Tuesday, January 26, 2016

January 26, 2016

I just though about this but I need a plaque scripture and Im thinking 1 Corinthian 13-11, look it up haha. The quote of the week is from Elder Hammond in my district and he said "Missionaries are like Jedi because youre not allowed to love but you can use the force (the Spirit).
Something we do every day is teach practice investigators. It is really awesome because we practice teaching lessons two or three times a day. It is a lot of awesome practice and the entire lesson has to be in Spanish. We have some that are progressing investigators and we teach 5 or 6 times and then at nights we have a one time lesson. We are getting new progressing investigators this week so that is going to be awesome.
So last week for p day(its more like p couple of hours) we have two hours to walk around the city and explore. We got completos but they didn´t even have hotdogs in them. It was like this brisket stuff so we are going to continue our search for a real completo this week. We walked around the city and honestly it didn't feel too much different from any American city. The drivers didn't really care if they hit you and the pedestrians don't really care if they get hit. After that we got to go to the temple. While we were waiting for the session to start I was able to clutch a 20 minute nap in the waiting room. It was awesome, it is about the same size as the Columbia temple. It was a really good break and we go every two weeks so I'll get to go again next week. The goal for today's p day is to find a soccer jersey so I can channel my soccer skills into beating the Latinos.
So we got a new mission president (which is weird because they serve for 3 years so they don't change very often). The way I met him was pretty funny. Me and my companion go into the cafeteria to eat and everyone is wearing suits(and we are just in our short sleeve white shirts) getting ready to sing to the mission president when he walks in. So we both sprint back to our room(A good 10 minutes away on foot) and change into our suits real quick and start sprinting back. When we get to the door the President and his wife were walking in so we said hi and shook their hands. After that we had to turn the corner and sprint the rest of the way to the cafeteria to sing to the President. By this time we were both sweating buckets, but we were the first missionaries to meet the President so it was worth it.
So something about Spanish is that their "b's" and "v's" are interchangeable so they use either sound when they feel like it or something. Anyone learning Spanish I have a couple phrases you're going to want to learn:
Comó se dice .... en español? (How do you say.... in spanish?)
Comó? (What?)
No sé (I don't know)
Me olvido (I forgot)
Uno vez más, pero más lentos (One more time, slower)
These are all pretty crucial to learning Spanish and being successful in speaking like a native.
Something we do every morning is go play either basketball or soccer. Usually the gringos play basketball and the Latinos play soccer, but somehow in a longer story the basketball got stolen. So now the gringos play soccer. I just want to say I scored a goal (it hit me and went the right direction) and as a result I am an honorary Latino. Usually the Latinos are laughing too hard at the gringos to play but sometimes we can get good games in.
Every morning they wake us up promptly at 6:45 by very loudly playing Christian soul music. It is pretty interesting because I'm not sure where they got the music but it has to be from a deep south Baptist Church.
Another adventure I had was when we were going to personal study but the building was locked. This was no problem however because one of the windows was not locked. I slipped the window open and popped in. I pretty much became a hero by opening the doors, so no big deal.
Another thing is that a group is leaving the MTC and in the group is Elder Cachari and Elder Mendoza. I'm going to be sad to see them go and I want to go with them haha, but I have another month.
One thing we do as missionaries a lot is pray. We must pray at least 20 times a day. This is not something I'm used to. I prayed before I came but not this much. Another thing with prayer is we focus a lot more on having a conversation with our Heavenly Father instead of rattling off a list of things we want like a Christmas list. I think everyone should read Enos and follow his example of desire to talk with God everytime they prayer. He "wrestled" wtih god. It really changes the prayer and how you feel after. Also something that is important is to listen after you pray. Instead of getting up as soon as you're done and forgetting everything, stay on your knees for a minute and just listen. It really changes your prayers.
Love you all!!
Elder Cheney


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January 19, 2016

Hey mom!
Immigration went well and nothing happened. I'm not missing anything but I´m pretty sure I can't get any packages while in the MTC so I guess well have to wait it out until I go to the field. This keyboard is kinda weird which is why I'm having difficulty typing. Thanks for the recommendation on study and I will definitely look at it.
When I got to Chile it was really hot and I was wearing a suit so I started sweating haha. Everyone was speaking Spanish so it was kinda crazy but one of the elders that was with us grew up speaking Spanish so we were able to find the people that were supposed to take us to the MTC. We had to kinda just trust them because they didn't have anything that showed they were from there haha. 
My room isn't too bad. My companion is Elder McAllister and he is from Michigan. We are in a room with Elder Mendoza from Concepcion Chile and he speaks pretty good English and Elder Cachari from Bolivia who doesn't speak English at all but really wants to learn. I love them both because they are super funny and helpful with our Spanish. We are able to talk through Spanish and charades. My Spanish is definitely a lot better than a week ago but I still got a long way to go. I can talk to most of the Latinos but the Colombians talk so fast I think it's a joke. Also I taught Elder Cachari how to say dope, goon, and sweet dreams. So every night before we go to bed he says sweet dreams. It's pretty funny. 
The normal schedule is to get up around 7ish(They blast church hymns really loud) and then we go have personal study for an hour, breakfast, then exercise. The gringos usually play basketball on this really old court and the Latinos play soccer on the other side. Today Elder Cachari came and played basketball. He has a killer crossover and destroyed some Elder in my district. After that we get ready for class and then have class pretty much from 10 to 10 with a break for lunch and dinner. Mostly in class we practice teaching investigators and a little Spanish. The food isn't bad its always some sort of meat with some sauce and usually a peace of bread. It is really simple and I am pretty sure that they only know how to make 3 different meals but I am not too sick of it yet. We'll check back in a week though haha. My teachers are all awesome. I think they switch every two weeks though. My district is only 6 people and we spend all day together, but its good because they are all pretty cool people. Ask David if he knows a Sister Zucca or something like that. She served in his mission and she works in the MTC and said she knows David.
On Sunday I gave the opening prayer for Sacrament meeting in front of everyone and it had to be in Spanish. It was pretty terrifying haha. But I got through it.
So our mission presidents for the MTC change tomorrow and we are getting new ones which will be pretty cool. I am not sure who they are but President Doll is leaving. 
After I write you guys we have 2 hours to go explore the city which will be super awesome. I can't send you guys any pictures because my companion forgot the sd to usb converter, so all I have is the one of our district. I am standing next to my companion. I still have six more weeks here which feels like its going to be so long, but I know as soon as I get out there I'll drown in Spanish.  If you guys want to ask some questions that would be super helpful so I know what to say.
Love you guys,
Elder Cheney