmon people, the gift of tongues is like so real. USE IT.
One of the devotionals we had yesterday was by one of the 70 from latin america. Pino was his name i think? he talked about the significance of our mission calls and how they werent generated by some computer or chosen by somebody, but that they were chose literally from our loving Heavenly Father. that really was an awesome talk for me because it really amplified the significance of Santiago for me!! there was the other some 400 missions i could have gone to, and iw as chosen to go to THE santiago chile south mission. im just so pumped to go, its not even funny. Oh, and that whole talk was in spanish too, and i understood the majority of it. *dabs uncontrolably*
One of the funny things this week was when hermana milne was sitting in class studying. she got bored, and then decided to take her little hoodie, and start to sinch her hood slowly while she was singing jesus es mi luz (im sorry i dont know what the hymn is in spanish oopsie). I was seriously IN TEARS. I was laughing soooooo hard.
And hey, if you ever want a sick scrip to help you get through the weeka nd remind you of Gods love for you, look up DC 122:7-9. Its a pretty sick scrip to look at.
The street I live on at the MTC
At the Mexico City Temple today!
Sick street art
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Hello friends and family!!!! This is the first ever official elder wattles email while out in the field!! thios is super weird.....
i got here on tuesday night and it was crazy. going through the airport alone was kind of shookening, but I ended up figuring out all that stuff. (plus one for adulting) flying to texas was pretty ok. i met up with some elder in mexico, and we had to figure out where the heck we were isupposed to go after customs. non one in my litte group of 4 elders knew how to speak spanish or even how to go through customs, so I had to speak to the locals and tell them what the heck they were supposed to do. it was awesome. driving through mexico city was insane! traffic laws dont really exist here..... i got my badge and everything, it was pretty grand.
on wednesday, we had a lot of orientation meetings and stuff. I dound out who my district was and I cannot express to you how much i love all of them! we have the biggest district you can have, and its amazing. we all have different personalities and different interest, but we mesh together so perfectly! ill give little descriptions on them at the end.
we got to meet together with our branch president, presidente suarez, and they were triying to figure out who should be distric leader. they intervied all of us for like two minutes and when we came back to the group, preidente suarez looks over at me and winks and then is like;
wed like to call elder wattles to be the distric leader
SORRY WHO? LITTLE OL FETUS ME AS DISTRIC LEADER? HIJOLE.
Turns out, being district leader isnt that bad. I just get to go to meetings and conduct class sometimes.
teaching an investigator two days after coming here is shookening. i knew the language pretty well before hand, so teaching wasnt the worst. i read straight from a paper the whole time and made eye contact maybe once. it was grand.
thursday and friday are kind of blurs. the things to do down here at the mtc are kind of routine. you wake up, go to spanish class, learn hiw to teach in spanish, and then you go to food. then you get study time and then you plan lessons for fake investigators. its pretty awesome.
ive been picking up the language really fast, the gift of tounges is real!!! my companioin elder atkinson is struggling so bad with it. ive been trying to help him overcome this hurdle of the ccm, so hopefully he`ll become more fluent in it then me.
there have been lots of moments where spanish is the funniest thing ever. this one hermana in my district was trying to figure out the spanish word for noodles, but ended up calling them nudes. so she was like;
oh hermana! quieres nudes?!?!?!
the whole district was in tears. it was so funny LOL
if any of yall want to send me letters or whatevs, you can use dear elder and send one right to me for free!! hopefully i can write you back soon soon soon.
sunday was awesome because that day was the first day i cried during this whole thing. not out of sadness, but straight out of the spirit. i was in sacrament meeting with the whole CCM (which is really rare cause they only do that during easter apparently) and we were singing the sacrament hymn and i was so overcome with the spirit. i was singing the sacrament hymn without a hymn book, and it was insane!! The gift of tounges IS SO AWESOME.
i wish i had more pics, but the p day today is kind of yikes, we have to get haircuts cause my hair is so fetching long. plus i have to wash all my stuff and i need to study more.
PICS TO COME!!
HEY MOM IM NOT DEAD AND I CANT TALK RIGHT NOW CAUSE THEY ARE BREATHING DOWN MY NECK AND DONT WANT ME TO BE TYPING FOR A LONG TIME. MY P DAY IS ON WEDNESDAY, BUT NOT UNTIL NEXT WEEK.
Momma Wattles here......This morning was HARD! We took Elder Wattles to John Wayne airport for the beginning of his new adventure! He is on his way to Mexico City for 6 weeks of training, and then on to Santiago Chile until July 2019. Did I really just write that? 2019?! (que the tears again..)
This kid is ready, and he is SO excited! (meanwhile, mom is CRUSHED!)
Elder Karson Wattles
Chile Santiago South Mission
apartado postal No. 544
San Bernardo, Chile