OK, so I haven't gotten my new companion yet, I'm guessing he gets here tonight or tomorrow, but I did get to go on a tour of the city and we took this little cable car to the top of this mountain and may I just say Bogota is huge. Never in my life have I seen a city so massive. Starting at the base of the mountain and reaching to the farthest mountains on the horizon. We could see two different missions from the top of the mountain, Bogota South and Bogota North. It was incredible!
At the top there was a small market like the one in downtown San Antonio where I bought a long sleeve white Colombian soccer jersey. Then as I walked through the market some of the other elders called me over to a small shop where they were talking to an older lady. They were trying to explain to her why we don't drink coffee, but couldn't do it very well so I listened again to her question, thought for a second and then proceeded to teach her in Spanish. Words just flowed out of my mouth until I ran out of words that I knew how to say. When I stopped, she kind of stood in silence, smiled and said thank you and that was that. It was so cool to just speak. I probably sounded like a cave man to her but I felt the spirit in what I said. I don't remember exactly what I said but it seemed to leave an impact. As we walked away the other elders explained that when they tried to teach her she just bluntly and repeatedly asked why to anything they said. It was a cool moment to feel the spirit with a real person in the real world doing what I'm here to do.
I love my mission. I love being in Columbia. Being in the CCM can be like prison, but it has taught me so much! I'm glad to be serving the Lord and in a place such as this, I can't wait till I actually get to Ecuador. I know it will be amazing.
I am not sure if video works for me but if you get the chance send a video, and pics. I miss everyone back home, but so glad to be here and wouldn't trade it for the world!
Wow, I bet it was really nice to get back to Maine and to see Uncle Josh and Aunt Brangwyn. I hope the trip to Colorado is a ton of fun too. I'm sure it will be really cool.
Maya was telling me how great EFY was for her. It sounds like she had an awesome spiritual experience. Both her and Elias are growing up and are going to do great things.
I taught a short real lesson today with a native. I wrote the full story to Mom's email. It was such a cool experience and really made my day. It's so nice when Spanish just flows for me. It's crazy to think that in one month I know as much Spanish as I do. I can't wait till I get back so I can actually hold conversations with you in Spanish. I'm sure I'll have a different accent, but it'll be cool to do that.
It's really amazing being here in the CCM. I can not believe how much I learn and I can't imagine how else I could learn so much in so little time than on the Lord's errand. I'm exhausted every night and every morning but the days are amazing. I should be getting my Latino companion tonight or tomorrow. I'm super nervous, but I know it will be good.
I hope everything is well back home and tell everyone I love them and miss them.
|Elder Berret, Elder Momberger, Elder Woodmansee and I|
|So, this fly was the size of a dime and covered in these thick black hairs.|
EFY is a great experience! It is something you will never forget. The people, the classes, the teachers. its amazing! I'm glad you had a blast!
I totally miss you. I wish you could see Columbia, it's amazing. It's a concrete jungle with a crazy population! So many people and there are no driving laws, it's ridiculous. People don't stop at intersections they just force their way through its very interesting. But soooo cool too. It's always 69 degrees, like seriously, I don't think it ever changes. The mountains are like crazy steep. It's so pretty and wild and different but I still don't yet feel like I'm in Columbia, or South America.
I get a Latino companion either tonight or tomorrow who is going to the same mission as me and is from Columbia. I'm pretty excited.
I hope you are doing great and I hope your summer has been awesome so far. Tell Sarah and Mari I miss them and hope they are well too.-Elder Gonzalez