Monday, September 29, 2014

Week 1- September 23, 2014

Hey everybody! They only give us an hour usually around noon on tuesday or wednesday to have email time, so thats when you will be getting emails from me while i am in the MTC or CCM (pronounced say say M A) . I will try to write some letters, but i dont have a lot of personal time while in the MTC, so it might be a few weeks before any of you get a letter! I flew in with Elder Murdock from twin falls idaho and elder hall from west jordan. elder murdock is slightly strange, but me and elder hall are companions and i really like him! we seem to get along pretty good and our spanish is....coming along!
i learned very fast that they give free haircuts in the CCM! i got my haircut on tuesday and it was really short, and they cut it again on thursday, so that was lovely. everyday we wake up and get ready, have some personal study time, and then have sports usually. then we have some class, lunch, and more class until dinner. we teach a so called investigator at night that we are supposed to prepare for during the day. then we have planning and then about an hour until we go to bed, or tell stories while in bed. thats pretty much the just of everyday life in the CCM. not my favorite, but i am surviving. I did have a pretty cool experience the second day about prayer.  we were learning how to pray in spanish and all 10 of us were practicing phrases we could use.  we then got told that everybody was going to pray in spanish out loud for the next half hour or so. for the next half hour we just prayed over and over again the most simple prayers in spanish and it was the first time i realized that it doesnt matter how many times or how complex you prayer is, it is still a prayer and it is still important to heavenly father.
apparently us three elders that arrived on thursday were late, and the church was supposed to change our flights but never did. so its pretty much been a game of catch up this first week, but i think we are starting to get the hang of it. within the first two days i learned how to bare my testimony in spanish and how to pray in spanish, so at the end of each letter i will probably have a testimony in spanish and you will have to have someone translate it or figure it out!
President and sister cox are the CCM presidents. kind of cool, kind of strange, but very nice. i have met a lot of people from a lot of places (mostly utah, go figure) and most everybody is really cool and easy to get along with. i did learn that we are pretty much the last set of missionaries in the CCM until next summer.  once the rush slows down from the summer they close this CCM and send missionaries to mexico or something like that? not 100% sure.
we went to the guatemala city temple this morning and that was really cool. the session was in english for us, but we had the option of attenting a spanish one and i think i want to try that in the next couple of weeks. i hope everybody is doing well and i cant wait to see all of your faces!
yo se que la iglesia de jesucristo es verdadero y el libro de mormon es verdadero. yo se que el jesucristo es nuestro salvador. en el nombre de jesucristo, amen.
Love, Elder Slaymaker
forgot to say, they took our cameras because they arent allowed while we are in the CCM. so there wont be any pictures until i get out in the field! Lo Ciento! (im sorry) and sorry the typing is slightly horrible. the keyboards are a little different in guatemala. Love you all!!
love, Elder Slaymaker

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