Starting with my main letter today and I will go back and read as many emails as I can. Hopefully I will be able to figure out pictures too.
So... I left the CCM at 7 in the morning and left in a school bus for a stake center where we met the president, his wife, and the APs. I felt like Anna from frozen singing the song about opening the gates. We had a little orientation and then left in taxi for our area. My campanion is Elder Alvarado and he is from Hondorous. He only speaks spanish so it makes it difficult to ask questions and sometimes understand what is going on. For the first three days too we were in a trio with elder Vijil, I do not know why but things are back to normal.
My home is really nice, its on the 3rd floor and has a really awesome view of Guatemala. The first day though there was no clean water for us to drink and that sucked because I was really thirsty. The shower is awesome too as I get warm water to shower with. We do not ever eat breakfast, not exactly sure why, but I do not have a problem with it. I get Q1,400 a month to buy food and other necessities. We have two member chefs for us, one for lunch and one for dinner. It costs Q300 a month for lunch and dinner (Q600 for food a month and then whatever more I spend on snacks). Laundry is also done by a member in our ward for Q150 a month and once a week. When I went downtown to sign my visa this week and I also saw that Q7.70 is = to $1. You can do the math from there.
There are also little tiendas on every corner which sell misc. things, food, snacks, drinks, pure water in a bag (50 centavos), and more. I like going there and trying different candies and drinks that we do not have in the U.S.
We also had a district meeting this week and my companion and I got locked inside the church building for 20 minutes before someone let us out, I did not think that was possible.
We also watched general conference this week and I was able to watch it in english with 6 other north americans in the stake centers family history lab. This is also where I write emails home. The internet is slow and hard to upload photos. I also decided to accept Deven G. Durrants challenge from conference and this week my scripture is Alma 7:23.
My companion is good but again spanish is hard. It is the most challenging thing for me right now but I know I will get the hang of it. Also, since he is Latino, he will drink or eat anything and I am always worried I am going to sick.
My shoes are not as warn in as I had hoped and have started to get some small blister so I am rotating through shoes right now too. The people here are all really nice and it is very humbling. Theft and crime is not a problem in my area and I feel really safe. We have taught many lessons and yesterday got a bautismal date for October 31.
Planes also fly over our house all day and have woken me up a number of times, they are so loud. Only bed sheets I have is that of which mom packed, I need to buy a larger blanket I think, but for now it is all good.
Also, I never make food, never really eat at home. home is only for shower, bathroom, study, and sleep. I think I am losing weight because I do not eat nearly as much but it is all good because I am not ever very hungry. All the meals are small too.
I think that is it for this week.